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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 217
Gots: 214 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AJD1201, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

tenacioustomato, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MerkurKing16, May 08, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of beerme626
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Rich brown with a hint of red under a one-and-a-half finger head. Very pretty.

S: Lots of bread, hint of alcohol, some dark fruits

T: Again, bread. The rye really comes through here. Some hop flavor combined within, building on the taste rather than distracting from.

M: Good, well-carbonated, but not super. A little tingly hop feel, but not as much as I expected from "Hop Rod"

O: A good beer. I need to try more ryes before I'm sold on them in general.

beerme626, May 07, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A gorgeous two fingers of thick head with good retention. A brown-red body is unusually dark. Clearish, with some bubbles. Heavy lacing.

S: Sweet malts, citrus hops, and a touch of spice that is unlike any rye I've encountered before. A sort of caramelly pine. Good.

T/M: Full, rich, and decadent. The 18% rye bill shines through by providing spicy edges and a dry aftertaste that is unexpected after the huge barley base. The maintaste -- excepting the edges -- is distantly sticky and lightly bready, sort of like biscuits and molasses. Piney hops complete the picture.

O: An excellent beer, far better than I remember it being. Recommended, and would drink again, though not what I typically expect from a Rye IPA (less spicy-dry, more thick-sweet).

AgentMunky, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

matthageman, May 06, 2012
Photo of rundocrun
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Body is a deep brown. Hazy (only because I poured the sediment into the glass--i like it that way). A finger of off-white-to-tan head. Good retention. Some lacing.

S - Citrus bomb. Orange peel, lemon, some pine, some earthy rye character in the background. Very aromatic beer.

T - Surprisingly sweet and caramely up front. The dry rye flavor comes in toward the middle along with increasing hop bitterness. Fruity, citrusy hop flavor is prominent throughout. Finish is bitter, refreshing, slightly candy-sweet like a barleywine. Overall a very unique and refreshing West-coast hop grenade of a beer.

M - Medium body. Tingling but not too prominent carbonation--lets the flavors shine through. Minimal booziness. Leaves my tongue feeling slightly sticky, but the rye balances things out nicely.

rundocrun, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

CommonRider, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SenorHops, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Vicsvapo, May 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

tbeer40, May 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

olympicgatorade, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

HoyeBoy, May 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

craig220, Apr 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Jones153, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber with copper highlights and a solid one finger khaki head that lingers, leaving lacing.

Aroma is dominated by bready, toasted malt. Resin and a hint of citrus hop accompany rye, but are somewhat subtle.

Flavor reveals more hop character. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine comprise the initial flavor, ending in a decidedly bitter rye aftertaste. A slightly sweet toasted malt backbone ties together the hop onslaught.

Body is moderate to slightly heavy, with moderate carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, the aroma was a bit misleading. Hops are definitely the stars of this brew, accentuated by a bready malt and rye bitterness. Not a big rye fan, but the citrus hops are favorable.

barczar, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

OleJohnnieAle, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

oldp0rt, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

3Hops, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Giovacchini
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Giovacchini, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

CSQ1111, Apr 27, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,292 ratings.