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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,221 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,221
Reviews: 2,031
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 202 | 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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thinkbreakfast

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Very deep amber, almost brown. Head is thick and light tan; sticks to the glass all the way down.

Smell: A mixture of overripe fruit and hops. Spicy. Cake like malt. Alcohol comes through as well.

Taste: Very spicy fruit flavors. The hops come through and kick you in the face. Alcohol is plesantly apparent. I can't get over the spice factor.

Mouthfeel: Definately thick. The head is still there till the last drop and adds to the creamy feel. Aftertaste is great bitterness.

Drinkability: A few of these will put you in your place. But the taste leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 00:39:26 | More by thinkbreakfast
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

After all the good beers I have had from Bear Republic I was excited and had high hopes for this one when I found it on the shelves. This came in the usual 22ozer from BR with a hop rod car on the label. This poured out a nice dark amber color with a good sized rocky beige head. Nice rings of lacing were left around the glass as I drank this. Aroma is full of hops as the name would suggest as well as a bready malt presence. I could also smell the rye distinctly after a few sips as it warmed which added nicely to the aroma. The taste opens up with light malt sweetness and hints of rye before the hop rod drives through your palette and deliver a good does of earthy hops and a nice bitter rye aftertaste. This beer is perfectly balanced, not overpowering in any aspect but not weak in any either. This has a nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinkability is very high and no sign of the alcohol can be detected. Fantastic beer from Bear Republic as usual and I highly recommend it to all.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 19:02:11 | More by meathookjones
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe, the great things I'd heard about this bear had unreasonably bolstered my expectations but I found this RyePA to be a bit of a let down. It was bitter, acrid, and overly hopped. While there was a hint of rye in the aroma, and an undeniable rye component to the beers flavor. Overbearing, and uninteresting hop flavors dominated. Yes,. the hazy brown-amber brew looked excellent beneath a white, and somewhat lacy head. Unfortunately, I found little else within this bitter brew to garner my interest.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2004 00:12:41 | More by AllThingsNinja
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CBFanWish

New York

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

Bear Rupublic has proven itself one of the nations premier breweries time and time again. The have taken the term "big beer" seriously and i think will continue to do so.
Hop Rod Rye is one of those great big beers that are brewed out there in the Bear Republic brewery in California. It is a fine example for it's style and always will be.
Pours a thick, almost unfiltered looking hazy amber colour with a thick head that just cascades from the glass, no matter how much care you put into the pour.
The aroma is strong with the rye, It's almost all that is smelled. I'm happy that the yeast isn't as pronounced as it could be. Rye bread isn't my idea of a good drink.
The taste is also very strong with rye. There is a nice hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a few seconds after the sip has been taken.
Not a bad beer, in fact, it is a fantastic beer for it's style. The only area that I ha to give it below a 4 is drinkability, just because I really don't enjoy the rye beers as much as I probobly should, but to each his own, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 14:37:47 | More by CBFanWish
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, solid amber color, and, has a solid, white, frothy head.
Smells nice, sweet and hoppy all together.
Intial taste is a push of hops to the forefront, followed by the sweetness of rye and finish of for a nice balance.
Very balanced, becuase while the flavors don't mix, the do combine and finish out nicely. Medium mouthfeel contributes to it's drinability.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 02:19:35 | More by PSUDREW
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.3/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation. Starts crisp and finishes hoppy, very little malt sweetness. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 00:01:21 | More by jdhilt
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Onceeven

New York

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

Finally found this one on special at the pub, so I couldn't resist after reading the stellar reviews. I don't know why but I was surprised at the hop presence in this beer. I guess the name HopRod didn't click. It was a good surprise though, totally made the night.
Arrived at the table looking mighty appetizing with its deep red glow, and creamy perfect head. Was greeted to a wonderful citrusy hop aroma and a slight rye character. Hops weren't overpowering like with their Racer X, but were definitely in the forefront. The taste is predominantly west coast hops but finishes with a semi-sweet rye note. Extremely balanced and drinkable. I really wanted another, but another 20 oz. pint would've done me in. Until next time.,,

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2004 02:04:39 | More by Onceeven
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber with a yellow, moussy and everlasting head which laced the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was malty and hoppy with citrus and fruity aromas and rye.

The flavor was malty with a slickness from the rye and a substantial bitterness that shines through the flavors. The bittering and maltiness along with the mouthfeel work together to keep the beer from becoming overly bitter or overly sweet.

The finish was dry with a pleasant yet muted hop bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium, actually just a bit more, but not quite medium full.

A great beer!

22 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 20:48:24 | More by GCBrewingCo
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a good thick white head. The smell is the dry rye mixed with a citrus hop. The taste is a citrus and pine/grassy hoppiness with a strong rye dryness laying underneath of it, and a very slight alcohol; the aftertaste is a strong rye. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is definitely a beer I could have quite a few of.

Probably the best rye beer I've had. A rye pale ale, for lack of a better term, with a good dry backing to the citrusy West Coast hops. I just hope that I'll be able to see Bear Republic beers in Western PA soon!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 00:29:33 | More by beergeek279
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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

Somewhat of a murky, off-brown in color, appears liquidy, with a thin bubbly white head. Hops and some ginger and pine spices on the nose, very strong and intense, and call it inviting. A huge tongue to throat blast of hops, and a mild sweetness to it. Piney offerings as well as sharp grapefruit and fresh citrus notes. Some rye tastings are just enough to offset the massive hops; becomes a bit acidic and bitter, yet in a good way; some caramel malt notes towards the bottom of the glass. The balance seems to be pretty decent, a definitive hops based body, but is quickly backed by the noted tastings. Could easily pass as an APA in style, yet the rye/barley offerings place it in it's own class, and at the lead; seek and destroy!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 02:43:32 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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

22 oz bomber, opened and greeted with a big whiff of hops out of the bottle. Pours an orange-brown and sits a dark reddish-brown in the glass with a nice half finger creamy white head on top.

Aroma is big on hops, but there is a nice bit of rye that break through. Light grassiness and caramel beneath.

Taste is big on bitter, doesn't quite hit you at first but really comes out strong fairly fast. Nice citrus flavors, orange and grapefruit, as well as a bit of rye flavor as well, not as much as you might expect though. Finish is bitter, still hitting hard with the citrus notes and leaves you with even more hops well after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, medium-full body, with wonderful carbonation. Another beer to quench the hop cravings, one will definately do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 02:50:51 | More by Skidz
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faernt

Illinois

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

RyepeeAyyy...and 8% ABV at that. Bear Republic has made it to Chicago. It's dark...not in the opaque sense but more like the Rauchbier sense. It has a lingering head of about 1/8" and the bubbles are tight. I smell hops and I'm looking for a rye smell and nothing jumps up to greet me.

The taste is bitter and hoppy is still going on on the smell side. It almost tastes like smoked beer. The rye is supposedly 18% of the bill and I now taste it but not like other rye beer I've had. Perhaps the rye works better in a wheat ale than an IPA.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected. It's a little silky. It's tasty. I don't know if I'll rush out to buy another but sometimes memory gets my feet to flappin' and there I go out for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 05:37:38 | More by faernt
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a dissapointing beer i was looking to this to make my night.
Came in the brown glass bomber.
What a fantastic looking beer!..dark slightly murky amber with ruby accents..lovelly tan head..with gorgeous bubbles of foam..great lacing..a work of art!
Smell too is great..fresh and "piney" with dark alcohol undertones
Taste is exquisitlly balanced..who would have thought it? Sweet malts to start then massive hoppy grapefruit and pine flavour which is undercut by the sticky flavour of the rye..This is good the brewer has balanced the malts, hops AND rye to a tee!
Very good feeling on the palte..exciting to the taste buds.
For one so strong..very nice and drinkable..I shall buy many more tommorrow!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 04:50:03 | More by Reidrover
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WetCoaster

California

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

Appearance: Slighly cloudy burnt amber with ruby highlights and a gold undertone. Thick, dense slightly off-white head that lasts for a quite a while. Thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel candy apple with a hint of butterscotch diacetyl. Nice. As it warms, the hop spice comes through with a vengance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmmmm. Rich blast of malty sweetness, with bittering hops trying break through. There is a sense of rye; the flavor is subtle, but you know it's there. Slightly peppery. Finishes even with malt/rye sweetness on the tip of the tongue, a drying bitterness in the rear. The mouthfeel is dense and chewy, but the carbonation keeps it lively.

Drinkability: Too big to session, but the great flavor makes it tempting.

This is an enormously satisfying brew. Rich, flavorful, complex, well-balanced--I can see why this is a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 05:11:17 | More by WetCoaster
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent with an intense aroma of floral hops. The taste is great also. It has a rich and creamy dark malt flavor with a smooth bitter hop taste. The rye helps to mellow the hop flavor. It has a dry finish, but has good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I love the dark amber color and great hop characteristics. This is a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 01:17:52 | More by WesWes
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nomad

Kansas

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

An even amber color is transparent with a somber crimson hue. Generous amounts of carbonation supports the pocky head. Thick stain and lace is present and accounted for.

Smells begins with a grapey amber malt with hops that are a nebulous mix of arborous, spruce, and grapefruit notes. The rye component is interesting to my nose as a bready scent with peppery spice. Solid but not wowing.

Rye spice is delicious as amber malts and Northwest hops banter back and forth. Fruity bits of grape run astray because the hops, Centennial in sort, dominate with earthy bitterness and speckled dryness. This beer rolls with flavor, turning over similar shades of complementary flavors (roast barley, rye, rough fruity hops) that aid in drinkability. An absolutely slaking combo comes from these well-treated ingredients touched off by a fresh, tart finish of biting lupulin oil. Could a beer be tastily chalky dry yet still wet? Only because there are so many flavors creating a balance. The full mouthfeel with dead-on carbonation is impressive for a bottled ale.

Dangerous drinkability with that alcohol volume. Simultaneously thirst quenching and inducing. This is why the bomber sized bottle exists. Kick ass label design, too. I really dig this beer, I could drink it any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 02:31:52 | More by nomad
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dull hazy brown, with a rich golden honey tint. Head is small, but thick and foamy. Lace is small and, well, lacy. Smell is fairly subtle. You can find the rye/grains and a kind of honey sweetness too. The yeast is also present. Theres a slight spiciness and fruitiness also. The taste is light and pleasant, and as this is my first rye beer, I do say that I like it. It's got a bit of eatrhy sweetness and grainy flavors too, with a bitterness definately from something other than hops. Mouthfeel is medium in body, but it is very low in carbonation. It would be great if it had just a tiny bit more carbonation. All in all, it's definately a good beer, that I would love to have again

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2004 21:51:43 | More by FranklinPCombs
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

18% Rye, 8.0% ABV, OG=1.074, 90 IBU.

Pours out to a beautiful deep garnet, forming a creamy tan head with superior retention and lacing. A recent bottle poured out silty, which is fine with me. Probably the boatload of hops and rye they put in here. The head remains at least 1/4" thick until the last drops. There are flittering pieces of hop leaves suspended in this gorgeous brew. Aroma is intensely hoppy with piney and citric notes galore...sweet and not too harsh, but definitely West-Coast. Mouthfeel is semi-smooth with a medium-dense body. Taste starts with a ton of citric, followed by piney hops with a distinctly woody note, followed by a sticky amber malt body, some grainy dryness (rye), a bit of grain husk towards the astringent and intensely hoppy and moderately-strong bitter finish. The finish is very earthy and woody with more notes of dry grain dust (biscuit malt?).

In a blind tasting, this would consistently be called a Barleywine/Old Ale. In fact, this tastes very similar to Kzoo Old Ale, Kzoo Batch 6000, Stone Old Gaurdian, Hog Heaven etc. Good brew, but I would much rather drink their Black Bear Stout:)

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 00:45:06 | More by Mitchster
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david23

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one you simply have to try if you haven't allready.Had a 20 oz draft. When served just a perfect frothy head with excellant retention. A beautiful ruby brown color. Aroma is all hops with a light piney aroma.Lots of hop flavor but balanced well as a roasted rye flavor is not hidden. Smooth and creamlike on the tongue with a carbonation level that is right on. Could probably have several of these but the higher A.B.V. would be tough to handle unless just staying at home.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2004 11:18:30 | More by david23
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travolta

California

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

1Pt 6Oz. Bottle 8%ABV

Apperance: Ruby red, gets darker around the edges. The head on this brew is nice. It pours tight, with tiny bubbles. After it sits a second it opens up and the head becomes rocky. Very nice head. I'll judge retention later. The head is so thick it almost looks pliable, like playdo on top of your glass.

Nose: Wow, you could smell the hops as soon as you opened the bottle. When you tip your nose to the glass it's like grabbing a hand full of hops and sniffing them.. Maybe some mild berries. Some grapefruit as well.

Taste: And now the taste; maybe this is what it would be like if they made hop gum! I get some grapefruit in the middle. This has a burnt after taste, like roasted coffee. No alcohol taste at all. maybe a little roasted malt at the begining.

Notes: I enjoyed this very much. If you love hops, this is a must. You could sum it up by saying this has a "roasted hop" flavor. And about the lacing; the rings are nice and even, but thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 03:24:05 | More by travolta
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Zorro

California

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

.Pours a clear red brown brew.

Smell is sharp and pleasant cascade hops and a bit of malt and caramel.

Taste is malty with a rye grain flavor and a pleasant bitter finish. Cascade hops flavor is there but doesn't dominate all the other flavors. Has a kind of salted rye cracker flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice strong brew! Not for those who do not like a super hopped brew. A beer that will be added to my regular beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 03:53:03 | More by Zorro
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Crosling

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze in color.

Resiny, spicy and fruity hops in the nose along with sweet and toasted malts and nuts.

Low carbonation. Tons of cinnamon, dark fruits and spices. Very creamy. Fantastic hop flavor.

I would like another.

I hope I will be able to sell this soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 05:02:20 | More by Crosling
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RedDiamond

Oregon

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

Hop Rod Rye is a delightful beer with an inviting, rounded mouthfeel and a pleasant malty nose. But I can’t say as my palate is sufficiently attuned to the nuances of rye malt as to either explicitly identify it as such or even to enjoy it. Perhaps I just haven’t yet come to appreciate the style. But the rye content of Hop Rod makes only a modest contribution to the overall flavor profile, and I haven’t found any compelling value for it. Hop Rod may be the first rye beer I’ve ever knowingly consumed and I’ll be certain to make further overtures to the style in the future. But for now the style itself has shown me little of interest and the variation is too modest to justify the effort.

That said, I certainly enjoyed Hot Rod. It is clear with a warm chestnut color. It forms a good lumpy head of off-white suds and leaves behind a fair tailing of lace. The finish is crisp and culminates with a succinct pinch of bitterness. The aroma is dark and molasses-like, yet also strangely piney. The taste is relaxed if not compressed, and I’m wondering now if the bomber I drank was particularly fresh. The bottle indicates that this is a seasonal ale but it doesn’t say which season.

The flavor definitely takes a turn away from the taste of pure barley malt – it’s a little earthier or peaty. But the disparity is meager and I can’t say as I appreciated the merits of this distinction to any notable degree. I also didn’t grasp the muscle car potency of the hop infusion, which alleges to measure out at 90+ IBUs. Perhaps the rye took the edge off the hops. It was definitely hoppy, but not that hoppy.

One more thing – I felt virtually no effect from the alcohol. Strange.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 05:23:56 | More by RedDiamond
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Billolick

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond and cloudy. Hardy aroma of hops, rye, spice. Great creamy head, tiny bubbles. Major league lace. Hops, wonderful hops. Rye flavor present, but not over powering. This is the real deal , hop lovers rejoice! Great creamy mouthfeel. Hop burps and everything. Thanks Bear republic for this big, bold and lovely creation.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 02:33:41 | More by Billolick
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of amber with a nice foamy light khaki head. Smell is of citrus hops with some earthy caramel undertones.. Taste is sharp hops at first followed by some malt with earthy fruity undertones. A bit hard to find the rye, but you can tell its in there adding a bit of grainyness to the beer. Hops blast in again and provide a healthy dose of bitterness and drying power. Nicely carbonated and very easy drinking. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall quite drinkable the ABV might catch up with you after a few, but a few of these would make getting caught fun. A very good beer

Thanks to RangerDanger7 for getting this bottle and others to me
cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 14:49:58 | More by TinusTime
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.