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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 133
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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benloho

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-31-2014 18:33:31 | More by benloho
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

01-20-2014 01:53:47 | More by BeerImmediately
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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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halfcutskeleton

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-11-2014 19:06:55 | More by halfcutskeleton
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ZEB89

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-29-2013 02:33:29 | More by ZEB89
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-19-2013 02:11:56 | More by kristougher
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

A new brewery for me. Looks good off the pour. It’s kind of a mild rye. Nothing overly abrasive or way out there. Easy drinking and smooth enough. Nice level of spice from rye. Minimal hop abrasive tones. Like I said: easy drinkin’. This could be an every day ale. I wouldn’t mind some more punch out of it, but it’s pretty good as it is.

11-14-2013 16:06:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-01-2013 14:46:20 | More by ninaturner
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navin

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-24-2013 23:52:19 | More by kayakandbeer
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-16-2013 04:17:03 | More by stephensinner
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours amber brown with red around the edges and a small soapy head. Aroma is heavy on the spice, with a dash of dish soap smell, sweet caramel and toffee, and a tinge of pine. Flavor very much highlights the rye, spicey black pepper, some pine bite, bit of dark dry fruit with serious dry finish. Has some qualities of a dubbel but without much sweetness. Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes dry. Very true to the rye here, and does not go all IPA on you like a lot of "rye" pales do. I respect that.

10-16-2013 00:44:15 | More by BMMillsy
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-07-2013 20:37:41 | More by Whiskeydeez
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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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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-19-2013 03:02:26 | More by sgttibbs
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-01-2013 14:20:14 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-24-2013 02:12:33 | More by grover37
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -6%

Pours a dark copper body supporting just over an inch of bone white foam that recedes relatively quickly leaving some thin rings of lacing.Aroma consists predominantly of herbal spiciness,brown bread,dirt weed and mild pine.Flavor profile contains strong tea leaf hoppiness,dull citrus,blonde tobacco,aspirin and sourdough.Mouthfeel is light/medium with a rough,edged hop bitterness and an almost tinny malt finish.Lightly resinous.Overall,a mediocre hoppy rye beer in my opinion.

08-21-2013 16:57:55 | More by StlHopHead77
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-15-2013 17:19:10 | More by tbryan5
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%

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?

08-15-2013 02:38:05 | More by Immortale25
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-13-2013 22:03:41 | More by zekeman17
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fastrodney

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-07-2013 20:24:54 | More by fastrodney
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-26-2013 02:24:17 | More by injuredreserve
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.