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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,343
Reviews: 2,037
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 224
Gots: 223 | 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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Photo of MichPaul
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MichPaul, May 23, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Rekrule, May 22, 2012
Photo of nomoon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

nomoon, May 22, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSixthRing, May 22, 2012
Photo of MikeConklin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MikeConklin, May 22, 2012
Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +18.2%

CEDAMA, May 20, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

zonker17, May 20, 2012
Photo of Trent
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Trent, May 20, 2012
Photo of redliner8
4/5  rDev -5.4%

redliner8, May 19, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

elNopalero, May 18, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

xnapshot, May 18, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rickythejeweler, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

excruciating_pastry, May 17, 2012
Photo of Element1290
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Element1290, May 16, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -5.4%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of kmoore149
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kmoore149, May 16, 2012
Photo of Pugs78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pugs78, May 16, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of whatname
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

whatname, May 15, 2012
5/5  rDev +18.2%

BERNUTBAG, May 15, 2012
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is brown, nearly the color of iced tea, with a light tan head. Not a particularly attractive beer upon pouring, but lacing is very good. Hops dominate the smell, with citrus and pine. The taste is more balanced - caramel sweetness from malts, spiciness from rye, bitterness from hops all combine for an interesting flavor profile. Piney hops are more noticeable than other flavors. Mouthfeel is prickly on the tongue. Very enjoyable, and one of the better rye beers I've had.

DeltaGolfSierra, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

JeffTheJuice, May 14, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

sbanacho, May 14, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev -5.4%

KimenTshom, May 14, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,343 ratings.