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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,429 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,429
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 235
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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? An exceptional beer. Very wet at first then turning to a dry finish. Mouthfeel is not too carbinated. Citrus and piney flavors along with a deep caramel. Very drinkable as are most of the Bear Republic line. If you love hops, you can't go wrong with this one. Cheers.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This very may well be the best beer I have ever had. I love the Racer 5 from Bear Republic and this extends the impressive ability of the brewery. The beer has the perfect balance between hops and mellow fruit character. It pours a beautiful color with a nice 2 inch head that laces for the entirety of the consumption. This is exactly what American micro brewing is about.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark ruby, with a large attractive white head. Carbonation looks just right, and the lacing is extremely sticky. The smell is absolutely phenomenal. Fresh piney hops, pushed up against a nice malt backing, with a large share of delicious rye bread. Now on to the taste. My initial thought is, "Damn, this may be the perfect beer." Upfront has a very quick bready malt snap. Mixed in with a good deal of rye. The malt/rye lays on the palate for just a second, and soon gives way to a strong piney bitterness. The pineyness lingers until the very finish, where it is meet with another wave of malt and rye. This is in my mind, a perfect IPA. The flavors work perfectly together in intervenious harmony. This beer is truly a masterpiece. The mouthfeel is just right, and the drinkability is incredibly dangerous. 8%?? Where?

This is the epitomy of bold IPA's. Perfect flavor, nice hopping, and a solid malt backbone. A divine nectar sent from the gods above! Much thanks go out to IntriqKen for giving me the opportunity to try this brew.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first beer I've given all 5's.

Poured with perfect 1 finger carbonation. Creamy and bubbly. Clear Red color.

I wouldn't normally call sediment pretty - but oh yes... these green flecks of hops make me smile.

The Rye is there - spicy and malty and slightly sweet - just very subtle. The taste is out of this world. Raisiny malts mixed with citrusy hops, and a final bitter bite that reminds you exactly what you are drinking.

Perfection.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,429 ratings.