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Hop Rod Rye - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

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4,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 4050
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)
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Photo of MrWinky


4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was looking for a Rye beer to get inspired for new homebrew and came across this one...I wish it wasn't an IPA cause I was hoping to get a strong rye flavor but still great and especially so at $5.

A. Beautifully clear amber to copper hue. Awesome creamy two-fingered head that left a nice lace.

S. Complex yeasty aroma that turned malty. You definitely notice some spice and then the hops. Wonderful stuff!

T. Big malt flavor...the yeast recedes a bit and you get some mix of baking spice (warmth) and a really nice bitter finish.

M. Lighter than I would've thought...leaves behind a mild syrup-like residue...a slight tackiness.

D. Its maybe good for a couple but the law of diminishing returns does affect this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 15:34:05 | More by MrWinky
Photo of ckcanady


4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark amber with gorgeous white head. head held well for the first half of glass.

Smell- A malt bomb with hints of spicy rye. Hop aroma is good with grapefruit and citrus.

Taste- Maltiness ballenced out with the spiciness of the rye. Bitterness of the hops hit hard but yet smooth. With grapefuit flavor dominating and slowly working its way to pine.

Mouthfeel- Full but smooth. Slightly stickey but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- I had 2 in the time it took me to type this... that says something.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:56:56 | More by ckcanady
Photo of irongator


4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a well balanced beer. Let me say first that I am a malt, not a hop, fan. This beer is so well balanced with a wonderful spicy alcohol finish. Hop presence is barely there but compliments the malt well. I let it sit out at room temp for about 45 min before I drank it and it was perfect. Get some of this amazing beer today.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 12:09:42 | More by irongator
Photo of Jake_Ramrod


4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've always been a Red Ale fan, so I was excited to get this in trade from a nice lady in CA. Adding in the rye flavor was a pleasant surprise and worked really well. A really nice beer and one of the best red ales I've had. Enjoyed out of a tulip watching my UK Wildcats whoop that butt.

A: This beer is somewhat cloudy and is a light mahogany-red beer topped with a creamy white head about a half inch in height. The head receded quicker than I would have expected for the carbonation present

S: The smell has a wonderful caramel malt sweetness plus a bit of citrus in the hop character. I have to agree that this nearly smells like a barleywine.

T: I love the flavor of this beer - not too sweet and just a hint of bitterness. The malts lend to a very drinkable beer and the rye grain and hops gives it a funky kick in the end. This has a complex flavor and yet remains extremely drinkable. Tons of flavor.

M: This has a great mouthfeel as the rye leaves a lasting impression that just keeps on going. A bit oily, but it really works.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. IMO, this would pair really well with some Asian food, curries, and meats. It remains a complex beer and yet is completely drinkable and balnced. All the flavors work harmoniously together. Well done and I'll be hunting these out.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:44:34 | More by Jake_Ramrod
Photo of BearslikeBeers


4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold color with a small white head that laces up the side of the glass. The smell is nice, fresh, hoppy and almost a little starchy at the end. It smells very rich for lack of a better term. The beer is initially sweet and a little fruity up front, less carbonated than most IPAs, and then the real profile starts to set in. The rye is very rich and malty but the hops really define the aftertaste. Very dry and very bitter finish. A little flat and syrupy but a really nice balance of the rye and the hops definitely would purchase this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:41:23 | More by BearslikeBeers
Photo of TonyC


5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not going to give the same ole type of review for Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. No way! This is my most favorite beer in all the lands. From the opening aromas of rye and hops gently wafting into the air, to the wonderful dark pour and oh so wonderful rocky, creamy, off white head that stays with you like a best friend, and leaving the most wonderful lace, to the malty/bready/caramel rye flavor and truly perfect balance of hops and carbonation, to the finish that begs you to take another sip, this beer is king. Bear Republic is a brewer that has never let me down. Hop Rod Rye is hoppy rye heaven in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:34:24 | More by TonyC
Photo of Blueye80


3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured great. It had a huge head the lasted quiet a bit
and the lacing was just as awesome. It had a very nice hoppy aroma that I couldn't wait to try. I just wish it tasted as good as it looked and smelled. It was just a tad too bitter for me. It is not a beer that I would want to have more than just one. Overall
it was a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 02:22:31 | More by Blueye80
Photo of VikeMan


3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I can definitely see why so many hopheads like this beer. But I'm more of a malt/balance lover, so take this review with a grain of salt.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Opaque amber/brown color. Thin brownish white head. Some lace, but not a lot.

Smell... piney hops. Something else I couldn't quite place...maybe the rye.

Taste...lots of piney/citrus hop bitterness (too much for me), followed quickly by Alcohol. Tasted like every bit of its 8.0% ABV. This is no stealth beer. I didn't get much in the way of caramely malt presence others have mentioned (again...different perspective probably).

Mouthfeel...medium to heavy body. VERY Silky. Maybe the best feature of this brew. Low/Medium carbonation.

Drinkability...Overall, not my cup of tea, but a good example of the AIPA as I understand it. For my tastes, Bell's Two Hearted is a better choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 00:47:05 | More by VikeMan
Photo of PantherLightning


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

A - Poured a dark brown with hints of red with a one finger very light tan head. Excellent retention, and heavy lacing left in the glass.

S - Very hoppy, slight citrus, and maybe a hint of caramel or some other sweetness

T&M - Lots of crisp hops and dark, malty taste upfront. The rye comes through more heavily towards the finish with another burst of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

D - This beer is excellent. I take a sip and taste slowly, but as soon as i savor the lingering aspects of the beer, I just want more. After the first time I had had it a while ago, I felt guilty drinking it, like I should be saving it for something special...but it's too damn good to do that.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:04:25 | More by PantherLightning
Photo of oc0dyc


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

A - Two to Two and a half fingers thick head

S - VERY hoppy - smells just like an IPA

T - Strong hops in the taste as well (the name doesn't lie!). Reminiscent of Diamond Knot's Industrial IPA. Slight metallic aftertaste

M - Well carbonated, crisp, stings the tongue slightly

D - A great beer no doubt. Would be hard to have more than a couple due to the strong taste, but delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:40:07 | More by oc0dyc
Photo of rowmine


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer.

A - Poured clean with a 1.5 inch head leaving nice lacing on the head. Nice rich color.

S - Smell has quite the balance of malt and rye and hops.

T - Taste reflects the smell although the hops aroma comes through, the striking bitterness often associated with that punget a smell is lacking.

M - Nice medium body. Could use a little more carbination.

O - Loved it, not a rye DIPA which others may be looking for but a SOLID rye IPA. Deff will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 23:19:02 | More by rowmine
Photo of vinhgoh

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Though pricey, this IPA is well balanced. Strong hoppy taste that is not too bitter to a point where it takes you awhile to get through one. Citrus apple accents? Won't pretend that I am that much of a connoisseur, but I do love beer. Definitely try this, especially if you love IPAs... you will not regret it.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:50:58 | More by vinhgoh
Photo of kj8525


3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bomber bottle ~3 months from bottling date. Poured a rich amber color with a foamy finger of white head.

Smell is floral, sweet, and rye.

Taste is floral, piney, and rye. I also pick up a very slight sweetness maybe citrus.

Overall, I like the beer. It's a pretty good representation for a Rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:22:54 | More by kj8525
Photo of Musition12


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, dark amber-mahogany color with a glorious 3-finger light tan head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass. Head eventually recedes to a 1/4 inch, but retention is good. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Sprightly citrus with accompanying bitterness. Oranges, grapefruits, etc. Hints of spicy maltiness presumably from the rye.

T: Fresh-squeezed grapefruit leaving a considerable bitterness in the dry finish. This is backed by a sturdy malt foundation with an ever-present grainy rye flavor and subdued caramel notes. The spicy rye really balances the bitterness and makes for a marvelous tug-of-war on the palate with the grapefruit hops winning out ever so slightly.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Simultaneously juicy and creamy. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

D: Very drinkable despite the 8% ABV. I would drink this all the time if the alcohol didn't sneak up on me.

One of my favorites. Accessible, yet tenacious flavor profile. Dewy hops tempered by stately rye and caramel malts. The wonderfully executed tension between these flavors has made Hop Rod Rye a perennial in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 04:32:26 | More by Musition12
Photo of crazyjoedivola


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

Out of a bomber into a tulip. Pours deep mahogany with amber around the edges of the glass. One finger of beige head recedes but leaves solid lacing.
Smell is a hoppy dream. Pineapple, pine, with grapefruit acidity.
Creamy smooth flavor leads with the sweetness but then comes the rye notes and finishes with a long resiny hoppy bitterness
Great creamy mouthfeel with dry finish
Drinkability is tricky given this is really a DIPA at 8%. But the bomber really never stood a chance

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:18:36 | More by crazyjoedivola
Photo of dionito


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into an 8 oz. thin V-shape glass.

A: Dark orange copper with a foamy off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly with very uniform and strong lacing. Really nice looking beer.

S: Fruity, citrusy aromas, from the hops but mostly malty from, I guess, the rye. Some burnt sugars, maybe.

T: caramel, malt, flowers, a little grassy. Very balanced sweetness with initial bitterness of the hops. Round flavor.

M: I'd say medium to full body with little carbonation. Goes smooth, no alcohol feeling.

O: Super nice beer. I tried Racer 5 IPA last week and that made me buy this one yesterday. Great decision. This is one of my first rye beers, and if all are like this, it's going to be a favorite style. These guys are making some killer brews!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:22:02 | More by dionito
Photo of ajzbedo73


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a bottle to a short stem tulip glass. Deep caramel color with two fingers of rocky head that was off white. Very easy on the eyes, can't wait to taste!

S: smell doesn't disappoint. Sweet toffee and the rye really comes through. The anticipation to taste grows!

T: finally! Nice sweet caramel on the lips and front of the tongue. As it rolls across my mouth I get the rye and hops at the end. Then...the rye lingers. Like a fresh slice of homemade rye bread. Amazing!

M: creamy and the right amount of carbonation. Invites another sip along with the taste and smell.

O: I've been on a good run of good beers, and it continues. This beer was terrific! What an amazing balance of sweet, rye, and hops. Really enjoyed this one. I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:48:17 | More by ajzbedo73
Photo of bkny27


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

A - pours a dark amber with a medium head

S - citrus, floral, fresh scents resonate; i love how this beer smells

T - hops come through, with a bitter bite near the end

M - bitter, big gulps of hop, with a medium consistency

D - I could drink this daily, it is a good example of american ipa, delicious

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 02:42:06 | More by bkny27
Photo of Siegmund


4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a SAPP

It didn't pick up as great of a head as I'd like, but it was there. same with the lacing. The glass had been through the dishwasher once or twice, so it might not be the beers fault. It has a beautiful color, a deep coper with just a hint of mustyness. It kinda smelled like a typical IPA, but the rye in the taste makes it stand apart. I'm not sure exactly how to describe it but I've already purchased another Rye IPA to try (Founders). The high ABV is hidden well, so I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 02:59:55 | More by Siegmund
Photo of jtk


3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber. Smallish head that disappeared rather quickly.

S: I could smell the hops big time. Chocolate smell, too.

T: Big malt and hops together. Not super complex, but real tasty . Bitter finish. Sort of a hopped up stout, but the stout aspect was a little thin.

MF: Good, medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Smooth but bitter ending. Fairly easy to drink, especially considering the ABV. A good one to pick up here and there. Curious how it tastes on tap. I think I was definitely getting some bottle type of tastes that may have not been true to its real taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:33:03 | More by jtk
Photo of rchristensen


4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Tulip

A - pours a striking reddish, dark copper with a finger and a half of head. Head lingers and leaves behind considerable lace. Mild carbonation is evident.

S - a nice combination is sweetness and hoppy citrus. Very complex and intriguing.

T - Wow. The hops assert themselves right from the start but then a maltiness takes over. Next comes a level of spice that plays off the other flavors in a great way. The hops come back to the front at the finish.

M - medium bodied with good levels of carbonation. A bit cheeked than a typical IPA.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. The spicy notes from the rye made this something great. Bravo Bear Republic, well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:35:53 | More by rchristensen
Photo of fastd03

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an exceptionally hoppy beer. I have yet to try any other bear republic beers, but this is certainly a good start. Strong and hoppy, it fits the standards I set for a beer well, and has an attractive dark color. I have had smoother beers, but overall it goes down relatively smooth with a hint of carbonation (but not so much as to make my stomach bubble). I have had better beers, but this is certainly fairly high on my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:55:48 | More by fastd03
Photo of NICKV1117


5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? An exceptional beer. Very wet at first then turning to a dry finish. Mouthfeel is not too carbinated. Citrus and piney flavors along with a deep caramel. Very drinkable as are most of the Bear Republic line. If you love hops, you can't go wrong with this one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 17:43:45 | More by NICKV1117
Photo of bkeach


4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Favorite Rye Beer thus far. Smell is very bready and floral. Smells like a brewery (In a good way). Taste is very much the same. Rye comes through nicely, well balanced pretty drinkable. Just delicious. Great mouthfeel and color as well. If you have not tried it just go get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 18:12:25 | More by bkeach
Photo of Richard-Carla


4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big rye IPA fan (despite loving IPAs and double IPAs), but was surprising re-introduced to the type by the surprisingly excellent Sierra Nevada Founders Rye IPA. So, at a visit to our local beer shop, I picked up the Bear Republic's entry into the Rye IPA field.

The beer is good. It looks great--incredible head, excellent appearance on the glass--and feels only slightly heavy in the mouth. It also tastes good, albeit a bit sweet for me. I wish that it was a bit hoppier and that the sweetness was toned down a bit. But, I do like it and wouldn't shy away from having another.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 20:30:10 | More by Richard-Carla
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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