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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,171 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,171
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 207
Gots: 195 | 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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Ratings: 4,171 | Reviews: 2,028 | Display Reviews Only:
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bgildea

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great red amber color. Nice head that takes a little to disapate.

S: Very hoppy aroma, very hoppy.

T: Good beer, strong hoppy after-taste. I like my beers less hoppy, but I can see why people really like this beer.

M: Thin beer, not to much chew.

D: Drinkable, but too hoppy for me to have more than 1 or 2.

Overall: If you like nice hearty hoppy beers, than this is a beer for you. What sells me has to be th nice red color of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:00:29 | More by bgildea
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a thin beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, citrus, hops

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Citrus and malts. Mild hops.

Overall: Good brew. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:03:14 | More by Cavanaghty
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of a well rusted old car. Small light tan head with very short retention and just scattered lacing.
Smell is more than than just hops though that is the majority player. Some roasted malt and the expected rye with some citrus add supporting roles.
Taste is a better balance than one might expect from a west coast IPA with hops first followed by roasted malt, rye, some alcohol and a hint of citrus.
Mostly full bodied, dry finish, medium effervescence. Cleans the palate nicely. Slightly warming as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 00:06:29 | More by PorterLambic
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cincysig

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-19-2013 21:00:09 | More by cincysig
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-29-2013 11:12:52 | More by Cynic-ale
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-13-2013 22:43:50 | More by doremite
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Zonian1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-20-2014 00:13:35 | More by Zonian1
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JulianB

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-27-2013 00:15:55 | More by JulianB
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-26-2014 16:30:19 | More by JIMTRK16
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-01-2012 15:02:18 | More by ste5venla
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-11-2013 20:42:58 | More by JMS1512
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CoalPorter

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-13-2012 18:34:13 | More by CoalPorter
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-24-2013 17:23:23 | More by Beerontwowheels
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-20-2013 17:57:51 | More by JamesStreet
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BearMark

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-27-2014 15:31:43 | More by BearMark
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ShawneeIrish

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-03-2013 03:18:29 | More by ShawneeIrish
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-12-2013 05:18:54 | More by schmidtmattsays
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-02-2013 05:51:58 | More by BigJim5021
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-02-2013 06:19:10 | More by ThisMoonlife
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labattblueribbon

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-16-2013 22:05:29 | More by labattblueribbon
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HereforBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-13-2013 23:09:57 | More by HereforBeer
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dapatte2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-18-2013 12:28:28 | More by dapatte2
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-18-2014 02:46:43 | More by sonofliberty2
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-03-2013 18:03:31 | More by Kmlund
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer, especially if you are not sensitive to phenolic "bread yeast" flavors. As a homebrew contest judge, I found that I have a very low threshold for phenolics. I detect them at levels most tasters do not. Judging from the reviews on this site, many people are not tasting what I do, so it is not the beer, it is me. Now on to the review:

Pours to a creamy, frothy off-white head and hazy brown-amber color. Aroma is strong on hops with some bready malt and a touch of phenolic. Flavor is a well-balanced and tasty blend of US hops, pale and caramel and darker specialty malts and a nice hoppy/malty finish. I do detect some phenolic or chemical-like flavors in the taste that bug me a bit, but the dominant flavors linger and make it worthwhile. Mouthfeel is medium and this beer is definitely good on the quaffability scale for the 8% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 17:41:26 | More by EagleTalon
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,171 ratings.