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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,453 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,453
Reviews: 2,051
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 241
Gots: 255 | 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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of Shmeal
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Popp24
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a Guinness pint glass the beer yields a huge 3 finger head that has that IPA type of resilience. The beer has a really attractive ruby color that is created with the existence of rye in the grain bill. The nose is very clean with piny hops with a slight grapefruit character. A bit soapy and grainy. The taste is very bold. There is an instantaneous burst of bitter american hops that dominate most of the sip. In the back are lingering notes of hearty, toasted grains. The alcohol is completely masked by the concoction of hops used in this bomb of an IPA.

This is one of those beers that makes it well known that America has a real handle on the craft beer trade.

Photo of zdk9
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This one is quite dark for an IPA, a dark brown with copper highlights. There's about a half finger of head and some pocadot lacing.

S- The smell is weaker than the taste, and I wish there was more. Some sweetness and slight citrus.

T- I like this taste. It's sweet and carmely and hoppy, but also kind of husky, and with some straw hints.

M- Syrupy and thick. Good.

D- I could go for this one again, if the smell was stronger I would appreciate it more, but overall quite enjoyable.

Photo of mcphish22
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a dark reddish-brown amber with thick, creamy, light-beige head. Decent retention and very nice, intricate lacing.
S-Light sweet malt foundation, citrusy hops, light pine, rye, apple, grape, hints of dark, dry fruits.
T-Upfront slightly sweet roasted malt w/hoppy tones of citrus (mandarin and grapefruit plus a hint of resin), and light bitter rye flour. In midpalate, fruit esters emerge, including apple and grape.
M&D-Medium bodied with dry finish that really balances harmoniously with the slightly sweet palate. This is an excellent IPA...best I've had in a long time.

Photo of Iowacraft
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Treb0R
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Naes
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark amber to brown in color with reddish hues. It has a tall off-white frothy head. Retention and lacing is good.
The aroma is of hops and believe it or not, as the name implies rye is in the nose as well.
The flavor is bitter with hops and citrus, but has a definite malt character to balance things out. The rye is also present throughout the drink, but shows through best in the aftertaste. This is a nice and balanced DIPA.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
The alcohol content is hidden quite well.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a light brown color but turns more deep amber when backlit. Two fingers worth of tightly packed tan foam forms on top after a rigorous pour. Slowly dissipates to a thin film leaving tight webs of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is very balanced. Strong notes of bitter orange peel against a firm backdrop of nuts, milk chocolate,  cereal, and that grainy almost spicy hint of rye.

T - nutty almost like an extremely light roast of coffee up front. Bright citric hops enter mid palate while a dark grainy bread character provides balance along with some vague hints of dried fruit esters in the form of raisins. More bitterness on the backend which lingers well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy with a slightly watery edge. Medium carbonation.

O - great beer. Complex yet some how remains very refreshing.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost as brown as the bottle it came in, with a beautiful half-inch to inch foamy off-white head that doesn't go anywhere after the pour. Lacing? You betcha. Tons of hop sediment float around at the bottom, and there's even some left in the bottom of the bottle. Gorgeous beer. The smell is pleasant and refreshing. You can tell tons of hops went into the development of this one. Citrus hops? That's what I get but I could be wrong. Whatever they are, they are potent.

Whoa, first sip's reaction is "now that's an interesting and unique take on an IPA". Certainly very hoppy and robustly bitter on the back side of the taste, but also pleasantly balanced out by a certain heartiness that becomes this beer's character. The ultra-crisp mouthfeel and dry finish also help to balance out any and all flavors within. Virtually no alcohol taste at all at 8% ABV. While I can only imagine that the 18% rye malt is giving this beer its uniqueness, it doesn't take away from the overall balance of the beer. That is why this beer shines. It's unique and delicious and will be sure to please any hophead, but it's so delicately balanced that most people would be able to appreciate it. Just one of these has turned it into one of my favorite IPA's, or specialty ales, whatever it is, and it has peaked my interest for some other rye beers. Great beer, congrats and thanks to Bear Republic.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Franch
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wingman14
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark red with a tall off white head. The smell was really hoppy with some sweet notes mixed with a malty tone. The taste starts hoppy with a citrus kick, stays nice and smooth then finishes with a bitter kick that is both malty with the rye and hoppy. This one has a nice mouthfeel, a heavy medium, very substantial beer, but not overwhelming. It was hard to believe this was 8%, but the kick came later. Nice deep flavors, great balance, definitely a beer to try.

Photo of Philousa
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red, nearly brown, with a thick tan head that dwindles to only stick to the glass. Laing is moderate. Caramel, slight chocolate, and spicy, sweet rye. Smells like fermentation ended a bit earlier than most IPAs (read: sweet). Definitely a good dose of piney, slightly citrusy hops. Spicy flavor in the rye is up front and lasting, accompanied by dark chocolate and thick, sweet caramel. Lots of specialty malt additions in this one. The sweetness sticks in the back if the throat a bit, pungent and annoying. There is an alcohol aftertaste that cuts this feel a bit, it's welcome. The bitterness from the hops cut it a bit, with some grapefruit rind. Feel is solid, middling, and appropriate for the style. 

This is a wild beer. Lots of flavors are battling it out on the palate. It's a little too much, but it's also intriguing. Although I'm not thinking of drinking this every day, it's a fun one once in a while.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,453 ratings.