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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,271 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,271
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 216
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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sbanacho

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-14-2012 16:04:18 | More by sbanacho
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-14-2012 00:13:33 | More by KimenTshom
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-13-2012 05:00:53 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Piason

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-11-2012 06:37:25 | More by Piason
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-11-2012 02:11:00 | More by bumchilly25
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-10-2012 03:50:28 | More by AJD1201
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-08-2012 21:41:32 | More by tenacioustomato
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-08-2012 02:08:10 | More by MerkurKing16
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-07-2012 21:00:00 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

A bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Rich brown with a hint of red under a one-and-a-half finger head. Very pretty.

S: Lots of bread, hint of alcohol, some dark fruits

T: Again, bread. The rye really comes through here. Some hop flavor combined within, building on the taste rather than distracting from.

M: Good, well-carbonated, but not super. A little tingly hop feel, but not as much as I expected from "Hop Rod"

O: A good beer. I need to try more ryes before I'm sold on them in general.

05-07-2012 06:48:23 | More by beerme626
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AgentMunky

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A gorgeous two fingers of thick head with good retention. A brown-red body is unusually dark. Clearish, with some bubbles. Heavy lacing.

S: Sweet malts, citrus hops, and a touch of spice that is unlike any rye I've encountered before. A sort of caramelly pine. Good.

T/M: Full, rich, and decadent. The 18% rye bill shines through by providing spicy edges and a dry aftertaste that is unexpected after the huge barley base. The maintaste -- excepting the edges -- is distantly sticky and lightly bready, sort of like biscuits and molasses. Piney hops complete the picture.

O: An excellent beer, far better than I remember it being. Recommended, and would drink again, though not what I typically expect from a Rye IPA (less spicy-dry, more thick-sweet).

05-07-2012 03:02:39 | More by AgentMunky
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matthageman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

05-06-2012 13:56:43 | More by matthageman
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

A - Body is a deep brown. Hazy (only because I poured the sediment into the glass--i like it that way). A finger of off-white-to-tan head. Good retention. Some lacing.

S - Citrus bomb. Orange peel, lemon, some pine, some earthy rye character in the background. Very aromatic beer.

T - Surprisingly sweet and caramely up front. The dry rye flavor comes in toward the middle along with increasing hop bitterness. Fruity, citrusy hop flavor is prominent throughout. Finish is bitter, refreshing, slightly candy-sweet like a barleywine. Overall a very unique and refreshing West-coast hop grenade of a beer.

M - Medium body. Tingling but not too prominent carbonation--lets the flavors shine through. Minimal booziness. Leaves my tongue feeling slightly sticky, but the rye balances things out nicely.

05-05-2012 02:31:10 | More by rundocrun
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CommonRider

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-04-2012 22:12:09 | More by CommonRider
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-04-2012 12:50:11 | More by SenorHops
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Vicsvapo

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-04-2012 06:20:52 | More by Vicsvapo
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-04-2012 01:14:53 | More by tbeer40
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-02-2012 23:47:49 | More by olympicgatorade
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DAVEnHOPS

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-02-2012 18:50:26 | More by DAVEnHOPS
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HoyeBoy


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-02-2012 07:11:50 | More by HoyeBoy
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craig220


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-29-2012 22:19:12 | More by craig220
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

04-29-2012 15:32:55 | More by Jones153
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barczar

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -9%

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.

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
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,271 ratings.