Denny's Wry Smile Rye IPA All-Grain Kit

SKU: U1974

Hefty in all respects, this IPA is brewed with almost 20% rye malt. Full-bodied, hoppy, strong, and very unique.

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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

Excellent all grain rye kit Review by Michael
First rye I tried. I am a regular all grain brewer in Burkina Faso, Africa. I use a RIMS system and brew 40L/batch. Bought this kit x2 and use non-adjusted local water (ph 5.3. Hit predidted gravity in pre-boil wort after 60 min @ 153f. Primary 3 weeks, secondary 3 weeks, bottle two weeks. Excellent IPA! Great recipe, will brew this again soon. (Posted on 3/5/15)
The most delicious brew I have ever tasted Review by Matt
Just a few brewing notes. I do find it a bit difficult to brew because I get what I would call a "stuck sparge"-- enough rye grains seem to create a sticky plug that the sparge cannot easily break through. I find that I have to help the sparge a bit manually.
I don't bottle condition, I keg condition and I have found that it enhances the flavor to condition in the keg under light CO2 for at least 2 to 3 weeks.
I follow the NB recipe almost exactly and I do get the gravity specification and I measure about 8.0% abv in my final brew.
I have tried making it with the dry yeast and I feel it just does not have that radiant complexity that I find when I use the Denny's Favorite 50 liquid custom yeast.
My friend from San Diego is a huuuge beer nut and is very active in the San Diego beer scene. He happened to drop by my house while I had some of my Denny Wry Smile Rye IPA on tap in my kegerator-- He was totally blown away!! He could not get enough.
This is my favorite ever and I am so proud that I can make this. (Posted on 12/28/14)
Wow! Review by Henry
I've brewed this one twice now, and have loved it each time. The only problem is that it is too delicious and I've got to keep re-making it. (Posted on 8/12/14)
its pretty sweet. Review by Dave
This is great beer.brewed 5-6 differnt ryes this is best one yet.Rebel rye porter up next we will see how it compares.Its hoppy but not over the top.Has a sweet taste to it that makes it quite tasty.It wiil be RIP soon for this one.goin fast (Posted on 6/30/14)
Great beer Review by Rob
Brewed on 12/1 and really came into its own around 2/21. Long time to wait, but well worth it. Spicy, great nose, moderate bitterness at the end. I prefer a maltier IPA but this one is really drinkable smooth on tap. Next up west coast IPA. (Posted on 2/22/14)
Excellent Review by Jacob
This was my second all grain batch. The kits are well prepared and make the process easy. I just bottled this beer and it tastes great. I’m going to have trouble waiting for this beer to carbonate! Another excellent kit from Northern Brewer! (Posted on 12/31/13)
Just Brew This Recipe!!! Review by Patrick
I've always been a big fan of IPA's and I have always liked RyePA's as well, however, I've often found with the RyePA's that I could only kind of sip on them. Not the case with this one. This is eminently drinkable - it is outstanding! Best RyePA I've ever had and clearly the best I've ever made. (Posted on 10/8/13)
Excellent Review by Carm
Hoppy and bitter with great rye flavor (Posted on 9/18/13)
Delicious Review by Shawn
I was very excited to make this. I enjoy RYE IPA and this did not dissapoint in the least. I cannot wait to brew this again. (Posted on 9/10/13)
Just transferred to secondary Review by Dan
I brewed this to be my fall beer.....very nice rye taste already and hopped just the way I like my IPAs....I am afraid this will not last long in my house... (Posted on 8/30/13)
Deliscious! Review by Eric
Great beer! I have brewed 28 all grain batches, this may be my best beer to date. I would highly recommend to anyone who is an IPA fan! The rye and hop selection play great with one another.
Cheers (Posted on 8/7/13)
A nicely prepared kit Review by LRodZilla
I always appreciate the well-prepared kits from NB. This is no exception. This was my first rye brew - very nice. (Posted on 8/2/13)
Beautiful Rye IPA Review by N8Beer
This is a very nice Rye IPA. It has great bitterness and lots of the rye flavor you'll be looking for. My OG was about 1.076 with a FG of 1.011. My only complaint is that the beer is a bit too sweet for my tastes. This is a very beautiful looking beer though! (Posted on 11/8/12)
Great! Review by cluwood
Well balanced with a distinct flavor.
Just a great beer! (Posted on 6/21/12)
A must brew Review by Robert
The only problem with this recipe is that you have to brew again quickly, because it doesn't last long. Fantastic beer, everyone who tried it loved it - even my wife, who doesn't generally like hoppy beers. She wants me to brew it again asap. I missed the gravity a bit, it turned out about 7% abv, and was still fantastic. It'll probably be even better once I improve my efficiency. Highly recommend! (Posted on 6/14/12)
Simply The Best Beer Ever Review by Herpe_TLB
If you are a fan of rye and IPAs, this is simply the best beer you will ever drink. NB got the body, spice, and bitterness precisely balanced in this treat. This is one of those beers you cannot keep around long enough - everybody loves it!! (Posted on 6/2/12)
Excellent Review by codemunki
This was my first Denny recipe and it turned out great. It has a mild spiciness from the rye and a big hop flavor and aroma. It is easily as good as my two favorite commercial rye beers: SN's Ruthless Rye and Founders' Red's Rye PA. If you like those beers, then you can't go wrong with Wry Smile. Kudos, Denny. (Posted on 5/29/12)
Wow Factor Review by Basevol
This is a great beer, numbers were good and used the wyeast 1450. great balance with the rye and the hops pop out. Take your time with this one, We love the beer! Great kit. (Posted on 2/25/12)
Amazing Review by Ian
This is by far the best IPA I have brewed to date. The spiciness of the Rye mixed with FWH and the aroma of the Columbus makes this beer one of my favorite IPAs ever. Do not hesitate to buy this kit, you will not be disappointed. (Posted on 2/20/12)
Great IPA Review by sol
-OG was 1.082
-7 gal boil, 5 gal batch
-2 liter 1450 starter
-fermented at 65-70
-2 weeks primary, 1+month secondary, 2 weeks dry hopped

Amazing IPA err RyePA. Incredibly smooth for it's young age and alcohol content. If you like IPA, you cant lose with this one. Just make sure you pitch plenty of yeast to match the OG.

I agree with another one of the reviews that it is a tad sweet and a lower mash may make an amazing beer even better. (Posted on 2/10/12)
Spicy first all grain effort Review by newbybrewer
This was my first all grain brew. I had no idea what it would be like and was afraid it would be a watery disaster. I followed the instructions in the NB video as exactly as I could. The results were much better than I expected. The ale is a spicy, citrusy, hoppy delight. The best way I can compare it to extract brewing is: extract is like a musical triad, all grain is the full chord. This ale is a symphony of flavors. (Posted on 1/30/12)
Very tasty! Review by joel125
Kegged this beer the other day and my wife and I love it. It's better than the IPA and my local brewery. I kegged after 1 week in primary and 24 hours secondary at 35 degrees with Bio Fine clear added. Beer turned out awesome. (Posted on 1/23/12)
deeeeelicious!! Review by christi
Second time making this beer and it has not disappointed! It is one of our favorites and I need to get another batch going before this keg is emptied. (Posted on 1/13/12)
Awesome Review by Erik Malmgren
Just drank the last one while watching the Packers whomp on the Bears (again).

What a wonderful late fall/early winter drink! I added a pound of base malt to make up for batch sparging, but followed the recipe, except that I used US-05 instead of Dennys Fav. 50.

I'll use Dennys yeast next time, just to try it out, but I cant imagine it much better!

For the record, my last 18 beers were in the fridge about 3 weeks before I cracked them open and its a wonder what a difference that time made in terms of head and head retention.

Will be brewing again very soon! (Posted on 12/26/11)
AWESOME Review by Erik Malmgren
Drinking through my 5 gallons right now. Stuff is disappearing fast!

Brewed per instructions and gave it 4 weeks in primary. I love this beer!

Great job Denny and kudos to NB! (Posted on 12/4/11)
a home run! Review by rich32501
This by far the best recipe I have ever bought from NB. Brewed per instructions. I see why this is such a favorite now. Blown away by flavor and body. A raft of whip cream like head held tight all the way to the bottom of the pint. Perfectly bittered. Wife said I didn't think I would like this so much. First time using 1450 and Im very impressed. (Posted on 11/15/11)
My new favorite. Review by TrBeau17
I was hoping this beer would be similar to Founders Red RyePA and its very close. I absolutely love it. The rye blends perfectly with the hops to give it a slight twist on a traditional IPA. I've done about 30-40 batches at this point and this one is my new favorite. I even came in a little light with a OG of 1.060 and its still awesome. Next time I might add an additional hop addition at the 5 min or 2 min mark, just to tweak it, but its really an awesome brew. (Posted on 11/13/11)
This is a must brew! Review by Hopbomb
I originally brewered this beer back in 2007 and it was great then. I thought I would try this again, but use Denn's Fav 1450 yeast this go around. Wow, this beer is the best! I did bump up the dry hops by a .5 oz in the secondary. This is one of my favorite IPAs ever. (Posted on 9/22/11)
New House Beer Review by Uncle McSwagger
Wow, I just took my first swig off the keg and had my mind blown. Many good people and patriots claim this as a house beer according to the thread, and I am certainly going to be joining them.

It's got hops that grab you and swing, and the rye fits the bill just perfectly. Kudos to Denny Conn for making such remarkable beer. My house will no longer be a home without it. (Posted on 9/4/11)
Great beer...but a little thick Review by bee
This is a great recipe, but the combination of Wyeast 1450 and mashing at 153F resulted in a beer that was a little thick for me even though it finished at 1.012 and was kegged. I rebrewed this with wlp001 (Wyeast 1056 would be just as good), mashed at 150F and sparged at 168F (the recipe calls for 170F) and liked it much better. I hit my numbers both times and have temp controlled fermentation, so I know a higher flocculating yeast and cooler mash temp are what got me the beer I like best. If you want a really full bodied beer I'd recommend brewing as is, but I like my IPAs to be a little drier. (Posted on 8/30/11)
Absolutely great Beer! Review by Wolfgang
This is the first time I tried it. I usually love Russian Rivers Pliny the Elder Beer but after having one of those at the Hopyard and then trying my Wry Smile, I hate to blow my own horn but this is better. It came out at 1.84 OG 1.012 FG and fermented at 65 deg F. Bottled half of it and kegged the other. Very clear, great long lasting head and a very nice hop aroma. The Rye leaves a nice spicyness and can only recommend this kit very highly. (Posted on 7/13/11)
Love this IPA you must Review by Sparky
So I read some reviews on this beer and wasent sure about it being a rye but man this is a must brew more than once I am ordering it for the second time and am going to re-pitch the 50/50 yeast so that I can brew this a few more times . (Posted on 2/27/11)
Awesome IPA Review by mitchar19
Great hop aroma, smooth bitterness with a little spiciness. Good body and a little sweetness to balance it all out. Great recipe, will be brewing this again for sure. (Posted on 10/26/10)
Great beer Review by wzl46
After reading on the forums about this beer for a couple years, I finally got around to brewing it when NB offered it as a kit. Why did I wait so long? This beer is a big, delicious, hoppy brew that is sure to please anybody who tastes it if I don't drink it all myself.
I missed OG by 7 points, but it still finished up at about 6.7%. When putting a beer on tap after carbing for a few days, I normally draw off half of a pint and dump it to get rid of the stuff that settled to the bottom of the keg. There were some hop flakes from secondary and other schmutz that came out, but when I smelled it, I also had to taste it. I wasn't throwing this half pint away. I let the hops settle to the bottom of the glass for 30 minutes or so, and decanted the good beer off the top into my gullet.
It reminds me of NB's 3 Hearted Ale, but a bit heftier in flavor and mouthfeel. Thanks Denny for the magic, and thanks NB for selling this kit. (Posted on 8/17/10)

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