Denny's Wry Smile Rye IPA Extract Kit

SKU: U1970

Available for the first time as an extract recipe!
Regulars and lurkers on the Northern Brewer Forum know it's impossible to miss the sprawling behemoth that is the thread about this recipe, a souped-up American IPA brewed with almost 20% rye malt. Hefty in all respects, this IPA is full-bodied, hoppy, strong, and very unique.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Available for the first time as an extract recipe! Regulars and lurkers on the Northern Brewer Forum know it's impossible to miss the sprawling behemoth that is the thread about this recipe, a souped-up American IPA brewed with almost 20% rye malt. A favorite of just about anyone who's tried it and adopted house beer of a heck of a lot of the many who've brewed it, Denny Conn has graciously worked with us to offer this signature recipe. Hefty in all respects, this IPA is full-bodied, hoppy, strong, and very unique. This kit uses Denny's own house strain, Wyeast 1450, Denny's Favorite 50. Denny's notes: “Wry Smile Rye IPA was created for my wife’s yearly birthday party; my lovely wife prefers an IPA that lets you know it's got some hops. I started with a relatively straightforward American IPA recipe, and changed one thing at a time through 12-15 test batches until my wife and I agreed that the beer was perfect for our tastes. I’m happy that so many other people have found it perfect for their taste, too! When you pour the beer, the citrusy/floral aroma of the Columbus dry hops tickles your nose. When you take a sip, the beer opens with a bit of spicy hop flavor from the Mt. Hood first wort hops. The next thing that hits you is a slap in the face of bitterness from the Columbus. The flavor finishes with a back of the throat spiciness from the rye. The combination of rye and Wyeast 1450 Denny’s Favorite 50 gives the beer a nice full, silky smooth mouthfeel. I hope Wry Smile will be the hit at your house like it has at mine!”

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style IPA
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1078
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

Just Rye-ight! Review by Alex
I took on this kit looking for something similar to Sweetwater's LowRYEder IPA or Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger and this extract kit was a home run!

Wow is all I can say. Most impressive recipe I've made to date! Used the US-05 and have to agree with other reviews that its not really worth getting the special Wyeast strain (not that I've directly compared them myself), but the overall flavor profile, aroma, and color (reddish amber, just like the picture) of this brew is spectacular!

Pretty much followed the recipe as directed...

Primary: 10 days with wort temp between 65-68 degrees

Secondary: 2 1/2 weeks without dry hopping, then added the 1oz of hops to secondary and let her sit an additional 3 weeks around 64 degrees before bottling.

I was able to bottle just over 4 gallons (hops sucked up my wort!). Aprox ABV of beer was 8%. Wahoo!

Following just 10 days of bottling, I cracked one cause I couldn't wait anymore and was simply blown away!

The rye malt gives a nice bite to the beer and the hops compliment the malt flavors perfectly! Great hop nose upon pouring into your glass. Take a sip and you get that rye malt bite with other malt and subtle citrus notes from the hops that in my mind remind me of the slightest hints of grapefruit. Despite the high ABV, the alcohol is undetectable... that is until you drink more than 2 or 3 pints :)
I suspect the flavor will get even better with some age, but I have a feeling its not gonna last long enough!

This beer is one IPA drinkers will adore, so don't fear the Rye!! Embrace it and you will indeed SMILE!

Thank you Denny!! I'll be brewing you again soon! (Posted on 6/7/14)
Denny does it again Review by brianpablo
This is hands down the best thing I've ever brewed. This is a symphony of hops that offers everything from apricot to deeply buried phenols, making for a hoppy beer that isn't clubbing you over the head with bitterness. I wish I could have this beer on hand forever, but of course it goes quickly so I'm gaming to get my hands on the Waldo Lake Amber which looks equally amazing. This might not a crowd-pleaser session beer, and it's not gimmicky like a chocolate stout or a wine cross-over, but it's got an amazing subtlety to it and will appeal to anyone who knows beer. My advice: If Denny designs a beer, brew it. (Posted on 3/3/14)
Very good RyePA! Review by Brett
I used 2 packs of US-05. 1 week pri and 4 weeks secondary. Finished at 1.017. Dry hopped with 2 oz Columbus for the last week. Very good version of a rye ipa. Next time I will try Denny's yeast and only go 1 oz dry hop (and I am a hophead). Very happy that I can brew my own ryeipa! (Posted on 12/19/13)
My Favorite Review by Tom
I've brewed a dozen or so kits from Northern Brewer and this is my favorite. The flavors are complex, rich and well balanced. I love it. (Posted on 10/25/13)
Excellent Rye IPA! Review by Matt
I've brewed this twice so far and will put it back on the list to have ready for next summer. The second batch I added the Columbus at the end of the boil instead of dry hopping it and I will do it that way again next time I brew it as I like the results slightly better in a comparison taste. I used the US 05 option on both batches. This is a delicious beer. (Posted on 10/7/13)
Perfect for my palate! Review by Jeremy
This is about the most well-balanced well-rounded beer that I've ever had! When it's young the spice of the rye is prominent but after being bottle conditioned for 4-6 weeks the flavors just marry perfectly. It's like a spicy brown ale meets a double IPA. Rich enough for winter and crisp enough for a summer evening. Why more people don't buy this is beyond me! I believe I ended up around 7.5% ABV. Definitely a contest winner. A friend made the all grain and I made the extract version... The extract came out more full-bodied. (Posted on 2/3/13)
Great IPA, enjoying every bottle Review by ChrisR
Easy to make, pleasant hop bitterness. I thought the rye could have been bumped up a little, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Would make again. (Posted on 9/27/12)
Delicious!!! Review by miked4041
Followed the directions and turned out a great beer. The spiciness of the rye malt plays well against the hops without being overpowering. I have been brewing for a year now and believe, along with others, that this is the best beer I've brewed so far. Dennys will be brewed again!!! (Posted on 5/24/12)
Denny Does Not Dissapoint Review by Vertijoe
Used the Wyeast, and followed the directions. We did 2 weeks in the primary and 4 in the secondary. After having so much luck with the Waldo Lake Amber, I was hopeful. This recipe is probably in our top 2 so far. The rye gives combined with the hops gives this beer a big ber flavor without the alcohol of a BIG beer. (Posted on 3/9/12)
Great full flavor Review by Dan
I had great success with this beer. Used the Wyyeast, went exactly by the directions and I love the results. It has a strong enough full bodied flavor for my friends that are IPA lovers like myself. I loved the added aroma of the dry-hops and will be adding them to other recipes. (Posted on 1/23/12)
I Smiled a little Review by Nate from Canada
I had heard of some issues with 1450 yeast, so I fermented half with that yeast and half with US05. Hands down the one with US05 was better. The 1450, formerly CL50 and kept alive by a friend of Denny, just left me with a slimy mouthfeel and not as clean as the US05 The recipe isn't bad, but I would use an alternative yeast.
(Posted on 1/17/12)
Full Flavor, Excellent Balance Review by BaltimoreMike
Just cracked my first one this week and 3 weeks of bottle conditioning . Followed the recipe, including 4 full weeks of secondary before adding the the dry hops for another 10-12 days. Bottled this one instead of kegging. The beer has a great color, great aroma, and the taste is fantastic. This is about my 12th or 13th different batch, and I would say it ranks in the top 1 or 2. (Posted on 12/30/11)
Excellent! Review by Bob in milwaukee
This beer is unique and nothing like it. I ended up at 7.5% ABV, and it's delicious. I doubled the dry hop and skipped the last minute boil addition. Smooth, full flavored, med-full bodied, hop finish - I'll be brewing this one again! (Posted on 12/10/11)

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