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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,381
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 225
Gots: 231 | 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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Photo of Demosthenes503
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Demosthenes503, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of timwardjr
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

timwardjr, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Troville1990, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a definite spicy aroma with the rye, along with a heavy dose of caramel and a side of hops finishing off the bouquet. It's quite nice!

Pours a dark tea color with a fair head...lacing seems pretty impressive.

This beer has a definite caramel sweetness to it, with a definite earthiness to it as well. The spicy rye is present and accounted for and is easily detectable. The hops come out on the finish with a resiny quality to them that lasts a fair while into the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't detectable.

A very tasty rye beer here with a multitude of flavors in it. Goes down quite well for its ABV.

NODAK, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Caskaway
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Caskaway, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of captaincoffee
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First stop on NoCal microbrew vacation in Jul 2011. Perhaps that tainted my perspective, but I truly enjoyed this beer. Reddish-amber color, zesty hoppy nose, solidly bitter without going completely over the top, full but dry (from the rye I suppose) mouthfeel, and lasting finish. Honestly made it difficult for me to order a different beer for my second round.

captaincoffee, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Rau71
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Rau71, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of RES
4/5  rDev -5.4%

RES, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of NEO68710
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

NEO68710, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of mattbk
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber to brown. Fairly cloudy. It's a rather unique color, right between amber and brown. Light carbonation, very light head.

S: Powerful juicy hop aroma. Very strong grapefruit, yes, a bit of spicy rye, some dark fruit as well, I actually get almost like a prune aroma. Pretty good.

T: Wow, so much going on in this beer. Piney and grapfruit hops, dark malts, and to me, just a hint of rye coming through. Not overly bitter. Some alcohol warming at the end. Almost like a full bodied double IPA, but with a very interesting malt expression. Nothing takes center stage in this beer, very well balanced.

M: Full bodied. This beer is filling and with such an interesting flavor profile not very drinkable. But still enjoyable, the full body of this beer adds to its complexity.

O: This is a very complex and interesting beer, maybe one of the most complex I've ever had. Not for your average beer drinker. It is enjoyable though. Sip and contemplate this beer. Would pair great with food.

mattbk, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Stockfan42
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Stockfan42, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of dwendler
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dwendler, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brown/amber with a moderate white head. Good retention and lacing.

Spicy rye in the nose, along with bread, grassy and citrus hop scents (orange, grapefruit).

Rye and citrus fruit in the taste (orange and grapefruit). The rye adds a nice spicy flavour.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, very good indeed! Enjoyed it a lot.

jrenihan, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JimGlonke, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very deep amber pour with 2 fingers of off white head. nice lacing.

smells of caramel, earthy notes, slightly copper smelling with a bit of a booze odor.

very bitter up front with a taste of roasted grains, slightly fruity (strawberries), with a bit of a caramel like backbone. definitely tasting the roastyness of the rye.

medium body with a slight creamy feel, mild carbonation.

overall this is a pretty good example of a rye ale. very tasty, very well balanced, and very deceiving - no idea this was 8%.. had to do a double take!

facundoCNB, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dominic4beer, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of klkatz
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love bear republic - probably my 2nd/3rd favorite california brewery... (Green Flash and Lagunitas also in the conversation)

this one poured a bit flat... don't know what the brew date was... smell and taste are still there... so i'm not sure this is the best one to review... but I've had it before and will rely on reputation... the mouthfeel is above average... I like this beer a lot and would never turn it down...

klkatz, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Chinaskifan1, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

etillett, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of wizo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

wizo, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of kjb32812
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

kjb32812, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Beerchaeology
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Beerchaeology, Jun 07, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. Beers like this, and Arrogant Bastard, for example . . . I can't believe they're this available, delicious, and priced so well. Robust brown pour with a precious inch of foam. Rye comes through of course in the nose and palate, hops are bouncing out, but there is such a nice toast present. Beautifully hopped, American-West Coast but mild blend to work with that sweet, but mildly bitter caraway malt. The balance is perfect.

Edit: I'd add that subtle, but clearly present, dark fruits emerge as you drink and the tulip warms.

CheezyBlaster, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of 59rockabilly
4/5  rDev -5.4%

59rockabilly, Jun 07, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,381 ratings.