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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,324
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 225
Gots: 224 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

fdig23, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

hilgart1, Jun 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

doof116, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

safiske, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

kyager2000, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a cloudy, deep amber / copper shade while yielding a frothy 1"+ of a light tan head that has no plans on going anywhere. lots of lacing. relatively fragrant nose offers doses of citric hops, some bready / toasty malt, and rye.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. leads with that citrus hoppy presence, quickly followed by rye and caramel malt. finishes with some bitter hoppiness. flavorful. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall rye beer is not one of my favorite styles but this one is really good. i wouldn't quite say world class myself, but a very tasty beer nonetheless.

(originally reviewed: 01-10-2012)

BostonHops, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of RodneyCarrington
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

RodneyCarrington, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye has a thick, creamy, beige head and a dark amber or honey appearance with lots of thick lacing left behind and a huge amount of fine particles floating about. The aroma is of sweet, spicy bread, sugar candy, pine needles, turpentine, and nectar. Taste is of very bitter hops, sweetness, Christmas sweet bread, sugar, and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and Hop Rod Rye finishes semi-dry and fairly easy drinking. Overall, this is very, very nice, and I beg you to try it.


RonaldTheriot, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper ruby with a 1 finger off white head. The head quickly fleets to the edges. A fair amount of visible carbonation and some sediment floating in the body.

S: Has a carmely sweet aroma with a hefty rye spice kick. A fair amount of hops in the background. Some booze on the nose, reminds me of a barley wine.

T: Very well balanced beer, strong malt with the hops to balance it out. The rye spiciness keeps it interesting.

M: Average carbonation, clean finish. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

Overall I think I need to try this on tap so its a little fresher. Easily the best rye beers I have tried as others have seem more dominated by hop.

CloudStrife, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

durkle, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

shebby, Jun 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

brunop, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Demosthenes503, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

timwardjr, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Troville1990, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a definite spicy aroma with the rye, along with a heavy dose of caramel and a side of hops finishing off the bouquet. It's quite nice!

Pours a dark tea color with a fair head...lacing seems pretty impressive.

This beer has a definite caramel sweetness to it, with a definite earthiness to it as well. The spicy rye is present and accounted for and is easily detectable. The hops come out on the finish with a resiny quality to them that lasts a fair while into the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't detectable.

A very tasty rye beer here with a multitude of flavors in it. Goes down quite well for its ABV.

NODAK, Jun 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Caskaway, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of captaincoffee
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First stop on NoCal microbrew vacation in Jul 2011. Perhaps that tainted my perspective, but I truly enjoyed this beer. Reddish-amber color, zesty hoppy nose, solidly bitter without going completely over the top, full but dry (from the rye I suppose) mouthfeel, and lasting finish. Honestly made it difficult for me to order a different beer for my second round.

captaincoffee, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Rau71, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

RES, Jun 14, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,324 ratings.