Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bbkd3b:
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a pint glass.
Surprisingly dark in the color, and with plenty of hazy sediment in the center to boot. A small off-white head bubbles out of existence after only a short time, and there isn't any sort of lacing to speak of. Honestly, I don't care because the scent is too pleasant, with its seductive combo of grapefruit citrus and spicy rye leading the charge. Bready malts round off the nose giving a nice, even character and welcoming impression.
Now amplify the nose, and make every aspect of it even stronger. That's what it tastes like. Incredibly well-executed punch of bitter hoppiness, rye, and a kick of bread give this beer a complex, tasty flavor. Sensual body slides against the tongue, with the perfect amount of carbonation satisfying any beer-drinker's palate. Heck, it even goes down smooth and easy, making me wonder where in the world that alcohol disappeared to. Frankly, amazing.
Overall/notes - Well, I like the Racer 5, but this just ran right over it (pun not intended). Much more potent than I generally expect out of an IPA, and with great balance, too! Never would have thought the rye could go such a long way, but Bear Republic apparently was on to something. Well-done.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2011 02:16:56 | More by bbkd3b
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.