Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info. Pours a deep reddish brown. Very uncharacteristic color. One finger of frothy foam and lots of carbonation. Nice lacing. Nose has a lot going on. Sweet and roasted malt with light and fresh hop and rye scents underlying. The darker than usual roasted malt brings out a lot more rich, robust smells. I can even detect a little cocoa. Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation and supple without being heavy. Almost creamy texture. Interesting palate as well. The rye gives it more of a grassy taste but the bitterness from the hops rounds this out quite well. Finishes rather clean. The hops still provide some resiny bitterness but the rye makes it more crisp and the roasted malt keeps too much sweetness from creeping in. Definitely not your classic DIPA but a welcome interpretation and an impressive effort. I would almost call it a brown IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2011 06:10:34 | More by hoppyhampy
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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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