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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,283
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 216
Gots: 212 | 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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Photo of xnapshot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

xnapshot, May 18, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Rusty copper, 1 finger off white head, light lacing.

S - Caramel, light tropical fruits, bitter hops, slightly pungent.

T - Piney, resin, caramel, raison, rye, plums, dark spices, grains, bitter aftertaste.

M - Fairly smooth, medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Excellent beer, must try more from Bear Republic.

Rickythejeweler, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

excruciating_pastry, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Element1290, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kmoore149, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pugs78, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

whatname, May 15, 2012
5/5  rDev +18.2%

BERNUTBAG, May 14, 2012
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.23/5  rDev 0%

Color is brown, nearly the color of iced tea, with a light tan head. Not a particularly attractive beer upon pouring, but lacing is very good. Hops dominate the smell, with citrus and pine. The taste is more balanced - caramel sweetness from malts, spiciness from rye, bitterness from hops all combine for an interesting flavor profile. Piney hops are more noticeable than other flavors. Mouthfeel is prickly on the tongue. Very enjoyable, and one of the better rye beers I've had.

DeltaGolfSierra, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

JeffTheJuice, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

sbanacho, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

KimenTshom, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Eriktheipaman, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Piason, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AJD1201, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

tenacioustomato, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MerkurKing16, May 08, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of beerme626
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

A bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Rich brown with a hint of red under a one-and-a-half finger head. Very pretty.

S: Lots of bread, hint of alcohol, some dark fruits

T: Again, bread. The rye really comes through here. Some hop flavor combined within, building on the taste rather than distracting from.

M: Good, well-carbonated, but not super. A little tingly hop feel, but not as much as I expected from "Hop Rod"

O: A good beer. I need to try more ryes before I'm sold on them in general.

beerme626, May 07, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A gorgeous two fingers of thick head with good retention. A brown-red body is unusually dark. Clearish, with some bubbles. Heavy lacing.

S: Sweet malts, citrus hops, and a touch of spice that is unlike any rye I've encountered before. A sort of caramelly pine. Good.

T/M: Full, rich, and decadent. The 18% rye bill shines through by providing spicy edges and a dry aftertaste that is unexpected after the huge barley base. The maintaste -- excepting the edges -- is distantly sticky and lightly bready, sort of like biscuits and molasses. Piney hops complete the picture.

O: An excellent beer, far better than I remember it being. Recommended, and would drink again, though not what I typically expect from a Rye IPA (less spicy-dry, more thick-sweet).

AgentMunky, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

matthageman, May 06, 2012
Photo of rundocrun
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

A - Body is a deep brown. Hazy (only because I poured the sediment into the glass--i like it that way). A finger of off-white-to-tan head. Good retention. Some lacing.

S - Citrus bomb. Orange peel, lemon, some pine, some earthy rye character in the background. Very aromatic beer.

T - Surprisingly sweet and caramely up front. The dry rye flavor comes in toward the middle along with increasing hop bitterness. Fruity, citrusy hop flavor is prominent throughout. Finish is bitter, refreshing, slightly candy-sweet like a barleywine. Overall a very unique and refreshing West-coast hop grenade of a beer.

M - Medium body. Tingling but not too prominent carbonation--lets the flavors shine through. Minimal booziness. Leaves my tongue feeling slightly sticky, but the rye balances things out nicely.

rundocrun, May 05, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,283 ratings.