Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Denali:
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on tap at The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA.
Brown liquid, almost completely opaque with no head. Aroma was of floral hops and a sweet smell reminiscent of brown sugar (although this could have been the malt).
Taste matched the aroma, with the bitter hop flavor dominating. However, what was interesting was the way in which the flavors emerged. The taste starts off bitter with the brown sugar flavor coming through in the background. Suddenly, the flavors then stop like a caesura, temporarily canceling out one another to nothingness. Then the bitterness and dry finish come back in a rage. Very cool effect.
Drinkability is only limited by the ABV. A nice beer. I have a bottle of this as well and am curious to see how that will taste as compared to on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
09-05-2004 22:23:24 | More by Denali
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I picked up a bottle of this while buying a six of Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbeir, to have something a little different, and because I am trying all the RyePAs I can.
This is a damn good beer! As I cracked it open, I can smell the fruityness coming off the bottle. On the pour, the nose is pineapple, citrus, and pine. Nice bit of head (giggity) that lingered longer than most, with light lacing. The taste is fruity, not at all as bitter as some IPAs I have had, and has nice malt sweetness and rye spicyness. It's not too carbonated, but nicely fizzy.
Total "hops & pineapple" burps, as I just found out as I write this review! *L*
A really fine version of this type of IPA. Totally earns its ranking, and I am not the biggest fan of the style. Easily will I recommend and buy this again!
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 03:36:53 | More by slym
4.06/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
pours well into my glass, a deep dark amber. The head is creamy off-white like the foam you may see in a latte. It has a bold scent of rye ale and alcohol. The scent really hits you as does that initial swig. That 18% rye content does a number on the flavor. Excellent craft ale from northern California once again.
Overall this particular brew earns a 4 and a quarter.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 23:09:35 | More by Gabriel_Vaughn
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,198 ratings.