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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,211
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 202 | 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 JackStraw22


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

22oz. bomber

Pours a rich dark red body with a large fluffy off-white head. The head retention is phenomenal, along with the thick lacing. Big hop aroma slaps you across the face, it's Piny, citrusy and delicious. Thick, full mouthfeel, slightly slick across the top of the mouth. Sweet malt taste balances the big hop taste and bitterness. Lots grapefruit taste and a nice clean bitterness. Good stuff.

Great DIPA, I'd like to give it more on the taste, but there are just others I like better, more hop complexity. Certainly find this, though, if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 01:16:38 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of Bcant


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

Poured into a ½ liter stein, the hop rod is a nearly opaque near-copper with a large, rocky creamy head. The bouquet is dominated by bitter citrus peel but also has very light notes of floral pollen. Starts big and waxy and finished dry and crisp, though slightly alcoholic. The Rye Hop Rod Rye achieves a delicate balance; it is dry enough to beg for another sip, yet quenching enough to make each swallow satisfying. I would recommend this beer with a rare steak, perhaps prime-rib.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 03:23:24 | More by Bcant
Photo of HopGoblin


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber in color, nice tan head with no apparent lacing. Smell of this is a bit funky at first but seems to improve as the beer breathes. The beer has aromas of malt, alcohol, citrus fruit and sugar. The taste is extremely dry with a really nice hop punch. Nice grapefruit character from this beer, as well as a nice caramel flavor from the rye malt. Nice long, dry, tart finish. Definately a tasty, unique brew from Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 01:36:55 | More by HopGoblin
Photo of kgotcher


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

Pours darker than I expected from a rye style beer but still a very rich dark amber. Very Nice. Carbonation bubbles disapate quickly but leave a very nice rich foamy head that just won't go away. Beautiful foamy lacings cling to the sides of my glass.

Smell is tremendous, I would give it a 4.9 if possible. Hops Hops Hops, sweet Floral, citrus grapefruit, I love it. Very little malt smell which is fine by me.

Taste is great, nice sweet malt flavor balances the hops nicely, citrusy grapefruit taste abundant with dry after taste

Mouthfeel is bubbly at first and then goes bready and then dry at the end

Drinkability is of course great. Drink away and enjoy each delicious mouthfull. By far one of the best beers I have had.

Since this is a season I will be going back to the store to stock up now.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 00:55:58 | More by kgotcher
Photo of palma

New York

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

Appearance: Dark amber body. Big tan head that leaves a very lasting Belgian-like lace.

Nose: Hard candy, caramel, brown sugar with loads of hops mixed in. Fruit punch. More of an apple/pineapple aroma rather than a citrus one.

Taste: This is not your typical double IPA. It's much sweeter than I expected. It has wonderful balance. Plenty of IBU's to satisfy even the most hardened hophead, yet the finish is malty and is much sweeter than other DIPA's I've tried. A rye flavor showed up so long after the sip that it surprised me. Almost like it's after the aftertaste.

A great DIPA and a very unique one at that. Get some MF!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 04:10:31 | More by palma
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown with noticable sediment on the bottom. Huge frothy off-white head with a light, lasting lacing. Smells of spicy hops and slight alcohol with sharp rye accents. Taste is not overly hoppy at first but gets pretty damn hoppy with time...not overpowering...but appropriately so for a double IPA. Dark malts are present as is light alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, dry. Good to the last drop...I was satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 01:20:38 | More by wedge
Photo of egajdzis


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy reddish brown color with a large light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Nice and juicy citrus hop aroma, and a grainy aspect which adds complexity to the beer. Taste was nice and hoppy all around, but there was also a nice balance, between light toasty malt, and a dry, chewy, rye side to this beer. Full mouthfeel. A very nice IIPA, the rye gives this a different feeling to it, and really hides the 8%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2005 23:54:18 | More by egajdzis
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep warm mahogany color with an unyeilding creamy tan head. Really nice retention. Looks great. Smells like a hoppy evergreen forest combined with flowers and oranges, and hints of rye. Taste is real crisp at first, followed by a huge wave of hops, that flows into a big malty sensation, ending in spices and citrus bitterness. There is some alcohol taste that mixes well with the hops and maltiness. This beer brings the idea of an IPA ocean to my head. Really hoppy and feels great in your mouth too. Drinkability is good but it is so ultra hoppy that after a couple I'd probably have something else.

Another great double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 23:10:00 | More by tastybeer
Photo of Hibernator


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

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy brown color. Absolutely awesome head and sticky lacings all over the glass to match.

Very pleasant aroma of malts, hops and rye. Hops are clearly up front and emphasized in the nose.

This is one great beer. Juicy and thick malt mouthfeel with a spicy rye/hop attack on the palate. The rye flavors almost lend a peppery presence to the flavor. Very flavorful, complex and enjoyable. This is the second beer that I have tried from Bear Republic and I am impressed. Check this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 21:52:54 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ReebShorts


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

pours a kind of light plum color. This was in a brown bottle, so I had no idea how dark this would be until I poured it, I was a bit surprised, as I was expecting something a bit lighter. looks good, nice froth on top.

Wow, I can already feel the hops on my tongue just from the smell, can't wait to try.

Hoppy, tasty, nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 03:30:20 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of LuckySevens82


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

22oz bomber.
Pours a deep red color with a very nice 3 fingered head into my Rapscallion goblet. Retention is impressive, and lacing is damn good as well. Just a darn fine lookin beer.
Smell is slight chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of smokiness. Most of the aroma is taken up by rye and loads of hops.
Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, only much much better. Bitter hops, caramel, very slight chocolate, and a bit of smokiness. Rye dominates, but is well balanced with the hops. Strong flavors abound but never really get out of hand. No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is very good for such a strong flavored beer, not slick or overly oily.
Overall, a very very good beer. My first from Bear Republic, and I have to say I'm impressed. I love all the flavors in this one. Just great.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 01:19:18 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear reddish brown, nice white head forms, plenty of lace, looks excellent. Rye really gives it a nice colour. Smell is floral hops, tempered by a hefty sweet malty base. Taste is sweet rich malts, caramel, huge hoppy floral middle, very clean bitter finish. Finish is dry, smooth, perfect carbonation, insanely good beer. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 17:03:18 | More by Viggo
Photo of gotbeer


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow- this is good stuff!

The smell hits you first. Hops, and lots of them are readily apparent. CItrus and piney smells hit the nose before you even sip the beer.

The appearance is dark mahoganey, with a decent head that leaves a nice, stickly lacing on the glass.

The taste is great. More complex than many other Double IPA's IMHO. Of course there is a huge hop presence, but there is more as well. Citrus and piney hops hit you first, but there is a presence of rye bread after the hops kick your tongue with full force.

I wish I had tried this beer sooner. Overall an excellent beer. I will definitely try it again, and reccomend it to others. World Class.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 00:53:27 | More by gotbeer
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

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

On-tap @ Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA.

Had this one for the first time at the Hop Head Throwdown and loved it. But by then my palate was so ruined from the chipotle glazed chicken wings that I had to have it again to get its full effect (and certainly to review it)!

I love the color of this beer. Ruby and brown with a creamy tan head. Excellent retention. Lots of hop bitterness in the aroma but the rye gives it a terrific sweetness. The flavor is amazing. Tons of hops, yet there is definitely some balance there with the malts as well. And the rye just gives it a sensational sweet flavor. The body is medium to full with a thick, creamy texture. Awesome! As delicious as it was, it didn't leave me craving for another one, but it certainly satisfied, and I wouldn't argue with someone if they put another one down in front of me. Unique, satifying, and delicious, this beer just about has it all. A must try!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2005 04:49:34 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of troutmask96


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

Really a sensational brew here. Pours a deep, dark brown with thick, lasting head. You can really smell the sweet rye, and caramel notes as well. Taste is oh so smooth, with a very nice dark malt finish. A bit bubbly, but steadies out 5-10 minutes out of my 22 oz bomber. Another clear winner from Bear Republic...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 01:13:09 | More by troutmask96
Photo of thechaacster


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

Pours amber bordering on brown, with a small but tight head that sits there and floats like an oil spot on water and leaves superb lacing cemented to the entire interior of the glass. Bigass pungent hop aroma that lets you know exactly what you are getting into. Hop character here is totally off the hook. "Dual overhead hop injection" indeed. Extremely floral, piney, citric, and bitter, with the rye significantly adding to the spicy kick and only minimal sweetness from the malts. Rye and hop aftertaste lasts seemingly forever. Definitely a punch-in-the-head IPA, yet ridiculously drinkable considering its bitterness and alcohol. I was all ready to be freaked out by this one, and freaked out I was, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 06:37:39 | More by thechaacster
Photo of bultrey

New York

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

Had on draft at the HopDevil Grill in NYC. Murky brown appearance, nose is freshly baked rye bread with orange marmalade. Aggressive hop attack up front w/ big orangey hop flavors that mingle with that great bready rye flavor and perhaps some chicory-roasted toastiness.
Mouthfeel is full, bordering on syrupy, and drinkability is uncommonly good for a beer of this strength. A unique classic.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2005 03:58:33 | More by bultrey
Photo of DogFood11


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Update Edit: One year later and my palate now loves this beer even more. This is near perfection, Bold, Balanced enough and tasty. 12-22-06

8% stated on bottle. Great label design and name. Hop ROD Rye.

Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries and this is another fine example of the attention they pay to detail.

Head is perfect with thick lacing. Dark Cherry color. It's already on the christmas list. Like most IPA's its quite hoppy but the key is they control it a bit and the rye edge is outstanding. The rye adds a bit of depth but it was an afterthought at best. The true heart of this beer is like any other IPA and DIPA its in the hop flavor and bitterness. This is amazingly hopped up but yet still has enough malt character to keep it somewhat in check. Apricot comes to mind, citrusy and plenty of hop oils to slicken things up. Surprisingly it finishes fairly clean although it was a bit oily. Every drink was enjoyable. Highly reccomend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 04:04:22 | More by DogFood11
Photo of mentor


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

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in July 2005. Pours a one-finger head that rises a bit after the pour. Tan in color over a crystal clear brown liquid with ruby and blood red notes. Smells mild and clean citrus hoppy. Grapefruit pith and tangerine. Toasted grains. Tastes, whoa...gentle to start. Sweet with strong apricot and malt over a rising hop flavor and bitter. Lupulin is stronger than co-humulone for the hops and it's really mouthfeel creamy smooth. Caramel is found deep beneath, but there is also a malty zing that fights the hoppy grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is md-thick and carbonation is mild (but stingy). What a really enhoyable beer...the alcohol ting in the aftertaste give me pause to ponder the flavors is this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 08:28:13 | More by mentor
Photo of pjwilson


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

had this on tap at the brewery before...but that was after 200 miles and 5
beers. This review is from a bottle. Wow, now this is good stuff, much better than i remembered.
a: very nice dark amber look and nice head that sticks. great lacing

s: spent a few minutes smelling this. MY girlfriend doesn't drink beer but she loved the smell too. Rye is very presesnt..smells like a bread bit. Hops are not in the smell too much

taste: very good balance between malts and hops. very prominate bittering but not overpowering. Mabey more beers should use rye this is really working. I can taste the rye. oh yeah it's pretty sweet too.

mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. This goes down fast if you aren't carefull.
There is really no reason to give this beer anything lower marked. It is quite outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 01:39:37 | More by pjwilson
Photo of ithacabaron


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

Pours a very dark, deep amber ...really, deeper than what should be described as amber, but good all the same. Soapy head on top that sticks around for the party.

Smell is a nice mix of Maris Otter, 2-Row, Caramel Malt, and a slightly cloying aroma that reminds me of those old red and green barley sugar popcicles that my grandmother used to hand out. Must be the rye. Hops are there, but a bit in the background, surprisingly, smothered under the malt sweetness. Not bad.

Taste is a much brighter attack of hops, a few alcohol flashes, and a good depth of sweet malt. Oddly enough, the ratio of hops to malt at the start of the bomber leans towards the green stuff, but swings decidedly in the other direction by the end. That may be related to the mouthfeel, however (see below).

Mouthfeel is very unusual, almost a bit slimy -- a characteristic I've ran into with other rye beers. A characteristic or not, I can tell you that I don't care for it. Interesting, but it adds another layer of sweetness that I, as someone who lacks any resemblence of a sweet tooth, doesn't appreciate.

Drinkability is decent. No problem finishing the bomber, but I don't think I would have ordered another pint at a bar.

All in all, a decent rye beer, but I would have liked it if the hops were shown off a little more, and the sweetness was toned down (either by adjusting the malt bill, or increasing yeast attenuation, although I doubt that's the problem).

A good inspiration, but I bet that more could be done here -- JL's Hop Rod Ripped, anyone?

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 05:18:31 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of kegerator


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

pours out a deep copper color. smell is hops, hops and more hops.
earthy, grassy with hints of grapefruit.
taste is hops, citrusy twang that leads to a grassy character. quite bitter on the tongue. as it warms up i really start to tatse the malt backbone. carmel like sweetness blends in very nicely.
not my fav but a good bet.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 11:58:35 | More by kegerator
Photo of dwvarner77


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right off the pop of the cap, i caught a whiff of the hops on this one, a dry, grassy, citrus hop. Looking forward to it.
Pours a deep amber, almost crimson color with a big three-finger beige foamy head. The head takes its time falling, and leaves a very thick frothy lacing. Solid retention.
Aroma is very hoppy, strong citrus hints, particularly grapefruit. The grassy aroma from the rye is slightly evident behind the hops.
Taste is crisp, strong grapefruit-type citrus hop, thick amber malt and a hint of the rye flavor compliments the malt nicely. Bitterness persists at the back of the tongue, but not too strongly.
Despite a visibly active carbonation, that's only slightly felt in the mouthfeel. Makes it feel a little more creamy than perhaps i had anticipated.
Overall very enjoyable. Will certainly try again. The rye works well to give the brew a little different character.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 03:31:19 | More by dwvarner77
Photo of germaniac


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

Poured this rusty orange brew into the corresponding BR glass, and let it sit for a bit while I admired it's clear shine and creamy-yet bubbly head. Plus I had to wait out a unintentionally rough pour. All my nose picks up is hops. But that's a wonderful thing. Taste is a citrusy hop paradise that cools off at the last moment into a easy drinking sweetness. I don't have experience with rye as an ingredient in anything but bread, so I can only say this COULD be attributed to the 18% rye. In any case, this is a great one. Purchased at Nuggets, Davis, CA.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 02:30:42 | More by germaniac
Photo of Boilermaker88


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

On-tap at T. Phillips Alehouse in LeVerne, CA. Served in a standard pint glass.
Hop Rod had a deep coppery color, mucho carbonation, and a thick, creamy vanilla-colored head that never even started to die. At the bottom of the pint was a thick carpet of foam and the glass walls were smeared with thick sheet lace. Gorgeous looking brew!
The nose had a nice even balance between soft caramel malt notes and the harder, pine-laden hops aroma. Funny, the hops aromas aren't really that potent compared to when I tasted it. Very enticing.
Whoa, big-time hops! I mean, BIG hops. Moderately sweet caramel drizzled malts and fruit flavors which only briefly stem the onrushing tide of sticky, resinous, sappy hops oils. Hoppy bittering simply pervades every crevice of the palate, leaving a long hops flavor lingering on the tongue and producing some tremendously satisfying hops burps. Abundant carbonation gives Hop Rod a lush, full feel.
Boy, am I glad my nearest pub started carrying Bear Republic! Hop Rod Rye on tap is fantastic in all aspects. I certainly won't let nearly two years go by before having another pint (or two) of Hop Rod.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2005 22:09:14 | More by Boilermaker88
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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