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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,468
Reviews: 2,053
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 239
Gots: 265 | 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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Ratings: 4,468 | Reviews: 2,053
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mavigo
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"If you wanna get the honey, you'll have to deal with the sting" my buddy just said, and its spot on for this beer. Served in a pint.

A: Pours a cloudy, amber red, light tan head, very short, doesnt last long, has nice rings of lacing, good lacing.

S: Hops, Flowers, rye

T: Straight up honey, sweetest beer I've ever had, with probably the strongest after taste I've ever had, like an IPA, strong hops, rye

M: light carbonation, the way I like it, light feel, warm, after tastes is very strong

O: It's really good, extremely sweet, yet so bitter, it balances its self out, very sweet, very bitter, should be on your want list if it isn't already.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 22oz bottle, I can smell the hops from here pre-pour. Poured into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a hazy yeast filled mahogany brown with a large tan head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of nice caramel malts, rye, fruit. The feel is medium to thicker. The taste is good, nice balance of hops and malts, you get a spicy amount of rye, some bitter hops followed by a nice semi sweet caramel finish.

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of coolparrot
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great label (I'm a car buff). Very nice color with deep dark tones of brown & mahogany.

S: Rich malty yet hoppy nose with hint of rye.

T: Very smooth light brown head. lovely hints of rye combined with the malts and floral array of a well balance hop bill.

M: Good small, tight carbonation. Very long smooth finish with a robust hoppy ending.

O: overall great drinking beer. Nice combination of hops and rye. Not a common IPA style. Bear Republic does a great job with all their beers but this one stands out in front of their lineup of products. Cheers!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a brown ruby color with little to no head... Woah, leavs a decieving amount of lacing, wasn't expecting that after the little head, nice

S: beautiful tropical fruit hop aroma, mango , pinneapple, a touch of caramel and a nice rye spice aroma, very nice aroma. Smells juicy and delicious.

T: taste does not dissapoint, juicy tropical fruit hops dominate, sharp bitter pine up front into the slightly sweet caramel backbone along with a very nice rye flavor. Over which is the awesome hoppage. Delicious.

M: medium body, the rye really adds a nice feel and texture to this brew, a tad sweet on the finish.... Mouthfeel is juicy and leavs my mouth watering with hop resins.

O: this is an awesome beer, great use of everything, and the hop flavor is delicious, I live rye ipa's and this one is deffinatly towards the top of my list.

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

been meaning to get on this one for awhile. this is a monster beer. hands down one of the most hoppy and most complex rye beers ive had. it pours a deep indian brown color with just a bit of haze. looks pretty dense, with some light coming through, but not much. theres about a one inch off white head on it, but it recedes pretty quickly. the nose is very very hoppy. sticky sweet dank hops, oily and aggressive. theres also some spice from the rye, bready and pungent, as well as a darker sweeter malt profile than i expected when i bought it. the flavor is unreal. so much going on. at first sip its a hop trip, high alpha and mean, but that gets interrupted fairly quickly by a really distinct and different peppery rye flavor that comes out of nowhere and lasts the rest of the time. sweeter malt kicks up at the end, and the bitter aspect of the hops finally comes back. the finish is long and complex. this is a gem as far as flavor journey goes, more rye heavy than any ive had i think. mouthfeel is good, big and thick on the body, with enough carbonation to make it dangerously drinkable. there is some hop resin left in the mouth though that is a love it or hate it kind of thing. i think it makes the beer come across a bit heavy, but thats just me. this is a perfect cold weather beer, with all the necessary elements. high abv, big hop, lots of body, and stick to your guts malt. this is worth the hype for sure.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did not see any date on the bottle. Nor have I from any bear republic beers.

A - Poured out a Clear mahogany red color with a one finger off white head. Head died down and left a frothy supper tiny bubbled head clinging to the sides of the glass. Impressive lacing on this one.

S - Can smell the nice distinct pine off of the hops with some citrus and a spicy zest of the rye in there. Also get caramel malts and a sweetness here. Nice clean enjoyable smelling brew.

T - I can really taste the spice coming off of the rye in this one with a distinct pine flavor from the hops. The combination of pine and spicy rye gives way to a nice earthy-ness, along with a sweet dark bready caramel presence. The alcohol comes in on the back end, and cleans the palate getting you ready for the next drink. On a side note, hops build on your palate but do not overtake the other flavors like some other big hoped up beers tend to do.

M- Medium full bodied, creamy and smooth to the mouth.

O - For a rye beer this is a must try with a lot of positive aspects to it. I do wish Bear Republic would get with it and date their bottles. Not sure how fresh my bottle is however it is really enjoyable none the less. One that I will revisit when in the mood for a great Rye IPA. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tut2528
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown in color that turns to a slight orange brown when held up to the light. It creates about 1 fingers worth of head formation that is cream white. great lacing.

S: pretty well balanced… slight caramel malt backbone, nice mixture of rye and hops, citrus fruits are the main players in the brew

T: very similar to the nose and just as equally balanced. Caramel backbone, big rye and hops, some slight citrus and grapefruit and alcohol is slightly noticed. The finish has a nice creaminess that draws away some the hop bitterness

M: medium bodied which is spot on for this brew. It leaves a hoppy dryness on the palate and nice carbonation.

O: solid brew all the way around. It has a nice balance in both the nose and in the taste and has the right amount of complexity for this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BigCheese
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack, fresh off the truck.

A: A dark ruby red, decent light tan head. Head dies a bit to a thin cap, leaves tons of nice lacing. The beer part is clear, but theres a bunch of sediment, not sure if its from yeast or hops.

S: As soon as I crack open the bottle I can smell the piney grapefruity hops. Also some smoked malts, caramel, and molasses.

T: Taste similar to nose. Starts with a mix of piney citrusy hops intertwined with a caramel malts. In the middle some honey and spicey rye bread rear its head, borbounesque. One of the most rye forward beers I've had. Sweet in a malty way. Finish is quite bitter, with floral, herbal, and piney hop flavor. Slight alcohol burn reminds you this is a pretty big beer. It lingers.

M: Quite thick/heavy, low carbonation, very smooth on tongue, its a sipper not a session beer.

O: Lot going on in this beer. In your face. Very unique and well crafted. I would prefer more late boil hops than early boil (more hop flavor, less bitterness) but I quib. Extremlely rye forward, must try for any craft beer fan.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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