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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,198 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,198
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 199 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character.

2009 California State Fair – GOLD
2003 California State Fair – GOLD
2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002)
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Reviews by travolta:
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travolta

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1Pt 6Oz. Bottle 8%ABV

Apperance: Ruby red, gets darker around the edges. The head on this brew is nice. It pours tight, with tiny bubbles. After it sits a second it opens up and the head becomes rocky. Very nice head. I'll judge retention later. The head is so thick it almost looks pliable, like playdo on top of your glass.

Nose: Wow, you could smell the hops as soon as you opened the bottle. When you tip your nose to the glass it's like grabbing a hand full of hops and sniffing them.. Maybe some mild berries. Some grapefruit as well.

Taste: And now the taste; maybe this is what it would be like if they made hop gum! I get some grapefruit in the middle. This has a burnt after taste, like roasted coffee. No alcohol taste at all. maybe a little roasted malt at the begining.

Notes: I enjoyed this very much. If you love hops, this is a must. You could sum it up by saying this has a "roasted hop" flavor. And about the lacing; the rings are nice and even, but thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 03:24:05 | More by travolta
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This is a damn good beer! As I cracked it open, I can smell the fruityness coming off the bottle. On the pour, the nose is pineapple, citrus, and pine. Nice bit of head (giggity) that lingered longer than most, with light lacing. The taste is fruity, not at all as bitter as some IPAs I have had, and has nice malt sweetness and rye spicyness. It's not too carbonated, but nicely fizzy.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,198 ratings.