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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,290
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 215
Gots: 214 | 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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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

hipHOPSanonymous, Aug 16, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

ZDSmith87, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

JBougher, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

330ml bottle served in a mug like glass.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy amber color forming a big, creamy, thin bubbled beige head. Great retention forming tons of spotty and lingering lacings in the glass

S: Strong notes of caramel, sweet malts and hops. Very citrus hops profile. Strong notes of citrus fruits too (grapefruit). Earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet caramel malts, toffee, rye, some roastiness. Notes of grapefruit very well combined with quite citrus hops. Earthy yeasts

M: Heavy, creamy and full bodied. Medium carbonation. Caramel, rye and citrus hops in the aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Impressive how good can be a rye IPA

eduardolinhalis, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

BreweryRun, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

HuntDaddy540, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

ElJosharino, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

rayman2112, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

KevinL, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dannyboygaga, Aug 09, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours positively dark, more amber than pale ale. Massive tan head accompanies a rich aroma with a good bit of rye in it, along with secondary notes of pine forest hops. Visible sediment left in bottle. Flavor is more classic rye-ale meets West coast IPA. Quite delicious.

hreb, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ChaseTheAce, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

pgrenvicz, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Another fantastic IPA entry from Bear Republic, one of my favorite California breweries. Nice frothy head, highly enticing aroma, and an excellent rye-dominated flavor. A big mouthful, to be sure, but an easy-to-drink 8%. Very nicely done, Hop Rod takes its well-earned place next to Racer 5, Big Bear & Café Racer!

BeerBeast, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Barhoppin13, Aug 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -46.8%

Yeoumans, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

NJBeer265, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

reefa, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

mbw314, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

EdwardK77, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.89/5  rDev -8%

Appearance - A wonderful mahogany look with a tan head about a finger thick.

Smell - a very rich curious smell that builds anticipation to what you are about to taste.

Taste - If you are expecting a normal taste here - you will be surprised my friends. The taste is similar to its rich bourbon esque smell. Though the taste is slightly less strong and flavorful than the smell, it is still very tasty.

Mouthfeel - The feel is very similar to the taste.

Overall - This is a very good, unique brew that differs greatly from your typical ale.

Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

TheBeerSipper, Jul 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

jimba, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

_morandi_, Jul 29, 2014
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,290 ratings.