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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,453
Reviews: 2,051
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 241
Gots: 255 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue's BBQ in Mt. Prospect. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a dark amber color, almost brown, with a frothy, light mocha colored head forming on the pour. The retention is wonderful and it leaves some sticky sheets of lace is follows down the glass.

S: Definite rye spice up front with a dried grain note from the rye as well. A touch of sweet malt and light grass sneaks in as well once the beer warms a bit.

T: Earthy rye with a little spice in the periphery. A little sweetness from the malts is also present. The hops are there with light citrus and grassy notes. The finish is slightly bitter, but definitely has some clean, pale malts.

M: Medium bodied, but leaning towards the fuller side of the spectrum. The carbonation is medium as well.

O: I would have like a touch more hops in there to balance out the sweetness of the malts and the spiciness of the rye, but overall it is a nicely crafted rye beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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

A pretty, dark amber/red color. A pour from bottle to pint glass gives some intense bubbles on the side of the glass that dissipate over a couple of minutes and a thin but nice foam lacing. I would give a chance for the beer to warm up a bit so as to get a solid feel for its complex scent and flavor.

And what a sensory experience. The aroma was not as hoppy or citrusy or strong to me as others report for them, but some hops right up front, followed by a pleasant combination of roasted malt and brown sugar as the glass warmed up. Delicious taste, with sweet malt, dark cherries, a nice, balanced bite from the hops and rye. Mouthfeel is perfect, a smooth followup to the taste with a lingering, yummy hint of cherries, chocolate, and red grapefruit. (Interesting to me how reviewers will often report some similar flavors to one another, but in different orders.)

So in short, another excellent, dynamic, but well-balanced beer from The Republic of Bear. Definitely check it out if you are a fan of big but well-balanced beers.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Though pricey, this IPA is well balanced. Strong hoppy taste that is not too bitter to a point where it takes you awhile to get through one. Citrus apple accents? Won't pretend that I am that much of a connoisseur, but I do love beer. Definitely try this, especially if you love IPAs... you will not regret it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a generous off-white head and a dark amber body. Before I even stuck my nose in the glass I could smell the beer, it's pugnant and fruity. As soon as the beer touches your lips, you are overwhelmed with the distinctive rye taste. Despite this strong taste, the aftertaste of the beer is pleasantly smooth and even. The mouthfeel is great and very palpable.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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.

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,453 ratings.