Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Pours a nice murky ruby with deep bronze highlights. Tiny light tan head.
Nose is very pleasant. Subdued grapefruit blend nicely over pine needles with a nice carmel malt in the background. I notice a well integrated rye presence.
Oh hello rye. Sits on top the caramel malt with a balanced presence. Great spicy finish that isn't cloying at all. Slightly earthy hop balance that lends some lemon rind to the mid palate.
The mouth feel is really what makes this big beer seems so balanced. The medium full body brings the terrific backbone that hoppy rye of this magnitude needs.
Overall I really like this brew. Not at all what I expected from a hoppy rye bomb. Extremely smooth for this style, and that's what makes it good imo.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2012 04:57:59 | More by natemort13
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
No bottle date that I can find. Poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep cherry-wood brown, mostly clear with light behind it. One finger of yellowish tan head, decent retention, really nice lacing.
Smell is floral and grassy hops with some citrus peel, and light spice prickling the nose. It's rounded, smooth, and very "dark brown" (can smells have color?). A really nice stable stage, like a rounded ball, that allows the highlights (hops and rye, duh) to poke out and show their stuff during brief solos.
On to the taste. Wow, there is some serious rye flavor in there! Grainy and spicy up front, followed by a kick of bitterness. Late on, the rye comes back in and does a little duet with the hop bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable. The hop bitterness is more dominant than I'd like, but otherwise it's quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is unobtrusive. Surprisingly light for such a big beer. Carbonation right where I'd expect to be. Not bad, but not the highlight of the beer.
This is the first rye beer that's really impressed me. The combination of strong spicy rye and grassy hops makes for a really varied tune of grainy notes. I like it.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2012 02:53:19 | More by zeledonia
3.75/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured in a 11oz tumbler at Playground in Santa Ana. Reviewed from notes.
A- Finger width off-white head, reddish brown color. Nice looking beer.
S- Dark malts and rye. Darker, warmer smell. Some bitter funk to it.
T- Warm and malty, finishes sweet with the rye nose assisting with the fullness of the flavor.
M- Fairly light bodied with a chewy wet texture and a bitter finish.
O- Very good beer. Better than the sum of its parts.
Serving type: on-tap
04-15-2012 02:32:40 | More by Murrhey
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.