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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,293
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 220
Gots: 214 | 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 joecast
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mmm. hops and rye. what an excellent combination. (18% rye to be exact).

pours a clear deep mahogany . just off white head. first pour was about 50% foam, settles to a thick stable layer leaving generous lacing.

strong citrus hoppy aroma.

tingles on the tongue. there is a sharpness, almost tart, that i am guessing is from the rye. nice addition to the heavy handed hop bitterness and sweetness from the 8%abv. slides right to the back of the mouth as all sensation seems to be coming from there. very light up front, but then, BAM.

yeah, it hits you all right. abv, ibu, ... ok, i cant think of another one. my point is, it all adds up. this is not a mellow beer. brash and bold, it will take no prisoners.

joecast, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of deuschbag
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first review, why not make it hop rod. i am officially in love with this beer. beautiful dark reddish color. the taste is hops galour. alcohol is there but hidden very well. i'm trying not to drink it so fast so i don't get hammered. don't know what else to say but..wow. bear republic has yet to dissapoint me.

deuschbag, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a slightly hazy, deep copper color with massive off-white head. Beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is loaded with hops, with much citrus and piney notes to be found. Some malt also present. Taste is strong on pine hops with a nice balance of to

tgbljb, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a white colored head that remains thick for quite a long time. Aromas of hops, alcohol, honey, and grains seem to come out. The taste is full of hop-bitterness with a rye-derived bite that lingers in the aftertaste. A very smooth and tasty Double IPA. Suprisingly refreshing and enjoyable as a slow sipping beer or as a gulping beer. Excellent drinkability.

jaluria, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of TheBungyo
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, let's be honest here, this beer pours so damn dark, if it were just a few shades darker, it'd be black. Dark brown with ruby edges and a nice velvety dense head that fires off aroma at you. Hitting you from every angle ... pine, followed by grapefruit and then smooth caramel malt. A sip treats the tongue to initial bitterness followed by a whallop of pine and grapefruit. The malt smoothes things out followed by fleeting grain and an citrusy orange taste. Mouthfeel is big, which is just what I want in a brew like this. Your tongue will say yes to more and more of this but beware, with an 8% ABV, respect is in order. The only Double IPA I've had that can even try to stand up to this is Hercules by Great Divide. Even then though, I wouldn't be shocked to see the mighty Hercules fall. This brew is that tough.

TheBungyo, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, mohogany color. The thick, creamy head is light brown. It fades slowly leaving very thick laces.

This beer has a hoppy aroma. Not like any other Double IPA I have ever had. It is slightly piney. Behind the somewhat weak hop aroma, I detect a malty caramel like aroma. It also has a nice crisp citrus aroma.

This beer has a mild hop flavor. It is not overpowering at all. It has a slight malty flavor also. It is balanced very well. It has a slight spicy rye flavor.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a slight hoppy aftertaste. It has a very creamy mouthfeel to it. The carbonation is just right.

This beer would make a good session beer if the alcohol content was a bit lower. It is at 8%, so it might be hard to dring this beer all night, but with the mild, non aggressive flavor, I might just have to have another one.

OStrungT, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of ddarden
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle purchased at the brewery in Healdsburg.
Reddish brown with a very nice off white head that lasts. The smell is pure hops...very piney. The hop's smell does not let much else through. This beer smells wonderful. This is a great tasting beer. The first part is all piney hops and as it fads the rye comes in. The rye really gives this beer a good taste. The aftertaste is nicely bittered, but not a whole lot of malt to balance. The mouthfeel is a little thin for a beer this big, but the drinkability is stellar. Just like Racer 5 and X, this is a very good beer.

ddarden, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

Pours a nice dark amber with hints of red. Has a fluffy eggshell head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of citrusy and piney hops. Maybe a hint of sweet malt luring around there, too.

Nice full hop flavor up front followed by a nice dry rye flavor and then finishes wth hops in the aftertaste. The rye flavor really suprised me, as I expected nothing more than hops, hops, and more hops. Quite delicious.

Body is solid for the style. Nice and full, with a slight creaminess to it.

Goes down smooth and easy. The ABV is slightly prohibitive in making a session out of this one, but what the heck. It's a fine brew!

MaltyGoodness, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with orange tints and looots of lace. Smell is hoppy, citrusy, and sweet- pretty fruity with maltyness and juicy background. Taste is okay- smooth, hoppy- but lacking. Not as deep and complex as other Bears I've had- biscuity at the end- rye, even.

Mouthfeel is very nice, however. Full, creamy, and smooth. Lovely. Drinkability is pretty good- easy to drink, with a sneaky alcohol content. A good brew.

scooter231, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If Bear Republic was available to me locally, it would quickly become my favority brewery Hop Rod Rye strenthens this sentiment as everything about this wonderful beer smacks of it being extremely well made. This starts with its beautiful appearance, the color of which is very dark amber. A huge tan head forms that never really completely disappears. Instead, it just gets rockier and rockier unitl it looks like a snow covered mountain top. The lacing is so thick, you can't see through it. The aroma is very strong full of a gloriously resinous hoppiness, obviously from the Pacific Northwest. The taste picks this up and a beautiful, but never harsh, hoppiness asserts itself. This is supported by a very nice malt base that keeps it from becoming too harsh. The rye begins to come through towards the finish and gives this beer a unique character when compared to other IPAs. The mouthfeel is great, nice and thick and chewy. The drinkability is dangerous at 8%. As I've already said, this is a superb beer that packs a punch from start to finish. It reeks of class.

Hagbard, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome. 22 ouncer bought at towne club beverage. Nice one and a half inch tan, creamy soft head. The body is a very dark rust-amber. Cool lacing. The aroma is strong pine hops but the dry smell is definately the rye. The rye isn't that strong but i like it. Same goes for the taste. Pine trees and rye. To me this tastes very similar to racer 5 when it comes to bitterness, maybe even less flavor. But it seems more well rounded and interesting. A coarse tasting beer that is still pleasant. Very drinkable.

kbnooshay, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 8% abv, 18% Rye, seasonal brew.

Aroma: Hop! A classic west coast citric hop goodness with a hint of rye and some sugary malt base all come together for a great package.

Appearance: Just gorgeous. A copper, amber, ruby glass crowned with a clumpy tan, slightly red head that fades slowly leaving great loops of lace as it fades.

Flavor: Hop on Pop! Rich hop flavor but backed by a rich malt base. The rye comes out nicely. The overall taste is that of sugared hops, a great blending of basic beer goodness.

Mouthfeel: Serious chew in a heavy mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation level, lively yet low, and a dry, slightly oily hoppy finish that lasts for days.

Overall Impression: Serious brew; a nice double IPA with a great dose of rye. I have even more respect for the great bear now. Tons of thanks to my HS buddy Eric for hand carrying it (and others) out from California to Texas.

HardTarget, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 50F Seving Glass: Pint Glass

Aroma: Hoppy for sure, with notes of citrus- grapefruit most prevalent. Some sweetness in there too and just a touch of earthiness that may or may not be the rye.

Appearance: A deep, slightly cloudy crimson brew with a gorgeously rocky tan head and excellent lacing.

Taste: The hops are there and come out in full force. The citrus is there, but balcned well by sweet tastes of caramel & malt, and, what's this? There *is* rye in my beer. I'm convinced the earthy smell I picked up on is in fact the rye and the unique taste it brings to this brew. Like someone put a few drops of pumpernickel essence in here. Fantastic interplay between the hops & grains goes on for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation & a silky feel to it.

Drinkability: A very entertaining brew. Enough to keep me busy for a while with one. Damn tasty & goes down real smooth. This one's a winner.

SurgeonGeneral, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Riley's here in Madison for $3.99.

Pours a dark garnet/mahogany color with a few fingers of tan, rocky head with some good lacing and retention. On my second pour a film of rubbery-looking yeast plopped into my glass, kinda strange. Looks more like a scotch ale to me. Nose is strong, rich floral/piney hops with sweet tropical fruit notes. Taste starts off with a hearty pine-hop kick but as it warms transitions into caramel malt, sweet pineapple, apricot and citrus. A faint rye bitterness can be detected but I wouldn't have guessed there was rye in it without the name. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. This is a highly drinkable DIPA, the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice balance between sweet malty/fruity and bitter hops here. Another winner from Bear Republic.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cambridge Common:

A deep mahagony color with a small head (although it was exactly as all the heads tend to be at Common, so who knows). Smell wasn't that distinctive - fruity and malty, with only a subtle hop sense. Tasted pretty much how it smelled, but was really enjoyable. I don't think I've ever left a beer in my mouth as long as this. I just couldn't bring myself to swallow it. Definitely taste the rye, along with some citrus flavors. Highly drinkable for a DIPA, which may perhaps be because the alcohol content isn't that high for the style.

N.B. Not for the true hop-heads, this is only a moderately hoppy brew.

Lnedrive14, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my hands on one of these! Purchased a 22oz bomber from Charles St Liquores.

Appearance = Huge 2'' head that lasted for a long time. Very dark amber, nearly opaque, just a bit of light gets through. Great, beautiful lacing.

Smell = Strong, intense pine hops. Almost too dominating as it smells like a bottle of Pinesolve cleaner. It's clean and refreshing though.

Taste = bitter, tough, testy tasting DIPA. Hops dominate as expected. It's a bit raw and course but the pine hops are well played. Not much citrus here and not much malt either. I can't really taste the rye very well. I do enjoy the clean, brisk taste but wish it had a bit more complexity. I feel like the pine hops just dominate everything.

Overall = I'm glad I got to try this. The head and lacing is absolutely gorgeous and it's one of the better looking IPAs I've ever seen. The taste while above average is not up with my favorites. I enjoyed this beer but not as much as a Dogfish Head 90 or Ruination. I still recommend it.

LPorter33, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish copper. Almost no head. Visible suspended hop-chunks create wicked glass-cling.

Dank aroma in a major way. Cherry Jell-o. A distinct rye twinge goes right to the nose. Gummy caramel malts underneath. Enticing.

Even in a year+ old bottle this beer remains very hop-forward. Rye malt takes a supporting role adding tartness to the strong bitterness.

Addictively dry, with lingering bitterness that makes you crave more. And more. And more. Refreshing until you start craving more in vein: I can't get this here.

I have never gotten hop burps off of beer that is not very, very fresh. Until now.

GreenWBush, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These California beers travel well. This is a definitely departure form all DIPA I've tried.

Glowing red, tanny head, awesome lacing that appears, as the beer as is tilted and doesn't stop...it really doesn't.

Kind of reminds me of a corned beef sandwich with ground stone mustard. Comes out and bites you right away. Bready, caraway, ridiculous hops. Ends with a pleasant bitter bite.

I don't think I've ever finished a bomber as quickly as I have this one. Alcohol is virtually non-existent, yeah right. No really, it disguised wonderfully.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, with a fluffy head. Recedes into plentiful lace and is moderatly clear. The rye makes it's presence known.

S - Lots and lots of fresh hops, with not as much rye as you'd think you'd smell.

T - Plenty of hops in front, with a decent amount of rye, but really not as much in back. Now you taste me, now you don't.

M - A little watery, but ultra sharp from the carbonation. It gives it a spritzer tingle.

D - A slower drinker, for me at least. A normal 8% ABV and nice hop whallop, keeps it on par with other better dIPA's.

Bumpon10s, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured an aggressive reddish golden color that was quite hazy. It had a head that lasted forever.

Aroma: A nice balance of hops and malt. The hops ultimately rule the profile, but there is a very noticeable malt presence. There is a pretty grainy aroma that I would guess is the rye.

Taste: This is a really nice beer. You can pick out the rye, but there is a complete enough malt balance to make it taste really appropriate. The balance is tipped toward the hops, and it finishes bitter.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of superdavex
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what can I say about this one. This has an appealing amber hue coming out of the bottle with a good 2 inch head that lasts forever. Smell is of strong fresh hops and rye. Mmm, Mmm, Mmm is all I can say about the taste. A Hopheads dream come true! Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. Drinkability is slightly higher than most beer of the same style due to the slightly lower alc/vol. Would have again and again and again.

superdavex, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads as follows, “Hop Rod Rye is a high performance, turbo charged, alcohol burnin’ monster ale with dual overhead hop injection, made with 18% rye.” Pours a deep murky and rusty copper color with a billowing tan head of foam that slowly dissipates in chunks leaving a tall and rocky lace. Floral piney hops dominate the nose but there is also a strong presence of sweet malt in the background. The taste is right with the aroma as bitter and pungent hops with flavors of fresh pine and grapefruit rind are very nicely balanced by the sweet rye grain. A highly enjoyable beer in all respects.

Morris729, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped a 22oz. bomber.

Poured a cloudy orangy/red into my tulip glass. Very dark for a double IPA.
Very thick foamy tan head, great lacing.

Nice bitter hop scent with citrus smells.

Pretty smooth at first, the bitter hop finish really doesn't kick in until the very end. Very nice, rather thick. This one is unfiltered, lots of yeast sediment.

The bitter hoppy citrus peel finish does not linger very long on the palate making this one pretty crisp, balanced IPA. High yeast taste. Alcohol warms the belly.

Very drinkable despite high ABV.


SteveO1231, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another California hopfest I was fortunate enough to try at Cafe Volo (best beer bar in Toronto, good Italian food too).

Pours a bright reddish amber with a long lasting eggshell head and copious trails of lace. The aroma is full of floral, citrusy pithy hops. Theres also a tonnes of malt in the nose. The taste is very hoppy with tonnes of juicy citrus character and herbaceous hop leaf. The wall of hops is well balanced by a sweet maltiness. Possibly its 'hop sweetness' Im tasting. Im not sure I detect rye. The mouthfeel is thick and coating with hop oils. Bitterness lasts for ever.

This is a very substantial full bodied ale (it is a DIPA afterall). Its very well hopped but with a good sweet malt base. Love it.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a impressive amber to red color with superior clarity! Fluffy white head retains well all the way down.

Smell: Hops & More hops, floral and spicy with some maltiness coming through with each pop of the bubbily head.

Taste: Bitterness is best descibed as piney and tart (may be attributible to the rye). Malty swwetness and some smokiness (hickory) sneaks through.

Big fat maltniess and and prickly hopiness provide ideal balance

Despite its strength I could drink this until sleepy! Only had 2 from bear republic ( black bear stout, being the other), but Iam ho(p)ping for more!

russpowell, Sep 27, 2005
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,293 ratings.