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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%

4Socialanxiety, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

grover37, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

StlHopHead77, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tbryan5, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Immortale25, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

zekeman17, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

fastrodney, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

injuredreserve, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

WDJersey, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

mweso2000, May 27, 2013
Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

baklo, May 27, 2013
Photo of Daktah
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

oline73, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.