Ryevalry | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by nickd717 on 05-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.]

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ryevalry on cask at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Freshly tapped cask, a little cold but fine. The head came looking ALIVE! Viscous bubbles moving in a swamp. After it settles, it is more of a classic IPA, with the amber-ruby color and some haziness.

Smell: Rich and unique, reminds me of a winery in Spain. Very vinous and liquor-like. Domaine de Canton, sweetness, liquorice and fennel. Complex, enticing!

Taste: The rye comes through in the mouth, bringing thoughts of the Bulleit Rye I had a couple of days before. Then the spice, like honey melted on bone marrow and licked by an anteater. I don't get much of those hops, but a lot of flowery aromas, clover, allspice. I could cook with this! Olive oil at the end, unctuous.

Mouthfeel: Even for a cask, this comes with very low carbonation. It still is nice and fit for the style, with medium body and almost full flavor. Grainy and spicy as it goes down, sort of a rye bourbon with sugar added.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. It's got enough complexity to go beyond the boring-IPA-on-cask thing. The rye is well played and the sweetness is balanced. This!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S: Getting a good hit of rye right away. Some hints of Belgian yeast and a bit of funk as well.

T: Really smooth and slick mouthfeel, which I kind of like. Unfortunately, I'm not as big of a fan of the flavors. Thick and malty upfront with a touch of rye and not a ton in the way of hops. Mabe a touch of cantaloupe and se belgian yeast instead. Was hoping for a little more from this one.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this on cask @ Mission Delores in Brooklyn - I tend to stay away from ipa's on cask in general, but decided to give this one a go - poured amber yellow into a pint glass with that bubbly foam head you get from the cask - I picked up the fruity nose right away, and some nice citrus zest - decent hop flavor with the rye coming on strong - finishes with good malt character along with sharp rye - sticky and creamy, yet it left me with a clean palate - not sure if this worked as a Belgian, but I finally had an ipa on cask that I enjoyed -

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2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint from Bear Republic. Reviewed from notes.

Light orange, moderately hazed. Smallish head (which was probably a function of the pour) but it hangs around.

Belgian qualities hit first, with an estery sweetness straight off the bat that mingles with subdued candied malts. Tropical hop aromas behind this, but they're difficult to separate.

Again, nice pear and banana esters initially, but powerful earthy pine soon arrives, and in combination with the bluntness of the rye seems to crowd out all else. Fleeting flashes of floral and tropical hops, but identifying them amongst the melange of rye and Belgian yeast is impossible (for me at least).

Moderately chewy body with considerable bitterness and pepperiness from the rye. Lacking clear flavours to go with, it seems rather harsh.

Doesn't gel like the (few) good Belgian IPAs I've had. Have to agree with another reviewer that the rye seems to be the culprit - which is all the more surprising considering how well it works in Hop Rod Rye. Perhaps I was in a bad mood, but this struck me as all over the shop.

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Ryevalry from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 101 ratings