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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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The Ryehopper began as a fall seasonal and has now found it’s way into our regular line-up. The brewers noticed a lack of rye beers in the Asheville area and wanted to fill that gap. This beer represents assistant brewer Chris Richards’ first recipe released by the brewery. The malted rye contributes both a rounded maltines and a sharp earthy flavor, bridging the maltiness of the barley and the bitterness of the hops. In essence, the Ryehopper is a hoppy rye beer. Seriously, what else did you expect?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
[November 8, 2008]
On tap at Cornerhouse. Pours a dark copper with a very nice head. The first thing I notice in the aroma is a very strong rye presence which lends itself nicely to the American hop profile. Grapefruit-leaning bitterness combines with an assertive biscuit aroma all with the twist of a rye addition. Taking a sip confirms my suspicion that this is a very dry beer, and well done at that. Between the rye, citrus, and wood flavors, my palate becomes parched. It seems that French Broad had a robust American styled amber ale in mind when they made this. The biscuity malts and strong hops are present in superb balance and again the obvious use of rye does nothing but enhance this beauty. When I see the French Broad name I don’t expect bold American-styled beers, so this was definitely a delightful surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled at the Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Poured a dark amber color with a two finger white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Flavor was bitter, with a good malt balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Knoxville Brewers’ Jam. Pours a clear deep amber with an average sized white head. Fresh citrus aroma. Bitter,with good malt balance, but there is a metallic aspect to this that detracts from the overall in a big way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Knoxville Brewers’ Jam. Amber to light brown in the glass with an off-white head that settles to a ring and left light lace. Nice rye and citrus hop aroma with a hint of caramel. The flavor finds sweet malts mixed with a hoppy pine backing. Medium body, medium bittersweet throughout. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11094) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Draft sample at KBJ08. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate rye & citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met and I hope this was not a one off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2008
2008 Knoxville Brewers’ Jam. Pours deep copper with smallish off-white head. The aroma is fruity American hops, some pine, some spice (I assume from the rye). Flavor is woody with some piney hops and a little bit of bitter chocolate (seems a little out of place; I’ll attribute this to rye also). A bit of disembodied bitterness. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2008
A medium brown pour with slightly off white head and lace. Aroma of malt and medium hops. Flavor more semi sweet malt and a nice bitter finsih. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. A very nice offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Not bad. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma was fairly hoppy and grainy. Flavor was too with a bit of nuttiness to it. I liked this one. Great job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nchomefinder (34) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
5oz glass at Charlotte Oktoberfest. Pours lt brown thin head, copper body. very hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2008
well, Chris’ first tap, and it is a darn good one, definitly doing good stuff at French Broad with Drew, always happy to see the new stuff. Keep it up, this one was a hit.

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