Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Tulip from a bottle, aggressive pour yields a tight, off-white three finger head which dissipates quickly leaving gorgeous, soapy lacing after each sip. Pours a dark Mahogany brown with lovely little hop floaties.
Smell: Heavy hop presence, but not particularly bright or citrusy. Aroma is mostly dominated by the malt base which smells sweet, biscuity and has a distinct spice and earthiness from the rye addition. Not the most aromatic beer, but I believe that the lighter hop aroma allows the rye to be showcased.
Taste: Very complex. First the hops come through, again more bittering hops than citrus (chinook, citra, etc) but distinctly Norcal IPA character. The hops are nicely supported by the rye addition which brings more earthiness and spice, hints of cinnamon and lemongrass come through mid-palate. Hop Rod Rye rounds out and finishes nicely with a caramel maltiness that goes very well with the rye, with just a touch of warm alcohol at the end.
Mouthfeel: slightly sticky, oily and full-bodied. Again, that rye addition provides for some spice. Nice, tight carbonation and a dry finish really satisfies. Not exactly a session brew but at the same time very drinkable.
The careful marriage of hops, malt and rye provide for an interesting and unique experience, another winner from Bear Republic.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2012 01:58:37 | More by dmatsui
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