1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Rye HopperRye Hopper

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 227
Reviews: 134
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 134 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of detlefchef
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

detlefchef, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Snow81
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
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

Snow81, May 26, 2011
Photo of mbrown26
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

mbrown26, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -28%

ShanePB, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

PhillyStyle, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -21.5%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of FriedSlug
3/5  rDev -21.5%

FriedSlug, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of maryd837
3/5  rDev -21.5%

maryd837, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -21.5%

jaswilson2, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of dmamiano
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

dmamiano, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

BeerDawgs, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Cresant, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

ArrogantB, May 15, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

SLeffler27, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

GRG1313, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

LJWalker, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of swh1972
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

swh1972, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Nolen12
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Nolen12, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of KFrank729
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Jeeb
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Jeeb, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

jeanphony, Sep 03, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.