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
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.