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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 4046
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)
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Photo of aCharlie

New York

4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - slightly hazy dark brown & amber
S - Floral, pine... more of a subtle hop smell, not too much rye
T - Noticeable amount of hops, with a clean/balanced rye
M - A typical strong IPA/rye
O - The balance of hops and rye work very well together. Mature beer, appropriate amount of hops, malt, and rye - all well combined, and well distinguished.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-27-2013 03:08:30 | More by aCharlie
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Despite it's tacky looking label, the inexpensive Hop Rod Rye is a formidable ale that hits both levels of hops and malt and issuing a nice flavor profile. The micro sediment is barely noticeable in its nice amber tone. And even though I was the dumbass who sniffed this one too close and got a nostril full of head to bring some water to my eyes, I am not judging the "smell" because of this. The scent is light, semi-sweet, and gives but a hint of what the flavor really can bring. For the price and the availability, the Hop Rod Rye is definitely worth its merit. . . Just don't snort the damn thing. . .

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 06:42:18 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
Photo of TonyC


5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not going to give the same ole type of review for Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. No way! This is my most favorite beer in all the lands. From the opening aromas of rye and hops gently wafting into the air, to the wonderful dark pour and oh so wonderful rocky, creamy, off white head that stays with you like a best friend, and leaving the most wonderful lace, to the malty/bready/caramel rye flavor and truly perfect balance of hops and carbonation, to the finish that begs you to take another sip, this beer is king. Bear Republic is a brewer that has never let me down. Hop Rod Rye is hoppy rye heaven in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:34:24 | More by TonyC
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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a thin beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, citrus, hops

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Citrus and malts. Mild hops.

Overall: Good brew. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:03:14 | More by Cavanaghty
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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a deep brown and has a slight head
S - Carmel and rye
T - Like the nose it adds on a sweet and spicy bitter, with plenty more rye.
M - Medium body and carbonation and a a nice almost creamy finish.
O - This is the best rye IPA I have tried. This one has figured out the balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:29:23 | More by patpbr
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3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bomber bottle ~3 months from bottling date. Poured a rich amber color with a foamy finger of white head.

Smell is floral, sweet, and rye.

Taste is floral, piney, and rye. I also pick up a very slight sweetness maybe citrus.

Overall, I like the beer. It's a pretty good representation for a Rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:22:54 | More by kj8525
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District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: sort if a dirty orange, but translucent. Copious amount if head that maintains a decently thick layer on top while lacing the glass significantly
S: floral and slightly sweet, some rye noted
T: wonderfully smooth, caramel to toffee* sweetness atop a rye base that balance very nicely. There is a hint if dark fruit (date I think) that might be a result of the combination. There is a light orange-like sweetness (thinking orange-Creme) that I notice as well.
M: the carbonation doesn't attack the tongue, as the smoothness continues into the end feel. A rye-driven dryness increases from the start, but never grows too strong.
O: I have had before, but don't remember enjoying this much. Will have to go into heavier rotation.

* it's really annoying I had an impression on first taste that I was distracted before I wrote down. It didn't make itself as obvious to me after the first taste, but at the time I thought it perfectly described the taste to me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 22:03:20 | More by cjgiant
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely beautiful look in a pint glass. Dark copper color, ample, rocky head that lasts for the entire beer. Bits of lace clinging to the glass throughout.

Love the bitter hops, mixed with spice scent. A fantastic smelling IPA..., caramel malt, citrusy hops, maybe even some grape (doppelbockesque?)...so different than most IPAs out there. Fresh and clean...super smooth.

A very unique tasting beer, but one that suits me just fine. Definitely has the uber-hoppy taste of a DIPA, but the addition of the rye makes puts it in a class by itself. An interesting and delicious combination of dark fruits, spice, and bitter hops. Very thankful for the 4 packs...but would be so much happier if BR would release it in a 6 pack someday.

(update...March 2014...6 packs baby!!!)

I would love to drink these as my staple, but a bit too boozy for me to drink more than 2/3 per sitting. Still, a great price for such a great beer. Hard to believe this one's classified as an IPA...there's so much going on in it.

A homerun by Bear Republic for sure. A must try for any IPA lover...heck, a must try for anyone who just loves great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:07:30 | More by obrike
Photo of Copernicus


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

22oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Pours a translucent dark amber/light golden brown. The head is khaki, rocky, and very sticky, like that of a root beer float. It leaves a loose-weave lace and shows great retention.

S: Divinely malty. It smells of caramel, honey, wheat bread, spice, and sticky dried fruits like fig and raisins. The playful hop aroma, on the spicier side, balances everything out nicely. There's definitely some sturdy spice from the rye.

T: Very pleasant beer. A bit weak in the front due to lack of a solid hop structure. The middle is all malt: crystal, amber, and the rye. It's a complex but not overpowering grain bill. The hops debut around the finish: spicy, resiny, and woodsy.

M: Medium body with vivid carbonation, but larger bubbles. Cobbled. No evidence of alcohol or astringency.

O: This is a fun, tasty, and very drinkable beer. Everyone plays nicely together. I would pair this with spicy roasted chicken, most likely Moroccan style. A smoked pork shoulder would go well too. For dessert: caramel and spice creme brulee, apple pie a la mode, or peach cobbler.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 22:25:14 | More by Copernicus
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4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber color with a light brown head that laces the glass heavy
S-rye, grass, with an orange peel aroma that comes in there. The balance of all them makes you want to start.
T-good rye and malt mixed with a hop aftertaste that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and good carbonation
O-great beer that has a great taste that makes you want more

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:55:49 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Richard-Carla


4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big rye IPA fan (despite loving IPAs and double IPAs), but was surprising re-introduced to the type by the surprisingly excellent Sierra Nevada Founders Rye IPA. So, at a visit to our local beer shop, I picked up the Bear Republic's entry into the Rye IPA field.

The beer is good. It looks great--incredible head, excellent appearance on the glass--and feels only slightly heavy in the mouth. It also tastes good, albeit a bit sweet for me. I wish that it was a bit hoppier and that the sweetness was toned down a bit. But, I do like it and wouldn't shy away from having another.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 20:30:10 | More by Richard-Carla
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a bottle to a short stem tulip glass. Deep caramel color with two fingers of rocky head that was off white. Very easy on the eyes, can't wait to taste!

S: smell doesn't disappoint. Sweet toffee and the rye really comes through. The anticipation to taste grows!

T: finally! Nice sweet caramel on the lips and front of the tongue. As it rolls across my mouth I get the rye and hops at the end. Then...the rye lingers. Like a fresh slice of homemade rye bread. Amazing!

M: creamy and the right amount of carbonation. Invites another sip along with the taste and smell.

O: I've been on a good run of good beers, and it continues. This beer was terrific! What an amazing balance of sweet, rye, and hops. Really enjoyed this one. I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:48:17 | More by ajzbedo73
Photo of BierJager89


4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper/brown with a tan head.

S: Citrus peel, orange, pineapple, lemon, rye, grass and general floral notes in the nose.

T: The rye hits you hard up front, but very pleasantly, along side some nice citrus peel, orange and pineapple. A touch of malt, grass and alcohol. Quite well balanced.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Definitely recommended. The rye adds an interesting flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 16:36:51 | More by BierJager89
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Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Not your run of the mill IPA that's for sure. Spicy notes in the flavor and aroma compliment the hops profile. Quite easy to drink and real nice feel. Get this if you can find it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 13:53:46 | More by papat444
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New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This smells like waffles, molasses, and biscuits.
Absolutely beautifully crafted. The sweetness of maple at the front of the mouth, the incredible balance of malt, booze, molasses, and bready biscuits all come together perfectly and caps off with a refreshing bitterness that makes you want to repeat the sweet and smoothness you get at the beginning. Highly drinkable. This beers aroma ends up melting right into the flavors as it warms up. Some rye ales have great aroma but tastes one dimensional. This one offers aroma and taste. Just a superb beer, have it at 55-60 degrees. Phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:34:05 | More by bball208
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh damn that's good!!! This is the first beer I've tried from Bear Republic but I've been on a rye kick lately so I thought I'd give this a taste. Glad I did. This offering pours a rich caramel brown with a very generous thick beige head that lasts throughout the pour. The aroma is malty and spicy. Definite rye notes, toffee, pepper, spice, floral citrus, and light coffee notes. This beer is chewy and coating in the mouth. The flavor is what really sets it apart. Rich and malty, spicy and bitter, sweet and deep. It hits all the right notes. If this is a kin to all of Bear Republic's offerings then I greatly look forward to a long and enjoyable relationship.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:27:21 | More by lochef81
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 9/17/13 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours amber with floaties and a fairly tall creamy beige one finger head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is grapefruit, pine, and floral hops, caramel, and rye spice.

T-Taste is similar with light malt sweetness followed by a wave of high hop bitterness and some rye spice on the

M-Medium-full bodied, creamy and sticky, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

O-Great beer by bear republic must get some more and fresh

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:11:39 | More by reebtaerG
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold color with a small white head that laces up the side of the glass. The smell is nice, fresh, hoppy and almost a little starchy at the end. It smells very rich for lack of a better term. The beer is initially sweet and a little fruity up front, less carbonated than most IPAs, and then the real profile starts to set in. The rye is very rich and malty but the hops really define the aftertaste. Very dry and very bitter finish. A little flat and syrupy but a really nice balance of the rye and the hops definitely would purchase this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:41:23 | More by BearslikeBeers
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Medium brown color, brown head.
Aroma: Strong malty, spicy, hoppy smell.
Flavor: Malty, spicy, hoppy flavor. Smooth full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A malty spicy full bodied beer. This brew is somewhat hoppy, similar to some light to medium IPAs but with a full body. Although the beer boast an ABV of 8%, a strong alcohol taste or smell permeate through the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 06:30:29 | More by Mike_Moe
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is a deep amber color, and is a bit cloudy. My pour produced a very small amount of head, which retained well. Carbonation actively bubbles and, when held up to the light, particles/sediment are visible. Looks very tasty.

Smell - Fairly piney, but not overpowering, sweetness and perfumey, which just a hint of maltiness.

Taste - Hops, hops, hops, but not extremely strong for this type of beer. A bit of a citrus taste. The taste balance is pretty good, as no taste is extremely overpowering. Seems to fit the IPA/Double IPA style without being overpoweringly bitter.

Mouth-feel - Medium build; carbonation seems perfect with a small amount of burn; alcohol taste is not strong, especially for 8%.

Overall - This is the best IPA I've tasted because the taste balance is good and the hops are not overpowering. It is bitter, but not to the extreme. There is still a strong hoppy taste, so I would probably not drink this beer that often, and I am not a huge fan of the hoppy aftertaste. If you like hoppy beers, however, you will probably like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:29:33 | More by silverblaze540
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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a good head and left good lacing.
Odor is a little sweet. A little bit of caramel and malt perhaps some citrus as well.
Taste starts well and gets better. Begins with hops and pine. Continues with some malt and toffee notes and finishes a little sweet with more pine, citrus and mild grapefruit flavors.
Rye does come through and helps bring a nice bonus to the taste of this beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with relatively light carbonation.
Overall, an excellent rye IPA that stands out from many. Good odor and taste with very little alcohol coming through. Definitely high on my list!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:07:57 | More by dexterk1
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a nice rye bread and hoppy smell. The hops are mainly of a pine nature but also consist of a good showing of a grapefruit smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some grassy like aromas.

Taste – The taste begins much sweeter then the nose would have let on with lots of caramel and toffee flavor as well as some fruit flavors of a more tangerine nature. Right from the start there is also a bready taste with hints of rye mixed within. While the rye if very light upfront it grows in strength as the flavor advances with it becoming more potent at the end. Hops are present from the start as well. They begin largely of a light pine and grassy nature at first, but are later replaced by a grapefruit hop flavor. The grapefruit really takes control of the hop profile toward the end, and when mixed with the strengthen rye favor as well as the sweeter flavors that remain strong to the end, one if left with a satisfying, grapefruity sweet rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are fine for the blend of hoppiness, sweetness, and rye all while keeping it a rather easy drinking beer overall.

Overall – A quite tasty and sweeter rye IPA. It had a wonderful blend of tastes and a very easy drinking feel which mare this one a very flavorful and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 07:41:09 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours a beautiful, deep reddish brown with a very nice head. Okay retention and some lacing left behind. Sort of hazy with hop particle sedimentation.
Smell: Lots of citrus in the nose with definite malty overtones. Aroma of blood orange. Minor alcoholic twinge, but not over powering.
Taste: Very nice roasted rye kick. Rye really compliments alcoholic twinge. Good rye spice.
Mouth: Medium bodied with fairly average carbonation that suits the style perfectly. Little but of alcohol volatility in the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 07:31:13 | More by ZoomanCru
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4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear mahogany with a superb frothy head

The nose consists of pine, grapefruit rind, sap and mild rye spiciness a hint of sage as well?

The taste is where this beer goes from great to outstanding. Strong hop character up front with grapefruit, and pine giving way to the spicy rye and caramel backbone. Hops and malt are perfectly balanced as the beer finishes off spicy and bitter with just a touch of alcohol. The beer is perfectly carbonated and teases your tongue to have another sip.

Overall this beer has so much character definitely a beer thats willing to show off its strong rye base and keep you wanting more I could easily enjoy two of these back to back. This beer is a must try and definitely a new favorite of mine. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:16:01 | More by ac22rush
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper brown with a healthy crisp white head. Nice lacing and head retention.

S - Heavy malts, caramel, raisins, baked bread.

T - Robust malty full bodied malty flavor, bready, crackers, rye, dry mouth feel, nice balance of hops.

O - This is a meal on wheels - big rich flavors. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:24:40 | More by andrewjraab
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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,046 ratings.