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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,214 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,214
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 204 | 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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Ratings: 4,214 | Reviews: 2,030 | Display Reviews Only:
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BeerRoach

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-16-2012 13:36:11 | More by BeerRoach
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-16-2012 01:54:48 | More by robieobie1
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Outchillen

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-15-2012 14:34:26 | More by Outchillen
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-14-2012 23:07:02 | More by Goldfishman
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-14-2012 01:18:18 | More by mscott1975
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. I had been looking for this for a while and my local store finally got some in.

A - Pours a dark amber color with a noticeable about of stagnant cloudiness. The head is two fingers and sticks around for a bit, then leaves a nice thin layer and halo. The head is very white, surprising considering the dark color of the beer. Leaves an amoeba-like lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Big grapefruit and rye spiciness, caramel malts, and some earthiness.

T - Starts with a lot of citrus and some sweet malt. The rye twang and hop bitterness follow on the tongue. The finish is clean and dry with a combo of brown sugar sweetness and pine.

M - Creamy, yet well carbonated. It is very smooth and the alcohol is not at all apparent.

O - I don't drink many rye beers, but if I do, I am a bit particular. This is one of the best rye beers I have come across, bar none. The flavors balance well and the rye is well represented. Another great Bear Republic beer. I'm glad I picked this one up and I will definitely get it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:57:49 | More by NoLeafClover44
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-12-2012 17:41:54 | More by DSlim71
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BillH200174

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown body with an offwhite head quality lacing. Strong aroma of hops(pine). Starts out dry and hoppy with a nice complement of rye and malt. Finshes bitter and hoppy with just a trace of tea leaves. Overall a nice beer where the rye a malt add balance, preventing this from becoming overally hopped.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:13:17 | More by BillH200174
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-12-2012 13:51:27 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-11-2012 20:06:27 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-11-2012 15:49:03 | More by Hanzo
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AndrewRoecker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-10-2012 21:43:02 | More by AndrewRoecker
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kyleelton

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy jeemus, this thing smells like some hops. I know what it's called, but for a rye beer I didnt expect it it smell like an IPA. Good thinly creamy head. Beautiful brownish amber, I can see some great stuff floating around in there.

The rye does not disappoint. It blends with the hops really well.

I dont know why it took me so long to try this beer. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:29:56 | More by kyleelton
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jcomp21

California

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful deep red color... crystal clear... very small head but laced the glass very nicely as I drank

S - deep cherry, very hoppy, a nice blend of rye and citrus

T - very deep rich taste of dark fruits like plum, cherry mixed with a rye flavor

M - smooth and thick

O - this is the best rye beer I've ever had!

see you on the next one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 21:50:34 | More by jcomp21
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-09-2012 15:24:12 | More by danielp215
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MordeciaFunk

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-09-2012 12:27:01 | More by MordeciaFunk
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2beerdogs

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-09-2012 01:20:05 | More by 2beerdogs
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PhillyP

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-08-2012 21:36:47 | More by PhillyP
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theempire

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-07-2012 06:25:33 | More by theempire
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a fair bit of floaties and a thin light tan head. The aroma's a pungent mixture of sweet caramel and spicy/citrus hops. The malt profile plays a prominent role in the taste - sweet toffee, bready, and spicy flavors are all present. The big malt body is balanced by a fair amount of piney/citric bitterness which seems to hit hard at first then mesh nicely with the malt leading to a long, pleasant balanced finish. The rye is detectable and lends a nice layer of spicy earthy complexity to the malt profile but doesn't overwhelm the beer. This full-flavored ale is also moderate to full-bodied with a slightly creamy and oily mouthfeel. I fear this may have spent a bit of time on the store shelf before I picked it up, but it still proved to be a great rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:39:27 | More by MattyV
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-07-2012 03:52:30 | More by martyl1000
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cbyrd4088

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-07-2012 02:02:13 | More by cbyrd4088
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rowmine

California

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer.

A - Poured clean with a 1.5 inch head leaving nice lacing on the head. Nice rich color.

S - Smell has quite the balance of malt and rye and hops.

T - Taste reflects the smell although the hops aroma comes through, the striking bitterness often associated with that punget a smell is lacking.

M - Nice medium body. Could use a little more carbination.

O - Loved it, not a rye DIPA which others may be looking for but a SOLID rye IPA. Deff will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 23:19:02 | More by rowmine
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Edgewater

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2012 18:24:28 | More by Edgewater
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- poured a dark and clear mahogany color with a one finger head; dissipated quickly, left a little oil slick foam on the surface, and some nice lacing rings.

Smell is very enticing- full and round scents of hops and rye. Not too sharp but as I said, very enticing.

Taste does not disappoint- very smooth because of how well balanced it is. Sweet amber malts balance with the sharper rye flavor well, along with minimal hop bitterness but maximum hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is generally not as carbonated as I like it but it is very refreshing. Light to medium bodied with very little carbonation. For some reason it suits the flavor profile. I"ll definitely get this again- rate it up there with Red's Rye PA.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:55:40 | More by Hopdaemon39
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,214 ratings.