Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of John44
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 CrellMoset
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.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and robust caramel malts with a hint of spiciness from the rye.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front are soon joined by grassy and piney hop flavors. Near the end of the sip a good amount of spiciness kicks in before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few of these.

Overall this is a good and hoppy rye beer (as the name would suggest) that does a good job of integrating the rye. It falls short of the best rye beers out there, but is still worth a shot.

Note: I tried this side by side with the bottle version and the tap version is thicker with a cleaner hop flavor. Definitely try on-tap if possible.

Photo of dashirey
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bomber at the brewery on a recent trip to Asheville. We enjoy some local bluegrass while sampling some beers, but brought this one home to PA.

A - This beer poured darker than I expected - deep amber and even close to brown in some spots. A small off-white head with little retention, but a good amount of lacing present on the glass.

S - I really like the smell on this one. Some toastiness, rye, and hops - that's what I got from it. Not much more to go one about here.

T/M - Again really nice, nothing overwhelming, but just straight forward good. Some sweet notes with a good dose of rye followed closely by the hops - some citrus and some pine. The aftertaste hangs on after the beer is gone. There is a pretty big prickly sensation on the tongue from this one at first, but that mellows quickly and the carbonation is very well done.

D - Easy to drink and could have a few more. I hope this isn't taken the wrong way. Nothing spectacular, but just a good all-around beer that I would love to have on hand! I will definitely pick more up next time in NC!!

Photo of Immortale25
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?

Photo of atsprings
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
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.

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 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 SaCkErZ9
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at both the brewery and at Barleys in Asheville.

Dispensed from the tap a chocolate brown color with a small white head. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma is clearly rye and some hops. Not much else. Some chocolate and coffee but rye seems to be the star of the show, and that is fine with me.

Very nice flavor. Chocolate and rye greet the tongue immediately. Medium body and such a smooth and sweet drinkability. I really enjoyed this: so much so that I had the same beer in two different places. Well done!

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

a: dark, nutty amber in color, capped with a low, lightly retained head

s: big note of rye to start things off - sweet and rich, fruity and spicy with a pungent body of that unique rye character, caramel and some carob, nicely hopped with sweet citrus and pine, dig how the rye really comes out here

m: carbonation on the low side, body medium-heavy

t: again a big rye presence, sweet and spicy, bready caramel, complex grain, earthy pine hop flavor with a nice finishing bitterness

d: just fine - unique and flavorful, bomber with no problem

bomber from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville

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 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 beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with little to no head. Decent lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Nose hints at rye and hops, but not as strong as I would like. Somewhat flowery, but very mild. Some breadiness as well, but not yeasty.

Malty sweet on the hit, but the rye zing quickly kicks in. Nice dry rye finish. Mouthfeel is just chewy enough for the style.

Overall, very good and worth seeking out if you like rye's.

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 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 chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 22oz bomber shared with 2 friends. Served in large wine glass.

A: Pours with a very attractive copper brown color; sparkling clear with barely visible fine carbonation. A small white head reduced to a ring that left little lacing behind.

S: There's rye in the nose, and plenty of sweet malt, but the hops come through first and foremost, making this pleasantly citrusy.

T: This is a rye pale ale with a strong malt base and enough rye to significantly modify the flavor. There's plenty of hops in the flavor, like a typical Amer. PA, and the hops are the main contributor to the fine and lasting finish.

M: very good carbonation level; medium body

D: A good bomber to share; plenty of flavor but not extreme.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/3/11

Many thanks to PDXHops for the French Broad hook up

Medium tobacco brown color, boasting excellent clarity. One finger head thinned quickly leaving a small patch of bubbles amid a skim of foam. Impressive swaths of lace. Looks great.

The aroma is very well structured; the use of rye in the nose is quite impressive. With an overt dryness there is a fine balance between breadiness & spice. Accenting the rye are notes of American hops; piney & citric (think orange peel).

Similar to the aroma, the taste is plenty dry though the structure seems to differ. Piney bitterness hits first, in moderate quantity, followed by an earthy notion & subtle spiciness. The rye is seated further still, making a solid backdrop of toastiness.

Medium bodied wrought with dryness. I find the carbonation to be a speck below average; certainly appropriate for the beer. As it warms a bit of a coating feel takes hold. Dry finish with lingering bitterness & rye.

French Broad has a good thing going on with this one; rye is showcased without going overboard. At 5.9% abv, not only is it tasty, is goes easy on the palate. Recommended.

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 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.

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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy, burnished copper body with a two finger khaki head. Good retention and very sticky lacing drapes the glass.

Aroma is a bit subdued, but boasts some sweet citrus(pink grapefruit), spicy rye, and earthy and leafy pinecone.

Very good mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste is interesting. Earthy, spicy, and peppery rye malt is the star here, but the hops stand out, as well. Pine and grapefruit notes weave in and out. Just a touch of caramel to keep things interesting. A touch of toasted rye bread and hops earthiness at the finish.

I'm very partial to a well done rye ale and this one hits the mark on all accounts. It's a bit too filling to want more than one at a single sitting, but this is my favorite French Broad product to date. Well done!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Mike. You've hooked me up with a good number of good beers

A: Crystal clear deep amber with a large, off-white head, leaving nice lace as it slowly recedes

S: Nice, spicy rye character to open things off with a pleasing citrus/orange hop aroma. The combination is quite enjoyable, and the mild caramel sweetness balances things quite nicely.

T: The spicy rye character is beautiful. Crisp, and with the mild caramel sweetness, this is very tasty. The hop character lends a mild bitterness along with the spiciness, along with some juicy hop character. Finishes dry and spicy

M: Fairly light, crisp carbonation and an excellent finish

D: Very very drinkable, the bomber's gone in 15 minutes

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