Ryevalry - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
12-22-2010 22:37:41 | More by CliffBrake
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
08-11-2011 03:13:40 | More by wcintula
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
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!
05-23-2011 23:31:04 | More by DCon
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
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?
03-31-2011 22:13:08 | More by ColdPoncho
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-31-2011 21:29:38 | More by Sideswipe
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-23-2011 02:38:56 | More by ccrida
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-27-2011 08:39:06 | More by DovaliHops
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-05-2010 17:16:09 | More by plaid75
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-22-2011 00:54:36 | More by smh804
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
04-17-2011 17:30:39 | More by Liverpool08
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-21-2011 04:16:15 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-27-2011 01:17:38 | More by FickleBeast
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-13-2011 03:52:55 | More by SolomonGrundy
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
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.]
09-15-2013 06:29:34 | More by AgentMunky
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
03-31-2011 18:55:47 | More by GrindFatherBob
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
03-21-2011 00:49:11 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-14-2010 17:37:53 | More by g00dness
Ryevalry from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.