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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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87
very good

134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-22-2008

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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 239
Photo of detlefchef
2.39/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (648 characters)

Photo of Snow81
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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 (422 characters)

Photo of mbrown26
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (591 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (658 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (520 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (298 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (414 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (667 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (581 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Dark brown and transparent in color, no copper, no red, just straight brown. A very unusual color. The head was about a quarter-inch thick, lively and had decent retention.

SMELL: Hops, oak and rye dominate the nose, it smells complex, but not very strong.

TASTE: Not at all what I expected, like the color, this one tastes like a brown ale with some rye added. Very nutty with some toasted malt flavor, of course, the rye. A hint of smokiness also enters the picture towards the end and it sort of finishes like a dry porter.

MOUTHFEEL: Surprisingly light for what tastes like a brown ale, it is crisp and refreshing, which is good, cause I just finished an intense shift at the bar and I'm exhausted and thirsty. A nice finish to the day.

OVERALL: This is a unique beer. It isn't something I would go for all the time, but when I was in the mood for something a little different the Rye Hopper would do the trick. (931 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking orange bronze body with a finger and a half craggy, foamy head that falls to a spotty blanket of frost in about a minute or so; laces the sides of the glass nicely.
Smell is nice, being comprised of rye bread and sweet, citrusy hops. There's also a touch of caramel hiding deep down, but herbal / grassy nuances dominate this one.
Flavour, too, is rye and sweet, citrusy hops with a pleasantly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is rather average being neither offensive or spectacular. Weight is about what one would expect from something in the 5%-ish range, and carbonation is just enough to give your mouth a very gentle tickle. Certainly not my style, but a decent beer nevertheless. I would imagine the IPA crowd would like this one. (743 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer is amber in color with a white head and a touch of haze.

S: Slightly sweet on the nose with a nice hoppiness to it. It has a bit of grapefruit as well as orange zest and lemon. Some other fruit notes, though they're a bit less obvious. And there's toasted bread on the background.

T: The malt components are a bit more on display on the palate. Toast, bread, and plenty of rye to start off. The hop flavor is mostly grapefruit with a touch of lemon zest and only a moderate bitterness. While the flavor isn't bad, I don't really enjoy it much for some reason. Perhaps it's the hint of chocolate on the finish.

M: Medium in body and medium in carbonation.

O: Not something I'd really look to have again. Not my kind of beer. (776 characters)

Photo of drummerben
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Deep amber color with two finger white, frothy head. Was surprised by the creamy white head on such a deep amber-colored beer.

Smelled of rye and pine. Taste was less hop and more spice than expected. Heavy on the rye, but not the best rye beer I've had. Light hop notes, but predominantly rye with a nice malty balance. Good mouthfeel with medium body and nice lacing. Smooth finish with a bit of a kick.

As much as I like rye, I didn't love this one. Might pick up a bomber to compare, but won't seek this one out. (551 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean clear copper color, the head is very thin and fizzy. Rye malt nose, rye malt flavor this a properly called a Rye Ale. The feel is incredibly thin, almost watery. Nothing particularly remarkable about it but it certainly presents itself as what it is...a Rye Ale. (268 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark rusty orange with a thin white head on top. Recedes to just a sheet across the surface. Some lace is left behind after each sip. I don't know what to make of the nose. At first whiff, I get sawdust, grain, and sour fruit. But as I'm sipping and taking a breath, this resembles wet gym clothes and locker room. Seriously. It smells odd to me.

Good crisp clean mouth. Fair carbonation. Refreshing finish. The rye really makes itself known in the flavor. Grainy start but gives way to slight souring notes, and a dry finish. I've wanted to try this one for awhile, and finally pulled the trigger. I'm not sure it's one I would make a regular buy, but I'm glad I tried it. (721 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of Macky20 in a recent trade. Poured into a snifter. Thanks a lot Matt!

A: Dark amber in color with a hint of orange. There is a fluffy 2 finger white head that has excellent lacing and moderate retention. Overall, this is a beautiful beer.

S: The weakest part of this beer in my opinion. There is not much going on here, and the nose definitely leavings me wanting more. I get a little bit of rye, but not much, and a tad of cherry.

T: Thankfully the taste is way more interesting, deep, and complex than the smell. Lots of rye up front, and as the beer warms, the bitter hop profile comes alive at the finish. This is a very nicely balanced beer.

M: Spot on mouthfeel. There is a nice aftertaste, a medium body, and a nice level of carbonation.

D: Pretty high drinkability, although as this warms that bitter hops become a little too pronounced for me. (875 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Corsair taproom in Nashville.

A clear, dark amber colored beer with a small white head. Very hoppy aroma with a citrus character. Taste is crisp and bitter with the rye and hops dominating over the malt backbone. Medium body that finished dry and bitter.

A good beer but probably not something I'd choose again. (336 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750 after enjoying this beer on tap at the brewpub.

The color is a deep gold verging on more of a pale amber. A soft, fluffy but sturdy little white head forms, fading to a foam that leaves light, spotty lacing.
The smell is a clean balance of hops (citrus), caramel malts, and rye bread.
The taste is where this one differs from the tap; not only is it not as well balanced, the rye is tangy with an astringent, metallic tinge that makes for a bad aftertaste. I don't know what happened here, but it was in a bottle from the brewery itself and one from a local store.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. There's a nice smoothness after an initial crisp nip.
This is still a good beer if you can try to get over that aftertaste, but I'd recommend it from the tap. (791 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark shade of amber, nearly brown. Head is average, but a nice amount of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is herbal, floral, and malty, and pleasing to the nose. The taste is malt-forward - nutty and bready - with rye also playing a big role, adding spiciness and a tingle on the tongue. Hop flavors are in the background, and are mainly floral. I think it would benefit from more citrus hop flavors to provide better balance. It's a decent rye, but not a memorable one. (487 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a woody mahogany amber color. There is a sparkly character from the steady stream of tight champagne like bubbles though virtually no head just a film of white bubbles. Though it leaves thick lacing against the glass with every sip.

S - nose is simple yet pleasant. Strong malt character with noticeable earthy rye. Theres also notes of tree nuts and toast. Bright aromas of candied orange peel round out the nose.

T - lots of nutty flavors and multigrain toast up front. The center is rich with malt flavors of toffee playing off of bright citric hop notes. Finish is quick and dry.

M - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth texture. High carbonation with tight scrubbing bubbles.

O - a very enjoyable ale. Balanced and flavorful. Great for a cool evening. (770 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper body supporting just over an inch of bone white foam that recedes relatively quickly leaving some thin rings of lacing.Aroma consists predominantly of herbal spiciness,brown bread,dirt weed and mild pine.Flavor profile contains strong tea leaf hoppiness,dull citrus,blonde tobacco,aspirin and sourdough.Mouthfeel is light/medium with a rough,edged hop bitterness and an almost tinny malt finish.Lightly resinous.Overall,a mediocre hoppy rye beer in my opinion. (480 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first French Broad (love the name) beer I have ever picked up. The Rye Hopper was poured into a standard pint glass, and it looked darker than I was expecting. The body was a deep shade of copper and clear, and the head atop was foamy. I did not see any carbonation streamers. The smell was sweet and fruity, which is odd for a beer named Rye Hopper. The taste was also sweet and mildly bitter. The bready taste was followed by a bit of spiciness. The body was soft, but this beer lacked the carbonation to make it feel creamy. Easy to drink for sure, but not the most memorable beer made with Rye. (610 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange amber with a half inch of white head and some very nice lacing.

S-Malty, a hint of sour rye graininess and a bit of earthy hops.

T-Nice. A bit sour in the front and some nice sweet malt and some mild hop bite in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Tasty, sessionable,

HV (308 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark caramel body that is crystal clear with a slow carbonation of bubbles that feed a bubbly beige head.

S- The light aroma of soft herbal pungent hops is soft and finishes with a plastic aroma that grows as the beer warms. The hop aroma does not grow as it warms.

T- The dry biscuit toasted notes give way to a green spicy hop flavor that compliments a spicy rye note aswell. There is a soft but full vegital pungency and a green grapefruit pith note that lingers. Some citrus notes come through in the hops as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft fizzy hint in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some good soft rye spice to compliment the hops, but the only real hops flavor is a strong pungent bitterness and not a lot of hop flavor and aroma. (861 characters)

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Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.