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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,302 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,302
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 220
Gots: 216 | 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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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Pours a very dark copper color with a finger of head at the top. The lacing is playing from head to toe on the side of my tulip glass. The beer looks quite clear.

Smell: After the pour there was a very nice hop aroma. The aroma that's being presented is citrusy alongside the smell of the malt backbone.

Taste: As it hits the tongue the carbonation starts to release a slightly sweet malt. The alcohol makes a quick appearance on the way down the throat. On the aftertaste is a nice bitter ending with the hops coating the mouth. A very pleasant earthy and citrusy taste present themselves.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: My first beer from Bear Republic, and it's a winner. A really nice mixture of malt and hops in this brew. Next up, Racer 5.

Ek0nomik, May 31, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of hops, rye, sugar, and candy. Strong and balanced, great stuff, I still like a stronger hop presence though.

Taste of rye, caramel, hops, and sugar with a bready finish.Balanced nicely and not too strong, I would still like more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, May 29, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
DATED: 2 23 09

Pours a dark, golden copper color. Three+ finger head of thick, craggy foam. Retention is excellent. Lacing is thick and clumpy and super sticky.

Huge grapefruit notes dominate the citrus hop presence. Oranges and lemons tie for second. Nice pine notes. A slight hint of rye spice. There is a nice undertone of caramel malts.

Wow, the malts are fighting a losing battle, here. Huge notes of pine and grapefruit attack first. Other citrus hops notes follow. The rye spice comes to the surface, briefly. The finish is bitter. Quite harshly bitter, IMO.
I find this to be way too out of balance.

Great medium body on this one. Very smooth with a light amount of creaminess sneaking in. Quite nice.

Sorry, but for me the hop bitterness is extremely off-puting. This is just way too out-of-balance for me to find any enjoyment here.

coldmeat23, May 28, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a darker amber IPA with a rye. decent head with very thick lace. citrus nose of grapefruit. as it get warmer expands... orange, rye malt, and lemon. very nice earthiness that holds a great backbone of woodiness resin. an oily palate of grapefruit and a bitter peppery resin like finish that sits. the beer has a grassiness in the bitter even. and a fruit that is complementary. there is a tangerine for an instant even. very very complex malt and hop relationship. i imagine a wonderful one to come back to a be a bit surprised at the caliber.

rtepiak, May 28, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled date appears to be 3/27/09.

Pours into my Sam Adams glass a dark coca-cola color with good clarity and thin off-white head.

Aroma is hoppy, even from a distance. Upon closer inspection it has a nice brown sugar smell mixed with piney hops.

Flavor is rich in both malts and hops. At first it's just sweet in a nice brown sugar and carmel kind of way. The rye must be contributing to the flavor in this way but I can only assume as I haven't had many rye beers. As I move it around in my mouth some, the strong bitterness from the west coast hops comes forward. There's lots of pine but it's all kept in check by the malts. It's a bit roasty at times and not entirely what I expected but it's good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and sweet with a smooth, low carbonation feel. Drinkability is good but it's not my favorite.

After having the Racer 5 several times, I expected this to be an amped up version but it's really quite different. It's enjoyable but not as good as the Racer. Possibly a better cool weather beer but tonight is not the night to find out.

GilGarp, May 28, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this is in 2 trades here. This one is from mjl21...thanks Mike!

A- Poured in a pint glass. Nice dark dark amber beer with 1/4 off white tannish head. Good sticky lacing that clung to the glass.

S- Nice piney hop smell to it. Tons of sour rye undertones to this which I expected. Kind of a sweeter underbody to this as well (both malts and hops).

T- Nice bitter hop bite to this. Big pine taste along with some sweeter citrus hops as well. A little bit of malt background but this is overpowered by the hops. Of course a nice rye taste at the end. Little alcohol feel to it.

M- Good medium mouthfeel to this. Nice pine hoppy taste that coats the mouth and leaves it after the sip. Along with the hop taste the rye sourness always sticks around too. Good carbonation that leaves the beer moving good over the tounge.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that I love. I am starting to be more into rye beers and this is a fantastic beer for the style. I will be looking to trade for this again very soon.

alleykatking, May 27, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark amber color with a huge off-white head that left great lacing.

S- Strong hoppy pine and sour rye dominated the nose. Some ruby red grapefruit and some light sweet floral scents as well.

T- Strong hoppy bitterness initially with lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange peel, lemon?) and pine resin flavors. A touch of sweetness in the backbone but thoroughly pummeled by the hops. Tons of traditional sour rye flavors as well.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. I wouldn't call it balanced but the alcohol is hidden well.

D- A nice rye/IPA hopbomb that is interesting to say the least and definitely worth a try.

projectflam86, May 26, 2009
Photo of nc41
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow I'm surprised when a great brew shows up and doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Pours a very deep Amber, you can't see thru the glass. Great head that stays put, nice lacing. Citrus nose I didn't expect to be honest. Nicely bitter and I suspect the Rye supports this as well as the hops. tremendous hop intensity that feels good in the mouth and finishes like a champ. No way in hell you can't like this brew and be a BA.

nc41, May 25, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at my favorite bottle shop...

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color, full inch+ of head that takes its time fading away, leaving behind some nice lacing.

Smell: A nice bitter hop presence, but also a somewhat yeasty/bread smell...rye bread?

Taste: A smooth hoppy bitterness, with a slight bit of sweetness to it. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and smooth. Hops stick to the palate just enough to remind you of what you're drinking.

Drinkability: A very tasty brew...tastes great and easy to drink. Not overly hoppy, just the right bit of sweetness...a perfect to just sit back and enjoy slowly.. I will be looking for more of these.

krisandajt, May 25, 2009
Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the few beers I can truly say I was interested in because of the name---Rye? Really?

Appearance - Dark red with a frothy head

Smell - Grapefruit, pine, grass. You will want to slam this beer but don't. Enjoy slowly.

Taste - perfect balance. Sweet and bitter are wed in my mouth. I would even say the flavors improved as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel - almost creamy. Your palette will be covered. Not a beer to start the night with if you plan on drinking anything else.

Drinkability - High. This is a great West Coast APA. Savor or the 8.0 ABV% will have you begging for mercy.

smanders, May 23, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

The liquid is dark amber and clear and is topped off by a plentiful marshmallowy tan colored head. The retention and lacing are out of this world. Mountains of foam cling to the glass indefinitely.

It smells amazing too. Candied pineapple, white grapefruit, rye, pine resin, and flowers.

The flavor from the rye is HUGE... probably because it comprises 18% of the malt bill! Delicious! Also, there are nice floral and caramel notes and SO MUCH grapefruity goodness happening here. It turns very pine-resiny going into the finish. This really tastes exactly like what it claims to be: a hoppy beer with lots of rye in it. You have to appreciate truth in advertising. It feels very creamy and spicy on the tongue, but the carbonation seemed to leave a bit too quickly and is almost completely gone by the end of the bomber's second glass.

This beer is a masterpiece. A+. The end.

sarahspat, May 22, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours copper amber with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing down the glass

smells of pine & fruit hops - sweet malts and rye

taste not bitter for a beer with an ibu in the 80's - sweet malts and rye balanced nicely with the hops

mouthfeel - a medium body that is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is very good even at 8%abv

overall - i dont know if this is an ipa or a dipa or a rye beer ... but i dont care its as good as most of the beers in those styles

jsh420, May 19, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber for $3.99 poured into a pint glass. This is the beer that made me like hops back when I was still beginning my journey toward better beer.

A: Copper color with generous light tan head. Retention and lacing are great. Somewhat cloudy with the occasional random floaty.

S: The rye character shines along with the hops. Equally spicy and fruity aromas lead off... pineapple, spicy wildflowers, geraniums.

T: Classic hops fruit bitterness unites with a rustic rye spiciness. Flowery and a touch piney. Full of flavor but not palate shocking. This beer chaned how I felt about hops and it still holds up swimmingly.

M: Medium body, a bit oily, goes well with slightly more than medium carbonation.

D: This beer changed my perception of what good beer was the first time I had it. I could drink it all the time.

vacax, May 18, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark amber-brown with brownish-ruby highlights. Pretty, especially for an IPA/Rye beer. Nice inch-white head with decent retention.

S- Citrus hops (grapefruit, lemon zest), maybe a little lightly toasted malt in the background. Nothing too strong.

T- Kind of spicy, citrus hops again, but a different taste with maybe the addition of a coffee/toasted malt? Rye brings a nice sweetness to it. A little alcohol/hop bitterness on the end. Definitely different. I like it a lot.

M- Creamy, medium carbonation, pretty good body for an IPA.

D- Pretty good, although high ABV kind of hampers it a little. Definitely a good sipper. Bitterness likens it to an IIPA.

LordAdmNelson, May 17, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Gomer's in Lenexa, KS.

Appearance: Pours a delicious brownish, copper color. I know this is a rye IPA, but I wasn't expecting it to be quite this dark and foreboding. About a finger of off-white head with large bubbles. Doesn't hang around too long.

Smell: Smells fairly hoppy. You can definitely smell the rye and some malts along with it. It definitely isn't a purist IPA in the hop-purist sense of the word.

Taste: Rye and malts right off the bat. The hops add some bite, but they are nowhere near as prevalent as some prior reviews led me to believe. The bready flavors certainly are coming out. The spicy rye flavors hit on the backside of sip. This is kind of interesting.

Mouthfeel: The rye hangs around. As you lick around your mouth, you still find morsels of that spicy rye. It's a very solid, sticky beer.

Drinkability: This is quite the American IPA. It definitely borders on and shares some of the traits of a Rye Beer. As I drink more, I learn a little more about the flavor and the character of this beer. An interesting beer, to be sure!

COBeerBuff, May 16, 2009
Photo of tjsprague
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice deep dark copper color with just a little white head that lingers in the glass.

The smell is slightly hoppy but also with some bread notes and something fruity.

Taste is outstanding. It leads with a strong malt flavor, it has a nice toasty dark taste to the finish. A bit of bite from the hops but no real floral taste or aroma. Slightly sweet and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel is also great. It has a thick feel, a lot of resin from the hops. A nice bitterness, not overwhelming at all.

An excellent beer. Very different than any others.

tjsprague, May 16, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh cask on at the Horse Brass in Portland. Pours dark reddish amber. The white head is gigantic and takes many minutes to completely recede. Lacing covers my glass as it recedes.

The nose is a stunning explosion of citrus hops, with an added twist of spicy rye. I'm not a big cask IPA fan, but it really brings out the rye in this beer. The malt backbone is solid, being mostly sweet caramel. No alcohol is present in the nose.

Bitterness is at a medium level. The concentrated hop flavor is grapefruit and pine, with some rye, which tastes fantastic. The finish is citrus bitterness and spicy, with a low level of alcohol.

The beer is medium bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

This is one of a handful (2) of rye IPAs that I've had, and I find that the subtle spiciness works extremely well with the citrus hop flavor and aroma. I'm also not a big cask IPA fan, but this was very good.

HopHead84, May 15, 2009
Photo of rmaste6282
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Rye IPA to review. Wow, it is dark amber, the head was thick and left heavy lacing on the glass. This beer smells citrusy and malty. The color is definately amber with lots of sediment floating around. I don't know if this is common or not. Taste is hoppy with a strong malt backbone, somewhat similar to a DFH 90 minute yet not as malty or strong. The finish is bitter and malty. Makes me think of a hoppy amber ale, but somewhat flowery. Carbonation is medium, not over the top. Good beer, would recommend to others. Enjoy!

rmaste6282, May 15, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Dark brown, head laces. Mango, grapefruit, and nice bready malt in the aroma. Lots of bitter hops in the flavor, but there is a really nice, full malt backbone that makes this stand out for me. I can't really tell if its the rye, but the malt element is superior for an IPA. Medium and smooth body. Great balance and variety of full flavors. (4.2) Rerate: Deep reddish-brown with a massive meringue-like head that leaves dense lace; I really can't fault anything there. Spiced bread and lots of hops in the nose, with a vivid fruity kick. The flavor has a sweet toasty, spicy and raisiny malt character that it cut by a ton of hop bitterness. The rye seems to add that something extra that sets this apart from your normal IIPA. This has proven itself as one of my favorites of the big, hoppy style.
Rerate: The hops are good, but perspective has shown that while this is really good, its not really mindblowing stuff.

bulletrain76, May 11, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear amber/gold with a finger of off white head. Big citrusy hop aroma with some spice from the rye. Pretty solid malt base, but this is very much about hops. Medium bodied with enough malt to keep this from being one dimensional. Aggressive hop bitterness with a drying finish from the hops. More citrus in the flavor as well. This one is a classic to me.

homebrewhawk, May 10, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish brown body with a one-finger off-white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Smells of strong hops and rye with strong caramel tones.

T: Much bigger than the smell. Caramel malts hit hard upfront but turn graciously to a spicy rye finishing in a piny bitter hop flavor.

M: Nice thickness to it, medium-full bodied and good carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for the big flavor and semi-strong alcohol content. Very good IPA and even better for the price

AdmiralDiaz, May 09, 2009
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my 471 glass and this thing has a head like a root beer float, about 3 fingers and hanging over the edge. I love the aroma with this. The hops are huge, there is a little citrus and you get some of the rye malt. The citrus flavor is pretty dominate on first sip. I get a little caramel in there. The rye is just right so you know it is there with the hops. I love the finish on this one. Somewhat creamy, very smooth with the dry finish that leaves just a taste of straw.

lonestar4lunch, May 08, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a white frothy head into a nonic. Smells like an IPA should, lots of piney/citrus notes. Tastes refreshing, clean, crisp, with a good amount of citrus/hops. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Really like this one, will have again.

Sean9689, May 07, 2009
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a bj's brewery pint glass

A - Pours a dark amber color with a one finger beige head.

S - Strong smell of citrus. This one smells of hops.

T - Taste very close to as it smells. Has an earthly citrus taste. Not as hoppy as I would have expected from smell, but still plenty of hops to be tasted. Ends with a slight bitterness.

M - This is a smooth beer. Definite medium body.

D - This beer is tasty. If I had a couple more, I would probably end up drinking them tonight. Drank this one on a fairly empty stomach, and caught a decent head change (thanks to 8% abv). Will definitely be buying this one again.


comfortablynumb1, May 07, 2009
Photo of BZero007
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown with swirls of orange. Forms a lovely head that sticks around in some form or another. Lacing left behind is very nice. Smell was a pleasing Piney aroma with floral hops pushing it along. Taste was abit to grapefruity for me. The bitterness was a particular type I dont care for, which eventually turned the beer a bit bland. Mouthfeel was ok the overly grapefruit flavor killed it a bit. Would recomend to people who are fans of the Stone Ruination style of bitterness.

BZero007, May 05, 2009
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,302 ratings.