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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Rye HopperRye Hopper

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BA SCORE
86
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 134
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 ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this in a recent trade but I cannot remember who sent it to me, thank you whoever you are! Dark amber color but not brown and yet not orange. Smells pretty nondescript, I was expecting hops given the label. The label also led me to believe I would taste rye in this beer but I got almost none of it. I did get a bit of oxidation though. Overall this was quite an average beer, not bad but not special at all.

ArrogantB, May 15, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

mikereaser, May 15, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Dark brown and transparent in color, no copper, no red, just straight brown. A very unusual color. The head was about a quarter-inch thick, lively and had decent retention.

SMELL: Hops, oak and rye dominate the nose, it smells complex, but not very strong.

TASTE: Not at all what I expected, like the color, this one tastes like a brown ale with some rye added. Very nutty with some toasted malt flavor, of course, the rye. A hint of smokiness also enters the picture towards the end and it sort of finishes like a dry porter.

MOUTHFEEL: Surprisingly light for what tastes like a brown ale, it is crisp and refreshing, which is good, cause I just finished an intense shift at the bar and I'm exhausted and thirsty. A nice finish to the day.

OVERALL: This is a unique beer. It isn't something I would go for all the time, but when I was in the mood for something a little different the Rye Hopper would do the trick.

StoneTSR, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Corsair taproom in Nashville.

A clear, dark amber colored beer with a small white head. Very hoppy aroma with a citrus character. Taste is crisp and bitter with the rye and hops dominating over the malt backbone. Medium body that finished dry and bitter.

A good beer but probably not something I'd choose again.

sommersb, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Rye Beers. I really love Rye beers. When well executed, they have the perfect bready/spice flavor that just makes me happy. This beer is among my favorite Rye beers. So, that means I LOVE this beer. Enjoyed this at Barley’s tap room so much with dinner, that we went back later just to have another.

The beer came with a finger of creamy off white head that left a decent amount of lacing. The beer is a clear brown color that is distinctive to beers made with Rye.

Aroma is balanced with a nice mix of rye notes, some crusty bread and floral hops. The menu said that this was the first beer released by the brewer. I am confident this is their best and it’s great.

Bready, light spice and a wonderful hop flavor. More citrus vs. pine but decent complexity. This is such a fresh tasting beer that has such wonderful depth. The aftertaste is a great mix of bread notes and the hop bitterness. Both linger and are great.

So smooth and almost creamy… Not oily but lays on the tongue. Great.

Did I mention that I love this beer?

Reagan1984, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

babaracas, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light copper color with a fine head and plenty of lacing.

Spicy rye bread aroma. Piney hops balance the rye flavor. Crisp on a medium body. Light on the palate with the carbonation and spiciness inspiring quaffing this one right down.

A good thirst quencher, crisp and sharp.

CliffBrake, Mar 05, 2011
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.

ColdPoncho, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks urbancaver!

A-transparent amber with white head that sticks around for a while.
S-pleasantly hoppy with a slight bit of rye. Not too much of wither and nicely balanced
T-more rye than hops for a dry crisp finish. Wish it tasted more like it smelled, hence the dip in the ratings
M-medium bodied and crisp and clean finish. Really dry finish as well
D-OK but nothing too special

brew3crew, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Urbancaver, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

zoolzoo, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

PDXHops, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is a little strange. The bubbles are massive, like soap bubbles, but it is not off-putting enough for it to effect the beer's quality. Color is an attractive clear, light, amber. It smells like a well-hoped American Pale Ale with bright pine and citrus notes. It tastes quite hoppy-bitter off the bat, followed by the rye spice that warms your throat, like flavors of whiskey.

As a rye fan, the heaping hops seem to crowd the stage. Nonetheless, Rye Hopper is a delicious rye beer which pours some extra spice into the otherwise hidden malt base.

AlexanderSelby, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Insanely carbonated beverage here. Gentle pour created two fingers of head in my ten ounce pint glass. Get outta town with thgis one. Top is creamy, awesome, like freshly made styrofoam before you rip into it with rage and dismay at the direction your life may have gone.

Nice golden honey body that is clear reveals constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Retention time is very appropriate, strong puffy lacing lingers around the edges making perfect circles.

Smells of pine, mild citrus, and a bit of spiciness that could only be the rye. Pretty simple build. Minor astringency of spices and plastic comes forth on the back end as it warms.

First impressions are mixed and confused. Seems to have the hops dominate the front while the rye spices up the back end? Interesting mix-up here. Again the opening is a bit citrus, a whole lot of pine, and a nice spiced back end. Nothing amazing, just simple.

Mild body has a very crisp opening, dry finish ( and middle for what its worth ), and mild lingering potential in the cracks and crevices of my mouth. Drinks easy, and I'm glad to have tried this. Probably wouldn't suggest this as the be all end all rye beer, though.

Khazadum, Jan 19, 2011
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.

Ryan011235, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. pours a hazy golden-amber, with a 1/2" foamy creme-colored head that slowly reduces with decent retention along the sides. Got this, along with all my other Asheville, NC brews, from my sister and brother-in-law during Christmas. Thanks guys!

Has a hoppy, citrus smell, with a smokey malt backbone. There's an underlying leafy, almost peaty aroma as well.

Presents bitter, mildly lemony, and somewhat sweet, with a nice citrus profile. Somewhat grassy, this is a very pleasant session style beer.

Mild to medium bodied, with a lingering bitterness after it finishes.

Like many of the Asheville beers I've had, it is more timid than it need be. Still, I would happily put another down on a warm summer day on the beach!

TheHoppiest, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can always count on kkipple to send me something new. Thanks, Dan!

Rye Topper pours a nice copper/amber color. It's clear, and looks a little orange when held to light. Carbonation looks to be very active, yielding a foamy, off-white head that's over three fingers tall. Eh. It's a little annoying. Needless to say, it takes a while to dissipate. Lacing was quite thick and sticky.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice caramel malt scent. There's a hint of toasted malt, as well. Rye is rather prominent and very effective. It's similar to a really interesting rye bread. There's a healthy amount of hops, as well. It certainly lives up to its name. The hops are noble-esque and citric. A little grapefruit and orange are noted. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

The flavor is very impressive. The caramel/toasted malt base is excellent. The toasted flavor is more prominent here, and blends well with sweet caramel. The spicy rye flavor is nothing short of tremendous. It's an excellent complement to the hops that emerge. The hops seem noble. There are some citrus grapefruit and orange flavors, but there are some floral and grassy notes. It's bitter, but not overly so. Alcohol is very light in the mix and goes largely unnoticed. It finishes spicy, bitter, and dry. Excellent!

Rye Hopper has a medium body that's surprisingly smooth. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light. Nice job. Drinkability is extremely high in my book. This is damn tasty stuff. At sub-6% abv, it's inviting. I wish I had more than a bomber! No joke.

This is my first beer from French Broad Brewing Company, and I'm damn impressed. Rye Hopper has a ton of flavor crammed into a small package. The only small complaint I have is that the carbonation might be a tad high. It's not so noticeable since the bubbles feel small, but the head is annoying. Yes, I'm nitpicking it, I know. Excellent beer that's well worth seeking out. Thanks a ton, Dan!

prototypic, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clear, golden to brown color. Somewhat opaque, but no floating materials. Head formation is light, off white in color. Starts at 1mm, breaks down to a film.

S - A big time grainy, somewhat sweet, rye nose. The astringency of that malt is very apparent. Some american hopping is noticeable, but only in the background.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, 2 row malt, clean barley. In comes a very earthy, grainy rye note - astringency begins to grow. Mid-stream gets more stinging, biting grain notes. Finishes with the first recognizable hops.

M - Higher carbonation, moderate beer body. Stinging carbonation overcomes any shortcomings in the body. Finishes with a grainy astringent tongue grabbing film.

D - Moderate drinkability. This beer's rye-ness is probably good to style, but not good for sessioning. A bit abusive to the tongue, could be more balanced. Higher carbonation can be filling.

katan, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 22 oz bomber in to an irish pint glass
lovely golden brown ruby hued elixer, nice white head that disapates quickly, leaving a nice lace down the glass
I like the rye forward hoppy aromas of this brew
well balanced hop rye ale, the rye and hops play well together. big fan of the bittering rye flavs and they compliment the hoppy bittering as well.
I find the mouth on this ale to be a well to the style, good carbonation with a very nice rye burn if you will.
Lots of hops with a nice rye, I find this highly quaffable

welldigger888, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

avalon07, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

ElGordo, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of mbrown26
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The appearance was good with an orange to amber color that had some bubbles and a nice white head. There was a bit of haziness to the color.

S: Loved the smell as it was very fresh without having citrus notes.

T: First beer with rye and the rye was upfront. It was a little bit too "dry" for me.

M: A little bit too much carbonation for my tastes. Not sure if this is purposeful with the style... The rye and carbonation was prominent on the palate.

D: I had a hard time finishing this one. I'm still learning what I like and may have to revisit this one day when my experience grows.

mbrown26, Nov 04, 2010
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.