Ryevalry | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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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 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 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 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 aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler from DeCiccos. Ryevalry for the Giants Eagles name. Delicious.

Another unique Rye beer from BRBC, this Double IPA is brewed with large quantities of American hops and fermented with Belgian ale yeast to create a bitter, hoppy, and spicy ale that is sure to delight.

A: Remarkable clarity. Nice clean gollden color. A half finger of white head with good head retention and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is different. The belgian yeast comes across very clearly. The hops are there as well. Little bit of citrus but mostly piney. The rye is there with a little bit of spiciness cutting through. The finish is a nice mix of the rye and hops. Lots going on in this beer.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel. Kind of coats your tongue. Nice carbonation for a growler.

D: Lots going on in this beer but it is quite drinkable. The rye is there but a small part of the overall beer. This is one step away from being two much but walks that line well.

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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 g00dness
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 hoppymcgee
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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 plaid75
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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Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz tulip served at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC.

Ryevalry pours somewhere between a burnt gold and deep orange color, depending on the lighting. This might be one of the nicest pours I've gotten in a bar, a two finger bone head rises and shows some staying power. The beer leaves gobs of lacing behind though, just beautiful. Every facet of this beer shines through in the nose... the Belgian influence (both in residual pale malt sweetness and yeasty flavors) is most prominent, followed by a definite citrus hop presence, and then the rye barely bothers to show up at all. The aforementioned Belgian notes lead off on my palate. Next is a much more assertive spicy flash from the rye, which melds beautifully with the brief burst of hop bitterness. It's as if the hops and rye have switched places from the nose though, as there's not much flavor from the hops here at all and it leaves the beer feeling incomplete. Ryevalry feels a little too syrupy, it could stand to be a bit more light/nimble in terms of body. This problem is amplified by carbonation that's just a tad dull. No alcohol burn from this beer, and for all it has going on it drinks pretty easy. Bear Republic did a great job of not letting any part of this beer dominate too much.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Curiously, this beer finds its way to my table a pale golden color with a fine white head. I could confuse it for a run of the mill pale ale or golden lager, but one sniff reassured me that I had gotten the right beer. The aroma is very citrusy with plenty of lemon zest character, a hint of spice and a touch of rye. The flavor was similar, again with a lot of lemony citrus, Belgian yeast spice, pale malt and just a touch of rye. Other flavors include some orange, pineapple and a bit of a grainy flavor. Not the best rye beer I have ever had, but pretty tasty. Medium bodied with a nice dry finish. Very drinkable, and my only complaint is that it could have used more rye.

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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 TurdFurgison
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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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 jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Fat Heads First Annual Brewer's Brawl. A collaboration between Matt Cole from Fat Heads and Bear Republic.

Pours a surprisingly light color. Nice cloudy body, looks lightly filtered. White head retains well.

Smell is nice. Citrus and spicy rye dominate. Belgian yeast hits all the right gaps, making the rye and the hops work. Orange, a touch of grapefruit, and even some clove from the yeast.

Taste is nice. Follows the smell well. Lots of citrus hops, perfectly integrated Belgian yeast, and some spice from the rye. A beer like this can be a cluster of flavors, this does it well. Sweet malt plays well to the stack of flavors on top of it. Hops imply peach and pineapple, not too ruinous, well done.

Mouthfeel is a touch light and a touch too carbed. But very drinkable. I enjoyed this and would love to see it again!

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Photo of SnowSpyder86
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from my iPhone, so its going to be short. Enjoying this brew at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

Appearance: sub-cloudy, beautiful sunset golden color, no head

Smell: this smells good, very good. Little breadiness, sweetness....smells like a Hefe.

Taste: Taste is very suprising. The rye is there, but not up in your business. Very well balanced with the light, sweet malts and taste of of slightly fruity and spicy belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: little too carbonated for a Rye beer, albiet an unorthodox one.

Drinkability: i wouldn't drink it all night, but a couple glasses if this would do just fine.

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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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