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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,174
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 208
Gots: 197 | FT: 4
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 TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber-brown colour with a nice foamy white head.

S - A strong malt profile on the nose with some piney hops. Not as strong of a hop nose as I expected.

T - A nice hop presence, mostly earthy/pine with very subtle citrus. A nice spicy malt backbone. A very complex flavour profile for an IPA (I guess that's the rye!)

M - Medium body with some a bit of chewiness.

D - A very nice IPA with a unique flavour profile. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:01:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of erosier


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to tzanio for this one!

L: Pours a nice red-orange color with a small and short tan colored head that left a little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of spicy rye, a big earthy/piney hop aroma, some caramelized malts mixed in and a hint of yeast at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, hints of caramelized malts, a big spicy rye mixed with earthy and piney hops really brings this one together. The rye mixes very well with the hops and it hides the abv so you wouldn't know if you didn't read the bottle how big of a beer it is.
M: Very crisp, sharp, a little heavier than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, this one was pretty easy to put down and the flavors were expertly mixed. I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 13:29:37 | More by erosier
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomb bottle into an imperial pint glass; poured cold but drank slowly over time to let it warm.

A - Mahogany is the best word to describe the color, along with the implied warmth that comes with that term; this is an inviting-looking beer, though dark for the style. A bit cloudy as it is unfiltered. A medium-aggressive pour yields a big foamy head that dissipates and leaves lace all the way down the glass.
S - Mostly hops, with a bit of malt tossed into the mix.
T & M - Big, soapy hops right off the bat, with an (initially) unplaceable sweetness in the background. Hops linger throughout the palate, and at the end the maltiness begins to resolve and become discernible; roasted malts (especially) and rye are pretty prominent here (mid-palate). Long, long finish that dries out the tongue with a "off" taste (rye?). Mouthfeel is almost creamy, as the carbonation is perfect for the style. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, which is pretty amazing at 8%.
D - Yeah, pretty great. Could drink a bunch of these despite it being a pretty substantial beer.

Overall this is a pretty darn good IPA, with the rye making it a bit more interesting. IPA/hop lovers with love this. This is the second beer I've tried from Bear Republic and will definitely be looking out for more from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 23:48:47 | More by bosox941827
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light brown copper color with a huge slowly dissipating head it was too fluffy for an ipa..the smell was hops, citrus, rye , malts ,and some spice all were faint however..the bottle says dual hop injections with 18% rye.. im not getting an overabundance of hops on this one nor can i taste the rye infusion it is there no doubt but i was wanting more..more citrus/pine more hops malt more rye taste ..having said all this.. it is a rye/ipa to try to its credit the 8% abv is not detectable and it does get more complex/flavorful as it warms..thiis ipa is good but ill buy racer 5 b4 this one

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:49:25 | More by gatornation
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New York

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

A: Pours a rich burgundy, with just over a finger of off white head in the tulip. A trail of lacing wraps the glass.

S: Piney hops, some cloves, and a hint of rye - needed to really suck it in to get the rye, but it's there. A bit of alcohol too.

T: Hops upfront and definitely taste the rye. Very bitter, tart. Really wish i had some strong cheese to pair with.

M: Mouthfeel matches the strength of the flavor and aroma. Minimal, but good carbonation.

D: It's a very aggressive beer so difficult to have a few on their own. Next time i have this, i'll be sure to have some equally aggressive cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:11:27 | More by cpone
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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great red amber color. Nice head that takes a little to disapate.

S: Very hoppy aroma, very hoppy.

T: Good beer, strong hoppy after-taste. I like my beers less hoppy, but I can see why people really like this beer.

M: Thin beer, not to much chew.

D: Drinkable, but too hoppy for me to have more than 1 or 2.

Overall: If you like nice hearty hoppy beers, than this is a beer for you. What sells me has to be th nice red color of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:00:29 | More by bgildea
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a nice tan head and great lacing. Head didn't last that long but there is still a good ring around the glass.

Smells of rye malt and great American hops. Pretty good aroma.

Tastes just as it smells. The Rye adds a great flavor to the IPA. A nice malty sweetness blanaced by the hops well

Mouthfeel is great. The malt to carb ratio is good and to style.

Overall this is a great beer that everyone should try. Get it in a trade if you have to. You won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:22:30 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - lacing that lingers, solid head, copper in color

Smell - hop forward nose

Taste - citrus hops, rye and malt, grassiness

Mouthfeel - medium body, some dryness in the finish, high carbonation

Drinkability - very pleasant and balanced IPA with a smooth finish that leaves room for another

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:57:16 | More by djbreezy
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that when just looking for something interesting in Mass a couple weeks ago, I unintentionally picked up the #62 beer in the world. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Deep amber red, almost brown. Head is a light tan that dissipates quickly.

S-Caramel, malts, pine, and rye with strong hoppiness. Noticeable citrus as well.

T-Follows the nose here. Malts and rye dominate with a bitter, lingering hop finish.

M-Medium, maybe even full bodied. Medium carb. As mentioned, it has a lingering aftertaste which is just awesome. Overall pretty smooth.

D-ABV is barely noticeable and it goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:43:38 | More by xanok
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is kind of hard to review. I first off think that the bottle I am reviewing may not be one of the freshest offerings available. Secondly there are no flavor or appearance criteria in the guidelines.

As far as appearance goes this is a deep red / dark copper color that has a head that holds up well and then slowly fades but always slightly remains.

The aroma is a combination of hop and malt with the hop being more prevalent. I believe a fresher serving would have even less of a malt aroma.

The taste seems to be overly malty to the style but again can be a result of the age of the bottle. Still has a nice hop profile but not as intense as I would have imagined.

The mouthfeel is a nice medium body that that has a semi dry finish. Does have a slight warmth from alcohol. Very true to style

The drinkability is good. Once again I believe freshness play a big part in this. I have still enjoyed this bottle however fresh it may be. I will be looking forward to getting another bottle to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:41:14 | More by nopucophop
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with a mahogany red hue. Slightly unfiltered with a tan head that fades kinda quickly but leaves its fingerprint all the way down the glass.

S - It has a nice blend of malts and hops but the hops take over towards the end. The addition of rye isn't too apparent on the nose but you can tell it is there.

T - The spiciness of the rye definitely comes through a lot more in the taste. It is complimented with piney/earthy hops that taste very fresh and clean, plus pair nicely with the flavors of the rye. The malts give it a great backbone...they aren't too strong and are slightly roasted, and pull all the flavors together. No competition between flavors in this one and they are all separate but blend well together.

M/D - Medium/heavy body that finishes quite dry from all the hops. There is a little apparent heat from the alcohol but nothing too distracting. Drinkability is high but you wouldn't want to put down too many of these at one time.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 23:23:11 | More by VaTechHopHead
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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love the initial hop-hit when you dive into one of your favorite IPA's but Hop Rod is one the best at lingering around for awhile on the back of your tongue. There is definitely a strong malt note here. Not overpowering but significant. Coppery and murky. The rye is not overwhelming and it's incredibly easy to drink at 8 percent. In my opinion, there really isn't a bad brew from Bear Republic and this is a great example of the quality they produce year after year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 15:40:01 | More by SDHoffers
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3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an Imperial Pint, nice bronze color with bit of ruby glow. Thick 2-finger head that hangs around and left a good lacing.

S - Strong earthy smell; hops, pine and Grapefruit backed and malt. I got a smell of something that reminded me of a gym bag - not necessarily bad, although it sounds that way, is that the rye? It's only my second rye beer.

T - Bready/malty sweetness with resiny hop bit that clings to the tongue. Grain flavors come through in the middle with a lingering finish of spicy/peppery hops. Still a bit of mustiness - possibly the rye. It's different (to me), but not unpleasant, but it is strong.

M - Rich, smooth, resiny, very silky throughout. Lingering.

D - A very drinkable brew, complex layers of flavor and no alcohol intrusion from the 8% ABV.

This beer is good quality, and complex. The taste is not my favorite, at the moment, but that is personal preference. I'd drink it again although I don't plan on stocking my fridge with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 14:25:03 | More by diechipmunk
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Hop Rod Rye from Beer Republic

A- Dark copper color, 2 finger head which clings to the wall of the glass, clear

S - Excellent smell, definitely hops with some pine and citrus

T - Smooth, malty initial taste, bitter hop aftertaste which lingers, for 8% alcohol, you can't taste it

M - Good mouthfeel, smooth, not bitter. Can't feel the carbonation

D- Overally excellent IPA. Not my favorite but pretty high up.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 23:57:35 | More by runner72
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bomber

A-hazy reddish amber with a decent sized eggshell head that sticks around for awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S-Pungent pine resin hops predominate with a malt backbone whiff in the background. Enticing.

T-The caramel backbone is well supported by the resinous citrus hops that dominate this brew, but it is not so hop-centric that it throws off the balance. Damn tasty slighly bigger brother to Racer 5 with a spicy rye twist.

M-Well balanced, creamy and just perfect.

D-Entirely drinkable...never would know that this is an 8% ABV brew. Bear does everything well, and this is another fantastic, enjoyable, and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:35:44 | More by caddybuyer
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear ruby and is topped with a 1 finger tan head. Nice rings of lacing.
Smell - Rye, sweet caramel malts.
Taste - Lots of rye, sweet malts and firm piney hops linger to give finish with a hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean, dry finish.
Drinkability - Easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 22:32:37 | More by Aenema
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Remarkable brew that borders on a rye and DIPA character but ultimately achieves something else.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old school flaming vehicle design mixed with the Bear Republic branding, a bit kitschy and, true again, the motor topic does not do it for me. Brief and assertive narrative with some nice brew master notes, including its non-filtered character.. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. (8.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours amber-brown to brown color with some scarlet tones towards the edges. Short creamy head, medium to small retention and some unremarkable lacing.

S - Very subdued on this version. There is a faint hoppy grapefruit and pine resin whiff, with a shy rye remembrance.

T - Hmmm there is a malty sweetness coating a shy rye note, and a finishing hoppy bite. Grapefruit and a bit of a resiny range.

M - Medium body with what seems initially medium carbonation that goes quite light quickly. It is very short of the rye texture, maybe due to the proportion of grain used, maybe because of a freshness issue.

D - It´s rather nice and a good brew to be had. But in this current incarnation it is also something not to keep at the forefront for a drinking experience.

Notes: I rather like it but does not fulfill a series of expectations. Ultimately this does not matter much since it is a a very pleasing brew and full of character. But for me it is quite a bit a shy on the rye, it could use a bit more for my taste, at least to call it "rye anything", and likewise I do not perceive the super assertive hoppy profile that is typically associated with this brew. Likewise, it feels too hefty and off the beaten path to consider it an American IPA. Strange and remarkable brew in any case.

To be fair, I have nicer memories from a bomber I had of this a while back. Since it has no freshness date I wonder if this four-pack has been sitting for a bit too long in a beer boneyard, and it may have lost at least a good part of its aroma, and hop assertiveness.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 21:37:58 | More by Daniellobo
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 8% ABV, 317 09 printed on the UPC.

A - Hop Rod starts up nicely with an amber-brown body that's clear with a three-finger, off-white/tan head. Great retention that eventually succumbed to a rocky, clumpy pile lowering down leaving tons of awesome lace all over the glass.

S - Bold notes of American Graffiti...er hops come out. Pine and mild citrus with a strong rye nose backed by a good maltiness. Overall it's somewhat low but good none-the-less. Maltier with rye more than hoppy.

T - During the nose and appearance the hops were just revving their engines to burn rubber in my mouth! They peel out with a well-balanced pine and citrus patch followed up by a smoke cloud of rye, malts, and light honey left in their wake. Very smooth balance.

M - Smooth feeling and soft on the palate, Hop Rod is gentle with a moderate bitterness to the finish.

D - Hop Rod is one smooth ride. A great beer with great suspension, there are a lot of nice flavors going on here. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the 22 can be polished off by one person I'd say. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:11:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased two of these little baby bombers after staring at the wall of beer at my local JV. Something about the flaming hot rod on the front seemed to called to me. It whispered, "Drink me, I'm all the company you will need tonight". Might I add that i was already a little tipsy at this time, so speaking Beer is not that uncommon. Once I had purchased the item in question, I proceeded to make my way home, where i could truly enjoy this masterful American brew.

Appearance- Clear with a little clouding, giving this beer a mysterious and ominous look.

Smell- Strong notes of citrus, pine and biscuits. Quite a nose pleasing and pungent concoction.

Taste- A hearty IPA flavor that was followed by hints of sweet french bread and a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel- owh so good, yet a little thick.

Drinkability- Well i drank both in one sitting and remained that way till the morning. Goes down easy, great to be paired with chocolate chip teddy grahams, but pacts a little bit of a punch.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:01:03 | More by dnonchalant
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint...

A: a dark, hazy, reddish amber with a big, thick tan head that seems to take forever to work its way down. leaves alot of arches of lacing.

S: bready, fruity, and spicy: alot of rye and and a caramel-covered green apple come to mind, pine, and orange peel.

T: immediate taste of apples, hoppy and bitter citrus, bread-like, with a strong malty balance. fades to a peppery and fruity finish. very bitter with alot of malt sweetness.

M: Full bodied beer, thick and creamy, then gives way to a tingle of hops and light carbonation. finishes very crisp, with alot of hop resins, and a warming alcohol effect. finishes dry.

Overall, a unique brew with alot of muscle! This is my 2nd IPA/APA to review that was brewed with rye that I know of(other was Founder's Red's Rye P.A.). I love the unique characteristics that this extra ingredient adds to the finished product. It gives the beers a bready, crispy, and spicy quality that adds to the expression of the hops. This is a must-try for hopheads looking for an extra treat! Leave this one for the end of your session, as the bitterness will most likely destroy the pallate.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:13:42 | More by OlRasputin989
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper red,with a solid light brown 1/2 inch head with good lacing,aroma is heavily hopped with excellent spicing.This beer is well balanced but has a spicey,peppery finish,a tad of rye lingers on the back of the tongue,very drinkable,Its both a great IPA and rye beer,highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:00:26 | More by jjhbrfdds
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

HopRod Rye pours a beautiful burnished mahogany color with some nice lighter walnut highlights when held up to the light. Certainly not the kind of color I was expecting for this, but it is really pretty. The beer put up a finger of off-white, foamy head that had decent retention and left some solid, sticky rings around the glass.

The nose is chock-full of hops. Hoppy citrus and pine aromas waft from the nose and a tiny bit of brown sugar maltiness comes through in the end. Very aromatic as well, you don't have to search for the scents.

The taste is intriguing. Up front, a bit of toasty caramel malt flavor comes out in conjunction with a little bit of piney hop flavor, then it is absolutely blown away by more citrusy hop flavor. The rye adds a bit of spicy flavor in the background. Doesn't blow me out of the water, but it's good.

A good mouthfeel here as well. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to help mask the alcohol. Crisp and zesty on the tongue with a drying finish.

All in all, this is a well put together, drinkable IPA. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit with the higher ABV, but I can't really put this one down. Is it a DIPA or a regular AIPA? Make up your mind. Either way, it's pretty and its tasty, and I won't have any problems finishing the 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 00:19:16 | More by feelmefoam
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. A dark amber color, with a one inch off-white head. Good lacing and a nice collar atop the glass. On the nose, very hoppy but hidden underneath is a layer of caramel malts and just a bit of bready quality from the rye. Fresh hops, grapefruit, more caramel malts and brown sugar. Such a complex array of flavors, lead the way to a bitter finish. Crisp taste, medium body and carbonation. Just the right balance between rich and smoooth feel. Does a good job of hiding the alcohol @ 8% ABV. An incredibly drinkable beer, with a great balance. If you see this one the shelf, do yourself a favor a pick up a couple!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:36:23 | More by kylejohnson03
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, dark red, a little translucent. A big, thick, frothy head fills up the duvel tulip and makes this one very visually appealing beer. Head dissipates a bit and settles to a cloud-like thin layer. Really nice lacing too.

S- Piney, citric/fruity, resin-y, and spicy.

T- Initially I get crisp pine, as well as bitter grapefruit/lemon rind, then some really nice spiciness and a slight sweetness emerge, which eventually give way to toasted bread and rye/graininess. Maybe a slight bit of nuttiness on the tail end too.
Really complex and unique.

M- Medium bodied, nice spritz-y carbo which really lightens the weight of the body.

D- Real sessionable, I could drink a few of these despite a hefty abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:49:42 | More by anchordrinker
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New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, was not much head and color was much darker than expected for an ale. Smell is a ridiculous caramel and hops aroma is strong as well, creating a smell that might be requested by me on my death bed.

Like other reviews, I agree the 8% abv isn't noticed, but the caramel, hops and citrus, which may or may not be a product of the 18% rye, balance oh so well. As a huge fan of IPA's, I'd put it against any I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:03:51 | More by Timtac
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,174 ratings.