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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,466
Reviews: 2,053
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 239
Gots: 263 | 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: 4,466 | Reviews: 2,053
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4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Highlands Wine and Cigar in Highlands, NC, poured in to pint glass

A: a nice caramel burnt orange color, frothy white head that fades to just a thin cover, heavy lacing that lasts til finish

S: Wow, this was the best part of the brew, the hop caracteristics come out, grapefruit, pine, caramel, rye. The aroma is really pleasing to the senses.

M: very smooth, the hop oils cover and coat the tongue.

T: Very smooth and balanced, some smooth hop flavor, grapefruit, pine resin, biscuit, rye at the end but not as drying as other rye brews I have had.

O: I am really impressed by this beer, just happened to pick this up as I had not tried it before and I am glad I did. This will be a must have in the future.

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

A...Nice copper, slightly brown color. Did not produce much more than a 3/4" head but retained that height almost the entire beer. Some light lacing on the glass

S...Really nice earthy aroma with a little caramel

T...Malty right up front for me. There is a real nutty kind of dominant flavor with some caramel sweetness on the finish.

M...really nice body a bit heavier than I expected from looking at it.

O...I would have liked a little more hops presence in this beer since hop is in the name. That being said, it was very enjoyable. I really liked the nutty sweetness in this brew. Heavy alcohol (8%) was not noticable. Nicely balanced. I will buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown head with a good lacing and a slightly hazy reddish amber fluid. Smell is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. A healthy amount of bakery bread and pine forrest along with a citrus grove spiciness. Light sweet alcohol. Taste is so big, malty and smooth at first. Then BAM hops hit like a velvet fist with a lovely grapefruit and hop oil finish. This is full of spicy rye bread and malt to give it a nice chewy flavor and overall feel. Finish is quite nice with dry graininess and a light minty grapefruit. Feel is lightly syrupy and chewy with a nice smooth carbonation. A great robust beer that rewards sipping but begs you to keep it up so seductively that the glass is empty before you know it. Very drinkable and no real notice of the abv so watch out. Simply one of the best I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper amber with a very tall head. The head is dense and sticky with lots of lacing. It's extremely carbonated so I don't think the head is going anywhere.

Aroma finds a more reserved bouquet of oily hops grapefruit and tangerine. Malts have a caramel sweetness and a hint of rye.

Tastes great and well rounded. Malts are sweet yet have a spicy crispness. It counters the hops boldness perfectly. Hops are quite bitter with grapefruit seeming to be the dominate flavor. Tangerine too is present as is a floral background.
An incredibly easy drinking beer.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Poured into and reviewed from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a deep amber/reddish copper color. A very fluffy, beige colored, one-finger head on the initial pour that gradually fades to a light skim. Huge amount of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - An earthy aroma with hints of hops and caramel/toffee.

T - The beer hits you on several levels. The initial taste is rather hoppy, slightly bitter with a hint of citrus. Then you get a sweet caramel-like aftertaste. A spiciness is also present from the rye. The beer is well balanced and goes down really smooth. The ABV is barely detectable.

M - A medium consistency. A decent amount of carbonation the tingles the tongue.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Being a fan of hoppy beers, this gives you some great hop bitterness and spiciness with a nice sweetness to round things out. Well crafted. Nice brew, Bear Republic. Recommended!


Photo of Teleweizen2
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a light brown color but turns more deep amber when backlit. Two fingers worth of tightly packed tan foam forms on top after a rigorous pour. Slowly dissipates to a thin film leaving tight webs of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is very balanced. Strong notes of bitter orange peel against a firm backdrop of nuts, milk chocolate,  cereal, and that grainy almost spicy hint of rye.

T - nutty almost like an extremely light roast of coffee up front. Bright citric hops enter mid palate while a dark grainy bread character provides balance along with some vague hints of dried fruit esters in the form of raisins. More bitterness on the backend which lingers well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy with a slightly watery edge. Medium carbonation.

O - great beer. Complex yet some how remains very refreshing.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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