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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,398
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 235
Gots: 235 | 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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber color, much darker than I expected. Nice low head diminishes rather quickly while leaving sticky off-white lace.

The aroma is faint. Mostly getting dank hops and syrupy sweetness.

Taste is earthy hops and dark caramel sweetness. No flavor stands out, but the combination offers quite a punch. The alcohol is well hidden.

This is full-bodied and smooth - my favorite part. Very little carbonation at play here.

Someone seriously mis-classified this beer as an IPA. It's far more like the American Strong Ales that I've had than any IPA. I would rate it more highly along those lines, but it's not my preferred style and probably not something I would buy again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY. Bottled on date of 12/5/13, so it's a little bit old. Should have checked the date.

Pours a tawny amber brown, with a half inch white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like caramel, rye, and a bit of pine. The hop aroma seems diminished.

At this age, this is still a somewhat decent rye ale, but it's not an IPA anymore. There's some slight hoppy pine bitterness, but it's mild. There's the spicy, grainy rye flavor I would expect, with some caramel and molasses. The malt flavor is at the forefront here, at this age, but it's not that interesting.

This one has a bready mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation. It's kind of drinkable, I guess?

I'm disappointed. If I get a newer bottle, I'll re-review this.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,398 ratings.