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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,431 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 236
Gots: 245 | 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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good recommendation from the guys at Spec's Arbor Walk...

A - orangy-brown, pervasive head.

S - a little soapy, very fresh smell

T - grapes, vodka, hops, of course, malt

M - very bitter, bold hop chracteristics

D - bomber went down easy, could drink more, seems like the 8% might be a bit low it's so drinkable

I have not had many rye ales, just Lenny's Bittersweet RIPA, but I really liked that and this is good as well. Will get again. Thirst-quenching! Special.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a 16 oz flute shaped pint glass

a- light browm, dark amber, slight red hint to it, 3/4 inch pillow like head, with lots of floaties inside...probably hops and yeast since it is bottle fermented

s-fruity tropical hops with a sweet caramel smell

t- sweet pale ,caramel and dry malt in the forefront...hops come through in the end, spicy and floral, slightly fruity, in the end is the dry rye coming throgh..

m- dry smooth taste from the rye of course

d- sweet beer, i drank this quickly

good beer, good hop/malt balance in the beer, not to complex, need a more prolific and versatile hop varietiy,,i was lookin for a hop bomb but great balance...last sip is a hop bomb with all the hops in the bottom of the glass...wow last sip was unreal

Photo of TCgoalie
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this on tap at Hopcat on 2/25/11.

A tulip glass full of HRR reveals a dark brownish-red color which shows some light through the other side of the glass. The lacing is spotty despite the absence of a sustaining head.

The smell is malty with a prevalent rye spice. A good deal of grapefruit comes through along with some pine.

There is plenty of rye that balances the malts in the forefront. Suddenly, a large dose of grapefruit comes through. I'm a sucker for grapefruit hops, and this really hits the spot. A bit of pine comes through as well, likely due to the multiple hops used.

My mouth is satisfied by the smooth full feeling of this brew. The low carbonation with the full mouthfeel creates a soft character.

This is the best rye beer I've ever had. It may be tough to drink throughout the night, but the 12oz I just had was not enough.

Photo of stonermouse
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very pretty amber, with a touch of red and a touch of haze. Exactly what I hoped for and expected.

The aroma here is moderately strong, but nice. A little sweetness comes through, with some grassyness. It reminds me a bit of a coastal marsh in the summer.

Flavor is complex. The first thing I noticed was the roasted aftertaste- not because it was dominant, but because it was suprising. The malts are as spicy as I had hoped, and the hops are both citrusy and grassy. The roastiness gives this a Black IPA feel, but the biting rye and the crisp, clean hops really dominate. Great flavor all around.

Mouthfeel is solid for the flavors. It's a little sticky, but the roasted flavor and stickiness blend well at the back end.

Drinkability is immeasurable. This beer is an all-occasions, anytime-type brew, and is just mild enough in ABVs to have a few. If it was a little more affordable, this would be a superb 12-pack purchase for company.

Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to pint glass

Pours a dark amber, clear, with a slight chilled-haze. It forms a frothy head that leaves reams of sticky lacing. You can immediately notice big wafts of fresh pine carried by a bready, malty-sweet backdrop. The flavors have more depth than the nose, as the noted pine scent is met with layers of citrus. Lemon, orange zest, a little grapefruit. Quite bitter as well. The added rye provides an undertone which reminds of honey-sweet bread crust. Malts give plenty of support and make for bready flavors and mouthfeel. Chewy but not sticky. There's a slight alcohol punch near the end of the sip but it doesn't linger, leaving a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Hop Rod Rye is a hopbomb, no doubt, but layered, complex and delicious. Candy-sweet notes became more prominent as the beer warmed and made the bitter tones extremely palatable. It was truly hard to stop drinking this.

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap into pint glass at Yard House downtown Denver
A - Dusty light khaki head, glass clear deep red/brown slightly purple color... beautiful and making me thirsty 5
S - Floral & citrus with a slight spice & pine accents 4
T - solidly smooth beer, very slightly sweet start, progress to rye/hop then straw with a moderately bitter finish all in great balance 4.5
M - I enjoyed the moderate carbonation with an overall light mouthfeel for the appearance 4.5
D - a very enjoyable IPA/rye beer, I certainly will be consuming more of this 5
Makes me wonder what other Bear Republic beers I am missing.
This is truly a world-class beer, Bravo BR!

Photo of Fenris244
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, beautiful 2 finger off white sticky head, great retention, left a thick lace while drinking.

Pine, candied lemon peel, I think I smell the rye but that could be my imagination.

Harsh bitterness up front, lemon and almost a grape fruit flavor, the bitterness lingers well into the finish, malty finish good sweetness on the finish too, on another note I would never expect this to be an 8% abv beer the alcohol is very well masked by the flavors.

Light in body, almost thin, the carbonation is nice a little light though.

Very drinkable, super flavorful smooth beer, to bad it only comes in 4 packs

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. Didn't see freshness date anywhere on the bottle.
One finger head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some really nice lacing. Very good carbonation
Aroma is absolutely hoppy. Nice floral notes, with hints of hops and rye/fennel seed like aroma coming through.
Ooooh yeahhh.... an all out assault on the taste buds. The taste upfront is perfectly bitter hoppy goodness. Balanced nicely with hints of malt/sweetness in the finish which lasts for a few seconds before the hop bitterness takes over again. Perfect 'bittersweet symphony' going on here.
Consistent lacing throughout the duration of the drink.
Even with it's higher ABV, this is very drinkable.
Very good mouthfeel, chewy and oily hoppy goodness.
One of my all time favorite brew's from Bear Republic. This is one IPA that I can have anytime, anyplace. A must-try IPA for every hop-head. Highly recommended.

Photo of latackbeer
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with great value! Poured a wonderful pillowy white head, the smell of deep grapefruit tickled my nose. Color is dark brown with reddish at the edges. First sip was warming with hops flowing over my palate. Love the lacing on the glass along with exceptional taste and very drinkable I will definately be buying this again!!

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very nice deep amber color with perfect pillowy tan head. Angelic lacing.

S- sweet, citric, pine, dry, resinous.

T- Very nice IPA characteristics with a hint of rye.

M- Dry and astringent, however sweet. A very unique feel that is A+!

D- Dangerously high.

This is one of my new favorites...!!..!

Photo of midwestbrewers
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. Thick creamy beige head sits atop a amber colored brew. Lacing is an A++++

S: Nice citric smell with a faint twinge reminiscent of rye. Some maltyness in the background.

T: Very nice and balanced. Very hoppy and bitter all the way through the drink. The rye is very present in the taste.

First off this is an exceptional beer, but this is not a repeat buy for me. Amazing look and smell but the taste was just a little off at the end for me. I credit this to the rye. World Class beer Bear Republic Brewing Co.!!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a large creamy head.
Nose shows pine, resin and grapefruit in large quantities with supporting sweet crystal malt alongside.
Very similar flavours, but with a toasty character joining in. Finishes with a massive grapefruit-tinged bitterness. Pretty full-on.
Carbonation is a little high.
Finishes too dry and bitter in my opinion, and there's not enough going on in the way of hoppy flavours.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A lovely crimson body with a formidable tan head. Tons and tons of floaties, which surprised me.
A second tasting (4-5-2011) reveals almost no floaties and really beautiful lacing. This looks so good

S - Sweet and creamy hops - not sure if that's diacetyl. hint of rye spice. Some tropical fruits and dark fruits and the citrus tang of hops. A really good, and interesting nose. Not as hop heavy as I'd expect from an IPA.

T - Incredible balance. Very present bitter and citrus hops, and that definitely dominates, but the sweet and spicy malts and rye really bring a great level of complexity to this beer, and really balance out the citrus and bitter hop profile. Wow!

M - Medium-big body, a touch dry and a touch heavy on the carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel, especially if this is really a single IPA.

D - I think this is incredibly good tasting and is very easy to drink. I would drink this every day.

Photo of heebes
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints, thin off white foamy head. Thin lacing follows the brew down the glass. Nose is delicious auroma of fresh hops; pine, citrus and honey. Good presence of malt in there too. Taste has the distinct rye flavour, malt body with some bitterhops and a quick finish ending dry. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Pretty great tasting beer and unique IPA. No idea how fresh this bottle is but I imagine the Hop Rod Rye really fresh is amazing. Perhaps a revist on the next beer haul from Buffalo.

Photo of BigB415
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With this being my first rye beer I didn't know what to expect but to my delight this worked out extremely well. Pours dark red color with high lacing. It's unfiltered so you can't see through to the other side since there is a cloud of sediment in your way. When I smell I get hops and another element, perhaps that's the rye since the bottle says it's brewed with 18% rye. Tastes like an IPA and even the after-taste tastes like an IPA but to me it's a mellow IPA. No hop bombs here. Nice job Bear Republic. Another winner.

Photo of weizenbob
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber was received as a great extra off my wants list in a trade with jmkratt. Thanks John! The label informs me that this is brewed with 18% rye. Try as I might, I could not locate a bottle date. I poured this into a wine goblet.

An aggressive pour gives two fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is very good. Sticky bubbly lacing lines the sides of the goblet. The beer is a dark walnut brown featuring very little translucence. There is a small amount of visible carbonation.

The brew is heavily aromatic even from across the table. A nice floral bouquet wafts effortlessly from the goblet. There is grapefruit, and bready malt. Alcohol is noted on the tail end but only because I was looking for it. It is in good balance.

This is indeed a hoppy brew. A watery sweetness sets the pace but is quickly lapped by some mellow rye maltiness with hints of citrus. The beer starts slow and easy but takes on a parabolic flavor shift. Slowly the flavors blossom like a flower before burning up in a blaze of alcohol and grapefruit bitterness. As hop oils coat the mouth, the bitterness lasts and lasts.

This rye is medium bodied. The aggressive alcohol content provides a nice weight and texture. The minor amount of carbonation also aids in this texture. The beer makes full use of its 80 IBUs. The full on bitterness and 8% alcohol content are telling me that I'm going to be done with this when the bomber is empty. However, this bottle was no chore.

Not surprisingly I found Hop Rod Rye to be comparable to Founders Red's Rye PA. As Founders is distributed here I will probably not seek out Hop Rod again; but if you are in an area of the country that distributes one but not the other, I can fully recommend either of these fine hopped up rye ales.

Photo of NWer
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. 8% abv on the label.
It's about time I tried this beer. I've looked at it long enough and what a treat.
Dark murky brown a result of being unfiltered and loaded with hops - according to the label. Fine with me. A beauty to behold much more appealing than the highly filtered stuff.
Rye and hops. i've died and gone to heaven. Wonderful balance to be praised with words usually reserved for the most revered beers.
Outstanding effort.
If you haven't tried a rye beer and want to, this is the one.
Update 11/08/11 Reality check just to make sure I didn't get caught up in the moment. Revisited since my initial review and it's everything I remembered. The gold standard for the style in my opinion. So, why is this classified an American IPA when clearly it's a Rye beer? It even says so on their website.

Photo of mikeg67
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a thick, off-white, foamy, long lasting head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, ripe fruit and piney hops. Medium, slightly crisp body. Herbal hops, spicy rye are balanced by caramel malt and ripe fruit on the palate. Long, spicy, dry finish. Simply the great brew.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a chestnut brown with a 1 inch medium tan head. This head is leaving some good lacing, and this brew is almost impressive enough to be perfect.

S: A strong rye/toasty aroma is present among piny "raw" hops. The aroma in this brew is great, yet underpowered (as is with Racer 5).

T: The flavor completely makes up for the aroma. Full of piny fresh hop goodness. Rye is a strong backbone and a welcome flavor change for an "IPA".

MF: Mouthfeel is good for a hopped up hot rod. Finish is as smooth as a Lincoln.

D: Drinkability at 8% is spot on.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with bits of particulate matter floating in it, presumably yeast, with a medium eggshell head with pretty good retention.

Smells of strong floral and bitter hops with hints of mild rye grain.

Tastes hoppy and bitter, with noticeable rye in the aftertaste. A bit of sweetness rounds out the profile.

Mouth is moderate with mild carbonation on the back of the tongue.

A very good and tasty rye-P-A. A must try for IPA fans.

Photo of daliandragon
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't remember why I haven't reviewed this before but I've had it a few times and I liked it a lot. Pours a medium brown with a transluscent body hinted with orange and ruby. Head and lace are impressive and tan. The nose is a hoppy melange of pine, citrus, and other fruit. Sugary sweet malt balances the bitterness well.

An initial blast of hops is rounded and counteracted brilliantly by the full caramel and bread notes in the malt. The rye adds a spicy note that hits the spot. The aftertaste returns order to this IPA with pine and citrus. Overall, this is satisfying and delicious and goes down ridiculously easy for eight percent.

Wow, this is even better than I remember. Must be tried.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a ruby amber color, with a thin, thick layer of sparse head. A little bit of haze in the coloring, and lots of sediment throughout the beer, which they do a good job of warning you about on the label. Smells are heavy on the hops, with a little malty sweet balance. The beer is bitter-sweet, with hops and caramel sweetness. Also a smokey-toasted malt flavor throughout, which keeps the hop flavors nice and smooth. The beer is a bit dry and smooth in mouth. The sediment really issn't overly bothersome. Quick on the finish, with a lingering hoppy and sour aftertaste. The beer leaves alot of flavor on the back of the tongue, while puckering the front tongue and lips a bit. Makes it really easy for the follow-up gulp.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber; poured into a pint glass.

A: Ruby red with a three finger head that sticks around.

S: Lots of hops! Just a hop bomb in the nose.

T: The hops dominate, but the twangy sourness from the rye peeps through and the caramel-like malts a present as well.

D: Good drinkability. Not overbearing or heavy, but nice and interesting.

Overall: Well its not an IPA, thats for sure. Its a rye beer, and if not that, a Double IPA, but its a great beer nonetheless. Affordabiity is the cherry on top!

Photo of mjsheehan08
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Two finger head sits on top of this reddish, woody colored beer. Has kind of a dark murky brown look to it.

Really great hop oil smell with some grassy notes kind of smells like dried grass. Really floral notes that leave me thinking that I really like the smell of Rye in my IPAs.

Sweet bready malts that finish with a really great hop finish. A little bit of spiceness is present from the Rye, and it is blended in a perfect way with the malt for one of the best feelings an IPA has ever given my palate. Honestly, there isnt much to say about this beer other than it is fantastic. I could barely take my time with this beer because it was so good I wanted to keep drinking it.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber brown. The 2 finger tan head stands strong and holds very tight. A good amount of sticky lace.

S - Large amounts of resiny and pungent grapefruit with a good dose of fruit bread wrapped in. Very hoppy nose on this brew.

T - A fruity toffee malt dominates. Fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and some pine adds lots of flavor with the bitterness sticking to the sides of the tongue. Faint hints of rye but more of a tobacco flavor comes through to add an extra layer of flavor. Great finish. Dry and hoppy. Bitterness lingers.

M - Medium to full bodied smoothly floats over the palate.

The nose is full of hop aroma and the flavors have serious balance. The rye is there but I probably wouldn't have picked it out if I didn't know.

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,431 ratings.