Ryevalry | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

101 Ratings

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

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