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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 236
Gots: 245 | 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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of LPorter33
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of superdavex
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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.

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.


Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of sacfly
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark ruby red. Thin, tan head. Spicy, hoppy smell is apparent as I pour even before bringing it to my nose. Smell is a sweet citrus. Orange comes to mind with a hint of grapefruit in the background. Perhaps it is a blend of the hops and sweetness of the malt that provide this exquisite aroma.

First sip echoes the citris hops at first, but soon gives way to the dry, spicy rye. The sweet caramel dark crystal malt fights its way in there as well lending a perfect foundation. Finish is long, bitter, and dry. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. When I poured the rest of the bomber into my pint glass, the head made it seem as though I was drinking a milkshake. Very full.

A very satisfying brew, a very different IIPA in a very good way. This is one to keep in constant supply. Be careful- this does weigh in at 8%ABV, but I would never know it from the taste and the smooth way it seems to fly down my throat. I never thought something this hoppy could be so easy to drink and leave you wanting more… much more of that Hop Rod Rye. A must try.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, creamy head rushes up the sides of the glass on the pour... it's huge! I stick a finger into the densely honeycombed bubbles, and they actually ooze upwards along my finger... not the kind of behavior you expect from a beer operating under the normal constraints of physical law. Beer is very dark in color--almost mahogany--with highlights of glowing auburn, copiously streaked through by steady-rising lines of carbonation. From the bottle I smell fresh papaya, but out of the glass this just reeks of hops. Nosefeel is fragrant and arid, with a framework of dried-out hops; dry leaves and berries; and piney, aromatic, sage-like herbs. The flavors seem almost entirely free of sweetness. Pumpernickel bread and cedar blend with an array of dried spices, everything held together by spicy seed-oils. Hop bitterness penetrates deeply but melts away with perfect timing, dissolving into a finish of beeswax and clover that absolutely fills the mouth. The rye element has just made things so, soooo smooth. Drinkability is off the fucking hook. I've had three bombers of this in my life, and I'm pretty sure not one of them has lasted much longer than ten minutes. Yum.

Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compliments of BIF 16.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber brown with a tan head. Little yeast floaties noted throughout the body.

Smell: Nice citrus and bittering hop aroma. A touch of alcohol and malt sweetness but dominated by a strong hop presence.

Taste: Rye bitterness up front followed quickly by a citrus and bitter hop splash. The rye base is noted throughout as it leaves a bready and dry taste on the palate. It's nicely balanced by the strong and dominating hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and chewy.

Drinkability: A very well balanced and enjoyable beer. I could drink this all day. Strongly recommended.

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

A bold looking beer. Very dark red, with brownish hues and a bumpy off-white head that looks very dense.

The hops hit the nose first, but beyond that there is a sweet sugary character as well. The rye is also noticeable, as there are bready hints within.

Taste is sweet and hoppy, well balanced. Notes of citrusy hops along with a bready malt taste. One of the finer double IPAs I have tasted. Very delicious, and smooth, and quite a warming up beer.

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

Wow. I'm very impressed. Beautiful brown with ruby tones; when held to light shows ruby red with fine suspended sediment. Head is thin but resilient; upon swirling it is huge and fluffy with beautiful small bubbles and boy, does the smell come out! Floral and bitter hops, caramel, heady alcohol. The hops clear my sinuses. I taste mellow bitter hops and rye spiciness. Full body, rich smooth and spicy mouthfeel. Finish is long, bitter and dry, and very tasty. I just can't get enough. So full and rich. An extremely drinkable beer. I just can't get enough. I've only ever had two rye beers but judging from these two, I like rye in my beer a great deal. Also I love my hops and this scratches my itch. Yum.

Photo of rowew
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Bottle advises - "Don't drink & drag. Sediment at bottom of bottle may be a result of the truckload of hops in this non-filtered ale. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red - almost brown with a nice head that has great staying power. Small amounts of visible sediment.

Smell: Aroma is very powerful - lots of hops and malt both. The hops come on first - thick and piney. Then the malt makes an appearance with a slightly sweet smell. Just a hint of grain in there too.

Taste: Medium bodied with low carbonation. The hops definitely dominate here, leaving a nice bitter finish. Lots of thick piney hop flavor in the start, and then the malt helps balance it out a little bit. Slightly sweet towards the end, with that special kick I've only tasted in rye beers.

Overall impression: Definitely one of a kind - this is a great DIPA with a nice added twist from the rye. Definitely worth a try - it may become a staple!

Photo of orfeu
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rubyish brown with a substantial and dense tan head (settles at about 3/4"). Sticky sticky lacing. Smells malty sweet with nascent hops, caramel apples... The first sip: wow! didn't expect malt like that. There's an incredible balance here with the hops bringing up the back end, but that malt sweetness is right there up front. And mind you, it's not an out-of-place sweetness. The hops are definitely there, but I'm a bit surprised that they're not beating my palate up and down the block as the name and label description led me to believe. This is not a bad thing, though. If I can't quite accept the characterization of this beer as a hoppy monster, that still doesn't prevent me from enjoying it immensely. In the mouth this one is nice and chewy, with a full, creamy body. Damn if that 8% abv is not hidden better than those magical Iraqi wmds. All in all, even though I am more of a hop-head than anything, this brew is definitely one of the best DIPAs I've yet to come across. Superb.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Bcant
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of HopGoblin
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of palma
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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!

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,431 ratings.