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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.

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Photo of spicelab
2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
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 PDXHops
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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 barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a ornagish straw yellow blend with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Rye, grass, lemons, pineapple

T: Has a tropical fruit, grass, citrus influence upfront, plenty of rye in this, just right on hop bite, finishes with some bitterness

M: Plenty of rye, booze is masked well, thing body for such a big beer. A Double Rye IPA should have some serious body.

D: Easy to drink but I have had single Rye IPAs that beat this down.

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Photo of kkoz
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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 notchucknorris
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ryevalry, a rye ipa with belgian yeast. Interesting.

Bright orange in color, good clarity. Nose boasts of peppery rye, citrus and alittle estery belgian yeast adding a sweetness. Flavor is right on par, more hop forward and just a hint of belgian qualities. Piney amarillo presence with some rind influence. Medium to full bodied, good level of carbonation. Kind of an odd ball but drank just fine.

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Photo of raszputini
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light camel color with a white foamy head. Nice lacing. The nose is very floral. The taste conforms to the nose - it is all hops. Very well balanced with a variety of hops, but the rye is overwhelmed a little. I enjoyed it but it wasn't life changing.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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 HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Transparent yellow gold with an impressive one inch creamy head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Orange, grapefruit, grainy malt. White pepper with a touch of clove. Faint coriander. A nice balance of hops and phenols. Pretty nice.

T: Orange pith with lesser notes of flesh. Pepper and clove-like phenols take the helm midpalate, and maintain a prominent presence through the finish. The beer is moderately bitter. Malt is slightly grainy but is subdued. There's a slight clash between the spice and bitterness near the end. Alcohol is tame for the ABV but noticeable in the finish.

M: Lower medium in body with an active moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A pretty nice Belgian IPA, but not one I would revisit even if I were in the mood for this strange style.

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Photo of claytong
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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 david18
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Typical of an imperial ipa, this had the intense malt and hops that you find in beers of this style.

Color was a medium color copper with a very cloudy hue and a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma was strong with hops, alcohol and malt. Just what you would want. My only complaint is that it didn't have the rye, spicy character that you want from anything with rye.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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 woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops, poured into a shaker pint. This here’s a rye-based double IPA fermented with Belgian yeast.

Flour-hazed honey, a little cloudy and topped by a half-finger head of frothy off white that becomes a thin yet expansive, soapy ring.

The nose: green apples, peaches, light banana, lemon peel and some pepper spice. The DIPA character is slightly overpowered by the Belgian yeast esters.

The hops, thankfully, emerge more in the flavor, as does the malt. Green apple, bananas and peaches are now balanced by spicy rye, lemon peel, orange, lavender and sweet burnt sugar. Good amount of spice, with a nice light touch on the Belgian yeast. It’s very sweet, very bright, and pretty damn good.

Medium-light carbonation massages the tongue while I move the velvety medium body about. Very light fizziness. Spicy alcohol burn.

There’s no rivalry between the different elements of Ryevalry — every flavor works nicely with the others. Its harmony with the spicy Thai food I enjoyed it with should also be noted, with the peppery food bringing out hidden sweet qualities in the malt.

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Photo of treehouse
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter than I expected. Light somewhat hazy straw.

Nose. Bright. Wood and rye. Creamy as heck. Very easy drinker for 8.something....lemony happiness! All day drinker ...for big people.

The long lasting here is a lemony bite in the cheeks. Sweet without being sweet. Like a handsome lemonade.

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Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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 wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - On tap

Appearance - Tan golden brown, orange yellow. Unfiltered floaters.

Smell - Hops, citrus, yeast, plenty of rye and alcohol.

Taste - Strong hop and rye kick. Tasted very much like a apriot and grapefruit. More hoppy then expected. Alcohol was present but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Slighty thick feel, bitter but the rye added some bold flavor. Puckered my mouth on first few drinks. The hops covered palette but didnt ruin it.

Overall - A good beer, more hoppy then i thought it was going to be. The rye wasnt as present as expected but still good. The flavor was strong enough to were it was one and done for me. A bit over the top in flavor, towards the end of the glass i was ready to move on. Glad i got to taste this limited brew, would have again.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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 JoeBloe
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of rye, and hint of grass. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of grass, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good aroma, appearance, body, feel, and blend. the rye is not dominate, but otherwise a really well done beer.

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Photo of taigor
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Some yeast upfront with citrus tartness and other spices.

T - Sweet rye malts and orange with slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable rye beer but a bit too strong alcohol wise. Still I would recommend it to someone to at least try it.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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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