RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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?

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Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle, pours a dark amber beer with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet hoppy, light citrus, pine and other hops. Body is medium to thick, the finish is smooth clean and not bitter. Hops are very good in this beer.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2013 On tap at The Federal, Durham, in the company of durhambeer. Very nice pour, a handsomely gleaming red with a very thick creamy head that recalls a fine So Cal DIPA. The aroma is very pleasantly malty, with just a hint of the sassy grain. Full mouthfeel, very flavorful with the hops coming through in a way they don’t in the aroma, and with a nice finish. The crisp hops blend very nicely with the spice of the rye. Good stuff, compares favorably with the Terrapin.

Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Sampled from a growler from the brewery. Pours a clear brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Bitter aroma of citrus hops, rye and caramel. Taste is bitter as well, also with citrus and rye. Medium bodied.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: February 07, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: clear copper, fine off while head, sudsy lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, lots of floral hops, earthyness keeps it dry
Flavor: rich malt flavor, very dry rye, earthyness, lasting bitter finish

Date: December 12, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
Score: 3.0 to 3.2
Aroma: touch of citrus plus sweet crystal and pine in the aroma
Flavor: flavor is still very dry but a touch of crystal sweetness brings in the needed balance, touch of citrus

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
On tap at Brixx. Good shit. Pours out a brownish color with a tan head on it. Smell is full of rye and some hops, little bit of caramel sweetness too. Taste is kind of bitter, nice hop kick, smooth, and easy to drink. Pretty good beer really, one of the better ones I have had from these guys.

Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
This is really good. Pours a dark copper color with a dense tan head. Of course I pick up some rye bread in the aroma but there’s a nice citrus dose in there as well. The flavor is bitter with the rye and has a nice biscuity taste as well. There’s some caramel at the finish. Good stuff.

wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Draught at Tyr na Nog in Raleigh. Pours dark copper, with medium white head, nice lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy, with citrus, grass, soap. Flavor is hoppy as well and has a grain, bread, toasted grain flavor. Very dry, but nicely balanced.

NachlamSie (3534) - 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.

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.

SpringsLicker (3664) - 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.

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