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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Rye HopperRye Hopper

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BA SCORE
86
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
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 womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

StoneTSR, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

SilentSabre, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of drummerben
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

drummerben, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

KYGunner, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Onenote81, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sgttibbs, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

injuredreserve, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ryfree, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Brinks, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Bamarooster, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jkball01, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Lob, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BigTrubble, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Brenden, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

sommersb, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of glazeman
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

glazeman, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

DeltaGolfSierra, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Teleweizen2, Sep 28, 2012
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.