Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
12 oz poured into a snifter. Rust brown colored with a tiny head that left fast.
Smells strongly malty with earthy undertones; yes, I like it. Caramel, toast stand out... perhaps a hint of hops here and there.
Taste is strongly bitter. While I like my strong ales sweet, I dig 'em like this too... good malt complexity and a smack of bitterness. Good hop flavors too with citrus standing out, so I hardly doubt its freshness, although I have no way of being 100% certain.
Almost candy like at the finish save for bitterness, the malts sure are strong in this one. Not terribly rye forward IMO.
Medium body, good carbonation too that generally works in hoppy beers. Glad to drink it finally.
04-04-2012 09:30:52 | More by tewaris
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
A top tier rye ale that is easy to find? Yes please.
Pours deep copper red with a large, creamy white head. Funky rye smell mixed with piney hops, some grapefruit, resinous tones, aromatic as hell. Mostly IPA here, rather than rye, with a nice up front grapefruit bitter that fades into some sweet toffee malts, and then finishes with a VERY light rye spiciness. Resinous palate with medium high carbonation and way too easy drinking for 8%. Very nice!
04-02-2012 19:04:08 | More by BMMillsy
3.85/5 rDev -9%
This beer is very interesting. First of all, it looks amazing. I honestly don't smell that much. Maybe it's because there is a lot more malt presence than hops, but you do at least smell the hops.
It tastes sort of bitter, peppery with a thin mouthfeel. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but it does sort of come through. An interesting beer. I do start to like it more and more as I drink it, but not my favorite.
03-29-2012 19:49:56 | More by raynmoon
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear, deep ruby amber w/ a 2-finger sudsy beige head, ample sticky lacing, minimal visible carb.
Aroma is fruity, malty, caramelly, a little spicy. Herbal hops and chewy malt converge.
Taste is biscuity, spicy rye malt and sharp bitter hops. The dry crackery malt is center stage here, framed by herbal and fruity hops. Some caramel and toffee notes as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and bright, hops give a nice bite on the finish.
Overall this is a good showcase of rye malt with an IPA twist, maybe not an everyday go-to beer but still a solid product.
03-29-2012 03:26:17 | More by draheim
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a deep brownish amber with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves excellent lacing as you drink. The smell is almost all bready nutty malt tones. This is mirrored in the taste, although there is some resin flavor in the finish. The nouthfeel is sticky sweet, but I would've liked a little more carbonation, which was on the lower end of the spectrum. Overall an enjoyable beer. I was expecting more obvious rye, and a little bit more hops to counter the heavy malt charter. I also would have liked a little bit more carbonagion. I was underwhelmed with this one at firdt. However, I definately noticed myself enjoying this one more and more as I sipped it. A very solid offering from Bear Republic.
03-29-2012 01:00:57 | More by cr0ckett
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,263 ratings.