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 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 rootbeerman
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice dark golden yellow with a bubbly short lasting head that is off white in color

S: a little spicy. Hop is pine and a little floral.

T: spicy sweet malt, a little bit grassy, with a touch of lemon. Aftertaste is a little peppery

M: seems light on the palate a litte low carbonation but thats probably due to being in the growler for three days before drinking.

O: one other time I wish I had filled my 64oz growler as opposed to my 32oz. This is good, almost crisp actually rather refreshing.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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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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 WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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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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 smh804
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 GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 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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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 JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice very hazy golden color with some slight orange hints to it. There is a nice white head that forms that is about 1 inch tall. The bubbles are quite dense and have some nice stickiness to them.

S - Aroma starts off with some Belgian yeast phenols and some nice grassy and citrus hops notes. There is some slight grapefruit and some orange in the nose as well. There is some slight grain and spice in the nose but it doesn't seem to come from the rye. Mostly from the yeast.

T & M - Taste starts off with some citrus notes that include some orange and even some nice tropical notes. Some papaya and some fresh grassy and slightly flowery notes. Then there is some phenols and slight spice form the yeast along with some grain and bread notes. The phenols and the hops ride well together. Very similar to a Belgian IPA in profile and flavor as it warms I can gather some more rye spice and also some slight alcoholic heat. Nice carbonation and good medium body with a fluffy mouthfeel.

O - Good offering and interesting take on a Rye beer with the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at blind tiger in nyc

Pours a hazed orange, thin white head, patchy lacing and film which streaks across the glass.

Juicy citrus hops and pungent rye, bitterness with pineapple and grapefruit. Very slight alcohol in the nose.

Juicy and bitter up front with plenty of fruit flavor. Pineapple, mango, and pear. Plenty of citrus hops and rye is prevalent. Nice caramel breaded malt base. A bit of heat and dryness in the finish with another blast of lingering bitter hops.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue with lingering effects. Drinks really well, excellent flavor and nice use of rye.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
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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Photo of GrindFatherBob
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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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 FickleBeast
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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Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wouldn't call this a rye, really. Stylistically closer to a Belgian IPA for sure. Golden color flecked with browns and yellows, head is pretty white and served tight but short. Great lacing on the fluted goblet.

Big aromatic nose on this one, with hops, pepper, a little alcohol, pale grain sweetness, and earth. Strong flavor as well, with a strong hop component, good (almost tripel-like) sweetness to balance, and the spicy pepper note of rye malt. Estery, but also hoppy and sweet. Great complexity.

Body is middle of the road, maybe thin but good drinkability with the dry finish. Alcohol barely peeks through. Pretty great beer all around, I would definitely order this again.

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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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Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of Halcyondays
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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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 PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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 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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Photo of dudecandle
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Allagash chalice:

A: Absolutely beautiful opaque golden-orange body with a nice looking off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Pineapple with vanilla, some good rye

T: Pineapple/orange-citrus hops, wonderfully sweet vanilla/caramel, plus some great dose of the Belgian yeast funk, with a great rye backbone. The rye is surprisingly subtle with the hops and caramel taking the forefront.

M: Good, moderate body.

D: Absolutely greatly balanced beer, and another great use of rye by Bear Republic. Rye needs some sweetness to balance it out, and it is done well with the citrus and Belgian elements. Definitely the best Belgian Rye-PA I've had.

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