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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 133
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

injuredreserve, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a dark amber color, with an off white head, left plenty spongy lace. Aroma was floral with the hops, some citrus, spicy rye, caramel sweetness. Tastes of citrus, sweet nuttiness, spicy, fruity rye notes, hints of pine. Bitterness is medium. Body is medium, low to medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, easy to quaff.

Nice ipa, not world class, but enjoyable.

EgadBananas, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

WDJersey, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark amber brownish with a short tan light head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: spicey pepper from the rye, pine hops

T: nice rye presence without being overpowering, peppery and bready with a crisp hop finish, bitter pine resin at the end

M: thinner with lower carbonation

O: rye is present but not outlandish, balanced well with the hops but neither flavor is powerful

M_C_Hampton, May 30, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mweso2000, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

baklo, May 26, 2013
Photo of Daktah
4.43/5  rDev +16%

Pours bright copper with good dose of slightly off-white head. Great lacing left behind. Smell is lots of fresh, crisp rye bread and citrus hops. Taste brings more of the same, with spicy rye notes, citrus hops, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a subtle earthy taste. Perfect balance between malt and hops. Mouthfeel is slightly above medium, and exceedingly drinkable.

This is the gold standard of rye beers for me. Only Founders Red's Rye and the Lenny Bruce beer from He'Brew showcase rye as well as Rye Hopper does. Pair this with some great music at the French Broad tasting room and you have a perfect combo.

Daktah, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Bamarooster, Apr 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

ShanePB, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

OldTime, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

NoCurse2012, Apr 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

FriedSlug, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

oline73, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a clear and bright amber color.
s - citrus, sweet malts, rye.
t - piney and citrusy hops with a bit of spice.
m - crisp and medium.
o - solid rye beer with a lot of hop punch.

GPHarris, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

napetry, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RyanAU, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BigTrubble, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

AlexFields, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Falcone, Jan 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

LJWalker, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

maryd837, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Color is a dark shade of amber, nearly brown. Head is average, but a nice amount of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is herbal, floral, and malty, and pleasing to the nose. The taste is malt-forward - nutty and bready - with rye also playing a big role, adding spiciness and a tingle on the tongue. Hop flavors are in the background, and are mainly floral. I think it would benefit from more citrus hop flavors to provide better balance. It's a decent rye, but not a memorable one.

DeltaGolfSierra, Nov 04, 2012
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.