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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 217
Gots: 214 | FT: 3
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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Tarps68, Feb 22, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 8% ABV, 317 09 printed on the UPC.

A - Hop Rod starts up nicely with an amber-brown body that's clear with a three-finger, off-white/tan head. Great retention that eventually succumbed to a rocky, clumpy pile lowering down leaving tons of awesome lace all over the glass.

S - Bold notes of American Graffiti...er hops come out. Pine and mild citrus with a strong rye nose backed by a good maltiness. Overall it's somewhat low but good none-the-less. Maltier with rye more than hoppy.

T - During the nose and appearance the hops were just revving their engines to burn rubber in my mouth! They peel out with a well-balanced pine and citrus patch followed up by a smoke cloud of rye, malts, and light honey left in their wake. Very smooth balance.

M - Smooth feeling and soft on the palate, Hop Rod is gentle with a moderate bitterness to the finish.

D - Hop Rod is one smooth ride. A great beer with great suspension, there are a lot of nice flavors going on here. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the 22 can be polished off by one person I'd say. Wonderful.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 05, 2010
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Highstplz, Oct 18, 2012
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark amber color with a finger of head that stays around for a few minutes. Stays a bit bubbly through the whole drink. Lacing is fairly sticky.

S- Oh how I love the hops. I personally like the hop presence more then the rye but overall I still like the smell of this beer quite a lot. There is also a nice grapefruit smell that comes with the hops.

T- For a standard IPA the hops are quite strong in this brew which is a big plus. I don't quite have a taste for rye, but I think I can pick it out and it is quite a nice compliment to the hops.

M- Tangy bubbly smooth goodness going down. Only a very slight alcohol burn that is masked by the hops and malt.

D- I most definitely could drink this over and over. I am starting to understand why this is near the top of the ranks of the American IPA. Will be picking this up again.

boogyman, Oct 19, 2009
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hplevy, Jul 05, 2012
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Vlaminck, Mar 08, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark reddish amber with three fingers of off-white suds. Malty looking suds that don't move around in the pint glass.
If you want a perfect head on a beer, this would be it.Lacing out the yang.
Smell is a sweet carmel and bitter piney hop aroma.
Taste is a sweet malty then bitter hoppy flavor that keeps bitter and coffee tasting for a while after the swig. There is a caramel/ sugar taste that accompanies the bitter piney hops.
Mouthfeel is very clean at first then an oily film settles in while the alcohol does it's thing.
I like this beer a lot. Too bad I have to order this and pay exorbatent(sp) shipping costs.

peabody, Nov 10, 2006
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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,292 ratings.