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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,256 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,256
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 213
Gots: 209 | 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:
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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Ratings: 4,256 | Reviews: 2,034 | Display Reviews Only:
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-06-2012 20:56:08 | More by Dope
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-03-2012 17:51:02 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-02-2012 03:14:46 | More by captainbearcat
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-01-2012 04:27:03 | More by rob99er
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wgfxkmf

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Tried for the first time on tap in a pint mixer glass. Poured with a nice two inch head tha quickly dissipated leaving tons of lacing on the glass that lasted until empty.

Smells of heady malt, piney hops and yeast are present on a non overbearing nose. Just an inviting aroma.

Taste is outstanding, built on a strong rye malt backbone with a firm hoppy bitterness. Hops are clean and forward, but not overdone.

Leaves a clean bitterness on the palate and back of the throat. Complex but still refreshing. Very drinkable and yet interesting enough to ponder what went into its creation.

Overall an outstanding Rye that I will add to my regular list

05-31-2012 21:38:12 | More by wgfxkmf
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

05-30-2012 15:29:11 | More by wakajawaka76
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Excellent brownish, red amber color with a two-finger head of dense, frothy, off-white foam. Muddled clarity through some chilled haze, but ample carbonation is apparent beneath the persistent head and ring of lace.

S: Loads of spicy hops, funky yeast and bready twang as well as a mild, herbal tea-like sweetness.

T: Fairly sweet and rich up front with a fruity and floral malt complex comprised of bready malts, dates, fennel seed and spicy hop additions. The finish is rich, smooth and roasted with a hints of caramel and bready sweetness awash with bitter, citrusy and complex hops.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth, balanced feel that's accentuated with some slight tartness and spice from the rye malt.

O: A really nice, big rye beer at 8% ABV. It strays from the Rye-PA most folks are used to, but is still pretty liberal with the hops. Perhaps it's just my perception, as the complex malts and careful balance steal the show here. I'd get it again, for sure.

05-30-2012 00:41:28 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Bike2work


4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-29-2012 15:12:21 | More by Bike2work
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plasticfantastic

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-27-2012 01:09:06 | More by plasticfantastic
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-25-2012 00:43:37 | More by Hopmodium
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NumberNone

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-23-2012 16:16:03 | More by NumberNone
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

05-23-2012 00:47:19 | More by SlowWideTurns
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4%

I had this beer sitting in my fridge for a very long time and finally decided to try it. I had heard the name mentioned around, but for some reason, I just didn't give it a try for quite a while. I was not let down!
I love the appearance of this beer! A nice dark brown color, a TON of lacing sticking all the way down the glass to the very finish. About a 1 finger head with the pour.
Not too impressed with the aroma, too piney for me, but hey, the taste was GREAT!
The mouthfeel was nice, with medium carbonation.
Overall, a VERY good Rye beer! I will keep this one in my memory bank as one to purchase from time to time.

05-22-2012 23:08:46 | More by MichPaul
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.1%

05-22-2012 11:21:38 | More by Rekrule
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nomoon


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2012 06:00:21 | More by nomoon
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TheSixthRing

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

Appearance - Pours a hazy red copper with an off-white finger width head, good retention and a thick, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Smells of peppery rye and a bit of pine, with a hint of citrus in the background.

Taste - Lots of rye in the flavor, from start to finish. In that you'll find notes of citrus and subtle pine. There's a touch of caramel sweetness, and it leads the flavor into the aftertaste, with notes of tangy sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A touch sticky. Carbonation is a tad on the low side. Finishes dry.

Overall - This beer gets high marks, but frankly I find it a tad boring. It's got all the elements, but for whatever reason they just don't work for me. Maybe it's the dryness. I'd rather have a SN Ruthless Rye.

05-22-2012 05:14:33 | More by TheSixthRing
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MikeConklin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2012 02:18:40 | More by MikeConklin
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Romulux

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-20-2012 18:44:30 | More by Romulux
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

05-20-2012 03:07:47 | More by CEDAMA
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-20-2012 01:46:14 | More by zonker17
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Trent

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-20-2012 00:25:18 | More by Trent
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-19-2012 12:53:35 | More by redliner8
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

This has an amber, malty color with quite nice foam retention. A malty sweetness rounds out the aroma and there’s a good amount of dark, malty sweet notes on the flavor, along with an evident bitterness and a rye spiciness on the finish.. I am thinking of caramel malts, almost like a barleywine-ish “lite” sort of feel and finish—not to mention appearance. Hops on this have either faded considerably or were not as prominent as I remembered. A classic West Coast IPA and one of the first rye beers I drank on a regular basis.

05-18-2012 19:54:06 | More by elNopalero
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xnapshot

Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-18-2012 04:24:00 | More by xnapshot
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Rusty copper, 1 finger off white head, light lacing.

S - Caramel, light tropical fruits, bitter hops, slightly pungent.

T - Piney, resin, caramel, raison, rye, plums, dark spices, grains, bitter aftertaste.

M - Fairly smooth, medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Excellent beer, must try more from Bear Republic.

05-18-2012 02:11:42 | More by Rickythejeweler
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,256 ratings.