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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,284
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 216
Gots: 212 | 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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safiske, Jun 24, 2012
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Appearance: Nice health head light caramel laciness . Deep Brown color.
Smell: Pleasantly floral smell. Grapefruit and spice . I really want a taste.
Taste: Spicy front biscuit maltyness, slightly sweet but crisp finish. Aggressive dryness.
Mouthfell: Solid feel. Meatiness that fades quickly with the dryness of the flavor.
Drinkability: Great Rye! A tremendous example of the this style. Can easily become a “standard” beer for some folks.

cs45977, Sep 23, 2007
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BeerNacho, Nov 21, 2012
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Dougwillhike, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info. Pours a deep reddish brown. Very uncharacteristic color. One finger of frothy foam and lots of carbonation. Nice lacing. Nose has a lot going on. Sweet and roasted malt with light and fresh hop and rye scents underlying. The darker than usual roasted malt brings out a lot more rich, robust smells. I can even detect a little cocoa. Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation and supple without being heavy. Almost creamy texture. Interesting palate as well. The rye gives it more of a grassy taste but the bitterness from the hops rounds this out quite well. Finishes rather clean. The hops still provide some resiny bitterness but the rye makes it more crisp and the roasted malt keeps too much sweetness from creeping in. Definitely not your classic DIPA but a welcome interpretation and an impressive effort. I would almost call it a brown IPA.

hoppyhampy, Apr 19, 2011
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ilikebeer03, Feb 18, 2013
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hlatimer266, Jan 02, 2013
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12oz bottle poured into a Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, dark amber-mahogany color with a glorious 3-finger light tan head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass. Head eventually recedes to a 1/4 inch, but retention is good. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Sprightly citrus with accompanying bitterness. Oranges, grapefruits, etc. Hints of spicy maltiness presumably from the rye.

T: Fresh-squeezed grapefruit leaving a considerable bitterness in the dry finish. This is backed by a sturdy malt foundation with an ever-present grainy rye flavor and subdued caramel notes. The spicy rye really balances the bitterness and makes for a marvelous tug-of-war on the palate with the grapefruit hops winning out ever so slightly.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Simultaneously juicy and creamy. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

D: Very drinkable despite the 8% ABV. I would drink this all the time if the alcohol didn't sneak up on me.

One of my favorites. Accessible, yet tenacious flavor profile. Dewy hops tempered by stately rye and caramel malts. The wonderfully executed tension between these flavors has made Hop Rod Rye a perennial in my fridge.

Musition12, Mar 18, 2010
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SadMachine, Jun 21, 2013
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cnbrown313, Jan 02, 2014
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dave317, Feb 13, 2014
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corysmith01, Dec 04, 2013
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Rilesmiles, Jan 22, 2014
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Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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Bramsigman, Jun 12, 2014
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Orlando, May 28, 2013
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sukwonee, Jan 19, 2013
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Cvescalante, Mar 11, 2013
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BESTIALEX, Dec 27, 2013
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BeerBucks, Mar 23, 2012
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SE-VAbeerdrink, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours with small tan head. Brown body with red hue on the edges. Low level of carbonation.

S: Smells of west coast IPA. Also get some rye notes and some bread characters.

T/M: Get the grapefruit and citrus flavors right away on this. Good bread notes that compliment the rye very well. The rye flavors are well done here, very good balance to the hop flavors. Mouth feel is medium with good body and presence.

D: Would buy this again and recommend for almost anyone to try. Very inviting beer, with a good abv that is not noticeable at all.

mbusster88, Jan 04, 2011
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crobinso, Mar 24, 2013
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flyingPharmacist, Mar 23, 2012
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Eric908, Sep 02, 2013
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,284 ratings.