Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Callenak:
4.75/5 rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
One of my favs that I've waited a while to review
Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries. To me they make beers with great drinkability. I almost always have a Racer 5 in my fridge. That and Hop Rod are just staples in the beer diet.
Pours a rich, dark amber with a great, cream head that dissipates quickly to leave a nice lacing on the beer and glass.
Smell is spicy and hoppy. Rye beers seem to go great with hops and this is no exception. A bouquet of citrus and pine. A great malt presence to back it all up.
Taste mmmm. This beer has it all. Loads of hoppy greatness, spiciness from the rye, malt backbone and alcohol to balance it all out. This is the beer that started me down the path of rye. Now I've had a collection of rye beers, homebrewed many rye beers, and even have a bottle of rye whiskey laying around. It will change how you look at beers. Bravo to Bear Republic. I love living in California.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2006 18:46:15 | More by Callenak
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4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams custom.
A: Pours a translucent dark amber/light golden brown. The head is khaki, rocky, and very sticky, like that of a root beer float. It leaves a loose-weave lace and shows great retention.
S: Divinely malty. It smells of caramel, honey, wheat bread, spice, and sticky dried fruits like fig and raisins. The playful hop aroma, on the spicier side, balances everything out nicely. There's definitely some sturdy spice from the rye.
T: Very pleasant beer. A bit weak in the front due to lack of a solid hop structure. The middle is all malt: crystal, amber, and the rye. It's a complex but not overpowering grain bill. The hops debut around the finish: spicy, resiny, and woodsy.
M: Medium body with vivid carbonation, but larger bubbles. Cobbled. No evidence of alcohol or astringency.
O: This is a fun, tasty, and very drinkable beer. Everyone plays nicely together. I would pair this with spicy roasted chicken, most likely Moroccan style. A smoked pork shoulder would go well too. For dessert: caramel and spice creme brulee, apple pie a la mode, or peach cobbler.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 22:25:14 | More by Copernicus
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,989 ratings.