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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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87
very good

134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-22-2008

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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 239
Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (849 characters)

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

Thanks awalk1227

A: Clear, golden-ish brown. Off white head reduced to a cap.

S: Excellent rye malt presence, grainy and spicy. Hop presence is all rinds - lemon, orange, grapefruit. Not juicy, sort of muddled but in a good way. Well balanced nose.

T: Piny, citric hop bite turns grassy mid sip. Malt comes off grainy and spicy as in the nose, but a caramel malt-ish base now plays a supporting role. Finish is bitter and dry, ending with that citrus rind note.

M/D: Smooth, medium carbonation. Packing a ton of flavor at only 5.9%, this beer has nothing to hide. Excellently crafted, almost sessionable too. (613 characters)

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

Pours a clear darker amber with half inch creamy white head that slowly settles to a thin ring and leaves a few splotches of lace. Smell: spicy and slightly sour rye, a little citrus rind, bready. Taste: spicy rye, grapefruit, toasty with a little toffee sweetness. Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. Nice easy drinking offering. (339 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of ectomorph
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (821 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes 4/8/11. Thanks to mikesgroove for this bottle!

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a very nice 2.5 finger off white head. Nice retention and rings of lacing left behind.

S: Light pine hops, a little bit of citrus. A good bit of spicy rye and some bready malt.

T: Not as much rye translated to the flavor profile but there is a little kick upfront. Drinks more like a pale ale though. Nice hop flavor with some citrus, mostly grapefruit. There is a little caramel malt on the backend.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and little lighter than expected. Carbonation level is very nice.

O: A solid beer, would have liked a little more rye spice in the flavor profile, but I liked it. A nice first beer for me from French Broad. (746 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of citrus, hops, and a tinge of rye.

T: Tasted of hops and lemon, with some malt and rye in the finish. A very sweet and vibrant flavor that seems to have more in common with an IPA than a rye beer.

M: A well carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A pleasant, drinkable beer. (459 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark colored copper with a strong healthy light tan head.

Aroma of rich caramel, rye malt and pale malt. Nice earthy finish in the nose.

Taste is very good. This is not to be compared to some other Rye IPA's as that is not the style. For some reason I had thought it was going to be along that flavor profile. Instead there is a healthy dosing of rye, Lots of caramel flavors, earthy pale malt backbone and a subtle American Pale Ale hop flavor profile. Dry to the finish, this is a well balanced beer. Finish is very earthy and highly quaff able.

Light to medium body, high carbonation.

Overall a very tasty Rye Beer. (631 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JCB for this extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep coppery amber, somewhat opaque. About a finger worth smooth head forms and holds a bit of retention. Good lacing.

S: Lots of spicy rye. Some hops come through past the rye, maybe a bit piney. Some sweetness. Really, rye dominant.

T/M: Again, lots of rye. A pleasant light sweetness from some toffee comes out, tasty. A bit nutty as well. Hops are not too big at all... not enough to be called 'hopper', that's for sure. There is a touch of bitterness as well as a bit of pine and some grassy/pollen-y hops. Body is medium to medium full and smooth and creamy.

D: Label says 5.9% ABV, about what I would have guessed. Drinkable with plenty of flavor. (749 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (381 characters)

Photo of radcliff
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy amber brown color. Two finger cream colored head. Streaking lacing that lasted

S- Grapefruit right up front on this. Nice sour rye notes. Caramel and Bready malts are more here than you would usually find in a Rye.

T- A mellow bready & brown sugar taste Bready malts in the middle. but rounded out by the spicy and distinctive rye flavor. bitter hop flavor to round out this beer. Light bitter yeasty flavor at finish

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation seems just right. I was using a big mug. Medium drying on the palate with this beer. Nice bitter flavor left on the palate and light rye and alcohol left at the end.

D- This was a very drinkable beer. Rye beers are getting to be one of my favorite styles.
This is slightly more meaty than most. . I personally liked this beer. It was a nice surprise to see on Ingles beer shelf (882 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky orangish red. A good amount of white head that hangs around. Smells great. Hoppy and rye heavy. Very similar to Nugget Nectar in the hop profile. Similar to Red's Rye in a lot of ways. Tastes sweet and a bit bitter with the hop presence. Thick solid moouthfeel. Very tasty overall. a bit thin but would definitely drink it again! (352 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Kind of a copperish dark amber topped with a creamy head that's modest in size but tenacious. Plentiful streaky and splotchy lacing.

The huge rye presence in the nose works quite well with the dry and roasty malt profile. Just a hint of toffeeish sweetness. Tastes pretty much as advertised, absolutely loaded with rye that coats and lingers. It's powerful enough to limit drinkability a bit, but this is tasty stuff. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Between the rye, the dry malt profile and the assertive pine bitterness, this stuff is downright puckering. Kind of a popcorn kernel taste in there.

Overall impression: Fans of rye should definitely seek this one out. (712 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's in Asheville.

A - Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Very thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Very good lacing.

S - The nose was the most disapointing part of this beer. Faint spicy rye aroma and some darker caramel malts. Very little hop presence.

T - A somewhat medicinal spiciness initially, priamrily a rye spiciness. Caramel sweetness comes through quickly providing a nice balance. A lightly spicy bitterness comes through mid drink before the medicinal spiciness comes back through.

M/D - Very dry like a good rye beer. Medium bodied and very crisp as well. Easy drinking but not the best rye beer I have had. Still not sure why they chose to highlight hops in the name. (721 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber that is almost mahogany. Malty aroma has a rye overtone and hoppy and yeasty hints. Strongly hoppy flavor has a firm rye tone and only a little bitterness. Texture is rough, fizzy and ragged. This one is a joy to drink if you like a firm, sassy, earthy beer. (286 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a draft pint at the CNN Center Taco Mac during a work conference. Pours an amber-orange color, topped by a bit of creamy white head that leaves a bit of pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy on the malt and rye - slightly tangy, with a touch of caramel and some citrusy hops.
Palate is up front with the rye and barley malt - a blend of mild caramel sweetness and spicy, tangy rye. The hops come through mid-palate, giving a flourish of pine and/or grapefruit before yielding again to the spiciness of the rye on the finish.
Body is light but substantial enough to carry the flavor. Nicely drinkable. I'm impressed with this offering - not a knockout by any means, but a solid, quaffable ale that takes advantage of the rye quality. I should seek out more rye beers - this is interesting. (799 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville.
A - An amber, caramel color with good clarity. It had almost no head and very little lacing.

S - Mostly toasted malt. I was expecting more hops but there wasn't much.

T - Starts malty and sweet but quickly goes to a nice hop flavor with grapefruit. Some rye flavor joins in but not a lot. Slightly tart and bitter in the finish.

M - A bit thin with a nice low carbonation.

D - Very smooth, balanced and drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer. (497 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with some nice soapy bubbles on the surface. The aroma is a nice mix of the rye, some floral hops, some lemon and some spiciness. Taste is mostly rye with a nice touch of floral hops. Bready with some light spiciness as well. The mouthfeel is pretty light and thin, almost a dry finish with the rye coming back in the finish pretty strong. I'm not a big fan of rye beers, but this one is very drinkable. (423 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (787 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of slightly off-white colored frothy head... Fairly impressive retention gives way to a full lather of lacing... The color is deep rich autumnal orange color with some reddish trying to burst through... Loaded with swirling small bubbled carbonation... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Pizza dough fresh out of the oven... Just a moderate touch of rye spiciness... A bit of hoppiness lurks beneath the surface... A bit of earthiness... Nice balance...

T - Bready malts to start... Some caramel... A pungent hop bitterness comes next... A bit of rye spicienss follows... Everything begins to fade and then the finish is a returning crescendo of hops and rye... Loaded with nuance and complexity... A job very well done...

M - A very nice mouthfeel... A dense medium bodied offering... Light, but biting carbonation... Fairly intense... Starts juicy... Finishes a bit on the dry side...

D - Definitely a very nice beer that walks the fine line between American Pale Ale and Rye Beer... Not the best in either category, but very nice offering none the less... More hops than rye, which as a rye beer lover is a bit of a let down... A great value at sub $5 per bomber... (1,205 characters)

Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.