Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by Quaffer on 03-27-2002

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Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a solid contributor for the hop world, wish I like floral hops – but this one still makes it for me.

Great caramel brown pour, topped by a frothy ivory head – nice sticky laces all the way down my 8oz sampling glass. Tons o’ floral hops in the aroma and taste. Notes for pine and citrus also make their way through this sticky, oily brew.

Sharp and tangy, the Bear Republic makes some might fine beverages.

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Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is brewed with rye for a little added kick. It pours a really dark amber color with hints of garnet red as well as mild brown. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, a thin layer of off white head appears and sticks superbly to the glass throughout the session. It has a really nice citrus hop aroma with a strong malt profile that compliments the rye spicing in the nose. The flavors are really great, lots of bitter coniferous hop with citrus bursts that support and layer wonderfully with with the malt flavors and ample rye spicing. It has a nice medium body, a little carbonated for my tastes but doesn’t detract from the beer really with a nice clean crisp finish that isn’t too bitter or too soft.

Verdict: This is a really phenomenal IPA, the rye spicing adds a nice subtle touch that adds a lot to the beer. It’s really easy to drink and very approachable without compromising the quality and complexity of the beer.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jpro
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber. Pours a deep amber / chestnut with a nice beige head; excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, faint touches of toasty malts - along with some spiciness and a hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty exceptional: piney hops up front give way to a blend of spicy / rye + sweetness - nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice - carbonation seems just about right, leaves a little stickiness on the palate. Pretty drinkable for 8% - really good stuff!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is no date on the bottle. Beer pours clear, no haze at all. Beer is darkish brown and forms a nice head with medium sized bubbles, really uniform two fingers above the beer, it falls away slightly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is nice and full of citrus / piney hops. There is some spiciness from the rye as well. No roast or anything else in the head, cannot detect any alcohol.

Beer is interesting. There is not a strong forward flavor but there is a lot of hop bitterness that lingers in the back of the mouth as almost an aftertaste. It is not unpleasant. Body on this beer is medium, which is fine and somewhat expected. Drinkability extremely high. Overall, a very good IPA.

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Opened with a good healthy pop. I've had two of Bear Republic's beers in the past and both of them had giant, sticky, rocky heads. Hop Rod is no different. The head is off-white and leaves big chunky lacing all the way down the glass. The body was a lightly hazed dark amber. Lively carbonation comes up from all over the bottom of my pint glass. This stuff looks pretty damn tasty.

The smell makes my mouth water in anticipation for a drink. It starts off sweet like caramel which stays around in the background the whole time. The hops take over pretty quick though and they are pure citrus. A couple layers of the citrus. There is grapefruit and orange.Orange being the latter of the two. Hitting at the end is the rye.

This beer will make you pucker up and get your tongue tingling. It's similiar to the smell in that there is a solid malt backbone that tries to balance but doesn't get it done, which is just the way I like it. The rye comes through mid-palate along with a strong bitterness that fades to something more managable but lingers. The hops come through right after the rye makes its appearence and finish the drink off with nice splash of citrus.

The mouthfeel is really the way I like it. Medium bodied with above average carbonation that tickles your tongue. The hops get your tongue tingling like it's about to go numb and makes you need that next drink.

The drinkability is high for the simple fact that each drink almost makes you need another. Of course the taste doesn't hurt either. Very good.

This is one of the top IPAs in my opinion. The ability to hide the alcohol like they did makes this one dangerous. The rye just puts it above so many other IPAs. This is an excellent beer that I'll be visiting often from now on.


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Photo of rangerred
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

Appearance is a clear ruby read. There is a thick light tan head that hangs around for a long time.

I get a nutty smell from this one along with some caramel. There is a sharp piny/citrusy hop aroma.

This beer definitely hits hard with the hops. They dominate the flavor up front but there is a wonderful spicy maltiness that comes though to balance things out.

Overall this is an awesome beer and one that I would never guess is 8% abv. It is extremely balanced. Wish it was available where I live.

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Photo of kshankar
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown/copper with some red hues. Thick off white foam. Great retention. Looks great. And the foam doesn't go away! Theres just a pillow of it with some of the most intense lacing I've ever seen on a beer.

Citrus hops, pine, malt sweetness dominate the aroma. Everything is there, and you can smell every bit of it.

Tastes like citrusy hops, pine, and a sweet malt balance. That pillowy foam is still there, by the way. Bitterness is done perfectly, and well...wow. Just wow.

Mouthfeel is medium, coats the mouth, a bit creamy.

Drinkability is still good..I'd have another. Easily one of the best IPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Saturday. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy dark-copper color with a thick, fluffy, beige head that fades slowly to a persistent one-eighth inch layer leaving behind patchy lace.

Smell: Light caramel malt aromas that become stronger upon swirling, rye spiciness and strong resiny hops and a hint of grain.

Taste: There's a lightly sweet caramel malt presence from start to finish that provides balance. The malt sweetness that's first evident is met by a nice spicy rye flavors in the center followed by an intense hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is lingering bitterness with a light alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation that somehow seems subdued.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is well-balanced.

Overall: Very tasty. The hop bitterness is high, but is balanced by an underlying maltiness that never seems too sweet.

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Photo of jera1350
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated 3-11-09. I missed that before I bought it.

Extreme deep scarlet brown color with huge fluffy two finger light tan head that holds its position firmly. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Sweet piney, floral citrus hops. The rye is also making its presence known here. Glorious.

Really nice balance of rye malt and hops. I think due to the age of this bottle the hops have faded a bit, but none the less they are still pretty pronounced. Nice piney hops which are crisp and clean finishing.

Smooth and crisp. There is a slight chewiness to the beer. Definitely medium bodied.

Great drinkability for a beer of 8% ABV. I could session this, but pay for it later. I absolutely love rye IPA's. It is such a great combination and this one is cerainly in the top three of the category. I will be seeking out a fresh bottle of this and rereview.

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Photo of ntatum
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown with a little head that went away quickly.

Smell - You can get hints of the rye but the hops really comes through as clean and citrusy.

Taste - You definitely get a very bitter hop flavor but in a very clean, crisp way. As expected the dark caramel malts and the rye come through much more as it warms up and add a great complexity to the beer.

Mouthfeel - It has a crispness when it hits the lips but as it fills your mouth it turns into more of a creamy feeling. Definitely a great characteristic.

Overall a complex, great beer!

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'd been meaning to give this beer a try for a long time. Racer 5 is probably my favorite IPA, and I'm a big Red Rocket fan, too. The one time I've had Racer X it was heavenly. Bear Republic may be my favorite brewers, so let's see what this beer's got.

Poured from the bottle into my Swarthmore College pint glass.

Appearance: Cherry cola, a dark brown with maroon. Nice medium-sized head which leaves lovely, sturdy lacing.

Smell: Big hops, mostly citrus. A bit weak, but pleasant.

Taste: Those citrus hops mix wonderfully with earthy malt and rye. There's a bit of sweetness down there, too. Plum, I want to say. It all mixes together perfectly to create one of the better balanced beers I've had.

Mouthfeel: Big, sturdy body, with moderate carbonation. It's pretty sticky.

Drinkability/Overall: I could drink this beer all day, everyday. Perfectly balanced, and absolutely delicious. It doesn't quite top Racer 5, but it'll become a regular in my fridge. Bear Republic strikes again!

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Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bear Republic makes some great beer, and Hop Rod Rye is particularly good. It's full of hops while maintaining balance. It also looks exceptional.

The beer has a deep, red-golden color that glows beneath an exceptional head. Even after a bit of time, a carpet of tiny bubbles covers the beer and clings to the side of my stein. Hop Rod Rye smells of hops. Strongly of hops. It's sweet and fruity but doesn't overpower in the least.

The beer tastes just delicious. I'm a bit partial to strong, hoppy IPA's, so my score might be a little bit inflated here. The taste has nearly no low-points for me. The sweetness is paired with a perfect, accompanying bitterness. The feel only loses points for being slightly sticky. The carbonation is just right, and the lingering aftertaste is also enjoyable.

The drinkability is very high. The alcohol content is just right. This is a beer that is just perfect for a quiet drink. Its flavor is a complex display of hops. All in all, Bear Republic has made a really good strong IPA, or really a DIPA.

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Photo of Med
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color with a ruby tinge and a generous white head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. Very appetizing.

S - The hops really shine with a pine aroma and some citrus, but there is malt underneath and a bready smell.

T - Mmmm. The hops show more of the citrus character in the taste leaving a bitter finish that lasts a long time. Balance is surprisingly good. This isn't the hop bomb I for some reason expected.

M - This is where I think the rye makes a huge difference. The mouthfeel is full and creamy and wonderful.

D - Easily went through a bomber. Can I have another?

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Photo of Goban
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a beautiful pour with a rich and thick creamy head. Head retention is great and leaves a wonderful lace sticking to the glass. The color is an appealing dark brown with a slight hint of red. It smells very hoppy with a sweet citrus background that is very inviting. A wonderfully rich mouthfeel that holds hoppy bitterness that lasts and lasts.

Hop Rod is my first brew by Bear Republic and I’m sold already. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of dherling
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a golden honey brown with a big thick, luscious tan head that ripples with sticky lacing. The nose is first fruity and alcohol, with good malt and yeast tones, supported by wafts of grapefruit, and a slightly medicinal, mineral, bloody, metallic aspect. The taste starts was bitter, hot with alcohol, lingering, oily hops, grapefruit, some candy notes, even a little melon. Good mouthfeel, a bit creamy but also crisp. The resiny oil and lingering bitterness make this a bit of a chore for me after the first few sips hurting its drinkability.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BenM for bringing this back from South Carolina

a - poured a three-fingers thick billowy tan head into a snifter that left sticky lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a reddish-purple with a slight haze (from the unconditioned bottle).
s - sweet and malty with a light grapefruit aroma.
t - grapefruit, earthy and piney hops with a strong rye presence. very balanced as the malts start to come through in the aftertaste. the finish almost has a chocolate taste to it.
m - medium thickness on the tongue but very creamy and smooth.
d - so drinkable and d-lish!

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right off the pop of the cap, i caught a whiff of the hops on this one, a dry, grassy, citrus hop. Looking forward to it.
Pours a deep amber, almost crimson color with a big three-finger beige foamy head. The head takes its time falling, and leaves a very thick frothy lacing. Solid retention.
Aroma is very hoppy, strong citrus hints, particularly grapefruit. The grassy aroma from the rye is slightly evident behind the hops.
Taste is crisp, strong grapefruit-type citrus hop, thick amber malt and a hint of the rye flavor compliments the malt nicely. Bitterness persists at the back of the tongue, but not too strongly.
Despite a visibly active carbonation, that's only slightly felt in the mouthfeel. Makes it feel a little more creamy than perhaps i had anticipated.
Overall very enjoyable. Will certainly try again. The rye works well to give the brew a little different character.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the glass is a beautiful deep translucent ruby red with a ponderous head and the resultant lace is diaphanous and clings longingly to the glass. Aroma of the hop flowers dominate the nose along with the sweet Rye grain, malts and some caramel tones underlie it all, clean and fresh and quite a sniffer for the old proboscis. Start is lightly sweet the top middling in mouth feel, then you hit the finish “POW” right in the taste buds, Hops, tons and tons, a “Hop Heads” dream, and is definitely not meant for the "Weak of Palate"! “I love it, and the moderate carbonation and hop bitter and dry aftertaste, seal off a great beer

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Photo of cs45977
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice health head light caramel laciness . Deep Brown color.
Smell: Pleasantly floral smell. Grapefruit and spice . I really want a taste.
Taste: Spicy front biscuit maltyness, slightly sweet but crisp finish. Aggressive dryness.
Mouthfell: Solid feel. Meatiness that fades quickly with the dryness of the flavor.
Drinkability: Great Rye! A tremendous example of the this style. Can easily become a “standard” beer for some folks.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours with small tan head. Brown body with red hue on the edges. Low level of carbonation.

S: Smells of west coast IPA. Also get some rye notes and some bread characters.

T/M: Get the grapefruit and citrus flavors right away on this. Good bread notes that compliment the rye very well. The rye flavors are well done here, very good balance to the hop flavors. Mouth feel is medium with good body and presence.

D: Would buy this again and recommend for almost anyone to try. Very inviting beer, with a good abv that is not noticeable at all.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep red with a thin white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Nice scent of piney hop and citrus - grapefruit and orange. Rye is fairly present as well as some malty sweetness.

T - Good amount of rye and malty caramel sweetness upfront. Big citrusy hop punch follows. Nice amount of bitterness in the finish.

M - Meium body ith medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Very good IPA. All the flavors are very well balanced and drinkable. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very cloudy, dark amber hue with small creamy head that is mostly diminishing, minimal lacing
S- Huge hoppy rye aroma, caramel malt presence, subtle fruity notes
T- Strong sweet malty presence with nice hoppy rye tones, citrus and pine bitterness that show up a little later and dissipate quickly in the finish
M- Medium body, watery texture with adequate carbonation
D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink, not quite to the level of a prototypical IPA, more like a red/amber with a decent hoppy rye presence, very smooth and nicely balanced

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pairing this hop monster with some bakery fresh rye bread right now, and it is goood. It would be good anyway, but mmmm. Pours richer and darker than most of its brethren, a deep mahogany with a sticky quarter-inch head. Aroma is pungent and powerful - resinous, piney hops and a musty rye maltiness along with a candy sweetness too. The aroma reminds me of Double Bastard as well. The hops are rich and bitter with some minor rye undertones. Medium bodied and the alcohol is hidden quite well. A good drinker...I'll polish this bomber off in no time!

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Photo of KAP1356
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours a hazy amber color and a surprisingly huge 3 finger head formed and stuck around for quite awhile. It is a nice eggshell color.

S - Some nice breadiness mixed with a great deal of hop aromas. Pine, grapefruit, tangerine all meld together in a nice hop explosion in the nose.

T - Piney and fruity hops mixed with some nice rye malts. Taste is bready and light all at the same time with a nice bite to it from the hops. The malts stand up nicely to the hop presence.

M - Medium bodied and smooth with a nice bite from the hops. Nice carbonation mixes well with this one on the tongue. Nice and crisp.

D - Dangerously drinkable for it being 8% ABV. Nicely balanced beer and easy on the palate allowing for more than one to be consumed.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,725 ratings
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