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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,173 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,173
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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Mr3dPHD

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bomber served in a weiss glass (because I wanted it all in one pour).

A - Hazy copper-brown with a medium tan head which had okay retention and nice lacing. Lots of hop sediment floating around.

S - Deliciously sweet candied citrus hops! Smells like a hop floret and a tangerine peel coated in molasses. Once the beer warmed I could smell the rye and a nice maple and almond aroma as well.

T - Rye flavor comes through right up front and through the middle. Alcohol is slightly present, but not at all overpowering...pretty subdued actually considering it's over 7%. Caramel sweet all the way through, especially in the finish, but that bold hoppy bitterness is pushing right back. Leaves a sort of subtle marshmallow aftertaste.

M - Full body. Milky smooth...almost like a melted milkshake. Very well balanced and very easy on the tongue.

O - Damn good beer! After writing this review I read a few others and noticed the hoppy flavor seemed a lot more present in theirs than mine. I have no idea how old my brew is, but I'd venture to guess it's been sitting for a bit because that bitterness didn't quite seem to reach the level that everyone else is boasting. Definitely seemed like mine was a mellow version of Jason & the BA reviews. Perhaps another attempt is in order from a more fresh batch.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:45:09 | More by Mr3dPHD
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Sun Devil Liqours in Mesa, AZ. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stout/porter glass.

A - 4.25 - Really dark for an ipa, thick film of bubbles that sticks around forever and leaves a nice lacing. Nice bottle with Bear Republic logo and a hot rod on it with flames.

S - 4.5 - Smell is nice citrusy/piney hops balanced by a somewhat sweet malt. Grapefruit, pineapple, bread, caramel.

T - 4.5 - Great tasting beer especially for the price (4.40/bomber). Nice citrusy hop taste (grapefruit, pineapple, mango), rye malt, and sweet malt flavors. Very complex and well balanced.

M - 4.5 - nice medium-light body, alcohol completely covered, some malt sweetness and hop bitterness sticks around in the aftertaste. A little bit of tongue numbing with the bitterness.

O - 4.5 - Great beer, amazing for the price. Same level as Red Rocket or Lagunita's Hop Stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:16:15 | More by ISmith87
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: sort if a dirty orange, but translucent. Copious amount if head that maintains a decently thick layer on top while lacing the glass significantly
S: floral and slightly sweet, some rye noted
T: wonderfully smooth, caramel to toffee* sweetness atop a rye base that balance very nicely. There is a hint if dark fruit (date I think) that might be a result of the combination. There is a light orange-like sweetness (thinking orange-Creme) that I notice as well.
M: the carbonation doesn't attack the tongue, as the smoothness continues into the end feel. A rye-driven dryness increases from the start, but never grows too strong.
O: I have had before, but don't remember enjoying this much. Will have to go into heavier rotation.

* it's really annoying I had an impression on first taste that I was distracted before I wrote down. It didn't make itself as obvious to me after the first taste, but at the time I thought it perfectly described the taste to me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 22:03:20 | More by cjgiant
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rudy red/mahogany into an oversized wine glass. A light khaki,1 and 1/2 finger head recedes over the course of a minute to leave a thin retaining film. The lacing is sticky and thin and looks like ancient hieroglyphics.

S: Very intriguing. The combination between the hops and the rye malt produces a cranberry and fig smell that is supported by the expected citrus and floral aromas. Call me crazy, but in a way this smells like a Belgian quad with the figgy-sweetness. It has a unique aroma for an IPA, to be sure.

T: This is a really special meeting of hops, barley malt, and rye in my mouth. The cranberry and fig sweetness that I alluded to in the smell kicks off the flavor on the palate, followed by an exciting collision of the fresh hops and spicy rye malts. The finish is nice and bitter and awfully tasty. This is not your typical American IPA, but its ingenuity and creativity makes it a truly unique and great one.

M: This beer is a dancer; it's a soul's companion; you can feel it everywhere. But seriously, folks. This one really hits all the buttons of my palate. The carbonation is deliciously crisp, the barley and rye malts lend a good, full body, and the bittering hops donate a dry, bitter finish.

D: Would I have another? Yeeeaaash. If you couldn't tell, I really dig this beer. I'm not sure if it's the mood I'm in or what, but this is really striking the right chord with me right now. I read on the Great Lakes group that Bear Republic is moving into Michigan. If that is true, I would be one happy Beer Advocate.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:05:05 | More by TCHopCraver
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-13-2013 20:19:53 | More by Zakk
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npala86

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2013 17:14:40 | More by npala86
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Tiernan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-16-2013 15:44:49 | More by Tiernan
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out of the bomber a deep brownish read color with a nice creamy head on top. Quite an interesting color for an I2PA. Unique. The nose on this one is upfront with lemon and grapefruit hopiness along with some caramel and grain, which I'm guessin is rye. A bit subdued.

The first swig is a bitter blast of grapefruity citrus hops along with a nice caramel malty backbone that works its magic to keep everything together. The rye imparts a unique flavor that ties in nicely. Finishes with a lingering hop biterness that will kick your palates ass...how many IBU's is this?

Mouthfeel is nice...medium body and smooth velvet creaminess. Drinkability is awesome here...the alcohol is well hidden and it tastes so damn good. Easy to gulp and a great treat for the hophead in all of us. My advice is to find it and try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 03:47:37 | More by orbitalr0x
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-18-2013 05:02:53 | More by Callmecoon
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megamass

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-26-2013 02:47:07 | More by megamass
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nomoon


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2012 06:00:21 | More by nomoon
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Capital Ale House.

It's everything I remember. Fantastic lacing by the sticky white lace. Color is a vibrant copper. All sorts of hops wreck your nose, with an iced tea character at the end. Flavor is more of the same...all hops. I didn't note the toffee sweetness this time. Still very creamy smooth and very drinkable. ABV is again hidden on this bad boy. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2004 00:37:32 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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zdauber

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-05-2014 20:53:37 | More by zdauber
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JeffNev

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-21-2013 04:23:09 | More by JeffNev
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2011 16:04:03 | More by bpfrush
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valkyre65

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2011 16:58:22 | More by valkyre65
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-25-2012 21:29:03 | More by hagbergl
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Bananasplit

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-24-2012 05:53:10 | More by Bananasplit
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dsauter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-20-2011 21:32:22 | More by dsauter
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thatruth

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a nice brown amber that is more brown at the top, more colorful towards the center-bottom. i got little head of the foam, probably due to poor pouring. medium cobweb lacing that appears quickly and leaves less hastily.

S: HOPS and RYE, obviously...liquorice, cinnamon, limey aroma.

T: caramel, almost sour mash vibe, hop heaven, the infused, unfiltered rye leaves a pumpernickel after taste.

M: staunch on-bringing yet mellow afters, alcohol not completely hidden by all the hops - seems more than 8.0%.

O: a damn good IPA (i.e. Hop Monster). the 18% rye mix seems to lend all compliments and no distractions to this unique California "specialty" ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:29:08 | More by thatruth
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mattdbh

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-23-2012 06:09:15 | More by mattdbh
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2012 18:23:11 | More by RichardMNixon
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mrelizabeth

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-04-2012 21:21:57 | More by mrelizabeth
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46333

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-22-2012 04:00:33 | More by 46333
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DruC4

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-22-2014 03:10:20 | More by DruC4
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,173 ratings.