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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,166 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,166
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 205
Gots: 192 | 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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dill

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draught in a pint glass.
a - a nice, deep brown color with a tan head.
s - smells of hops with a hint of caramel.
t - lots of hops with a bit of the rye malts as well. a very bitter beer but well-balanced.
m - medium bodied. a bit creamy.
d - I really like this beer. I only had one pint of it and then moved on, but I look forward to ordering it again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 23:48:30 | More by dill
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bassmantin

Illinois

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

Pours a thick semi-transparent red color with a moderate-sized fine clumpy tan head. I'm enjoying the appearance on this one.

Smell is very malty with some hops in the background. I was expecting something similar to the Founder's Red's Rye, but this one is much different. The hops are distinct and hit toward the middle of the taste. Not bad, pretty pleasant. The aftertaste is a bit sticky and sweet but not bad overall.

A good beer with decent hop character. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 02:32:04 | More by bassmantin
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throwitallaway

Alabama

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Smallish head. Red/brown color. Smells nice and hoppy with notes of pine and citrus, but with a decent malt backbone. Taste is malty, but not in a sweet caramel way, more grain-like. Some nice hop bitterness as well. I think the rye flavor mixes in with the malt and makes it taste pretty interesting. Medium mouthfeel. Not something I would go out of my way to drink, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:46:28 | More by throwitallaway
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ bottle purchased for $4.99 from Gary's in Madison...
The two previous beers that I've sampled from Bear Republic were amazing, so I was expecting really great things from this one...
For an IPA, this sample poured a deep, dark, brown, ruby-red, crimson-colored hue with an enormous foamy head that soon dissipated, but left an impressive amount of lacing around the glass...
Strong, powerful hop aroma pervading this one... Literally bursting with fresh, bitter hops in the nose, along with pine, and grapefruit...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma, with a strong suggestion of freshly-picked hops, grapefruit, rye, coriander, citrus, honey, vanilla, caramel, lemons, pines, yeast, and bittersweet florals...
The 18% injection of rye into this beer is certainly evident in the taste, as this makes itself out to be a smooth, clean IPA full of intricate, delicate flavors...
Another winner from Bear Republic - I just wish I could get my hands on more of their brews in my area...
Crisp, clear, mouthfeel with a slight bitterness present...
Easily drinkable without any detection of the 8% ABV...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:17:38 | More by dsa7783
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jph424

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown with hints of red

S - Hops, caramel, smells delicious

T - sweetness up front, can definitely taste the rye, strong floral hoppy bitterness on the finish. Bigtime malt backbone to support it.

M - Terrificly thick

D - Very tasty brew. 1 bomber would probably be my limit though as the ABV and powerful flavor would probably be too much to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 02:35:20 | More by jph424
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a pint glass.

A-Pours a rich, deep amber with a fine creamy head and nice lacing.

S- nicely balanced with lots of malt and a citrusy grapefruit nose. A good indicator of things to come.

T-Delicious and interesting all the way through. Citrus and piney hops balanced with a nice grainy rye bite all the way through. Bitter at the end but not overwhelming.

M-nice. moderate carbonation with a rather light mouthfeel. the hops don't linger on the tongue. I like that taste but don't mind that this beer does not have it.

D-dangerously drinkable. 8% ABV but does not feel that heavy.

My favorite rye IPA, from a small pool of choices but...

The rye gives a nice contrast and balance to the hoppiness. BR makes great beers and with the exception of the Racer X, this is my favorite.

HV

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 01:17:06 | More by sholland119
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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

A: RIch amber-brown with a long lasting tan head... lots of lacing.. good carbonation

S: Pungent grapefruit hops and hints of piney aromas as well... rich malt base.. it definitely takes on the grainy/rye character the name would suggest... complex and delicate

T: The complexity in the nose is a great indicator... the malty grain/rye comes through throughout... it is not to be outdone by the piney and citric hops which are in the beginning and the finish... well crafted balance that gives your flavor after flavor... good strong hop finish that doesn't overpower

M: Medium bodied... plays in the mouth courtesy of the carbonation and the hops... crisp. refreshing

D: This one is up there amongst the best... had no problem going for a second serving...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:50:18 | More by callmemickey
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kkipple

South Carolina

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

220z bomber. Just arrived in SC!

A gorgeous fat 3 finger head leaves lots of lacing as it perishes, settling to cover a rich bourbon-amber brew with a few centimeters of dense, thick foam.

The glass explodes with big wet hop aroma. Lots of pine and bitter citrus invite you to taste the sharp, malty brew beneath. Unsubtle hints of booze and a little rough 'round the edges, that'd be the rye. Smells intense, 'cause it is.

Q. How do you awaken a hophead who is passed out?

A. Wave a goblet of Hop Rod Rye under their nose.

The huge hop flavor carries on into your mouth on a small sip, a larger one simply coats the palate with oliy, bitter hops. Lots of American hops here - Cascade for sure, with a residual sugar-kissed bitterness that awakens the senses. Despite the hop and rye (which is quite noticeable), this is almost decently balanced with some hefty malt richness. That said, it's an extremely bitter, bracing beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and hot, wet and boasts a sharp lingering bitterness that will make your toes curl.

Hop Rod is quite drinkable, despite the bitter factor, and is worlds better for the rye - it imbues the beer with life and character and saves it from being another ho-hum American DIPA. Hop Rod Rye has character to spare and is highly recommended. Now that it's landed, every craft beer geek in South Carolina should try this gem.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:43:07 | More by kkipple
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Blueye80

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured great. It had a huge head the lasted quiet a bit
and the lacing was just as awesome. It had a very nice hoppy aroma that I couldn't wait to try. I just wish it tasted as good as it looked and smelled. It was just a tad too bitter for me. It is not a beer that I would want to have more than just one. Overall
it was a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 02:22:31 | More by Blueye80
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dadonabike

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App. It poured a lovely red/brown w/ a good amount of small bubbles forming a lasting light tan head. The lacing lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Sml. Delicious! Rich! It has a heavy malt smell with pleasant rye/wheat bread notes. There are hints of caramel and honey, spice, and breakfast cereal in there. This mixes w/ the incredibly fragrant hop aromas. We found citrus (grapefruit), mint, and cinnamon. (My kids help with the smelling phase.)

Taste Wow! There is a lot going on in that bottle, a lot of good stuff. First I though of the sprouted grain breads that you can buy in health food stores, especially the ones with dried fruit. There is a big malt base that's followed by a rye sourness. Then the hops hit with bitter and herbs and pine. A great balance, it all works together. I don't feel that any one thing overpowers, but I like sour. The after taste stays with you, and you want more.

MF. This beer has a thickness and weight and the carbonation seems just right. The after taste is quite dry considering the malty feel.

Drinkability- Huge tastes, I will be going back for more.

This went well with our pasta and sauce. Then after with two stinky artesian goat cheeses form VT and English wheat biscuits, also paired nicely with an organic sharp cheddar from Nieghborly farm.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2008 03:41:09 | More by dadonabike
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MMAJYK

Georgia

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

A- The color is medium to dark brown with raddish hues. Head is clingy and sticky with 1" of foam.

S- The rye sticks out a lot with nice caramel syrupy malts and very prominent hop tones. Earthy but roasty too.

T- Very roasty and a tad oaky. Hops are bittering and in your face. Alcohol lies in the back. Well balance and just awesome!

M- Medium thickness and high carbonation.

D- High drinkabilty to me but non hopheads will not find it as appealing I think. But, who cares?

Overall- This beer really impressed me. I would definitely seek it out again and hope I run across it again soon. Thanks to hurleymanvw for sharing this one with me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:37:13 | More by MMAJYK
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joepais

Maine

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

Just got back from a beer hunt and found this little guy
Bottle poured into my pint glass produce a clear amber body toped off with a two fingers worth of white fluffy head

A nice hoppy (citrus and pine) aroma with a little bit of grains (rye)

Sweet rye malt hits you first followed by a generous hop bite, some nuttiness comes through as it warms

A nice clean mouthfeel to this one crisp and dry with some stickiness on your lips

A great IPA, a true must try in my books. The last pour had a little sediment but it was still worth it

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 22:56:32 | More by joepais
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Oh crap...this is sublime. Bear Republic, I will try all of your beers I can find. Bottle at Volo.

Hop Rod Rye pours a nice deep mahogany, with a fluffy white head, that laces brilliantly. The aroma makes my knees weak - northwestern hops (predominantly grapefruit), caramel and nuts. The rye comes in with a really pleasing spiciness that compliment the hops perfectly. The taste is beautiful, with roasted nuts duelling for dominance with caramel malts and big bitter citric hops. Excellent balance between sweet and bitter. Crisp, spicy bitter finish and medium body reinforce the quality of this beer.

Absolutely amazing IPA that's verging on the imperial - I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 14:25:32 | More by bobsy
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

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

Bear Republic - a favorite brewery of mine. Tasted tonite while watching Big Brother 9 - not that you care - but more for my record keeping purposes.

Poured into a chalice glass. let it sit from fridge temp for 10 minutes or so to warm up a bit.

The appearance was fantastic. A great looking beer - nice thick head, small and bubbly on the sides. A very nice almost dark burgandy brown. The head stuck around for quite some time. rather impressive.

Smell: great smell as well. hits the nose very hard. great hop aroma. fills the entire nostril. subtle hints of rye - predominantly a hop nose - some chooclate malt in there?

Taste: crisp top of the mouth hop taste. smell and hop taste seem to disconnected. but good flavor none the less. minimal rye flavor until the beer warms up - then it becomes much more pronounced.

Feel: lingering hop flavor which i thought was a bit too much. but don't get me wrong - the flavor is fantastic.

Drinkability: the lingering hops again takes a bit away from the drinkability.

all in all - this is one kick ass beer. Bear Republic does not dissapoint. I would have actually like a little bit more of a pronounced hop flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:30:24 | More by Hophead101
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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

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

Hop Rod Rye poured a slightly cloudy (bonus points for yeast!) orange color with a nice white head with small bubbles. The brew left nice lacing down the glass and the head had serious staying power. The smell was dominated by the abundance of hops in this brew. There was a subtle rye aroma in the back of the nose if you took a deep whiff in the glass. The taste was excellent. There was a distinct hop hit up front but it faded nicely and left no poor aftertaste. The rye was mostly hidden by the hops, however, a bit of a letdown since it is difficult to find a good rye. I did not let this deter me long as this beer was exceptional. The mouthfeel was robust and well rounded but did not make me fool or cringe from the high IBUs. This beer drinks well and is a great accompaniment to a strong flavored dish or as a dessert on its own! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:30:03 | More by DevilDogBeer
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA

Poured a gorgeous, dark, russet mahogany with a tight, frothy, two-finger head of sticky foam. Excellent retention. The head deposited thick rings of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was hoppy yet ultra smooth. Citrusy hops, ripe fruits and a touch of sugary goodness made this beer a wonder to inhale.

The taste however did not contain anywhere near the balance or the smoothness that the nose did. "Hoppy" barely begins to describe this beer. The piney, spicy, bracingly bitter hops appeared as soon as the beer hit my lips and never let up. A touch of malty sweetness came through on the front end, with some fruitiness appearing mid-palate. As the beer made its way to the back of my palate, the slight sourness of the rye became apparent as well. The finish was outrageously hoppy, piney and bitter with the flavors further intensifying in the lingering, dry and pithy finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery for the style with a less than average amount of carbonation.

While the 8% ABV was hardly detectable, the completely unbalanced nature of this beer made it somewhat difficult to drink.This is one brew that should be enjoyed by only the most devoted of hopheads.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 05:32:07 | More by Damian
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stewart124

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber
Pours a very clear red with a thick white head that sticks down the glass and leaves a beautiful lacing.

The smells are of strong pine notes, grapefruit, and a slight bit of mint. Strong northwestern US hops for sure. There is also a slight spicy note from the 18% rye.

Taste is very strong and delicious. The spice is subtle but up-front. The spice from the rye lingers throughout the tasting. There is a maltiness and a malt sweetness but this blends perfectly with the huge hop bitterness and aroma. Really a spectacular blend of all these characteristics. And throughout it all is that spicy rye. Very clean and crisp finish that adds to the hop characteristic. Medium in body but very, very drinkable.

The aftertaste is piney and very strong but this only makes me want to drink more. Thankfully bear republic puts this into a bomber for me to take down. Really a great beer and sets the standard for rye beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 02:07:25 | More by stewart124
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luvND

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

P-on tap at Stone while on vacation in SD...aaahhh memories

A-Dark color, beautiful white sticky head

S-wonderful hops and rye

T-wow, out of this world smooth, sweet and bitter just great

M-perfectly sticky, lingers and coats your mouth

D-a 22 oz bomber would be perfect, couldnt do much more than that at a sitting, though could have used more than the 8 oz tulip from the tap

Notes-a truly world class brew, looking forward to trying it at home from the bottle if I can get it

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 17:45:42 | More by luvND
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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

Copper/dark brick color. Sticky head that with lacing that tenaciously hangs onto the sides of the glass.

I smell the rye! There's hops there in force too, with strong citrus and pine.

Very tasty. Notes of cannabis, grapefruity hops, and the slightest rye bread flavor. I am loving the hop profile in this one, really juicy and sappy.

Drinkability and mouthfeel are great!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 05:21:48 | More by SurlyDuff
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medic25

Connecticut

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

Served from a bottle, presents a burnt amber color with a huge frothy head that lingers. Great hoppy aroma, quite powerful. Taste is powerful, strong domination by hops without being overkill. A little touch of pine with a dry, clean aftertaste. Quite easy drinking, although perhaps a little strong-willed to be a pure session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 04:03:15 | More by medic25
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Beer is dark tan with a reddish tint. Huge off white head, over two fingers, fills my nonic. Head stays in full force throughtout the drink and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Interesting and nice nose. Hop aroma kicking up on top of sugary sweetness. Some fruits in there but then a note hinting toward some spice.

T - A nice taste. Fairly unexpected after the smell as the fruity/sugary flavors fall into the backdrop. Hops prevail along with a subtle spicy kick leading to a bitter aftertaste.

M - Has a nice medium carbonation level. Lets the spice of the rye flavors come through along with the hops.

D - I can't figure all these flavors out, but I also can't stop sipping (or gulping). An interesting one of a kind brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 05:22:03 | More by EStreet20
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

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

Pours a nice dark crimson, bubbles trickle up from the bottom to a big, creamy IPA head, which never leaves and sticks to the glass. Hops, pine sap and caramel with some light rye notes in there, but nothing overwhelming. Big hops here, but I would say this was rather well balanced. Dark, thick flavor to this brew, like a wafer cookie with dark chocolate chunks, although not as sweet. The rye seems to lend some balance to the hoppiness and this beer comes off smoother than many big IPAs.

A great brew, though not a session brew. A definite must-try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 03:20:49 | More by saintwarrick
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BeerTaster

New York

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

Appearance dark amber large tan head excelent lacing. Smell a touch of malt then a heavy dose of pinny hops and a touch of spice. Taste malty sweetness followed by a huge pinny hop bit with plenty of bitterness and then a touch of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel mediem body mediem carbonation. Drinkability I have bought it before I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 01:33:08 | More by BeerTaster
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ski271

Pennsylvania

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

22oz. bomber at Zeno's, State College, PA
Hazy, dark, slightly-ruddy brown, with a medium-sized, foamy, light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Noticeable sediment in the bottle. First glass was a careful pour, second one let the sediment mix in... affecting the mouthfeel some but that was about it. The aroma is a great balance of roasted malted and piney and citrus hops. The taste is equally as impressive. Some lightly roasted, biscuity malts, and a big, fresh, fruity hops presence. Wonderful finish. Big and hoppy without becoming very cloying at all. It has a medium body, crisp, bitter texture, and soft carbonation. This was a real treat, one definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 21:24:45 | More by ski271
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JDV

Texas

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

Dark brown pour with a good tan head in a trappist glass. Standard fruity belgian yeast smell, but more lightly than most of the style, and mixed with a dark roasty malt like smell and flavor as well. As it warms big notes of licorice come through and stay. Taste was similar to the smell and was perhaps my favorite belgian beer, and I'm not a huge fan of them. I could definitely see this growing on me, and could get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:28:42 | More by JDV
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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