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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,400 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,400
Reviews: 2,040
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 235
Gots: 235 | FT: 2
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 dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber to light brown in color and crystal clear. Finger tall foamy light tan head with moderate amounts of retention. Some lacing is observed.

S: Grassy, citrus, and floral hops are all present along with the malts. Hints of grapefruit, caramel, and rye.

T: Lots and lots of wonderful hop flavors combined with sweet bready malts, caramel, rye. The hops is in the finish and is citrus followed by the more dominant grassy flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and none of the stickiness that I sometimes get from Bear Republic beers.

O: Nice complexity and nice balance in the smell as well as the flavors. I really enjoy rye beers and this is a great example. I could drink many of these and hope to do so in the future.

Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/chestnut brown color with dark ruby edges and a two finger frothy, pllowy off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing.

Sweet hoppy aroma with a nice combination of sweet citrus, earthy pine, rye and caramel malt. Dank oilly fresh hops are bursting through with hints of pine needle, tropical and citrus fruit. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus peel countered by sweet rye and malt.

Chewy body that is much fuller than expected with a blast of bitter and sweet hop flavor up front that lingers throughout into a dry finish. Bitter earthy pine needle is countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as the sweet rye and malt backbone. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus peel counter the dry bitter character and are complimented excellently by the sweet rye and malt profile. There's also a creamy presence mid-palate that adds to the complexity and mouthfeel. Excellently balanced with a well masked ABV resulting in an extremely quaffable hop bomb. Excellent!

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as a ruby/copper vivacious brew with some small bubbles creating a small off white head which fades shortly. It looks pretty good! In fact, it's almost excellent with the exception of the heavy heavy sediment and lack of carbonation after about a minute. The lacing is lovely as it leaves a nice perfect ring which lasts for most of the duration of enjoying this brew.
Smells of faint maltiness with some amarillo hops coming through, along with a faint nutiness.
The taste is pretty decent as it hits most of tastebuds up in the front and the middle and the dryness lingers all the way to the back. Not a real full bodied mouthfeel but it is up there as far as filling it out. It is also quite drinkable. Again, the only thing that I didn't really like about this well done brew was the heavy sediment and the lack of carbonation.

Finger licking good!

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, caramel, bread, spicy rye, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pine, caramel, bread, spicy rye, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, caramel, bread, rye, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate rye presence; with a fair amount of malt balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent rye IPA! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Bomber bottle, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond and cloudy. Hardy aroma of hops, rye, spice. Great creamy head, tiny bubbles. Major league lace. Hops, wonderful hops. Rye flavor present, but not over powering. This is the real deal , hop lovers rejoice! Great creamy mouthfeel. Hop burps and everything. Thanks Bear republic for this big, bold and lovely creation.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, brownish cherry-red, perfectly clear, with a huge pillowy head of beige foam. Lacing is out of this world, clinging like crazy to the edge of the glass. Little carbonation, and the viscosity looks high. Awesome looking beer.

Amazingly powerful and complex nose - aromas of pineapple, sweet citrus, molasses, rosewater, and tantalising hints of vanilla, resin, wintergreen and cut grass. Oh my. The plethora of flavours presented here is extraordinary. Such a wide swathe, but all intermingling, bouncing off one another, in a seeming anarchy that makes a peaceful whole. What a wonderful smelling beer - possibly the most blissfully aromatic brews I've ever sampled.

Taste is also fantastic. A delicious initial sour character bites the front of the tongue, before a welling up of juicy, luscious hop bitterness cushioned on a base of almost fruit sweetness. Tangy, slightly sour finish that leaves you wanting more, more, MORE. Mouthfeel is very nice, with a very slight effervescence on the tongue which coincides with the crescendo of hops.

Wonderful, wonderful beer - what a top notch drop. This will easily be one of the hardest things I have to leave behind here in the States when I return to Oz.

Photo of LXIXME
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich cherry wood red colored beer with a big light tan colored head that just sits there.

Big hops aroma consisting of dark fruits, some citrus, a floralness, some slight sweetness and a lot more complexities coming through that I can discern,

Nice hops taste, slightly bitter with some caramel malt mixed with the dark fruits and slight citrus that the aroma has, a very full and rich taste with a lot of complexities.

Good hops taste, yet has more balance than some of the more hoppy beers I've tried.

Well worth seeking out.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby brown with a well structured firm head that is tan. The head never really disappears and their is excellent lacing as well.

Very fresh smell of rye blended with some spicy hop aromas. A slight smell of alcohol as well.

The taste is very powerful and clean, but also a little simple. I love the bitterness, but it lacks a little bit of complexity. Spicy hops up front followed by a pronounced rye flavor, some creaminess, and finally a long slow bitter burn.

Mouthfeel is very good. Creamy, nicely carbonated, good body.

Very drinkable- especially for an 8% abv. Nice long flavor that keeps you wanting more. Really a very good beer.

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of slight tan head. Color is a dark copper brown. Decent retention, but leaves great lace walls. Some sediments managed to sneak out of the bottle.

Aroma: A big nose of caramel comes off first, and then a ton of floral and earthy hops hit. Seems to have a mix of citrus flavors, but the hops are fairly dominate here. A decent amount of rye is present as well.

Taste: A much bigger rye taste here. Caramel malts. Hops aren't as bitter here as I was expecting, they are mainly earthy tasting. A lot more malty than I was expecting, but I don't mind it.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice bitter bite, but it isn't overwhelming. A little booze shines through at the end, but other than that there is really no presence of it. This beer ends with a hoppy rye, slight dry aftertaste. It is medium bodied with decent amount of carbonation. I am liking the mouthfeel for this style of beer.

Overall, I am liking this beer. It is drinkable and has a big hop flavor but isn't overdone. I shouldn't have a problem with my bomber. I didn't even realize the abv was 8%. This drinks incredible for that high of an abv. Bumping drinkability to a 4.5.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big yet relatively well-balanced IPA. The malt combined with a spicy undertone with the big citrus and slightly juicy hops that showed off a bit of orange rind at the end. While this had a big and tasty hops flavor, the aroma was a little weak and the taste wasn't that complex. It was a great beer, but nothing life changing.

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

Poured a deep ruby red with a firm creamy whipped tan head. Slight haze with some bubble raising in the middle. Lots of pungant citrusy hops win out over some sweet caramel and spicy rye aroma. Again, the hops are the major player, but the rye character is worthy of your attention. Both together create a wonderfully blend of citrus and spice that would please the most disearning hop head. Body may be a bit thin, but that my make this sort of a refreshing beer.

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a deep maroon/mahogany color with a nice off white head. There is thick patchy lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A really nice combination of hops and citrus along with malt and thick caramel aroma.

T: Like the nose, a great combination of hops and malt, with the citrus upfront and then the malt with notes of the caramel and rye to balance it out.

M/D: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, there is no evidence of the 8% abv at all, and drinking this one could get dangerous fast. I look forward to getting it again.

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

Thank you Bear Republic for putting these out in 12oz bottles, i've been waiting to review this because im leary on the freshness of bombers.

A- Hop Rod Rye is darker than your average IPA. This has a dark copper look almost looking like a lager. A nice one inch of off white foam rises up & sticks around a bit before settling down. OK lacing.

S- A delicate balance of hops, rye and malt, well balanced. The hops give off a slight citrus vibe while some sweet malt gives off caramel, not overkill though. Some light spice blends well with the rye.

T- This fresh bottle displays all the ingredients in one swig. I get the citrus hops backed by the malt followed by rye. The rye is not as prominent as I remember it from bombers years ago, but a good amount is here. Getting some toasted bread from the malts plus grains.

M- A pronounced medium feel from this, HRR is a bit thicker than your average IPA as well. The carb addition is not high and melds well within the body. The finish is spicy with a soft bitterness and dryness.

D- Not sessionable, but I would do 2-3 12oz in a night if I focused on it. Now that these come in a smaller package, I will be bying more of it on a semi regular basis here and there. Im not blown away by HRR, but this is a damn fine bier.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An IPA injected with 18% rye? Wonder how this will do. On to the beer:

Pours rich dark from the bottle, which it settles into a dark amber in color with an awesome, thick head. There's a litle rye, ginger, and hops with a metallic twist to it in the nose. Now to taste it - leans towards the fruity side, not as hop dominant as the other IPA's. The flavor doesn't explode on you, but it's still pleasant. What makes this one unique is it's dry finsih (from the rye I suppose) that allows you to quaff this brew with ease.

I was wondering what the difference between the two Bear Republic IPA's would be, and this I would label the "different" one with its rye shot. The other offering I will try soon to compare notes. (Update: Racer 5 is tastier, but Hop Rod Rye is more quaffable.)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown color with amber highlights. This beer has a monster head that cakes the glass with lacing.

S: A bouquet of hops, bread, malt.

T: This is a seriously tasty beverage. I am not normally a fan of a hoppy "balanced" beer, but this is just fabulous. The hops are present, but integrated beautifully into a bready, brown beer with a solid malt backbone.

M: Nice feel. 8% alcohol is noticeable, but not harsh.

D: One bomber was plenty. I've always liked this beer, and I plan on drinking it again.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA is very dark, many hues away from the standard copper color. This is more dark caramel, approaching brown ale territory. The pour seemingly lacks nitro, as the head was negligible at best.

S: The nose is hoppy, muted a bit (perhaps a little long in the tooth), but still heavy woth pine and citrus. The muted hops allow the rich carraway and spicy rye to shine though. And man, I love those rye beers.

T: Much like the nose, the hops are bold but not as bold as they could be. Piney citrus, oily and thick, can be avoided. Again, the rye stands out more than normal, adding a rich peppery spiciness that overtakes the hops mid-sip. The dark bread, emboldened, is chewy, with carraway spice livening it up. I really like that the rye is prominent. The bready finish incorporates the resiny hop bitterness that has been lingering throughout.

M: The IPA is spicy, not in the hot way but in a rich, dark bread way. The emphasis on rye presents a stark contrast to the sharp hops, allowing both to play off of each other.

D: A meal in the glass. Bitter hops, chewy malts. The ale can't avoid its booziness though, so strength is an issue (albeit minor).

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep amber slightly hazy body with strong carbonation and a thick creamy light tan head.

S- Nice citrus hop aroma with a bit of grassiness. A hint of spicy malt finishes the smell.

T- Nice creamy maltyness with a powerful bitter grapefruit hoppiness that has some resins and pine notes. Also a nice pepper spiciness that adds to the burst of hop flavor.

M- Creamy mouthfeel with a slight astringency at the finish but very faint. No alcohol warmth noted.

D- This is a big hop monster with a great creaminess and nice spiciness from the rye. It is well balanced malt and rye that gives a backbone to the great hops. I'm glad this comes in a bomber cause a 12 oz would be to small.

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

.Pours a clear red brown brew.

Smell is sharp and pleasant cascade hops and a bit of malt and caramel.

Taste is malty with a rye grain flavor and a pleasant bitter finish. Cascade hops flavor is there but doesn't dominate all the other flavors. Has a kind of salted rye cracker flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice strong brew! Not for those who do not like a super hopped brew. A beer that will be added to my regular beer rotation.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Bear Republic : Hop Rod Rye
Bottle claims "made with 18% rye"

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with an off white pillowy foam. Mostly clear, though unfiltered, the yeast was reserved in the bottle.

Smell: West coast citrusy pungent fruityness with some alcohol lofting up as well.

Taste: Nice and hoppy upfront. Peppery rye spice, paired with pine and grapefruit zest. Malt or perhaps rye grain provides a small roasted note. Ale yeast giving off fruity notes. The alcohol is hidden well behind layers of hoppy, rye influenced goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing. Some hop oils are noticed.

Overall: A nice twist on the Rye/IPA style. Big rye, bright citrusy hops, subdued malt character and easy to consume.

Photo of jdhilt
2.3/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation. Starts crisp and finishes hoppy, very little malt sweetness. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

An off tan light brown head that forms so perfectly foamy. Real nice retention and about three solid fingers on the pour. Body is just slightly opaque but a dense looking solid amber color. Real great looking beer here. Not much lacing.

Great nose on this drink. A slight grapefruit but a unique mix of sweet malt perfection with the fruit in front. Hint but small of toasted bread.

Taste though is kind of small, but is there. Real good feel but a bitter hop presence in the mid palate, and lingering on the finish. No sense of sweetness on this one, and kind of never leaving. I was hoping for some bread based on a hint from the nose and this malt sensation but not so much. It's got a good hop feel for sure but I don't even feel a citrus punch from this, but a slight oil citrus on the finish in my mouth only after the swallow.

An enjoyable beer just verging on the cusp of real greatness I think. Glad I tried it.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review of a Bear Republic brew. I 've heard good things about them, and jumped on the chance to try this one.
Drank it during the second half of the Pitt/Arz super bowl.
Pours a murky, dark amber body that produced a small, yet dense head. The white foam lingered for a bit, chunked up in small splotches and then faded. Perhaps it was poured too cold.
Slight citrus aroma mixed in with the pine and rosemary. A slight sharp alcohol twinge to it as well. A bit of smoked honey thrown in there as well as some wet malt.
Taste is well balanced. Pine starts off on the tongue then the citrus comes into play. Sweet malt separates the two and helps with a smooth finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but blends well with the hops as far as bite is concerned.
Overall a solid beer.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.