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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,221 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,221
Reviews: 2,031
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 202 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character.

2009 California State Fair – GOLD
2003 California State Fair – GOLD
2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002)
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JoshuaJ

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a rich, creamy head and thick lacing all the way down. Off to a good start.

At first, the nose is a bit weak. Faint aroma of grassy hops and sweet malt. As it warms, caramelly malts and the spicy rye make themselves known.

Taste is good. Really good, in fact. Bitter hops are at the forefront at first, but as the beer warms, they fade a bit to let the caramelly, malts through. The hops come back at the end and it finishes dry and crisp. Strong flavors throughout with a lean toward hop dominance. At first, I didn't detect a large rye presence in the mouth, which is unexpected, considering...well, that's kind of the point with this one. But as it warmed, it comes out very nicely with it's sweet and spicy flavor, tickling the lips and warming the throat and belly.

This is a full bodied beer. Thick and smooth. And this is exactly what it claims to be: A bold, strong, badass American beer. Personally, I'd classify it as a hopped up rye beer before an AIPA, but that's beside the point. I'll drink this anyday.

Notes: Let this one warm up. It's good cold, what with the hoppy bitterness pummeling the taste buds, but it becomes much more flavorful and complex as it sits in the glass. That hot and sweet rye is a little shy at first, so give it time to come out and play.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 00:46:06 | More by JoshuaJ
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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.