Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by blackc5:
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bottle at 48F into a tulip.
A - Pours a very dark brownish amber color, slightly hazy, with a significant offwhite, sudsy, large-bubble head. Nice retention and lacing.
S - Lots of floral and earthy hops, some graininess and a load of caramel.
T- A very nicely balanced IPA. The rye does wonders to balance the hop bite, which is assetive and considerable. A mild sweetness at first, it is quickly overtaken by the hop punch, yet it is not overly bitter in a punishing sort of way. Quite nice.
M - Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Anticipated this being a bit thicker, but it is adequate and satisfying.
D- At 8%, this is approaching DIPA levels, and it shows. There is a bit of alcohol warmness in the mouth. Overall, this is a great bear that deserves it's reputation.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2010 03:37:10 | More by blackc5
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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 3,992 ratings.