1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,168 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,168
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 206
Gots: 193 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Rod Rye Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,168 | Reviews: 2,028 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of VDSM
VDSM

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-07-2014 17:54:22 | More by VDSM
Photo of HoppySeb
HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-07-2014 16:30:55 | More by HoppySeb
Photo of UcDru
UcDru

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-07-2014 14:45:31 | More by UcDru
Photo of ZachT
ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-07-2014 04:12:55 | More by ZachT
Photo of Soterios
Soterios

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-05-2014 12:34:51 | More by Soterios
Photo of baconfromwalmart
baconfromwalmart

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-03-2014 01:20:41 | More by baconfromwalmart
Photo of cd34
cd34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2014 04:18:52 | More by cd34
Photo of MDF
MDF

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-31-2014 00:49:13 | More by MDF
Photo of Brensol
Brensol

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2014 00:36:44 | More by Brensol
Photo of greenspointexas
greenspointexas

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-29-2014 19:11:42 | More by greenspointexas
Photo of Tayloraphilips
Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-29-2014 16:46:56 | More by Tayloraphilips
Photo of cdog707yo
cdog707yo

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-28-2014 03:45:13 | More by cdog707yo
Photo of paulish
paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-27-2014 17:19:00 | More by paulish
Photo of donbet69
donbet69

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-27-2014 15:28:56 | More by donbet69
Photo of JohnnyJam
JohnnyJam

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no code date visible into a pint glass and got one finger on head. This bottle says 8% ABV.

A: Pours a reddish, dark amber color with one finger of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to leave a covering on the top of my glass and a fairly thick ring of head around the glass. lots of nice lacing from top to bottom.

S: The first thing I smell is white pepper and then some sweet caramel and brown sugar. the smell of grass and a little pine is also present.

T: It is sweet but spicy. The hops have a resin taste but they come off spicy probably from the rye. I have to say the taste of ruby grapefruit is also present.

O: Did I mention that this beer is 8% ABV? The alcohol is really well hidden. This is a medium-bodied and more than medium-carbonated beer. It goes down smooth and easy but it that high alcohol content can creep up. It's a really nice beer: easy to drink, complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 01:09:27 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of Shafaegalo
Shafaegalo

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-27-2014 00:14:22 | More by Shafaegalo
Photo of AHeaston8
AHeaston8

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-26-2014 20:46:59 | More by AHeaston8
Photo of robgage
robgage

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

05-25-2014 02:29:55 | More by robgage
Photo of ChrisinRI
ChrisinRI

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-24-2014 23:54:34 | More by ChrisinRI
Photo of robear
robear

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-24-2014 17:26:04 | More by robear
Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
The_Craft_Deviant_Rob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2014 00:39:55 | More by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
Photo of SteveB24
SteveB24

New York

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: color is a clear ruby, there are lots of bubbles within the beer, which pours a thick, bouncy head that has superb retention.

Smell: aroma is very hoppy, with powerful notes of grapefruit and pine. Rye pepperiness lingers there as well.

Taste: citrus hops burst forward, followed by pine and rye spiciness, as well as malty burned sugar that beautifully balances the faint, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthful: body is on the lighter side of medium, not crisp but not creamy either, but moisture from the thick head lingers on the back of the tongue on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 23:38:11 | More by SteveB24
Photo of KevMo84
KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-21-2014 22:51:22 | More by KevMo84
Photo of PictureThi5
PictureThi5

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-21-2014 18:24:59 | More by PictureThi5
Photo of Immortale25
Immortale25

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a Highland pint glass.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Quick stab of rye along with some brown sugary sweetness.

T- Starts out kind of tasting like a barleywine with its sweet malt character and mild hop bitterness. But then the drinkability makes for a much smoother drink and clearly more of a straight up IPA with a pronounced malt sweetness which is actually a bit surprising since most of the rye IPAs I've had have been more spicy with the rye than sweet. Great hop burps.

M- Surprisingly tame considering the flavor. Very smooth with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- An excellent rye beer that's hoppy but doesn't overdo it. Balanced I guess would be the right word but there's enough intensity of flavor that it excites the taste buds all the way to the last sip.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2014 03:08:24 | More by Immortale25
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,168 ratings.