Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JoshuaJ:
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
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - A wonderful mahogany look with a tan head about a finger thick.
Smell - a very rich curious smell that builds anticipation to what you are about to taste.
Taste - If you are expecting a normal IPA taste here - you will be surprised my friends. The taste is similar to its rich bourbon esque smell. Though the taste is slightly less strong and flavorful than the smell, it is still very tasty.
Mouthfeel - The feel is very similar to the taste.
Overall - This is a very good, unique IPA that differs greatly from your typical IPA.
Until Next Time
The Beer Sipper
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 23:50:16 | More by TheBeerSipper
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.