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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,173
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 207
Gots: 195 | FT: 4
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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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2012 22:49:20 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-31-2012 08:21:23 | More by bh123
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-30-2012 06:47:04 | More by KevdoggNasty
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-30-2012 03:16:16 | More by mrebeka
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very interesting. First of all, it looks amazing. I honestly don't smell that much. Maybe it's because there is a lot more malt presence than hops, but you do at least smell the hops.

It tastes sort of bitter, peppery with a thin mouthfeel. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but it does sort of come through. An interesting beer. I do start to like it more and more as I drink it, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 19:49:56 | More by raynmoon
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-29-2012 04:07:21 | More by Beerdrinker21190
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear, deep ruby amber w/ a 2-finger sudsy beige head, ample sticky lacing, minimal visible carb.

Aroma is fruity, malty, caramelly, a little spicy. Herbal hops and chewy malt converge.

Taste is biscuity, spicy rye malt and sharp bitter hops. The dry crackery malt is center stage here, framed by herbal and fruity hops. Some caramel and toffee notes as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bright, hops give a nice bite on the finish.

Overall this is a good showcase of rye malt with an IPA twist, maybe not an everyday go-to beer but still a solid product.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:26:17 | More by draheim
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3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish amber with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves excellent lacing as you drink. The smell is almost all bready nutty malt tones. This is mirrored in the taste, although there is some resin flavor in the finish. The nouthfeel is sticky sweet, but I would've liked a little more carbonation, which was on the lower end of the spectrum. Overall an enjoyable beer. I was expecting more obvious rye, and a little bit more hops to counter the heavy malt charter. I also would have liked a little bit more carbonagion. I was underwhelmed with this one at firdt. However, I definately noticed myself enjoying this one more and more as I sipped it. A very solid offering from Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:00:57 | More by cr0ckett
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-29-2012 00:43:46 | More by GJDitzler
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-29-2012 00:20:00 | More by gleemonger
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a deep copper color and forms a thin cap of coarse, tan foam. head dissipates quick, but leaves a thin film and rings of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet toffee, grassy hops, faint citrus and spice notes.

t - starts with a malt character somewhere between toasted bread and carmel. faint sour and spicy notes roll in as does a hint of grapefruit. culminates in a subdued pine resin bitterness that lingers briefly and dries out the finish.

m - medium in body, slightly sticky, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile.

o - solid beer overall and quite enjoyable. glad i found a local store that has this in stock as i will be picking up more sooner than later.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 05:11:15 | More by divineaudio
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a ruby colour. Bright. Decent carbonation. Lot's of sticky rings of lace left over and film of retention.

S - Lot's of hop character and citrus with grapefruit. Some malty dark fruits with caramel and rich rye malt.

T - Rich malt, caramel and some grapefruit. Spicy rye was an interesting compliment to the citrus hop character, yet slightly overpowering.

M - Medium body, good carbonation and spicy rye in the finish with bitterness.

O/D - Couldn't have two of these but the character of the beer was quite good. Spciciness of the rye seemed a bit rich, but otherwise, a nice and strong hopped up rye beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 00:00:02 | More by tbeckett
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-25-2012 23:57:14 | More by Peyton5410
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

03-24-2012 12:54:18 | More by Sailracer
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2012 19:51:24 | More by flyingPharmacist
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-23-2012 13:13:13 | More by augie
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with a minimal light beige head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Pine aroma dominates with some spices I cant identify and a slight citrus. The taste up front malty, with a nice kick of hops in the center and finishes with a gorgeous weave of rye and spice. A medium mouthfeel of cream.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 07:27:31 | More by calicaliente
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellars on March 21, 2012 in San Diego. Color was red with some hints of brown caramel, kind of like some heavy iced tea (with lots of iced tea mix). Cloudy, bubble white lacing. Nice look.

Smelled hops up front. Delicious. Sweet floral notes. Definitely got some rye. Caramel notes as well.

The taste wasn’t as much as the nose as I would have liked. It reminded me a bit of iced tea. Could definitely taste the rye, Some hips with a bitter finish that was left lingering on the tongue.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

A pretty good beer. The only other rye I tried was the Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, but this was much better. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 07:00:29 | More by BucannonXC5
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2012 03:28:20 | More by BeerBucks
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-23-2012 02:06:11 | More by poppyjohn
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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a medium brown with a small head that quickly shrinks leaving behind decent lacing. Aroma is citrus, caramel, and rye. Flavor is somewhat bitter with caramel and toffee notes. The rye grain comes through pretty strong. The mouthfeel is medium to lighter an it leaves a nice bitter rye taste. Good rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 20:56:46 | More by thydarkprevails
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-20-2012 21:42:31 | More by keithbrouillette
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New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-20-2012 15:15:22 | More by bentonquest
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-20-2012 13:57:48 | More by GeoffreyM
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a light mahogany red colour with a brown tinge... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Nice bready malts, some roastiness, light caramel sweetness, figs, brown sugar, faint trace of rye, slight floral notes, citrusy hops, grapefruit fruitiness, some pine...

Taste - Lightly toasted malts followed by nice spicy rye notes, fresh bread, toffee, citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits), piney and grassy hops, marmalade, slightly nutty, bitter aftertaste...

Feel - Quite smooth with only a slight sharpness. Medium body. Incredibly drinkable for 8%....

Overall - An excellent and supremely well balance brew... definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 12:02:57 | More by mdagnew
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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