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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,286
Reviews: 2,035
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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Photo of kbub6f
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Bought from the fridges at Gaslamp Liquor in San Diego, seven hours in my carryon, about a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-70F.

A nice, small, off-white, dense head leaves thin sticky sheets of lacing. Two bubbles tag-team it slowly up through the deep red/amber beer. There's some fine sediment on the last pour.

Sweet, creamy, malty nose shows some raisin and promises hops. The front is dark, kind of bittersweet. Lots and lots of delicious hops in the middle, with a little tea, a little cream, a little grapiness. Some of the fruitiness survives in the hoptacular finish. Fantastic grapefruit rind burps. What a great, great beer. Hugely hoppy bitter, with some balancing sweetness.

kbub6f, May 25, 2003
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Copper-red, with half-inch white, frothy head that remains.
Smell is awesome. Assertive, perfect balance of hops and malts. Floral aroma of pineapple and assorted light citrus fruits.
Taste is almost equally impressive. Hops, rye, and malts. Faint citrus tones as well.
Mouthfeel is fresh and fairly crisp; medium body. Faint bitterness near and to the finish.
Very drinkable. Alcohol is not noticeable in any respect with this beer. Goes down easily.

Parrotbeak, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

It pours an old worn leather with a solid beige head and loads of lace. A strong floral hop aroma dominates while strong smells of rye crackers and whiff of alcohol creep up. This potent brew is just bursting with unrestrained flavors. Wild malt (6 row?) and edgy rye flavors are completely separate from sharp grapefruit, zesty orange peel, light lemon and a hint of metallic tanginess. A touch of toffee sweetness does little to counter sharp flavors, but that's ok. All of these sharp edged flavors are accompanied by a constantly noticeable alcohol kick. This beer is unrelenting in its wild character and never mellows or sweetens further, even when it warms. I love this stuff!

BeerResearcher, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of cnybrewblog
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

I am a huge fan of this brew. It is the first of the Bear Republic beers that I have tried and I assure you I will go back for more.

It has a dark hue that almost looks two tone when you pour a full glass. There is a red tint to the brew that is probably because of the rye. There is a thick off white head that stays forever on the beer.

The smell is a great combination of hops and malt. Though the fruity hops really come out in the smell.

The first experience in the flavor is all hops, it is strong upfront and gives way to the malt and has a hit of the dry rye flavor. It has a light bitterness that goes down very smooth.

It has a pleasant mouth feel because it's complex, but not too much all in one flavor. There is no alcohol burn.

This is a very drinkable beer, I got mine in a 22oz and I am thinking about going to the store to get a second!

cnybrewblog, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

On tap at Elmer Sudds in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Served in a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a cloudy dark amber color with about a finger of dense, fluffy off white foam. A thick, sticky lacing is left on the inside of my glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells and tastes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, caramelized malts, spicy rye malt, bread and more grapefruit. Very little alcohol presence for an 8% ABV beer. Just about the perfect balance of malt and hops for my tastes. Somewhere between medium and full bodied with medium carbonation. Every IPA / DIPA lover out there needs to try this beer. It's very high on my list of favorites.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Wonka
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.

Appearance – bronze/orange body; thick, micronized, cream-colored head that endures; great swaths of lace - when a glass is nearly closed in by lace, its certainly great; damn close to a 5

Smell – spicy; citrus; a light dose of alcohol that's present pushes back the faint caramel

Taste – spicy; big-time hoppy; caramel; a bit smoke and alcohol; in-your-face bitterness in the form of grapefruit rind slams the exit door and hangs around; a bit brash on the hops but if this is to be compared to the hot rod of hops, I’d have to say this is what I expected

Mouthfeel – a bit hop oily; pleasant rich, big feel but it also has some prickly carbonation; a bit of hop sting in the 'afterfeel' lets you know who is running the show

Drinkability – very easy on the consumption end; the bitter close creates a comprehension moment; don’t dive back in immediately

Hop Rod Rye has more hops than LeBron James. Slam dunk for Bear Republic.

Wonka, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of warrenc
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz. bottle

pours rich amber, tan head with nice lacing. the aroma is of pine and toasted malt. medium body and rich with sweet malt feel on tongue. nice balanced hops. the rye blends into a wonderful grapefruit finish that just does not quit. cant say anything bad about this beer, a favorite.

warrenc, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of drewbage
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Reviewed from the now classic Bear Republic bomber bottle

Pours a beautiful a dark ruby red brown with a light beige head and a big spicy malt head rises to greet with a bright hoppy aroma.

flavor is rich from crystal malt and spicy with the rye. The richness is undercut with a final bite of hops and a dryness from the rye

Pretty much one of my favoritous beers ever. It's rich and complex without being a trainwreck.

drewbage, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IPA specialty glass.

Appearance - Pours with a light-tan two finger very frothy head that very slowly dissipates to cap of thick and creamy foam. It leaves excellent and full lacing on the way down. The beer is a beautiful amber/ruby color that is very clear.

Smell - I can smell those juicy, herbal amarillo hops right up front. The rye hits you almost instantly afterward, it has a peanut butter kind of character to it. It's faint, but definitely there. Also some more crisp and slightly citrus and floral hops are mixed with the amarillo. A mellow malt background aroma is also present with very little alcohol scent overall.

Taste - That rye, peanut butter style flavor is paired evenly with the herbal and "juicy" style of the armarillo hops. Also in there is some bitter hops of a different variety. Some doughy and rich malt with strong rye flavors come in for the finish. The aftertaste is mainly rye and earth tones. Again, little alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with excellent smoothness. It isn't full-bodied but the beer has a very heavy feel to it, I imagine from the rye. The carbonation is perfect after the beer has sat in the glass for about five minutes. It has just a tad too much bite right at pour/open. Superb mouthfeel, a treat for your mouth!

Drinkability - Lots of hops flavor and some earthy rye also. Heavy body. Probably couldn't have another 22oz'er of this, even though it is very good.

An excellent IPA and a great seasonal offering. I'm really starting to like Bear Republic brewing. This beer has a great mouthfeel and very nice mixture of hops and malt/rye. Also, my first beer with a significant addition of rye as an ingredient. A must have!

dblinkhorn, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Risser09
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz bottle from 2007 poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with shades of copper. The tan head rises to about 1.5 inches and slowly falls down. Plenty of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Wow grapefruit. Plenty of it along with blood orange, pine needles, sweet basil and honey.

Taste: Blasted with a juiy hop flavor immediately. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and sugary orange. Pine is there is the finish. This is an impressive beer but isn't as complex as it should be in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: This beer, along with many other rye beers, excels in this area. Despite the hopped up aroma and taste, it remains consistently smooth and endearing. There is a dryness at the finish that is accompanied by an alcohol bite. Well done.

Drinkability: Very nice, although the alcohol will slow you down at some point. This is one worth seeking out, but is not as preferable to me as a Double Simcoe or Hop Slam. However, these bottles are a steal for what they are priced at, so buy a few whenever you see them.

Risser09, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of WoostaBia
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

WoostaBia, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of TheBierBand
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The hard pour produced a head of about 2-1/2"... oops. That light biege head seemed to last forever and as it slowly dissipated, the clumpy lace left on the glass was amazing! The beer is a deep amber.

The nose was quite pungent. Lots of citrusy hops.

The taste was great! The first that that hits you is the citrus blast of the hops... not too much... very nice. Then the rye bread taste comes into play.

Mouthfeel was a tiny bit thinner than expected... not too bad... but the bready taste left me wanting a bit more substance. Good lingering aftertaste though.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... bring 'em on.... highly recommended.

TheBierBand, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Sephiroth
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Thanks to mitchfor3 for the trade. Pours with good head, the body is a brown tinted amber. Nice lacing. Smells a little sweet from the rye, but mostly resiny, citrusy, and piney from the hops.

Tastes incredibly balanced, huge hops countered nicely by the rye. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Finally, a rye beer that I would actually buy, or trade for, again.

Sephiroth, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of skeeordye11
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a think light brown head that lingers and clings to the glass.
S: Hard to detect, but aromas of malt and spicy hoppiness.
T: Malty up front with a wonderful spicy note. Finishes dry and hoppy. The spicy hops pair well with the rye.
M: Full and rich. A lot of flavor.
D: Very good. Very complex. Not over the top hoppy (not that there's anything wrong with that.) A wonderfully balanced beer that I highly recommend!

skeeordye11, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Really a sensational brew here. Pours a deep, dark brown with thick, lasting head. You can really smell the sweet rye, and caramel notes as well. Taste is oh so smooth, with a very nice dark malt finish. A bit bubbly, but steadies out 5-10 minutes out of my 22 oz bomber. Another clear winner from Bear Republic...

troutmask96, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of stbfan
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours red/amber with a nice tan head. Smells like hoppy aromas, very yummy pine smell. Tastes like mad hops.Wow, really complex tatse.Nice mouthfeel. Awesome balance with good bitterness and a nice malty back ground. Yummy. Nice medium mouthfeel Highly drinkable, with a nice alcohol warming.

stbfan, May 03, 2010
Photo of calicaliente
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Deep copper color with a minimal light beige head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Pine aroma dominates with some spices I cant identify and a slight citrus. The taste up front malty, with a nice kick of hops in the center and finishes with a gorgeous weave of rye and spice. A medium mouthfeel of cream.

calicaliente, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of OHLRangers
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Great looking and smelling beer- amber/reddish color, the rye really comes through in both aroma and taste. The hop profile is in great balance with the malt. A fabulous pale ale that I could drink every day.

OHLRangers, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of williamjbauer
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

On-tap serve in a sampler glass

A - Clear dark golden-amber with a one finger off white head with moderate head retention and minimal lacing

S - Floral hops and rye

T - Strong rye dominates with hops and a bit of sweetness. I think I just don't like this style, I'm not the best judge of rye beers.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - One of my favorite rye beers, but I haven't had many.

williamjbauer, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a reddish brown color with a good head and left good lacing.
Odor is a little sweet. A little bit of caramel and malt perhaps some citrus as well.
Taste starts well and gets better. Begins with hops and pine. Continues with some malt and toffee notes and finishes a little sweet with more pine, citrus and mild grapefruit flavors.
Rye does come through and helps bring a nice bonus to the taste of this beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with relatively light carbonation.
Overall, an excellent rye IPA that stands out from many. Good odor and taste with very little alcohol coming through. Definitely high on my list!

dexterk1, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

I had this for the first time, maybe 6 months ago, and remember thinking "Dang, this is even better than Terrapin and may very well be my new favorite Rye IPA!!"

I bought another bottle a few months ago and have had it in my fridge, wanting to let some space between impressions to see if really was "all that". Poured from a bomber into a Reidel stemless chalice.

A: Pours a very dark chestnut / copper, pretty clear until the last pour from the bottle. One finger caramel head is pretty creamy looking and durable, leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S: Nose is aggressive spicy hop and rye with citrus / pine and a bit of booziness. Smells damn good.

T: Taste on this is just lovely, great balance between slightly sweet caramel malts, pretty big hops, somehow perfectly balanced by the rye, with a hint of citrus / floral / honeysuckly flavors. For me, this beer is just so perfectly balanced. Well designed and solidly put together. I wouldn't call it out as 8% ABV without reading the label.

MF: Mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, though it's pretty full bodied and almost creamy and very coating. So drinkable.

This is a really great beer and honestly the best rye ale I've had (so far). Love the complexity and balance and imminent drinkability. Highly recommended.

JeffreyJDavis, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of thedoubler55
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

A: A nice brownish red in color, has almost no head at the top, but left a great amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Up front lots of tropical fruit, on the tail end some floral notes from the hops some spicy rye and caramel as well.

T: A great taste right from the start, lots of hops and sweetness with a good backbone of rye to make it perfectly balanced.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation a nice sweet finish at the end.

O: I really loved this beer, perfectly balanced, I had this at the Stirling Hotel in NJ, great stuff all around.

thedoubler55, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Pretty bad ass bottle for a pretty bad ass beer. Pours a deep dark copper with magnificent rubaeous hues and a huge, fluffy, three finger beige head that never goes away. Seriously, when I finished the last sip in my glass there was still this little dollop of cream sitting in the bottom of the glass. Admittedly, I love rye beers and this is no exception. Nose is oat and bread malts with wonderful fruit esters, pine, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is massages the tongue like the older girl who taught you how to kiss in high school. Through the wonderful physical sensation comes a hot rod load of hop bitterness, rye flavors, citrus fruit, and spice. Finishes thick and chewy. Good to the last drop like a cup of the old Maxwell House.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Pours a dark copper to brown color. Head is very foamy and about one and a half fingers deep. Very good retention and heavy coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: It's a mix of grains, hops, and citrus fruits. As far as citrus goes, it's a sweet blend of grapefruit and mango scents. Hops are nice and piney. The light grainy smell must be due to the rye. Certainly smells a bit malty as well.

Taste: I'm supremely impressed. It's got a slight sweet taste. Hops are nice and bitter. Definitely a bit dry. The rye aspect of it is very interesting. It gives it an earthy, grainy twist that develops into a toffee malt taste. It's extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Extremely smooth. Carbonation and abv are ideal. Very, very drinkable. Overall, this really is a fantastic beer. It's my first experience with Bear Republic and I walk away looking forward to the next. Definitely recommended.

prototypic, May 03, 2007
Photo of Southernbrew
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Light brown with a big sudsy head.

Powerful hop aroma, even 1 foot away I'm picking it up. Big grapefruit smell and a light rye smell. A pleasant light sweetness is mixed in as well.

Full bodied, very smooth with a light carbonation. A nice blend of flowery and citrus hops show up first that's combined with a light caramel flavor. The middle loses the floweriness and becomes bitter with an alcohol flavor that isn't especially strong. It finishes off with a delightful dry bitterness.

A delicious IIPA, I didn't really notice the rye flavor, but it's still very good. I like how Bear Republic crafts these very well balanced IPA's, it's nice to be able to drink something afterwards and still taste it.

Southernbrew, Aug 24, 2004
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,286 ratings.