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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Poured into and reviewed from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a deep amber/reddish copper color. A very fluffy, beige colored, one-finger head on the initial pour that gradually fades to a light skim. Huge amount of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - An earthy aroma with hints of hops and caramel/toffee.

T - The beer hits you on several levels. The initial taste is rather hoppy, slightly bitter with a hint of citrus. Then you get a sweet caramel-like aftertaste. A spiciness is also present from the rye. The beer is well balanced and goes down really smooth. The ABV is barely detectable.

M - A medium consistency. A decent amount of carbonation the tingles the tongue.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Being a fan of hoppy beers, this gives you some great hop bitterness and spiciness with a nice sweetness to round things out. Well crafted. Nice brew, Bear Republic. Recommended!


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a light brown color but turns more deep amber when backlit. Two fingers worth of tightly packed tan foam forms on top after a rigorous pour. Slowly dissipates to a thin film leaving tight webs of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is very balanced. Strong notes of bitter orange peel against a firm backdrop of nuts, milk chocolate,  cereal, and that grainy almost spicy hint of rye.

T - nutty almost like an extremely light roast of coffee up front. Bright citric hops enter mid palate while a dark grainy bread character provides balance along with some vague hints of dried fruit esters in the form of raisins. More bitterness on the backend which lingers well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy with a slightly watery edge. Medium carbonation.

O - great beer. Complex yet some how remains very refreshing.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No head really with nice lacing on a brownish amber with slight golden hues. Aroma is a little light with caramel, citrus hops and candied orange. Flavor is actually pretty complex with both toasted and caramel malts, rye breads, orange peel, red apples, candied fruits, earthy hops and a mild pine presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I like the Fruitness which isn't too sweet with and excellent base malt and rye character.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful deepness and complexity of colors. The body is a deep mahogany which is only made prettier by the white head that sits atop the glass. Both colors play off of each other in a nicely distinct way.

S- Delicious smell. The rye strand is apparent but does not overpower the hops, which in turn does not over power the citrus and other spices that compliment the beer. It is pretty remarkable to have such a smooth distinction between each flavor without one overshadowing the other.

M-Crisp and effervescent, but still able to coat the taste buds and prepare them for the complexities of the beer.

T-Wow. Consistantly one of my favorite tastes as it is unequivocally the best balanced rye beer I have ever tasted. I could drink hop rod all day and still beg for more.

O-Not just the best rye beer I have ever had, but one of the best period.

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