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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,271
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 216
Gots: 214 | 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 timontheroad


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-01-2013 02:13:40 | More by timontheroad
Photo of baiser


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a dark brown colour, with a fluffy tan head, tremendous lacing. The aroma rushed out of the bottle. Floral, piney, juicy fruits, and just tonnes of hop flavour. The only way to describe this beer is that it's a hop monster. Initially, it's got such a fruity, juicy gummy bear kind of taste, but ends with a tremendous amout of hop bitterness. Just so much flavour packed into a bottle. One of my favourites.

01-22-2005 19:19:55 | More by baiser
Photo of Onslow


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours with a big tan-cream head, 2-3 fingers - has good lasting power

Smell is a delicious burst on the opening of the bottle 'like an english style imperial ipa'

Taste is bold and pure, Good powerful flowery hoppiness - has a special something something

Enjoyable and smooth- assertive yet graceful...I like bears... the bitterness just coats the mouth as you drink... and not a bad buy economically either...

I can very easily see why this is a staple in most fridges!

08-25-2007 15:02:21 | More by Onslow
Photo of ibbjamin


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

This beer pours thick and creamy leaving a 2+ inch light tan frothy head that drops very slowly down to about 1 finger. I've never seen an IPA look quite like this one. Carbonation bubbles in the beer are minimal despite the large head. A dark amber copper color that is nearing opaque. Very thick marbled lacing.

Floral, citrus and pine hops noted in the nose. Some balanced malt along for the ride as well.

Taste is refreshing and light, but not light in a bad way. This beer is very well balanced which I could detect in the nose before it even hit the mouth, but taste definitely confirms this. All I can say is this is a tasty one!

Creamy, medium body, nicely carbonated. I could drink this one all night and I wouldn't even know it was 8% until I felt if after a few pints.

Highly recommended. Among my top 2-3 IPAs currently.

05-23-2008 02:18:42 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of alkemy


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Darkish brown/amber, although copper and mahogany when held up to light. Thick two finger head with alot of staying power. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Breadiness in the smell along with hops and a hint of alcohol. Nice piny bite of hops up front. Then sweet malty notes. The rye finish is the real treat for this one. Just a really pleasant finish and aftertaste. Noticed alcohol more in the smell than in the taste, so I'd consider the 8% to be hidden well.

10-10-2009 18:13:15 | More by alkemy
Photo of grubefresh


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-29-2013 05:00:14 | More by grubefresh
Photo of Getalegup


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-23-2014 22:22:02 | More by Getalegup
Photo of IceAce


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: Deep sienna coloring with excellent clarity topped by a single finger collar of dense, tan foam. Lacing is of the very best quality

Aroma: While the hops (of course) dominate the nose, one can detect the underlying notes of the high quality malt

Taste: Initial impression...hops. Mid-taste...hops. Finish...hops. As the brew warmed the mid notes of malt and rye were more easily detected.

Mouthfeel: A 'thick' and satisfying mouthfeel with very good body

Drinkability: Well above average as long as you do not need to use your taste buds for anything else in the immediate future

Hop Rod is brewed with 18% flaked rye and is a 'must taste' for self acclaimed hopheads

08-25-2004 07:22:16 | More by IceAce
Photo of Redwood21


4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: wow, awesome looking brew, it is a hazy brown color with a tan head that is an inch thick, and i mean thick and rocky and creamy and all the things you dream of the head on a beer to be. when i think of a 5 out of 5 this is what i hope for. i hope for a good solid color and a head that makes me thirsty

S: I knocked this down because while it by no means smells bad, it also has no discerning awesome come hither aroma. it has a slight fruit citrus air to it, but thats about all "I" can detect.

T: this is a good ipa, the hops to me were not all that overpowering but yielded a flavor i was not used to in an ipa, almost more sweet with a strong bitter finish, odd combo but a welcomed change from the norm for sure this is also one beer that you can taste the citrus, maybe grapefruit from the hops.

M/D: Ok so this beer is very enjoyable and not too overpowering, so its an easy drinker. I would imagine one not accustomed to ipa's might not agree. it has a dry bitter aftertaste, but i welcome and expect this

12-22-2007 04:19:14 | More by Redwood21
Photo of KGarrett

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-19-2011 00:16:45 | More by KGarrett
Photo of genog


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Got this beer last week immediately when I heard it would be available here in Ohio.

Appearance - pours into my glass a very nice amberish color. Found my glass to display a lighter color at the bottom and the beer appears to be much darker toward the top. Poured with a very large head of caramel color.

Smell - Smells very nice balance of the hops and rye, with the rye shining through a little more.

Taste - I can taste the rye more than I can smell. Not very hoppy, but that is probably the intention with the addition of the rye. I should compare to their Racer X IPA

Mouth - Not as carbonated as I would have thought, but the taste more than makes up for the lack of carbonation.

Drink - I thoroughly enjoyed every sip of this drink, and would have another one soon if I bought two ;(

05-11-2007 17:38:45 | More by genog
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Hop Rod Rye is awesome out of the bottle, and from the aroma and look of my half pint pour, it looks like it willead that be the same on draft. The color is deep caramel, filtered clear with a tan ad. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, below a grapefruit hop bitterness. The taste is sweet up front. Loads of caramel malt, rye spice, and a finish that is bitter but pleasingly so. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy but not full.

01-06-2010 18:23:09 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of SykDoc


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It pours an interesting amber/red color. A beige 1/4 inch head forms and leaves a spotty lacing over the top and around the edges. No sediment or minimal carbonation is visible after it settles.

The aroma is as the name would imply, primarily hops including citrus and pine notes. There is an earthiness to this that includes some floral-like notes.

The taste is strong with the hops including grapefruit/citrus and pine notes. The malts also provide a sweet backbone. That earthy and bitter component is also there and likely related to the rye. Minimally spicy.

The mouthfeel is very good. There is a nice level of carbonation that highlights the flavor. A healthy bitterness lingers on the tongue as a reminder. This is fairly medium/full bodied and goes down very smooth.

Overall, I was not quite sure what to expect, but it is extremely good. The initial presentation leaved me underwhelmed and then it hit my mouth and wow. The flavors blend very well and it sits so well in your mouth. This beer is amazingly drinkable.

04-15-2009 00:35:54 | More by SykDoc
Photo of tut2528


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

A: pours a deep brown in color that turns to a slight orange brown when held up to the light. It creates about 1 fingers worth of head formation that is cream white. great lacing.

S: pretty well balanced… slight caramel malt backbone, nice mixture of rye and hops, citrus fruits are the main players in the brew

T: very similar to the nose and just as equally balanced. Caramel backbone, big rye and hops, some slight citrus and grapefruit and alcohol is slightly noticed. The finish has a nice creaminess that draws away some the hop bitterness

M: medium bodied which is spot on for this brew. It leaves a hoppy dryness on the palate and nice carbonation.

O: solid brew all the way around. It has a nice balance in both the nose and in the taste and has the right amount of complexity for this style.

10-08-2012 01:21:39 | More by tut2528
Photo of CSQ1111


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-27-2012 20:58:29 | More by CSQ1111
Photo of MystikCelt

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-28-2013 07:31:22 | More by MystikCelt
Photo of Tayloraphilips


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-29-2014 16:46:56 | More by Tayloraphilips
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-27-2014 06:25:42 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
Photo of TommyW


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Dark amber body with a sticky, off-white head.

S- Lots of citrus and pine hops with some faint spicy malt aroma.

T- Little bit of caramel malts up front. This quickly is blasted away by the citrus and piney hops. There is a little spiciness there as well (I think maybe from the rye).

M- Smooth and slick on the tongue with a medium body.

D- Really an awesome IPA. The spice that the rye adds really makes this one stand out from some other really good IPAs.

11-02-2009 03:46:24 | More by TommyW
Photo of PaulsBrew


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-06-2013 01:53:35 | More by PaulsBrew
Photo of wspscott


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Very dark copper, almost brown color, held up to a bright light there are some red tones, huge, fluffy light tan head with a ton of lace.
S: Lots of hops along with a lot of malt sweetness, similar to a hoppy old ale with some dried fruit and dark caramel. I would like more obvious hops characteristics.
T: Earthy, piney hops along with a huge malt taste, dark caramel, a tingly spiciness, more hops in the back of the mouth.
M: Oily hops, high carbonation, tastes "rich" without being cloying.
D: An awesome beer, for a massive hop bomb, it is very balanced. There is no hint of alcohol making this a potentially dangerous beer. I really like that there is obviously a lot of caramel malts here, but it is not "caramelly". Interesting, it seems to be a cross between an old/stock ale and an IPA, definitely not a standard DIPA. Highly recommended. Send this to KY.

01-12-2010 00:41:09 | More by wspscott
Photo of callmescraps


3.68/5  rDev -13%

Had this awhile ago, and remembered it fondly. First time I'm having it as a BA'er, so we'll see how it stands up.

Appearance - Hmmm. Darker than many IPA's, I'm blaming the rye. It's a deep amber almost dark ruby color. A nice inch of foamy head. Pretty clear. It looks nice, but not that beautiful glow of some IPA's.

Smell - Hops. Some definite pine. Also some citrus. But a real malt back there. Definitely an herbal smell. Almost some caramel or burnt sugar lingering.

Taste - Wow, lots of caramel malt flavor. Way more than expected. Almost woody, at times. A sweet semi-caramel or toffee finish. A little hop burn as well, with some of that pine. Very nutty flavor. Almost some pepper.

Mouthfeel - Pretty solid. Good carbonation, good coating.

Drinkability - Not bad, but I'm not in love with the nuttiness. I'll enjoy this one. Also, the pepperiness builds.

Interesting beer, but not a super favorite. Good, but not really great. Was hoping for a cleaner hop flavor.

04-02-2009 03:59:55 | More by callmescraps
Photo of core42


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-18-2014 17:55:10 | More by core42
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A -Pours dark amber into the glass with a good two fingers of head and excellent lacing.

S - Caramel like malts, hops, light citrus and piney notes.

T - Love the caramel malts mixed in with the nice bitter hops, really well balanced. Really coats the mouth and remains on the palate.

M - Creamy and consistent across the board

D - Incredibly drinkable, this is a beer I always find myself happy to come back to!

07-03-2010 17:58:57 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of mcorwin


4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-13-2012 22:26:52 | More by mcorwin
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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