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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,429
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 235
Gots: 245 | 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 Axic10
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jekyll and Hyde's in Erie, PA

Appearance: Amber with a finger of slightly khaki head.

Smell: Bitter hops, floral citrus, bready malt and some rye on the nose.

Taste: Nice bitter hoppiness and crisp grapefruit mixed with sweet biscuit malt and rye.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: I often overlook this beer, but it is a very good rye beer. Definitely need to drink more of it.

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Treb0R
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jmalex
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special purchase from my trip to California last month. I figured I'd better crack it open while the hops are still in all their glory.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker glass a mostly clear amber-red with some crimson highlights. The head is off-white and quite large at 2 fingers high. It eventually drops to a full surface coating with tons of lacing.

SMELL: The aromas don't jump out at you tremendously, but a resinous, west coast hop profile is unmistakable. Citrusy and grassy hop aromas come out immediately. But they're nicely balanced by a decent malty sweetness that is just a bit toasty.

TASTE: Whoa, after the seemingly balanced aroma, the taste leans waaay toward the hoppy side. Resinous and sticky, the hops have predominantly citrusy and grassy notes as in the smell. A malt backbone shows itself slightly as the beer crosses the palate and in toward the finish. I'm not particularly experienced with rye beers, but not too much stands out to indicate the presence of rye - maybe a slight twang, but I'm not too sure.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to medium-full bodied, this is a sticky, syrupy beer. The carbonation is at an average level.

DRINKABILITY: It's a big beer, but the alcohol doesn't show itself at all. I'm pretty sure, though, that 1 bomber is enough. It's certainly a well-made beer and something that I'd buy again if the mood struck me.

A very solid, delicious offering from Bear Republic. It seems like I can get any beer I want here in Pennsylvania, but these guys from California are one of the few that don't distribute here. Here's hoping that changes sooner than later.

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 tarheels4life23
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of letsgopens
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours very woody ruby brown with gorgeous ruby highlights. The off-white head holds pretty well with just a bit of spotty lace. After the head recedes it can be rejuvenated with a quick swish or by freshening up your glass from the bottle. Phenomenal looking with that luscious woody visible texture that often implies deep sprucy, bitter, hops.

Huge, sharp, piny, hops. Spruce; sticky and resinous in the nose. Talk about anticipation. Some nice caramel malt and bitter citrus. Bright and semi-sweet with some distinct breadiness and light toffee. Pungent and mouthwatering. I don't think it gets much better than this. Everything I look for in an IPA and more. Unique, complex, and wildly aromatic.

Heavy, floral and bitter on the tongue. Hops, hops, and more sprucy, piny, resinous hops. The well pronounced caramel malt provides a slightly sweet and substantial canvas for the hops. Ok, more about the hops; spicy and herbal with lots of citrus tied in as well. Citrus contributes in a big way. Orange and bitter grapefruit pith. Cracked black pepper and coriander. Interesting spicy rye focuses in the middle. Juicy and slick in flavor and texture and not dry. I'm actually going to tie the flavor in with mouthfeel as far as the review is concerned because of how well they compliment each other.

The hops linger so well throughout the finish and beyond that they dominate the texture of the brew. The fact that these huge, boisterous flavors can be balanced so well is a large testament to this beers craftsmanship. Lingering floral hops come through with a clean slick finish. One of the all time best beers I've ever had. An absolute treat to consume and to evaluate. A masterpiece of malty, hoppy deliciousness.

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

Bottle Appearance: Dark reddish/brown with creamy off-white head Aroma: Sweet malts, dark fruit Taste: Pleasant bitterness Palate: Medium body, with lively mouthfeel. Warm alcohol mid-palate through finish. Drying finish. Overall: Very tasty complex beer. Bitterness is very present, but not unpleasant.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of terence
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhere between amber and copper in color with a tan head. Fair amount of sediment towards the bottom of the bomber.
Big citrus hop aroma. There's something detracting from the aroma I beleive to be the rye (I am NOT a fan of rye).

Steady, yummy citrus hop bite. Sweet roasted malts and rye also play into the bold flavor of this beer.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable for a beer this heavily hopped.

Saw this as a new item at The Party Source and quickly snagged it. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of the Bear Republic around here. I very much dislike rye so I have mixed feelings about this beer, but I definitely hope to sample it again. It proved to be quite tasty and grew on me as I drank it.

If you're a rye loving hop-head this beer could be the ultimate.

Photo of CanisMajor
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. The label itself is great- black background with a hot rod car- lots of flourescent eccentric colors.

TONS of head on this one- over an inch at least- very fluffy with a tan hue. Poured a beautiful amber brown- tinted with reds. Looked delicious and picture perfect.

This is a hop bomb- tons of hops in the scent (grapefruit) as well as the taste. The rye gives it a bitter taste and balances out the sweetness (caramel, malty) undertones. This is quite a sticky one- leaves tons of lacing on your glass as well as your lips after consumed.

I absolutely loved this beer- flavors were blended so well together to make a truly unique and enjoyable IPA. If this were more readily available in my area, I would be drinking this all the time.

The West Coast breweries are top notch at the moment and this may be the best offering I have had to date.

Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip. No freshness date, this bottle was approximately 3 months in my cellar before I got to it.

A: Really nice looking crystal clear deep amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a monumental 3 finger head that stuck around most of the drink. Lacing filled out the glass and stuck throughout as well. Really beautiful beer, one of the prettiest I've seen. Add that to a beautiful glass and it's quite the combo.

S: Full of hops. Citrusy hops to be exact followed very closely by rye and then the malty backbone solidifies this beer as a great one. The age probably stole some of the potency here but it was still really nice.

T: Wonderful hop-forward beer that punches you first with grapefruit hops, then follows closely with the spice of the rye. Then comes the sweetness and then again with the rye! It's an interesting back and forth of rye and malt and hop again.

M: Medium body, thick, sweet mouth coating. Spicy notes and the 8% ABV create a nice warm feeling that lasts for quite a while.

O: A delicious IPA with rye notes. I'm not a huge fan of rye beers and I know that this is technically not a rye, rather an IPA but it has wonderful rye spice that adds to the delicious IPA that lies underneath.

Photo of teraflx
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of fellowrs
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of RedChrome
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep amber colored beer. Inch and a half high pillowy off white head. Huge amount of tiny carbonation bubbles rising. Huge clumps of sticky lacing.

A very nice blend of hops aromas. A super lemony citric strength up front develops a scant but nice pine aroma in the very end of a whiff. A very light note of the rye was hard to detect but present.

Fantastic taste. A strong taste of grapefruit and tangelo. There is a definite rye taste that is very balanced to hops. Pine taste is also lightly present in the finish at the back of the mouth.

Thickness is above average, but tthe burst of carbonation helps this one coat the surfaces and move through a range of tastes.

A super high quality beer. This one paired great with a gorgonzola topped steak. This one is a new must have in my refridgerator, and something I am willing to drive over the state line to pick up.

Special props out to Zrrbrrt for being a great Secret Santa 2006.

Photo of sobeleg
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,429 ratings.