Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
A- pours a reddish brown a with a one finger tan head.
S- nice hop aromas, mango, orange, pine, and rye.
T- spicy rye, citrus, mango, caramal malt, pine, and some alcohol.
M- medium bodied with mild carbonation. Some lingering bitterness.
O- Another nice brew from BR. I was very hesitant to try this beer since I am not a fan of rye but this was a great beer. It tastes like what I thought Ruthless Rye was going to be like. I plan on buying this frequently and at 3.49 for a bomber I can't go wrong!
04-27-2012 23:20:37 | More by Giovacchini
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a nice murky ruby with deep bronze highlights. Tiny light tan head.
Nose is very pleasant. Subdued grapefruit blend nicely over pine needles with a nice carmel malt in the background. I notice a well integrated rye presence.
Oh hello rye. Sits on top the caramel malt with a balanced presence. Great spicy finish that isn't cloying at all. Slightly earthy hop balance that lends some lemon rind to the mid palate.
The mouth feel is really what makes this big beer seems so balanced. The medium full body brings the terrific backbone that hoppy rye of this magnitude needs.
Overall I really like this brew. Not at all what I expected from a hoppy rye bomb. Extremely smooth for this style, and that's what makes it good imo.
04-26-2012 04:57:59 | More by natemort13
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
No bottle date that I can find. Poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep cherry-wood brown, mostly clear with light behind it. One finger of yellowish tan head, decent retention, really nice lacing.
Smell is floral and grassy hops with some citrus peel, and light spice prickling the nose. It's rounded, smooth, and very "dark brown" (can smells have color?). A really nice stable stage, like a rounded ball, that allows the highlights (hops and rye, duh) to poke out and show their stuff during brief solos.
On to the taste. Wow, there is some serious rye flavor in there! Grainy and spicy up front, followed by a kick of bitterness. Late on, the rye comes back in and does a little duet with the hop bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable. The hop bitterness is more dominant than I'd like, but otherwise it's quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is unobtrusive. Surprisingly light for such a big beer. Carbonation right where I'd expect to be. Not bad, but not the highlight of the beer.
This is the first rye beer that's really impressed me. The combination of strong spicy rye and grassy hops makes for a really varied tune of grainy notes. I like it.
04-19-2012 02:53:19 | More by zeledonia
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,271 ratings.