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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 204 | FT: 4
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 mtnbikerpa


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Poured the deepish amber color with only about .5 inch head. Scent of meadow flowers, slight, faint biscuits, and huge citrus. Taste includes a balanced amount of malty sweetness along with grapefruit hop nature. The mouthfeel is kinda oily and slick. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Drinkable nature of this is great. A awesome beer put out and I am glad I got to try this.
( My review is from notes on Friday night after having a couple and having a couple tonight.)

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:58:34 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of tikk

New York

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my tulip glass.

A-A very deep red almost brownish color, holding it up to the light shows off the deep red color, has a solid head and leaves a solid lacing on the glass.

S-Floral hops with an almost caramel hint, with a cross of some dark rye bread.

T-Very hoppy at first almost biting, after that there is a bit of a rye flavor that almost smooths it out. Every other sip seems to go from biting to smooth. Very interesting, just that fact makes this one of my favorite brews.

M- Again it goes from biting to smooth and vice versa. I find it quite unique.

D-Can't really go for more than one of these in a night. I actually prefer to split a bomber with a friend. It doesn't show off the 8$ abv at all, seems so much less than that.

I would have to say that I highly recommend this beer, as it blows me away. Very unique, I wish I could keep more in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 05:44:57 | More by tikk
Photo of mgbickel


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed thick, 2 finger tan head. Quick dissipation that left behind a little lacing. The body a deep reddish brown with lots of floaters...from active yeasts I hope!

The hops attack the nose...piney and grassy. You can also detect some malts, sweet breads and undertones of citrus fruits. All of this is on a rye backbone that comes through better as the beer warms.

Waves of flavors come across your palate. First is an initial preview of the hops...bang! Bitterness hits the tongue. This gives was way to a sweet caramel, malty flavor that lasts for a few seconds before the second wave of hops hit again. This one lingers into the aftertaste. Nice balance...

Mouth feel is medium, oily and moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable...pretty darn hoppy, but not overpowering. Complex and refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 20:14:31 | More by mgbickel
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bottle at the Flying Saucer.
Pours a brownish amber body with a slightly reddish hue. A nice medium thickness white head.
Smells of great piney and grassy hops, some crystal malt and a little biscuit malt as well.
Taste sweet caramel and crystal malt up front, some great piney hops float mid way through the mouthfeel and rounds out with a mild pine and grassy hop flavor rounded out with some toasted biscuit and rye sweetness and dryness.
A great beer to enjoy frequently but not one after the other. Easy to drink but definitely a hoppy hitter

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:42:14 | More by chaz410
Photo of Lunch


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (12/31/09). Served in a 12oz. Pilsner-esqe pint glass at an appropriate temperature (01/11/10) .

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Fresh hop aroma of containing nice citrus and piney tones as well as a hint of rye surrounded by a slightly sweet caramel malt. There is also a very nice tropical fruit aroma milling about as well.

T: For an American IPA brewed with rye, the rye certainly takes the backseat in the flavor profile. Citrus and piney hops start things out with some flavorful layers of tropical fruit. The malt backbone consists of caramel and toffee which helps to balance out some of the bitterness. Great flavor profile with just a hint of rye.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy and slick with moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability especially for an 8% abv. American IPA as the alcohol is completely hidden and the bitterness is never too severe.

Overall this is certainly my favorite Rye American IPA to date and another solid effort from Bear Republic. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 16:06:39 | More by Lunch
Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- copperish hue with a little murky sediment

S- dark maltyness with a sweet and bitter tone overall, doesnt smell exceptionally hopped

T- delicious! thicker body, prolly cause of the rye, soft and palatable without a heavy hop characteristic. the abv content overall makes for a sweeter and deeper ryePA that i particularly enjoy!

overall i can appreciate this beer, i am HUGE fan of Rogenbier which is a rye-style hef that i prefer to regular weizenboch's and trying it in a commercial aspect is very tasty!

buy it, especially cause its a good price!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 06:03:11 | More by PhiGDeltaBrewman
Photo of wspscott


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Very dark copper, almost brown color, held up to a bright light there are some red tones, huge, fluffy light tan head with a ton of lace.
S: Lots of hops along with a lot of malt sweetness, similar to a hoppy old ale with some dried fruit and dark caramel. I would like more obvious hops characteristics.
T: Earthy, piney hops along with a huge malt taste, dark caramel, a tingly spiciness, more hops in the back of the mouth.
M: Oily hops, high carbonation, tastes "rich" without being cloying.
D: An awesome beer, for a massive hop bomb, it is very balanced. There is no hint of alcohol making this a potentially dangerous beer. I really like that there is obviously a lot of caramel malts here, but it is not "caramelly". Interesting, it seems to be a cross between an old/stock ale and an IPA, definitely not a standard DIPA. Highly recommended. Send this to KY.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 00:41:09 | More by wspscott
Photo of Vancoubeer


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Looks like an amber but tastes like an IPA. Hoppy blend of stuff put into this brew makes it a great one. I will get it again. Had it after a malty sweet beer and is amazing in contrast. I wonder where the rye is. Perhaps if it gets a bit warmer.

10 min later: definately can taste the rye. It gives it a bolder taste. Kinda bready with a kick.

Like I said. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:51:03 | More by Vancoubeer
Photo of Kaiser81


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ran a 15K this morning, and needed a celebratory beer. Heard this was good, so I picked one up, finally.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a copper color with a reddish hue. There is a finger width of cream-colored head, and it sits like a soft pillow on top of the beer.
The lacing is like a tall woman - legs forever! They just stick the glass and look like a spiderweb stretching all the way down.

S - Initially some piney notes. There's a touch of spiciness somewhere in there. Is that rye? On the finish, there's a faint smell of bready sweetness in there too.

T - Wow. There's a lot going on here. I never eat rye bread, so it's hard for me to place the rye, but I'm assuming that's the taste I can't define. I had Nelson from Alpine a few weeks back, and so I can find the similar taste between the two; the rye!
Anyway, there's a lot of hops up front with some balance from the rye and malts on the back end. Pretty tasty. My palate jargon is definitely lacking.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - I'd definitely consider having another if it were in my fridge. Glad I finally picked one of these up. Next time I'm at a sandwich shop, I'll have to get rye bread.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 21:36:07 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip

a-ruby red color...frothy off white head that lingered forever almost throughout the whole beer....lacing more like legs on this one...loads of bubbles floating up...

s-floral and piney hops up front a little spicy as well maybe from the rye...malt holds it together well in the middle...the a woft of bitterness ensues rounding this one out...a truly wonderful smell

t-some citrus hops make a quick flash up front then bitter piney hops and spicy rye all kick in...the malt is there for a brief time before the rye comes back and some citrus then pine...finishes on a spicy note and a little warm

m-oily and resiny like a good ipa should be...the rye adds an interesting dry aspect to me....excellent carbonation ....

d-exceptional could,would and have consumed this many times....cannot get enough

overall an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:59:56 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of advill88


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden reddish amber color with a big frothy white head.

Smell is of strong piney hops, with hints of citrus and a light honey sweetness.

Strong grapefruit and piney hop flavors up front with some rye and a light malty sweetness at the back end to even it out a bit. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and almost chewy with an incredible creamy smoothness to it.

Absolutely fantastic IPA, especially when you let it warm enough to be able to taste the light counterbalance that the rye malt provides to the slam of hops. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 00:55:16 | More by advill88
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Rod Rye is awesome out of the bottle, and from the aroma and look of my half pint pour, it looks like it willead that be the same on draft. The color is deep caramel, filtered clear with a tan ad. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, below a grapefruit hop bitterness. The taste is sweet up front. Loads of caramel malt, rye spice, and a finish that is bitter but pleasingly so. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy but not full.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 18:23:09 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of 1fastz28


4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one of the beers i've seen at the beer shop and passed over mistakenly thinking that i've already tried it, and boy am i sad that i missed this one, for its exceptional. pours a beautiful deep amber color with a big foamy head that laces a decent amount. its smell is legendary, the hops smell as fresh as the ones i use to homebrew with in my fridge, the hops are piney and pungent, just awesome aroma. taste is just as good, a wonderful array of hops are complimented with a nice malty balance. overall its just an awesome beer, and with it being only 4-5 bucks for a bomber it is a very good deal too.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 03:40:08 | More by 1fastz28


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint glass. Well designed label.

A: A fluffy 2 .5 finger beige head floats for a long while above the dark bronzey body. The head eventually turns into nothing more than a thick layer but stays with you until the last drop. Random patches of lace adorn the glass. The Hop Road Rye is unfiltered, evidenced by the hazy/murky body littered with some rather chunky particulate. I have no problem with this.

S: A bit of nutty/bready/grainy malts are definitely noticeable among the hop forward aroma. Grasses, herbs and flowers...fairly straightforward. Leafy yeast notes. The Hop Rod must have went Off Road. Additional aromas enhance the complexity : Honey, brown sugar, coriander, nutmeg and a light touch of simple syrup sweetness.

T: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Nothing too flashy about the Hop Rod. This is simplicity at it's finest. Just phenomenal.

M: Light, creamy body. A little low on the bubbles. Despite the heavy hop hand, the bitterness was surprisingly low. Could have been a little more souped up. The mouthfeel was the least impressive aspect.

D: This is my favorite beer by Bear Republic. Very drinkable and very palatable. For the hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:31:29 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of gromis


2.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one had a beautiful head when I poured it. Easily 3 or 4 fingers of a nice light brown foam.

Pours a nice, dark, cloudy amber color. This one isn't filtered (yay!).

The taste begins with a malt flavor that is dominated by hops. The malt fades away, but the hops lingers for quite a while.

Beings that I am not a big fan of hops, this scored low on the drinkability factor for me. I would gladly try this beer again, but wouldn't have more than one at a time, probably.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:38:56 | More by gromis
Photo of jgasparine


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An agressive pour from the bottle yielded a MASSIVE 2" light khaki head- rocky and well retained. Some REDICULOUS sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass throughout the drink... one of the most proteinaceous heads I have ever seen! The body was a heavily sedimented garnet color with no visible carbonation (either obscured by the sediment or not present). Picture perfect.

S- Heavy herbal and citrus hop aromas combine with a HUGE spicy caramel malt (and rye) backbone. Simple, pungent and beautifully elegant.

T- A nice replicate of the nose. The caramel malt is up-front along with the spicy rye. Hops begin to dominate the palate midway with Juicyfruit-like flavors. Finishes with an intense quinine-like hop bitterness. A wonderful rollercoaster of flavor... although I would have liked it to be a less segmented flavor experience.

M- BIG firm body... nicely underattenuated with a moderately coarse carbonation. Points off for the coarse carbonation, but still quite impressive in the mouthfeel department.

D- Goes down smooth, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. Could sneak up on you though...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:48:09 | More by jgasparine
Photo of cassanoj


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reddish amber. Small off-white head, some lacing.

The nose is intensely hoppy. Rye is subtle. Juniper berries, strawberry, citrus, grapefruit.

Taste the rye and the hops. The maltiness is there but subtle for a DIPA. A grassy undertone. Caramel, citrus, strawberries. Looong lasting bitter finish.

The mouth is bitter and full. Almost chewy.

Really hoppy, nice kick to it. Such a good beer. A standout beer in an extreme and ever-evolving style full of beers trying to stand out. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 21:00:16 | More by cassanoj
Photo of Mora2000


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with an off-white head. Strong citrus hops in the aroma, as well as some rye and malt. The flavor is packed with a lot of rye as well as some bitterness and hop flavor (citrus and pine). Very drinkable. Not much to say about the beer, but it was outstanding and I will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:28:25 | More by Mora2000
Photo of JTahoe


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby-amber, slightly hazy. Three finger head from vigorous pour with big, sticky, sheeting lace.

S - Big, beautiful, clean hop aroma. Sweet floral and citrus fruits come right through.

T - Juicy citrus (orange, tangerine, with a splash of sweet lemon), honey coated flowers, and caramel malt. There is a mellow hop bitterness (never biting) of grapefruit peel with a twinge of pine and herbs. The aftertaste lingers in the most pleasing way offering a bite of rye flavor and some fresh crisp mint. Lots of layers to discover.

M - Velvety smooth and creamy feel. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. Nice coating quality and long lasting finish.

D - So enjoyable to drink. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 05:34:54 | More by JTahoe
Photo of pvsob


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber/mahogany color with a thick, two-finger head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. Somewhat hazy, with suspended particles.

S - Aroma consists mainly of citrus (grapefruit) with a little pine as well. Pungent/sour/spicy rye aromas come into the equation halfway. A pleasant floral aroma mixed with some caramel sweetness balances out the rye character. As the beer warms, I start to pick up some candied oranges and just a hint of alcohol. A very balanced and complex aroma.

T - Starts off with a nice sweetness from the malts in the beginning. In the middle the rye rears its head, and along with the citrus and pine results in a spicy/bitter finish. Good, but not great.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to full. It has just enough carbonation to keep this beer from becoming too sticky.

D/O - A well made AIPA that is well balanced when it comes to the hops, malt, and alcohol. The rye is there, but personally I would have liked it to have had a stronger showing. Nothing mind blowing, but I'd still recommend it if you haven't tried it before. Now if you will excuse me, the rest of this four pack isn't going to finish itself. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 22:05:20 | More by pvsob
Photo of Dijeriduster


2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Disclaimer, I did get this on sale - a sign it could be an old sample. Still its high alcohol, high hops soooo

A - Dark brown ambery colour pour heavy with fairly prominent head. That faded fairly quickly to a little bit of a surface cover.

S - Very hoppy with caramel/malty flavors coming thru. More bitter than citrus smelling...

T - Very diff with the rye, seems strong here vs other rye ipa's. starts off with caramel malt tones quickly succumbing to the massive hop profile. Rye hits in the middle with a strange spiciness you won't find in any non-rye beer. Finish is a little sweet and syrupy.

M - Pretty good, but it does straddle the too sweet / syrupy zone a little too close for me. Has a slightly creamy feel overall.

D - Not that great actually. Again I might have a bunk sample but this isn't the first time I've had the beer. Frankly its too sweet on the malts for me - vs other local "strange IPA's" beers with an emphasis on the hop profile. Comparing this to Nelson from Alpine (another rye ipa) isn't even a competition. This is a good beer to compare to others, but its not a regular in my cellar....

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 18:35:35 | More by Dijeriduster
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The glass is painted in chromas of orange, ruby and amber; their embers are bright and flare up to the light. Its clarity, until the very last dregs, was spotlessly clear which furthered the beer's splendid aurora. Its head bubbled up like magma and exploded into a scatter-spray of lacing. The eccentric patterns would make an excellent ink splotch test.

Bring an umbrella - it's raining hops! As they fall from the sky a wave of pungent tanginess manages to penetrate right down to the marrow of your bones. It has the same all-consuming sensation as a gust of cold winter air or the burning radiance of a hot summer sun - it is not only noted it is sensed by all parts of the body. This beer is as hoppy as hops are green and every bit as aromatic as an incense.

It's an herbal, floral, citrus-spritzed fragrance and it carries over into the taste. The roasty graininess of the rye is also evident in the aroma and it, too, doubles as a flavour. The moderately-strong spicy flavour of the rye is nearly reminiscent of pumpernickel bread, and certainly brings to mind a choice Jewish bakery, but is so drizzled in chunks of caramel and candied citrus bits that it is, and should be, only recognizable as its own delicious being.

For all its resounding hoppiness the beer is considerably balanced. The graininess of the rye ensures a stiff, hearty, naturally tangy maltiness that blends ideally with the orange zest and piny serum of the hops. The alcohol may just as well not be noted and, although it pains me to admit it, I would probably drink this until unconsciousness if it were feasible to do so. The experience can vary between general pleasure to pure hedonism.

Honk if you love hops! If this beer were a car it would come fully loaded with plenty of legroom and a 350 horsepower V8 engine. And it's probably won my car of the year award every year since I've tried it. In fact, I remember the first time I took it for a test drive - I awoke the next day to find my hands still smelling like hops. No kidding! This is a smooth ride and for those of you who have yet to take a spin - buckle up!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 03:24:53 | More by biegaman
Photo of Goldfish19

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY. This beer pours a reddish brown with a decent foamy off-white head. Rich, flavorful citrusy and hoppy aromas immediately make their presence up front. The piney and floral hops blend quite well with the rye. Taste is complex, but it all balances out in the end. At 8% ABV, this is highly drinkable.

Hop Rod Rye is one of those feel good type of beers. Sip after sip, it keeps inviting you back for more. Highly recommended and a must try! ~

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:25:52 | More by Goldfish19
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luscious amber beer with a white creamy head.

Peach and grapefruit nose.

This is awesome, nice bitter taste and the rye malt really works well. A HIGHLY recommended option for those who like hoppy beers. I also recommend Founders Reds Rye for fans of the style.

Perfect carbonation, medium viscosity.

Hides APV very well, so easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 15:10:17 | More by jampics2
Photo of animal69


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear deep burnished copper color w/ a thick off-white head which leaves a lacing that almost completely covers the wall of my goblet

S- smell is of strong pine and a spicy rye-like grain with very faint notes of whole grain bread and nuts, no alcohol detected at all

T- a good initial bitterness, grapefruity/piney hop flavor up front yet well balanced by the same spicy grains, some more bread and nuts in the taste than smell, a faint fruit and mineral also present in the crisp finish

M- a full mouthfeel, seemingly dry poss. from the rye, a decent co2 lvl.

D- a very drinkable brew, one of the few ryes i've had but def. the best, wish i had another 1 or 12

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 01:35:32 | More by animal69
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.