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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,467
Reviews: 2,053
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 239
Gots: 263 | 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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Ratings: 4,467 | Reviews: 2,053
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!

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown with noticable sediment on the bottom. Huge frothy off-white head with a light, lasting lacing. Smells of spicy hops and slight alcohol with sharp rye accents. Taste is not overly hoppy at first but gets pretty damn hoppy with time...not overpowering...but appropriately so for a double IPA. Dark malts are present as is light alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, dry. Good to the last drop...I was satisfied.

Photo of egajdzis
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy reddish brown color with a large light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Nice and juicy citrus hop aroma, and a grainy aspect which adds complexity to the beer. Taste was nice and hoppy all around, but there was also a nice balance, between light toasty malt, and a dry, chewy, rye side to this beer. Full mouthfeel. A very nice IIPA, the rye gives this a different feeling to it, and really hides the 8%.

Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep warm mahogany color with an unyeilding creamy tan head. Really nice retention. Looks great. Smells like a hoppy evergreen forest combined with flowers and oranges, and hints of rye. Taste is real crisp at first, followed by a huge wave of hops, that flows into a big malty sensation, ending in spices and citrus bitterness. There is some alcohol taste that mixes well with the hops and maltiness. This beer brings the idea of an IPA ocean to my head. Really hoppy and feels great in your mouth too. Drinkability is good but it is so ultra hoppy that after a couple I'd probably have something else.

Another great double IPA.

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

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy brown color. Absolutely awesome head and sticky lacings all over the glass to match.

Very pleasant aroma of malts, hops and rye. Hops are clearly up front and emphasized in the nose.

This is one great beer. Juicy and thick malt mouthfeel with a spicy rye/hop attack on the palate. The rye flavors almost lend a peppery presence to the flavor. Very flavorful, complex and enjoyable. This is the second beer that I have tried from Bear Republic and I am impressed. Check this beer out.

Photo of ReebShorts
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a kind of light plum color. This was in a brown bottle, so I had no idea how dark this would be until I poured it, I was a bit surprised, as I was expecting something a bit lighter. looks good, nice froth on top.

Wow, I can already feel the hops on my tongue just from the smell, can't wait to try.

Hoppy, tasty, nice.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
Pours a deep red color with a very nice 3 fingered head into my Rapscallion goblet. Retention is impressive, and lacing is damn good as well. Just a darn fine lookin beer.
Smell is slight chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of smokiness. Most of the aroma is taken up by rye and loads of hops.
Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, only much much better. Bitter hops, caramel, very slight chocolate, and a bit of smokiness. Rye dominates, but is well balanced with the hops. Strong flavors abound but never really get out of hand. No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is very good for such a strong flavored beer, not slick or overly oily.
Overall, a very very good beer. My first from Bear Republic, and I have to say I'm impressed. I love all the flavors in this one. Just great.

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

Pours a clear reddish brown, nice white head forms, plenty of lace, looks excellent. Rye really gives it a nice colour. Smell is floral hops, tempered by a hefty sweet malty base. Taste is sweet rich malts, caramel, huge hoppy floral middle, very clean bitter finish. Finish is dry, smooth, perfect carbonation, insanely good beer. Thanks DrJay!

Photo of gotbeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow- this is good stuff!

The smell hits you first. Hops, and lots of them are readily apparent. CItrus and piney smells hit the nose before you even sip the beer.

The appearance is dark mahoganey, with a decent head that leaves a nice, stickly lacing on the glass.

The taste is great. More complex than many other Double IPA's IMHO. Of course there is a huge hop presence, but there is more as well. Citrus and piney hops hit you first, but there is a presence of rye bread after the hops kick your tongue with full force.

I wish I had tried this beer sooner. Overall an excellent beer. I will definitely try it again, and reccomend it to others. World Class.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA.

Had this one for the first time at the Hop Head Throwdown and loved it. But by then my palate was so ruined from the chipotle glazed chicken wings that I had to have it again to get its full effect (and certainly to review it)!

I love the color of this beer. Ruby and brown with a creamy tan head. Excellent retention. Lots of hop bitterness in the aroma but the rye gives it a terrific sweetness. The flavor is amazing. Tons of hops, yet there is definitely some balance there with the malts as well. And the rye just gives it a sensational sweet flavor. The body is medium to full with a thick, creamy texture. Awesome! As delicious as it was, it didn't leave me craving for another one, but it certainly satisfied, and I wouldn't argue with someone if they put another one down in front of me. Unique, satifying, and delicious, this beer just about has it all. A must try!

Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really a sensational brew here. Pours a deep, dark brown with thick, lasting head. You can really smell the sweet rye, and caramel notes as well. Taste is oh so smooth, with a very nice dark malt finish. A bit bubbly, but steadies out 5-10 minutes out of my 22 oz bomber. Another clear winner from Bear Republic...

Photo of thechaacster
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber bordering on brown, with a small but tight head that sits there and floats like an oil spot on water and leaves superb lacing cemented to the entire interior of the glass. Bigass pungent hop aroma that lets you know exactly what you are getting into. Hop character here is totally off the hook. "Dual overhead hop injection" indeed. Extremely floral, piney, citric, and bitter, with the rye significantly adding to the spicy kick and only minimal sweetness from the malts. Rye and hop aftertaste lasts seemingly forever. Definitely a punch-in-the-head IPA, yet ridiculously drinkable considering its bitterness and alcohol. I was all ready to be freaked out by this one, and freaked out I was, but in a good way.

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

Had on draft at the HopDevil Grill in NYC. Murky brown appearance, nose is freshly baked rye bread with orange marmalade. Aggressive hop attack up front w/ big orangey hop flavors that mingle with that great bready rye flavor and perhaps some chicory-roasted toastiness.
Mouthfeel is full, bordering on syrupy, and drinkability is uncommonly good for a beer of this strength. A unique classic.

Photo of DogFood11
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Update Edit: One year later and my palate now loves this beer even more. This is near perfection, Bold, Balanced enough and tasty. 12-22-06

8% stated on bottle. Great label design and name. Hop ROD Rye.

Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries and this is another fine example of the attention they pay to detail.

Head is perfect with thick lacing. Dark Cherry color. It's already on the christmas list. Like most IPA's its quite hoppy but the key is they control it a bit and the rye edge is outstanding. The rye adds a bit of depth but it was an afterthought at best. The true heart of this beer is like any other IPA and DIPA its in the hop flavor and bitterness. This is amazingly hopped up but yet still has enough malt character to keep it somewhat in check. Apricot comes to mind, citrusy and plenty of hop oils to slicken things up. Surprisingly it finishes fairly clean although it was a bit oily. Every drink was enjoyable. Highly reccomend this beer.

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

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in July 2005. Pours a one-finger head that rises a bit after the pour. Tan in color over a crystal clear brown liquid with ruby and blood red notes. Smells mild and clean citrus hoppy. Grapefruit pith and tangerine. Toasted grains. Tastes, whoa...gentle to start. Sweet with strong apricot and malt over a rising hop flavor and bitter. Lupulin is stronger than co-humulone for the hops and it's really mouthfeel creamy smooth. Caramel is found deep beneath, but there is also a malty zing that fights the hoppy grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is md-thick and carbonation is mild (but stingy). What a really enhoyable beer...the alcohol ting in the aftertaste give me pause to ponder the flavors is this beer.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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