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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | 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 tastybeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking brew. Woody auburn color topped by an initially large tan, finely bubbled head. Aroma is of decomposing leaves, wood, mulch mixed with cocoa, orange pulp, sweet grain and spice. Taste is interesting. Earthy cocoa + mulch, root veggies (perhaps beets and/or potatoes), rye tartness, and a little caramel. Texture is slippery smooth, undisturbed by the extra fine carbonation. All the while, various flavors slide around within a medium body. The slickness makes this go down very easy, leaving the the mouth thinly coated.

This is an interesting brew. A nice change of pace from the all the IPAs I've been drinking lately.

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled June 21, 2010.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a small foamy island and ring, but does leave some nice lacing.

Rye bread is heavy on the nose with a good deal of citrus, earthy, grassy, floral hops, a little caramel and toffee, good strength.

Flavor features strong grapefruit hops, a little pine and earth, caramel, and a nice wave of rye bread in the middle with its inherent spiciness that meshes well with the bitterness from the hops on the finish. Very well balanced and quite robust and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a bit oily.

Wow, this one exceeded expectations, right up there with the fantastic Red's Rye from Founders. The best French Broad brew I've had to date.

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.

Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a clear and bright amber color.
s - citrus, sweet malts, rye.
t - piney and citrusy hops with a bit of spice.
m - crisp and medium.
o - solid rye beer with a lot of hop punch.

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.

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up this 22oz while in TN over Christmas.

Pours with a creamy, off-white head... not something I would've expected. Body is a very cloudy, dirty-amber. Lots of lacing. Big points on all appearance levels, esp for the style and being under 6%.

Aromas are full of bitter rye, with some sweet candy alcohol to balance. Some butter leaf lettuce, touch of pumpernickel, and a finish of soap.

Flavor is very hop-forward. The mouthfeel is creamy, and relatively light/thin compared to most rye-focused beers. Flavors have lots of floral and herbal (tobacco) qualities, along with a white pepper bite. Great dose of rye malt.

I've been on a rye love affair for the past few months, with both beer and whiskey, so maybe my review is overinflated, but if you enjoy rye and all that it brings, give this one a try... very affordable, too.

Photo of stephensinner
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ninaturner
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no freshness dating that pours a clear, dark amber body with a one-finger light tan head. A small amount of lacing.

The aroma is akin to an APA with some grassy/piney hop notes and a little bready malt. I got a strong scent of the rye upon the first pour, but it faded very quickly.

The flavor follows the aroma closely with a touch more of the malt flavor present than in the aroma. I also get more of the rye flavor in the taste. Fairly well blended overall.

Light texture in the mouthfeel and relatively drinkable overall. Not a show-stopper, but a decent offerning.

Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks urbancaver!

A-transparent amber with white head that sticks around for a while.
S-pleasantly hoppy with a slight bit of rye. Not too much of wither and nicely balanced
T-more rye than hops for a dry crisp finish. Wish it tasted more like it smelled, hence the dip in the ratings
M-medium bodied and crisp and clean finish. Really dry finish as well
D-OK but nothing too special

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. pours a hazy golden-amber, with a 1/2" foamy creme-colored head that slowly reduces with decent retention along the sides. Got this, along with all my other Asheville, NC brews, from my sister and brother-in-law during Christmas. Thanks guys!

Has a hoppy, citrus smell, with a smokey malt backbone. There's an underlying leafy, almost peaty aroma as well.

Presents bitter, mildly lemony, and somewhat sweet, with a nice citrus profile. Somewhat grassy, this is a very pleasant session style beer.

Mild to medium bodied, with a lingering bitterness after it finishes.

Like many of the Asheville beers I've had, it is more timid than it need be. Still, I would happily put another down on a warm summer day on the beach!

Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BSP.

Served in a pint glass. Dark copper, mostly clear but a slight bit of haze. Nice little whitish head fades quickly.
Nose is hoppy. Not much of the rye there.
Taste is spicy rye, interweaving pine hops and malts, and more lingering bready rye. Nice combination of flavors.
Pretty decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Nice beer.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - medium clear amber body small boring white head.

S - rye and grapefruits. Good nose.

T - bitter. Citrus. A bit of spice and grapefruit. Nice tasting. Tastes along the lines of a rye ipa.

M- pretty smooth, medium bodied.

D - quite drinkable. Tasty. Good things.

Photo of benloho
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RyanAU
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ncvbc
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a brownish hue with amber and ruby shades. Minimal head and retention isn't the greatest. Smell is nice but not what I had expected from a beer with Hopper in the name. Bigger on the malts than anything. Some caramel, chocolate, and a distinct nutty scent. Very light to no hops present, though still very enticing. Taste is much of the same. Reminds me of the malt profile of many Catawba Valley brews. A definite malt presence. Oh so yummy chocolate and caramel malt. A good nutty flavor to compliment. A hoppy flavor shows up toward the finish but could have done wonders if used a bit more liberally. Of course, there is a light spicy flavor, though like the hops not as present as I had imagined. Still, very nice and interesting to say the least. Mouthfeel lacked the bitterness that again I had expected from the name alone. Smooth, good carbonation, though lacking a certain bitterness from the "hopper" in the name. I could have a couple, if not a few, pints of this. A good beer that just didn't live up to my hop head expectations. I still want to give it another go.

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.

Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chuck! This was the pick of the litter so far.

One finger foam head, orange, dark caramel almost, cloudy.

Fresh rye, earthyness, sweet candied smell.

Smooth, rye, sweet, hoppy, resinous, piney.

Rye->Hops->sweetness.

Excellent beer, go on, get it...

Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.