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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 14
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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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a crisp copper with a decent cream head. Aroma is a nice bit of rye with citrus hops right behind. The taste is a nice sharp rye bite balanced nicely with citrus hops. The beer is light and smooth with decent carbonation, very refreshing. This is certainly a great beer, one I'd love to see around this area as long as the price isn't jacked up by the distributor.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 03:03:55 | More by atsprings
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at KBJ08.

Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate rye & citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met and I hope this was not a one off.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 23:26:08 | More by tmoneyba
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Hazy copper hue with a short, creamy head. Rye grain is forefront in the aroma...sweet, woody, and earthy. Some chocolate as it warms. Hops are grassy with a good bit of citrus pulp. Spicy rye and sweet caramel flavors. Not a hell of a lot of flavor from the hops, but a nice balancing bitterness that works well with the spicy qualities. This is getting chocolaty the longer it sits in my glass. Medium bodied and creamy smooth which thickens it up a tad.

Better than anything else I've had from French Broad. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:53:42 | More by wedge
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elgiacomo

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:41:12 | More by elgiacomo
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Rye Hopper Ale, growler courtesy of dkachur - thanks!

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange amber, one-finger of sticky, offwhite head with good - perhaps great - retention, replete with tons of fast, fine-bubbled effervescence. Very nice across the board - retention, clarity, and color. Great stickage on the lace too, falling like rings with every sip.

Aroma: Rye is huge in this one, spicy and bold, and comes accompanied by tons of other hop notes - orange zest, slight herbal notes, and a well-roasted array of backing malt notes (though the rye's definitely the real star here).

Taste: Rye is huge again, bigger than in most brews I've had. It's almost like "hey, so THIS is what rye tastes like!" Remainder of the malt bill is slightly toasty, with hints of toasted bread and faint cocoa. Overall, it's sort of dry, with hint of bitterness and perhaps a few other faint hop undertones.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and soft, though it does manage to still be slightly crisp given all the carbonation, all wrapped up in a medium body. Very light and airy.

Drinkability: A damn good beer, in my opinion, and one of the few rye beers I've truly enjoyed. I'd glad to have this one again, and would really like to try it on tap. Manages to strike all the right notes without going overboard, and the abv% seemed low enough to where a few of these wouldn't be a problem. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2009 01:25:12 | More by CrellMoset
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-13-2013 23:40:05 | More by juicebox
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with no head and no lacing. This could be more from the pour than the beer itself.
Nice aroma of earthy hops and rye.
Sweet caramel malt backbone with a healthy dose of rye. The hops are more subdued than expected given the name of the beer. But they are there and of the earthy variety. This beer is more rye heavy than hop heavy imo.
Mouthfeel is medium with a bit more sharpness from the rye which I like.
Overall it's a good beer that you should give a try if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 22:14:44 | More by wcudwight
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some citrusy flavors as well as some flavors of rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very drinkable because there is a good balance between the flavors from the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:42:58 | More by metter98
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dribcrab


4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-11-2012 13:16:00 | More by dribcrab
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LikeARollingStout

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-18-2014 14:18:17 | More by billhelm
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-18-2014 02:53:26 | More by AngusOg
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-05-2011 01:22:05 | More by nmann08
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navin

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-27-2013 13:19:45 | More by navin
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-23-2012 14:00:07 | More by augie
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2013 04:02:52 | More by Falcone
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RyanAU

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-02-2013 03:00:06 | More by RyanAU
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keytown

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-18-2011 04:24:52 | More by keytown
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Durge

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:14:20 | More by Durge
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2012 22:14:42 | More by buckyp
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Jordan444

Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-21-2014 03:09:12 | More by Jordan444
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heelsn02

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-08-2012 16:59:21 | More by heelsn02
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.