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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,174 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,174
Reviews: 2,028
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 208
Gots: 197 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 4,174 | Reviews: 2,028 | Display Reviews Only:
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barczar

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber with copper highlights and a solid one finger khaki head that lingers, leaving lacing.

Aroma is dominated by bready, toasted malt. Resin and a hint of citrus hop accompany rye, but are somewhat subtle.

Flavor reveals more hop character. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine comprise the initial flavor, ending in a decidedly bitter rye aftertaste. A slightly sweet toasted malt backbone ties together the hop onslaught.

Body is moderate to slightly heavy, with moderate carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, the aroma was a bit misleading. Hops are definitely the stars of this brew, accentuated by a bready malt and rye bitterness. Not a big rye fan, but the citrus hops are favorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 07:17:13 | More by barczar
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-28-2012 23:05:21 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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hayesjw

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-28-2012 16:54:11 | More by hayesjw
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-28-2012 14:20:21 | More by oldp0rt
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3Hops

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-28-2012 03:50:56 | More by 3Hops
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Giovacchini

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a reddish brown a with a one finger tan head.

S- nice hop aromas, mango, orange, pine, and rye.

T- spicy rye, citrus, mango, caramal malt, pine, and some alcohol.

M- medium bodied with mild carbonation. Some lingering bitterness.

O- Another nice brew from BR. I was very hesitant to try this beer since I am not a fan of rye but this was a great beer. It tastes like what I thought Ruthless Rye was going to be like. I plan on buying this frequently and at 3.49 for a bomber I can't go wrong!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:20:37 | More by Giovacchini
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-27-2012 20:58:29 | More by CSQ1111
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mzeld

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-27-2012 02:50:26 | More by mzeld
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mungus

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-26-2012 12:37:33 | More by mungus
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FrankK

Alabama

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-26-2012 10:17:43 | More by FrankK
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IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-26-2012 05:19:55 | More by IpeeA
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natemort13

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky ruby with deep bronze highlights. Tiny light tan head.

Nose is very pleasant. Subdued grapefruit blend nicely over pine needles with a nice carmel malt in the background. I notice a well integrated rye presence.

Oh hello rye. Sits on top the caramel malt with a balanced presence. Great spicy finish that isn't cloying at all. Slightly earthy hop balance that lends some lemon rind to the mid palate.

The mouth feel is really what makes this big beer seems so balanced. The medium full body brings the terrific backbone that hoppy rye of this magnitude needs.

Overall I really like this brew. Not at all what I expected from a hoppy rye bomb. Extremely smooth for this style, and that's what makes it good imo.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 04:57:59 | More by natemort13
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6demonbag

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-25-2012 07:34:51 | More by 6demonbag
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

04-24-2012 16:30:06 | More by DelicateDelirium
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station815


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-24-2012 01:32:52 | More by station815
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Popp24

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-23-2012 16:03:57 | More by Popp24
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-23-2012 01:59:05 | More by NeutroMan
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-22-2012 03:16:42 | More by steve8robin
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akttr

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-21-2012 04:08:54 | More by akttr
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-20-2012 16:46:23 | More by Nage37
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:53:19 | More by zeledonia
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waffles

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-18-2012 22:21:04 | More by waffles
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-18-2012 15:10:46 | More by yergermeister
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swaghawk

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-18-2012 06:06:08 | More by swaghawk
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-17-2012 05:36:20 | More by NOLANDMAN
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,174 ratings.