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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 101
Photo of AgentMunky
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of notchucknorris
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Photo of JoeBloe
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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Photo of spicelab
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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Photo of avaldivia
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taps in Petaluma

A: Hazy, golden orange color. Very nice thick off white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine. Mainly lemon peel and grapefruit. A touch of rye.

T: Same as smell. The rye is not particularly prominent, but all the other flavors more than make up for it. Great taste.

M: Thick with great carbonation. Completely coats you palate.

O: Bear Republic can do hops better than just about everyone. This one does not disappoint. I will order this whenever I am able to find it.

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Photo of kkoz
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance & Aroma: It was clear and a golden-straw color with a soapy white head on it. There was a slightly spicy and fruity Belgian-like aroma to it.

Taste & Feel: It was medium bodied and had a smooth mouthfeel. There was a fairly sweet flavor up front, followed by a sweet caramel maltiness in the middle. In the finish, there was a slight Belgian spiciness/peppery flavor with a very little bit of citrusy hop flavor.

Food Pairing: Because of the Belgian spiciness and peppery flavors, and the fact that it is a pretty solid beer (in terms of ABV and malty flavors), I think this would go nicely with a steak. In particular, a nice, thick, seasoned and aged piece of beer would go best with this beer.

Overall Impression: When it’s just right, I like the complexity of spicy Belgian flavors and the hoppiness of an IPA. Therefore, I was really looking forward to this Belgian double IPA. While it had a big malty backbone, and plenty of caramel maltiness and Belgian spiciness, it lacked the solid hop flavor I was expecting. Perhaps it had been on tap a little too long, but I was surprised at the lack of hoppiness in this beer. Overall, it was a good beer on its own, but I felt like it really needed to have a bigger dose of hops to be a double IPA.

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Photo of wcintula
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know quite what to expect when I ordered this, it seemed to have so many different unique qualities going on that are all simultaneously attractive in their own way. Poured into a short trumpet with a hazy yellow body, it has the nice look of Belgian IPAs I've had in the past.

The smell is sharp, first noticed is the rye and then separate supporting hop-components. The taste is a sweet harmony, with Belgian yeast tying together the spicy and bitter elements. It's more than pleasant, I love this beer. A velvety feel is noted in the mouth with some hop oils sticking to the tongue.

This beer is banging. Far ahead of any Rye beers I've come across. As a Belgian IPA it's still delicious, but I think it falls more into the Rye Beer category. Either way, the end result is delicious.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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).

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Photo of PDXHops
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint. Light amber/orange body with a modest off-white head. Good retention and decent lacing.

From the first sniff, it seems this beer doesn't know what it wants to be. The rye, citric hops and Belgian yeast seem to be fighting for attention. It certainly doesn't smell unpleasant, just very busy. The flavor is similarly all over the place. On the positive side, the citrus hop flavors are fresh and bold, and seem to be a great match for the cloves and spiciness of the yeast. The blame seems to lie on the rye here; I think this may have worked a lot better as a "regular" Belgian IPA sans the rye. Somewhat sticky finish with a bit of lingering booze that showed up late for the party.

Overall impression: A rare and slight misfire from the fine folks in Healdsburg. An interesting brew that's certainly worth a shot, but I'm not inclined to revisit it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with a small white head. Scent is a lot of rye with a ton of citrus aromas and lovely "west-coast" pine aroma. Initially, this beer is pleasantly hoppy with a lot of mango, melon, and citrus...mostly mango. It finishes with some lovely rya flavors and slight bitterness. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is incredibly high...the ABV is undetectable. Overall, this is one outstanding beer from Bear Republic...but I didn't expect anything less from these guys.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Drafting Room

A- pours gold with a quick fading, one finger white head. Would have liked to see more of a head on this one

S- smells really great, of Belgian yeast with some rye mixed in there as well

T- the taste is very perfumey...lots of floral stuff going on here. The Belgian yeast isn't overpowering

M- thick body, but it's not syrupy. It doesn't cross that magical line...yay

O- great beer. So easy to drink. Would love to see it bottled

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Photo of claytong
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - tangerine/straw color, very hazy, good head that dies quickly with lacing staying the whole time

smell - big citrus hops aroma, pine resin, and a tiny touch of rye

taste - hops dominate madly, same as smell with rye not getting noticed at all by me

mouthfeel - crisp and with great carbonation, great with my meal.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, spices, banana, bitter hop, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, citrus, grapefruit, spices, subtle bitter hop, and fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a really nice brew. If I'm honest I didn't really expect too much from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. The flavor was very light would be my only gripe, however this did allow a lot of elements to this beer that would have been covered up otherwise to come through. This was QUITE drinkable especially for a beer this kind of ABV!!! You need to try this if you like Belgian IPAs or want to start trying new styles. You won't regret it either way.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Barley and Hops.

The beer arrives with a finger of white head which recedes leaving some very nice lacing. The beer is a clear amber color with plenty of bubbles steadily rising to the top. The nose is huge rye notes along with a distinctly Belgian yeast aroma. Taste really showcases the rye but it's supplemented by bitter, citrusy hops and the Belgian yeast. Nicely done. The finish is well balanced with a mildly bitter aftertaste. The advertised 8.2% ABV is completely hidden. Body is medium with a pleasant level of carbonation which lends to the drinkability of the beer. overall this is an excellent rye IPA from Bear Republic. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Poured into a pint glass with a nice looking golden/amber color. Slight head.

Smell – Now, I didn’t even realize this was supposed to be a Belgian IPA. All I got was tons of rye, hops, and good ole’ West Coast DIPA aromas.

Taste – Similar to the aroma in the sense that it is heavily hopped, nice bitter citrus flavors (grapefruit), and rye. There IS a hint of Belgian spices/yeast, but it is by far the least prominent flavor (which is a huge plus for me).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, great carbonation, slick and oily.

Overall – This is a Belgian D/IPA I could drink all day. A great beer and glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of DCon
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the last-tap (#40) @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO. Poured into a Tulip Glass from the Rasta tap for $5 and enjoyed a sample and this 16oz glass.

Appearance- Very fresh looking color body (solid peach) with a 2 finger white head. Good retention and leaves behind a sudsy lace.

Smell- Huge hops (both citrus and grassy) a very dark belgian smell, and has a mild rye aroma. Strong smell!

Taste- Awesome beer! Starts off with huge hop taste and then leaves the rye at the finish. There is a light sourness with the bitterness bite at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Good Carbonation, Creamy, and nice rye feel on the tongue afterwards.

Overall- Fantastic all around! The tap handle was without a doubt the reason I got the beer but after having a sample, I knew I had to have a whole glass. Could only drink 2 in a night but tremendous drink!

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the R&C. From old notes uncovered while moving.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow body, 2" of well-retaining off-white head. Lacing is restrained, but a few dribs and drabs are noticed.

S: Pungent citrus hops that border on floral with their notes of mango, pineapple, apricot. Light rye spice, banana, clove, lemon.

T: This is very nicely hoppy, without much bitterness to it. The hop varieties impart flavors of mango, pineapple, orange; a mild sweetness accentuates the fruitiness while rye gives it a light, counteracting bite. Some lemon and clove in the finish.

M: It's medium-bodied. I expect it to drink like a heavier beer considering its 8% ABV, but the alcohol is well disguised.

O: Overall, this goes down very well! Recommended.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey

Pours pale orange, white head starts about 2 fingers eventually becoming a cap, but leaves great lacing.

Smell/taste - Spicy hops and rye most noticeable, herbal hops and notes of citrus and peach. Belgian yeast and a warm bready malt presence balance things really nicely, much more 'American' than 'Belgian' though.

Very soft, light mouthfeel, carbonation at a good level, not overly bitter, very drinkable for 8.2%.

Great balance, the Belgian-ness and hop bitterness are not overpowering in the least. One of the better Belgian IPA's I've had for sure.

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Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's
Presented with a nice deep straw colored brew with a thin head but laced well, could just be the pour.
Smell citrus hops with a light Belgian yeast note behind it
Tastes was big citrus rind hops with a slight pine edge, finishes with a slight yeast character. Alcohol becomes slightly present as it warms. Pick up a very citrus note later on.
Mouthfeel light medium body nice carbonation.
Overall a nice brew not something I'd go out of my way for but pleasing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - A crystal clear golden pour with a one finger sudsy head that slowly fades to leave nice side lacing.

S - Great piney hop IPA notes along with some sweet malts and a really nice, spicey rye backbone.

T - Nice piney resin hop notes with light, spicey allbeit assertive rye characteristics. Good oily bitter notes.

M - Low carbonation with a nice bitter/dry finish.

O - Overall, a really nice beer with good hop characteristics and some spicy rye without going overboard on anything.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 32oz swing-top growler filled at Growlers in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear gold with a 1/2 inch, creamy white head that settles to a think foam, and leaves sheets of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Bold aromas of pungent citrus and pine hops, spicy rye, mild Belgian yeast, and crisp, sweet malt. Very juicy and fresh smelling.
T - More pungent hop flavors, mostly grapefruit and pine resin, and the Belgian yeast bring more to the table then in the nose. Flavors of clove, bubblegum, and banana from the yeast, along with more peppery rye and sweet malt. Finish is extremely bitter and lasting. Almost too much going on in this one, but I still like it.
M - Rather creamy, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. I can feel the +8% ABV as it goes down the throat, not particularly well hidden.
O - A pretty tasty take on a BIPA, the huge hop flavors are nice, but this one still feels a bit messy. Still, I'm not having any problem with the growler.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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