Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Review from notes 4/8/11. Thanks to mikesgroove for this bottle!
A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a very nice 2.5 finger off white head. Nice retention and rings of lacing left behind.
S: Light pine hops, a little bit of citrus. A good bit of spicy rye and some bready malt.
T: Not as much rye translated to the flavor profile but there is a little kick upfront. Drinks more like a pale ale though. Nice hop flavor with some citrus, mostly grapefruit. There is a little caramel malt on the backend.
M: Medium bodied, crisp and little lighter than expected. Carbonation level is very nice.
O: A solid beer, would have liked a little more rye spice in the flavor profile, but I liked it. A nice first beer for me from French Broad.
04-11-2011 00:59:55 | More by mdaschaf
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh
Arrived a dark amber with little head. Smells of roasted malts and peppery rye. Taste is predominantly rye, but with a nice malt balance. The rye sits on the tongue and offers a good bite, but isn't overpowering. Reminds me of a good pastrami sandwich. Medium bodied and well carbonated. I don't think I could have too many of these at once, but this one was good.
07-21-2011 09:26:36 | More by tdm168
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
Shared 22oz bomber shared with 2 friends. Served in large wine glass.
A: Pours with a very attractive copper brown color; sparkling clear with barely visible fine carbonation. A small white head reduced to a ring that left little lacing behind.
S: There's rye in the nose, and plenty of sweet malt, but the hops come through first and foremost, making this pleasantly citrusy.
T: This is a rye pale ale with a strong malt base and enough rye to significantly modify the flavor. There's plenty of hops in the flavor, like a typical Amer. PA, and the hops are the main contributor to the fine and lasting finish.
M: very good carbonation level; medium body
D: A good bomber to share; plenty of flavor but not extreme.
09-01-2011 23:01:07 | More by chinchill
4.05/5 rDev +6%
On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of grassy hops and robust caramel malts with a hint of spiciness from the rye.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front are soon joined by grassy and piney hop flavors. Near the end of the sip a good amount of spiciness kicks in before a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few of these.
Overall this is a good and hoppy rye beer (as the name would suggest) that does a good job of integrating the rye. It falls short of the best rye beers out there, but is still worth a shot.
Note: I tried this side by side with the bottle version and the tap version is thicker with a cleaner hop flavor. Definitely try on-tap if possible.
04-26-2009 02:05:11 | More by glid02
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
04-02-2014 21:18:48 | More by GarthDanielson
4.28/5 rDev +12%
I had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur GA. The beer was hazy dark copper color, thick rich looking off-white head, lots of wet lacing on the glass. Spicy rye and earthy hops in the aroma. The taste had a nice bite of rye and bitter hops, caramel malt througout but the spiciness sets the overall tone. Very good, as drinkable as any rye beer I've had to date.
04-29-2009 01:37:22 | More by TurdFurgison
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
22oz bomber, $4.25 at bruisin ales, brought back via NW airlines
appearance: poured into an imperial pint...great looking brew - rich amber body with a full creamy, frothy beige cap and fluffy retention. very nice indeed
smell: aroma is fairly hop-driven, pine and citrus play equal parts, definitely some nice spicy rye notes in the background, a touch metallic, but very solid
taste: in my limited experience, this is my favorite french broad offering. the balance between bitter hop and spicy rye is wonderful and its got just enough bite to justify the addition of rye to what seems like could have been a great base-APA as well.
mouthfeel: creamy and medium bodied, nice spicy dry finish
drinkability: a bomber of a spicy rye is hard for any man
07-16-2009 00:46:04 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A sweet smell of citrus, hops, and a tinge of rye.
T: Tasted of hops and lemon, with some malt and rye in the finish. A very sweet and vibrant flavor that seems to have more in common with an IPA than a rye beer.
M: A well carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.
D: A pleasant, drinkable beer.
11-24-2010 14:04:42 | More by avalon07
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a clear reddish amber that is almost mahogany. Malty aroma has a rye overtone and hoppy and yeasty hints. Strongly hoppy flavor has a firm rye tone and only a little bitterness. Texture is rough, fizzy and ragged. This one is a joy to drink if you like a firm, sassy, earthy beer.
02-21-2011 00:40:43 | More by Cyberkedi
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Thank you, Mike. You've hooked me up with a good number of good beers
A: Crystal clear deep amber with a large, off-white head, leaving nice lace as it slowly recedes
S: Nice, spicy rye character to open things off with a pleasing citrus/orange hop aroma. The combination is quite enjoyable, and the mild caramel sweetness balances things quite nicely.
T: The spicy rye character is beautiful. Crisp, and with the mild caramel sweetness, this is very tasty. The hop character lends a mild bitterness along with the spiciness, along with some juicy hop character. Finishes dry and spicy
M: Fairly light, crisp carbonation and an excellent finish
D: Very very drinkable, the bomber's gone in 15 minutes
05-23-2009 02:40:25 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev +4.7%
From the widely lauded cellars of O'Hoove this brew has a dark copper color, pretty clear with a reasonable off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is almost a medicinal buttery rye, herbal hop with some malt balance. The flavor brings bright grassy rye with a herbal malt base. I get some raspberry fruit sweetness but it's subtle. Good drinkability with mid-bodied feel but tangy and crisp. A nice brew with a somewhat dry finish and unique character. A nice introduction to French Broad if you like the sharp edge of this hop brew.
12-30-2009 03:14:20 | More by Durge
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
I picked up a 750 after enjoying this beer on tap at the brewpub.
The color is a deep gold verging on more of a pale amber. A soft, fluffy but sturdy little white head forms, fading to a foam that leaves light, spotty lacing.
The smell is a clean balance of hops (citrus), caramel malts, and rye bread.
The taste is where this one differs from the tap; not only is it not as well balanced, the rye is tangy with an astringent, metallic tinge that makes for a bad aftertaste. I don't know what happened here, but it was in a bottle from the brewery itself and one from a local store.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. There's a nice smoothness after an initial crisp nip.
This is still a good beer if you can try to get over that aftertaste, but I'd recommend it from the tap.
07-13-2010 14:51:44 | More by Brenden
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
a: dark, nutty amber in color, capped with a low, lightly retained head
s: big note of rye to start things off - sweet and rich, fruity and spicy with a pungent body of that unique rye character, caramel and some carob, nicely hopped with sweet citrus and pine, dig how the rye really comes out here
m: carbonation on the low side, body medium-heavy
t: again a big rye presence, sweet and spicy, bready caramel, complex grain, earthy pine hop flavor with a nice finishing bitterness
d: just fine - unique and flavorful, bomber with no problem
bomber from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville
09-06-2010 05:38:54 | More by blackie
3.15/5 rDev -17.5%
I got this in a recent trade but I cannot remember who sent it to me, thank you whoever you are! Dark amber color but not brown and yet not orange. Smells pretty nondescript, I was expecting hops given the label. The label also led me to believe I would taste rye in this beer but I got almost none of it. I did get a bit of oxidation though. Overall this was quite an average beer, not bad but not special at all.
05-15-2011 22:41:31 | More by ArrogantB
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
A: Pours copper with a small head. Light retention and no lace.
S: Nice bready tones, light rye, spice.
T: Bready with a nice malt sweetness. Mild rye, and hints of citrus. Hints of caramel, and a touch of apple.
M: Nice carbontion, with a good balance between malt, rye, and hops.
D: Pretty good.
09-04-2010 19:54:56 | More by tpd975
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.
07-26-2013 02:19:34 | More by EgadBananas
4.47/5 rDev +17%
I love Rye Beers. I really love Rye beers. When well executed, they have the perfect bready/spice flavor that just makes me happy. This beer is among my favorite Rye beers. So, that means I LOVE this beer. Enjoyed this at Barley’s tap room so much with dinner, that we went back later just to have another.
The beer came with a finger of creamy off white head that left a decent amount of lacing. The beer is a clear brown color that is distinctive to beers made with Rye.
Aroma is balanced with a nice mix of rye notes, some crusty bread and floral hops. The menu said that this was the first beer released by the brewer. I am confident this is their best and it’s great.
Bready, light spice and a wonderful hop flavor. More citrus vs. pine but decent complexity. This is such a fresh tasting beer that has such wonderful depth. The aftertaste is a great mix of bread notes and the hop bitterness. Both linger and are great.
So smooth and almost creamy… Not oily but lays on the tongue. Great.
Did I mention that I love this beer?
04-22-2011 21:32:20 | More by Reagan1984
Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
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