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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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4,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,469
Reviews: 2,054
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 238
Gots: 265 | 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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002

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
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Ratings: 4,469 | Reviews: 2,054
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From a bomber into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber with a thick, creamy, off-white, head. Really nice head retention and excellent lacing. No visible activity.
S: A caramel sweetness and piney hops followed by a heavy, earthy, rye spice.
T: Resiny hops upfront and rye spice followed by light roastiness. A nce long lasting bitterness. A medium level of carbonation.
M: Nice and full for and IPA, goes down very smoothly. Coats the mouth well, and hides the alcohol very nicely - hits you harder down the line than you think.

Overall: An extremely tasty RPA, one of the better, if not the best, one I have had.

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22oz bomber

brown, reddish amber, some yeast sediment in suspension. decent head, especially if you pour hard enough. retains well and leaves thin little lines of lace down the glass

fresh citrusy aroma, with bready and yeast notes.

flavor is fruity like citrus zest, leaning towards grapefruit, with malty backbone and hop kick, and fresh pine scent in the retro-olfaction. am i tasting some rye? or am i just perceiving it because it's in the name? or because i'm also eating pastrami on rye...? definitely some caramel notes. strong bitterness never overpowers and goes into the slightly resinous finish accompanied by a slight acidic twang.

relatively substantial, some acidity, carbonation to match.

a good drink, and quite a bit of character for "just" an IPA and not a double/imperial.

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Bottle reads as follows, “Hop Rod Rye is a high performance, turbo charged, alcohol burnin’ monster ale with dual overhead hop injection, made with 18% rye.” Pours a deep murky and rusty copper color with a billowing tan head of foam that slowly dissipates in chunks leaving a tall and rocky lace. Floral piney hops dominate the nose but there is also a strong presence of sweet malt in the background. The taste is right with the aroma as bitter and pungent hops with flavors of fresh pine and grapefruit rind are very nicely balanced by the sweet rye grain. A highly enjoyable beer in all respects.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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