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.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Monks' Kettle

Nice tight head that leaves heavy lacing. Bright orange color, slightly cloudy.

A great complex aroma, with orange, bread, and piney hops. The taste combines a nicely balanced citrus fruitiness and bitterness with bready yeast flavors.

A juicy, dangerously drinkable and complex brew. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of wcintula
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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 DCon
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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 ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, Ryevalry is dark gold with a tight off-white head leaving pretty heavy lace, nice pattern.

Smell is great, big skunky hops, yeasty. Perfect BIPA nose.

Taste is similar, a west coast style BIPA with accentuated by a spicy rye backbone. Very tasty. I love the fresh hop resins, the skunkiness in combination with the yeast flavors, nice esters.

Mouthfeel is dry yet creamy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is high. I could drink these all night. I guess it's pricey though, as Collins used their little chalice, which makes it cost prohibitive.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes, 3-30-2011

Had the chance to try this at a recent Oberon release event.

A - Mildly cloudy, deep amber body, small white head.

S - Smells lightly of citrusy and spicy hops, and a touch of wheat and light malts. Subdued

T - Complex and interesting combination of spicy and citrusy hops, clean and crisp wheat on the front. It's nicely balanced and interesting. A great beer for sure.

M - medium bodied, palatable and smooth. Decent, not mind-blowing

O (D) - This is a fantastic beer. Great tasting, not too heavy, and interesting. What more can you ask for?

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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this at the bar... no time for thurough review. This is just everything I love in a beer. Tons of rye, which has become my favorite brewing grain, an abundance of floral and fruity hops and a belgian yeast strain to top it all off. I don't often see many Bear Republic brews in my neck of the woods. This has been a surprise find for me that I will not soon forget. If you can find this... try it.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden orange with a great fluffy white head and great lacing thruout. Great aroma of grapefruit, spice and that nice hint of the Belgian spice. Lots of great things going on in each sip. At first its an IPA, but not as hoppy. The rye gives it a nice spicy bite, and then the Belgian yeast comes in and smooths it out at the end. A great blending of flavors that really compliment each other. As it warms you get a little more of the spicy rye. But its very easy to drink and thirst quenching. A great beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tustin

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a finger or two of white head and some mild lacing.

S: Damn does this smell good. Great citrus hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. Some other fruit notes like pineapple and peaches. A touch of bread, rye, and grass. Solid.

T: The flavor is just as good, maybe better. Grapefruit and tangerine with a little bit of grass. Plenty of piney bitterness which is slightly balanced by a floral honey type flavor and mild breadiness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Another great hoppy beer from Bear Republic. Grab a glass of this if you can.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the George St Alehouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Arrives in a pint glass with one finger of sticky foam. Color is pale copper, slight haze due to the cold glass. Aroma is fantastic, grassy hops abound.

First sip is very nice - quite hoppy with a straw, cut grass flavor. Spicy kick from the rye comes through as well. I ordered this without any advanced knowledge of what style of beer this was, and I was very pleasantly suprised.

Alcohol is nicely disguised- I wouldn't have guessed this is over 8% ABV. All in all an interesting rye IPA that I would love to try again.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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 SolomonGrundy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Go ahead, be jealous!! I know you are!!!

This is a quickie, 'cause I know everyone's already had this beer, so no reason to bore you with rehashing the obvious!!!

8.2% ABV and $26 (without tip) for a growler...A touch on the expensive side...

Pretty, lemonady to straw colored light amber, with quite a bit of haze. Middling carbonation...A short, soapy head forms then quickly evaporates. No real lacing to speak of.

Very robust aromas of grapefuitiness and ripe pineapple. Very Lefty DIPA in nature. Also some subtler stuff going on: A little touch of Humboldt green, something akin to white pepper. That must be the rye at work...very nice.

Flavor is beautiful. This is really a wonderfully unique take on the DIPA. Upfront is a large bite of carbonation, but it rapidly settles down and lets the citrusy, tangy middle show off. I get a whole grapefruit juice thing, but a subtle, muted version. This lets the rye showcase itself. Some peppery spice in the late middle, and then the hops sidle in for a quick two step. These mellow quickly into a long, lemonade finish that's wonderfully inviting. Alcohol is completely masked and I could see people getting ill off this fast. Awesome brew. Right up there with some of the top to second tier DIPAs. The rye is very special in this. Absolutely worth tracking down., which means driving to the brewery.

What I like most: The awesome rye based flavor profile. Really unique and excellent.

What I like least: The rather pedestrian appearance and the price.

Verdict: worth the higher than average price by all means. Very unique and potent and robust.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip.

Pours a clear pale yellow with thin white head and spotty lacing. Upon first smell I catch belgian yeast, rye, and piny, sticky hops. The taste is even better, bitter as hell up front, pine, citrus and grapefruit hop flavors attack my palate with a light rye flavor and the belgian yeast on the finish. Mouthfeel was very full and juicy almost leaning towards feeling a bit oily. Overall I am very pleased with my first try of Bear Republic, this is a Belgo-Double RyePA, kicks the ass of any other rye beer I've had so far.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at American Craft, served in a smaller goblet. The beer was dark golden shade of orange, hazy with a thick solid foam that left rivulets of lace. Great aroma, the rye is barely noticeable though. More than anything this struck me as a Belgian/American IPA hybrid. The hops were a little citrusy (American) but also had a spicy-bitter aroma that seemed more Belgian, and in fact there seemed to be some fruity esters which seemed similar to those from some Belgian yeast strains.

The flavor is great, the malts play a back seat and let the yeast, hops, and rye take the show. The rye is really light, but you can taste it when you search for it. Otherwise I enjoyed this as a Belgian IPA with more agressive flavor. Medium bodied, very drinkable, this should be served in pint glasses.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a full Belgian-style head good lace.

S: Yeasty with notes of stone fruit and citrus.

T: The yeast dominates the first portion of this brew. Peppery, dry rustic flavours. The American influence comes in at the end with some nice grapefruit and pine, but the Belgian influence is clear. Not really tasting the rye, but that doesn't matter for me because the beer is delicious.

M: Smooth, frothy, soft carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: Bear Republic has to be one of the most consistent brewers in the country. Another new beer, another winner, really good.

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Ryevalry from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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