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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
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 morimech
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CBlack85
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of FutureCowboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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...

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

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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

A - Dark honey/amber, near white head leaves to ring fast. Some cling lace apparent.

S - Very barny. Gamey. Not in a bad way, but very in your face.

T - Taste is much more subtle. Light malt, nice hops finish. Decent stuff.

M - Fair carb and coat, good balance, slight acidic flavor at end.

D - Very easy to drink.

Photo of n00tz
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into a tall stein.

A - Steep foamy head tops a reddish woody (cloudy and brown) body. Steady carbonation provides enough to keep lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Sweet fruit and hops, some woody character as well.

T - That oh-so-lovely hops pine and citrus hits hard up front, and moves into a soured fruity flavor.

M - Medium body, with a constant carbonation. Burps pine with grapes.

D - Yummy hoppy brew with a fruity left hook. A fantastic potential favorite for this hop-head.

Photo of ectomorph
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with no date noticed into a tall mug.

A - I thought I was careful on the pour, but the brew was 90% foam head for minutes.... What I can see of the body appears to be a hazy dark copper/amber.

S - Floral hops and bubblegum... Some light caramel sweetness.

T - Hard hop bitterness up front, and a substantial rye sourness noted. Good hop flavor. Some yeast characteristics as well. This brew gets your attention

M - The carbonation and huge body makes this feel like an Imperial Champagne... :)

D - If you like bitter hops and a foam mustache (and I do), this one's for you.

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Revolution Pizza (Charlotte, NC) on 9/4/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with a finger of soft looking brite-white head. Retains with a creamy and smooth look, that just slathers the sides of the glass with rich lacing. The aroma is floral and piney in the nose, with an earthy spiciness to it, from a combo of the hops and rye. Sweet notes of bread, caramel, and citrus, give this a sticky backing.

The taste is sticky sweet, with a spicy and drying nature to it. A moderately sharp bitterness, lingers long and steady. Nice soft tang to this, from the malts and citric notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (maybe a tad lighter in spots), with a softer and slick creaminess to the carbonation. A bit more of a prickly nature rears it's head in the back, giving this some pop towards the back of the swallow.

Nice. Solid blend of hops character, spicy rye, and sweeter malts here, wrapped up in a sleek and drinkable body. I didn't quite expect to like this one nearly as much as I did. A winner from French Broad.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye Hopper pours a much darker amber color than I was expecting. I guess I pictured a lighter rye ale, but this one is almost brown in appearance with some lighter shades of yellow and orange. The head is big and thick and slightly off white in color. Looks good!

The aroma is excellent. Lots of toasty, bready malt along with a good dose of fresh, piney hops, a bit of tobacco as well as some nice spiciness to round it out. Plenty of great stuff going on in the nose of this beer.

This is one flavorful beer. Wow. Lots of sweet malt up front combines well with the spiciness that the rye imparts. After that is a nice dose of piney, resiny hops and a touch of smokiness seems to come in as well. My tongue is dry but asking for more. Plenty of depth with this beer, I really, really like it.

Letting this one breathe a bit really brings out the flavors of this beer. If you like hops and you like what rye can do for beer, this is one you won't want to miss.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear golden brown with two fingers of bubbly light tan head. The head quickly breaks up leaving sticky lacing behind.

You definitely smell the rye in this one. It's surrounded by grassy hops and surprisingly, some yeasty bubblegum notes.

The taste is big on the rye as expected. Grassy hops, along with a sugary sweetness upfront and finishing with a roasted maltiness.

Medium bodied, clean, and lightly carbonated.

An easy drinking and enjoyable rye beer from the folks at French Broad.

Photo of krisandajt
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to number1bum for bringing be back a bomber of this to try.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep amber color with about half an inch of fluffy white head. The head fades somewhat quickly leaving behind some nice soapy lacing.

Smell: Somewhat subdued, picking up hints of rye and biscuity sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Wow! From the smell I did not think that the rye would burst out of this beer like it does! Big rye flavor mixed in with just a bit of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and smooth. Very easy to drink.

Drinkability: I have had me some hop bombs, I've had me some malt bombs, but this is my first real rye bomb. It's a different taste, albeit a good one. It's a unique flavor that I can see myself drinking again, though probably not more than one in an evening.

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.

Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's in Atlanta while in town on business.

Pours a cloudy medium-brown color with some reddish highlights. Head builds quickly and forms a dense three finger layer of light beige foam. Keeps a full, thick, and chunky lace and leaves a few splashes of stick on the sides.

Smell is initially quite hoppy, with a pleasant citrus and pine aroma. That seems to pass and get overtaken by an equally pleasant biscuity, sweet caramel malt aroma with some slightly buttery notes to it. There is also some rye but it's a complementary aroma.

Taste features a lot more rye than I got in the nose - the sweet caramel, bready malt base is here but there is lots of spicy rye along with it. Hops are very earthy and slightly spicy, which goes nicely with the rye. There's a hint of citrus but nothing like the initial aroma I picked up. As I get deeper into this glass the rye and hop bitterness continue to build, and form a very nice combination. It's nicely balanced, plenty hoppy, and really tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy, with a slick and slightly chewy feel to it. Carbonation is moderate and it feels soft on the palate overall.

This is really quite good. The rye flavor is very pronounced but there's enough hoppiness to complement and balance it out nicely. This is a must for any rye fan, and worth trying for all the rest of us, too.

Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I picked up from Hop City. Sounded interesting and I am always intrigued by Rye beers. Served this one up in a standard pint.

A: I really, really like the look of this beer. Had a nice medium to dark brown color. Held to the light, you get more of the yellows coming out to mix with the brown. Plenty of light gets through this, but this brew is far from clear. Has a really nice cloudiness to it thanks to a good amount of debris in this beer. A nice amount of sediment sitting at the bottom of this glass. The head is friggin awesome. Fluffy ass, pillowy ass, creamy ass white head. This stuff is thick and very fluffy. Has a lot of texture to it. Throws up some of the thickest and stickiest lace I have seen. Damn this is a good start.

S: Well, all I can say its about average in this category. Has a good amount of rye in it and it should. Nice and spicy, dark rye bread presence. Very bready and very hearty. Behind that, not a whole lot happening in this beer. Maybe in the very back there is some citrus peel in here with some tangy and slightly metallic lemon and grapefruit rind. Behind that . . . well thats it. Just a bit above that mediocre line.

T: Better, much better going on in here. Rye is up front, making this an earthy delight. A little spicy but absolutely nice and dark rye bread coming out. Bready malts are very close to perfect with all this rye kickin. Then comes the hopper portion of this beer. Has a nice grapefruit and orange presence coming out of these hops. Its rind and meat flavors coming out. Slightly bitter, slightly fruity sweet. All good. There is just an ever so light chocolate malt presence coming across every once in a while and it works so well bringing just the right amount of sweetness. GOOD.

M: Medium in feel and is spot on. Has a nice weight to it that is slightly creamy, but this has a nice carbonation to it, keeping it fluffy and easy on the way down. ABV is not an issue. Slightly bitter at times but also sweet at times. Aftertaste is that dark rye, toasty bread. Nice.

D: Damn this was a lot better than I expected. I picked it up only expecting a mediocre beer at best for some reason, but this beer is far better than that. The appearance is ridiculous and I can't get enough of it. Spot on. Flavor is good as well as that feel. Could be better in the nose but screw it, it more than makes up for it. It has a good weight to it but it is still easy drinking which is something I love in a beer. A lot of times a beer can have great flavor but the feel just makes me feel like I am drinking swill. This doesn't leave me with that at all. Very good and WILL drink again.

T:

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, $4.25 at bruisin ales, brought back via NW airlines

appearance: poured into an imperial pint...great looking brew - rich amber body with a full creamy, frothy beige cap and fluffy retention. very nice indeed

smell: aroma is fairly hop-driven, pine and citrus play equal parts, definitely some nice spicy rye notes in the background, a touch metallic, but very solid

taste: in my limited experience, this is my favorite french broad offering. the balance between bitter hop and spicy rye is wonderful and its got just enough bite to justify the addition of rye to what seems like could have been a great base-APA as well.

mouthfeel: creamy and medium bodied, nice spicy dry finish

drinkability: a bomber of a spicy rye is hard for any man

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color, moving a bit to brown, slightly hazy with a huge head, kind of off-white/yellow colored. It looks a little loosely packed, but it stays around, leaving nice lacing. Though eventually, it sort of collapses to a pillowy mass and then sort of disappears slowly. The smell comes across with mostly powdery malts, and quite a bit of rye. Like rye bread, a little spicy, a little earthy. There also seems to be some spiciness and leafy-earthiness from the hops as well. Otherwise, their presence is mild in the smell. Something smells a little like cinnamon in here as well, a little spicier though. The taste comes across with a kick of herbs, like herb bread, with cloves, and a bit of mint, some basil, maybe a taste of garlic, actually there seems to be a little heat to it. Very interesting. Then there's a kind of toasty malt presence, with a bit of sweetness, liek caramellized sugars. I can also sense a bit of an estery presence, but it's barely there. There's quite a bit going on here - I'm not so sure I have anything to compare it to, but I'm really enjoying it. The body is nice and full, almost chewy from the proteins in the rye. Makes it almost hard to swallow. The alcohol warms a little, but isn't really noticeable. The carbonation hardly bites, but you can feel it there, helping to rush the beer down. Really enjoyable. It's a bit out of the ordinary - not because of some strange ingredient, but just because I haven't really tasted anything quite like it, and worth a shot if you can get it. I could see myself purchasing this again.

Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.