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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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very good

225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
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 AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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

LJWalker, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of maryd837
3/5  rDev -21.5%

maryd837, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A deep copper, with some head and lace retention.

S - Amber and rye. Slight tabacco

T - Sweet, malty, maybe a little touch of bourbon? Definitely has some alcohol up front at the finish, which is surprising for an under 6% brew

M - Full bodied, lots of carbonation

O - An average rye beer.

BeerDawgs, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of dribcrab
4/5  rDev +4.7%

dribcrab, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -21.5%

jaswilson2, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a woody mahogany amber color. There is a sparkly character from the steady stream of tight champagne like bubbles though virtually no head just a film of white bubbles. Though it leaves thick lacing against the glass with every sip.

S - nose is simple yet pleasant. Strong malt character with noticeable earthy rye. Theres also notes of tree nuts and toast. Bright aromas of candied orange peel round out the nose.

T - lots of nutty flavors and multigrain toast up front. The center is rich with malt flavors of toffee playing off of bright citric hop notes. Finish is quick and dry.

M - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth texture. High carbonation with tight scrubbing bubbles.

O - a very enjoyable ale. Balanced and flavorful. Great for a cool evening.

Teleweizen2, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of mttdls
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Brewsed, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

jeanphony, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no freshness dating that pours a clear, dark amber body with a one-finger light tan head. A small amount of lacing.

The aroma is akin to an APA with some grassy/piney hop notes and a little bready malt. I got a strong scent of the rye upon the first pour, but it faded very quickly.

The flavor follows the aroma closely with a touch more of the malt flavor present than in the aroma. I also get more of the rye flavor in the taste. Fairly well blended overall.

Light texture in the mouthfeel and relatively drinkable overall. Not a show-stopper, but a decent offerning.

FanofHefe, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of swh1972
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

swh1972, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of mklinger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

juliusseizure, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

dejrrma, May 27, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +4.7%

buckyp, May 18, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was amber and clear. The nearly white head left a healthy amount of lace in the glass.

The smell was of hard candy. Sour, leafy, spicy, and sweet. Dark bread, rye.

The taste was sweet and grainy first and then grassy bitterness. The bitterness lingered, ebbs and then returns in waves. There is some modest spiciness here as well as apples and other fruitiness. I would rather it not have as much breadiness, but more earthy happiness. No bad, but not one I would seek out again.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected with a medium to thin body. Modest, but adequate carbonation.

Cresant, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is a mere hint of a head above a hazed, ruddy-amber beer with an orange glow when held to the light. Slight rings of lace are deposited on the tulip glass.

Light pine sap aroma with very subtle orange. Altogether there is little going on.

The flavor is almost entirely dominated by grapefruit with high bitterness and a long, dry finish. Each sip includes a bitter bite that lingers.

A full body with soft texture and light carbonation. This one is very dry from the beginning through the end with light alcohol.

This is a decent beer, but should be consumed with a meal.

SLeffler27, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Mappies
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Mappies, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Jonmoore89
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lively dark copper with a finger and a half head. Retained its light amberish head very well. Appears to be very carbonated.
The Aroma was sweet, malty, carmely greatness.
I interpreted the flavor as starting off with hints of carmel and malt, and then finishing with a citrusy hoppy bitterness.
The mouthfeel was heavy and highly carbonated.
Overall the rye hopper was a beer very different from what I'm used to and pleasantly surprising. The bitter sweet flavor was a winner for me.

Jonmoore89, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +4.7%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.