Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by markaberrant:
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - deep red, very clear, rock solid tan head leaves thick sheets of lace behind
S - thick caramel malt, slight toffee, with spicy rye, fruity, light citrus hops, it all combines to create some leafy earthiness, very enticing
T - hops come through a bit more at the tip of the tongue, but still balanced with the tasty malt profile, that is not cloying or sweet, just MALTY, the finish brings in a smooth chocolate element that is intertwined with alcohol and bitter citrus that lingers for a long, long time
M - just about the perfect weight for this beer, medium body and smooth carbonation keep it from being syrupy, hop resins stick to the insides of the mouth and accentuate the dry bitterness, alcohol warmth is mild and smooth
D - drinks exceptionally well for a bigger beer, yet is still immenently complex
Damn near perfect execution on this beer. My favourite rye beers are always on the darker, maltier side with a decent body and american hops, and this one nails it. There is a fair bit of hops in this beer, but they are not front and center, in fact I'd say they provide the accent to this beer, not the malt.
I can't think of any negatives, I wouldn't change a thing, but I don't want to give it a perfect 5.
Find this beer and drink as much as you can!
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2009 01:47:18 | More by markaberrant
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - A wonderful mahogany look with a tan head about a finger thick.
Smell - a very rich curious smell that builds anticipation to what you are about to taste.
Taste - If you are expecting a normal IPA taste here - you will be surprised my friends. The taste is similar to its rich bourbon esque smell. Though the taste is slightly less strong and flavorful than the smell, it is still very tasty.
Mouthfeel - The feel is very similar to the taste.
Overall - This is a very good, unique IPA that differs greatly from your typical IPA.
Until Next Time
The Beer Sipper
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 23:50:16 | More by TheBeerSipper
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,218 ratings.