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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 2,035
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 217
Gots: 214 | 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%

Stinger80OH, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Greggory, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I'm not sure how old this bottle is. Got it in WI and that's a ways from CA, so who knows. Pours a dark red/brown, lots of clarity; sticky head. Smell is sweet rye with faint hops. Taste - first thing that struck me was a definate note of buckwheat honey. This is probably the mix of the sweet malt and darker rye malt but if you've ever had buckwheat honey, it has a very distinct flavor that is what this beer reminds me of. Also notes of toffee and very nicely balanced hops. Mouthfeel is slick and coating, goes down smooth. Rated the best Rye beer for a reason. Wide distribution and reasonable price point makes this one that I think will be a constant in the cooler.

plumcrazyfx, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

hplevy, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

TGS, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Hack72, Jul 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

LarryMyers, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of dmatsui
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tulip from a bottle, aggressive pour yields a tight, off-white three finger head which dissipates quickly leaving gorgeous, soapy lacing after each sip. Pours a dark Mahogany brown with lovely little hop floaties.

Smell: Heavy hop presence, but not particularly bright or citrusy. Aroma is mostly dominated by the malt base which smells sweet, biscuity and has a distinct spice and earthiness from the rye addition. Not the most aromatic beer, but I believe that the lighter hop aroma allows the rye to be showcased.

Taste: Very complex. First the hops come through, again more bittering hops than citrus (chinook, citra, etc) but distinctly Norcal IPA character. The hops are nicely supported by the rye addition which brings more earthiness and spice, hints of cinnamon and lemongrass come through mid-palate. Hop Rod Rye rounds out and finishes nicely with a caramel maltiness that goes very well with the rye, with just a touch of warm alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel: slightly sticky, oily and full-bodied. Again, that rye addition provides for some spice. Nice, tight carbonation and a dry finish really satisfies. Not exactly a session brew but at the same time very drinkable.

The careful marriage of hops, malt and rye provide for an interesting and unique experience, another winner from Bear Republic.

dmatsui, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: solid 355mL brown bottle. Funky (and perhaps a bit tacky) label. A very U.S. package.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy amber colour. Dense and creamy light tan head, similar to an English ale. Nice.

Aroma: Sweet malt aroma - caramel and brown sugar. Pine and grapefruit hops. Strong, almost pungent in its heavily hopped nature.

Taste: Very, very big flavours, true to U.S. IPA style. Again, caramel and brown sugar, grapefruit and pine hop flavours. Very well combined, super smooth for an 8% ale.

Aftertaste: That big hop flavour dissipates slightly to be replaced with a calm bitterness. Lingers for quite a while - very nice.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, complements the beer nicely. Medium-bodied.

Overall: A nicely made American IPA, addition of rye makes for a very interesting beer. Unfortunately in Australia, the price is far too high at AU$130 a case (2012). An occasional indulgence.

SmashPants, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

larbush, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Jun 26, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a snifter

A- A murky dark orange amber. A large light tan head with extremely foamy tight bubbles.

S- A nice big citrus punch up front. A sugary sweet malt bill. Some caramel and burn sugars. A dark grainyness. A light fruit yeast. An interesting and nice smelling beer.

T- A modest bitterness up front. There is a nice citrus hop bill with grapefruit, lemon and mango. There is some rye flavors in here as well. A burnt sugar, light caramel malt profile that is superbly balanced. This beer is very well crafted.

M- Bitter but not quite IPA bitter. The beer manages to have a complex malt profile but keep a light character.

O- This is an awesome rye based beer. Almost IPA. Very well made and well balanced.

TwelveOunces, Jun 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Anino531, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

GatorHopper, Jun 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

bmurph20, Jun 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

FuselGuy, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Drk93TT, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

fdig23, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

hilgart1, Jun 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

doof116, Jun 24, 2012
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safiske, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

kyager2000, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Jun 23, 2012
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,292 ratings.