New Belgium RYPA brewed by New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado
groundbreaking of the Asheville, N.C. facility just a few short months away,
New Belgium Brewing is celebrating the second Mothership coming to life by
teaming up with Asheville’s own artisan maltster, Riverbend Malt House. The
two collaborated on New Belgium’s latest Hop Kitchen release, RyePA. The
India Pale Ale, which is brewed with Carolina RyeTM and malted by Riverbend,
boasts a bold blend of Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic hops, giving it
some spicy notes and aromas.
“Some may wonder about basing a Hop Kitchen beer on a malt, but this malt plays
up hop flavors and aromas so well, it’s like a mash made in heaven…or Asheville,
which isn’t too shabby,” said Matty “Smooth” Gilliland, brewing process analyst
with New Belgium Brewing. “The team at Riverbend is an inspiring group and they
rallied together to ramp up their production to help make this collaboration
possible.” RyePA comes in at 75 IBUs and 7.5% ABV.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance - Pour is a crystal clear honey amber. Huge foamy slightly off white
head has huge retention and lots of lacing.
Aroma - Spicy rye notes dominate, complemented by grainy malt. Earthy hop notes
are present at a low medium level. Orangey hop notes noted as the beer warms. No
esters, no alcohol, no DMS.
Taste - Very alt forward with a strong rye presence. Grainy malt notes as well.
Hop bitterness is medium high. Floral hop flavors are very nice in the mid
palate, working in nice harmony with the rye. Finish is smooth and moderately
bitter, with nice lingering hoppiness. A light hint of alcohol warming in the
finish as well, but at a medium low level.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. slightly creamy. No astringency.
Overall - A very tasty rye beer. Strong rye character is well balanced by floral
hops. Smooth finish is very p pleasant.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of
Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in
1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces
nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner,
1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit, Ranger, Belgo IPA and Trippel, as well as
a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New
Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive
programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to
environmental stewardship. For more information, visit