Ryevalry | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by Andreji:
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So i'm happily back in NY and had the chance to visit Rattle n Hum and try this first off.

And a mighty good beer this was. The pour was right on the edge of an american pint with hardly any head, except for a gentle laced ring that stood atop the beer throughout. Makes you wonder whether it could have a bit more head, but i trust the staff at RnH.
For all it's worth, a very light orange colour, slightly translucid although still opaque enough to make it seem thick. seemingly nice.

Smell wise, great since this seems like an outright point of merger between a witte and an IPA. citrusy, orange feel right off. this beer seemingly avoids hops and focuses on the-- wait, there's a late-look oncoming yet very subtle herbal scent at the very end.

Taste wise, it is much, much more moderate than I expected. beautifully subtle, it is sweet orangey for the most part, blending a slight citrus feel with the malty sweet feel. hardly any hops are perceived, and for the most part, it has a generous thick feel without making it anywhere near hard to palate.

In all, this bear republic genius was for the most part a surprise, and a pleasant one while at it. beautifully balanced, surprising and borderline wit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from Decicco's. $9.99.

Pours lightly hazed, dull goldenish/orangy lighter copper. Nice looking larger tight head, thats stays and stays, thicker collar, lots of thick lace looking down on the thin, fine bubble sheen. Nice looking brew.

Pungent rye, spruce and citrus in the nose. Fresh is the deal here.

Really impressed by this California visitor, its fresh, densenly flavorful and showing clear quality. More rye, light lime/pineapple, bitter hops late. The Belgian yeast adds to the mix, with a peppery lime snap.

Well done, seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A light golden yellow with a thin white head and significant and thick white lacing running down the glass.

A load of citrus in the nose. The scent of fresh oranges is the first thing I notice. There's a hint of earthiness and rye. Nearly perfect for the style.

Citrus hops, hop bitterness, some earthiness, and a decent balance from some bready malts. All in all, very good.

Medium mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, easy drinking, relatively dry.

A delicious and pungent citrus-forward rye IPA. A very good beer with a mild, interesting twist.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely enjoyable IPA/belgian/rye infusion but all I could detect was West Coast hops and hints of spicy rye. Slightly hazed bright golden orange notes, with a beautiful flowing off white head. Aroma spicy rye, floral citris hop bursts some hints of tropical fruit but not as overpowering with the Belgian yeast strain as most of these hybrids have been. Flavor wise refreshing bitterness comes in waves with hints of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and spicy rye notes with hints of yeast breadiness. Refreshing big beer that's what I'm talking about but it helps when you already love Bear Republic, solid session DIPA...yeah right. It's medium bodied, with even flowing carbonation going strong. Overall feel to it says it's awesome, one of those beers that makes me think I need some more of that. Hopefully they release a new bottled beer I think they're due even though their current lineup is basically perefection. BTW, don't try to session this beer it just drinks that easy.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at FreshCraft in Denver. A must see beervanna if you're in the area, by the way.

Imperial pint shaped glassware but miniatureized. Served cold.

Ryevalry is a slightly hazy golden amber color with a half inch of white head.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Hoppier than a typical rye beer but a stronger malt presence than a double IPA. Pleasant and fresh.

Flavor doesn't disappoint. It has a great citrusy hop taste with just the right amount of rye-derived spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Easily drinkable with lower carbonation and well-hidden alcohol.

Easily one of the best rye beers I've had, even better than the Hop Rod Rye from the same brewer.

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Photo of g00dness
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the barrel aged beerfest. Came out of the tap with an gigantic creamy flavorful head, and a semi-clear straw color.

Nose was sour rye spice and wet dog funk.

Taste was awesome. It has that great rye spiciness with undertones of sourness grass and citrus hops. But what really made this one magical was that the awesome spice and flavorful sourness didn't come with the usual rye sharpness.

Apparently the barrel aging really mellowed out the mouthfeel, to the point where this was a pile of creamy goodness. I'm not exaggerating when I say that mouthfeel was gorgeous.

Drinkability was really high. The high alcohol content didn't register at all, while the creamy mouthfeel came off without it being too thick.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet dogg, I was the first person ever to tick off this beer on BA and RB both. I am so proud of myself. Had this on tap at Rose & Crown.

Ryevalry pours from the tap a slightly hazed golden color with a nice clingy one-finger white head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma is excellent - lots going on. Bear Republic has done some weird Belgian yeast experiments, but this one works. The hops and yeast work together to create a great fruity aroma with tropical fruits as well as herbal and citrus notes. Some sweet malt as well, along with a nice spiciness from the rye.

Flavor is very nice. Pale malt, Belgian yeast, and hops typical of a California IPA work together to create some interesting flavors. Lots of tropical fruits, mango and pineapple especially, as well as fresh, ripe orange and a hint of banana, spicy rye, and a sweet bready malt base.

Fairly clean and crisp on the palate with medium body.

Overall, this is a successful experiment. It's very drinkable and the 8.2% ABV is well-hidden. Nice one guys, it was an honor for me to be the first to rate this one. Being a tough reviewer, I give this a borderline B+/A-, meaning I really enjoyed it.

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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 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 Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz. counter-pressure filled bomber at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY. Poured into a Red Stripe pint glass.

A: As with most Bear Republic brews, this one is gorgeous. Translucent light gold with a pretty white head that 90% of sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Rye and some Belgian yeast? Or maybe just some variation of hops that I'm not used to.

T: Cereal, rye, and various grains. The hops leave a nice bitter aftertaste. "Plain vanilla" and to the point.

M: Perfectly carbonated and not too creamy.

D: I was worried about opening this one too late into the night, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, Bear Republic continues to surprise me with their "clean" beers that stay true to style. I think they should experiment with the single hop IPA's like Mikkeller did.

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

My condolences to Solomon on the review below. $3.95 for a 32oz fill at New Beer.

DFH rounded pint glass. Ever so slightly darker then average amber golden ale. Glows orange while still settling. Strong white lather. Ugly, blotchy, lace.

Smells of orange rind, black pepper, & lots of doughy stuff that could be interpreted any way you want it. Big alcohol. There is also a pineapple juice-like aroma I'm sensing.

Honey-ish sweetness upfront, irritating tangerine rind, bit of a tang. More like sourdough then rye to me, but it's presence is more then subtle. Hops are a catty/piney, & linger just long enough to have the malt overtake it. Eventual dry finish. Take away the suspect simcoe(or whatever the extra hairy/pissy hop variety is being used) & I'm putting down a five here.

Carbonation is frothy, but not strong. You really feel the additional heft contributed to this beer through the rye, but it maintains it's drinkability through sheer want & need from one sip to the next. Alcohol is decently integrated, but you will get some feedback by the trail end of the pint. Even though it starts off sweet, it cuts very well to the end without dragging it's muffler. I'm not even a big IPA fan & I really enjoyed this.

Edit: I was a bit hungry half way through, & found some scraps of parm. reggiano that just cut it perfectly. Sad that I didn't fill up any other containers. Great beer & an even better value.

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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 jeffjeff1
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy, golden color, nice lacing, nice head

Smell- citrusy tart, nice

Taste- fruity

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, This was my first rye beer so I didn't know what to expect but I liked 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 JTahoe
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg.

A - Golden straw, slightly hazed golden color with a white 3/4" finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S - A nice semi-complex blend of yeastiness, citrus, herbs, and spice.

T - Something like a light Belgian-California IPA hybrid. Nice fruitiness (tropical fruit hops) and sweet malt, but without becoming sticky sweet.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Clean feel and crisp finish.

D - Very nice, I quite enjoyed this one. With a little tweaking, I could see this as part of the regular Bear Republic line up.

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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 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a piney and citrusy hop with a noticible rye spice.

The taste consisted of upfront balmy hops emitting elements of pine and grapefruit. There was a lasting rye spice as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a heavy lingering and partly numbing spiciness.

Overall a very interesting ale packed with rye spice and hop bitterness.

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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