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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,429
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 235
Gots: 245 | 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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a light tan head - good retention and lacing.

Bitter grapefruit & ruby red grapefruit notes, backed by rye and slight floral - slight caramel notes.

Bitter grapefruit and bitter rye followed by the sweet ruby red notes flowing into sweet caramel notes with a biscuity mouth feel pulling back to a dry finish with some sweetness lingering. A nice big flavor-packed beer that keeps a sense of balance despite its aggressive hop profile.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I'm not sure how old this bottle is. Got it in WI and that's a ways from CA, so who knows. Pours a dark red/brown, lots of clarity; sticky head. Smell is sweet rye with faint hops. Taste - first thing that struck me was a definate note of buckwheat honey. This is probably the mix of the sweet malt and darker rye malt but if you've ever had buckwheat honey, it has a very distinct flavor that is what this beer reminds me of. Also notes of toffee and very nicely balanced hops. Mouthfeel is slick and coating, goes down smooth. Rated the best Rye beer for a reason. Wide distribution and reasonable price point makes this one that I think will be a constant in the cooler.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of dmatsui
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tulip from a bottle, aggressive pour yields a tight, off-white three finger head which dissipates quickly leaving gorgeous, soapy lacing after each sip. Pours a dark Mahogany brown with lovely little hop floaties.

Smell: Heavy hop presence, but not particularly bright or citrusy. Aroma is mostly dominated by the malt base which smells sweet, biscuity and has a distinct spice and earthiness from the rye addition. Not the most aromatic beer, but I believe that the lighter hop aroma allows the rye to be showcased.

Taste: Very complex. First the hops come through, again more bittering hops than citrus (chinook, citra, etc) but distinctly Norcal IPA character. The hops are nicely supported by the rye addition which brings more earthiness and spice, hints of cinnamon and lemongrass come through mid-palate. Hop Rod Rye rounds out and finishes nicely with a caramel maltiness that goes very well with the rye, with just a touch of warm alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: slightly sticky, oily and full-bodied. Again, that rye addition provides for some spice. Nice, tight carbonation and a dry finish really satisfies. Not exactly a session brew but at the same time very drinkable.

The careful marriage of hops, malt and rye provide for an interesting and unique experience, another winner from Bear Republic.

Photo of SmashPants
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: solid 355mL brown bottle. Funky (and perhaps a bit tacky) label. A very U.S. package.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy amber colour. Dense and creamy light tan head, similar to an English ale. Nice.

Aroma: Sweet malt aroma - caramel and brown sugar. Pine and grapefruit hops. Strong, almost pungent in its heavily hopped nature.

Taste: Very, very big flavours, true to U.S. IPA style. Again, caramel and brown sugar, grapefruit and pine hop flavours. Very well combined, super smooth for an 8% ale.

Aftertaste: That big hop flavour dissipates slightly to be replaced with a calm bitterness. Lingers for quite a while - very nice.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, complements the beer nicely. Medium-bodied.

Overall: A nicely made American IPA, addition of rye makes for a very interesting beer. Unfortunately in Australia, the price is far too high at AU$130 a case (2012). An occasional indulgence.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,429 ratings.