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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,199 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,199
Reviews: 2,030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 209
Gots: 199 | 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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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
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky brownish orange. White head that fades to leave lacing on the glass.

S- spicy rye with some citrus and floral hop smell.

T- smooth rye spice notes with some citrus and caramel malt. Slightly bready.

M- a little under carbed for my liking. But I like the smoothness

O- this is a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it. I'll have to try a few more rye beers, pretty new to the rye game. Only had surlyfest besides this.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:30:26 | More by vobr0002
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TVolt1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty good clarity with a medium dark brown color with a good amount of tan head.

S: Good malty smell. I smell a note of citrus hops distint in the background. Smells a but nutty as well.

T: I like the taste. It's got a good rich bready taste up front and then follows with a bitter hoppy taste of grapegruit type hops. Very good flavors which melt well together.

M: Lighter mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

O: overall, i like this beer. I would drink it again and would like to try an even fresher beer. I believe this was from September 2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:18:52 | More by TVolt1
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hangar9


5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-06-2012 00:43:44 | More by hangar9
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2012 00:50:32 | More by DrFunkenstein
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mrelizabeth

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-04-2012 21:21:57 | More by mrelizabeth
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pants678

California

2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's a dark but clear brown, I couldn't get much of a head on the pour.

Little citric with grainy earth tones, rye of course.

Not so bitter, I'd have to call it a notched-down IPA. Carbonation isn't so aggressive, same goes for the hops. Seemed to be a one note brew here. Maybe I'm just not that into rye, it is sorta floral and sorta spicy but I'm not picking up much sweetness. Hop Rod's not offensive, but it's not terribly interesting either.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:41:58 | More by pants678
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper beer with a thin head. Lots of shades of copper, gold, amber.

Smell is great, a good citric smell with grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Some hints of honey, of the sweet malt. It adds a dextrinous malty smell, which combines great with the hops.

Taste is a sweet malty base, with what I guess is the rye malt that adds a slightly nutty taste and what I would describe as wild rice, maybe even some light husk. Though not astringent. The bitterness is not too high like an average IPA. It goes well with the malt. The hops are really balanced. They add an exotic taste that has pineapple, mango and some grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:11:21 | More by Absumaster
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-03-2012 06:44:55 | More by doughanson78
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-03-2012 01:21:39 | More by Zaphog
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a rich, dark burgundy with a thin, grayish tan layer of fizz; it looks really thick.

S: Smell is of earthy and citrus hop notes with some malty grain and a slight lingering sweetness. Great balance on the nose really amplifies anticipation.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high considering the viscous consistency. Biscuit sweet malt on the forefront is balanced by a long but pleasing earthy bitterness. Gravity feels high which disguises the alcohol well.

It's touted as super hoppy but it's much more balanced than it lets on, a really wonderful rich beer.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:19:34 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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jtd335

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-02-2012 12:33:19 | More by jtd335
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2012 03:11:47 | More by rydev24
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2012 03:00:39 | More by jsnoek
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RandyV

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color, not a significant head but nice,sticky lacing in the glass. A really nice bouquet of flowery hops, malt and maybe some citrus peel.

The taste is of a nice combination of bitter hops with malt sweetness always having a presence. The rye spiciness fills the middle and really gives this beer a nice kick. It finishes slightly dry but again, the malt never leaves the scene. This is another stellar offering from Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:24:49 | More by RandyV
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doho95fu

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-01-2012 20:31:14 | More by doho95fu
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,199 ratings.