Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This brew was served on tap at One Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, showing a rich kettle-copper coloring. It boasted a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, ghostly white foam, showing decent retention. This faded into a single thick sheet of lacing left virtually covering all walls of the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma boasted citric and grassy hops, dried lavender florals, metallic rye grit, pales, and ambers, softer cooked caramel sweetness, freshly pressed honey crisp apple juice, commercial cranberry juice, red grape skins, watermelon jolly ranchers, and bite of plastics and black pepper spiciness with warmth. Our first impression was that this was the single best depiction of rye graininess that we’ve ever tasted, with no mystery as to why it is such a classic, well-regarded beer. The taste opened with syrupy thick caramel grain that was quickly cut by biting rye wash, light smoky peatiness, cooked coffee malts, heavy buttery diacetyls, eucalyptus, cranberry flesh, black pepper, moss and musk, citric hop oils, and hibiscus. The middle came through with bitterness and seriousness of the grain, with rye and amber malts shining through a lingering background of heavy creamer, lactic sourness, strawberry and cranberry fruitiness, and black and herbal green tea leafiness. Washing through the end was a final blend of fusel booze, black pepper, phenolic plastics, the sheen of rye metallics, pale and cloying caramel malt, rose hips, and resinous piney, soapy, and citric hops. The aftertaste breathed of sea salt, lobster shell, Oreo cookies, gingerbread, buttery diacetyls, lemon cleaner, soapy and piney hops, gravel and dust, nutmeg, dried florals, and caramel syrups. The body was decidedly full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip showed great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the mouth left fully coated and cooled. The belly, on the other hand, was warmed. On a swirl around the mouth the foaminess became huge, with slow and eventual puckering astringency to follow. The abv was appropriate, and while thick, you could really sip and glug this guy back with ease.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the incredible showcasing of rye grain, with its unexpected smoke and hidden darkness to it in the taste. The grain is so prominent that you actually forget about everything else, especially the hops. That is not to say that the hoppy side is missing, because if you stop and think about it, they are as strong and forward as ever!! This just speaks to how deep and intoxicating the grain bill is here, as it really will take you by surprise if you let it. This is due, in part, to the rich and sweet fruity inclusions that meld so well with the grain bill. In evaluating the hops, they do show an excellent oiliness and variety across the spectrum of flavor, with great dimensionality. In the end, this guy may be a bit booze heavy for some, but it is an undeniable classic that we’ve ignored for far too long, and one of Bear Republic’s best.
Serving type: on-tap
11-05-2013 01:37:06 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Despite it's tacky looking label, the inexpensive Hop Rod Rye is a formidable ale that hits both levels of hops and malt and issuing a nice flavor profile. The micro sediment is barely noticeable in its nice amber tone. And even though I was the dumbass who sniffed this one too close and got a nostril full of head to bring some water to my eyes, I am not judging the "smell" because of this. The scent is light, semi-sweet, and gives but a hint of what the flavor really can bring. For the price and the availability, the Hop Rod Rye is definitely worth its merit. . . Just don't snort the damn thing. . .
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 06:42:18 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
5/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Not going to give the same ole type of review for Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. No way! This is my most favorite beer in all the lands. From the opening aromas of rye and hops gently wafting into the air, to the wonderful dark pour and oh so wonderful rocky, creamy, off white head that stays with you like a best friend, and leaving the most wonderful lace, to the malty/bready/caramel rye flavor and truly perfect balance of hops and carbonation, to the finish that begs you to take another sip, this beer is king. Bear Republic is a brewer that has never let me down. Hop Rod Rye is hoppy rye heaven in a bottle!
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 21:34:24 | More by TonyC
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,048 ratings.