669. French Broad Brewing – Rye Hopper Ale

669. French Broad Brewing - Rye Hopper AleThis is another one of the many beers my sister brought back for me from her trip to Asheville, NC in the fall. I had a craving for a rye IPA, so I was happy to find this rye pale ale in the beer fridge.

Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5.9% ABV, 59 IBUs, 10.5 SRM, 15° Plato OG, ~180 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s reddish-brown in color and slightly hazy. The head fell after a minute to a thin foamy layer on the top that left some nice lacing. The aroma is a mix of rye maltiness and hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth with some creaminess from the head, yet a bit of crispness from the rye and hops. There’s a dark bready flavor up front which turns fairly spicy from the rye in the middle. It finishes with a big spicy rye flavor and earthy, resinous hop bitterness, both which last for a minute or two in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: I had this at dinner with a steak and it was a good combination. The rye spiciness from the beer played nicely off the spices on the steak.

Overall Impression: I thought it was a good beer with some nice spicy rye character and a dark breadiness that was a nice unexpected addition. I also liked the earthy-resinous hop bitterness finish, as well as the creaminess up front. Overall, it was a good beer, and I’d be interested to try other beers from this brewery. I’ll have to check the beer fridge to see if my sister brought me any more beers from them.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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