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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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4,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,469
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: 4,469 | Reviews: 2,053
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with foamy head. Nice lacing along the glass.

S: Piney hops, citrus, rye malt. Great aroma.

T: Racer 5 loaded with rye. Hell yeah. Love the hop bite at the end.

M: Sticky. Good carbonation.

O: Excellent IIPA rye beer.

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4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Highlands Wine and Cigar in Highlands, NC, poured in to pint glass

A: a nice caramel burnt orange color, frothy white head that fades to just a thin cover, heavy lacing that lasts til finish

S: Wow, this was the best part of the brew, the hop caracteristics come out, grapefruit, pine, caramel, rye. The aroma is really pleasing to the senses.

M: very smooth, the hop oils cover and coat the tongue.

T: Very smooth and balanced, some smooth hop flavor, grapefruit, pine resin, biscuit, rye at the end but not as drying as other rye brews I have had.

O: I am really impressed by this beer, just happened to pick this up as I had not tried it before and I am glad I did. This will be a must have in the future.

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4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

A...Nice copper, slightly brown color. Did not produce much more than a 3/4" head but retained that height almost the entire beer. Some light lacing on the glass

S...Really nice earthy aroma with a little caramel

T...Malty right up front for me. There is a real nutty kind of dominant flavor with some caramel sweetness on the finish.

M...really nice body a bit heavier than I expected from looking at it.

O...I would have liked a little more hops presence in this beer since hop is in the name. That being said, it was very enjoyable. I really liked the nutty sweetness in this brew. Heavy alcohol (8%) was not noticable. Nicely balanced. I will buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown head with a good lacing and a slightly hazy reddish amber fluid. Smell is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. A healthy amount of bakery bread and pine forrest along with a citrus grove spiciness. Light sweet alcohol. Taste is so big, malty and smooth at first. Then BAM hops hit like a velvet fist with a lovely grapefruit and hop oil finish. This is full of spicy rye bread and malt to give it a nice chewy flavor and overall feel. Finish is quite nice with dry graininess and a light minty grapefruit. Feel is lightly syrupy and chewy with a nice smooth carbonation. A great robust beer that rewards sipping but begs you to keep it up so seductively that the glass is empty before you know it. Very drinkable and no real notice of the abv so watch out. Simply one of the best I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper amber with a very tall head. The head is dense and sticky with lots of lacing. It's extremely carbonated so I don't think the head is going anywhere.

Aroma finds a more reserved bouquet of oily hops grapefruit and tangerine. Malts have a caramel sweetness and a hint of rye.

Tastes great and well rounded. Malts are sweet yet have a spicy crispness. It counters the hops boldness perfectly. Hops are quite bitter with grapefruit seeming to be the dominate flavor. Tangerine too is present as is a floral background.
An incredibly easy drinking beer.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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