Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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very good

232 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-22-2008)
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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark rusty orange with a thin white head on top. Recedes to just a sheet across the surface. Some lace is left behind after each sip. I don't know what to make of the nose. At first whiff, I get sawdust, grain, and sour fruit. But as I'm sipping and taking a breath, this resembles wet gym clothes and locker room. Seriously. It smells odd to me.

Good crisp clean mouth. Fair carbonation. Refreshing finish. The rye really makes itself known in the flavor. Grainy start but gives way to slight souring notes, and a dry finish. I've wanted to try this one for awhile, and finally pulled the trigger. I'm not sure it's one I would make a regular buy, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of glazeman
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of Macky20 in a recent trade. Poured into a snifter. Thanks a lot Matt!

A: Dark amber in color with a hint of orange. There is a fluffy 2 finger white head that has excellent lacing and moderate retention. Overall, this is a beautiful beer.

S: The weakest part of this beer in my opinion. There is not much going on here, and the nose definitely leavings me wanting more. I get a little bit of rye, but not much, and a tad of cherry.

T: Thankfully the taste is way more interesting, deep, and complex than the smell. Lots of rye up front, and as the beer warms, the bitter hop profile comes alive at the finish. This is a very nicely balanced beer.

M: Spot on mouthfeel. There is a nice aftertaste, a medium body, and a nice level of carbonation.

D: Pretty high drinkability, although as this warms that bitter hops become a little too pronounced for me.

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

Pour: Deep red with khaki head. head breaks down but only to a thick lacing the head over.

Nose: bready fruit malts, rye spice notes blend with hop profile, and lightest touch of bittersweet cream at the end

Mouth: you can hardly tell its 59 IBUs the spice of the rye are either dominant or blended to a level where hops an rye are nearly indistinguishable. bit of fruit then spicy bread to hops to that bittersweet cream advertised in the nose.

This is my first french broad and pretty damn tasty. i think this does well as the 'medium' of the genre. would lend its self to an american session beer, though purists will whine due to the 5.9% ABV, too hard core you know.

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 Tilley4
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A new addition to the Nashville market here so I picked up a couple of bombers on my way through...

Pours an almost brown with a thick creamy head on it... Wow, this is an awesome looking brew actually. I'd swear this was a Marzen from the looks of it...

Spicy rye aromas mingle with a surprisingly citrusy hop presence here. I'm a little shocked at the hoppiness present here but pleasantly....

Biscuity malts up front followed swiftly by the hoppiness that soon takes over and mixes wonderfully with the spiciness of the rye... This is delicious... A little thin on the palate is my only complaint here..

This brew shocked the hell out of me... I loved it and will definitely be picking up more...

Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper with a small head. Light retention and no lace.

S: Nice bready tones, light rye, spice.

T: Bready with a nice malt sweetness. Mild rye, and hints of citrus. Hints of caramel, and a touch of apple.

M: Nice carbontion, with a good balance between malt, rye, and hops.

D: Pretty good.

Photo of radcliff
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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

Picked up a bomber from Princeton Liquors. It's a surprise to find this beer in MN when I didn't see this beer the last time I was in North Carolina.

At first whiff, this beer reminded me of the Middle Ages Wailing Wench, so being a hoppy beer with (my guess here) Ringwood yeast character and duacetyl. After the initial punch of butterscotch candy, there's richly earthy rye layered with biting grapefruit and citrus rind hops. The body is crisp and drinkable and overall this is a fine (and interesting) rye beer. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of detlefchef
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an enticing copper color with attractive beige head that dissipates into moderate lacing. So, in other words, nice enough to good. That, unfortunately, is where the charm sort of ends.

Smells a bit like tomatoes, which, mind you, I tend to find in Rye ales. But this one was less an accent and more pronounced, which I didn't much like. The flavors are particularly grassy and somewhat cooked, which makes me wonder about the condition of the bottle (mind you, it was in the cooler of a very, very popular beer store). The texture itself was a bit washed out and the cooked nature of the finish certainly had ill-effects on the drinkability.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750 after enjoying this beer on tap at the brewpub.

The color is a deep gold verging on more of a pale amber. A soft, fluffy but sturdy little white head forms, fading to a foam that leaves light, spotty lacing.
The smell is a clean balance of hops (citrus), caramel malts, and rye bread.
The taste is where this one differs from the tap; not only is it not as well balanced, the rye is tangy with an astringent, metallic tinge that makes for a bad aftertaste. I don't know what happened here, but it was in a bottle from the brewery itself and one from a local store.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. There's a nice smoothness after an initial crisp nip.
This is still a good beer if you can try to get over that aftertaste, but I'd recommend it from the tap.

Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of branimal9
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber shared with Andre - 6/10/2010.

Clear coppery brown in color. Aroma carries butterscotch and caramel. Smells like a candy store, seriously. Upon tasting, the spiciness of the rye and floral hops make their immediate presence felt. A mellow bready & brown sugar taste follow, ushering the sweetness of the aroma back into the finish. A very unexpected and delicious beer.

Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking orange bronze body with a finger and a half craggy, foamy head that falls to a spotty blanket of frost in about a minute or so; laces the sides of the glass nicely.
Smell is nice, being comprised of rye bread and sweet, citrusy hops. There's also a touch of caramel hiding deep down, but herbal / grassy nuances dominate this one.
Flavour, too, is rye and sweet, citrusy hops with a pleasantly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is rather average being neither offensive or spectacular. Weight is about what one would expect from something in the 5%-ish range, and carbonation is just enough to give your mouth a very gentle tickle. Certainly not my style, but a decent beer nevertheless. I would imagine the IPA crowd would like this one.

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with soulforpeanuts. Thanks! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a somewhat dirty looking amber brown color, a bit of haze, and a huge three fingers of head. Takes several gentle pours to get a full serving into the glass. Head is creamy colored with a thick whipped cream body that retains its shape even as it falls. Tons of loose, sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy hops up front with heavy grapefruit, lemon, some pine and a bit of mint. Rye is right up front too, nice and spicy, apple-cinnamon, bready malt and yeasty aromas round things out.

T - Sharply bitter, but rounded out by the spicy and distinctive rye flavor. Lots of rich, bready malt at the base. Good mix of light sweetness, spice, yeasty/bready flavors, and bitter hops. Good interpretation of the style.

M - Medium in body. Carbonation is very high giving a foamy, fizzy feel in the mouth. Lingering bitterness stays behind. Carbonation is a bit distracting with its intensity.

D - Overall, a very good rye beer. Well integrated mix of flavors combining into a complex group of flavors to keep things interesting and balanced. Alcohol level is pretty low at 5.9%. Very good afternoon drinker.

Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange amber with a half inch of white head and some very nice lacing.

S-Malty, a hint of sour rye graininess and a bit of earthy hops.

T-Nice. A bit sour in the front and some nice sweet malt and some mild hop bite in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Tasty, sessionable,

HV

Photo of Thur123
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

Drank on: 2/27/10
22 oz. in pint glass
5.9% ABV 59 IBU SRM 10.5

A= Fine-bubbled 1/16" head on a beautiful dark reddish copper colored ale. Nearly translucent. Head receeded quickly to leave a slight haze on the surface & a very fine bubbled lace.

S= Good whifs of toasty malts & rye notes. Citrus hop freshness.

T= Rich carmel & rye flavors. Nice hop pine & citrus zing. Small hint of sweetness and a nice bitterness from the start through the aftertaste. Good malt flavors balanced well with nice hop freshness. has a nice earthy rye flavor.

MF= Nice med. coating of the mouth which quickly falls away. Lightly carbed but still tingles the tongue. Nice very mild lingering bitterness.

D= good rye beer. Think I may get a keg for our next party as the amber option. Good hoppy freshness increases the drinkablility.

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