Upstream IPA
French Broad River Brewing

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From:
French Broad River Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #52
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,597
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
113
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 24, 2020
Added:
Sep 22, 2008
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  10
SCORE
86
Very Good
Upstream IPAUpstream IPA
Notes: Formerly Rye Hopper

Rye hopper is an Asheville interpretation of an American rye Ale. The rye malt character is accompanied by a distinctively heady American hop profile and a smooth, bittersweet finish
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured a copper-brown body with minimal head and lace down glass. The aroma is grassy and herbal with hints of malts. Smooth drinking beer, real easy to drink, still get a good grassy hop bite so not watery and the finish is crisp and clean. Not most flavorful IPA but one worth trying especially if you want something lighter and even sessionable.
Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by richj1970 from Alabama

Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.7 by outdoor7or24 from Georgia

Oct 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by avisong from Virginia

Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by brauseboof from South Carolina

Jun 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by sisterofba from Maryland

Apr 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by scottspencer from Indiana

Jul 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Miles_in_beer_city from North Carolina

Dec 26, 2015
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22 oz bottle, no date

dark amber in color, slightly hazy. nice off-white layer of head. good lacing. earthy aroma, a bit of hop flavor. taste has a slight spicy bite, balanced by some malt sweetness. medium bodied, mouthfeel is a little sticky
Dec 10, 2015
 
Rated: 2.85 by Odysseyalien from New Jersey

Nov 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.46 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.8 by jbrnrdn

Jul 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

May 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.64 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

May 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.29 by Notacraftdrinker from Florida

Mar 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Mar 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by BGsWo22 from Texas

Mar 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.85 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.81 by BigGingDrinker from North Carolina

Dec 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4.04 by John44 from Alabama

Dec 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.92 by MattWhite from Nebraska

Dec 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.19 by Crimkj from South Carolina

Nov 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.8 by BenThereDrankThat from Tennessee

Nov 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by ThurstonHowell3 from Kentucky

Nov 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by RavenForBeer from Georgia

Nov 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by midlifec from Michigan

Oct 16, 2014
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
French Broad Rye Hopper has a thin, off-white head, a brilliant orange, bubbly, mostly opaque appearance with some noticeable sediment chunks roiling about and a bit of a lacing sheen left behind on the glass. The aroma is odd- sharp, intense, acidic citrus and even an almost turned orange juice smell. Hop resin, sweetness, pepper, and bread are also detected. Taste is unusual, too- sharp, sweet, acidic citrus, peppery rye, white bread, and a bitterness that grows as one drinks through the bomber bottle. Mouthfeel is medium, and French Broad Rye Hopper finishes dry and tart.

RJT
Oct 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by GRG1313 from California

Oct 04, 2014
 
Rated: 4.4 by MattCoxOD

Sep 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.72 by mikeborglum from Missouri

Sep 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.9 by cursive7 from North Carolina

Sep 17, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2014
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
When the mere bit of hops isn't enough.... enter: rye grain! The French Broad brewers execute a snappy and emboldened taste that each ingredient could not simply muster on their own.

Rye hopper kicks off with a glowing bronze color, just off of pale and eludes to to the rustic taste within. With American pale ale threads weaving the aromas and flavors together, its the taste of hops that stand tall above a steely caramel sweetness. Citrus and tropical fruit align on the front of the tongue in both dry and juicy portrayal.

Drying considerably over the middle, its the taste of true pumpernickel, equipped with peppery caraway, husk and its own earthy bite. The caramel fades and allows the hops to bloom- pink grapefruit, vibrant orange and tropical pineapple and mango all share the stage with that peppery rye character tethering through.

Its quick and bone dry finish is given a compelling creamy dryness that keeps the ale supported even in its fleeting moments. Hop bitterness seems exacerbated by the bite of rye grain, elevating both to utmost proportions. An aftertaste of dried citrus and peppercorn linger on.
Jul 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

Jul 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by jkball01 from Kentucky

Jul 27, 2014
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Reviewed by KYGunner from Kentucky

3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Clean clear copper color, the head is very thin and fizzy. Rye malt nose, rye malt flavor this a properly called a Rye Ale. The feel is incredibly thin, almost watery. Nothing particularly remarkable about it but it certainly presents itself as what it is...a Rye Ale.
Jul 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by ryfree from North Carolina

Jul 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Nolen12 from Kentucky

Jul 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Dan_C from North Carolina

Jul 24, 2014
Upstream IPA from French Broad River Brewing
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