Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by barondebourgogne:
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Love the Bear Republic beers. This seasonal is no exception.
Pours big and foamy. Rocky, dense, amber head that clings to the side of the glass. Beautiful deep brown colors with ruby highlights. Excellent clarity.
Juicy malts and sweet caramel mingle with citrusy hops. My wife smells chocolate. And she is never wrong about that! I get hints of cocao as well. The rye ads an earthy element to the malt profile. Some alcohol notes, but minimal for the level in this beer.
Tastes just as it smells. Judicious malt and hops interplay and dance around the mouth. Sweet caramel, but well balanced with hops so as to not be cloying. Finishes sweet with bitter tingling on the tongue.
Carbonated just right. Not too harsh on the tongue. Firm and substantial gravity.
A big beer that didn't let me down. I get consistent, excellent quality from every bottle from this brewery. Bear Republic really knows how to balance major malt bills with massive hopping. Delicious.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2007 03:21:35 | More by barondebourgogne
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4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams custom.
A: Pours a translucent dark amber/light golden brown. The head is khaki, rocky, and very sticky, like that of a root beer float. It leaves a loose-weave lace and shows great retention.
S: Divinely malty. It smells of caramel, honey, wheat bread, spice, and sticky dried fruits like fig and raisins. The playful hop aroma, on the spicier side, balances everything out nicely. There's definitely some sturdy spice from the rye.
T: Very pleasant beer. A bit weak in the front due to lack of a solid hop structure. The middle is all malt: crystal, amber, and the rye. It's a complex but not overpowering grain bill. The hops debut around the finish: spicy, resiny, and woodsy.
M: Medium body with vivid carbonation, but larger bubbles. Cobbled. No evidence of alcohol or astringency.
O: This is a fun, tasty, and very drinkable beer. Everyone plays nicely together. I would pair this with spicy roasted chicken, most likely Moroccan style. A smoked pork shoulder would go well too. For dessert: caramel and spice creme brulee, apple pie a la mode, or peach cobbler.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 22:25:14 | More by Copernicus
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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