Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cptierney:
4.45/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I always seem to neglect Bear Republic, even though I live relatively close to their Healdsburg location. I think it speaks volumes about the quality of beer here in Northern California that a quality operation like Bear Republic can fall through the cracks.
Poured into nonic from a twelve ounce bottle.
I'm immediately taken with this beer's appearance. Looking more like an English IPA, this beer pours a dark amber. The off white foam on the head is fluffy and very retentive, taking minutes to recede to a thin layer across the top of the beer.
I find the nose on this beer a bit light. I am subject to small piney hints of hops along with a most unusual hit of bready malts. I suppose it could be the rye I'm smelling, but I get more of sourdough hit than anything.
Perfect marks for mouthfeel. This beer is viscous enough to provide a solid swilling experience but light enough to not overwhelm. The carb bite is minimal and welcomed at the end of a sip.
This is certainly the best IPA with rye I've ever had, and as far as IPAs are concerned I place it second only to the mighty Furious. The juniper affect of the heavy hopping meets a nice orange/grapefruit citrus note, colluding to make a phenomenal hop profile. The malts aren't weak in this brew either, and the tang of the rye stands as a reminder that a great beer isn't made with bittering alone.
High drinkability. The hop oil isn't too sticky or cumulative and a person could easily enjoy three or four of these in a sitting. Hats off to Bear Republic, this beer is a classic.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2009 22:16:46 | More by cptierney
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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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