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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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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 JackieTH


4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy deep amber with a thin skein of light tan foam. Not much lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine forests, tropical mangos and papaya with earthy undertones.

Taste, this is one of the best balanced brews I've ever had. Loads of hop flavor..citrus, resin, papaya, mango..enormous mango..earthy, spicy..bitterness a plenty..but balanced right across the board by a toasty, caramelly malt backbone that never ever asserts itself. Sweetness..not a chance.

Medium and firm mouthfeel is creamy and velvety.

Very, very good. Lucious, tasty, wet, delicious.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2012 03:12:36 | More by JackieTH
Photo of scotvega18

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz Growler poured into a pint glass

A - Deep brown, but immensely clear with a thin lacing of khaki colored head. Lacing is very nice, but overall an odd color for this style, seemingly attributed to the rye it is made with.

S - Some grapefruit and citrus flavors, but yet, there is a substantial backbone of rye and amber malt, maybe with some roasted malt in there as well. Almost smells like a black IPA, but with slightly less roastiness

T - Immense hop character and bitterness all over this one. There is some rye, but this is really an IPA first, and a west coast one at that. Lots of refreshing citrus and hop characters up front, followed by great hop bitterness with some of the rye adding to the finish of bitterness as well.

M - Oddly refreshing for such a dark colored beer. A very nice addition to an IPA. Carbonation and alcohol are both appropriate.

Notes - Just a solid beer, one of the best offerings from Bear Republic, which is an extremely solid brewery. The IPA characteristics from racer 5, but with some of the malt backbone of red rocket.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 16:23:14 | More by scotvega18
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a growler of this at the orchard park consumer's for 12-13$, not a bad deal. a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a super beautiful deep bronze, red, almost brown color with a big fluffy, rocky, light tan colored head. amazing retention and lace. looks ideal!

dank, sprucey, woody, pine hops. some citrus. bready, slightly spicy rye malt with a hint of caramel.

lots of woody/ piney and grapefruit citrus hops balanced just perfectly by a bready, slightly caramel malt. some spicy rye is definatly noticable in the finish with lots of good bitterness as well.

sticky, almost a little resiny on the palate. medium bodied, carbonation feels perfect for this beer.

overall, a great drinker. this growler was such an easy kill on a nice summer night, in my backyard next to a fire. ill always come back to this beer, it seems to have just a little more to offer than your average IPA, almost like an amber rye IPA...love it!

Serving type: growler

06-05-2011 15:27:10 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of jsanford


4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful dark amber/orange with a huge foamy 3 finger head. Nice lacing.

S - I love the smell of this beer, one of my favorites! Very crisp grapefruit hops, slightly bready malts, definite rye "spiciness".

T - Caramel malt backbone with a lovely balance of grapefruit hops. More rye and pepper. Really well put together.

M - Amazingly smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on. Medium bodied.

D - Ummm...where did my growler go?! Very drinkable, absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV. Amazing beer, definitely one of my favorites, and at around $5 a bomber its one of the best deals you can find. Great job, Bear republic!

Serving type: growler

07-15-2010 15:01:21 | More by jsanford
Photo of Slatetank


4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this growler at Cobbblestones in York. Poured chilled into a Guinness tulip.

A - a beautiful garnet color with very good clarity and foamy light tan head .

S - Buttloads of citrus w/ a high amount of grapefruity goodness and a subtle caramel malt sweetness in the nose

M - For an agressively hopped beer there is a nice amount of creamy and sweet texture from the malt.

T - A nice sweet orange rind sour and bitter hop flavor up front that relaxes slowly into a spicy and grapefruit-like flavor. The light caramel and a lovely floral hop layered beneath the citrus and subtle rye edge is splendid

D - The drinkability of this beer is extremely good. I drank several pints from the growler in one sitting. I consider the combination of flavors delightful but the abv is the only thing that keeps it from a '5'

Serving type: growler

01-07-2009 20:03:15 | More by Slatetank
Photo of dadonabike


4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App. It poured a lovely red/brown w/ a good amount of small bubbles forming a lasting light tan head. The lacing lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Sml. Delicious! Rich! It has a heavy malt smell with pleasant rye/wheat bread notes. There are hints of caramel and honey, spice, and breakfast cereal in there. This mixes w/ the incredibly fragrant hop aromas. We found citrus (grapefruit), mint, and cinnamon. (My kids help with the smelling phase.)

Taste Wow! There is a lot going on in that bottle, a lot of good stuff. First I though of the sprouted grain breads that you can buy in health food stores, especially the ones with dried fruit. There is a big malt base that's followed by a rye sourness. Then the hops hit with bitter and herbs and pine. A great balance, it all works together. I don't feel that any one thing overpowers, but I like sour. The after taste stays with you, and you want more.

MF. This beer has a thickness and weight and the carbonation seems just right. The after taste is quite dry considering the malty feel.

Drinkability- Huge tastes, I will be going back for more.

This went well with our pasta and sauce. Then after with two stinky artesian goat cheeses form VT and English wheat biscuits, also paired nicely with an organic sharp cheddar from Nieghborly farm.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2008 03:41:09 | More by dadonabike
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's to great beer stores like Glenville Beverage, who have this on tap on a semi-regular basis. Pours a dark reddish-amber with a tight cream colored head that laces down the rest of the pint. Aroma of resiny, citrus rind hops over a backdrop of sweet fruity malt and a distinct rye bread fresh from the oven spiciness. Mmm...

This is almost two different beers in one pint: pour it straight from a fridge-temp growler and the bountiful hops grab the tongue and give it a good shakedown before the fruity, toasted-rye maltiness comes in to pick up the spare change and cufflinks - they're there, but the beer is decidedly hopcentric. But...

Let it warm up for a few minutes, to say 45 or 50 degrees. Then everything kicks into gear at the same time and the results are astounding. From the sip, aggressive hops still try to rough up the tongue but now the rye spicy-graininess is standing alongside, carrying a Thompson submachinegun of dry caramel and fruit maltiness and faint distant warming alcohol. It's all there in one sip. I just love this beer. Finishes with a distinctive "really good rye bread" aftertaste with trailing notes of citrus rind, the Kordite smoke of maltiness still present in the tastebuds. Just chewy enough. Far too drinkable.

Simply an outstanding brew - if this is your local, consider yourself lucky.

Serving type: growler

06-20-2005 23:33:04 | More by sponberg
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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
Photo of Cavanaghty


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
Photo of patpbr


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
Photo of kj8525


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
Photo of cjgiant

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
Photo of obrike


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
Photo of a0lbudman


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
Photo of papat444

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
Photo of lochef81


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
Photo of Mike_Moe


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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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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