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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,202 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,202
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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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HipHopinHooligan13

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-01-2013 23:38:00 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 8% ABV, 317 09 printed on the UPC.

A - Hop Rod starts up nicely with an amber-brown body that's clear with a three-finger, off-white/tan head. Great retention that eventually succumbed to a rocky, clumpy pile lowering down leaving tons of awesome lace all over the glass.

S - Bold notes of American Graffiti...er hops come out. Pine and mild citrus with a strong rye nose backed by a good maltiness. Overall it's somewhat low but good none-the-less. Maltier with rye more than hoppy.

T - During the nose and appearance the hops were just revving their engines to burn rubber in my mouth! They peel out with a well-balanced pine and citrus patch followed up by a smoke cloud of rye, malts, and light honey left in their wake. Very smooth balance.

M - Smooth feeling and soft on the palate, Hop Rod is gentle with a moderate bitterness to the finish.

D - Hop Rod is one smooth ride. A great beer with great suspension, there are a lot of nice flavors going on here. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the 22 can be polished off by one person I'd say. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:11:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Highstplz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-18-2012 02:59:05 | More by Highstplz
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anabar

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-24-2014 18:17:35 | More by anabar
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-20-2014 02:25:48 | More by KCBeerNerd
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2013 14:57:15 | More by griffeyb
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-28-2013 22:01:06 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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boogyman

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark amber color with a finger of head that stays around for a few minutes. Stays a bit bubbly through the whole drink. Lacing is fairly sticky.

S- Oh how I love the hops. I personally like the hop presence more then the rye but overall I still like the smell of this beer quite a lot. There is also a nice grapefruit smell that comes with the hops.

T- For a standard IPA the hops are quite strong in this brew which is a big plus. I don't quite have a taste for rye, but I think I can pick it out and it is quite a nice compliment to the hops.

M- Tangy bubbly smooth goodness going down. Only a very slight alcohol burn that is masked by the hops and malt.

D- I most definitely could drink this over and over. I am starting to understand why this is near the top of the ranks of the American IPA. Will be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 04:54:20 | More by boogyman
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hplevy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-05-2012 08:02:19 | More by hplevy
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mattsmith413

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-24-2013 14:25:50 | More by mattsmith413
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MacsBeerMaster

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-28-2013 23:27:42 | More by MacsBeerMaster
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Vlaminck

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-08-2014 04:16:33 | More by Vlaminck
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peabody

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark reddish amber with three fingers of off-white suds. Malty looking suds that don't move around in the pint glass.
If you want a perfect head on a beer, this would be it.Lacing out the yang.
Smell is a sweet carmel and bitter piney hop aroma.
Taste is a sweet malty then bitter hoppy flavor that keeps bitter and coffee tasting for a while after the swig. There is a caramel/ sugar taste that accompanies the bitter piney hops.
Mouthfeel is very clean at first then an oily film settles in while the alcohol does it's thing.
I like this beer a lot. Too bad I have to order this and pay exorbatent(sp) shipping costs.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 00:08:55 | More by peabody
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dannygreer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-18-2014 23:09:26 | More by dannygreer
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campfirebrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-17-2012 15:18:49 | More by campfirebrew
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2013 15:37:59 | More by Hopsiam14
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bepps

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-15-2012 01:29:55 | More by bepps
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SierraJosh

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-18-2013 03:58:03 | More by SierraJosh
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kingslotty

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-05-2012 01:50:32 | More by kingslotty
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Liquoric3

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-10-2013 16:41:07 | More by Liquoric3
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-07-2014 22:03:14 | More by BrazilianAussie
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WickedSluggy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal brown "loverly" color. Quite effervescent - copious amounts of sea-foam looking suds. Foam sticks around the whole way down the 22oz, dissipating only where they contact the glass, forming an island of dense in the glass.

Nice aroma and bouquet nothing that stands out too significantly here.

Flawless clean roasted flavor - malty, bitter, dry, and very clean. Nice slight lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied

Highly drinkable and enjoyable ale - nothing about the brew would keep me from having a second (or a third other than AVB.)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:01:06 | More by WickedSluggy
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EzraAtom

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-20-2012 04:56:42 | More by EzraAtom
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California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-23-2013 19:23:31 | More by Absolut
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-05-2012 04:11:44 | More by st9647v3
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,202 ratings.