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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 217
Gots: 214 | 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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Ratings: 4,292 | Reviews: 2,035 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dominic4beer, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of klkatz
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love bear republic - probably my 2nd/3rd favorite california brewery... (Green Flash and Lagunitas also in the conversation)

this one poured a bit flat... don't know what the brew date was... smell and taste are still there... so i'm not sure this is the best one to review... but I've had it before and will rely on reputation... the mouthfeel is above average... I like this beer a lot and would never turn it down...

klkatz, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Chinaskifan1, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

etillett, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

wizo, Jun 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

kjb32812, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Beerchaeology, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. Beers like this, and Arrogant Bastard, for example . . . I can't believe they're this available, delicious, and priced so well. Robust brown pour with a precious inch of foam. Rye comes through of course in the nose and palate, hops are bouncing out, but there is such a nice toast present. Beautifully hopped, American-West Coast but mild blend to work with that sweet, but mildly bitter caraway malt. The balance is perfect.

Edit: I'd add that subtle, but clearly present, dark fruits emerge as you drink and the tulip warms.

CheezyBlaster, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

59rockabilly, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

bouncepass, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Dope, Jun 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

captainbearcat, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

rob99er, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of wgfxkmf
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried for the first time on tap in a pint mixer glass. Poured with a nice two inch head tha quickly dissipated leaving tons of lacing on the glass that lasted until empty.

Smells of heady malt, piney hops and yeast are present on a non overbearing nose. Just an inviting aroma.

Taste is outstanding, built on a strong rye malt backbone with a firm hoppy bitterness. Hops are clean and forward, but not overdone.

Leaves a clean bitterness on the palate and back of the throat. Complex but still refreshing. Very drinkable and yet interesting enough to ponder what went into its creation.

Overall an outstanding Rye that I will add to my regular list

wgfxkmf, May 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Excellent brownish, red amber color with a two-finger head of dense, frothy, off-white foam. Muddled clarity through some chilled haze, but ample carbonation is apparent beneath the persistent head and ring of lace.

S: Loads of spicy hops, funky yeast and bready twang as well as a mild, herbal tea-like sweetness.

T: Fairly sweet and rich up front with a fruity and floral malt complex comprised of bready malts, dates, fennel seed and spicy hop additions. The finish is rich, smooth and roasted with a hints of caramel and bready sweetness awash with bitter, citrusy and complex hops.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth, balanced feel that's accentuated with some slight tartness and spice from the rye malt.

O: A really nice, big rye beer at 8% ABV. It strays from the Rye-PA most folks are used to, but is still pretty liberal with the hops. Perhaps it's just my perception, as the complex malts and careful balance steal the show here. I'd get it again, for sure.

Gambrinus1184, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Bike2work, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

plasticfantastic, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

NumberNone, May 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

SlowWideTurns, May 23, 2012
Photo of MichPaul
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer sitting in my fridge for a very long time and finally decided to try it. I had heard the name mentioned around, but for some reason, I just didn't give it a try for quite a while. I was not let down!
I love the appearance of this beer! A nice dark brown color, a TON of lacing sticking all the way down the glass to the very finish. About a 1 finger head with the pour.
Not too impressed with the aroma, too piney for me, but hey, the taste was GREAT!
The mouthfeel was nice, with medium carbonation.
Overall, a VERY good Rye beer! I will keep this one in my memory bank as one to purchase from time to time.

MichPaul, May 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Rekrule, May 22, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,292 ratings.