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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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very good

227 Ratings
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

woodchip, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, amber-highlighted copper coloring with a frothy, foamy, off-white head and a ton of carbonation action throughout the body. Aromas of hops first and foremost, with a resinous blast, moss and pine, and some subtle tropical fruit, all on a roasted and slightly bitter, grain backbone. Flavors are more of the bitter and pungent rye forward, with a bitterness around the edges from the hops, resinous notes, and citrus highlights. Smooth, light bodied, with a crisp endfeel. The aftertaste has a bit more of the citrus notes coming to the palate, with the bitter grains still providing a solid foundation. The finish has a grainy and citrus linger. Not bad overall, very balanced, and the light body keeps it refreshing.

GarthDanielson, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Brinks, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CorgiDad, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

PEIhop, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

2dogbrew, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

benloho, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

BeerImmediately, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AngusOg, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

halfcutskeleton, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ZEB89, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

kristougher, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

juicebox, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

ninaturner, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

navin, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

kayakandbeer, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

stephensinner, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

BMMillsy, Oct 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

KevinGordon, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sgttibbs, Sep 19, 2013
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.