Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 2,040
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 234
Gots: 237 | FT: 2
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 ewright
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A thin layer of fluffy head forms after a moderate pour. Several minutes later, there is still a coating of tiny white bubbles with lacing all down the glass. The beer is a gorgeous deep mahogany-red color, reminiscent of some barleywines I've had.

S: Full frontal assault of citrus-bearing hops with a slightly sweet malt background dotted with hints of rye spiciness and creme brulee. One of the best smelling beers I've had.

T: Forward bitterness that doesn't come out and shock you, but strangely seems to intensify as the beer goes down. Lovely spicy notes from the rye and just enough toffee notes from the malt to balance this beer out.

M: Moderate to full body with carbonation so fine it feels like a layer of silk on the tongue.

D: I could drink this with lunch. I could drink this with dinner. I could drink this with (or for) dessert. I could drink this for a nightcap. I *might* even consider it for breakfast, it's just. that. good. The only problem is that the ABV would ruin me by afternoon tea-time.

Photo of Biggness
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been staring @ me too long @ the distributor to not buy it. This beer pours a lovely cloudy brown with a large tan head! YUM! The smell is wonderful, the main smell is of the hops and then you can also catch a smell of the grains. The taste is incredible, this has to be one of the smoothest drinking IPA's I have ever tasted. A nice nutty flavor @ first followed a nice hops flavor ending with a bitter bite @ the end, a pleasant one not a rough one. The mouthfeel for this beer is nice and if not for the pricetag it would certainly be something I would always drink. WELL DONE

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a 22 oz., brown bottle with undecipherable freshness dating. Purchased for $3.99 at Consumer Beverage.

A: Pours a deep chesnut color with crimson edging and a two-finger, tan-colored head with unflagging retention. Session yields massive filagreed lacing down surface of glass.

S: Mega hops. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, pine, brown sugar, coffee, cocoa, and a hint of spice.

T: Extremely complex taste profile: Citrus hops and pine collide with sweet caramel malts and spiced rye. Notes of grapefruit, brown sugar and orange rind, followed by toasted caramel and sponge toffee. Finishes bitter with nods to chocolate and rye.

M: Full-bodied, creamy and heavily carbonated.

D: Yowsah! One rewarding session. Technically, shouldn't Hop Rod Rye be considered a DIPA? Come on, now.

Photo of roadhouse
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a nice dark reddish copper color with one and a half finger off-white head. Particulate matter floating around but that's probably just because the douchebag at Binny's decided to put the bottle in my box upside down when I wasn't looking.

Aroma is big grapefruity hops, some pine, and a nice spicy rye tone.

Flavor is also based around the grapefruity hops. Piney hops are also present. Some caramel and biscuity malt then it finishes nice and bitter along with a spicy rye flavor.

Mouthfeel is oh so creamy and smooth. Medium, almost light body that makes it very drinkable. Carbonation level is outstanding.

I can't believe this stuff is only $4.99 a bomber. Amazing stuff - better than some that are double the price. Next time I'm in Illinois I am definitely going to pick up some more.

Photo of GPHarris
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BenM for bringing this back from South Carolina

a - poured a three-fingers thick billowy tan head into a snifter that left sticky lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a reddish-purple with a slight haze (from the unconditioned bottle).
s - sweet and malty with a light grapefruit aroma.
t - grapefruit, earthy and piney hops with a strong rye presence. very balanced as the malts start to come through in the aftertaste. the finish almost has a chocolate taste to it.
m - medium thickness on the tongue but very creamy and smooth.
d - so drinkable and d-lish!

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a pint brown bottle to my tasting glass. Pours a deep amber. Clear - no floaters. Light carbonation is easy to see. Thick head that lingers and laces.

S: Spicy rye/hop aroma. Flowery. I might have smelled a little honey in there.

T: Crisp rye ale sensation. Malt on the leading edge, an unusual transition that makes you open your eyes wide, and then the spicy hop/rye on the trailing edge.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. I hate using the word again but it is crisp! With an 8% ABV there isn't a strong alcohol taste.

D: I love this one. Rye ales are becoming one of my favorite ales. I'm normally a stout/porter drinker. This gives me something with a lot of character and flavor to drink in the warmer months.

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep redish/brown with very light coming threw. A nice off white foamy head with rediculous retention.
S- A dominance of spicy hop aroma with a hint of rye and maltiness.
T- The hops control most of the flavor here but rye deffinatley comes threw in the end giving a nice pleasent dry finish. The rye really compliments the heavy hop character well.
M- Alot of carbonation massages the mouth which lightens this medium bodied brew.
D- Pretty good which kinda makes me wish I brought two of these bombers.

Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a dark copper color with a nice light tan head. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, hints of rye and a good dose of hops. The taste features a solid malt backbone with a really nice hop profile. Another delicious beer from Bear Republic. Rye beers have quickly become a favorite of mine, and this is one of the better ones. Highly recommended.

Photo of rodrot
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful chestnut red color with a huge head that overflowed all over the goddamn counter. No big deal though, as very little beer was lost. Aroma was very hoppy with a little bit of spice from the rye malt evident as well. Taste was quite sweet and caramelly with a swift kick of hops mixed in. The spicy rye flavor comes in toward the finish and complements the hop bitterness perfectly. Very nice balance and very drinkable as the 22oz bomber in front of me emptied rather quickly. I hope NC picks this up soon.

Photo of Buebie
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Finnman for the trade!

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized merlot glass. Rigerous pour forms a 2 finger white frothy head. Awsome retention with thick gloppy lace around the glass.
Ruby dark reg in color with a glowing like quality when held to light.
Smell is really close to a double ipa. Huge wafting sweat bready dough and caramel aroma, with just as much hops.
Floral dry hop aroma's with clover honey likeness.
Honey butter creamyness at the knose as well.

Awwman, that taste is soo delicious and well balanced. Big sweat maltyness, caramel overtones.
Hoppy bittering at the midle with a piney grapefruit and some grassy earth tones. At the swallow some alcahol warming and a spice kick from the rye that lingers very nicely.
Mild carbonation at the swallow, ohh this is good.
Also noteing a very slight hint of charred oakiness at the swallow that sticks around for only an instant.
Medium thickness to the mouthfeel.
Highly recommend this. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale poured with an impressively creamy off white head that lingered for almost as long as the beer was in my glass. The beer was deep dark copper in color and only slightly hazy. A wonderful amount of lacing remained in the glass.

Aroma was spicy, sweet and subtly floral. Very nice. I think you get a sense for the higher hop content by the strength of the floral notes and the spicy character of the aroma.

Taste is very nicely balanced and this beer carries a BIG flavor. Quite nice.
Again, I notice a peppery/spicy flavor happening behind the malt goodness and the hop bitterness. Also some great fruit qualities to the sweetness provided by the malt. Definitely a little plum or pear. Also some nice grapefruit flavors that I have to assume come from the higher hop content.

I am really enjoying the subtle spiciness of this brew.

Mouth feel was quite big but also refreshing as it was creamy in texture. I also notice that the combination of the spiciness and carbonation cause a flutter on your tongue as you enjoy this beer.

Really good! I saw this in a local store where I am vacationing and figured it was a good one to try after coming home from the beach. I am happy to have another bomber at home in my fridge. Looking forward to enjoying that one and more that I will definitely pick up.

Photo of slammo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was hard poured from a bomber bottle and I knew it was something unique. The color is dark reddish brown; I think you might call it copper. The head by the way really sticks around and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Do not be afraid to stick your nose in there deep as to inhale all the citrus like notes that lie within.

The taste is wonderfully hopped and the rye makes itself known as well. With an 18% rye content it is no wonder. But this ale just gets better and better as you work your way to the bottom. If you love hops then you will have found your match.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are only matched by how much alcohol you can handle. I can handle another thank you!

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter. deep rich mahogany with tons of red, so dark that its impenetrable by light. light tan head. great lacing and amazing head retention. Tons of citrus hop aromas, along with some hints of rye. Rich, sweet malts lead to a nice rich flavor. Wonderful orange citrus hop flavors, along with the flavor of an overly ripe ruby red grapefruit. very well-balanced. thick and hearty, with a nice carbonation level. solid brew. Best rye ale yet.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with reddish hues around the edges. Thin foamy off white head with excellent retention.

S - A sweet and spicey taste simultaneously. Sweet aromas of caramel and a spicey hop/rye aroma.

T - Very sweet up front with hints of tropical fruit. Quickly smacked by a spicey hop bite and rye flavor. Hints of some citrusy hop as well.

M/D - Full bodied and very crisp. Good carbonation and very smooth. Very drinkable.

Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not aware this was an IPA until I got on here to enter my notes. I guess I didn't even read the label, I saw rye and made an assumption. No biggie, I liked it either way.

Dark brown color turned brilliant red with light behind it. Huge cascading head with piles of lace.

Lightly sweet smell with piney hop aroma, but nothing special in the nose.

Very tasty though, sweet nutty malt with a huge oily citrus and pine hop kick. Medium body with good carbonation.

Awesome beer to be sure, I'm glad it was in a 22oz bomber 'cause a 12oz bottle wouldn't have been enough.

Tasted on 5/18/08.

Photo of demitriustown
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, from trade with pantanap (Thanks!) Aroma is a good amount of hop aroma, a sticky caramel aroma as well, woodsy, somewhat of a citrus aroma, and a hard carndy-like scent to it as well. Pours a almost opeque dark brown, more brownish/black than anything with a rocky off white head that lingers at the top of the glass. Taste has a nice big hop note, the rye is prominant as well, lightly candy like, and a bit of caramel in there as well. Palate is sticky the rye lingers on for a while. Overall, This is really good stuff.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I killed a bomber of this stuff at a friends house, out on the deck last night.

A - Turbid orange and beige with tons of cloudy yeast in the glass. The head is a gigantic four finger plus beast that rolled over the top of the big ass mug that I poured it in! The foam is beige-tan and thick, and sticks around for a loooong time. Lots of really fluffy and sticky lace is left on the glass.

S - Big time dank hops. Citrus fruit...orange rind, grapefruit, and pear. The malt backbone is thick and beefy with lots of apparent yeast notes. Wow.

T - Hop bomb city. I can taste the rye aspects...spicy black peppercorn and rhubarb, along with the massive hop muscle that powers this 'rod. Citrus and pine exist in a 80-20 relationship, and I'm reminded of wet hay and dank weed when I taste this one.

M - Thick, yeasty, meaty, and chewy. This is the very definition of full bodied. The finish is slightly dry, and I suspect that it would be much more spit-wicking if not for the really sweet and chewy massive level of malt.

D - Damn fine beer. Damn fine beer. It's crazy and huge, but I could drink this stuff all night. It's been a long time since I had a hop bomb this good.

Photo of Slynger
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Rod Rye pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, deep orangey amber color with a nice lid of fuzzy-creamy light tan.

Smells of sweet brown sugary malts with loads of fresh orange, grapefruit, and piney hops.

The nose was very nice, but the flavor is where it is where Hop Rod really breaks away from the pack. Sweet caramel malts with sweet fresh oranges and grapefruits. Toasted wheat with a big spicy-bitter rye bite, and fresh citrus rind and pine needle hops complete this one. Medium-full body has a luscious pine oily smoothness to go along with a nice and fuzzy-fresh feeling creamy carbonation.

Great offering from Bear Republic. Rev-em up for this rip-roarin' RyePA.

Photo of WillClark
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 22oz bottle, this poured a deep, rich and murky amber with a nice creamy head. Mellow hop nose with a hint of spice. Quite drinkable- feels like it's going to take off and have a full dose of hop power but it pleasantly disappears while leaving an mild sweetness to create a nicely textured mouth feel. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

This is a good beer.

Photo of ASymon13
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep dark reddish amber with a nice big fluffy off-white head to it. It has excellent retention and lacing as the head recedes. It is full of big hop aromas! It has a big floral character to it with hints of grapefruit and pine. You can kind of pick up the rye on the back end, but it is overpowered by the hops (not a bad thing).

The taste isn't quite as overpowering as the aroma was, but it still provides a decent hop-kick. The hops are definitelyprevalent, with the grapefruit and pine coming out stronger, while the floralness fades into the background. The rye is very notable, and gives the beer a distinct dry finish. It is fairly well balanced and is an excellent representation of the style. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than most IPA's, while the carbonation is a bit thinner than you'd expect. It is a very good IPA, and definitely worth having every so often.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Great looking and smelling beer- amber/reddish color, the rye really comes through in both aroma and taste. The hop profile is in great balance with the malt. A fabulous pale ale that I could drink every day.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown with a thick head that falls to a thin cap.
The first aroma is of the hops, pine, citrus rind. Then the sharp rye with some caramel and a hint of dark fruit.
Taste very similar to smell. Piney/pithy/grassy hops followed by the rye rounded out with the caramel/fruit malts.
Medium bodied, the flavors do linger on the palate. Good carbonation.
The flavors make this pretty drinkable, but at 8% it should be shared.
Very good example of a Rye Ale. Recommended witout hesitation.

Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with telejunkie.

Color: Pours a beautiful amber color with a decent two-finger head. Ample carbonation.

Aroma: Very hoppy and floral. Cascade hops and rye always see to go together well.

(side note: I homebrewed a rye pale ale with cascade and amarillo hops).

Taste: Very hoppy and floral upfront. Unfolds with beautiful rye kick, followed by flowery hop bitterness. Smooth. Spicy. The rye adds another dimension to this IPA. Somewhat bready and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and bready. Floral and hoppy. The bitterness of the hops lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. From the start, you're treated to a very nice floral hop kick with the rye adding to it. One sip and you should be hooked.

Verdict: Magnifico! This is one IPA I would love to try again and it gives me something to aim for in homebrewing.

Photo of leif86
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

A: Two inches of rich, thick, cream colored head that has great retention. The body is a hazy, dark caramel color.

S: A wonderful balance of malty, hoppy, and earthy tones. Some rye in there too.

T: Spicy and deliciously hoppy. The hops linger with you giving you a bitter sensation similar to grapefruit.

M: Creamy, could stand to be a little less carbonated.

D: High, so very high in the drinkability category. Tastes nothing like an 8% beer

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally in Vegas! Pours a hazy mahogany brown with thick off-white head with amazing retention and lacing. A very nice looking beer. The first whiff is so strong of piney hops you wouldnt believe it, the strongest "pine" scent I've yet to experience in a beer. Taste is a nice blend of bitter hops and slightly caramel-ish malt. A very nice balancew with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly thicker mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall a great beer I think deserving of its high reviews.

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,406 ratings.