Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4,249 | Reviews: 2,034 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Bomber into a Sam Adams shaped glass.
A - dark amber color with a stark off-white long lasting single finger head. Clear for an unfiltered beer, with seriously heavy lacing.
S - Hop heavy as expected, but with strong fruity undertones. I've not a lot of experience with rye-style ales, but this seems to be consistent with the others in the category. Very nice note of citrus.
T - Strong pine and citrus hop throughout but with a distinct malt character that does actually work to balance the bitters - a little bit of nuttiness on the front side? I can't really tell for sure. Grapefruit towards the end adds to a dry finish.
M - This is an 8% beer, and while there's no sense of an alcohol burn, you can tell its there on the finish as it warms on its way down. Seems a bit 'thick' too - per the lacing on my glass, the flavors stick around a while. I can't pick up any impurities.
D - This is a strong beer, and not one I'd want to session. that said, I have no problem enjoying a bomber to myself every now and again. This is sure to become one of my stronger, special-occasion staples.
03-22-2010 20:59:28 | More by Smixam
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Hop Rod Rye bomber into snifter
A soft pour shows a red red, perfectly clear body with golden
highlights and a dense two finger head of light sand color.
Aroma is a great blend with sweet caramel malts, prickly hop leaf,
grapefruit and some resinous pine sap. A bit of spicyness from the rye
as well. Not your typical IPA/DIPA, but it is a rye IPA, so it has its
own thing going on. I swear this reminds me more of an old ale or
Is this a barleywine? Damn this is tasty. Waves of flavor hit the
palette, leaving you reaching back to pick up more complexity with
each sip. The first flavor is a sweet caramel drizzle, then big hop
style grapefruit, citrus, spicy rye, and a nice oily hop finish that
is pretty clean. Some toasted wheat bread and raisin as it comes up to
Mouthfeel is a great part of this beer. Soft, sticky, heavy but not
oily, with a medium carbonation that keeps it all together.
Now this is a beer that is easy on the mouth. Easy drinking, oh yes.
If you were to hand me this blindly I would almost think I was
drinking a Bigfoot, which is really saying something. This beer warps
my perceptions of what an IPA is, since it has such an interesting
malt base to it. Now this is a hyped beer that has the power to back
it up. I wish this were in NM, because it would get regular rotation
at my house, which doesn't happen with very many beers.
03-22-2010 12:19:57 | More by Flashsp2
3.1/5 rDev -26.7%
If you like hops baby this brew is for you. The beer was poured into my tumbler at 45 degrees and looked caramel colored pouring a off white head. The lacing with this beer was good. Way to hoppy for me, in fact that is all you can taste. I will not buy again.
03-21-2010 23:35:29 | More by Minkybut
3.03/5 rDev -28.4%
Burnt caramel orange color with a 1 1/2 finger off white foamy head which sticks tightly to the sides of the glass. Smells of grapefruit, oranges, pine and some caramel malt.
The taste is very hoppy, with grapefruit, pine, and some orange dominating the flavor profile. I could not smell the rye, but can taste it, and some caramel malt, in the background, but the hops are the star here.
Very dry, and resinous. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Not my favorite IPA.
03-21-2010 20:30:01 | More by hardy008
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
A: Pours a rudy red/mahogany into an oversized wine glass. A light khaki,1 and 1/2 finger head recedes over the course of a minute to leave a thin retaining film. The lacing is sticky and thin and looks like ancient hieroglyphics.
S: Very intriguing. The combination between the hops and the rye malt produces a cranberry and fig smell that is supported by the expected citrus and floral aromas. Call me crazy, but in a way this smells like a Belgian quad with the figgy-sweetness. It has a unique aroma for an IPA, to be sure.
T: This is a really special meeting of hops, barley malt, and rye in my mouth. The cranberry and fig sweetness that I alluded to in the smell kicks off the flavor on the palate, followed by an exciting collision of the fresh hops and spicy rye malts. The finish is nice and bitter and awfully tasty. This is not your typical American IPA, but its ingenuity and creativity makes it a truly unique and great one.
M: This beer is a dancer; it's a soul's companion; you can feel it everywhere. But seriously, folks. This one really hits all the buttons of my palate. The carbonation is deliciously crisp, the barley and rye malts lend a good, full body, and the bittering hops donate a dry, bitter finish.
D: Would I have another? Yeeeaaash. If you couldn't tell, I really dig this beer. I'm not sure if it's the mood I'm in or what, but this is really striking the right chord with me right now. I read on the Great Lakes group that Bear Republic is moving into Michigan. If that is true, I would be one happy Beer Advocate.
03-20-2010 02:05:05 | More by TCHopCraver
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured into a tulip. A deep burnished copper that almost, but doesn't quite show brown. A nice thick tan head that leaves wonderful lace.
Aroma is predominately citrus, with a hint of pine. It hits the mouth surprisingly thick. Nicely hopped, a good bitterness that's not harsh and has an odd complexity probably from the rye.
I like the edge that the rye brings, I just enjoy my IPAs a bit drier.
03-19-2010 03:10:58 | More by goatgoat
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
12oz bottle poured into a Fin Du Monde tulip.
A: Pours a hazy, dark amber-mahogany color with a glorious 3-finger light tan head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass. Head eventually recedes to a 1/4 inch, but retention is good. Beautiful looking beer.
S: Sprightly citrus with accompanying bitterness. Oranges, grapefruits, etc. Hints of spicy maltiness presumably from the rye.
T: Fresh-squeezed grapefruit leaving a considerable bitterness in the dry finish. This is backed by a sturdy malt foundation with an ever-present grainy rye flavor and subdued caramel notes. The spicy rye really balances the bitterness and makes for a marvelous tug-of-war on the palate with the grapefruit hops winning out ever so slightly.
M: Medium body and carbonation. Simultaneously juicy and creamy. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
D: Very drinkable despite the 8% ABV. I would drink this all the time if the alcohol didn't sneak up on me.
One of my favorites. Accessible, yet tenacious flavor profile. Dewy hops tempered by stately rye and caramel malts. The wonderfully executed tension between these flavors has made Hop Rod Rye a perennial in my fridge.
03-18-2010 04:32:26 | More by Musition12
4.4/5 rDev +4%
This ale poured a nice mahogany color with a full two fingers worth of of fine bubbled off-white head. The head was long lasting and left prominent lacing on the walls of my pint glass. The clarity of the ale was slightly turbid with a moderate yeast "halo".
The aroma was cirtus, ripe plum, with a grainy note to end.
The flavor was sweet malt, tart rye, hop bitterness. Very refreshing, but slightly heavy.
The drinkability was good given the robust ABV and full rich mouthfeel.
I really like this ale. Normally a IPA fan, but the addition of rye gives this ale an unmistakable crispness that is different than the normal hoppy bitterness.
03-16-2010 18:29:20 | More by ABOWMan
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a large foamy head atop a reddish/amber body. The head is big and takes a while to dissipate, leaving some nice lacing.
Aromas of pine, citrus, oranges, and roasted rye. Very fruity, almost sweet.
Flavors of hops, a little grapefruit, some maltiness, but devoid of the slightly caramel flavors I taste in Racer X or Green Flash's West Coast I.P.A. Packed with flavor and enjoyable bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin and the alcohol burns slightly, but nothing overwhelming. Almost exhibits a meaty consistency across the palate.
Overall, while I do enjoy this beer, I prefer the Racer 5 more. This doesn't have the refreshment that other IPAs have, and I cannot figure out why. I like the rye aspect, but when it comes to IPAs I much prefer ones that are less induced with it, and have less of a sour and heavy feel. I can see why it is as highly rated as it is, and I will return again, but it is not among my favorites.
03-11-2010 00:20:36 | More by jminsc76
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Deep reddish-amber, slight haze, with a dense, sticky tan head. Juicy ripe citrus hops in the nose, along with a bit of spicy malt. Similar in flavor: intensely citric hops overshadow a substantially spicy malt base. Hops quickly permeate the palate with strong grapefruit rind bitterness. Spicy, slightly grainy malt profile provides some ripe fruit undertones to the citrus flavors. Finishes fairly dry and bitter with hints of spicy malt/rye grain and citrus rind. An intense, delicious beer. One of the best easy-to-find beers.
03-10-2010 03:58:22 | More by bcm119
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +4%
22 oz bottle.
Pours a nice reddish-brown with tons of yellowy off-white head. The head is very frothy with great retention and lots of lacing. Everything about it screams that this is a great IPA.
Very citrusy aroma with plenty of pine in there too. Herbal and earthy. Not much in the way of grain or malt, but I believe I smell some of the rye in it. Sweet, fruity flavor of orange and grapefruit. The rye adds a wholesome, doughy, and sweet flavor.
Not overly bitter, a bit sweet, and with a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and silky.
As my first rye beer, I thought this one was excellent. The hops and rye pair great together. Really puts the tired IPA style into a new light.
03-10-2010 01:29:45 | More by goldbot
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Bomber picked up at table and vine. So glad I only live 30 minutes away from the supermarket of beer.
A - Almost brown with reddish Tints. Bronze if you will.
S - Pine, Grapefruit, Loads of Hops, brown sugar.
T - Big boy hops, rye, fruit, and a decent malt backbone to balance things out.
M - Really nice texture and feel to this one. Well done.
D - So well balances, so smooth. This is a fantastic IPA. Bear needs to distribute to CT.
03-09-2010 01:27:21 | More by DNICE555
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
Presentation: Bomber bottle picked up on a trip to NY poured into my friend's Smuttynose snifter.
Appearance: Deep dark brown, not very vibrant, with lots of sediment floating around the glass. After a while this settles on the bottom. There is a one finger beige head with good retention as well.
Smell: Hop citrus lends a nice aroma to the brew. Hops are not overpowering but are still in your face enough to make this feel like an incredible IPA. Some rye spice also balances out the aroma.
Taste: Much like the aroma, citrus and grapefruit notes of the hops lead the way. There is some bitterness but it is not overpowering. The hops are rounded out nicely but some nice malt notes and the nice little kick of rye that increases in flavor the more you drink.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Some nice carbonation keeps this beer crisp and drinkable.
Drinkability: For an IPA with this ABV and flavor, I find it incredibly drinkable. Nice clean flavor and a crisp mouthfeel make this dangerously easy to drink.
Overall, certainly one of the better single IPAs I have ever had. The interplay of the rye spice and the hops is perfect and makes this a unique and incredible brew. Certainly recommended, especially to IPA lovers.
03-08-2010 05:45:50 | More by Gosox8787
2.55/5 rDev -39.7%
22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark brownish-copper color. Somewhat creamy off-white head becomes a film that laces the glass.
Smell: A sort of grainier IPA aroma, though not very strong. Grains and some hops/citrus.
Taste: Citrus aroma throughout, starting with hop bitterness and leading to a bitter rye flavor which persists into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and relatively smooth.
Drinkability: The rye flavor is awfully intense; hard to take.
I'll confess I'm not the biggest fan of rye, but the taste here is very bitter and way over the top. Too much for me, unfortunately.
03-08-2010 00:53:24 | More by mithrascruor
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: A murky copper-brown body capped by a finger of off-white head that leaves nice patchy lacing.
Aroma: Piney, somewhat green, and citrusy hops over a big caramel body and some medium booze. Very appetizing.
Flavor: Up front, a wave of grapefruity, resinous, lightly herbal, and bitter hops. Underneath, a biscuity caramel malt body with some definite rye notes. It's all balanced nicely. The alcohol is masked well, adding just a little spice. Biscuity malt and lots of resinous bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish. A few bare hints of warmth from the alcohol.
Drinkability: About as drinkable as a hoppy and full-flavored eight percent ABV beer can be.
Verdict: Solid and thoroughly tasty throughout, Hop Rod Rye is a great "medium-alcohol" Double IPA with a nice rye twist. After such a strong start, I'm looking forward to seeing what else these guys brew up.
03-07-2010 21:40:05 | More by BeanBone
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Strong and pleasing aroma of sweet and spicy malt with citrus hops. Very American in both malt and hops. I'm guessing the pineapple and pine aroma comes from the same Columbus and Cascade hops that's featured in their Racer 5 IPA. The rye makes the beer slightly spicy and considerably darker than the IPA. It pours a deep reddish orange with a big fluffy off-white head that lasts long beyond the final drop. The taste is a fine balance between the sweet malt, spicy rye, and citrus hops. No component outshines the other. It's full bodied with a smooth texture and a lingering bittersweet finish. This beer is full and satisfying with a delicately balanced character that allows you to fully enjoy each drop which is remarkable for a style in which so many others punch you in the face with just one element. This is definitely my new favorite Double IPA. Highly recommended.
03-07-2010 10:10:51 | More by exparte
4.4/5 rDev +4%
12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours dark red, very dark for an IPA. Sediment floating about. Small creamy off-white head with brown spots, leaves nice walls of lacing. The smell is very malty, dark fruit/cherry, pine. Bitter hops and smooth malts are balanced here excellently. Pine, caramel, rye, and dark cherry all take turns dancing on the tongue. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. This drinks almost like a mini-strong ale. Alcohol is very-well hidden, a tiny bit shows through at the end. Long ago when I first tried this I didn't think much of it and thought it was one of the most overrated beers in the top 100. Now I can safely say it deserves its place. Well done Bear Republic.
03-05-2010 19:56:16 | More by Chico1985
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours into a pint glass a beautifully clear dark copper/deep red-orange. Thick off-white foam head exhibits good retention.
The scent is dominated by spicy notes and flowery and citrusy hop aromas. It is very much like smelling a handful of citrus zest, honestly.
The taste is very interesting: The taste of rye is new to me, but it seems a little sourish and slightly spicy. Shows a good crispness, accentuating the deliciously bitter hops. A very grainy aftertaste of bready malt.
It's medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation tickling the tongue. The Hop Rod Rye is very drinkable.
03-04-2010 02:13:17 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
2.45/5 rDev -42.1%
22 ounce poured into pint glass
A - Deep amber with solid one finger head. Some lacing. Good looking beer, dark for an IPA.
S - Strong earthy hops upfront with a bit of malt in the back.
T - Tale of Two Cities here. Great taste upfront, nice hop presence, bitter in a good way, but what an horrific finish. I felt like I was drinking a cactus. My throat cried "What are you doing to me?!" and there was this horrific itchy feeling. After about 5 or 6 ounces of this it went down the drain and saved my throat with a nugget nectar.
M - Considering I practically needed to shove a back scratcher down my throat, I would say 'horrific'.
D - I love IPA's, both the single and the double. I've had a fair amount in my days, and wondered if I would ever give an IPA a bad rating. That day has come.
03-01-2010 16:13:19 | More by BetterDarker
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Copper-red, with half-inch white, frothy head that remains.
Smell is awesome. Assertive, perfect balance of hops and malts. Floral aroma of pineapple and assorted light citrus fruits.
Taste is almost equally impressive. Hops, rye, and malts. Faint citrus tones as well.
Mouthfeel is fresh and fairly crisp; medium body. Faint bitterness near and to the finish.
Very drinkable. Alcohol is not noticeable in any respect with this beer. Goes down easily.
02-28-2010 23:40:47 | More by Parrotbeak
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours amber brown with a thick foamy head. Excellent retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney hops,fruits,and bready malts. Body is thick with some carbonation. Taste is all there. hoppy up front with underlying caramel malts. Bitter finish. Very complex taste. No doubt one of the best.
02-28-2010 02:06:00 | More by riversider76
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
I'm lucky enough to have gotten 2 bottles in recent trades so thanks to JosephLondon and Caresville!!
Definitely not familiar with rye, which is one reason I was eager to try this.
A) Awesome. Brownish-amber and cloudy (unfiltered) body with massive head - 3 fingers of massive super-foamy bubbles that lasted forever and left huge lace. Fantastic.
S) Upon opening the bottle citrus hops poured out. Sweet and fresh. Also some peppery spice I could feel in my throat just by smelling.
T) Wow! Delicious IPA with rye. A balance of sweet citrus, piney hops, bitter rye, and spice. The more I drank, the more the rye and spice stood out, giving it an unusual taste for an IPA.
MF) Pretty creamy, very soft from all the foam
D) Good! Attractive ale, nice smell, nice taste. Very well-balanced and tasty. I enjoyed the rye - it gave it another dimension than other IPAs which was different but good. It makes me curious to try more rye beers.
02-26-2010 04:09:56 | More by sophisticated
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured into an oversized pint glass.
Pours a dirty (awesome) cloudy, deep dark amber with a thick chunky tan head. Beer leaves great lace and a huge chunky island that nears touches the nose with every sip. Awesome.
Brew smells of piney hops, caramel, yeast, spices. Smells complex and very tasty.
This brew has a deep complex flavor; caramel, malty, yeasts, big hops, spicey, rye. Easy smooth mouthfeel, finishes a tad bitter and dry. This is a very drinkable brew.
Wow, hands down one of the best Rye/American IPA's I have ever had. This is a classic must drink brew. I could easily session this 8% alcohol brew.
02-26-2010 02:03:13 | More by magine
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Look: Dark amber, clear, big fluffy head with staying power, and excellent lacing
Smell: Huge hop aroma! Mostly pine with some citrus, and bready malt
Taste: Up Front: Pine, orange rind, sweet malty goodness. Finish: Pepper (from the rye), lingering malt, and hop bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy with medium carbonation
Drinkability: Resinous astringency character in the finish.
Overall Impression: Rye just ain't my thing. Luckily this is way more like an IPA than a Rye beer, and I love IPA's. At 8% ABV this one is close to being a Double IPA, which is one of my favorite styles. This one is just a little too astringent and bitter in the finish for my palate, but overall it was outstanding!
02-25-2010 03:07:31 | More by BeerGodz
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
bottle, 55*, bordeaux glass
a two finger head, very nice looking off white/brown color. Lace is long lasting and attractive. beer is a deep amber brown.
s nice hop up front, fresh and inviting
T like an ipa brown ale almost, rye is evident and hops are strong throughout. great balance and depth, but muscular
M coats nice, mid-full bodied
D i would endulge in more than one. its a complete package and a home run for any rye fans. i love rye bread, whiskey, and beer, and this is probably my favorite in the beer category so far.
02-25-2010 01:08:31 | More by cleverbeername
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,249 ratings.