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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, egg shell white head of foam. Short-lived retention and very little lace.

S - It smelled of citrus (mostly orange) and rye bread.

T - Nice citrusy hop presence. Very good rye flavor with some bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied rye brew.

D - This is a pretty good rye beer.

zeff80, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked up a bomber from Princeton Liquors. It's a surprise to find this beer in MN when I didn't see this beer the last time I was in North Carolina.

At first whiff, this beer reminded me of the Middle Ages Wailing Wench, so being a hoppy beer with (my guess here) Ringwood yeast character and duacetyl. After the initial punch of butterscotch candy, there's richly earthy rye layered with biting grapefruit and citrus rind hops. The body is crisp and drinkable and overall this is a fine (and interesting) rye beer. Certainly worth a try.

tempest, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%

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 Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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 birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A - poured a dark yellow / faint orange with a MASSIVE, creamy head. I have never seen such a big head on a beer - with a conservative pour, I had about 5% beer, 95% head.

S - loads of grapefruit/citrus hops and some rye malts with a touch of grass

T - the nose didn't translate to the tongue as much as I would have liked. It starts off with a big malt basis of rye and some sweet caramel. On the finish, I got a lot of bitter, grassy and citrus hops. This is a nicely balanced beer.

M - medium to thin body with some nice carbonation.

D - this is a solid rye beer. It had a nice balance between not only between its malt and hops, but between the profiles withing the malts and hops - sweet and rye malts, citrus and grassy hops. I really enjoyed this one - I wish I would have bought more than one bomber of this.

birchstick, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of branimal9
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from a 22oz bomber shared with Andre - 6/10/2010.

Clear coppery brown in color. Aroma carries butterscotch and caramel. Smells like a candy store, seriously. Upon tasting, the spiciness of the rye and floral hops make their immediate presence felt. A mellow bready & brown sugar taste follow, ushering the sweetness of the aroma back into the finish. A very unexpected and delicious beer.

branimal9, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Lukafer for sharing this bottle with me. Review from notes.

A- Pours a nice hazy amberish brown color. Two finger cream colored head stays around for a short period before dying to a small cap on the beer. Nice streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice citrusy hops (grapefruit) right upfront on this. Light sour rye notes all over this beer as I sniff away. Bready malts in this make up the backbone of the beer. Not really much going on besides these.

T- Nice bitter hops in the front clash with a bitter sour rye taste. I can't believe how well this works in the front. Bready malts in the middle of the beer makes up a good backing to everything else on here. Light bitter yeasty flavor as well mixes well with a backing bitter hop flavor to round out this beer in the end.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for my liking to the style. Medium drying on the palate with this beer. Nice bitter flavor left on the palate and light rye and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Flavors are kind of just there and don't mix together all the way.

D- This was a very drinkable beer. Rye beers are getting to be my favorite style overall and it's because of easy drinkers like these. I personally liked this beer and could have finished a 22oz bottle of this by myself no problem.

alleykatking, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

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 portia99
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with soulforpeanuts. Thanks! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a somewhat dirty looking amber brown color, a bit of haze, and a huge three fingers of head. Takes several gentle pours to get a full serving into the glass. Head is creamy colored with a thick whipped cream body that retains its shape even as it falls. Tons of loose, sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy hops up front with heavy grapefruit, lemon, some pine and a bit of mint. Rye is right up front too, nice and spicy, apple-cinnamon, bready malt and yeasty aromas round things out.

T - Sharply bitter, but rounded out by the spicy and distinctive rye flavor. Lots of rich, bready malt at the base. Good mix of light sweetness, spice, yeasty/bready flavors, and bitter hops. Good interpretation of the style.

M - Medium in body. Carbonation is very high giving a foamy, fizzy feel in the mouth. Lingering bitterness stays behind. Carbonation is a bit distracting with its intensity.

D - Overall, a very good rye beer. Well integrated mix of flavors combining into a complex group of flavors to keep things interesting and balanced. Alcohol level is pretty low at 5.9%. Very good afternoon drinker.

portia99, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -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

sholland119, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Thur123
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer pours a golden orange color with tons of carbonation rushing to the top, literally swirling around one another. Two solid fingers worth of head that sits thick for awhile before I goes down. The smell is fresh crisp rye malt with a juicy fresh hop edge...big or fancy but a truly fresh and solid smelling beer.

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The flavor is comes with a big bready malt flavor that has an awesome grainy edge to it, like wheat and multigrain bread. The hops come in balanced and humbly to add a sweet edge towards the end of the profile. Overall this is great rye malt that could stand for a bit more hops, but perhaps the Terrapin version has me confused because this too is a great Rye beer that offers a good full mouth feel and a beer that's well crafted and traditional.

Thur123, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of evansrdbrew
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Drank on: 2/27/10
22 oz. in pint glass
5.9% ABV 59 IBU SRM 10.5

A= Fine-bubbled 1/16" head on a beautiful dark reddish copper colored ale. Nearly translucent. Head receeded quickly to leave a slight haze on the surface & a very fine bubbled lace.

S= Good whifs of toasty malts & rye notes. Citrus hop freshness.

T= Rich carmel & rye flavors. Nice hop pine & citrus zing. Small hint of sweetness and a nice bitterness from the start through the aftertaste. Good malt flavors balanced well with nice hop freshness. has a nice earthy rye flavor.

MF= Nice med. coating of the mouth which quickly falls away. Lightly carbed but still tingles the tongue. Nice very mild lingering bitterness.

D= good rye beer. Think I may get a keg for our next party as the amber option. Good hoppy freshness increases the drinkablility.

evansrdbrew, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Grabbed a bomber of this before French Broad disappears off of Minnesota shelves.

Appearance- Attractive clear amber with a large white head. A fair amount of lacing as well

Smell- Definate rye aroma, toasted malt, citrus hops, and I believe I pick up a touch of funky earthiness.

Taste- No mistake this is a rye beer. Spicey and toasted. Here is that funk again. Is that as intended? Anyways I like the slight touch of barnyard funk. A little citrus from the hops. Bitterness is moderate. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Good body and carbonation. Could be a little bigger in body to raise the score. Nice texture.

Drinkability- If your idea of an excellant beer is rye and hops, look no further. A little extra surprise in flavor as well. Love the low ABV.

morimech, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy, copper/amber/orange color with a fairly large tan head. Head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Not as bold as I had expected. The rye dominates the fairly subtle nose. Hints of bread and spices keep it interesting, and the citrusy hops are very nice, not overpowering, but definately pleasant.

Really well balanced. Sweet and malty, slightly spicy, earthy and toasty, with a nice hop presence. The carbonation is spot on, mouthfeel is very good...Really good stuff

I have been very impressed with French Broads offerings, well crafted, flavorful, and always interesting. keep up the good work

CBlack85, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

New brewery to the state of MN I believe. New to my beer store, that's for sure.

Deep amber hue that is crystal clear. Soap sudsy head is about one finger high and light tan in color. Leaves some lace.

Dominant rye fills the nose. Their is a light hop smell, but the rye is so robust that it's hard to pick up.

The rye is definitely the star of this show. After the rye the nice bitter hops kick in. It's almost like tasting two beers.

Medium body, very smooth, maybe undercarbonated actually.

Great drinkability. Big on the rye malt, but a nice hop kick to please just about any beer drinker. This would make a nice session beer.

jera1350, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

A-Slightly hazy copper kissed orange with a thin, off-white head that reduced to a wispy veil that left spotty lace.

S-Sharp, spicy zip with notes of citrus and pepper. Malt base is light and moderately sweet.

T-Strong rye spiciness with backing citrus hops. Fairly simplistic and straight forward but it works well.

M-Medium-light bodied with sharp and crisp with a dry finish. Good lingering spicy bitterness.

D-A solid, easy to drink and pleasing palate stimulator. Full of rye dryness, spicy zip and citrus zing. Well done and flavourful. Certainly a beer I could drink with regularity.

Deuane, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

22oz. bomber shared with friends on 12/22/09.

A - Poured a hazy orange/copper-tinged body with moderate carbonation and a thin, off-white head that reduced to a patchy veil but left a splash of sticky lacing.

S - Hint of spicy, peppery notes followed by rye malt and some citrusy hops. Overall, the nose features lots of grainy, bready malt notes and spicy fruit attributes.

T - Bold rye presence right from the get-go with spicy notes and citrus hops backed by a hefty grainy malt backbone and an apparent rye profile. Finishes with a fairly assertive hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a mild syrupy texture. Finish is quite dry and bittersweet on the palate with a hint of spice.

D - Rye Hopper is a really flavorful and drinkable rye beer, and is quite dry and spicy with more of a hop presence than I was expecting. My first experience with French Broad and I was not disappointed.

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +4.7%

From the widely lauded cellars of O'Hoove this brew has a dark copper color, pretty clear with a reasonable off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is almost a medicinal buttery rye, herbal hop with some malt balance. The flavor brings bright grassy rye with a herbal malt base. I get some raspberry fruit sweetness but it's subtle. Good drinkability with mid-bodied feel but tangy and crisp. A nice brew with a somewhat dry finish and unique character. A nice introduction to French Broad if you like the sharp edge of this hop brew.

Durge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to Ffejherb for sharing this bomber at the Brass Rail on Tuesday. It's been on my wants list for a month or so.

A: The rye beer, looking like a pale ale, has a copper color that allows the ale to remain translucent. A small ring of white head left no lacing behind.

S: The nose is heavy with rye, bready with dark notes and pepper. Hops are no slouch either, pleasantly citrusy.

T: More pale ale than not, the ale offers a powerful strong malt base that focuses on the rye. Dark bread, thick with heft, adds flavor without darkening the ale signficantly. Plenty of hops linger, especially after the rye passes. Citrus is well-equipped to stand up to the rye. Another treat from French Broad.

M: The mouthfeel gets bogged down with vegetal tastes occasionally. For the most part, however, the rye and hops are pleasant. Rye Hopper isn't a Zeno's Rye-level hopbomb but it packs enough punch.

D: A good bomber to share. I wouldn't be upset if another one showed up at my door.

akorsak, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours from the bomber to a hazy copper-orange with thin off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is mostly hoppy citrus and floral, with a hint of malty caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly tingly and just a shade bitter. Taste picks up the fruits of the nose and throws in a little toffee sweet malt. Finish is a fairly long, well rounded blend of the hops and malts. A nice from a new (for me) brewer.

kimcgolf, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of FutureCowboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Bomber from Bruisin' Ales (purchased 1 week ago) poured into Coast imperial pint glass.

A - Dull burnt orange. Thin white head, but might have been a faulty pour on my part. Did get a swirl of carbonation in the glass after pouing.

S - Not overwhelming on either the rye or hoppy side, a subtle blend of each. Wasn't expecting much in terms of bold flavor based on that.

T - BOLD flavor. Really nice rye front, with a strong west coast hop backbone. Wonderful balance between the two.

M - Clean and crisp, goes down very smooth with little resiny/chewy feel.

D - Very much so.

Would make this a go-to rye ale over Terrapin if I could get my hands on it often. Impressive.

FutureCowboy, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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...

Murchmac, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Fresh bottle from Bruisin' Ales. Pours medium yellow, with initial foamy head that settles into lots of lace. Fresh hoppy malty aroma that includes some rye bread. Taste is, with middling mouthfeel, a fairly bitter high IBU ale that is blended with the rye for flavour. Drying finish. Very drinkable.

Sammy, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured up a light brown, almost copper color, with some reddish hues escaping with the light.
No head, minimal lacing.

smells malty with some very faint piney hops notes. I found this to be rather bold in the flavor profile. mlaty with some caramel, hops are medium but the Rye, oh the Rye doth give this one an edge! Finishes with a bit of a medicinal bitterness. the Rye really makes it a bit more aggressive on the palate.

Anthony1, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, sweet/bitter, with some nice caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty, hoppy, nice touch of rye, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, really enjoying this one.

Wasatch, Sep 25, 2009
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