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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 2,047
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 236
Gots: 245 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour with some red notes. Rusty foam is hearty. Slight carbonation.

S - Nice blend of herbs and fresh rye. Scent is like walking through a spice garden. It lingers.

T - Crisp spicy rye flavor with a nice malty base. This is a full bodied beer for sure, but balanced and hides its potency well.

M - Easy to have a couple and enjoy. For the style and ABV% it is surprisingly smooth.

O - Getting a fix of rye beers, and this one is just as enjoyable. Perfect change-up to all the IPA & APA's on the taps.

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

Why I don’t drink this more often is still a mystery to me. The first time, it was ludicrous, barley pancakes and hoppy syrup. Once or twice in between, buttered flowers on toasted rye bread. Today, I’m nearly out of worthy descriptors.

I’m in my 30s now, having missed the sexting and DTF foam party generation. The silver lining, maybe, is that I get to experience the craft revolution at a time in my life when I have some bills to spare. And this Down To Quaff beer is a tastegasm worth enjoying now.

STYLE: Rye Beer

ABV: 8%

LOOK: Forest brown, copper highlights. The glass sweats, my mouth waters. It’s thick, rich, sturdy. Most importantly, it has structural integrity. A half-finger head could easily be confused with a protein shake. It moves with the beer, like pudding, without thinking. It’s just built that way – it has no choice.

NOSE: Strong hoppy nose. Herb butter, grapefruit, lemon peel, pine. Honey and subtle spices, I’m not sure what, pop in to say hello.

MOUTH: Bold statement time: It might be the most balanced beer I’ve ever had. In a different way, I think Allagash Curieux would give it a good run, and maybe prevail. But that’s another review for another time. This one, oh my. Sweet, bitter, malty, floral, distinctive. Three things happen with each sip. First, my nose swells with aroma, mostly buttered hops. Next, a soft soft blanket slowly coats the inside, then the outside, of my mouth, tongue to cheeks to lips to throat. Finally, the perfect astringent bite, a special reminder of who’s the boss. Rye, Cascade hops, and definitely DTQ.

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22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a enormous 6-finger cream-colored bubbly and pillowy head. Awesome retention and lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Toasted malts, spicy rye, and a generous dose of hops with orange, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple, and some grassy, herbal aromas. Smells terrific.

T – Starts with sweet and toasty malts but rapidly shifts toward the earthy, smoky, spicy taste of rye. Bitter hops gradually work their way into the forefront with grapefruit, orange, mango, grassy, and herbal notes. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and spicy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Hop bitterness and fruitness lingers for a little while, but the spicy and earthy rye works its way back in and lingers for longer. There’s a very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol that makes an appearance at the finish as well.

O – This beer is outstanding. It’s like a good DIPA, but the added rye makes it more unique. This beer really has very few flaws. It looks and smells amazing, tastes great, and has a terrific mouthfeel. Add the fact that it is insanely drinkable for a hop-loaded rye beer at 8% ABV and you have yourself a winner. Awesome beer.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,431 ratings.