1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,282 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,282
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 216
Gots: 212 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Rod Rye Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,282 | Reviews: 2,034 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of larbush
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

larbush, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

12 Oz poured into a snifter

A- A murky dark orange amber. A large light tan head with extremely foamy tight bubbles.

S- A nice big citrus punch up front. A sugary sweet malt bill. Some caramel and burn sugars. A dark grainyness. A light fruit yeast. An interesting and nice smelling beer.

T- A modest bitterness up front. There is a nice citrus hop bill with grapefruit, lemon and mango. There is some rye flavors in here as well. A burnt sugar, light caramel malt profile that is superbly balanced. This beer is very well crafted.

M- Bitter but not quite IPA bitter. The beer manages to have a complex malt profile but keep a light character.

O- This is an awesome rye based beer. Almost IPA. Very well made and well balanced.

TwelveOunces, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Anino531
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Anino531, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of GatorHopper
4/5  rDev -5.4%

GatorHopper, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of bmurph20
5/5  rDev +18.2%

bmurph20, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of FuselGuy
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

FuselGuy, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Drk93TT, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of fdig23
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

fdig23, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

hilgart1, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of doof116
5/5  rDev +18.2%

doof116, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of safiske
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

safiske, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of kyager2000
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

kyager2000, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a cloudy, deep amber / copper shade while yielding a frothy 1"+ of a light tan head that has no plans on going anywhere. lots of lacing. relatively fragrant nose offers doses of citric hops, some bready / toasty malt, and rye.

flavor follows the nose pretty closely. leads with that citrus hoppy presence, quickly followed by rye and caramel malt. finishes with some bitter hoppiness. flavorful. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall rye beer is not one of my favorite styles but this one is really good. i wouldn't quite say world class myself, but a very tasty beer nonetheless.

(originally reviewed: 01-10-2012)

BostonHops, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of RodneyCarrington
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

RodneyCarrington, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye has a thick, creamy, beige head and a dark amber or honey appearance with lots of thick lacing left behind and a huge amount of fine particles floating about. The aroma is of sweet, spicy bread, sugar candy, pine needles, turpentine, and nectar. Taste is of very bitter hops, sweetness, Christmas sweet bread, sugar, and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and Hop Rod Rye finishes semi-dry and fairly easy drinking. Overall, this is very, very nice, and I beg you to try it.


RonaldTheriot, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper ruby with a 1 finger off white head. The head quickly fleets to the edges. A fair amount of visible carbonation and some sediment floating in the body.

S: Has a carmely sweet aroma with a hefty rye spice kick. A fair amount of hops in the background. Some booze on the nose, reminds me of a barley wine.

T: Very well balanced beer, strong malt with the hops to balance it out. The rye spiciness keeps it interesting.

M: Average carbonation, clean finish. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

Overall I think I need to try this on tap so its a little fresher. Easily the best rye beers I have tried as others have seem more dominated by hop.

CloudStrife, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of durkle
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

durkle, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of shebby
4/5  rDev -5.4%

shebby, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of brunop
5/5  rDev +18.2%

brunop, Jun 18, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,282 ratings.