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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 131 | Display Reviews Only:
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kayakandbeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-24-2013 23:52:19 | More by kayakandbeer
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-22-2013 16:00:49 | More by RBorsato
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stephensinner

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-16-2013 04:17:03 | More by stephensinner
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber brown with red around the edges and a small soapy head. Aroma is heavy on the spice, with a dash of dish soap smell, sweet caramel and toffee, and a tinge of pine. Flavor very much highlights the rye, spicey black pepper, some pine bite, bit of dark dry fruit with serious dry finish. Has some qualities of a dubbel but without much sweetness. Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes dry. Very true to the rye here, and does not go all IPA on you like a lot of "rye" pales do. I respect that.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:44:15 | More by BMMillsy
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-07-2013 20:37:41 | More by Whiskeydeez
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-29-2013 20:53:25 | More by KevinGordon
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-19-2013 03:02:26 | More by sgttibbs
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-01-2013 14:20:14 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-24-2013 02:12:33 | More by grover37
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 16:57:55 | More by StlHopHead77
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-15-2013 17:19:10 | More by tbryan5
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before it slithers down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a full sheet behind on the glass.

S- Crisp and a bit citrusy with a slight malt sweetness.

T- The rye balances out the hop bite precisely making for a drink that's just as malty and spicy as it is grassy and fruity. Lingering bitterness.

M- Oily and a bit sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body that's on the full side.

O- Nothing too complex but it is effective in its execution. Drinkable, enjoyable and flavorful. Isn't that all that matters?

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:38:05 | More by Immortale25
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-13-2013 22:03:41 | More by zekeman17
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fastrodney

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-07-2013 20:24:54 | More by fastrodney
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-26-2013 02:24:17 | More by injuredreserve
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber color, with an off white head, left plenty spongy lace. Aroma was floral with the hops, some citrus, spicy rye, caramel sweetness. Tastes of citrus, sweet nuttiness, spicy, fruity rye notes, hints of pine. Bitterness is medium. Body is medium, low to medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, easy to quaff.

Nice ipa, not world class, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:19:34 | More by EgadBananas
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-19-2013 02:56:27 | More by WDJersey
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LikeARollingStout

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-30-2013 22:16:28 | More by LikeARollingStout
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark amber brownish with a short tan light head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: spicey pepper from the rye, pine hops

T: nice rye presence without being overpowering, peppery and bready with a crisp hop finish, bitter pine resin at the end

M: thinner with lower carbonation

O: rye is present but not outlandish, balanced well with the hops but neither flavor is powerful

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:08:50 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-28-2013 01:11:03 | More by Rifugium
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mweso2000

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2013 23:45:28 | More by mweso2000
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baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-26-2013 23:12:18 | More by baklo
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Daktah

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright copper with good dose of slightly off-white head. Great lacing left behind. Smell is lots of fresh, crisp rye bread and citrus hops. Taste brings more of the same, with spicy rye notes, citrus hops, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a subtle earthy taste. Perfect balance between malt and hops. Mouthfeel is slightly above medium, and exceedingly drinkable.

This is the gold standard of rye beers for me. Only Founders Red's Rye and the Lenny Bruce beer from He'Brew showcase rye as well as Rye Hopper does. Pair this with some great music at the French Broad tasting room and you have a perfect combo.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 14:33:03 | More by Daktah
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Bamarooster

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-26-2013 22:40:26 | More by Bamarooster
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

04-18-2013 15:44:21 | More by ShanePB
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.