Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no code date visible into a pint glass and got one finger on head. This bottle says 8% ABV.
A: Pours a reddish, dark amber color with one finger of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to leave a covering on the top of my glass and a fairly thick ring of head around the glass. lots of nice lacing from top to bottom.
S: The first thing I smell is white pepper and then some sweet caramel and brown sugar. the smell of grass and a little pine is also present.
T: It is sweet but spicy. The hops have a resin taste but they come off spicy probably from the rye. I have to say the taste of ruby grapefruit is also present.
O: Did I mention that this beer is 8% ABV? The alcohol is really well hidden. This is a medium-bodied and more than medium-carbonated beer. It goes down smooth and easy but it that high alcohol content can creep up. It's a really nice beer: easy to drink, complex and tasty.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 01:09:27 | More by JohnnyJam
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Appearance: color is a clear ruby, there are lots of bubbles within the beer, which pours a thick, bouncy head that has superb retention.
Smell: aroma is very hoppy, with powerful notes of grapefruit and pine. Rye pepperiness lingers there as well.
Taste: citrus hops burst forward, followed by pine and rye spiciness, as well as malty burned sugar that beautifully balances the faint, hoppy bitterness.
Mouthful: body is on the lighter side of medium, not crisp but not creamy either, but moisture from the thick head lingers on the back of the tongue on the way down.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 23:38:11 | More by SteveB24
4.44/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a Highland pint glass.
A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.
S- Quick stab of rye along with some brown sugary sweetness.
T- Starts out kind of tasting like a barleywine with its sweet malt character and mild hop bitterness. But then the drinkability makes for a much smoother drink and clearly more of a straight up IPA with a pronounced malt sweetness which is actually a bit surprising since most of the rye IPAs I've had have been more spicy with the rye than sweet. Great hop burps.
M- Surprisingly tame considering the flavor. Very smooth with medium carbonation and a fullish body.
O- An excellent rye beer that's hoppy but doesn't overdo it. Balanced I guess would be the right word but there's enough intensity of flavor that it excites the taste buds all the way to the last sip.
Serving type: on-tap
05-21-2014 03:08:24 | More by Immortale25
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,168 ratings.