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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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4,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,246
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 213
Gots: 205 | 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 rhoadsrage


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep amber slightly hazy body with strong carbonation and a thick creamy light tan head.

S- Nice citrus hop aroma with a bit of grassiness. A hint of spicy malt finishes the smell.

T- Nice creamy maltyness with a powerful bitter grapefruit hoppiness that has some resins and pine notes. Also a nice pepper spiciness that adds to the burst of hop flavor.

M- Creamy mouthfeel with a slight astringency at the finish but very faint. No alcohol warmth noted.

D- This is a big hop monster with a great creaminess and nice spiciness from the rye. It is well balanced malt and rye that gives a backbone to the great hops. I'm glad this comes in a bomber cause a 12 oz would be to small.

05-10-2005 00:48:29 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Higravity


3.55/5  rDev -16.1%

Kind of a shrug beer for me. It is a beer of almost and could a been. I have had several well done Rye beers and this one lacks the Rye punch and the hops seem mis-matched for the spicyness as they were fruity and bitter but not spicy. The alcohol also comes through a little to much. I let the bottle warm up more and the rye come out a little more but mostly it is just an after taste. The malty body is nice and thick though but a little too high on the carbonation. A decent Rye beer, but it almost could been better.

05-06-2005 18:45:45 | More by Higravity
Photo of oggg


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at Fathers Office in Santa Monica, CA

This beer is brown with auburn tints at the edges. The head is tan-brown and very fluffy. The aroma of citrus and pine hops is pretty good, and then you get a little spicy rye. Carbonation perfect, followed by solid hop bite. Dang this beer is bitter even after all the other dIPAs I've had lately. Pine and juicy citrus hop flavor is huge. The rye gives a wheaty feel to the malt, as well as a little spiciness that just goes perfect. Full bodied and smooth. Just a touch oily at the finish.

Overall: Excellent dIPA in its own right, the rye just makes it even better.

04-25-2005 04:55:17 | More by oggg
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev -5.4%

Appears as a ruby/copper vivacious brew with some small bubbles creating a small off white head which fades shortly. It looks pretty good! In fact, it's almost excellent with the exception of the heavy heavy sediment and lack of carbonation after about a minute. The lacing is lovely as it leaves a nice perfect ring which lasts for most of the duration of enjoying this brew.
Smells of faint maltiness with some amarillo hops coming through, along with a faint nutiness.
The taste is pretty decent as it hits most of tastebuds up in the front and the middle and the dryness lingers all the way to the back. Not a real full bodied mouthfeel but it is up there as far as filling it out. It is also quite drinkable. Again, the only thing that I didn't really like about this well done brew was the heavy sediment and the lack of carbonation.

Finger licking good!

04-15-2005 02:00:11 | More by weeare138
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

As the immortal Kinky Friedman would say" Killer B baby". This is one of the best beers I've had in some time mainly because the complexity is stunning. The beer looks awesome with a dark brown body with a bi old head. A hoppy, woody smell with some interesting age notes. The taste is large and many facets. A unique bitterness due to the rye comes off the back end. All in all this is a stunner that demands your attention.

04-12-2005 15:50:06 | More by canucklehead
Photo of cracker


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

An interesting beer. Pours an amber brown color (a bit darker than most ipa's) with not much of a head. Smell is of fresh pine and grapefruit with a hint of sweet malts. Taste is definitely hop predominant (chinook hops more than likely) with a dry, somewhat harsh, astringest aftertaste. I'm assuming this is what rye contributes to the beer. Don't notice much of a spiciness or sour like characteristics. Overall seems more like a 'darker' ipa than anything else but nevertheless a quality product.

04-12-2005 03:51:58 | More by cracker
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22 ounce bomber. This beer has a dark brown appearance, unusual for an IPA. Big foamy white head that leaves loads of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy, but not just a hop bomb. There are nice malt and spicy aromas too. The flavor is fresh hops, but balanced with the malt and a noticable rye. Very interesting, complex flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. High alcohol, but not in an overwhelming way, just gives the beer a nice bite. This is a well made and delicious hoppy beer. I think this is the fastest I ever drank an 8% abv 22 ounce bottle.

04-10-2005 01:38:44 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of shirfan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A rich, dark orange with hints of brown; the head on this billowed up to 3-fingers in height and then simply refused to disperse. After several minutes, it finally yielded slightly, with clingy lace and fluffy mounds still remaining.

Aroma is citric, caustic hops, orange chocolate, alcohol, candy store, incense.

Taste is fairly dry, with grapefruit-toned hops guarding an earthy, voluptuous malt body. Enough hops to decimate the unappreciative, yet well balanced and not at all one-dimensional.

A slick and seductive "you want me but you can't quite have me" mouthfeel teases for subsequent sips. It's as if the full flavor of this beer is always just out of reach.

04-07-2005 05:15:55 | More by shirfan
Photo of Wonka


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.

Appearance – bronze/orange body; thick, micronized, cream-colored head that endures; great swaths of lace - when a glass is nearly closed in by lace, its certainly great; damn close to a 5

Smell – spicy; citrus; a light dose of alcohol that's present pushes back the faint caramel

Taste – spicy; big-time hoppy; caramel; a bit smoke and alcohol; in-your-face bitterness in the form of grapefruit rind slams the exit door and hangs around; a bit brash on the hops but if this is to be compared to the hot rod of hops, I’d have to say this is what I expected

Mouthfeel – a bit hop oily; pleasant rich, big feel but it also has some prickly carbonation; a bit of hop sting in the 'afterfeel' lets you know who is running the show

Drinkability – very easy on the consumption end; the bitter close creates a comprehension moment; don’t dive back in immediately

Hop Rod Rye has more hops than LeBron James. Slam dunk for Bear Republic.

04-02-2005 20:55:13 | More by Wonka
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

pours crimson and fizzy with a light tan head of substance and character.

aroma is dangerously overwhelming with hops. mild buttery notes, but nothing can compare to the almighty hop gods making their presence known through the neck of this bottle.

tastes hoppy. bitter. mouth-puckering. the appeal to this beer is the rye background, which gives the hops a much higher ground to attack from. rye itself contributes a base spice here which launches my taste buds into orbit. and then a blueberry note.. from where? a hophead's delight.

i've sometimes been adverse to crazy hops but the complexity here helps me to appreciate it.

04-01-2005 11:40:03 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of crookedhalo


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

$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.

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


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +4%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

03-18-2005 03:13:27 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of cncbofh


5/5  rDev +18.2%

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.


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


4.4/5  rDev +4%

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).

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


4.4/5  rDev +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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +4%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

02-08-2005 01:58:13 | More by GClarkage
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,246 ratings.