Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Clear, medium reddish-brown color with one finger of off-white foam head featuring an interesting assortment of variously-sized bubbles. Heavy lacing remains, leaving visible relief on the inside of the glass.
S: Pungent grapefruit citrus is featured prominently, becoming more floral over time. Caramel notes offer a darker side to the smell, also suggesting sweetness to come. No alcohol is detected in the smell.
T: Begins off-dry, with toffee and bready umami, accompanied by pine and dark citrus hop aromatics. Spicy, drying rye emerges to mark the transition into a middle that remains hops-laden. This beer finishes surprisingly mellow--bitter, but not destructively so. Acidity is pitch-perfect throughout, enhancing the overall experience. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.
M: Medium viscosity, syrupy and sticky on the palate, with low carbonation. Again, the acidity level could not be more appropriate and appealing.
D: Perhaps craft brewing's most famous rye beer, this is truly a delightful and robust DIPA that gets almost everything right. Even small details, like acidity, are executed in such a way as to make this beer more than the sum of its parts. While Bear Republic dabbles with other DIPA recipes (Racer X, for example) there is little point in trying to outshine this beer as it is when served from the bottle. In fact, this is one of those beers that seems to benefit from a little time spent in the bottle. Hop Rod was my draft selection during my sole visit to the company brewpub in Healdsburg and I found it to be be overly spicy--a sensory mix of capsaicin and volatile herbs--due either, or perhaps jointly, to the rye or the eye-watering freshness of the hops. Either way, the imbalance I experienced in the draft pour at the source does not typically carry through to the bottled brew reviewed here.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2010 02:19:19 | More by beagle75
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