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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,248
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 213
Gots: 206 | 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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Photo of fastd03

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

This is an exceptionally hoppy beer. I have yet to try any other bear republic beers, but this is certainly a good start. Strong and hoppy, it fits the standards I set for a beer well, and has an attractive dark color. I have had smoother beers, but overall it goes down relatively smooth with a hint of carbonation (but not so much as to make my stomach bubble). I have had better beers, but this is certainly fairly high on my list.

08-13-2011 01:55:48 | More by fastd03
Photo of Riggsy


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

22 oz. bottle acquired at Claymont, DE Total Wine
Pours a hazy dark orange into standard pint glass. Takes an aggressive pour to generate a decent head, faded quickly.
Aromas of citrusy/piney hops dominate.
Taste is unevenly balanced on the side of hops, but still with a goodmalt presence. Rye lends a spicy afternote.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium bodied, with a slickness from the rye.
Overall, a fine IIPA. At 8% a bomber is enough for one sitting.

05-06-2007 01:14:54 | More by Riggsy
Photo of Litterbean

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A bold looking beer. Very dark red, with brownish hues and a bumpy off-white head that looks very dense.

The hops hit the nose first, but beyond that there is a sweet sugary character as well. The rye is also noticeable, as there are bready hints within.

Taste is sweet and hoppy, well balanced. Notes of citrusy hops along with a bready malt taste. One of the finer double IPAs I have tasted. Very delicious, and smooth, and quite a warming up beer.

09-25-2005 00:38:55 | More by Litterbean
Photo of vtfan77


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A- Dark copper with a great big off-white head and a very sticky lace. Quite appealing.

S- Huge hop aroma. Pine and citrus abound with sweet fruit and a touch of malt as well. Very nice, a near perfect IPA smell here!

T- Definitely a different tasting IPA. Starts with some sweetness coming from the malt and hop oils. Malt profile is interesting. The rye is definitely noticeable as there is a bit more of a spicy character here than the toasty one usually found in such IPA's. Sweetness is also lower than expected. Huge hop profile as expected, typical northwest flavors of pine and citrus that were alluded to in the aroma. Finishes with a big, chalky bitterness and some lingering spiciness from the malt. Hops are literally lip-smacking in this one, as the lips are actually sticky from hop oils following each sip!

M- Medium bodied and smooth, not a whole lot of carbonation, but enough to make it pleasant.

D- Easy to put down, but a little overbearing with the bitterness. High abv also contributes to make this a one-and-done beer for me.

Very nice, I enjoyed it. Bear Republic has impressed me with their beers so far, and this is no exception. They're turning into one of my favorite breweries. Not quite up to Stone, but they're getting there. Recommended as a nice change of pace IPA.

08-02-2006 05:24:04 | More by vtfan77
Photo of adamette


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Purchased a few months ago at Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio.

A Dark red/brown body that lets light in and through but difficult to make out objects on the other side. Nice light brown big head of about 3 inches that stuck around for about 3 minutes, leaves nice lacing. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle/my glass push this over the top. It cannot be improved. 5.0

S Hops but balanced by what seems to be a big malt presence and some Rye as well. Label says 18% Rye used. Having just had Founder's Red Rye I think that I am well set up to taste this beer. 4.0

T/M Well my nose does not deceive on this one. Hops, syrupy sweet malt with a backdrop of rye as well. This is a hell of a big beer, lots going on taste wise. I enjoy how the aftertaste passes by all of that bitterness and leaves a nice maple syrupy mouthfeel and taste. 4.5

D I don't think that this is particularly drinkable since it is such a big beer. I do not think that it is meant to be extremely drinkable as a style. 2.5

Notes: The first in a short series of 4 Bear Republic beers that I bought and will rate. This is a huge beer that does not disappoint.

08-24-2009 00:18:08 | More by adamette
Photo of Bumpon10s


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Dark, with a fluffy head. Recedes into plentiful lace and is moderatly clear. The rye makes it's presence known.

S - Lots and lots of fresh hops, with not as much rye as you'd think you'd smell.

T - Plenty of hops in front, with a decent amount of rye, but really not as much in back. Now you taste me, now you don't.

M - A little watery, but ultra sharp from the carbonation. It gives it a spritzer tingle.

D - A slower drinker, for me at least. A normal 8% ABV and nice hop whallop, keeps it on par with other better dIPA's.

10-22-2005 06:06:09 | More by Bumpon10s
Photo of KYGunner


4.01/5  rDev -5.2%

The rich coloring is caramel hued, coppery and even a tad cloudy. The head is thick, foamy tan in color and laces nicely.

The scent is robust in caramel malts with a piney hop underpinning. I also get aromas of grapefruit, tangerines, sweet dried fruit, flowers and rye.

The flavors are rich and robust, almost thick. The caramel malt and rye is prevalent but it is joined by a tremendous punch of floral hop pine. The pine does not take on that metallic tinge like some IPA s. The malt, rye flavor conjoins the floral, pine and grapefruit in one thick unit.

This is a man's beer, rich robust and in your face but then settles well for a great IPA experience.

10-25-2013 21:22:00 | More by KYGunner
Photo of One2Remeber


4.01/5  rDev -5.2%

On tap at Kickbacks.
A: cloudy, deep amber body. Thick, creamy as nitro off-white head. Lacey and retention remains as initial pour.

S: prune type caramel notes. Spiciness and berry fruit fight for attention. Clean aroma, water is pronounced.

T/M: Heavy body with a lucious creamy texture. Hops really come out in resiny, herbal flavor, bitterness is kept in check. Spicy/chewy taste lingers. Explosion of rich caramel malt on the palate.

O: most impressive selection from Bear Republic as it is new to market. Complexity of an Arrogant Bastard, raisin notes of a boont amber ale, drinkibility and hop profile of a well built imperial red.

01-09-2013 21:18:06 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Hendry


4.01/5  rDev -5.2%

Bear Republic beers are highly rated, and I bought Racer 5 based on that fact: it really missed the mark for me. This bottle of Hop Rod Rye was a gift from a friend who swaps beers with me, and he didn't seem to think much of it based on the fact that he read it was "one of the top beers that changed the world."

Where Racer 5 left me flat, Hop Rod Rye was a very pleasant surprise. Pours a deep rich amber with a reddish hue, relatively small head and not much in the way of lacing,and really no cap either. Aesthetics aside, the aroma is pleasant with some piney hops and a touch of spicy rye that thankfully doesn't show up in the taste. Other rye ales have a tendency to be acrid, not the case with Hop Rod Rye.

Medium bodied and well carbonated, it is a bit thin in some respects. The hops are present but it is extinguished by a heavy maltiness that is rich, yet pleasant at the same time. This is an enjoyable beer with a distinct flavor that is worth trying at least once. World class??
Well, you decide!

04-25-2013 04:30:36 | More by Hendry
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-05-2014 00:03:51 | More by aszatk01
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-10-2012 15:48:30 | More by DavyJones
Photo of brownbeer


4/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Amber colored with a tan head poured from a 22oz bomber.

S- Spicy nose, both from the hops and rye malt. Reminds me of a fresh Bigfoot in a lot of ways.

T- Pine resin, heavy, gourmet baked bread. A doughiness hits about mid palate before finishing dry and bitter

M- A bit of astringincy in the mouthfeel but not harsh. Becomes a bit heavier and more bitter as it warms.

D- A beer I will drink a couple of times per year(probably during cool weather) and really enjoy it.

A well structured beer that balances sweet, spicy, and bitter very well and progresses nicely. I could possibly see this one aging for a year or two.

09-11-2009 22:46:49 | More by brownbeer
Photo of BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-09-2011 05:19:58 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-15-2012 14:34:26 | More by Outchillen
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-06-2014 02:36:17 | More by bulldogg915
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-02-2014 23:07:04 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of bishopdc0


4/5  rDev -5.4%

22 bomber...

Pours dark dark amber into my glass. A big head forms hugging the glass as I dissipates.

Pleasent aroma and well balenced. It starts with a malt sweet and finishes with a mix of rye and earthy hops

The taste is nice balenced with all the flavors. For a california ipa nice to see one this uses other flavor besides hops. I ambe to detect various crysta malt to start the taste of rye and bitter hops finishes the whole thing off....

03-11-2011 02:43:56 | More by bishopdc0
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2013 00:00:19 | More by mctizzz
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-27-2011 19:05:31 | More by Skye1024
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-18-2013 02:50:25 | More by alienlifeforcecube
Photo of rob133


4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2013 22:10:19 | More by rob133
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-16-2012 15:29:03 | More by standardcherry
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-08-2013 05:32:54 | More by MNMike
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-29-2012 15:12:21 | More by Bike2work
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-29-2013 21:54:33 | More by fionn13
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,248 ratings.