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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,284
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 216
Gots: 212 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Popp24, Apr 23, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

No bottle date that I can find. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep cherry-wood brown, mostly clear with light behind it. One finger of yellowish tan head, decent retention, really nice lacing.

Smell is floral and grassy hops with some citrus peel, and light spice prickling the nose. It's rounded, smooth, and very "dark brown" (can smells have color?). A really nice stable stage, like a rounded ball, that allows the highlights (hops and rye, duh) to poke out and show their stuff during brief solos.

On to the taste. Wow, there is some serious rye flavor in there! Grainy and spicy up front, followed by a kick of bitterness. Late on, the rye comes back in and does a little duet with the hop bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable. The hop bitterness is more dominant than I'd like, but otherwise it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is unobtrusive. Surprisingly light for such a big beer. Carbonation right where I'd expect to be. Not bad, but not the highlight of the beer.

This is the first rye beer that's really impressed me. The combination of strong spicy rye and grassy hops makes for a really varied tune of grainy notes. I like it.

zeledonia, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured in a 11oz tumbler at Playground in Santa Ana. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width off-white head, reddish brown color. Nice looking beer.

S- Dark malts and rye. Darker, warmer smell. Some bitter funk to it.

T- Warm and malty, finishes sweet with the rye nose assisting with the fullness of the flavor.

M- Fairly light bodied with a chewy wet texture and a bitter finish.

O- Very good beer. Better than the sum of its parts.

Murrhey, Apr 15, 2012
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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,284 ratings.