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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,252 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,252
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 213
Gots: 208 | 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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zoolzoo

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -24.8%

Thanks Charlatansin

Delerium snifter

Pours a clear, dark mahogany brown, minimal head. This thing smells floral and earthy. Im not getting a blast of citrus like some people are describing. Really, this smells like a bouquet of flowers with some caramel malts thrown in. Booze is nowhere to be found in the nose. Im not really impressed here

As far as taste, the hops are no longer floral but purely bitter. A tinge of citrus hops are present but bitterness dominates the palate. Caramel malt and rye spiciness appear mid palate, the finish is bone dry, and surprisingly nutty. Texturally, this is pretty good. Creamy, medium carbonation.

For 8% beer I can barely find a hint of alcohol. That has to count for something right? Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall this just isnt one of my favorite rye beers. The most off putting thing for me was the aroma. I have a suspicion that this might be a bad bottle or something, the taste seemed faded compared to other rye IPAs Ive had.

03-27-2010 19:26:09 | More by zoolzoo
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.2/5  rDev -24.3%

Thanks for the brew Randy. Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark brown with a thin layer of white foam.

Lots of rye in aroma with a little bit of candied orange. I would immagine that is from the hops but it seems a bit weak. A little bit of caramel in the aroma. The rye is really the best part of this. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. Good rye flavors but not enough on the hops for me. Candied orange and a little bit of caramel.

The feel is a little sticky with decent carbonation. A little heavier than I would like. Overall not to bad here. Nothing really exciting. The rye is good but the other flavors are simply underwhelming.

08-15-2011 01:17:24 | More by Bendurgin
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%

A - Pours a dark iced tea color with a 1/2 beige head that fades to a film. Very little lacing.

S - Pine hops and slight malt aroma.

T - Bitter pine hops with slight malt taste.

M - Slightly flat. Coats the mouth.

D - Not too good. Hop dominates but tastes off.

07-05-2010 17:52:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.24/5  rDev -23.4%

22oz un-dated bottle poured into Teku:

A: deep amber/brown, brownish head with glistening lace
S: pine and resin dominated to me with sweet molasses in the mix
T: pretty bitter hop and resin kick in the front with a molasses sweetness. I find the aftertaste a bit unappealing with a dry pine. As far as a RYE Ipa it is good, I prefer the imperial and APAs a bit more
M: alcohol very well hidden, smooth

Overall a bit of a disappointment given the overall rating. Very bitter hop/pine malt with a fairly unappealing aftertaste. It is just okay, wouldn't seek it out again but would drink it again

08-22-2013 20:42:16 | More by alaimoa
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crowsoup

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

10-03-2012 19:29:54 | More by crowsoup
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dertyd

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

06-02-2013 06:06:53 | More by dertyd
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

09-01-2012 01:50:04 | More by bonez05404
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Samber79

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

03-29-2013 13:20:21 | More by Samber79
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

08-13-2013 17:02:33 | More by Kevinhcraig
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abernethyj

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

07-10-2013 01:14:40 | More by abernethyj
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

02-09-2013 14:49:13 | More by OleDixie
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Tee2Grn

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

01-21-2013 01:52:51 | More by Tee2Grn
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josephwa

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

05-02-2013 16:49:29 | More by josephwa
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JLapadura

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

03-05-2013 04:51:14 | More by JLapadura
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Honus1

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

02-01-2014 21:31:46 | More by Honus1
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ACY73

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

11-02-2012 19:01:36 | More by ACY73
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Bobby_Gray_84

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

09-15-2013 00:07:47 | More by Bobby_Gray_84
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Bluecane

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

04-21-2013 06:13:05 | More by Bluecane
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BourbonDork

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

12-21-2012 00:44:56 | More by BourbonDork
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

09-12-2013 02:06:09 | More by CityofBals
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phishbone23

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

01-22-2013 21:13:10 | More by phishbone23
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Jack_Tripper86

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

04-07-2014 05:20:17 | More by Jack_Tripper86
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kjb32812

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

06-07-2012 03:00:43 | More by kjb32812
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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Despite the name, there's absolutely no hint of rye flavor. I really like the taste of rye in beer, so was disappointed to discover this.

Beyond that, it's not bad, but not really great either. There's some nice hop flavor in there, but none of the forwardness and bold flavors one usually expects from an American IPA, and no obvious subtlety to compensate for that lack. It just didn't seem very interesting.

05-08-2010 01:44:42 | More by snogglethorpe
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HOPHEADNATIONMATT

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

04-11-2014 00:07:05 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,252 ratings.