Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by unclederby:
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
poured from a bomber into a new belgium tulip.
maple colored with a slight haze and a one-fingered, soapy and tan head. through light it appears to be unfiltered as tiny floaties dot the ale and before long the head is gone. minimal, not so sticky lacing.
smells citrusy, spicy and of smoked grain with a touch of grapefruit rind and an underlying sweetness. distinctive bouquet due to the rye, i guess... but hard to pin down. perhaps "earthy" is what i'm getting here.
taste is marked by citusy and spicy hops, with grapefruit and coriander and a substantial malt backbone taming the bitterness. nicely balanced and a dry finish... the hops don't linger long enough to wreck the palate. still, hops are here aplenty.
eight percent abv? really?
medium bodied mouthfeel, a bit resiny and oily.
not much wrong with this beer, as it is nicely balanced and fairly sessionable, just not my cup of tea when it comes to IPA's i guess... i prefer the Racer 5.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2008 01:21:31 | More by unclederby
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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.
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