Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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94
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4,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,517
Reviews: 2,062
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 244
Gots: 295 | FT: 2
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: 4,517 | Reviews: 2,062
Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper/brown with a tan head.

S: Citrus peel, orange, pineapple, lemon, rye, grass and general floral notes in the nose.

T: The rye hits you hard up front, but very pleasantly, along side some nice citrus peel, orange and pineapple. A touch of malt, grass and alcohol. Quite well balanced.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Definitely recommended. The rye adds an interesting flavor.

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a bomber.

Not your run of the mill IPA that's for sure. Spicy notes in the flavor and aroma compliment the hops profile. Quite easy to drink and real nice feel. Get this if you can find it fresh.

Photo of bball208
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This smells like waffles, molasses, and biscuits.
Absolutely beautifully crafted. The sweetness of maple at the front of the mouth, the incredible balance of malt, booze, molasses, and bready biscuits all come together perfectly and caps off with a refreshing bitterness that makes you want to repeat the sweet and smoothness you get at the beginning. Highly drinkable. This beers aroma ends up melting right into the flavors as it warms up. Some rye ales have great aroma but tastes one dimensional. This one offers aroma and taste. Just a superb beer, have it at 55-60 degrees. Phenomenal.

Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh damn that's good!!! This is the first beer I've tried from Bear Republic but I've been on a rye kick lately so I thought I'd give this a taste. Glad I did. This offering pours a rich caramel brown with a very generous thick beige head that lasts throughout the pour. The aroma is malty and spicy. Definite rye notes, toffee, pepper, spice, floral citrus, and light coffee notes. This beer is chewy and coating in the mouth. The flavor is what really sets it apart. Rich and malty, spicy and bitter, sweet and deep. It hits all the right notes. If this is a kin to all of Bear Republic's offerings then I greatly look forward to a long and enjoyable relationship.

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

Poured bottle dated 9/17/13 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours amber with floaties and a fairly tall creamy beige one finger head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is grapefruit, pine, and floral hops, caramel, and rye spice.

T-Taste is similar with light malt sweetness followed by a wave of high hop bitterness and some rye spice on the

M-Medium-full bodied, creamy and sticky, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

O-Great beer by bear republic must get some more and fresh

Photo of BearslikeBeers
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold color with a small white head that laces up the side of the glass. The smell is nice, fresh, hoppy and almost a little starchy at the end. It smells very rich for lack of a better term. The beer is initially sweet and a little fruity up front, less carbonated than most IPAs, and then the real profile starts to set in. The rye is very rich and malty but the hops really define the aftertaste. Very dry and very bitter finish. A little flat and syrupy but a really nice balance of the rye and the hops definitely would purchase this one again.

Photo of Mike_Moe
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Medium brown color, brown head.
Aroma: Strong malty, spicy, hoppy smell.
Flavor: Malty, spicy, hoppy flavor. Smooth full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A malty spicy full bodied beer. This brew is somewhat hoppy, similar to some light to medium IPAs but with a full body. Although the beer boast an ABV of 8%, a strong alcohol taste or smell permeate through the beer.

Photo of silverblaze540
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is a deep amber color, and is a bit cloudy. My pour produced a very small amount of head, which retained well. Carbonation actively bubbles and, when held up to the light, particles/sediment are visible. Looks very tasty.

Smell - Fairly piney, but not overpowering, sweetness and perfumey, which just a hint of maltiness.

Taste - Hops, hops, hops, but not extremely strong for this type of beer. A bit of a citrus taste. The taste balance is pretty good, as no taste is extremely overpowering. Seems to fit the IPA/Double IPA style without being overpoweringly bitter.

Mouth-feel - Medium build; carbonation seems perfect with a small amount of burn; alcohol taste is not strong, especially for 8%.

Overall - This is the best IPA I've tasted because the taste balance is good and the hops are not overpowering. It is bitter, but not to the extreme. There is still a strong hoppy taste, so I would probably not drink this beer that often, and I am not a huge fan of the hoppy aftertaste. If you like hoppy beers, however, you will probably like this beer.

Photo of dexterk1
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a good head and left good lacing.
Odor is a little sweet. A little bit of caramel and malt perhaps some citrus as well.
Taste starts well and gets better. Begins with hops and pine. Continues with some malt and toffee notes and finishes a little sweet with more pine, citrus and mild grapefruit flavors.
Rye does come through and helps bring a nice bonus to the taste of this beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with relatively light carbonation.
Overall, an excellent rye IPA that stands out from many. Good odor and taste with very little alcohol coming through. Definitely high on my list!

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a nice rye bread and hoppy smell. The hops are mainly of a pine nature but also consist of a good showing of a grapefruit smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some grassy like aromas.

Taste – The taste begins much sweeter then the nose would have let on with lots of caramel and toffee flavor as well as some fruit flavors of a more tangerine nature. Right from the start there is also a bready taste with hints of rye mixed within. While the rye if very light upfront it grows in strength as the flavor advances with it becoming more potent at the end. Hops are present from the start as well. They begin largely of a light pine and grassy nature at first, but are later replaced by a grapefruit hop flavor. The grapefruit really takes control of the hop profile toward the end, and when mixed with the strengthen rye favor as well as the sweeter flavors that remain strong to the end, one if left with a satisfying, grapefruity sweet rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are fine for the blend of hoppiness, sweetness, and rye all while keeping it a rather easy drinking beer overall.

Overall – A quite tasty and sweeter rye IPA. It had a wonderful blend of tastes and a very easy drinking feel which mare this one a very flavorful and enjoyable brew.

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours a beautiful, deep reddish brown with a very nice head. Okay retention and some lacing left behind. Sort of hazy with hop particle sedimentation.
Smell: Lots of citrus in the nose with definite malty overtones. Aroma of blood orange. Minor alcoholic twinge, but not over powering.
Taste: Very nice roasted rye kick. Rye really compliments alcoholic twinge. Good rye spice.
Mouth: Medium bodied with fairly average carbonation that suits the style perfectly. Little but of alcohol volatility in the swallow.

Photo of ac22rush
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear mahogany with a superb frothy head

The nose consists of pine, grapefruit rind, sap and mild rye spiciness a hint of sage as well?

The taste is where this beer goes from great to outstanding. Strong hop character up front with grapefruit, and pine giving way to the spicy rye and caramel backbone. Hops and malt are perfectly balanced as the beer finishes off spicy and bitter with just a touch of alcohol. The beer is perfectly carbonated and teases your tongue to have another sip.

Overall this beer has so much character definitely a beer thats willing to show off its strong rye base and keep you wanting more I could easily enjoy two of these back to back. This beer is a must try and definitely a new favorite of mine. Cheers!

Photo of andrewjraab
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper brown with a healthy crisp white head. Nice lacing and head retention.

S - Heavy malts, caramel, raisins, baked bread.

T - Robust malty full bodied malty flavor, bready, crackers, rye, dry mouth feel, nice balance of hops.

O - This is a meal on wheels - big rich flavors. This is a must try.

Photo of McStagger
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased on the cheap from Bevmo. Whoops! It has a date of 8/6/13. This one's gonna be faded...kinda like me after tonight's over.

A: Fairly dark red, but still mostly translucent. Finger of tawny head. Moderate lacing. Minimal retention.

S: Some hop essence is going on here. Pine and citrus. Fairly non descript. Malt is showing with big brown sugars and toffee.

T: Lost most of the floral and citric edge. Still bitter in the back end, but mostly shots of non descript grain and some mild floral bitterness/malt sweetness.

M: Nice body. This one is fairly light and still mostly maintains its dryness.

O: I'm underwhelmed. Need to try this one fresh. Will come back to edit this review when I see a fresher bottle date.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10-3-13 - about 7 weeks since then; not fresh, but not exactly old.

As the last few rain drops of the Southern California "Storm of 2013" drop (and reach about 1/4 total inches) Raul finds himself sippin' on a Hop Rod Rye. Raul ain't never been into hot rods or floozies with cherry's tattooed on them, but even if he was, he still wouldn't go "vrooom!" for Hop Rod Rye. Getting on the older side, yes, but it ain't exactly Barbara Walters old. Still, Raul finds this sucker a bit more malty and syrupy than hoppy and, uhh, "rye-y."

Yes, my children. Like all fly honeys, I wish I could have gotten it at its peak of freshness; but at the end of the day, when you get a lil taste, you know what you are dealing with.

Not bad. Just right down the middle. Yep!

Photo of beergoot
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Billowy white head sits atop a cinnamon red body; spidery strands of foam coat the glass as it's emptied. Heady whiffs of spicy, malty, pine and citrus aromas. Big malt sweetness infused with a rye spiciness; sweet caramel; toasted grains; a well-balanced hop bitterness and alcohol heat add to the overall tasting experience. Medium-heavy body; chewy.

A very intimpressive, very enjoyable rye ale. Deeply complex, revealing taste surprises with every sip. The rye stands out from beginning to end, complimenting and not overwhelming the other great aspects of this brew. Definitely malt and grain forward but with plenty of other outstanding sensory components that makes this beer stand above most others.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second sampling of this. I had a bomber of it previously and was disappointed, mostly because I was wanting more of an imperial marzen, but I’m finding this is actually closer to that than I'd previously experienced...just with tons of hoppiness. Pours a rusty brown with some cloud to it – I love how Bear Republic’s IPA and now this have some cloud. I’d like to try more of their stuff but those two are all I’ve found in CO. Decent head that breaks down in a couple minutes and laces the glass. Smells hoppy and sweet, with citrus and pineapple to it. The flavor is where the rye comes in, giving it some heartier grain and malt, cherry and light spice, along with the hop bitters. Has a medium mouthfeel, leaning heavy, and the alcohol is present but not offensive, especially for being as up there as it is. Works well with the flavors. Overall, really glad I tried this again. I think the first time I was so affronted by the hops that I couldn’t get past it to enjoy the rye aspects, but this time around, definitely enjoying the combo. Will definitely get this again.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at One Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, showing a rich kettle-copper coloring. It boasted a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, ghostly white foam, showing decent retention. This faded into a single thick sheet of lacing left virtually covering all walls of the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma boasted citric and grassy hops, dried lavender florals, metallic rye grit, pales, and ambers, softer cooked caramel sweetness, freshly pressed honey crisp apple juice, commercial cranberry juice, red grape skins, watermelon jolly ranchers, and bite of plastics and black pepper spiciness with warmth. Our first impression was that this was the single best depiction of rye graininess that we’ve ever tasted, with no mystery as to why it is such a classic, well-regarded beer. The taste opened with syrupy thick caramel grain that was quickly cut by biting rye wash, light smoky peatiness, cooked coffee malts, heavy buttery diacetyls, eucalyptus, cranberry flesh, black pepper, moss and musk, citric hop oils, and hibiscus. The middle came through with bitterness and seriousness of the grain, with rye and amber malts shining through a lingering background of heavy creamer, lactic sourness, strawberry and cranberry fruitiness, and black and herbal green tea leafiness. Washing through the end was a final blend of fusel booze, black pepper, phenolic plastics, the sheen of rye metallics, pale and cloying caramel malt, rose hips, and resinous piney, soapy, and citric hops. The aftertaste breathed of sea salt, lobster shell, Oreo cookies, gingerbread, buttery diacetyls, lemon cleaner, soapy and piney hops, gravel and dust, nutmeg, dried florals, and caramel syrups. The body was decidedly full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip showed great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the mouth left fully coated and cooled. The belly, on the other hand, was warmed. On a swirl around the mouth the foaminess became huge, with slow and eventual puckering astringency to follow. The abv was appropriate, and while thick, you could really sip and glug this guy back with ease.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the incredible showcasing of rye grain, with its unexpected smoke and hidden darkness to it in the taste. The grain is so prominent that you actually forget about everything else, especially the hops. That is not to say that the hoppy side is missing, because if you stop and think about it, they are as strong and forward as ever!! This just speaks to how deep and intoxicating the grain bill is here, as it really will take you by surprise if you let it. This is due, in part, to the rich and sweet fruity inclusions that meld so well with the grain bill. In evaluating the hops, they do show an excellent oiliness and variety across the spectrum of flavor, with great dimensionality. In the end, this guy may be a bit booze heavy for some, but it is an undeniable classic that we’ve ignored for far too long, and one of Bear Republic’s best.

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich coloring is caramel hued, coppery and even a tad cloudy. The head is thick, foamy tan in color and laces nicely.

The scent is robust in caramel malts with a piney hop underpinning. I also get aromas of grapefruit, tangerines, sweet dried fruit, flowers and rye.

The flavors are rich and robust, almost thick. The caramel malt and rye is prevalent but it is joined by a tremendous punch of floral hop pine. The pine does not take on that metallic tinge like some IPA s. The malt, rye flavor conjoins the floral, pine and grapefruit in one thick unit.

This is a man's beer, rich robust and in your face but then settles well for a great IPA experience.

Photo of joeseppy
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep reddish copper hue with generous beige head.

Smell is muddled with biscuit, toasty caramel, piney hop and sweet malt. Not much in the way of fruit for me.

Taste has more tropical fruit coming through in the way of mangos and grapefruit rind. Malt pounds upfront, hop onslaughts the tongue with numbing sensations and rye pulls through for the finish. Tastes way better than it smells.

Medium body and velvety. Creamy as an Irish red ale. Hop has staying power much like an imperial.

Beside the aroma, a most pleasant quaff to spend time with. Priced on the higher end than others in class.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, caramel, bread, spicy rye, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pine, caramel, bread, spicy rye, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, caramel, bread, rye, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate rye presence; with a fair amount of malt balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent rye IPA! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of AleEnthusiastSorensen
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured a dark amber in color. The mouth feel of this beer is slightly chewy in texture but is very refreshing on the pallet. Has a medium to high hoppy flavour to it with good hints of fruity and citrus tastes. The rye added to this beer gives a very unique taste and aroma. The aroma itself has a slightly heavy quality to it and in the pour it had very little head to it. Due to the taste and aroma however I give this brew a two thumbs up and would recommend this to any drinker who wants to experience a good beer that isn't too harsh, it is a very kind and rewarding drink.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep red with a thin white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Nice scent of piney hop and citrus - grapefruit and orange. Rye is fairly present as well as some malty sweetness.

T - Good amount of rye and malty caramel sweetness upfront. Big citrusy hop punch follows. Nice amount of bitterness in the finish.

M - Meium body ith medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Very good IPA. All the flavors are very well balanced and drinkable. Awesome beer.

Photo of brurevu
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Rod Rye poured a deep amber with plenty of hops and the sweet rye on the nose. A nicely balanced beer between the hop profile of the Racer 5 and the sweet rye malts. It was very delicately balanced and a nice drinking brew. If you are a fan of the Racer 5, be sure to check out the Hop Rod Rye Ale.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this for the 1st time a few months ago and I was able to get ahold of a few more bottles to do a review.

12 oz brown bottle with Bear Republic racing style all over this fine label. These guys really have 1 style in mind seems like and I must say its one of my favorites. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.

A - deep dark amber to a brownish colored body. Off white/beige colored head has a pillowy fluff to it and sits beautifully atop the body. Leaving loads and loads of sticky and slow moving lacing. A bit of funk and sediment creeps around the bottom of this amber-brown beauty. Very fine looking ale.

S - floral and somewhat fruity hops sit the pace with the slightest hint of dark fruit. Molasses and caramel whiffs give this brew a sturdy malt backbone. Rye spices creep up toward the back of the nose.

T - sweet with a rye spice character. Hops are floral like with sometimes big hints of fruitiness about them as well(the hops). Caramel malt and molasses are spot on offering this big and complex flavor the balance it needs. It's sweet, spicy, bitter hoppy, floral and fruity. A real treat in a bottle. Alcohol/rye spice in the Finish that is on the bitter side, but still very enjoyable and does nothing but add to the tastiness of this jewel.

M - big and thick texture. Coats the mouth with a liquid that's nothing but world class. Some alcohol paired with the rye lets off some bitterness but it balances everything else out perfectly. Really enjoyable mouthfeel.

O - instant favorite of mine. From the first sip this brew became something I will always be able to drink and enjoy. It's just a matter of finding a way of getting it here where I live. Easily 1 of the 10 best tasting brews for me personally I've ever had. It has a bit of everything for it and I'm extremely glad I picked it up. Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries and I can't even get their brews here. They are definitely pumping out some of the world's best tasting brews and I look forward to getting my hands on more Hop Rod Rye.

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,517 ratings.