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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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4,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 4053
Reviews: 2021
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hoping to try this one on-tap since we've been getting Bear Republic beers in NC and finally found it at The Pit. Served a nice crisp dark red with a beautiful frothy head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice amount of malts and rye with a nice hop presence. The taste is a wonderful balance of Rye malts and pine and citrus hops. The beer is quite light and refreshing with the alcohol well-hidden. This one is just as enjoyable as I'd expected.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 18:58:12 | More by atsprings
Photo of AChamberlain


3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and tea colored. Foamy head, that was super sticky. Lacing all over the pint glass. This is going to sound obvious: Hops, Rye, Malt in the aroma and you know what, the flavor as well. A nice sweetness up front with a balanced hop and rye bitterness in the end. Tasty overall. Medium bodied, right on for the style. Easy to sip, easy to sort of "pound." An all around enjoyable beer I wish were on tap more around here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 19:31:27 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2009 17:04:52 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of beerfanbill


4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, lively. very active, head clings to the glass in rings and stays there the whole time.

smell: very hoppy. truly lives up to its name. i always raise the glass to my nose several times before i begin drinking just to appreciate the distinct, pungent hoppy aroma.

taste: tastes better than it smells. the hops dominate the pallette. they are as strong as any hoppy beer ive ever had and yet not too strong. perhaps the hoppiest beer ive had that didnt over do it.

mouthfeel: smooth, crisp. savor each sip to have the hops coat the tongue.

drinkability: personally i find it to be a great session beer though its 5 dollars per pint at the bar i go to so i only usually can afford one. however, if i had the resource$ i would definitely have several. although hoppy beers are my favor so i am slightly biased in that regard.

(biased note, i love hoppy beers and try as many as i can and i genuinely feel this is the best one ive had)

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 02:12:34 | More by beerfanbill
Photo of glid02


4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Big Hunt in Washington DC.

Pours a turbid red-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a pancake of bubbles on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of floral, citrus, and mildly piney hops, and lots of them. There's a nice malty background and some light spiciness from the rye that comes through as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Huge hop flavors throughout, backed by robust malts. A mild spiciness comes in midway through the sip and asserts itself more through the end. There's a nice bitter ending that still leaves room on the palate for the hop flavors to linger.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Thick and grainy, it seems as though it has a life of its own. The only other non-stout I can think of that feels like this is Troegs Nugget Nectar.

Drinkability is great. I finished one very quickly and would've had many more if it hadn't been getting late.

Overall this tasted even better than I remembered. Tons of hop flavors that aren't over the top, a solid malt backbone, and some light spiciness from the rye. Wow.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 18:30:32 | More by glid02
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark copper, with a pillowy off-white head and nice lacing.

Nose is nice, sweet rye, spicy, with a piny hop note that meshes with the spicy rye perfectly.

Taste begins with a nice, sweet caramel malt body, complemented by rye notes, with a resiny hops making an appearance early and for the duration of the beer. Rye comes out a bit more on the long finish, which is bitter and spicy, but balanced by the last hints of the rye and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is superb, full and with a very restrained carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 13:43:10 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Pencible


4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at a local beer festival, so it was less than ideal conditions for giving a full review. Nevertheless, from what I remember...

No memory of the appearance or smell (I just entered average for my ratings to keep things even). This had more of a rounded taste than the Racer 5, with a nice mix of malt flavoring and pine hops. It had a smooth aftertaste and great texture. Easier to drink than their IPA, and a good overall beer.

Edit: I tried this again not too long ago. What a fantastic beer! It looked great, smelled great, tasted fantastic, and had great body. It was clean, balanced, unique, and delicious. Very bold flavor, but still fairly easy to drink. Just wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 19:20:11 | More by Pencible
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass with a 1.5 finger head. Deep rich amber hue.

S - Bitter, and sweet malt to back it up, Touches of alcohol/

T - Very smooth malt profile, (first time with a rye) Sweet with a taste of whole grain bread. Followed up by an assertive hop flavor. Very pleasing

M - Lighter then it seems. Buttery at first then you can feel the hops come plowing through.

O - Very good, Very pleasing. Good take on an alternative IPA. Savory finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 06:33:51 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap in the Map Room in Chicago.
Good looking auburn brew with a nice head. The smell is typical IPA, but that doesn't carry over to the taste. The rye really shows itself in the taste, especially the latter portions. I like that this has a ton of hoppiness but you remember the other notes as well. Been drinking a lot of hop bomb beers lately and this was a nice change of pace on the hoppy them. Really interesting twist on an IPA, I would definetly like to have this again. Wouldn't hesitate to pick it up if I saw it at a store.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 16:46:37 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of mrandolph


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pint was pulled during a Bear Republic Tasting in NYC. The first surprise was how different the draft felt, more bitter and more carbonated. The aroma starts with the malt and some low levels of hops. The appearance is a lovely auburn, where red turns to brown. There was no head but a great deal of good carbonation, which felt like a plus. The flavor starts with a malt with rye spiciness floating through. Next is a bitterness with some rye left over. It finishes bitter with a sweet aftertaste. The bitterness is not citrusy as the usual IPA style and borders on astringent. The mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation which cuts the overall body down a bit. Overall it is a good beer that I'm glad to have had on tap but enjoy more in the bottle at a warmer temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 03:26:56 | More by mrandolph
Photo of jwinkleblech


3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of Bear Republic and was not disappointed. Full flavored IPA, dark red, gorgeous head that would not go away. The rye to me "cuts" the hop bitterness without reducing the great aroma and finish. Can't recommend this bear highly enough to hop heads looking for something that will satisfy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 20:39:31 | More by jwinkleblech
Photo of czfreeman


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
Pours out a hazed golden amber toned glass capped by a fantastic frothy head. This white cap lingers on for several minutes, leaving lots of residual hoppy lacing, can't wait to tuck into this pint
Smells of grapefruity, piney hops, fruity essences, green papaya bitterness followed by a great balance of rye-bread aromatic warmness and sharp bite.
Taste is amazing. This is a greatly balanced beer, regardless of what the predominant grain would have been. The rye adds an interesting spicy nuttiness to the hoppy citric bite. Once again,exceptionally well balanced. Easily my favorite rye beer to date

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 00:51:04 | More by czfreeman
Photo of lhaqq


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to the table with not much head but good cream-colored lacing and a deep crimson body.
S: Some rye, pine, and a bit of citrus hops.
T: Strong rye bitterness. Some of the citrus hops too at the beginning.
M: Goes down smooth and clean. The aftertaste, while bitter, doesn't linger too long.
D: Definitely a unique IPA. The only rye beers I've had before have been porters.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 05:21:26 | More by lhaqq
Photo of umtox


4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very creative brew.

Appearance is a heavily textured deep amber and pours with minimal head.

The rye is definitely apparent in the smell.

Taste is an assault of hops on the plate very dry upfront with a developing sweetness near the end. The rye adds a lot of complexity.

Sits real heavy, even for an IPA. Consider this one of your courses in the dinner or enjoy without food.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 15:36:49 | More by umtox
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the East Village Tavern

A- Pours a deep reddish copper with a huge foamy head that descends to a rocky, then frothy, cover that lasts, leaving broken rings and patches of lacing.
S- The smell is citric, piney and very resiny - spicy hops assault the nose. Some carob/rye in the back.
T- The taste is resiny, piney, grapefruity, spicy. Hops are aggressively in the forefront. Rye backs it up, as does a pinch of caramel sweetness as it progresses. Alcohol is there, but mellow. M-Finishes very dry.Full-bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation keeping it from being too thick

Plenty of hops in this one! A nice use of rye gives it a unique character, arrogant bastard used to be my favorite kick ass beer, but i think this one just took its place

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 17:44:37 | More by bonbini26
Photo of pacothrash


4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought Racer 5 was great and then I had this beer. Thank you Bear Republic Bear. I only wish I could find more of their beer in Ohio.

Started off with a nice creamy head and a great hoppy smell. Dark amber color beer that was thick going down. The grapefruity and piney hop taste was ballanced by the malt flavor.

If Chappy's did not have a great selection of beers I would have had one of two more of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 15:16:54 | More by pacothrash
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Comet.
A very dark amber brown in color with a nice two inches of head sitting atop. Smell is very malty. Lots of roasted caramel malts and just a hint of hops. More of the hopping profile comes across in the taste, but this is a malt bomb. Easy drinking and really smooth. Decent beer, but I prefer the Founders Reds Rye.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 23:20:38 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of HalfFull


4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather silky amber with some deep red orange hues. Nice head on the glass, and decent lacing throughout.

Quite hoppy on the nose, and increasingly so as the beer warms. Mostly of pine and woods as for the hops. Nice nose and notable malt presence as well, perhaps too much as there is some conflict with the hops.

Taste is solid. I didn't even know this was an IPA when ordered and was unaware of the ABV. The nose shows that this is a hop bomb as it warms and settles(yes, an IPA), and the taste hides the ABV almost too well. Is it the rye? Not sure about the rye component but I find this beer very enjoyable and it offers a certain coarseness of texture and pepper spice that makes it quite drinkable. A slight hint of cinnamon/allspice couple with the texture to yield a nice feel and an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2008 05:13:22 | More by HalfFull
Photo of BretSikkink


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with orange highlights. Comes from the tap with about a half inch of tanned head, bubbly but firm, with good retention. It took a minute or more to even be able to get a read on the nose because the head was so thick.

Cracked black pepper and pine resin are first on the scene, but the citrics do come in and make a strong impression on the nostrils as well. A tiny bit weaker than I remembered, but I must have had too-high expectations.

A very bitter and dark IPA for sure: the brightness and zestiness of the hops is definitely there but is overtaken for the most part by the resinous, alpha acidic side. Flavors include pepper and other spices, grapefruit, pine, and a strong dose of toffee and caramel malts that line up to be shot down by the hops.

Medium full mouthfeel for style, I love the rye addition; a little bit like oatmeal in a stout, it's just a pleasant combination. Carbonation stays wells out of the way, and the finish coats the palate for a while.

Great beer, no matter what the style. I think of it as a double IPA, the bar called it an American strong ale, and BA lists it as an IPA. That's a hell of a lot of IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 04:47:42 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of claytri


3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich dark amber with a decent fine tan head. The aroma was of rye malt with a bit of hops in the background. The taste was of wonderfully strong rye with a good amount of bitter hops. The feel was medium and oily, but had a dry finish. A pretty decent rye, it was interesting as it was highly hopped, and the rye's I've had previously weren't.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 22:55:07 | More by claytri
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. The beer appeared a very nice clear red with a thick white head that just lasted and lasted. Could see some light streaming of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma was huge and hoppy with some hint of bread, pine and citrus. Very well put together. The taste tended to follow the aroma, very hoppy with hints of pine and some florals. The beer finished with a nice bitter aftertaste. It was rich, smooth and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable beer. Excellent example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 02:36:22 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of blackie


4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: served in a pint glass with a tight, well retained head and great lacing, the beer is a hazy, dark orange-brown in color

s: big pulpy tropical hop aromas with a caramel back to match, absolutely thick with this excellent blend of sweet malt and highly aromatic hops, notes of sweet candied rye

m: carbonation on the low side of medium and very delicate, body on the full side of medium, perhaps a little heavy on the palate but I can't really find much to take off for here

t: just an excellent IPA, starts out with sweet caramel and pulpy, juicy tropical hops, and after the swallow turns towards notes of spicy rye and pine hops, very strongly hopped and highly bitter in the end

d: very much enjoyed the entire pint, would have guessed this one was in the 7% range

pint at Whole Foods Fairfax

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 03:14:44 | More by blackie
Photo of treyrab


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh

A: Clean, golden ale with lively carbonation and a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly to nothing

S: Tons of citrus and floral hops in the nose with a nice solid malt, caramel backbone

T: The initial taste is of malt sweetness from the caramel and Munich malts, but that is quickly balanced by a large amount of citrus hops. The rye makes it a tad watery, but that is a minor effect.

M,D: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Perfect carbonation that leaves you drinking and wanting more

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2008 16:39:39 | More by treyrab
Photo of TEXTONE


4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look-Dark Amber w. red huge very nice head retention with lacing down to the bottom of the glass
Smell-Hoppy, malty sweet hard to get a really good read on this due to smells from the restaurant.
Taste-Dark malt, hoppy as hell slight coffee flavor, many flavors just roaming all around the pallet, well balanced beer. Warm and tingly on the tongue dry crisp bitter tart aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 01:54:35 | More by TEXTONE
Photo of johannasclimacus


4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised at how dark this beer pours. I thought I saw one poured a few weeks ago that was a much different hue, but realized when I got mine that I was mistaken. The appearance is dark as many have noted, a deep reddish brown.

The appearance is also of a very creamy, smooth ale and the taste fully backs this up. The taste is a dynamite combination of malts and hops; it was just simply a tasty beer that didn't last long.

At 8%, this could be a very dangerous beer. But that is only a compliment to the outstanding taste and drinkability that Hop Rod Rye brings to the table. Excellent job by Bear Republic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 04:17:27 | More by johannasclimacus
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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