Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,989 | Reviews: 2,014 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by blackheartbilly:
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I bought this brew initially because of the cool hot rod bottle. It has become my go-to beer to bring to any occasion.
A: gorgeous bronze/amber, medium carbonation with a smal lacy head
S: The smell that I love in an strong American IPA, piney/hoppy.
T: AMAZING, great balance, has that aggressive hop presence but one of the few I have tried in this style that I notice the malt balance.
M: Perfect amount of carbonation, and has a wonderful aftertaste.
D: This is the best example of this style I have had to date. I buy time and time again, its a go to brew! I don't notice Rye but it is still the best American IPA, in my opinion. Defintely try it once, you will go back!
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2008 21:18:50 | More by blackheartbilly
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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.
94 out of 100 based on 3,989 ratings.