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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,256 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,256
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 213
Gots: 209 | 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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Ratings: 4,256 | Reviews: 2,034 | Display Reviews Only:
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-04-2012 02:12:21 | More by jpbebeau
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funkel81

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-03-2012 19:48:19 | More by funkel81
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dac0152

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-03-2012 19:37:10 | More by dac0152
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robo90124

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-03-2012 01:15:44 | More by robo90124
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

A top tier rye ale that is easy to find? Yes please.

Pours deep copper red with a large, creamy white head. Funky rye smell mixed with piney hops, some grapefruit, resinous tones, aromatic as hell. Mostly IPA here, rather than rye, with a nice up front grapefruit bitter that fades into some sweet toffee malts, and then finishes with a VERY light rye spiciness. Resinous palate with medium high carbonation and way too easy drinking for 8%. Very nice!

04-02-2012 19:04:08 | More by BMMillsy
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C63AMG

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-02-2012 15:23:56 | More by C63AMG
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-01-2012 10:51:23 | More by jrfehon33
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-31-2012 23:07:29 | More by muskiesman
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2012 22:49:20 | More by acurtis
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-31-2012 08:21:23 | More by bh123
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KevdoggNasty


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-30-2012 06:47:04 | More by KevdoggNasty
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-30-2012 03:16:16 | More by mrebeka
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raynmoon

California

3.85/5  rDev -9%

This beer is very interesting. First of all, it looks amazing. I honestly don't smell that much. Maybe it's because there is a lot more malt presence than hops, but you do at least smell the hops.

It tastes sort of bitter, peppery with a thin mouthfeel. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but it does sort of come through. An interesting beer. I do start to like it more and more as I drink it, but not my favorite.

03-29-2012 19:49:56 | More by raynmoon
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Beerdrinker21190

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-29-2012 04:07:21 | More by Beerdrinker21190
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draheim

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear, deep ruby amber w/ a 2-finger sudsy beige head, ample sticky lacing, minimal visible carb.

Aroma is fruity, malty, caramelly, a little spicy. Herbal hops and chewy malt converge.

Taste is biscuity, spicy rye malt and sharp bitter hops. The dry crackery malt is center stage here, framed by herbal and fruity hops. Some caramel and toffee notes as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bright, hops give a nice bite on the finish.

Overall this is a good showcase of rye malt with an IPA twist, maybe not an everyday go-to beer but still a solid product.

03-29-2012 03:26:17 | More by draheim
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cr0ckett

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a deep brownish amber with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves excellent lacing as you drink. The smell is almost all bready nutty malt tones. This is mirrored in the taste, although there is some resin flavor in the finish. The nouthfeel is sticky sweet, but I would've liked a little more carbonation, which was on the lower end of the spectrum. Overall an enjoyable beer. I was expecting more obvious rye, and a little bit more hops to counter the heavy malt charter. I also would have liked a little bit more carbonagion. I was underwhelmed with this one at firdt. However, I definately noticed myself enjoying this one more and more as I sipped it. A very solid offering from Bear Republic.

03-29-2012 01:00:57 | More by cr0ckett
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GJDitzler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-29-2012 00:43:46 | More by GJDitzler
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-29-2012 00:20:00 | More by gleemonger
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divineaudio

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a deep copper color and forms a thin cap of coarse, tan foam. head dissipates quick, but leaves a thin film and rings of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet toffee, grassy hops, faint citrus and spice notes.

t - starts with a malt character somewhere between toasted bread and carmel. faint sour and spicy notes roll in as does a hint of grapefruit. culminates in a subdued pine resin bitterness that lingers briefly and dries out the finish.

m - medium in body, slightly sticky, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile.

o - solid beer overall and quite enjoyable. glad i found a local store that has this in stock as i will be picking up more sooner than later.

03-27-2012 05:11:15 | More by divineaudio
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

On tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a ruby colour. Bright. Decent carbonation. Lot's of sticky rings of lace left over and film of retention.

S - Lot's of hop character and citrus with grapefruit. Some malty dark fruits with caramel and rich rye malt.

T - Rich malt, caramel and some grapefruit. Spicy rye was an interesting compliment to the citrus hop character, yet slightly overpowering.

M - Medium body, good carbonation and spicy rye in the finish with bitterness.

O/D - Couldn't have two of these but the character of the beer was quite good. Spciciness of the rye seemed a bit rich, but otherwise, a nice and strong hopped up rye beer.

03-26-2012 00:00:02 | More by tbeckett
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-25-2012 23:57:14 | More by Peyton5410
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Sailracer


2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

03-24-2012 12:54:18 | More by Sailracer
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flyingPharmacist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2012 19:51:24 | More by flyingPharmacist
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-23-2012 13:13:13 | More by augie
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calicaliente


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Deep copper color with a minimal light beige head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Pine aroma dominates with some spices I cant identify and a slight citrus. The taste up front malty, with a nice kick of hops in the center and finishes with a gorgeous weave of rye and spice. A medium mouthfeel of cream.

03-23-2012 07:27:31 | More by calicaliente
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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