Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 23, 2010). No freshness dates that I can find.
Eyes: Pours a an expectedly ruddy darkish orange, the rye is visible immediately in terms of color, thick haze and a dirty foam cap. Strong retention and lacing.
Nose: A abundance of citrusy hops, with an undertone of the dry rye malt.
Tongue: Similar to the nose, a very hop forward palate is paired with the much lighter dry rye and malt dimensions. The rye supplies a nice dry component that actually pairs well with the massive hop punch.
Mouth: Almost a DIPA level tongue scorcher for what is considered an IPA. Very dry aftertaste with a bitter finish.
Libation: 8% ABV might be enough to push this into DIPA range, but this is quite drinkable. One of the very first rye IPAs to become distributed, and is stil one of the very best.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2011 04:06:34 | More by OttoBomb
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4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Absolutely beautiful look in a pint glass. Dark copper color, ample, rocky head that lasts for the entire beer. Bits of lace clinging to the glass throughout.
Love the bitter hops, mixed with spice scent. A fantastic smelling IPA..., caramel malt, citrusy hops, maybe even some grape (doppelbockesque?)...so different than most IPAs out there. Fresh and clean...super smooth.
A very unique tasting beer, but one that suits me just fine. Definitely has the uber-hoppy taste of a DIPA, but the addition of the rye makes puts it in a class by itself. An interesting and delicious combination of dark fruits, spice, and bitter hops. Very thankful for the 4 packs...but would be so much happier if BR would release it in a 6 pack someday.
(update...March 2014...6 packs baby!!!)
I would love to drink these as my staple, but a bit too boozy for me to drink more than 2/3 per sitting. Still, a great price for such a great beer. Hard to believe this one's classified as an IPA...there's so much going on in it.
A homerun by Bear Republic for sure. A must try for any IPA lover...heck, a must try for anyone who just loves great beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 01:07:30 | More by obrike
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,992 ratings.