9. Widmer Brothers O'Ryely IPA
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We had our first sip of this at the Widmer Brewery in Portland back in January, and though it's born in winter, it hangs around until April to get you through the spring. Part of the Widmer Brothers' Rotator IPA series, O'Ryely takes a whole bunch of New Zealand Nelson and Savin Hops, masks them a bit with caramel malt to impersonate an Irish red and throws in some rye for just a touch of spice. It's certainly hoppy enough on the front end, but has a fruity aroma and mild finish to pull some of its hop punch. It's a bit sweeter and maltier than a typical IPA, but Widmer Brothers and the
Craft Brew Alliance
(BREW - Get Report)
seem just fine with taking baby steps toward their summer IPAs and wheat beers.