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 gkunkle
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a two finger cream head. Small traces of carbonation are visible rising in the body. Head recedes to a thick film across the surface, slight lacing. Smell is of floral hops, rye malts, and toast. Edit: drinking another warmer bottle and i am getting some chocolatey scents. Taste starts with spicy rye malts, then I get a touch of floral hops and a bit of pine. The taste is sort of dry. Mouthfeel is just under average, with pleasant carbonation. Overall the rye makes this is a fun and different IPA. As usual the Rotator series gives us another enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice clear looking copper color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing on the glass wasn't too bad and neither was the retention. The smell of the beer gives of a really nice balanced aroma of rye and hops. The taste of the beer does the same, it's hoppy upfront then fades into a really nice rye finish. The mouthfeel has a good medium body to it with a pleasant carbonation. Overall this beer was really enjoyable, I would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice mildly hazy coppery orange. A few bubbles rise to the dense, off-white, two finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing.

S - A fair amount of pine and grapefruit notes.

T - Grape fruit upfront. The body has an array of pine and grapefruit hop flavors with plenty of peppy bitterness. Caramel and rye malt struggle to keep up and end up being a foot note in the flavor profile. Flash of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a bitter grapefruit with a hint of rye spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has the requisite chewyness I expect from a solid IPA.

I don't really notice the rye until the finish on this one. The idea of rye-PA's always me excited because I love both rye and IPAs, but none to date have met my admittedly high expectations. Nonetheless O'Reilly IPA is a solid beer that I probably wouldn't seek out alone, but would welcome in a Widmer brothers variety pack.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two singles, one for me & one for my wife, always up for a new rye, especially one that shows up locally. Date of 10/31/11 on the 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into my favorite & only chalice, a very clear amber, readily evident carbonation. Nose bounces all over creation, from baked sugar bread to slight spiciness to earthy hops. Plenty going on in the olfactory department.

O'Ryely IPA is hard rye, just like I enjoy. The rye shows as a cinnamon spiced breadiness that arches up & over everything else in the beer: more rye beer than IPA, certainly. Surprising amount of citrus & earthy hops for its ancientness. Floral notes. Plenty of zing & zest on the end, more & different rye notes. Lovely to drink, this one glides down like raw egg (except it tastes better).

This is one damn fine example of a rye beer. The hops are still purty after three plus months, & the rye is flexed like that guy who grunts at Bally's Fitness. I hope this one Rotates back around. I'd love to try it fresher. Again & again. This one might be a staple if it were available frequently.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Faint hazed, orange amber. Thick layer of lace.

SMELL: Spicy, citric rind, faintly catty, toasted bread, grassy, mild tropical fruit

TASTE: Ultra smooth, bready, spicy rye, orangey hops, ripe persimmons, warming alcohol, dried hay, biscuity, drying finish

A solid IPA with a few twists, the hops right away I could tell that it was an unusual blend and the obvious use of rye ... both of which make this beer very interested and more drinkable.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Rotator IPA from Widmer? Hell yes. Poured from bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a finger's width off-white head. Some retention and nice lacing. The aroma is a pleasant blend of rye spiciness and citrusy lemon character together with a floral essence at the end. The taste is very similar with an initial rush of rye with a more subdued floral citrus hops with a medium bitterness. Very dry. Little malt character. Finishes with a lingering rye and a hint of lemon. Somewhat watered down in a sense. Makes for a drinkable beer, but not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze color with two fingers of head that settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Nice combination of aromas. Grapefruit aroma from the hops that compliments the spice from the rye.

Happy to see that Widmer Brothers did not pussyfoot around the rye. If you are going to use rye, then bring it and this beer definately brought it. The citrus hops really compliments the rye. Slightly sweet malt base underlines the flavors. Bitterness comes off as being moderate.

A little bit of a lighter bodied IPA. Nice lively carbonation that is not harsh.

A really nice rye beer. It is better than Sierra Nevada's Ruthless. I would put it in the top 5 for rye IPAs.

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Photo of hopwave
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into my large Duvel goblet... pours a bright amber/orange colour with a thin white head.

Smell is straight up blood orange... Very nice.

Taste follows the nose again, blood orange... No rye... A little strange... Reminds me a bit of V8 Fusion.

Overall a nice IPA worth picing up a Sixer if you see it around.

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Photo of tuckermen
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer. Really needed to pour hard to get about an inch of head, which disappeared rather quickly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.
Smell was fantastic, very strong grapefruit.
Taste was similar, strong citrus notes, especially grapefruit which lasted all the way thru.
Slight malty, sticky finish. Somewhat similar to Drifter.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliant amber body with crystal clear clarity. 2 fingers of moundy off-white foam slowly sinks leaving heavy patterns of lacing.

S - Sweet grapefruit right off the top. Some rye and sweet malt malt in the background.

T - Sweet malt blankets over the tongue before citrus hops comes in right along with a spicy lavender rye, wicking most of the sweetness away. The hops are slow to build and seem to get stronger all the way through to the aftertaste. The caramel malt blends very well and holds it's ground. Finishes with a spicy bite.

M - Heavier body, low to medium carbonation.

Good flavor combinations that were layered very well. The flavors change nicely throughout the drink. Great usage of sweet and rye malts and a nice hop profile as well. This would go great with Pad Thai or Panang.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i think the beer community got this one wrong, this is (pardon my french) fucking sensational! pours a sturdy medium amber color with an expansive foamy cream colored head over an inch tall. smells luscious! earthy hop aroma with some english malt types. flavor is a shocker, much more fruity/citrus hops than the smell indicated to me. only very late in the palate does the excited rye complex enter the picture. a bit of cracked pepper and warmth comes through there, only to be tempered by a round grassy hop bouquet in the finish. this is one of the most complex and best balanced india pale ales i have tasted, and it ranks in the rye beers. this is easily the best widmer brew ive come across. mouthfeel is great, creamy rich feel over a medium plus body and perfect carbonation. this one goes down easy and is fairly strong, a lovely session if you want to tie one on. i could see this going well with food from the grill and plenty of herbs. really nice beer, solid, refreshing, addicting. ahhh

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is awesome but it has its flaws.

It looks above average. Its a caramel / burnt orange color with a sticky white head. Its filtered and not bottle conditioned. Its not see through but as see though as a darker orange looking IPA can get. It has a sweet caramel note in the smell with the hops. Not able to tell what hops they are but I am thinking Nelson and Alchemy...that seems to be the hops of choice at Widmer at the moment. The taste is amazingly good. the best of the rotator. The rye is not strong but its there. The hops are well blended with the malt, which gives off a sweet caramel flavor. Very nice beer. The hops are citrus and no pine or bitterness. A very citrusy fruity IPA...awesome taste. Its got a flavor like no other IPA I have had. I have had rye IPAs but this is different in a very good way. Its got a decent mouthfeel that is medium. Its sticky but does not coat the mouth like others. Overall I would give it this a 4. Is a great beer but this is not bottle conditioned, its filtered and with the ingredients, it could be at least 7% or more. I looked into it. It has the alchemy, Nelson and Galaxy hops and like 5 different malts...so this could be more robust but in its final stage, the way they produced it this is great and I am glad I grabbed one at my local shop. I gotta find this on draft.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This selection is in the Widmer Brothers Rotator Series. The beer pours a nice, hazy orange/amber into a pint. The head is small and off-white. Low carbonation.

Rye and lemon rind lead off the smell, a nice floral prefume at the finish. Floral hops, fresh cut grass and lemon start the taste. The rye spice shows up around the middle, not as noticable as the smell.

Very dry, balanced, but the malt profile is slight and in the background. Very smooth going down, a little watery.

A better offering than their Drifter IPA.

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Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber. Head dissapates rather quickly but good lacing. Aroma is fruity hops with biscuity malt. I like the hops, rye, and malt blend here, a bit on the sweet side, but interesting and flavorful profile. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation with fairly dry finish. Widmer Bros has a ways to go to get up to the best of the West Coast level, but it's great to see them experimenting with the rotator series.

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Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale burnt caramel color with an off-white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is lots of sweet malt, some rye spice, and some citrus hops. Earthier as it warms.

Taste is similar, a malt focus with a prominent rye spice, the hop flavor is pretty big and fruity, with modest bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side, medium light bodied, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. A great showcase for rye, well complimented by the west coast hop profile.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA Series, Profile: "O'Ryely IPA". "A wry take on IPA. Rye spiciness, distinctly hopped."

Clear, dark amber coloring, off-white cloud of foam. Looks nice.

Aroma: spicy, bready malt notes, herbal/mineral, tropical fruits. Fruit salad on rye bread, heavy on the rye. Hops are kind of hidden, but they're there.

Taste: Hop bitterness starts it off, warm, even hot, matched well with spicy malt. A friendly tug of war. Here's a little bitter, here's a bit of spicy/ sweet (small on the sweet). Toasty. Certainly unlike anything you'd expect from an IPA. In fact, I wouldn't call this an IPA, if they hadn't already established it as one. I'd be hard pressed to categorize it, and since I don't have to, I won't. But they did.

However, to really call it an IPA, I've got to be able to feel the hops more than the malt. For an IPA, the hop presence is rather mild.

Other than that, I like it. Drinks down nice and easy, provides plenty of pleasure. Decent sessioner. Good for that. And that is all.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, decent head, and great lacing

S - Awesome dank-citrus-pine aroma with a little spice and bready malt grain

T - Clean and crisp spice from the rye, mild-balanced citrus bitterness, all balanced by the malt

M - medium-light body, good smooth carbonation, clean and crisp

Overall - A very nice rye ipa...each rye IPA I've had is a little bit different and therefore difficult to compare...and that's what I love about them...every brewery has its own take. I would definitely love to have this on draft...maybe even on cask. I'm a big fan of Widmer Bros beer...but so far they have always tasted best from the tap. Give this one a try.


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Photo of MasterSki
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for indulging my curiosity with this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Dated October 31st, 2011.

A - A quarter-finger of white foam settles to a thin skim cap, some big-bubbled patches, medium collar, and spotty lacing. Transparent golden body with a few streams of tiny bubbles.

S - Yep, it's a RyePA. Plenty of rye malt mingles with sugar cookie, and perhaps a light touch of earthy and fruity hops. It has been nearly 3 months since this was bottled so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's mostly malt at this stage.

T - Taste is again rye-forward, with some light tropical fruit sweetness, as well as a shot of sugary and bready malts. But yeah, mostly rye flavor and some mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy and very dry. No alcohol presence is detectable.

D - Perhaps this was better back in November when it was fresh, but it's currently a fairly middling rye beer with a mild hop presence. I woudn't bother with this again unless it was right off the truck.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this seasonal and poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden/light orange with a firm pour and offers a one finger slightly off white cap. Moderate retention and lacing.

Citric hops on the nose are dominant and decent. Touch of pine as well. Rye notes are absent.

Pleasant flavor and with a touch of spice and bittermess vs. the X114 which this seems to be a slight derivative of. Bit more bready and with a whole grain spicy depth to it, but otherwise exhibiting similar citric malt notes and with a bit more of a lightly harsh bitter character. particularly with a bit of warming.

Still a bit sweet on the tongue and with a viscous feel. Pleasant though a bit too candied in sweetness, and with a rather unilateral approach of hops. Bitterness is present though light. A seqeue IPA. Or more accurately, a citrusy APA.

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another rye IPA, a new trend?

Pours a dark amber color with a pretty nice white head, good lacing too.

Aromas are spicy, with some earthiness, nectarines, and resin hops. This smells pretty nice.

Taste is pretty rye forward, grainy and spicy up front. Light creaminess, some subtle sweetness, and an earthy and citrus hoppiness on the finish,

Mouthfeel is smooth, a touch light though.

Overall this is another nice offering from Widmer, in general they seem to be putting out some above average offerings lately.

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

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color wiht good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of rye, with some sweet malt and light dry citrus. Given the aroma profile, it's difficutl to know what to expect on the nose (other than I know there will be some serious rye in it). In fact, there is a LOT of rye in this beer, and as much as I like rye in my IPA's, this is really too much of a good thing. There is a considerable amount of sweet malt as well, and the beer has some decent hoppy bitterness (which really dries this beer out on the finish), the rye flavor really dominates in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and it's impressive how much flavor this beer delivers for the abv., but the rye flavor is just too much for me.

A good beer, no doubt, but I really think they need to tone down the rye flavor a bit in this beer. I found myelf looking around for the pastrami and hot mustard mid way through my glass.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into half glass. Pours translucent copper with a moderate, frothy tan head along with decent lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is spicy rye notes, spicy hops, earthy hops and light floral notes. Taste is caramel and sweet malt blurred between spicy hops, rye notes, floral hops and pine. Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation, lingering bitterness and slight oily feel. Ends with more spicy hops, earthy notes, floral hops, rye, caramel, chewy malt and pine. I wouldn't go for this one again.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a large off-white/beige head that hangs around for a bit. Scent is immediately strong hop resin with some nice floral notes. I also get a hint of cat piss and rye. Taste is spicy at first from the rye...nice spice blended with hoppy citrus and floral notes. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp in the finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with this tasty IPA from Widmer.

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

A- copper color with about an inch head

S- Rye

T- hops and rye a nice combination going on here.

M- not to heavy, crisp for an ipa, clean finish

O- This is my first rye IPA and first bottle by widmer brothers. I like the rotator ipa series idea. try one.

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Photo of kjritt
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. darker than a lot of ipas i have had. red almost to brown and clear. two fingers of head with an aggressive pour and damn good lacing. a very attractive, but unusually dark, ipa.

s. the weakest part of this beer. not the same hop aroma of many ipas but maltier than others. a somewhat reflection of the taste as well.

t. a real doosey. bitter on the tip of the tongue and finishes very smooth with some bitter aftertaste. the dark malt is very interesting and one which is usually lacking in others. an ipa unlike most others. very enjoyable.

m. spritely on the tongue and stimulates all areas of the mouth.

o. another strong brew from widmer brothers. the only reason i do not have it rated above 3.5 overall is because of the superior brews of racer 5 and lagunitas ipa. ipas are tough competetion.

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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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