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 SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Poured into a pint glass with a nice looking golden/amber color. Slight head.

Smell – Now, I didn’t even realize this was supposed to be a Belgian IPA. All I got was tons of rye, hops, and good ole’ West Coast DIPA aromas.

Taste – Similar to the aroma in the sense that it is heavily hopped, nice bitter citrus flavors (grapefruit), and rye. There IS a hint of Belgian spices/yeast, but it is by far the least prominent flavor (which is a huge plus for me).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, great carbonation, slick and oily.

Overall – This is a Belgian D/IPA I could drink all day. A great beer and glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of DCon
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the R&C. From old notes uncovered while moving.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow body, 2" of well-retaining off-white head. Lacing is restrained, but a few dribs and drabs are noticed.

S: Pungent citrus hops that border on floral with their notes of mango, pineapple, apricot. Light rye spice, banana, clove, lemon.

T: This is very nicely hoppy, without much bitterness to it. The hop varieties impart flavors of mango, pineapple, orange; a mild sweetness accentuates the fruitiness while rye gives it a light, counteracting bite. Some lemon and clove in the finish.

M: It's medium-bodied. I expect it to drink like a heavier beer considering its 8% ABV, but the alcohol is well disguised.

O: Overall, this goes down very well! Recommended.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey

Pours pale orange, white head starts about 2 fingers eventually becoming a cap, but leaves great lacing.

Smell/taste - Spicy hops and rye most noticeable, herbal hops and notes of citrus and peach. Belgian yeast and a warm bready malt presence balance things really nicely, much more 'American' than 'Belgian' though.

Very soft, light mouthfeel, carbonation at a good level, not overly bitter, very drinkable for 8.2%.

Great balance, the Belgian-ness and hop bitterness are not overpowering in the least. One of the better Belgian IPA's I've had for sure.

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Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - A crystal clear golden pour with a one finger sudsy head that slowly fades to leave nice side lacing.

S - Great piney hop IPA notes along with some sweet malts and a really nice, spicey rye backbone.

T - Nice piney resin hop notes with light, spicey allbeit assertive rye characteristics. Good oily bitter notes.

M - Low carbonation with a nice bitter/dry finish.

O - Overall, a really nice beer with good hop characteristics and some spicy rye without going overboard on anything.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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 jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at armsby abbey

Big fluffy and bubbly head 1 finery fades semi slowly with rich lacing over a but hazy golden yellow beer

Nose has some spicy rye, fresh citrus hops, pine, a light aromatic fruity hop aroma, light sweet malty aromas.

Taste starts with a touch of sweet malt, plenty of fresh hops, citrus, pine, and resinous musty fresh hops, a bit oily and sticky hop, then some light fruity and spicy rye, it perceives itself to be hot and spicy from the fresh hops and rye, some light fruity flavors. The bitterness builds a bit and the taste lingers, but after the swallow it quickly peaks and starts to fade but lingers for a while, dry finish with a touch of spicy rye.

Moth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall its a good beer, nice fresh hop flavors blended with light malts and a nice rye kick, well balanced and not overboard on the rye or bitterness.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -1.5%
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 +1.7%
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 -13.3%
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 +4.1%
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 -10.4%
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 +8.2%
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 +4.1%
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 -6.8%
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 +7.7%
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 -4.4%
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%
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 +4.8%
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 +8.5%
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 +5.8%
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 -3.1%
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%
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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Ryevalry from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 101 ratings
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