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Ryevalry - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: nickd717 on 05-08-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden color with a smooth, light balanced color. Little bit of head pops up on the top of the glass and hangs out for a little while before settling back down to earth. Light lacing on the glass and good carbonation can be seen through the haze.

Aroma is light and well balanced. Light hops, touches of grasses and light fruit notes. Warming brings up grainy touches and hints of bananas and cloves. Nice overall balance to it, albeit a touch light for my tastes. Follow through on the flavor is about the same. Light, well balanced and lightly hopped. Small touches of pears and apples are bouncing around in here, but nothing that is terribly strong or misplaced. Light dryness and bitterness in the finish, but again light and not distracting. Gets a little boring after a few sips, but was still nice and drinkable.

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at armsby abbey

Big fluffy and bubbly head 1 finery fades semi slowly with rich lacing over a but hazy golden yellow beer

Nose has some spicy rye, fresh citrus hops, pine, a light aromatic fruity hop aroma, light sweet malty aromas.

Taste starts with a touch of sweet malt, plenty of fresh hops, citrus, pine, and resinous musty fresh hops, a bit oily and sticky hop, then some light fruity and spicy rye, it perceives itself to be hot and spicy from the fresh hops and rye, some light fruity flavors. The bitterness builds a bit and the taste lingers, but after the swallow it quickly peaks and starts to fade but lingers for a while, dry finish with a touch of spicy rye.

Moth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall its a good beer, nice fresh hop flavors blended with light malts and a nice rye kick, well balanced and not overboard on the rye or bitterness.

jlindros, May 12, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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).

Gueuzedude, Aug 03, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes. Had on-tap at Binny's South Loop Tasting Room.

Served in a Chimay goblet, there was a finger of rocky, light-tan head with low retention. Nose had a mustiness, probably yeast driven, along with a peppery (rye), hoppy scent. Mouthfeel was medium with an interesting amalgam of flavors, including grassy hops, a mild malty sweetness and even a slight tartness. Finish was dry with hops continuing to linger well after the swallow.

woodychandler, Jun 12, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a ornagish straw yellow blend with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Rye, grass, lemons, pineapple

T: Has a tropical fruit, grass, citrus influence upfront, plenty of rye in this, just right on hop bite, finishes with some bitterness

M: Plenty of rye, booze is masked well, thing body for such a big beer. A Double Rye IPA should have some serious body.

D: Easy to drink but I have had single Rye IPAs that beat this down.

barleywinefiend, Feb 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from Decicco's. $9.99.

Pours lightly hazed, dull goldenish/orangy lighter copper. Nice looking larger tight head, thats stays and stays, thicker collar, lots of thick lace looking down on the thin, fine bubble sheen. Nice looking brew.

Pungent rye, spruce and citrus in the nose. Fresh is the deal here.

Really impressed by this California visitor, its fresh, densenly flavorful and showing clear quality. More rye, light lime/pineapple, bitter hops late. The Belgian yeast adds to the mix, with a peppery lime snap.

Well done, seek out and enjoy.

Billolick, Nov 12, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

drewone, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

afsdan, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BARFLYB, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

wrightst, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ryevalry, a rye ipa with belgian yeast. Interesting.

Bright orange in color, good clarity. Nose boasts of peppery rye, citrus and alittle estery belgian yeast adding a sweetness. Flavor is right on par, more hop forward and just a hint of belgian qualities. Piney amarillo presence with some rind influence. Medium to full bodied, good level of carbonation. Kind of an odd ball but drank just fine.

Stinkypuss, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

plaid75, Oct 05, 2010
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/27/2011

On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Transparent yellow gold with an impressive one inch creamy head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Orange, grapefruit, grainy malt. White pepper with a touch of clove. Faint coriander. A nice balance of hops and phenols. Pretty nice.

T: Orange pith with lesser notes of flesh. Pepper and clove-like phenols take the helm midpalate, and maintain a prominent presence through the finish. The beer is moderately bitter. Malt is slightly grainy but is subdued. There's a slight clash between the spice and bitterness near the end. Alcohol is tame for the ABV but noticeable in the finish.

M: Lower medium in body with an active moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A pretty nice Belgian IPA, but not one I would revisit even if I were in the mood for this strange style.

HopHead84, May 05, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of rye, and hint of grass. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of grass, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good aroma, appearance, body, feel, and blend. the rye is not dominate, but otherwise a really well done beer.

Tone, Apr 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ShanePB, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 19, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

xnicknj, Apr 05, 2011
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Ryevalry from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.