Rye Hopper | French Broad Brewing Co.

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245 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
frenchbroadbrewery.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ncvbc on 09-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
245
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A deep copper, with some head and lace retention.

S - Amber and rye. Slight tabacco

T - Sweet, malty, maybe a little touch of bourbon? Definitely has some alcohol up front at the finish, which is surprising for an under 6% brew

M - Full bodied, lots of carbonation

O - An average rye beer.

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Photo of dribcrab
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a woody mahogany amber color. There is a sparkly character from the steady stream of tight champagne like bubbles though virtually no head just a film of white bubbles. Though it leaves thick lacing against the glass with every sip.

S - nose is simple yet pleasant. Strong malt character with noticeable earthy rye. Theres also notes of tree nuts and toast. Bright aromas of candied orange peel round out the nose.

T - lots of nutty flavors and multigrain toast up front. The center is rich with malt flavors of toffee playing off of bright citric hop notes. Finish is quick and dry.

M - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth texture. High carbonation with tight scrubbing bubbles.

O - a very enjoyable ale. Balanced and flavorful. Great for a cool evening.

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Photo of mttdls
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no freshness dating that pours a clear, dark amber body with a one-finger light tan head. A small amount of lacing.

The aroma is akin to an APA with some grassy/piney hop notes and a little bready malt. I got a strong scent of the rye upon the first pour, but it faded very quickly.

The flavor follows the aroma closely with a touch more of the malt flavor present than in the aroma. I also get more of the rye flavor in the taste. Fairly well blended overall.

Light texture in the mouthfeel and relatively drinkable overall. Not a show-stopper, but a decent offerning.

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Photo of swh1972
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of mklinger
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mappies
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Jonmoore89
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lively dark copper with a finger and a half head. Retained its light amberish head very well. Appears to be very carbonated.
The Aroma was sweet, malty, carmely greatness.
I interpreted the flavor as starting off with hints of carmel and malt, and then finishing with a citrusy hoppy bitterness.
The mouthfeel was heavy and highly carbonated.
Overall the rye hopper was a beer very different from what I'm used to and pleasantly surprising. The bitter sweet flavor was a winner for me.

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Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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