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 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 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 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 vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle intp tulip pint.
bottled in November. . .

Pours a clear orange-brown with a thin, foamy off white head.

Despite the age it still possesses a pleasant fruity, citric and piney hop character.

Less hops in the taste, and more of a balance with caramel malts and a light rye spiciness.

A medium to full body, with average carbonatin.

A nice IPA, enjoyable hop character with a pleasant caramel malt balance. Also glad the rye is able to come through a bit.

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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 Briken
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber, light red highlights, and a tan foamy/frothy head with good retention. Light citrus and earthy spice aroma. Sweet caramel and spice and grapefruit citrus resin. Moderate low hop finish and linger. Full bodied and smooth with a tacky dry sensation.

A sweet IPA with subtle rye spice and light hops. The rye is lost in the other malt sugars and hop bitterness so there’s really no standout in any category. An easy drinking beer that offers a slight departure for an IPA but not what I look for in a rye IPA.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the newest selection in the Widmer Brothers Rotator Series. Looks like they had a double version with more rye once.

The beer pours a nice, hazy orange/amber into a pint. The head is small and off-white, nice lacing and head retention.

Rye and lemon rind lead off the smell, a nice floral prefume at the finish. A hint of caramel is almost missed.

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.

They should keep this one. I love rye beer, and orgasm over ryepa's and am happy to find a lighter version.

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Photo of yamar68
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pumpkin gold with a finger or two off starch white head. Pretty good lacing and minimal beading.

Subtle earthy bits, rye... some wholesome, subdued citrus. Already this is far more appealing than the spiced IPA.

Some soft grapefruit pulls ahead on the tongue. Pretty tame, but still agreeable. Malts make a comfortable appearance that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer.

The feel is relatively thin, which boosts drinkability - perhaps the forte of this beer.

Not great, but good.

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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 cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a amberish color with a small white head. Smells of dark rye and floral hops. Tastes very bitter, but with a nice darker malt taste. Goes down nicely with a great finish for a light/medium bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

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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 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 Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear copper body with decent rushing bubbles and no head at all. 

S:  Good rye bread aroma with sweet toasted malts.  Biscuity, grapefruit, timid citrus notes, floral and fruity. 

T/M:  Grains, slightly spicy with a rye bread background. Carbonation is nice and the body is medium.  Finish is dry with floral bitterness and a touch of grapefruit.  

O:  A decent IPA that has a good rue flavor but not overly impressive. A easy drinking beer that is good but not a favorite. Wider delivered a solid offering.

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

Garnet and clear, ok head formation but it settles out; does leaves some lacing.

Smell is really nice. Big floral and fruity aroma that makes me think either Amarillo or Centennial hops.

No hint of rye in the nose but it's there from the start in flavor. That rye adds another layer to an otherwise solid IPA. Big hop character and a strong bitter finish. This beer packs in a lot of malt as well, as evidenced by the full body and rich, velvety texture. As it warms, I'm getting just a bit of chocolate in the finish as well.

As expected, the rye adds a characteristic spice and it makes for a rich and complex IPA. Widmer did a nice job with this one.

*Learned from their website this beer is hopped with Galaxy, Alchemy, and Nelson Sauvin hops.

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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 djbreezy
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

appearance - pours amber, clear, white head, not much lacing

smell - floral hop profile

taste - floral and citrus hops up front with some rye and malt to round things out, but hop forward

mouthfeel - medium body and average/good carbonation

overall - nice work by Widmer, with this and the X-114 IPA i've been enjoying the series, worth a try

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

A- Pours a deep amber with some reddish/brown highlights into my DFH signature glass. Two fingers of tinted fluffy foam float atop this beautiful brew and leaves rings of sticky lacing dripping all over the glass.

S- A really nice blend of citrus punch and pop and malty sweetness and rye bread heartiness. Grapefruit, tangerine zest, nectarines and subtle hints of pineapple, black pepper, caraway, basil, whole grain toast and wet hay.

T- I really love the interplay of sweet, spicy and citrus fruit that this IPA displays. It's refreshing yet hearty and filling. Nice chewy rye grain with a wonderful sweet, citrus zing.

M- Nice prickly carbonation, spicy, hearty rye malts and a really nice bitter citrus finish. I'd describe this as a thick mouthfull for an IPA. Really nice chewiness.

O- This is a very nicely balanced IPA. I love what the spicy rye adds to this style. Really glad other brewers are hoping on this bandwagon.

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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 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 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 Drinkerofales
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is golden copper, with a big fluffy off-white head which lends to great lacing.

Smell is big orange citrus, a hint of the rye-malt comes through, but the citrus rides the driver seat.

Taste? How did this happen? It has a bit of the rye, but not much hops, or pretty much anything else. Even the rye isn't memorable, though it does come back for a second try in the aftertaste.

Texture is smooth, light, and easy to drink. No punch or sting to mention, and not much personality either.

What a disappointment this flavor is. Compared to the aroma, it's night and day. Never again.


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