Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ghetto90007:
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bomber into a 22 oz. nonic.
Medium dark, toffee color with a hint of redness. Soft, off-white to light tan head with great resilience and nice, sticky lacing coating the side of the glass. Feel like I might have to get out a scrubber to get the suds off after it dries. Slightly cloudy appearance and some "floaties" - not exactly sediment - which the bottle attributes to the massive amount of hops dropped into this unfiltered concoction.
Smell includes that strange spiciness of a rye brew, hops with hints of a number of subtle aromas - grapefruit, flowers, pine and a really subtle herbal scent.
Wow, I'm expecting something like Racer 5 with rye elements. Instead, my buds are assaulted with a rich, caramel malt, along with hoppy bitterness. After the first impression, that odd rye spiciness rises to the surface, then succumbs to the hop profile that includes primarily peels from citrus fruits - not so much of a pine or floral taste as the aroma might have suggested.
Medium body, on the low end of moderately carbonated, yielding a fairly soft and voluptuous mouthfeel. Even silkier as this brew warms. The style guidelines suggest 45-50 degrees, but I started really loving this one at about 50-55.
An idiosyncratic brew, but darned good.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2011 05:02:52 | More by ghetto90007
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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 3,987 ratings.