Hop Rod Rye
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,504
4.22 | pDev: 9.72%
Sunday at 07:28 PM
Mar 27, 2002
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Notes: 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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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

16oz can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Dark ruby red color with lighter orange hues. Super healthy head formation and retention. A solid two and a half fingers of cream-coloered head stick around for the duration and leave behind gobs of chunky lacing in a loose ring formation.

S: Juiced ruby red grapefruit, pine and resin, green and spicy hop oils. Underlying malt toastiness, sharper earthy rye spice, and a distinct crystal malt sweetness that brings a touch or berry/candy shell. Clean fermentation profile, probably chico yeast.

T: Opens with a fat crystal malt sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and candy shell. This very quickly gives way to a drying blanket of toastiness, flashes of burnt crust, and a lot of spicy rye. Hop profile hits hard and fast with a lot of vibrant and bitter ruby red grapefruit juice. Butter line and resin too, along with an oily and green spiciness. Bitterness is quite firm. The finish dries quite a bit with long lingering rye spice, oily hop bitterness, and traces of soot.

M: Full bodied with some chewiness and a very round and creamy malt texture. Plenty of raking hop astringency too. Ample carbonation scrubs firmly.

O: What a throwback. I do think this is the first rye IPA I ever had, circa 2008, but I can't remember ever revisiting it before today. I do miss rye beer in general, and feel like it got unfairly buried under the sea of west coast and hazy IPAs. This particular beer is considered a venerable classic within the rye sub-styles, and deservedly so. I love what they've done with the hop profile: the rye is unabashedly bold, and there's some interesting specialty malt character to round things out and create just enough balance to ground the bitterness and spiciness. Drinking it bakes me feel like I pulled something special out of the beer archives, but in this case I didn't have to blow any dust off of it because it was nice and fresh at my local packie.

Sunday at 07:28 PM
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Mar 21, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy brown with a small head and light lacing.

Smells of malt and caramel.

Tastes of toasted semi sweet spicy malt with a slightly bitter, alcohol warm finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Lush smooth mouthfeel.

This is an excellent old-school West Coast IPA.

Mar 13, 2022
4.48 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2022
4 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 13, 2022
4.06 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Mar 20, 2021
4 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2021
3.87 by BlueSpader from Washington on Oct 08, 2020
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 18, 2020
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
4.27 by BKast409 from Virginia on Feb 14, 2020
4 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Feb 12, 2020
4.35 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Feb 04, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 12/15/12: Pours a clear hazy deep amber/light brown which clears some as it warms. As the beer settles a small amount of sediment becomes evident. The pour produces a heavy finger of frothy, variously bubbled, somewhat lasting, light tan head that leaves a thin pasty wash of lace. Aroma is hop forward earthy, floral, grapefruit, pine with a fruity hint, rye bread and rye spice. Taste is nicely balanced: earthy, grapefruit, orange zest, pine: caramel malt heavy, rye spice and a hint of chocolate. Sweet, lightly bitter finish with a caramel bitter aftertaste. The 8% ABV is well hidden with pleasant warming appearances in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with moderate carbonation, very smooth, creamy and rich. Very, very nice.

Nov 10, 2019
4.17 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Aug 22, 2019
4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 02, 2019
4 by Narkee from Australia on May 30, 2019
4.19 by chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska on Apr 12, 2019
4.18 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2019
4 by grapeshops from California on Mar 03, 2019
3.73 by garthbrennan from Canada (AB) on Feb 25, 2019
3.89 by brandoneast from Texas on Dec 12, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JNeakrase from California

A really smooth, pleasant quaff. The rye gives it a spicy complexity, but it retains the fruitiness and herbal qualities of a nice brown ale. Biterness is well-balanced, making it easy to drink. Nice, silky mouth feel. Overall, a fun little beer and a nice effort for Bear Republic.

Dec 02, 2018
4.3 by hoponit from New York on Oct 01, 2018
4.17 by vande from Illinois on Sep 27, 2018
3.78 by dsippel from Illinois on Sep 27, 2018
4.04 by dwiech from Texas on Sep 26, 2018
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Sep 26, 2018
3.89 by SargeC from California on Aug 06, 2018
4 by Spaten454 from Texas on Jul 21, 2018
3.98 by pkkosmatka from Minnesota on Apr 04, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Act25 from New Jersey

Where's this beer been hiding? I love it. Found in bomber in bodega in SF for night cap.
a) Pours a dense 1 finger cap in the smallest glass and HOLDS IT, Lasts, laces, rocks it over a hazed ice tea body.
s) IPA made more bitter, more astringent by rye. But too faint.
t) Taste is abundant. Brings intense bittering, balanced by grainy sweet, whiskey like but hiding ABV well, then cascade of hop citrus, pine, grass, earthy floor, and dank flavors. Some mollasses, dark toasted grain, long finish, with pepper, muskiness, earthiness.
f) Creamy, great mouth feel, luscious. Matches the whiskey, creamy head look.
o) Overall favorite rye (18%!) beer.

Feb 13, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Draft at Rohnert Park location. Dark amber with creamy head, curtains of lacing. Malty aroma, some funky hops. Taste brings in the rye, dark bread flavors, more of the hops, and leaves with a nice lasting tingling on the tongue. Flavorful.

Jan 31, 2018
4.31 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 11, 2017
4.46 by hashiru from Michigan on Oct 29, 2017
3.66 by malprep from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2017
Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEER88 from Washington

Yup. Very tasty stuff right here!

Sep 04, 2017
Photo of Piercan
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Piercan from Wisconsin

This is a momument. A hybrid of barley and roasted rye. Wlildly hoppy, pleasurably cloudy and bitter.
Eminently complex, it takes American IPAs to the pinacles of perfection.
I can't get enough of it. But lo! this one is strong. So BEWARE! and enjoy.

Aug 16, 2017
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Really dark amber color with a thin white head.

Aroma is lots of spicy rye and sweet malt.

Taste is a wonderful balance of spicy rye, hops and malt.

Jul 11, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some messy lacing roaming all around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet to spicy blend of rye malt to come across in a nice sweet citrus way. The taste was mainly sweet and lightly spiced through the rye, a light citrus runs through and leads to a quick sweet dry caramel to spicy aftertaste. There is a sweet citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Sticky sweet malty notes run over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA.

Jun 06, 2017
Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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