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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 crookedhalo


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

Pours a nice rich copper color with a fluffy light beige head. Piny, sprucy and citrusy in its hop profile with a caramelized malt notion and, of course, a dry rye character. Hints of holly. Incredibly dry, hoppy and citrusy. The usage of rye really accompanies the dryness imparted by the high alpha hops. Very dry and bitter; with some caramelized malt, counterbalancing rye, and a dextrinous mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. A beefy beer for lovers of the hop.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 05:33:49 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


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

$3.49 22oz bomber

I took the cap off of this one and my mouth was watering to get a taste of the hop juices that filled this bottle. The appearance was gorgeous. A deep amber color with a sticky, cream head. The head alone, was delicious. The smell was a little different than many other IIPA. The rye aroma really stuck out and gave a different nose to the prominent hops. The taste was started out with a little sweetness followed by the crucial hop bitterness. The finish brought back almost and orange sweetness followed by a dry ending. The hops suck out every drop of saliva you have left in your mouth. It is great, but would be a little too much all night. Either way, this is an awesome beer that could become a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 02:13:56 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of sulldaddy


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a bomber at room temp poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a deep garnet color with a large soft fluffy off white head foaming up 2 cm on a slightly agressive pour. The head fades very slowly throughout sampling. Aroma is very hoppy, a nice mix of pine, grapefruit and earthy scents mix to give a solid hop presence. Not too much else on the nose.
First sip reveals a rather thin body with a creamy texture that coats my palate. Very fine rolling carbonation tingles across the back of my throat. Flavor is light malt up front with a hint of caramel and some rye flavor, like reuben bread. Finishes slightly twangy with a hint of the hops that were on the nose. Mostly the hop bitterness hits the back of my moutgh after I swallow. The beer is easy to drink and gives no hint of alcohol anywhere. Quite an interesting mix of grains. Good but not a WOW! beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 01:57:34 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of lackenhauser


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice amber to deep orange color. Second helping out of the bottle had a killer head to it. Great big grassy,citrusy aroma-we are talking full frontal hop assault. Nice mild sweet malt flavor with a huge hop presence. Very tangy indeed. Somewhat dry in the finsh. Good body-has a tad of a "soapiness" feel to it. A killer beer indeed. Very crisp yet full of flavor. At 8% I dont know if I would call it a session beer but I could see it becoming a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 05:12:01 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of studentofbeer


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

dark, rich brown color with orange highlights. prettier at the top of my nonic, where it is a full woody brown but it looks like a nice piece of oak throughout. excellent dart-cork colored head, thick and and fluffy, with awesome lacing, and a nice cap that doesn't go away.

amazing bouquet of hops--super ripe and juicy grapefruit, tangerine smell. though it's hard to get past the hops, they are so full, there's a creamy, milky sweetness in the malt and some raw grain aroma. As it warms some spicy plum and nutmeg become apparent. very rich, with both dark and bright flavors mingling.

the taste is a full on assault of goodness--a boatload of hops truck through the mouth, but the ale is so creamy and the malt so smooth, sweet and spicy, you're getting a little of everything. i pick up dried fruit, obviously tons of citrus, milk and milk chocolate, peach, some sour rye (like rye whisky) and a touch of pepper. the hops come barreling back in the finish, leaving a happy aftertaste of bitter citrus rind and nuts. in many ways the best part is the odd milky/chocolate sweet characteristic in the malt that must develop because of the rye--it, the spiciness of the rye and the hops do great things together.

for a powerful beer full of hop madness, this one is quite drinkable... and balanced, even though it is extreme.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 00:27:13 | More by studentofbeer
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby brownish red, with nice clingy lacing.

Smell: Hop damn! A slice of rye bread spreaded with a generous amount of strawberry jam. Unique.

Taste: I was expecting some kind of freaky concoction with off-centered flavors and just too much of everything, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well balanced ale, with everything in it's proper place, leaving room for everyone make a statement on my tastebuds. Rye tartness, big malt roundness, slight alcohol sting and hop finish. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 01:16:58 | More by Goldorak
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

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

Poured with a finger thick beige head and a clear deep ruby bronze color. Left behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma was full of hops and pine, some sweet caramel undertones and a bit of dark pitted fruits.

The taste carried lots of malt backbone to counteract the piney hops. An excellent balance of malts/hops. The rye comes through a bit on the finish along with bitter hoppiness.

Carbonation was spot on for the style and a medium to full bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 08:57:56 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

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

Had this one during a light dinner with Goldorak and company was my favourite of the evening.

Deep brown colour with russet highlights letting light stream through the slight haze. A medium head was witnessed but posessed minimal retention and offered no lacing.

A sweet spicy maltiness from the rye was buttressed by a fresh and balanced hop presence initially. Aromas of berries and grapes surfaced amid the malt and hops to lend a pleasant complexity and a faint softness of sugars danced with the hops in the finish.

The flavours mirrored the aromas and were equally balanced and seductive. Up front I detected embracing and sturdy maltiness with a touch of tartness through notes of ripe apple and peach flesh. Hints of maple water surfaced before a wave of biting hop bitterness washed the palate clean.

One of only two rye ales I have had the chance of tasting and I hope to come across it again... I loved it.

Merci Martin!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 22:07:21 | More by Beersignal
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

Sizeable head which goes down to sizeable lacing. Color is a clear brown/amber. Smell is of hops. Lots of hops. Taste is dominated by the hops (my pallate isn't good enough to figure out which ones). Rye characteristics do come through esp. as you finish a swig. The taste which lingers is hops-dominated however. Very smooth. Very drinkable.

Major thanks to blitheringidiot for giving me this gem.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 19:23:45 | More by GeoffFromSJ


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely floral perfume for smell. Some fruity notes as well, grapefruit and overripe tangerines.
Pretty red and auburn color, with sediment both sunken and suspended. A creamy rich head persists and coats up the edges of the glass.
What a hop bomb. This beer shows all the things I love most about hoppy brews. The citrusfruit notion, the pine sap, the i-give-in sweetness at the finish. Rye and hops really combine for a great bitterness in a beer. It is genious. This is a favorite of mine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2005 03:13:27 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first beer I've given all 5's.

Poured with perfect 1 finger carbonation. Creamy and bubbly. Clear Red color.

I wouldn't normally call sediment pretty - but oh yes... these green flecks of hops make me smile.

The Rye is there - spicy and malty and slightly sweet - just very subtle. The taste is out of this world. Raisiny malts mixed with citrusy hops, and a final bitter bite that reminds you exactly what you are drinking.


Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2005 06:46:42 | More by cncbofh
Photo of tjd25


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

Dense creamy head, lasting on a a beautiful mahogany color body. Great retention on the sides of the glass. The smell was definitely hoppy, with Chinook hops appearing, but in a less excentric way as I expected, not as fruity and sweet as I thought. Quite fresh and grassy with perceivable notes of yeast.

The taste showed some raspberries and blueberries at first, and a second after a citric feeling. Then a more chewy wooden character, with a syrupy caramel flavor combined with a round and dark maltiness (rye I guess) that gets close to chocolate. I particularly enjoyed this hoppy west coast beer since I found it so well balanced with a real and deep malty personality. Mouthfeel was enjoyably creamy for a hop monster, and the thick mouth-drying experience was interestingly combined with refreshing and sweet notes of grain, in a slightly sticky syrupy way. I also find in surprizingly drinkable for the style. So much more balanced and interesting than Stone ruination (imho).

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 21:33:42 | More by tjd25
Photo of gimmehead


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

Beautiful rich mahogony with deep ruby highlights. Foamy off-white head and intricate lacing. Huge aroma. Floral and citric hops, roasted malts, almonds and light grassiness. Hop bomb! Taste is very earthy, huge grapefruit and resinous hops, roasted malts and a lingering, stinging, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is a huge beer in every aspect. Bitterness can be a bit overwhelming by the end of the bomber, but if that is all you are planning to have it's pretty darn drinkable. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 23:39:08 | More by gimmehead
Photo of ppoitras


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

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige/light tan head above the dark copper brew. Head is airy like bread as the bubbles burst, and laces very nicely. Aroma is hops, citrus, pine, you name it, it's here. Seems like there may be some malt under all of it, but the nose can't find it. Taste is mostly about the hops (see Aroma, above), but there is a body and smoothness over the tongue that defies you to just pigeonhole it as another bottle of hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style, must be that rye making everything work out so well. Stop walking by this one on the shelf, take one home, and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 22:36:02 | More by ppoitras
Photo of GClarkage


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

02/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Red-amber pour with a nice thick and creamy white head. Adequate lacing.

Smell- A light smelling hoppy beer. At least with my nose it was. Fruity hops and a bit of malt. Nothing outstanding, but better than your normal IPA scent.

Taste- Decent amount of piney tastes as well as grapefruit flavored hops. Not a hop bomb, but enough to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation here.

Drinkability- Nicely well balanced beer. Was actually happy I didn't notice any rye as I despise rye with a passion. Tasty and well rounded. Would suggest to anyone who likes a good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2005 01:58:13 | More by GClarkage
Photo of karst


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap? That could be fatal this beer is so good!
(Although I remember it being on tap last Christmas eve at the Capital Ale house downtown Richmond - hummm... that explains the look on Joe's face that night! )
No, just a measly 22 0z bomber of this strong American IPA made with 20% rye malt. Reddish mahogany color, Hop Rod Rye boasts a 40 acre field of hop aroma and enough malt flavor to slightly sweeten the palate with a malty finish. A.V.B. of 7.5%. og 1.074, and mere 90+ IBUs (compared to the 200+ of Devil Dancer). We drank this just before pitiching 6.5 gal of 1.082 60+ IBU red rye Imperial IPA that I'll be happy with if it is just 50% of Bear's Hop Rod.

After trying DFH 90 & 120, Hop Rod, and the Devil, Hop Rod is the one that is going to be parked in my Garage Frig. Its crisp taste and beautiful full body is touched off with a nice flame job of hops. A like a true hotrod when you get her warmed up the good stuff comes on strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 14:17:03 | More by karst
Photo of chugamugofsud


3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a little too bitter anjd without the subtlety that I generally look for in a rye, not horrible though. Poured out of a bomber into two pint glasses and shared with a friend. The brew actually tasted better as it warmed, I'd recommend not keeping it too cold.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 03:36:13 | More by chugamugofsud
Photo of Troyone


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

Pours a cloudy darker amber color with a minimal tan head that dissipated to nothing with in minutes and has some carb action.

A toasted caramel smell with herbal pine and lime hops with hints of maple, allspice, and nutmeg.

A light sweet taste with the flavors of roasted caramel and light molasses malt; moderate herbal pine and grapefruit lime hops; and hints of (salt free) soy sauce, pepper, licorice, and cola.

Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied dry and sweet resin texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth hoppy malt finish.

Easy to drink session type of beer with 8.0 and a good change up for this type.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 03:33:45 | More by Troyone
Photo of watermelonman


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

This poured to a dark color of brown with very dark hints of red. The head was fairly small, but it still left some good rings of lace.

The smell brings hops on top of a base of rye. In the taste, the rye dies down a little bit but really compliments the bitterness. The malt content tastes much lighter than the beer looks. There's no shortage of flavor here, but it's still pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 10:26:12 | More by watermelonman
Photo of ADR


3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Anam Cara, Brookline, MA...

Clearish amber color with a nice head of 1/2 an inch. Laces fully with intricate patterns all over the glass. Smell was more muted than anticipated, hops dominate but there's a touch of graininess and almost a nut tone. Feels light to the tongue but with plenty of flavor presence and solidity. Slightly minty flavors, closest to spearmint, acidic with scouring resiny hops. The malts are interesting, combine with the hops to give a wood sense, but aromatic and biting, almost like cedar. Different, but for me, not incredibly easy to drink. Still, a challenging beer to pick up when the mood strikes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2005 14:03:57 | More by ADR
Photo of twelvsies


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

Never had a brew by this brewery before and I was definately impressed. I'd heard good things about this one. An amber on the darker side pours a brownish tawny red color with the foamy off-white head retaing for quite a while. Smells bitter and hoppy, with a sweetness rarely found in a west coast IPA. That's a good sign. It's east enough to get excited about the overly hopped west coast IPA monsters but I think the real gems are the ones that are more complex and balanced. This is one of those beers. The hops are bitter, not too in your face, all though fully a main asset to this beer. At the same time, it's not all this beer has to offer. The bitterness comes in waves and is accented my sweet mellow malts and a light bready character. As the beer warms it tends to get more spicy, bready, and herbal. Definate complexity in this beer. Such a refreshing beer from the west coast. Disconfirms my previously growing opinions that every brewery from the west coast is going to hop the shit out of beers and that's it. Much more attention here paid to detail and a great dry yet somehow creamy texture. I'll definately go back to this one. Hella sweet or something. Wicked. Whatever....

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 07:29:09 | More by twelvsies
Photo of carln26


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into the glass a hazy brown color with a thick tan head. Definitely some residual yeast in this beer (It appears this is bottle conditioned). The head clings to the side of the glass a thick sheet of lace. The nose has a piney/floral hop character along with malt sweetness. The rye lends a nutty tang to the backbone of the aroma. The flavor has the rye nuttiness up front followed quickly by the hop flower. Explosions of pine accented my the rye. I think this may be more interesting in this bottle form than it is on tap. Oily mouth feel and a good drinkability. I was a little afraid to try this beer at first, now I’m strangely drawn to this style. This is still the best, although the Easy Ryder I just had from CBC is a great beer too.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 01:06:54 | More by carln26
Photo of gbontrag


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool color. Like mahogany, but someone spilled motoroil on it, and wiped it up quick. Rusted froth, my-my-my it looks so sexy with lace dripping off all the curves of my imperial pint. Ooh, it's randy too! This runs on hop fumes, and has a sweet and spicy body. I believe this would be sensational without the heavy hop swaddling, but it is a hop rod.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2005 01:34:05 | More by gbontrag
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful murky amber with a 3mm head of apricot tinted white. The head holds extremely well. Lush velvety lace clings to sides of glass as well as the thicker lace rings spaced evenly all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S-Hoppy, malty and rye. Exactly as billed. It reminds me of the warrior or amarillo hops that are in the DFH 60 minute but they are balanced by either malt (or rye) or another kind of hops to make it not have as much bite as the forementioned brew.

T-friggin fabulous. This is just like DFH 60 min but it doesn't make me belch as much. The rye or something else that I am missing seems to temper some of the extreme hoppiness. This hoppiness is still noticeable however and it is fruity and berry-like again but tapered on the end so it mellows at the finish rather than zapping or zinging the tastebuds. The characteristics taste-wise are again as billed and almost identical to the nose-hoppy/malty with rye.

MF--smooth and non-descript. Slighly foamy, a little sticky--nothing too pronounced though.

D-Excellent. Now here is a session IPA (or tastes like it anyway)--oh maybe not its 8% ABV. They sure do a good job of not allowing that 8% to be real noticeable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2005 14:09:07 | More by rousee
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep, burnt amber color w/ a very creamy tan head. Beautiful lace clinging to the glass for the duration of this pint.
Hints of floral hop w/ a nice toasted malt and caramel flavor. I did not know the taste of rye in my beer until now....I like it.
The taste is very nice...more hops w/ a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is well balanced and thick enough to be called a Double IPA. Alcohol presence is well hidden for this 8% offering.
This is not a very overpowering brew and I believe I could enjoy this beyond a couple of pints....oh yeah, would not be a problem.
A nice seasonal ale from Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 23:37:37 | More by warriorsoul
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,211 ratings.