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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,045 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4045
Reviews: 2021
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Jekyll

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

American IPA or DIPA or rye IPA?!?! Who the hell knows? So judgement based primarily on not pinning it down to a specific style. Great spicy bitterness from the rye and amazing hop presence throughout. Not much balance so I can see why many would not identify it in the DIPA category as a strong malt backbone is required by some to qualify as a good IPA. I can't pin down the style and can easily identify it as all the 3 I mentioned as well as dare I say an American strong ale to boot. Good solid beer my only qualm and it is a small one is I tried this in a 22oz bomber and the mouthfeel and flavor seemed to dissipate on the last 1/2 of the bomber. Not sure if this is available in 12oz bottles but if so I would like to re-visit it in that format. Nonetheless no matter the "identity" of this beer it is a very satisfying experience. Couldn't taste the alcohol at all but after finishing it and typing this up it is slightly sneaking up on me. Excellent job Bear Republic!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:08:09 | More by Jekyll
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Samp01

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cloudy rusty brown with a large long lasting tan head with very good lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste of floral earthy pine hops, sweet caramel malt, rye flavor with some fruity notes. A medium body on the palate, smooth with good carbonation. Finishes with a combination of sweet caramel malt, floral pine hops for balance with a bit of lingering rye flavor. A very good, flavorful and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:12:12 | More by Samp01
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spoony

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bomber into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces very little head and what foam there is drops immediately to a collar. Not much lacing, either. The brew is dark reddish, amber, nearly walnut in color and pretty clear.

S-The brew has a nice, spicy, herbal, pine note with some citrusy (orange and lemon) sweetness. There is also a healthy pale malt base here with notes of bread dough. Alcohol is well-concealed.

T-The taste is also quite spicy with the hops and rye giving nice doses of pine, herbs, mint, and orange spice. Bitterness is high, but it fits well with the flavors and style. The beer is well-balanced for such a hop and rye-forward brew, and there is a decent malt base here.

M-The feel is moderate to heavy with low carbonation that sits gently on the palate.

O-This is a tasty brew, and perhaps my favorite from Bear Republic. The hops and rye are the highlights of this show, but they are balanced by a nice base and the flavors, while aggressive, are not out-of-whack or ridiculously showy. I really enjoyed how the spice notes and the citrus notes played together.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:25:25 | More by spoony
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FLima

Brazil

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darker amber reddish color with a thick head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Delicious predominant citric aroma of passion fruit.
Strong hoppy flavor but also quite malty. Notes of slightly toasted malts, rye, grapefruits, caramel, wood and piney. Hints of resin and flowers. Dry and long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Full body with low carbonation, you see nowhere the 8% ABV.
Interesting beer, different from what I had tasted so far. You can really taste the rye here differentiating from other IPAs. I did like this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:41:30 | More by FLima
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magictacosinus

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date, but whatever.

Pours a deep reddish amber color complete with about two fingers worth of an off-white head. Head retention is surprisingly decent, whittling down to a ring complete with semi large bubbles. Lacing is prevalent, although far more in the manner in resembling granite and sugar-soaked drops than anything else. Very dirty looking, actually, almost to the point of being oily. However, I find this personally appealing and as a result makes this more intriguing looking.

This bottle may be a bit old, as the hops in particular are showing signs of breaking apart, but there's still an astonishing varieties of flavor in this thing. There's an initial piney dankness that leads to grapefruit and blood oranges, and then other fruity notes such as cherries and apricots. Peppery, and well as spicy from the rye itself, which smells cracked and vibrant in midst of the hoppy dankness and toasted bready malts. Honey, as well as dried red maple leaves come in. Slightly boozy, although very well covered up by all of these phenols piled on top. Really good stuff - prickly and firm, yet warm and well balanced.

The flavor follows the same schematics as the aroma, but, to my surprise, everything is far more well integrated and even more subtle overall. There's an initial juicy bready, spiced rye character which melds into a massive citrus peel and pine profile that is herbaceous and zesty at the same time. Peppercorn, caramel, nutty flavors, and cereal pleasantries round up the explosion of hops and spice at first. Another thing that heightens the drinking experience is the clean, creamy, near chewy feel of the beer that approaches perfection. Not syrupy by any means, and not too heavy on the palate (or gut), this drinks like an everyday ale despite the intensity of flavors. The aftertaste is only slightly astringent, but otherwise everything goes down like a charm. Alcohol is marvelously hidden, with no bite to speak of. Silky, and ridiculously easy to drink.

I can't believe I passed so many chances to try this until now. While Racer 5 is my personal favorite, this may be, objectively speaking, the best thing I've had from these guys. None of these flavors conflict with each other, and the rye provides a spicy, rustic flavor that is a breath of fresh air for the style. Extremely well crafted, and world class in the realm of hoppy rye beers. I'd love to have this on tap or fresh one of these days. This is a charm to drink any day of the year on any occasion. Absolutely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 05:21:33 | More by magictacosinus
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MickeyD

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One and a half finger width foam, dark brown in color with lots of bubble from carbonation.

Definite floral and pine notes

Spicy hop bite with a slight caramel notes

When aerated in the mouth more caramel malt comes out but fairly thin.

Good beer but more of an IPA than a hybrid hoppy/rye. I would have loved to taste more spicy/caramel rye and malt. If you want more malt taste serve very cold from freezer. I was surprised with the rye. I expected more spice. Maybe if they would have aged in oak or something? According to the bottle they used 18% rye so I don’t know. I’m not a brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:06:12 | More by MickeyD
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into becker pint glass; deep amber with a thin, tight white head that stays. Smells of crackery malts, spicy rye malt and slight piney hops. I'm excited to smell the rye in the forefront; even though it's an IPA, I'm really getting into rye beers lately. Taste is deliciously subdued; this isn't a hop bomb, but it has a nice hoppy flavor at first, melding into rye flavors and then finishing into smooth, caramelized malts with a bitter hop pinch at the very end of the aftertaste. Alcohol is well-hidden for 8%; drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 06:00:28 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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GoblueMS

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sitting in a hotel room in Breaux Bridge, LA after consuming copious amounts of seafood tonight, I pulled a bottle out of my cooler that dutifully accompanies me on my business trips. Mind you this is not my first rodeo with Hop Rod Rye (more on that later). But this is an excellent product.

The appearance of this poured into a glass is caramel colored with excellent lacing down the glass, with a half inch head remaining. Smell is of muted hops with a hint of rye. Taste is outstanding (though in the last 8 years of having this on hand I have had to drain pour a few bottles, probably due to them having been abused in the distribution pipeline. They were spoiled.). I first tasted HRR at a brewfest in Portland in 2005, and it was love at first taste! There is little way to say how good this iteration of a rye IPA is. It is chewy, complex, simple, quenching, enticing, and of course most satisfying all at the same time. Overall I would say that this is a world class brew, and one that anyone who is a hophead should choose.

I won't go into the detail that so many patrons of BA render (not that there is anything wrong with that!), but this is one of the finest IPAs in my mind to ever hit the market. Try one and agree!

If you like a rye style IPA, this one should be on your list. I have it brought in from adjacent states to MS when ever possible. Excellent brew, and now this bottle is gone! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:31:54 | More by GoblueMS
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, no clear freshness/bottled on date

Pours a very dark gold, almost red. A finger of foam has dissipated quickly to a half finger, with very mild carbonation, moderate lacing. Yeast chunks when held up to the light make me question it's age

Smells of spice pine and citrus hops. Very strong caramel malts come though the back, perhaps even more strongly than the hops. Very reminiscent of a barley wine

Taste of spicy hops, and like the nose lots of pine and citrus. Also like the nose, a very strong caramel malt coming through at the back. A bit of alcohol here, but mostly spicy hop/caramel meld stick out

Feel is a nice medium body, nice spicy bite. Alcohol well concealed, pretty drinkable

Overall this stuff isn't bad. Given to me blind I'd guess it was a barley wine, lots of malts and caramel. If that sounds good to you definitely worth checking out

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 06:38:57 | More by lordofstarside
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date that i could find

look is a dark cloudy copper, with tons of sediment throughout . smell is lots of sweet malt and floral hops. taste is sweet and toasty malts, generous amount of leafy floral hops, with a peppery kick of rye. feel is slightly slick.

Solid Rye pa

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 03:30:59 | More by jimmah120
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Lagunitas wide mouth glass. no bottling date.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a very light head. Very mild hoppy smell with a hint of rye, but not much to go by. was expecting more from the nose. taste is a tad hoppy, with a good balance of malts. its nothing spectacular but quite alright. good feel...medium bodied with light carbonation. easy to down this one and the 8% isnt detectable.

overall its a solid beer, but nothing worldclass in my eyes. it'd most certainly be better fresh, got this at a local store but with no bottling date im not sure how fresh it is. would like to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:42:28 | More by Axnjxn
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz nonic glass.

Appearance - Body is mostly dark brown with edges of maple syrup that makes it look like iced tea color. Foam is almost a full finger, barely-toasted marshmallow color. Head dissipates after a minute or two, lacing is pretty spotty, almost nonexistent.

Smell - Aroma is a mix of bready richness from the rye, with notes of caramel and malt. There is just a hint of hoppiness. Very promising.

Taste - Rye bread with a kick from the hops, and well balanced with malty semi-sweetness. Finish is pleasant with some lingering bitterness. I would like a little more bite, but I do like the fact that you can really taste the rye base.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to support the chewiness of the beer.

Overall - A tasty beer, but there are other rye beers and other IPAs that I'd pick off the shelf before this one. Very drinkable for the slightly higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:05:06 | More by LambicPentameter
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bambam2517

Arizona

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into an Imperial pint glass, served at 50F.

A - Caramel brown body, no head but a really strong lace ring that is extremely long-lived. The carbonation in this one is a little more present than in other AIPAs I've had, I'm liking it.

S - Fresh malt with a rye sourness on top and an undercurrent of sweetness.

T - Surprised me, its a hop hammer at first! Puckering hops lead into the rye and malt character, and it does have some sweetness balancing it out as well. Some honey, also juniper. A lot to take in.

M - A real wild ride, high level of complexity in the mouthfeel. Starts off fresh and wet, then picks up with bitterness and just as it peaks it slides off with a sweet counterpoint. Finishes with a slightly herbal aftertaste, and it really sneaks that 8% ABV past you.

O - Hell of a fun beer! I like an occasional rye-heavy offering, and this one is near the top of the ryes for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:39:20 | More by bambam2517
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm attracted to the dark gold, almost amber appearance of this beer and the rye hop blend is stellar! Another solid Cali IPA, but with the rye twist. The price tag on this one is an added bonus. At $2 a beer this is a good one on an early spring afternoon or during the fall months. Nice work Bear Republic!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:03:08 | More by DenverHopHead
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at7000

Florida

4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer I have ever given a perfect score to. This beer will spoil your taste buds, I promise you that. Not sure what they have done here, or how much the rye plays a part, but this is one killer beer, in every respect. If this beer were a little cheaper in cost, it would become my main beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 21:26:34 | More by at7000
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful translucent amber is one full finger of light khaki colored head. The foam take s a bit to settles, leaving behind a massive amount of lacing.

S: The nose is sweet malt, caramel, rye spice, and pine hops. This beer smells delicious. I'm a sucker for rye beers.

T: It start out with a wonderful mix of sweet malt and rye spice. The hops come through in the middle of the beer with a solid pine quality. As the beer more to the back end I get a good helping of juicy orange citrus mix with that sweet and spicy base. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and spicy to start, but has an almost creamy texture to it. it coats the palate with a ton of flavors and it slides off perfectly when the beer is gone. There is a touch of rye that lingers on the palate.

O: Great beer. This was one of the first beers that got me into the craft scene. 100s of beers later and this one is still fantastic. I would drink this all day if it weren't so darn high in abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 19:51:41 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a darker slightly murky amber/brown with a solid head of cream/darker tan colored head, decent retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malts, honey and nectarine, some rye and piney hop aromas as well.

T - A really nice bit of rye blended with lots of sweet/tart fruit and a decent hop bitterness. The tartness and rye is fairly unique and really nice with the bitter undertones. Some honey and sweet caramel are also pretty detectable, as is a mild alcohol burn and honey through the finish.

M - Medium/lighter bodied, quite drinkable, medium carbonation.

O - Really awesome, lots of rye and sweetness/tartness and some bitterness initially, lots of honey and a slight alcohol burn at the finish. Really enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:48:42 | More by MacQ32
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Hendry

Vermont

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear Republic beers are highly rated, and I bought Racer 5 based on that fact: it really missed the mark for me. This bottle of Hop Rod Rye was a gift from a friend who swaps beers with me, and he didn't seem to think much of it based on the fact that he read it was "one of the top beers that changed the world."

Where Racer 5 left me flat, Hop Rod Rye was a very pleasant surprise. Pours a deep rich amber with a reddish hue, relatively small head and not much in the way of lacing,and really no cap either. Aesthetics aside, the aroma is pleasant with some piney hops and a touch of spicy rye that thankfully doesn't show up in the taste. Other rye ales have a tendency to be acrid, not the case with Hop Rod Rye.

Medium bodied and well carbonated, it is a bit thin in some respects. The hops are present but it is extinguished by a heavy maltiness that is rich, yet pleasant at the same time. This is an enjoyable beer with a distinct flavor that is worth trying at least once. World class??
Well, you decide!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:30:36 | More by Hendry
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Poured into a tulip, colour is a ruby amber brown, no visible carbonation. Produces a good creamy head, solid retention and great lacing.
Colour is really rich and attractive. 4

S- some lighter sourish rye esters straight out of the glass. The aromas are really rich, juicy nectarine, lemon candies, rich florals, hay, some ‘bakery-like’ sweetness, with the rye malt standing out. Fresh citrusy hops, but a real rye malt character, amazingly complex. 4.5

T- a rich array of juicy floral hop bitterness, nectarine, pineapple, tropical fruits, even some berries, balanced really well with a sour rye maltiness that adds a countering kick, some cashew nuttiness, pine nuts, pepper, the rye is a big star here. Then tartness (lemon, kiwi) and a bit of oiliness on the finish, but clean, a bit of mild ‘pine forest’ hops. This is downright delicious. 4.5

M- Big presence, rather slight carbonation, smooth oily hopiness but also some perceptibly malty body with a bit of the sour candy/rye feel (sour cherry blasters). A coating slickness, a lasting tingle sensation on the finish. Satisfying, no alcohol perceptible behind the hops and rye. 4

A real must try beer. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer with such a deft combination of hops and a strong rye maltiness. Really interesting, unique, and tasty. I thought the mouthfeel was the only part that left a bit to be desired in an otherwise excellent brew. Memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 20:05:05 | More by mick303
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arfenhouse

California

3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy dark amber with white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel malt, spicy hops, and a bit of pine. Light on the grapefruit and a little bit of cherry.

T: Sweet caramel and pine. Some mango and spicy hops. Aftertaste is semi-sweet cherry and a bit of bitter pine.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Semi drying.

O: Showed signs of being an old bottle (lots of yeast, hop aroma/taste a bit muted) but was still decent. Since the cost was so low, I'll give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 07:23:20 | More by arfenhouse
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- I didn't hear a strong "pissst" when i popped the cap, so I gave it an aggressive pour to try to get the most out of what may be an undercarbonated bottle. Pours a deep, dark amber with a thick, 1 finger light tan head. Fantastic retention that held up throughout the entire drink. Sticky lacing. A very impressive looking brew.

S- Lots of florals, some citrus, and a big wave of sweet carmalized malts. Slight estery notes, herbal, sweet fruity booze. Not picking up too much rye or spice like i anticipated. Smells wonderful, bu so shockingly sweet smelling, I find myself a little perplexed.

T- Hop forward. Carmel malt backbone comes thru as smell indicates. A bit tart even at times. Some biscuit presence and....ah yes...the rye finally makes an appearance. Still not as big a role as I had hoped, but a fair supporting actor. Slight earthyness of the rye gives it another twist the nose didn't pick up. Warm finish. I like the balance. I struggle to wrap my head around everything going on here, but it seems to work.

M- Creamy, low carbonation but fine, full body. Dry finish. Alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering.

O- My first Bear Rep. Very enjoyable I must say. Not exactly what i expected, but no complaints other than I could have used a little more rye. Call me crazy, but i feel this is a cross between an American Barley Wine and a tasty ESB.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 22:10:18 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark amber-brown with ruby hue, slightly hazy, good size creamy light-tan head with awesome retention

S- spicy rye notes with a wheaty malt background, peppercorn, herbal hop notes, biscuity malt with a caramel finish

T- spicy rye notes and citrus hop take center stage, but both are complemented by a bready caramel malt backbone, some herbal notes with a slightly sweet finish. Lots of flavors meshing well together

M- medium-heavy body, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, silky finish, with just a trace of alcohol warmth at the end. Nearly perfect mouthfeel

O- a slow sipper with great balance, I couldn't find a bottling date but imagine mine mig not be the freshest as the hops weren't as prevalent as I would expect. Nonetheless, still a solid IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:03:44 | More by Treyliff
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a clear, deep copper with a beige head. Nice lace. Bubbly.

S - citrus, floral and pine hops. Caramel malt and rye.

T - is like the aroma. Citrus and floral dominate upfront. Soft pine and spicy rye in the finish. Nice balance for the style.

M - medium body. Mild sweetness balanced with medium bitterness and a little spicy note from the rye. It might be 80ibu, but it isn't a brutally bitter beer.

O - a very good Rye PA. I haven't had many examples of the style, but this is currently my benchmark.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:28:26 | More by GuzzLah
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

2.05/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is a murky dark burnt orange with a nice finger of head that leaves behind some nice lacing. The nose is sticky, syrupy, boozy sweet. No hops at all. I must have an old bottle. Oh well, I must review it as-is. If the brewer cared about age, then obviously they'd tell me when this beer was bottled.

Medium body and a nice, oily feel, but whatever flavor exists is absolutely dead. I get some toast and marmalade up front, a little bit of rye at mid palate, then nothing.

I'm not even finishing this. Major drain-pour. It isn't even worth the calories in the glass. Do I think this beer is better than what I experienced? Absolutely. Will I give it another chance? Hell no. I know we're not supposed to slam beers, but this is what the brewer gets for selling a product with no freshness date on the bottle. This stuff tastes dead. I could make a better beer than this with an all-extract homebrew kit. Bear Republic should be ashamed of themselves for allowing their product to sit on shelves this long. I've tried two of their beers now and both of them were bland, boozy disasters.

EDIT: Another BA graciously told me where to find freshness data on the bottle. Turns out that despite looking, I couldn't see it in the store. My bottle was nearly 8 months old. I will attempt to secure a fresher bottle and re-review this beer in the future. Until then, my review stands.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 21:37:59 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich mahogany, copper with a tinted fluffy head that lingers and leaves chunks of lacing dripping down the glass. Somewhat cloudy appearance, but wonderful carbonation.
Strong notes of piney hops, grapefruit, tangerine rind, subtle touches of pineapple and mango. Really nice grain and spice follow in the nose. Some pepper, rye, bits of caraway and licorice root. Really picking up the citrus and yeast as it warms up. Really nice!
A wonderful mix of spicey rye, tropical fruit and citrus, pine and caramel. No one flavor dominates, they all just flow together and stick to different parts of your tongue. Pineapple-orange marmalade spread on lightly toasted whole grain rye bread. Pink grapefruit and grain notes stand out as it warms while the nose has more and more pineapple.
The 8% is very well hidden and you don't so much taste it as you do feel the weight of it on the tongue. Sparks of CA citrus, HI tropical fruit, and mid-west grains. The rye really steps up to the plate. This could be a dangerous all day drinker. It just flows so easily.
I'm so glad this one is finally near me in 4-packs instead of just bombers. This is one that'll certainly start making it into the regular rotation now. Bear Republic does everything right. It hits all of the senses and leaves you craving more. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:59:34 | More by Thickfreakness
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,045 ratings.