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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Rye HopperRye Hopper

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-22-2008)
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Photo of detlefchef

North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev -38.5%

Pours an enticing copper color with attractive beige head that dissipates into moderate lacing. So, in other words, nice enough to good. That, unfortunately, is where the charm sort of ends.

Smells a bit like tomatoes, which, mind you, I tend to find in Rye ales. But this one was less an accent and more pronounced, which I didn't much like. The flavors are particularly grassy and somewhat cooked, which makes me wonder about the condition of the bottle (mind you, it was in the cooler of a very, very popular beer store). The texture itself was a bit washed out and the cooked nature of the finish certainly had ill-effects on the drinkability.

07-18-2010 20:40:00 | More by detlefchef
Photo of Snow81


2.48/5  rDev -35.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy muddy orange

Head: Light tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Funk and big bright hops

Taste: Funk! I have now had a total of four different beers with this odd note and can’t pin point the flavor name, anyways there’s also a bit of bitterness I get in the back

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Funk on the finish with a hint of bitter and the rye sticks on the end

05-26-2011 03:46:41 | More by Snow81
Photo of mbrown26

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -28.5%

A: The appearance was good with an orange to amber color that had some bubbles and a nice white head. There was a bit of haziness to the color.

S: Loved the smell as it was very fresh without having citrus notes.

T: First beer with rye and the rye was upfront. It was a little bit too "dry" for me.

M: A little bit too much carbonation for my tastes. Not sure if this is purposeful with the style... The rye and carbonation was prominent on the palate.

D: I had a hard time finishing this one. I'm still learning what I like and may have to revisit this one day when my experience grows.

11-04-2010 13:20:37 | More by mbrown26
Photo of ShanePB


2.75/5  rDev -28%

04-18-2013 15:44:21 | More by ShanePB
Photo of t0rin0


2.75/5  rDev -28%

10-01-2012 01:05:44 | More by t0rin0
Photo of PhillyStyle


2.83/5  rDev -25.9%

22oz bottle
5.9% abv
59 ibu

The beer appeared a deep, dark red, very much not what I expected, but for the better. A small off-white head was produced that was not all that well retained.

The aroma was a nice toasted rye aroma and a hint of hops, but overall, the aroma was lighter than expected.

The taste was extremely, overly bitter and there was not much rye flavor at all. Definitely reminded me of a DIPA.

The beer had a nice body to it, medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability suffers from the bitterness. The beer also had a dry bitter aftertaste. Overall, it appears that I should give this beer another shot based on the other reviews.

06-01-2009 23:37:21 | More by PhillyStyle
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-24-2014 22:16:14 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of FriedSlug

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-08-2013 23:33:21 | More by FriedSlug
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-29-2012 12:31:03 | More by maryd837
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-06-2011 16:56:34 | More by Lantern
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-02-2012 23:37:58 | More by jaswilson2
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-07-2013 20:37:41 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

picked up a bomber at a specialty beer store on Hilton Head Island.
poured a nice amber with a decent tan head and nice lacing as the head whisked away.
Smell was ok with spiceiness from therye possible coming through...some hoppy aromas as well. Malt is evident as well.
Taste seemed a bit off here. Have to wonder of the freshness of the bottle??
Just seemed to have metallic notes that really got in the way of the comlexity of the beer.
Couldnt find a date to confirm, but wouldnt seek this out again at this point.

07-22-2011 12:02:45 | More by dmamiano
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

A - A deep copper, with some head and lace retention.

S - Amber and rye. Slight tabacco

T - Sweet, malty, maybe a little touch of bourbon? Definitely has some alcohol up front at the finish, which is surprising for an under 6% brew

M - Full bodied, lots of carbonation

O - An average rye beer.

11-03-2012 03:29:09 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Cresant


3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was amber and clear. The nearly white head left a healthy amount of lace in the glass.

The smell was of hard candy. Sour, leafy, spicy, and sweet. Dark bread, rye.

The taste was sweet and grainy first and then grassy bitterness. The bitterness lingered, ebbs and then returns in waves. There is some modest spiciness here as well as apples and other fruitiness. I would rather it not have as much breadiness, but more earthy happiness. No bad, but not one I would seek out again.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected with a medium to thin body. Modest, but adequate carbonation.

04-29-2012 13:51:15 | More by Cresant
Photo of ArrogantB


3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

I got this in a recent trade but I cannot remember who sent it to me, thank you whoever you are! Dark amber color but not brown and yet not orange. Smells pretty nondescript, I was expecting hops given the label. The label also led me to believe I would taste rye in this beer but I got almost none of it. I did get a bit of oxidation though. Overall this was quite an average beer, not bad but not special at all.

05-15-2011 22:41:31 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

There is a mere hint of a head above a hazed, ruddy-amber beer with an orange glow when held to the light. Slight rings of lace are deposited on the tulip glass.

Light pine sap aroma with very subtle orange. Altogether there is little going on.

The flavor is almost entirely dominated by grapefruit with high bitterness and a long, dry finish. Each sip includes a bitter bite that lingers.

A full body with soft texture and light carbonation. This one is very dry from the beginning through the end with light alcohol.

This is a decent beer, but should be consumed with a meal.

04-22-2012 18:38:32 | More by SLeffler27
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-02-2013 03:47:48 | More by LJWalker
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-03-2014 22:16:07 | More by GClarkage
Photo of swh1972

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-19-2012 13:59:15 | More by swh1972
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-25-2014 00:33:37 | More by Nolen12
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-16-2014 22:45:56 | More by KFrank729
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-26-2014 20:38:58 | More by Jeeb
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

09-03-2012 00:28:12 | More by jeanphony
Photo of Khazadum


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Insanely carbonated beverage here. Gentle pour created two fingers of head in my ten ounce pint glass. Get outta town with thgis one. Top is creamy, awesome, like freshly made styrofoam before you rip into it with rage and dismay at the direction your life may have gone.

Nice golden honey body that is clear reveals constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Retention time is very appropriate, strong puffy lacing lingers around the edges making perfect circles.

Smells of pine, mild citrus, and a bit of spiciness that could only be the rye. Pretty simple build. Minor astringency of spices and plastic comes forth on the back end as it warms.

First impressions are mixed and confused. Seems to have the hops dominate the front while the rye spices up the back end? Interesting mix-up here. Again the opening is a bit citrus, a whole lot of pine, and a nice spiced back end. Nothing amazing, just simple.

Mild body has a very crisp opening, dry finish ( and middle for what its worth ), and mild lingering potential in the cracks and crevices of my mouth. Drinks easy, and I'm glad to have tried this. Probably wouldn't suggest this as the be all end all rye beer, though.

01-19-2011 23:22:39 | More by Khazadum
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Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.