Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,988 | Reviews: 2,014 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by thatruth:
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle poured into a pint glass.
A: pours a nice brown amber that is more brown at the top, more colorful towards the center-bottom. i got little head of the foam, probably due to poor pouring. medium cobweb lacing that appears quickly and leaves less hastily.
S: HOPS and RYE, obviously...liquorice, cinnamon, limey aroma.
T: caramel, almost sour mash vibe, hop heaven, the infused, unfiltered rye leaves a pumpernickel after taste.
M: staunch on-bringing yet mellow afters, alcohol not completely hidden by all the hops - seems more than 8.0%.
O: a damn good IPA (i.e. Hop Monster). the 18% rye mix seems to lend all compliments and no distractions to this unique California "specialty" ale.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2011 19:29:08 | More by thatruth
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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 3,988 ratings.