Rye Hopper | French Broad Brewing Co.

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246 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:
246
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up this 22oz while in TN over Christmas.

Pours with a creamy, off-white head... not something I would've expected. Body is a very cloudy, dirty-amber. Lots of lacing. Big points on all appearance levels, esp for the style and being under 6%.

Aromas are full of bitter rye, with some sweet candy alcohol to balance. Some butter leaf lettuce, touch of pumpernickel, and a finish of soap.

Flavor is very hop-forward. The mouthfeel is creamy, and relatively light/thin compared to most rye-focused beers. Flavors have lots of floral and herbal (tobacco) qualities, along with a white pepper bite. Great dose of rye malt.

I've been on a rye love affair for the past few months, with both beer and whiskey, so maybe my review is overinflated, but if you enjoy rye and all that it brings, give this one a try... very affordable, too.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A new brewery for me. Looks good off the pour. It’s kind of a mild rye. Nothing overly abrasive or way out there. Easy drinking and smooth enough. Nice level of spice from rye. Minimal hop abrasive tones. Like I said: easy drinkin’. This could be an every day ale. I wouldn’t mind some more punch out of it, but it’s pretty good as it is.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber brown with red around the edges and a small soapy head. Aroma is heavy on the spice, with a dash of dish soap smell, sweet caramel and toffee, and a tinge of pine. Flavor very much highlights the rye, spicey black pepper, some pine bite, bit of dark dry fruit with serious dry finish. Has some qualities of a dubbel but without much sweetness. Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes dry. Very true to the rye here, and does not go all IPA on you like a lot of "rye" pales do. I respect that.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper body supporting just over an inch of bone white foam that recedes relatively quickly leaving some thin rings of lacing.Aroma consists predominantly of herbal spiciness,brown bread,dirt weed and mild pine.Flavor profile contains strong tea leaf hoppiness,dull citrus,blonde tobacco,aspirin and sourdough.Mouthfeel is light/medium with a rough,edged hop bitterness and an almost tinny malt finish.Lightly resinous.Overall,a mediocre hoppy rye beer in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before it slithers down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a full sheet behind on the glass.

S- Crisp and a bit citrusy with a slight malt sweetness.

T- The rye balances out the hop bite precisely making for a drink that's just as malty and spicy as it is grassy and fruity. Lingering bitterness.

M- Oily and a bit sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body that's on the full side.

O- Nothing too complex but it is effective in its execution. Drinkable, enjoyable and flavorful. Isn't that all that matters?

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Rye Hopper from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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