Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Smixam:
4.03/5 rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bomber into a Sam Adams shaped glass.
A - dark amber color with a stark off-white long lasting single finger head. Clear for an unfiltered beer, with seriously heavy lacing.
S - Hop heavy as expected, but with strong fruity undertones. I've not a lot of experience with rye-style ales, but this seems to be consistent with the others in the category. Very nice note of citrus.
T - Strong pine and citrus hop throughout but with a distinct malt character that does actually work to balance the bitters - a little bit of nuttiness on the front side? I can't really tell for sure. Grapefruit towards the end adds to a dry finish.
M - This is an 8% beer, and while there's no sense of an alcohol burn, you can tell its there on the finish as it warms on its way down. Seems a bit 'thick' too - per the lacing on my glass, the flavors stick around a while. I can't pick up any impurities.
D - This is a strong beer, and not one I'd want to session. that said, I have no problem enjoying a bomber to myself every now and again. This is sure to become one of my stronger, special-occasion staples.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2010 20:59:28 | More by Smixam
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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 3,994 ratings.