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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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4,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,168
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 206
Gots: 193 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The hard pour produced a head of about 2-1/2"... oops. That light biege head seemed to last forever and as it slowly dissipated, the clumpy lace left on the glass was amazing! The beer is a deep amber.

The nose was quite pungent. Lots of citrusy hops.

The taste was great! The first that that hits you is the citrus blast of the hops... not too much... very nice. Then the rye bread taste comes into play.

Mouthfeel was a tiny bit thinner than expected... not too bad... but the bready taste left me wanting a bit more substance. Good lingering aftertaste though.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... bring 'em on.... highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 21:29:06 | More by TheBierBand
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-17-2011 23:33:48 | More by mklinger
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red colored body with a large light brown thick bubbly head.

Smell is of bitter hops, caramel malts, and rye.

Taste is like the smell with a rye malt flavor up front followed by a bitter hop kick in the finish. Nice unique IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a bitter finish.

Good drinkability, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:56:44 | More by pmccallum86
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2011 23:18:41 | More by smithmd4
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-02-2013 23:14:50 | More by SlamLord
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-12-2014 16:36:35 | More by BSuter
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-24-2014 17:26:04 | More by robear
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - deep red, very clear, rock solid tan head leaves thick sheets of lace behind

S - thick caramel malt, slight toffee, with spicy rye, fruity, light citrus hops, it all combines to create some leafy earthiness, very enticing

T - hops come through a bit more at the tip of the tongue, but still balanced with the tasty malt profile, that is not cloying or sweet, just MALTY, the finish brings in a smooth chocolate element that is intertwined with alcohol and bitter citrus that lingers for a long, long time

M - just about the perfect weight for this beer, medium body and smooth carbonation keep it from being syrupy, hop resins stick to the insides of the mouth and accentuate the dry bitterness, alcohol warmth is mild and smooth

D - drinks exceptionally well for a bigger beer, yet is still immenently complex

Damn near perfect execution on this beer. My favourite rye beers are always on the darker, maltier side with a decent body and american hops, and this one nails it. There is a fair bit of hops in this beer, but they are not front and center, in fact I'd say they provide the accent to this beer, not the malt.

I can't think of any negatives, I wouldn't change a thing, but I don't want to give it a perfect 5.

Find this beer and drink as much as you can!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 01:47:18 | More by markaberrant
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice ruby red with a bit of a purplish hue in there as well. Slight off-white head. Aroma of pine hops, hints of citrus and big bready and caramel notes. Flavor beings with bittering pine hops before moving to to sweeter grapefruit notes. Huge, thick caramel malt comes next and stays until the finish. Hints of black cherry and raisin as well add to this really big malt that battles with, but complements this well-hopped brew. Spiciness and more bittering pine hops finish this one out with some rye shining through late and more as it warms. Really thick, substantial, yet drying mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:50:49 | More by uustal
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2013 14:02:11 | More by jsilva
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-01-2011 18:34:08 | More by Kevlee722
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-02-2012 23:47:49 | More by olympicgatorade
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-31-2012 08:30:06 | More by jurbanik
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-22-2014 17:55:49 | More by Mack
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-28-2012 22:08:23 | More by ninner00
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-26-2012 23:17:33 | More by 2neardead
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-28-2013 07:31:22 | More by MystikCelt
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-17-2011 22:48:40 | More by Leftofthedial
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-01-2012 20:22:24 | More by bkrbdan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-28-2013 06:17:11 | More by sfr26
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Deep ruby color with a tall, sticky, light tan head that falls to one finger in height. Perfect lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel, doughy malt, grapefruit, pineapple.

T - Initially sweet, but caramel malts give way to assertive hop flavor and bitterness. The spicy flavor of rye makes a late appearance and lingers into a rather short-lived, dry finish. Well balanced between the spicy rye, sweet malt, and citrusy hops.

M - Coarse and aggressive.

D - Very good. Definitely a beer I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:56:59 | More by trbergman
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept. 3rd 2011 (from notes)


A - Translucent blood red, one finger off white head and a bit of lacing

S - Sugar, citrus, very fruity, toasted, tons of floral hops, sweet yeast, nice earth and just awesome

T - very nice hops, sweet, a bit spicy, silky yeast, tons of sweet malts, very floral, pine, citrus, wood, earth, a bit fruity and slightly toasted

M - full bodied, low acidity, well balanced, nice complexity and long finish

D - drinks like every hoppy ale. The hops aren't in your face but they are awesome. If you like hops, rye and good drinking beer. Just like Nike, do it!

Final thought - bear republic, I love you. 8% and only $4, noire!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 06:33:43 | More by whatthehull
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-27-2013 01:53:16 | More by djcira
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

08-28-2013 01:45:42 | More by russwilliam
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, burgundy color with a thick, frothy head. The aroma is certainly hop-filled, with notes of pine and citrus, but it is also much sweeter than I would have expected with a big caramel sweetness. The flavor is bigger and bolder than the aroma suggested, with an earthy, grapefruit hop bitterness that is solidly balanced against an underlying caramel malt sweetness. In contrast to this balance, the bitter hops are dominant in the aftertaste, which effectively masks any hint of the 8% alcohol. This "specialty ale" is medium-bodied and nicely (but not overly) carbonated, but despite this solid mouthfeel and largely balanced flavor, it's the overwhelming bitterness in the aftertaste rather than the higher alcohol that makes this one almost more of a sipper than a session beer. That said, I still happily plowed through this bomber in no time.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 00:26:28 | More by devilben02
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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