O'Ryely IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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O'Ryely IPAO'Ryely IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: October - January
Bitterness: 50.0 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 6.4%

Original Gravity: 15 Plato
Malts : Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10, Rye, Caramel Rye
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 12-15-2011

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost a light amber pour, comes across darker than your average ipa. Dull white head over half an inch. Nelson and Galaxy hops don't come through in the aroma anywhere near what I hoped for.

Heavy malt bill explains the darker color. bitter, but not delivering on the as promised hops. Its like they made a 90s ipa with newer hops and came out with the same kind of 90s sum of a product.

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Photo of I3eck
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish/orange amber, slightly hazy, off-white head that hangs around, short lacing.
S: White chocolate, caramel, yeast/dough, malty whoppers candy
T: The front tastes a lot like it smells, the a nice peppery and bitter lingering hops. A lot of malty and sourdough bread flavors.
M: Medium-bodied, decent CO2, a mouth-coating effect.
O: Not a bad brew but something isn't doing it for me here. I dislike very few foods - one of them being Swiss cheese. For some reason I have the same ambivalence towards this beer (awkward, I know). I've had 3 other Widmer Bros. brews and have thoroughly enjoyed if not loved all of them but unfortunately this is the first one I've officially reviewed. My expectations were high.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Widmer Bros O'Reilly IPA

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Standard pint/12oz

A: Clear amber color with a light white head. Head dissipates and then laces the glass. 3.5/5

S: Lot of grassy hops, little bit of citrus. 4/5

T: Surprising malt character with a fair amount of citrus and a little zest. Not bad. 3.75/5

MF: Slightly creamy medium bodied IPA with moderate carbonation. Good. 4.25/5

This is a nice little IPA and something I'd gladly go back to. 4/5

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap in a pint glass at Whole Foods Lane Ave on 4/10/13

Stained wood light brown and honey. Thin head and not much retention. There is a little lace.

The aroma is sticky pine, grapefruit, rye and sugar cookie. It smells good, if too sugary. The taste is loaded with hops, a slew of bitter citrus and pine. Bready, toasty middle. The problem is massive bitterness on the finish which drowns out the finer aspects of the rye. The bitterness trumps even the sugars. Medium-full body will full carbonation. Sticky hop resin finish.

Overall impression: Not a good rye and not a good IPA. It is, however, a good beer to pass by.

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Photo of silverking
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy light amber. One finger of white, rocky head. Head retention is good, as is the lacing.

S- Spicy grain, light caramel, spicy/piney hop notes.

T- light grains up front. There are touches of butterscotch mid-palate. The finish is long and filled with spice and astringent bitterness.

M- Light bodied, dry, mildly astringent. Moderate amounts of prickly carbonation.

O- It's a rye IPA. It's aggressive and spicy.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours medium amber, thin foam, but some. Can see through a bit. Rye nose, moderately prominent. Bready too. Bitter open, light malt, minty close. On the lighter side. Caramel notes. Lighter carbonation. Smooth flavorful IPA, hints of rye.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden. Pours a 1 finger, tight foamy, head. Settles fairly slowly. Some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Earthy, some indistinct savory Italian spice, and a slight hop.

T: Crisp hops, pungent, peaty, and bitter.

M: Bitter with a very dry finish.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some decent lacing. Earthy and spicy nose with a strong hop. Hop flavor is crisp and pungent. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of CHickman
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold orange color with lively bubbles racing up the brew to a foamy 2 finger off while head that didn’t move, fading very slowly and then leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of piney hops, herbs, rye, citrus, biscuit and some fruit which resembles citrus like lemon zest and orange peel; the rye jumps out up front but then gets mixed in with the herbals notes. A soft aroma for an IPA and it almost seems like the rye tames the hops a bit.

Tastes of spicy rye and piney hops up front, followed by herbs, citrus hops, biscuit, lemon, orange peel , grains, dry grass, floral hops or flowers and some spices like pepper and coriander; the aftertaste has more malt presence mixed with rye, and the hops fade after the initial blast of flavor. Not very hoppy for an IPA, but flavorful enough that it keeps your interest, especially if you dig the rye influence.

Mouthfeel is light and zesty with high, fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body, and a semi-dry aftertaste that is a combo of grains, herbs and rye. After swallowing the beer it feels like everything evaporated in your mouth.

Overall it was a good beer, not one that stimulated my taste-buds, but definitely a beer that I’d have again. It’s light enough that people could session it, as it hides the 6.4% ABV completely. This lacks the hop punch that most West Coast IPA’s carry, so I consider this a light IPA and closer to an APA. I’d order it in a bar but doubt I’d bring a 6-pack home.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden reddish brown. Dark copper. Clear and extremely epravescant. Off white sticky foam that coats the glass.

S: Citrus and roasted grain. Slight floral notes of tulip and green grass.

T: Bready flavors to start. Lemon and orange rind rounds out the taste, but the sweet malty oaky finish persists and finishes longer.

M: Light and refreshing. A woody finish lingers in the back of the mouth a bit long.

O: Great hot weather ipa. This one is smooth and refreshing. A very well rounded ipa with a nice hop and grain balance.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of passionfruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the passionfruit flavors from the Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops are much stronger and there are also some hints of gooseberries. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very flavorful and quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed the taste of the New Zealand hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/19/12.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with spicy rye and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a spicy presence from the interaction of the rye and hops used.

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Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love IPAs infused with rye.

Pours a dark gold with a huge frothy head into my glass. Great way to start things off!

Spicy rye and freshly-cut grass stand out in the nose. Hoppiness is balanced and not off the charts.

Ditto for the taste. Spicy rye and grassy hops work well upfront. Chewy. Flavorful.

Lingering spicy rye notes and grassy hop notes make up the mouthfeel. It meshes well with the spicy dish I'm enjoying.

Hop aroma could have been stronger but otherwise, this is an excellent beer for the spring.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one caught my newly developed RYE EYE right away at the craft beer store when I saw the name O'RYEly. I've yet to have a labeled RYE beer that I have disliked - so, if it says RYE...it's a BUY! And if you haven't yet had a rye - make it a TRY!

OK, I'll shut up - probably the rye talkin' anyhow...

POUR = Very clean amber - a delight to look at!
AROMA = Herbal bouquet says IPA, spice and evergreen.
HEAD = One finger, full and stubborn all the way to the bottom with lasting heavy lace
MOUTHFEEL = exactly on target
FLAVOR = That beautiful lasting rye bread aftertaste with the hop kick

This is the first time that I've had a Widmer Brothers Brewing Company (Portland, OR) offerring and I can absolutely sat that - won't be the last!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber, with nice head. Thick, detailed lace.

Nose is crisp citrus and floral hops. Very appealing.

Taste is nicely hopped, but with enough malts to prevent any acidic or bitter followthrough. The rye shines through with a sharpness, but it's subtle.

Overall, a drinkable and enjoyable IPA -- not overly memorable, but certainly solid.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It seems like every year somebody releases a Rye IPA that I just fall in love with and can't stop drinking. Last year it was Sierra Nevad's Ruthless. This year it's Widmer's O'ryely. The hop aroma is intoxicatingly spicy. The taste is spicy, somewhat fruity and refreshing. The hop flavor is tropical tasting that's the only way I can describe it. I know that the hops are from New Zealand and considered tropical. Maybe knowing that results in a placebo effect, but the end result is the same. This beer is absurdly drinkable. This is a unique beer and it has become the only one that I want to drink as of late. It is also reasonably priced at Fred Meyer and Safeway. I was surprised that such a fine beer came from Widmer. They usually have solid beers, not transcendent ones such as this. I think this speaks to the competition among breweries in the Portland area. 'Nuff said hands down 'nuff said (Requisite moronic internet catch phrases)

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Photo of harrymel
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 19NOV11 3.5/4.5/3.5/3.5/3.5-3.7
Had on tap a couple times, and it was great. Let's see how's it's holding up.

Pours a amber ale with a finger of white foam which falls to a sheet of the same leaving a spotty lace. Lots of grapefruit on this one with some tangerine; a really nice nose here. I like the fruit play. Some bitterness up front then followed closely with a sweet, english maltiness and some tea like hop flavors alongside the tangerine mentioned earlier. Nice flavor, not nearly as nice as the nose. Medium bodied with light carb an a semi dry finish.

This is a good beer, and I would gladly buy again next year if they offered it up.

Had again march 2013, new score reflects that experience.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 05 12 bottling date. Clear copper with a decent head and good lacing. Malty aroma, fruit. Caramel, earthy, a bit of alcohol. Rye shows up in the finish. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Would have expected more hops, but could be age related.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The O'Ryely poured a clear amber color with a good 1-2 finger head. Lacing crept down the glass throughout the beer. The smell was a citrus bomb with grapefruit and a slight spicy note. The rye came through with a tiny kick but was complemented by the sweet malt taste. A lot of tropical fruit and citrus came with the taste. The hop profile balanced and left a mark on the top plate of the mouth. Overall this is one of my favorite of the Rye beers as brewers have been rushing to get this category to market.

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Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Kapaa Foodland for $8.99. Bottled on 12-9-12.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is of pine and citrus, quite nice!

Taste is of toasted malts, rye, tropical fruit, and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated nicely.

Overall this is a pretty solid brew, right up there with SNBC Ruthless Rye!

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a tulip pilsner.

Pours a nice clear bronze color with about half an inch of beige head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus blossoms and spice.

Strong flavor of grapefruit with a spicy, grassy background.

Light to medium bodied with a sweet clean finish and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice well balanced IPA from WB. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Dec.19 2012.Pours a copper brass color with a lacey half finger white head atop.Floral and tropical fruit hop aromas over top of sweet biscuit malts.Flavors are quite fruity with the Selson Sauvin hops shining through,the rye imparts a decent sharpness with the malt profile being pretty dry gining off some grainy notes.A solid beer,it won't knock your socks off but it's flavorful enough.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


So smooth

Draught, two finger off-white head, moderate carbonation.

Smells of rye whiskey, hop, and rope

Tastes: Rye, floral hops, citrus, and bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect

Overall, this is as good as Ruthless Rye, bring on the Rye IPAs! I would commit to a six pack.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan and orange tinted, clear, head was ok and lacing is ok.

Aroma is a bit grassy with a good spiciness from the rye and a nice hoppy smell too.

Flavor is mild and balanced. The rye adds a nice touch of complexity. It's hoppy but isn't a hop bomb.

Body is medium, carbonation is ample but smooth.

It's quite tasty. Every one of the sixer will be enjoyed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pour amber red with a medium white head, some soapy spotty type lace.

S: Grass and citrus with a hint of rye spice. Smells a bit like a few of the other Widmer IPAs I've had in the past.

T: Rye and heavy grain balanced well with notes of dandelion greens, melon rind, lemon/assorted citrus.

M: Crisp carbonation, nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

O: A good solid IPA. Nothing too special, but IPA fans would certainly enjoy a pint of this.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into standard pint.

A: pretty normal pour gets minimal head and it formed a very thin cap. Looks like the lacing might be alright though. Good reddish amber color, rye does not lie. Quite clear also.

S: yet another citrusy slightly grassy hop armoa heavy IPA. I must live in Oregon or something. A slightly sweet note on the nose and a bit of spice although very faint. The citrus leans toward orange in this one moreso than grapefruit like in most NWIPA.

T: He hops aren't as overbearing as on the nose, much more balanced than it smells. Starts with wash of flavor that matches the nose. But finishes with a bit more of thsat spice. Surprisingly clean finish on this. Normally I like a little lingering but the crispness does well to keep the heavy hopping at bay. What little lingering flavor there is, is slightly sweet and ever so slightly hopped. Pleasant.

M: the body is as expected. A little heavier than a pale ale but still nothing to make you reach for a spon. Minimal carbonation explains the lack of head and maybe the thickness. A few more bubbles would lighten it up into a sessionable summer brew.

O: good IPA, not amazing but by no means bad.

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O'Ryely IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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