Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by iDrinknewglarus:
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Really dark ruby red mixed with brown... let's just call it burgundy. Lots of particles in suspension. Tan head that laces like few beers can. My glass is a lacy mess. Absolutely gorgeous.
S: Immediate west coast hops. Smells like cascade: grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus fruits. Pretty large malt backbone to boot. Smells bready and slightly spicy (like rye bread go figure). Very inviting.
T: Tastes even better than it smells. It is really well balanced. Both bitter and sweet from the truckloads of malt and hops used. It tastes malty and sweet all the way through, then you swallow and then comes the hop bite and the dryness of the alcohol to persuade you to take another sip. The rye is a very nice touch that brings a light spiciness to the palate. A nice change in pace from your standard IPA. Alcohol is nowhere is sight. Probably the most complex malt I've ever tasted in an IPA.
M: Heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Feels sticky and nourishing. I've had lighter imperial stouts to say the least.
Damn, this beer hit the spot. Flawless execution of a rye IPA. I was at first skeptical of the high ratings of this beer, but this brew sure can back it up. Highly worth checking out.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2011 20:48:33 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Absolutely beautiful look in a pint glass. Dark copper color, ample, rocky head that lasts for the entire beer. Bits of lace clinging to the glass throughout.
Love the bitter hops, mixed with spice scent. A fantastic smelling IPA..., caramel malt, citrusy hops, maybe even some grape (doppelbockesque?)...so different than most IPAs out there. Fresh and clean...super smooth.
A very unique tasting beer, but one that suits me just fine. Definitely has the uber-hoppy taste of a DIPA, but the addition of the rye makes puts it in a class by itself. An interesting and delicious combination of dark fruits, spice, and bitter hops. Very thankful for the 4 packs...but would be so much happier if BR would release it in a 6 pack someday.
(update...March 2014...6 packs baby!!!)
I would love to drink these as my staple, but a bit too boozy for me to drink more than 2/3 per sitting. Still, a great price for such a great beer. Hard to believe this one's classified as an IPA...there's so much going on in it.
A homerun by Bear Republic for sure. A must try for any IPA lover...heck, a must try for anyone who just loves great beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 01:07:30 | More by obrike
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,992 ratings.