Saturday, November 23, 2013

Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1012) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/22/13 and cost $2.30 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque shade of dark orange/burnt umber. Appears to have sediment floating in suspension. Pours to a large, off white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Tropical fruit but with a strong herbal component of garlic, onion and spice rack seasonings. A hint of skunky aroma, though it’s closer to incense than lightstrike.

Taste: The Otter Creek Brewing Company has really stepped up their game in 2013. Usually, they’ve been a pedestrian/introductory craft beer brewery, in my opinion. But all of a sudden they’re making beers that are better for veteran beer drinkers like me. Kind Ryed is a trendy New England-style IPA made with rye, so it’s familiar to be sure, but at least a little distinctive.

Though it smells spicy and herbal, Kind Ryed tastes quite juicy with tropical fruits like papaya, guava, and mango (not citrus, though). There’s a subtle bitterness throughout, though it peaks at the apex imparting slightly spicy, dry bitterness. That’s probably due to the rye, obviously, though I’d imagine the hops have something to do with it as well (I’m not sure which varieties they use). There’s more fruit taste on the finish, followed by a slightly starchy aftertaste. Overall, it’s a tasty and fun palette, but nothing that’s ground-breaking or earth-shattering. Definitely more interesting than their usual offerings, though.

Drinkability: It’s rare that an IPA is truly refreshing and even rarer when it’s a rye-centric brew. Believe it or not, Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA is remarkably refreshing while in the mouth. It’s thick, but soft with a smooth texture and easy drinkability. There’s only mild dryness in the aftertaste, and the palette is strong enough that it can stand up to a hearty meal. There’s a lot of body to this beer considering it’s only 6.5% ABV. Not exactly sessionable, but definitely efficient. 
Grade: 8/10