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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,173
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 207
Gots: 195 | 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 sgoodship


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Bear Republic brew. I loved the humorous copy about the sediment on the label. $4.99 at Binny's - great value.

A: Almost a very dark brown haziness on top that becomes a clearer dark amber at the bottom of the glass. Deep and interesting looking. Without vigorous pouring, it delivered a nice slightly off-white head that started clinging to the glass immediately. Awesome lacing throughout and a nice ring and thin head stayed the course.

S: Really big hops. Initially, it was a grassy, earthy hop but as it warmed, I got more of the grapefruit profile. There was also some caramel syrupy sweetness underlying the hops but it was not the dominant force. I think I could detect rye but the hops are so dominant that it was hard to pin-point it.

T: Good hearty taste. Pretty much as the smell. Generally, feels quite complex and deliberately hop focused. Rye ads a nice dry crispness and slight spicy bitterness to the palette along with the hop bite. Aftertaste is nice sour hop. As it warmed up, the combination of the caramel malt and the big hops was quite lovely.

M: Smooth, medium body mouthfeel with medium/low carbonation. As it warmed up, it was nice and round and thoroughly fulfilling.

D: Very drinkable. Downed it in record time. 8% ABV is hardly noticeable and therefore dangerous. Thoroughly enjoyed this. I think that this is one of my new go-to hop fixes. I love what the rye ads to the mix.

Don't know about style categorization but this has to be bordering on the DIPA. Higher ABV and a pretty deliberately aggressive hop.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 05:58:34 | More by sgoodship
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2013 22:10:19 | More by rob133
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-21-2013 06:18:15 | More by Kips
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

appears a dark brown with a slight orange tint.

Smells of hops more than the rye. Nice.

Tastes of initial hops and finishes off with a rye carroway goodness.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected.

Overall a really good beer. I don't know if I'd go all the way with an A rating but it seems b+ish to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:06:24 | More by Yagman3000
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-29-2012 00:45:11 | More by GringoKid
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Puerto Rico

3/5  rDev -29.1%

09-03-2013 01:35:33 | More by rx-beer
Photo of danadeny


3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Anam Cara on new years eve. Dark brown body, no head. Smells of roasted barley, not much else. Tastes of roasted malt, followed by a chocolate-coffee fusion, and coffee aftertaste. Mild hops if you look for them. Mouthfeel is good, meduim body. Drinkability is good due to overall balance of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2005 15:44:25 | More by danadeny
Photo of stevecooks


5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-08-2011 19:33:06 | More by stevecooks
Photo of timbro81


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

Beware the massive head. Pours a ruby red/brown color with lots of carbonation and good lacing all the way down. Hops and rye dominate the nose. This was only mt second beer and I find that the rye seems to have a dusty/dirty grain smell. Not necessarily a turn off but something I'm not used to. Mouthfeel is slightly silky and light on the tongue. Hops dominate the aftertaste and diminish in less than a minute. The rye smell I described in the nose is not present in the taste. A pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 17:42:07 | More by timbro81
Photo of jayfarley3


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2013 22:36:25 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of Chelsea1905


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

22oz Growler

Bought this out of sheer curiosity, and what a total blind shot that turned out to be a total winner!!

The beer poured suprisingly dark, and looked like a dark ale that would be overwhelmingly malty. The head was a nice off white with a brown hue, that looked nice and bubbly and left great lacing

Smelled very piney, floral and hoppy. Malt undertones in the lingering aftermath

Tasted great, absolutely not what it looked like it would taste, if that makes sense. Huge hoppy, floral explosion that is really nicely balanced with the malt aftertones.

Mouthfeel was gaseous, and bubbly but just the right amount.

Drank the growler easily, but doubt you could drink too many of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 05:05:03 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Wheelinb


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the things I always check out is the packaging of a beer. This one has a very cool label. It has the hand drawn look of some of the car magazines I used to read way back in the day.

Deep copper color with a nice white head. Not huge aromas coming off this one but the first flavor I get is the rye then the hops take over. It is a little shocking at first but the more you drink the better it gets.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:44:01 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

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

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Beautiful amber color with fantastic creamy, off white head. Excellent retention and sticks to very inch of the glass. Smelled oily and citrusy. Incredibly smooth and citrusy, and fruity but sharp and bitter from the hops and mellows out with the rye. Very bitter with a balnaced and lingering finish and strong rye taste in the finish. Absolutely excellent.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2009 23:54:02 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of Kaiser81


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

Ran a 15K this morning, and needed a celebratory beer. Heard this was good, so I picked one up, finally.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a copper color with a reddish hue. There is a finger width of cream-colored head, and it sits like a soft pillow on top of the beer.
The lacing is like a tall woman - legs forever! They just stick the glass and look like a spiderweb stretching all the way down.

S - Initially some piney notes. There's a touch of spiciness somewhere in there. Is that rye? On the finish, there's a faint smell of bready sweetness in there too.

T - Wow. There's a lot going on here. I never eat rye bread, so it's hard for me to place the rye, but I'm assuming that's the taste I can't define. I had Nelson from Alpine a few weeks back, and so I can find the similar taste between the two; the rye!
Anyway, there's a lot of hops up front with some balance from the rye and malts on the back end. Pretty tasty. My palate jargon is definitely lacking.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - I'd definitely consider having another if it were in my fridge. Glad I finally picked one of these up. Next time I'm at a sandwich shop, I'll have to get rye bread.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 21:36:07 | More by Kaiser81
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-01-2014 18:17:58 | More by Llamameister
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2012 19:51:24 | More by flyingPharmacist
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-29-2014 18:40:33 | More by fullmoonbeer
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very nice deep amber color with perfect pillowy tan head. Angelic lacing.

S- sweet, citric, pine, dry, resinous.

T- Very nice IPA characteristics with a hint of rye.

M- Dry and astringent, however sweet. A very unique feel that is A+!

D- Dangerously high.

This is one of my new favorites...!!..!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:26:46 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

06-23-2013 20:34:02 | More by soroka24
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-19-2013 03:07:15 | More by Skramer
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-16-2013 03:56:59 | More by KZE80
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-02-2013 00:18:33 | More by TheHumanTorch
Photo of JTSbeerislife


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British Imperial Pint “no nick” glass. No date on case or bottle but my reliable distributer stated that this case was just shipped to them a week or so ago.

Poured aggressively forms a nice two finger head, which dissipates a into 1/8” cap. Easily revived with a little swirling, this beer is alive.
Dark brownish amber color. Decent lacing adds to the overall attractive look of this Ale.

The first smell is one of spicy hops, a dark bread aroma, medium intensity (not overly powerful), followed by some nice yeast. A very, very pleasant aroma that could be great with a little more intensity.

Very crisp, medium bodied entry into the mouth, distinct spicy hops but you definitely notice the malt/Rye/roasted grain in the middle, the Rye could be stronger but it is present. Quite delicious really, to the point that this is a good choice for a “house beer” (you know, the one you grab after work, but still pay attention to what you are drinking)

Very long, rather dry finish of bitter hops, faint malt and a surprisingly distinct Rye quality. An excellent finish and probably the most attractive component of this Ale.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the dryness of this Ale. IMO so many beers are becoming more and more sweet, especially if they have a high ABV. I have not been overly impressed with the offerings from the Bear Republic Brewing Co., but I have to say this is a very good brew. I would definitely by another case. This is one of the few beers that I find more flavorful on the colder side, that being said I drank this at between 50-55 degrees. Just right!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:29:00 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

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

Hop Rod Rye bomber into snifter

A soft pour shows a red red, perfectly clear body with golden
highlights and a dense two finger head of light sand color.

Aroma is a great blend with sweet caramel malts, prickly hop leaf,
grapefruit and some resinous pine sap. A bit of spicyness from the rye
as well. Not your typical IPA/DIPA, but it is a rye IPA, so it has its
own thing going on. I swear this reminds me more of an old ale or
english barleywine.

Is this a barleywine? Damn this is tasty. Waves of flavor hit the
palette, leaving you reaching back to pick up more complexity with
each sip. The first flavor is a sweet caramel drizzle, then big hop
style grapefruit, citrus, spicy rye, and a nice oily hop finish that
is pretty clean. Some toasted wheat bread and raisin as it comes up to

Mouthfeel is a great part of this beer. Soft, sticky, heavy but not
oily, with a medium carbonation that keeps it all together.

Now this is a beer that is easy on the mouth. Easy drinking, oh yes.

If you were to hand me this blindly I would almost think I was
drinking a Bigfoot, which is really saying something. This beer warps
my perceptions of what an IPA is, since it has such an interesting
malt base to it. Now this is a hyped beer that has the power to back
it up. I wish this were in NM, because it would get regular rotation
at my house, which doesn't happen with very many beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 12:19:57 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-05-2011 02:53:57 | More by benbou17
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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