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Ryevalry - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 101
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nickd717 on 05-08-2010

Another unique Rye beer from BRBC, this Double IPA is brewed with large quantities of American hops and fermented with a Belgian ale yeast to create a bitter, hoppy, and spicy ale that is sure to delight.
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Photo of CliffBrake
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Monks' Kettle

Nice tight head that leaves heavy lacing. Bright orange color, slightly cloudy.

A great complex aroma, with orange, bread, and piney hops. The taste combines a nicely balanced citrus fruitiness and bitterness with bready yeast flavors.

A juicy, dangerously drinkable and complex brew. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of wcintula
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know quite what to expect when I ordered this, it seemed to have so many different unique qualities going on that are all simultaneously attractive in their own way. Poured into a short trumpet with a hazy yellow body, it has the nice look of Belgian IPAs I've had in the past.

The smell is sharp, first noticed is the rye and then separate supporting hop-components. The taste is a sweet harmony, with Belgian yeast tying together the spicy and bitter elements. It's more than pleasant, I love this beer. A velvety feel is noted in the mouth with some hop oils sticking to the tongue.

This beer is banging. Far ahead of any Rye beers I've come across. As a Belgian IPA it's still delicious, but I think it falls more into the Rye Beer category. Either way, the end result is delicious.

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Photo of DCon
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the last-tap (#40) @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO. Poured into a Tulip Glass from the Rasta tap for $5 and enjoyed a sample and this 16oz glass.

Appearance- Very fresh looking color body (solid peach) with a 2 finger white head. Good retention and leaves behind a sudsy lace.

Smell- Huge hops (both citrus and grassy) a very dark belgian smell, and has a mild rye aroma. Strong smell!

Taste- Awesome beer! Starts off with huge hop taste and then leaves the rye at the finish. There is a light sourness with the bitterness bite at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Good Carbonation, Creamy, and nice rye feel on the tongue afterwards.

Overall- Fantastic all around! The tap handle was without a doubt the reason I got the beer but after having a sample, I knew I had to have a whole glass. Could only drink 2 in a night but tremendous drink!

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Photo of ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, Ryevalry is dark gold with a tight off-white head leaving pretty heavy lace, nice pattern.

Smell is great, big skunky hops, yeasty. Perfect BIPA nose.

Taste is similar, a west coast style BIPA with accentuated by a spicy rye backbone. Very tasty. I love the fresh hop resins, the skunkiness in combination with the yeast flavors, nice esters.

Mouthfeel is dry yet creamy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is high. I could drink these all night. I guess it's pricey though, as Collins used their little chalice, which makes it cost prohibitive.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Barley and Hops.

The beer arrives with a finger of white head which recedes leaving some very nice lacing. The beer is a clear amber color with plenty of bubbles steadily rising to the top. The nose is huge rye notes along with a distinctly Belgian yeast aroma. Taste really showcases the rye but it's supplemented by bitter, citrusy hops and the Belgian yeast. Nicely done. The finish is well balanced with a mildly bitter aftertaste. The advertised 8.2% ABV is completely hidden. Body is medium with a pleasant level of carbonation which lends to the drinkability of the beer. overall this is an excellent rye IPA from Bear Republic. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with a small white head. Scent is a lot of rye with a ton of citrus aromas and lovely "west-coast" pine aroma. Initially, this beer is pleasantly hoppy with a lot of mango, melon, and citrus...mostly mango. It finishes with some lovely rya flavors and slight bitterness. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is incredibly high...the ABV is undetectable. Overall, this is one outstanding beer from Bear Republic...but I didn't expect anything less from these guys.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes, 3-30-2011

Had the chance to try this at a recent Oberon release event.

A - Mildly cloudy, deep amber body, small white head.

S - Smells lightly of citrusy and spicy hops, and a touch of wheat and light malts. Subdued

T - Complex and interesting combination of spicy and citrusy hops, clean and crisp wheat on the front. It's nicely balanced and interesting. A great beer for sure.

M - medium bodied, palatable and smooth. Decent, not mind-blowing

O (D) - This is a fantastic beer. Great tasting, not too heavy, and interesting. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a piney and citrusy hop with a noticible rye spice.

The taste consisted of upfront balmy hops emitting elements of pine and grapefruit. There was a lasting rye spice as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a heavy lingering and partly numbing spiciness.

Overall a very interesting ale packed with rye spice and hop bitterness.

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Photo of smh804
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this at the bar... no time for thurough review. This is just everything I love in a beer. Tons of rye, which has become my favorite brewing grain, an abundance of floral and fruity hops and a belgian yeast strain to top it all off. I don't often see many Bear Republic brews in my neck of the woods. This has been a surprise find for me that I will not soon forget. If you can find this... try it.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden orange with a great fluffy white head and great lacing thruout. Great aroma of grapefruit, spice and that nice hint of the Belgian spice. Lots of great things going on in each sip. At first its an IPA, but not as hoppy. The rye gives it a nice spicy bite, and then the Belgian yeast comes in and smooths it out at the end. A great blending of flavors that really compliment each other. As it warms you get a little more of the spicy rye. But its very easy to drink and thirst quenching. A great beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tustin

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a finger or two of white head and some mild lacing.

S: Damn does this smell good. Great citrus hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. Some other fruit notes like pineapple and peaches. A touch of bread, rye, and grass. Solid.

T: The flavor is just as good, maybe better. Grapefruit and tangerine with a little bit of grass. Plenty of piney bitterness which is slightly balanced by a floral honey type flavor and mild breadiness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Another great hoppy beer from Bear Republic. Grab a glass of this if you can.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the George St Alehouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Arrives in a pint glass with one finger of sticky foam. Color is pale copper, slight haze due to the cold glass. Aroma is fantastic, grassy hops abound.

First sip is very nice - quite hoppy with a straw, cut grass flavor. Spicy kick from the rye comes through as well. I ordered this without any advanced knowledge of what style of beer this was, and I was very pleasantly suprised.

Alcohol is nicely disguised- I wouldn't have guessed this is over 8% ABV. All in all an interesting rye IPA that I would love to try again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 28 April 2012.

A: Hazy-clear gold. Light head.

S: Sweet malts, touch of citrus, floral Belgian yeast. Soft, but pleasant.

T: Wow...Full-bodied, spicy, and incredibly rewarding. Honey-sweet with loads of hops and spicy rye (though I suspect the yeast is responsible for most of the spice). Cloves and clover. Excellent mouthfeel.

O: Perfectly crafted. A Belgian Double Rye Pale Ale? Pretty crazy. Whole-heartedly recommended. Will drink again. [note: I did end up ordering two more tulips. My favourite Bear Republic beer to date.]

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Go ahead, be jealous!! I know you are!!!

This is a quickie, 'cause I know everyone's already had this beer, so no reason to bore you with rehashing the obvious!!!

8.2% ABV and $26 (without tip) for a growler...A touch on the expensive side...

Pretty, lemonady to straw colored light amber, with quite a bit of haze. Middling carbonation...A short, soapy head forms then quickly evaporates. No real lacing to speak of.

Very robust aromas of grapefuitiness and ripe pineapple. Very Lefty DIPA in nature. Also some subtler stuff going on: A little touch of Humboldt green, something akin to white pepper. That must be the rye at work...very nice.

Flavor is beautiful. This is really a wonderfully unique take on the DIPA. Upfront is a large bite of carbonation, but it rapidly settles down and lets the citrusy, tangy middle show off. I get a whole grapefruit juice thing, but a subtle, muted version. This lets the rye showcase itself. Some peppery spice in the late middle, and then the hops sidle in for a quick two step. These mellow quickly into a long, lemonade finish that's wonderfully inviting. Alcohol is completely masked and I could see people getting ill off this fast. Awesome brew. Right up there with some of the top to second tier DIPAs. The rye is very special in this. Absolutely worth tracking down., which means driving to the brewery.

What I like most: The awesome rye based flavor profile. Really unique and excellent.

What I like least: The rather pedestrian appearance and the price.

Verdict: worth the higher than average price by all means. Very unique and potent and robust.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip.

Pours a clear pale yellow with thin white head and spotty lacing. Upon first smell I catch belgian yeast, rye, and piny, sticky hops. The taste is even better, bitter as hell up front, pine, citrus and grapefruit hop flavors attack my palate with a light rye flavor and the belgian yeast on the finish. Mouthfeel was very full and juicy almost leaning towards feeling a bit oily. Overall I am very pleased with my first try of Bear Republic, this is a Belgo-Double RyePA, kicks the ass of any other rye beer I've had so far.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at American Craft, served in a smaller goblet. The beer was dark golden shade of orange, hazy with a thick solid foam that left rivulets of lace. Great aroma, the rye is barely noticeable though. More than anything this struck me as a Belgian/American IPA hybrid. The hops were a little citrusy (American) but also had a spicy-bitter aroma that seemed more Belgian, and in fact there seemed to be some fruity esters which seemed similar to those from some Belgian yeast strains.

The flavor is great, the malts play a back seat and let the yeast, hops, and rye take the show. The rye is really light, but you can taste it when you search for it. Otherwise I enjoyed this as a Belgian IPA with more agressive flavor. Medium bodied, very drinkable, this should be served in pint glasses.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a full Belgian-style head good lace.

S: Yeasty with notes of stone fruit and citrus.

T: The yeast dominates the first portion of this brew. Peppery, dry rustic flavours. The American influence comes in at the end with some nice grapefruit and pine, but the Belgian influence is clear. Not really tasting the rye, but that doesn't matter for me because the beer is delicious.

M: Smooth, frothy, soft carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: Bear Republic has to be one of the most consistent brewers in the country. Another new beer, another winner, really good.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at blind tiger in nyc

Pours a hazed orange, thin white head, patchy lacing and film which streaks across the glass.

Juicy citrus hops and pungent rye, bitterness with pineapple and grapefruit. Very slight alcohol in the nose.

Juicy and bitter up front with plenty of fruit flavor. Pineapple, mango, and pear. Plenty of citrus hops and rye is prevalent. Nice caramel breaded malt base. A bit of heat and dryness in the finish with another blast of lingering bitter hops.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue with lingering effects. Drinks really well, excellent flavor and nice use of rye.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2011
This beer arrives from the tap with a pale tan colored, off-white head that sits on top of a gold colored beer that is fairly clear and has touches of copper to it. Wow, the aroma is so distinctly like tropical fruit it is quite amazing; guava, mango and huge lychee lead the way, but are supported by ripe peach, kumquat zest and ripe tangelo zest. That sort of funky edge that tropical fruit can have is definitely here in the nose in spades. I wonder if the Belgian yeast accentuates the tropical note in the hops. As the beer warms a supporting, though subtle, cracker like malt character comes out in the aroma, but this is certainly all about how the Belgian yeast character interacts with the ample hop character.

Softly viscous textured on the palate, the beer certainly has some heft that helps to provide a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The tropical fruit notes continue to play the dominant role in the flavor with a solid note of guava that is supported by notes of mango, lychee and amply ripe peach notes. The bitterness is fairly light for an aggressively hopped beer, this allows some phenolic fermentation derived notes to play a little bit of that role in the finish with a clove-like spiciness, a hint of tongue numbing turpenes and some medicinal and almost aspirin like flavors too. Towards the finish some herbal hop notes are softly noticeable; notes of menthol (likely accentuated by the Belgian yeast) and a light herbal edge as well as a touch of pine that comes out a bit more when paired with the pizza I just got. There is a touch of warming / spicy alcohol to the finish that is also accentuated by my pizza. The malt plays a purely supporting role here, it contributes more to the texture than anything as the hops really do a good job of drowning out any malt-derived flavors. This is quite smooth and oh-so drinkable, it has a light carbonation which helps this along and there enough texture to really nicely compliment the hop fruit character.

What a very tasty brew, I really like how smooth this is; this is really helped along by the very low bitterness, but the tropical fruit character is just incredibly intrigueing to me for some reason. I could drink a lot of this beer in a sitting (which would likely be a bit dangerous).

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Photo of g00dness
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the barrel aged beerfest. Came out of the tap with an gigantic creamy flavorful head, and a semi-clear straw color.

Nose was sour rye spice and wet dog funk.

Taste was awesome. It has that great rye spiciness with undertones of sourness grass and citrus hops. But what really made this one magical was that the awesome spice and flavorful sourness didn't come with the usual rye sharpness.

Apparently the barrel aging really mellowed out the mouthfeel, to the point where this was a pile of creamy goodness. I'm not exaggerating when I say that mouthfeel was gorgeous.

Drinkability was really high. The high alcohol content didn't register at all, while the creamy mouthfeel came off without it being too thick.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Allagash chalice:

A: Absolutely beautiful opaque golden-orange body with a nice looking off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Pineapple with vanilla, some good rye

T: Pineapple/orange-citrus hops, wonderfully sweet vanilla/caramel, plus some great dose of the Belgian yeast funk, with a great rye backbone. The rye is surprisingly subtle with the hops and caramel taking the forefront.

M: Good, moderate body.

D: Absolutely greatly balanced beer, and another great use of rye by Bear Republic. Rye needs some sweetness to balance it out, and it is done well with the citrus and Belgian elements. Definitely the best Belgian Rye-PA I've had.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely enjoyable IPA/belgian/rye infusion but all I could detect was West Coast hops and hints of spicy rye. Slightly hazed bright golden orange notes, with a beautiful flowing off white head. Aroma spicy rye, floral citris hop bursts some hints of tropical fruit but not as overpowering with the Belgian yeast strain as most of these hybrids have been. Flavor wise refreshing bitterness comes in waves with hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and spicy rye notes with hints of yeast breadiness. Refreshing big beer that's what I'm talking about but it helps when you already love Bear Republic, solid session DIPA...yeah right. It's medium bodied, with even flowing carbonation going strong. Overall feel to it says it's awesome, one of those beers that makes me think I need some more of that. Hopefully they release a new bottled beer I think they're due even though their current lineup is basically perefection. BTW, don't try to session this beer it just drinks that easy.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at FreshCraft in Denver. A must see beervanna if you're in the area, by the way.

Imperial pint shaped glassware but miniatureized. Served cold.

Ryevalry is a slightly hazy golden amber color with a half inch of white head.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Hoppier than a typical rye beer but a stronger malt presence than a double IPA. Pleasant and fresh.

Flavor doesn't disappoint. It has a great citrusy hop taste with just the right amount of rye-derived spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Easily drinkable with lower carbonation and well-hidden alcohol.

Easily one of the best rye beers I've had, even better than the Hop Rod Rye from the same brewer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler from DeCiccos. Ryevalry for the Giants Eagles name. Delicious.

Another unique Rye beer from BRBC, this Double IPA is brewed with large quantities of American hops and fermented with Belgian ale yeast to create a bitter, hoppy, and spicy ale that is sure to delight.

A: Remarkable clarity. Nice clean gollden color. A half finger of white head with good head retention and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is different. The belgian yeast comes across very clearly. The hops are there as well. Little bit of citrus but mostly piney. The rye is there with a little bit of spiciness cutting through. The finish is a nice mix of the rye and hops. Lots going on in this beer.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel. Kind of coats your tongue. Nice carbonation for a growler.

D: Lots going on in this beer but it is quite drinkable. The rye is there but a small part of the overall beer. This is one step away from being two much but walks that line well.

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Photo of SnowSpyder86
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from my iPhone, so its going to be short. Enjoying this brew at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

Appearance: sub-cloudy, beautiful sunset golden color, no head

Smell: this smells good, very good. Little breadiness, sweetness....smells like a Hefe.

Taste: Taste is very suprising. The rye is there, but not up in your business. Very well balanced with the light, sweet malts and taste of of slightly fruity and spicy belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: little too carbonated for a Rye beer, albiet an unorthodox one.

Drinkability: i wouldn't drink it all night, but a couple glasses if this would do just fine.

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Ryevalry from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.