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Rye Hopper - French Broad Brewing Co.

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87
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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-22-2008

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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 239
Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of slightly off-white colored frothy head... Fairly impressive retention gives way to a full lather of lacing... The color is deep rich autumnal orange color with some reddish trying to burst through... Loaded with swirling small bubbled carbonation... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Pizza dough fresh out of the oven... Just a moderate touch of rye spiciness... A bit of hoppiness lurks beneath the surface... A bit of earthiness... Nice balance...

T - Bready malts to start... Some caramel... A pungent hop bitterness comes next... A bit of rye spicienss follows... Everything begins to fade and then the finish is a returning crescendo of hops and rye... Loaded with nuance and complexity... A job very well done...

M - A very nice mouthfeel... A dense medium bodied offering... Light, but biting carbonation... Fairly intense... Starts juicy... Finishes a bit on the dry side...

D - Definitely a very nice beer that walks the fine line between American Pale Ale and Rye Beer... Not the best in either category, but very nice offering none the less... More hops than rye, which as a rye beer lover is a bit of a let down... A great value at sub $5 per bomber... (1,205 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Light brown, lots of fine bubbles distributed evenly throughout the brew, light haze, 2 fingers of light beige head, lava stone like lacing.

S: Citrus, hops, toasted malts.

T: Citrus, white grapefruit, big white grapefruit bitter notes from the middle of the sip well into the long lingering aftertaste. Orange citrus quality, very light sweetness, mostly a dry beer.

M: Medium resinous, thick body, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish.

O: Love rye beers, and I love this one. Drank in Canton, June 21st, 2014. Great look and taste. Got this on sale at Ingles today. (575 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with soulforpeanuts. Thanks! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a somewhat dirty looking amber brown color, a bit of haze, and a huge three fingers of head. Takes several gentle pours to get a full serving into the glass. Head is creamy colored with a thick whipped cream body that retains its shape even as it falls. Tons of loose, sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy hops up front with heavy grapefruit, lemon, some pine and a bit of mint. Rye is right up front too, nice and spicy, apple-cinnamon, bready malt and yeasty aromas round things out.

T - Sharply bitter, but rounded out by the spicy and distinctive rye flavor. Lots of rich, bready malt at the base. Good mix of light sweetness, spice, yeasty/bready flavors, and bitter hops. Good interpretation of the style.

M - Medium in body. Carbonation is very high giving a foamy, fizzy feel in the mouth. Lingering bitterness stays behind. Carbonation is a bit distracting with its intensity.

D - Overall, a very good rye beer. Well integrated mix of flavors combining into a complex group of flavors to keep things interesting and balanced. Alcohol level is pretty low at 5.9%. Very good afternoon drinker. (1,228 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange amber with a half inch of white head and some very nice lacing.

S-Malty, a hint of sour rye graininess and a bit of earthy hops.

T-Nice. A bit sour in the front and some nice sweet malt and some mild hop bite in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Tasty, sessionable,

HV (308 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark rusty orange with a thin white head on top. Recedes to just a sheet across the surface. Some lace is left behind after each sip. I don't know what to make of the nose. At first whiff, I get sawdust, grain, and sour fruit. But as I'm sipping and taking a breath, this resembles wet gym clothes and locker room. Seriously. It smells odd to me.

Good crisp clean mouth. Fair carbonation. Refreshing finish. The rye really makes itself known in the flavor. Grainy start but gives way to slight souring notes, and a dry finish. I've wanted to try this one for awhile, and finally pulled the trigger. I'm not sure it's one I would make a regular buy, but I'm glad I tried it. (721 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye Hopper Ale, growler courtesy of dkachur - thanks!

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange amber, one-finger of sticky, offwhite head with good - perhaps great - retention, replete with tons of fast, fine-bubbled effervescence. Very nice across the board - retention, clarity, and color. Great stickage on the lace too, falling like rings with every sip.

Aroma: Rye is huge in this one, spicy and bold, and comes accompanied by tons of other hop notes - orange zest, slight herbal notes, and a well-roasted array of backing malt notes (though the rye's definitely the real star here).

Taste: Rye is huge again, bigger than in most brews I've had. It's almost like "hey, so THIS is what rye tastes like!" Remainder of the malt bill is slightly toasty, with hints of toasted bread and faint cocoa. Overall, it's sort of dry, with hint of bitterness and perhaps a few other faint hop undertones.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and soft, though it does manage to still be slightly crisp given all the carbonation, all wrapped up in a medium body. Very light and airy.

Drinkability: A damn good beer, in my opinion, and one of the few rye beers I've truly enjoyed. I'd glad to have this one again, and would really like to try it on tap. Manages to strike all the right notes without going overboard, and the abv% seemed low enough to where a few of these wouldn't be a problem. Recommended. (1,392 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Lukafer for sharing this bottle with me. Review from notes.

A- Pours a nice hazy amberish brown color. Two finger cream colored head stays around for a short period before dying to a small cap on the beer. Nice streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice citrusy hops (grapefruit) right upfront on this. Light sour rye notes all over this beer as I sniff away. Bready malts in this make up the backbone of the beer. Not really much going on besides these.

T- Nice bitter hops in the front clash with a bitter sour rye taste. I can't believe how well this works in the front. Bready malts in the middle of the beer makes up a good backing to everything else on here. Light bitter yeasty flavor as well mixes well with a backing bitter hop flavor to round out this beer in the end.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for my liking to the style. Medium drying on the palate with this beer. Nice bitter flavor left on the palate and light rye and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Flavors are kind of just there and don't mix together all the way.

D- This was a very drinkable beer. Rye beers are getting to be my favorite style overall and it's because of easy drinkers like these. I personally liked this beer and could have finished a 22oz bottle of this by myself no problem. (1,340 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/3/11

Many thanks to PDXHops for the French Broad hook up

Medium tobacco brown color, boasting excellent clarity. One finger head thinned quickly leaving a small patch of bubbles amid a skim of foam. Impressive swaths of lace. Looks great.

The aroma is very well structured; the use of rye in the nose is quite impressive. With an overt dryness there is a fine balance between breadiness & spice. Accenting the rye are notes of American hops; piney & citric (think orange peel).

Similar to the aroma, the taste is plenty dry though the structure seems to differ. Piney bitterness hits first, in moderate quantity, followed by an earthy notion & subtle spiciness. The rye is seated further still, making a solid backdrop of toastiness.

Medium bodied wrought with dryness. I find the carbonation to be a speck below average; certainly appropriate for the beer. As it warms a bit of a coating feel takes hold. Dry finish with lingering bitterness & rye.

French Broad has a good thing going on with this one; rye is showcased without going overboard. At 5.9% abv, not only is it tasty, is goes easy on the palate. Recommended. (1,169 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville.
A - An amber, caramel color with good clarity. It had almost no head and very little lacing.

S - Mostly toasted malt. I was expecting more hops but there wasn't much.

T - Starts malty and sweet but quickly goes to a nice hop flavor with grapefruit. Some rye flavor joins in but not a lot. Slightly tart and bitter in the finish.

M - A bit thin with a nice low carbonation.

D - Very smooth, balanced and drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer. (497 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darker amber with half inch creamy white head that slowly settles to a thin ring and leaves a few splotches of lace. Smell: spicy and slightly sour rye, a little citrus rind, bready. Taste: spicy rye, grapefruit, toasty with a little toffee sweetness. Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. Nice easy drinking offering. (339 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at both the brewery and at Barleys in Asheville.

Dispensed from the tap a chocolate brown color with a small white head. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma is clearly rye and some hops. Not much else. Some chocolate and coffee but rye seems to be the star of the show, and that is fine with me.

Very nice flavor. Chocolate and rye greet the tongue immediately. Medium body and such a smooth and sweet drinkability. I really enjoyed this: so much so that I had the same beer in two different places. Well done! (548 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy copper color with a off white colored head that falls to scum. Some light lace around my glass.

Aroma is lightly toasted rye bread, light orange peel, spicy hops. Some sugary notes mingled through out might be pine hints besides the spicy hops.

Taste is nice better then the nose by a nose. Taste is toasted rye bread nice lightly sour rye notes. Light fruity and lightly tart orange peel notes, hints of grapefruit also. Hops are mixture or blended in with rye minty hints spicy touches and light pine resin hints all mingled together nicely. Some nice sugary notes mixed in also.

Mouthfeel is good solid medium pushing to heavy. Carbonation is lightly peppy but not over done seems to compliment the brew very well.

Drinkability is good very enjoyable nice rye notes nice hops that blend with the fruitiness. Want to thank merlin48 for lending me this one. (880 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's in Asheville.

A - Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Very thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Very good lacing.

S - The nose was the most disapointing part of this beer. Faint spicy rye aroma and some darker caramel malts. Very little hop presence.

T - A somewhat medicinal spiciness initially, priamrily a rye spiciness. Caramel sweetness comes through quickly providing a nice balance. A lightly spicy bitterness comes through mid drink before the medicinal spiciness comes back through.

M/D - Very dry like a good rye beer. Medium bodied and very crisp as well. Easy drinking but not the best rye beer I have had. Still not sure why they chose to highlight hops in the name. (721 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a draft pint at the CNN Center Taco Mac during a work conference. Pours an amber-orange color, topped by a bit of creamy white head that leaves a bit of pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy on the malt and rye - slightly tangy, with a touch of caramel and some citrusy hops.
Palate is up front with the rye and barley malt - a blend of mild caramel sweetness and spicy, tangy rye. The hops come through mid-palate, giving a flourish of pine and/or grapefruit before yielding again to the spiciness of the rye on the finish.
Body is light but substantial enough to carry the flavor. Nicely drinkable. I'm impressed with this offering - not a knockout by any means, but a solid, quaffable ale that takes advantage of the rye quality. I should seek out more rye beers - this is interesting. (799 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first French Broad (love the name) beer I have ever picked up. The Rye Hopper was poured into a standard pint glass, and it looked darker than I was expecting. The body was a deep shade of copper and clear, and the head atop was foamy. I did not see any carbonation streamers. The smell was sweet and fruity, which is odd for a beer named Rye Hopper. The taste was also sweet and mildly bitter. The bready taste was followed by a bit of spiciness. The body was soft, but this beer lacked the carbonation to make it feel creamy. Easy to drink for sure, but not the most memorable beer made with Rye. (610 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky orangish red. A good amount of white head that hangs around. Smells great. Hoppy and rye heavy. Very similar to Nugget Nectar in the hop profile. Similar to Red's Rye in a lot of ways. Tastes sweet and a bit bitter with the hop presence. Thick solid moouthfeel. Very tasty overall. a bit thin but would definitely drink it again! (352 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's in Atlanta while in town on business.

Pours a cloudy medium-brown color with some reddish highlights. Head builds quickly and forms a dense three finger layer of light beige foam. Keeps a full, thick, and chunky lace and leaves a few splashes of stick on the sides.

Smell is initially quite hoppy, with a pleasant citrus and pine aroma. That seems to pass and get overtaken by an equally pleasant biscuity, sweet caramel malt aroma with some slightly buttery notes to it. There is also some rye but it's a complementary aroma.

Taste features a lot more rye than I got in the nose - the sweet caramel, bready malt base is here but there is lots of spicy rye along with it. Hops are very earthy and slightly spicy, which goes nicely with the rye. There's a hint of citrus but nothing like the initial aroma I picked up. As I get deeper into this glass the rye and hop bitterness continue to build, and form a very nice combination. It's nicely balanced, plenty hoppy, and really tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy, with a slick and slightly chewy feel to it. Carbonation is moderate and it feels soft on the palate overall.

This is really quite good. The rye flavor is very pronounced but there's enough hoppiness to complement and balance it out nicely. This is a must for any rye fan, and worth trying for all the rest of us, too. (1,389 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at KBJ08.

Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate rye & citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met and I hope this was not a one off. (346 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A new addition to the Nashville market here so I picked up a couple of bombers on my way through...

Pours an almost brown with a thick creamy head on it... Wow, this is an awesome looking brew actually. I'd swear this was a Marzen from the looks of it...

Spicy rye aromas mingle with a surprisingly citrusy hop presence here. I'm a little shocked at the hoppiness present here but pleasantly....

Biscuity malts up front followed swiftly by the hoppiness that soon takes over and mixes wonderfully with the spiciness of the rye... This is delicious... A little thin on the palate is my only complaint here..

This brew shocked the hell out of me... I loved it and will definitely be picking up more... (703 characters)

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clear, golden to brown color. Somewhat opaque, but no floating materials. Head formation is light, off white in color. Starts at 1mm, breaks down to a film.

S - A big time grainy, somewhat sweet, rye nose. The astringency of that malt is very apparent. Some american hopping is noticeable, but only in the background.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, 2 row malt, clean barley. In comes a very earthy, grainy rye note - astringency begins to grow. Mid-stream gets more stinging, biting grain notes. Finishes with the first recognizable hops.

M - Higher carbonation, moderate beer body. Stinging carbonation overcomes any shortcomings in the body. Finishes with a grainy astringent tongue grabbing film.

D - Moderate drinkability. This beer's rye-ness is probably good to style, but not good for sessioning. A bit abusive to the tongue, could be more balanced. Higher carbonation can be filling. (925 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 22-ounce bomber bottle with the presence of both rye and hops denoted on the label is an easy sell to someone like me who happens to love both! Decrowned and poured into my DFH shaped pint glass, Rye Hopper Ale is clear copper in color with a huge ivory cap of foam atop. The head is persistent and fine-bubbled, and as it slowly relaxes, copious lacing remains plastered onto the sides of the drinking vessel.

The smell is richly bready and grainy brown-sugar sweet with just a spritz of citrusy hops. The rye malt is front-and-center in the aroma profile; the effect of that placement is husky-scratchy, syrupy and mouth-wateringly savory. A more toasted effect gains purchase as the drink warms.

The taste is more sugary-rich and bready rye a-go-go. The maltiness is mouth-filling and sweet with a branlike, peppery rye backing. Mild herbal hoppiness arises in the finish but is quite subdued, and really does more flavoring and balancing in the brew than it does any real embittering.

The drink is surprisingly fullish-in body with a silky syrupiness nicely complemented by fine-grained carbonation. Plenty drinkable. (1,128 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with little to no head. Decent lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Nose hints at rye and hops, but not as strong as I would like. Somewhat flowery, but very mild. Some breadiness as well, but not yeasty.

Malty sweet on the hit, but the rye zing quickly kicks in. Nice dry rye finish. Mouthfeel is just chewy enough for the style.

Overall, very good and worth seeking out if you like rye's. (398 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with some nice soapy bubbles on the surface. The aroma is a nice mix of the rye, some floral hops, some lemon and some spiciness. Taste is mostly rye with a nice touch of floral hops. Bready with some light spiciness as well. The mouthfeel is pretty light and thin, almost a dry finish with the rye coming back in the finish pretty strong. I'm not a big fan of rye beers, but this one is very drinkable. (423 characters)

Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.