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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,255 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,255
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 213
Gots: 209 | 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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dannyboygaga

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-09-2014 07:20:35 | More by dannyboygaga
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hreb

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours positively dark, more amber than pale ale. Massive tan head accompanies a rich aroma with a good bit of rye in it, along with secondary notes of pine forest hops. Visible sediment left in bottle. Flavor is more classic rye-ale meets West coast IPA. Quite delicious.

08-08-2014 02:23:06 | More by hreb
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-07-2014 16:33:33 | More by ChaseTheAce
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BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-06-2014 22:47:16 | More by BarrelAgedG
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pgrenvicz

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-05-2014 02:06:26 | More by pgrenvicz
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Another fantastic IPA entry from Bear Republic, one of my favorite California breweries. Nice frothy head, highly enticing aroma, and an excellent rye-dominated flavor. A big mouthful, to be sure, but an easy-to-drink 8%. Very nicely done, Hop Rod takes its well-earned place next to Racer 5, Big Bear & Café Racer!

08-04-2014 23:17:09 | More by BeerBeast
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Barhoppin13

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-03-2014 21:32:24 | More by Barhoppin13
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2.25/5  rDev -46.8%

08-01-2014 23:05:59 | More by Yeoumans
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-01-2014 20:52:41 | More by NJBeer265
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reefa

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2014 01:48:40 | More by reefa
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mbw314

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2014 01:45:44 | More by mbw314
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EdwardK77

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-31-2014 22:00:55 | More by EdwardK77
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TheBeerSipper

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -8%

Appearance - A wonderful mahogany look with a tan head about a finger thick.

Smell - a very rich curious smell that builds anticipation to what you are about to taste.

Taste - If you are expecting a normal taste here - you will be surprised my friends. The taste is similar to its rich bourbon esque smell. Though the taste is slightly less strong and flavorful than the smell, it is still very tasty.

Mouthfeel - The feel is very similar to the taste.

Overall - This is a very good, unique brew that differs greatly from your typical ale.

Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

07-30-2014 23:50:16 | More by TheBeerSipper
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-29-2014 03:25:48 | More by _morandi_
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-29-2014 01:52:44 | More by Comparison_Ford
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-28-2014 23:15:16 | More by freewill35
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AlvinLin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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slavall

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-28-2014 02:02:52 | More by slavall
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Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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OsoRojo

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-27-2014 17:34:59 | More by OsoRojo
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-26-2014 00:55:35 | More by mjmarie
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,255 ratings.