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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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Ratings: 4,725 |  Reviews: 2,080
Photo of mckeowbc
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber colored, nice head, good lacing.
S - Nice crisp smell of cascade hops, citrus, pine and a subtle spicy note of rye.
T - Taste reminds me of other American IPAs (Bells and Racer 5 IPA). Citrus, grapefruit hop bite, a little bit of malt. The rye is subtle but seems to mellow the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is a little fuller than other IPAs I've had. Not heavy, but a slight coating of the tongue, more just a smooth velvety feel.
D - Very drinkable, went down so easy I barely knew I was at the bottom of the glass. So easy to drink I'd lose count and end up wondering why I can't stand.

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Photo of Denali
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA.

Brown liquid, almost completely opaque with no head. Aroma was of floral hops and a sweet smell reminiscent of brown sugar (although this could have been the malt).

Taste matched the aroma, with the bitter hop flavor dominating. However, what was interesting was the way in which the flavors emerged. The taste starts off bitter with the brown sugar flavor coming through in the background. Suddenly, the flavors then stop like a caesura, temporarily canceling out one another to nothingness. Then the bitterness and dry finish come back in a rage. Very cool effect.

Drinkability is only limited by the ABV. A nice beer. I have a bottle of this as well and am curious to see how that will taste as compared to on tap.

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Photo of treyrab
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh

A: Clean, golden ale with lively carbonation and a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly to nothing

S: Tons of citrus and floral hops in the nose with a nice solid malt, caramel backbone

T: The initial taste is of malt sweetness from the caramel and Munich malts, but that is quickly balanced by a large amount of citrus hops. The rye makes it a tad watery, but that is a minor effect.

M,D: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Perfect carbonation that leaves you drinking and wanting more

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Photo of lhaqq
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to the table with not much head but good cream-colored lacing and a deep crimson body.
S: Some rye, pine, and a bit of citrus hops.
T: Strong rye bitterness. Some of the citrus hops too at the beginning.
M: Goes down smooth and clean. The aftertaste, while bitter, doesn't linger too long.
D: Definitely a unique IPA. The only rye beers I've had before have been porters.

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Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

H.R.R. pours dark amber with a rich mocha colored head with generous carbonation visible within, creating a well-aerated frothy head and a well-mannered nose of fresh hops, sweet malt and pine. The mouthfeel is moderately bitter, with a viscous coating within the mouth. Hints of sweet honeyed cashew and a nice citric element draw the taste buds to attention. This brew is nicely balanced in all of the senses, very much in proportion and quite an enjoyable west coast libation.

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Photo of Atron67
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle,

A- this was a pretty dark IPA a little red, massive head that made me split the pouring up more than normal stayed forever,
S- has a nice hoppy quality strong can notice the rye
T- has a really nice hoppy and malt characteristics, the rye isnt bad, i cant really decide whether i liked it or not,but its a personal distaste, nothing wrong with it.
M- heavier creamy body that is a little heavy for the body, but its a heavy IPA so not too surprizing, strong carbonation
d- its a really good beer, the rye threw me off from what i was expecting it was good, just different, havent had a beer with rye in it.

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Photo of NMA
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass,this beer is a deep amber brown with nice clarity.has a nice creamy white head which refuses to go down and leaves some nice lacing.

nose is citric and spicy with a whiff of caramel malt.taste is very similar to the nose,a nice smooth citric/grapefruit hop profile which transitions to a nice earthy spiciness from the hops and rye,finished with a smack of caramel sweetness.

this is an incredibly drinkable beer.reminds me of alpha king but a bit more complex and intense.i'm glad they started to release this in four packs.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red colored body with a large light brown thick bubbly head.

Smell is of bitter hops, caramel malts, and rye.

Taste is like the smell with a rye malt flavor up front followed by a bitter hop kick in the finish. Nice unique IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a bitter finish.

Good drinkability, good beer.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased at Binnys and buried in the back of my beer fridge.

A: Very brilliant copper colored with red-orange hues against the right light. Beautifully fluffy creamy mocha colored head that laced from the top of the glass to the bottom.

S: Nice citrusy aromas with the occasional piney notes depending how far you buried your nose into the pint glass. A very distinct sharp, almost acidic, toasted grain character. I presume this is from the 18% rye. A very nice syrupy/malty aroma lingers at the end. An infrequent caramel character also exists.

T: Fantastic! Began with a grapefruit/tangerine hop character which progressed to a very nice piney finish on the back of the palate. The rye provides the a bit of a spice note and a sharp finish. Alcohol presence is very well hidden, somewhat noticeable as the beer warms, but plays well with the rye character. Thought I notice a very slight molasses character.

D: Even though I've had this before, the alcohol snuck up on me pretty quickly. This would be a perfect beer for enjoying the last beautiful day of autumn, or any other time for that matter.

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Photo of PlayitAgain
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a almost creamy-like head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass,the rye really comes thru in the aroma along with a dose of grapefruit these aromas melded very well together I already knew this was gonna be a hoppy brew before even tasting.Like a few of the others who reviewed this one the first few sips hit pretty hard with some bigtime bitterness but mellowed after awhile with that late rye touch making this very refreshing.Glad to get a chance to try this a very nice beer would love to have on tap again sometime.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red almost brown in color with excellent creamy head that lasts until the end.

Piney, a little soap, and fruity.

Very hoppy, Piney, citrus, a little malt with a lingering bitterness.

Excellent mouthfeel, very creamy, so smooth that I dont even know its in my mouth until I taste the hops.

Excellent Ipa, I will have this again soon.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These California beers travel well. This is a definitely departure form all DIPA I've tried.

Glowing red, tanny head, awesome lacing that appears, as the beer as is tilted and doesn't stop...it really doesn't.

Kind of reminds me of a corned beef sandwich with ground stone mustard. Comes out and bites you right away. Bready, caraway, ridiculous hops. Ends with a pleasant bitter bite.

I don't think I've ever finished a bomber as quickly as I have this one. Alcohol is virtually non-existent, yeah right. No really, it disguised wonderfully.

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Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Repuiblic does it again! A super creamy head..murky brown eye candy! A definite lemon hop presence wafts the nostrils...continuing into the taste which is initially very hop intensive, but mellows toward the finish....which leaves you wanting more. If you realize that this brew is hop intensive and a sipper, then drinkability is fine...high abv further suggests "sipping". The mouthfeel was great...with a soft dryness throughout.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice dark and crisp amber colour wuth a giant sticky tan head that looks creamy and inviting. it looks more like a turbo charged red ale than what i'd expect from a double ipa, but certainly no complaints, as it looks great all-around. the smell is a solid bread and rye with hop throughout. this one's a bit dirty and sweet smelling at times as well too. the flavour hits you with a surprising aount of malt and bitterness before moving into hops, dirt and tree bark and then some full on rye flavour at the finish. the hop burps are quite yummy with the rye taste mixed in. this one remains tasty throughout whilst not being overpowering, which is nice. another winner from bear republic, which seems to produce (in my eyes) a consistent string of very good brews, but can't move into the 'blow me away' range...yet.

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Photo of twbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a deep amber color with a small light tan colored head,very little lacing.

S-First scent is sweet hops but as it warms the sweetness becomes more a pungent aroma.Slight scent of alcohol and something that reminds me of candi-sugar.

T-Nice bitter hop kick at first then a rich and robust malt flavor.Rye bite thats slightly bitter in the aftertaste.Becomes sweeter as it warms.

M-Medium bodied beer with a prickly mouthfeel at first but again as it warms it smooths out.

D-Interesting.Well balanced,loved the taste and the feel but seemed to be light in the smell.It did however pair well with Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon'

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Crooked Stave tulip. Pours a deep amber brown with a finger of head. Big spicy hop and rye aromas...very hot hop aroma. Taste is a bit spicy hop and rye, but quickly mellows out to a really nice brown sugary malt with a great almost sweet hop balance. Some citrus and more pine notes, but mostly sweet sugary malt. Really nice finish and mouthfeel. It smells very aggrestive and "hot" but it actually is very well balanced and finishes nice. I typically dont enjoy rye IPA's but this one is an exception.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky brown colour with a very large frothy beige head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer and there is some terrific lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, malts, caramel, oranges

Taste & Mouth - wow.. first sip and I'm in love.. this beer is really good. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with an amazing creaminess and the perfect level of carbonation. The most dominant flavours are sweet and sour citrus mixed with malts and lots of hops. There is also a dark fruit flavour, perhaps plums or cherries. Other flavours include caramel, chocolate, and rye. The beer finishes with a bitter sweet caramel hop aftertaste.

Drink - This one is pretty far up there on my list of favorite beers; it is very tasty and highly drinkable. I'll seek this one out again and stock up on it for sure.

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Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown in color with a 2 finger foamy beige/tan head that lasted a while and left great lacing and a creamy ring around the top of the glass; the lacing didn't move unless a sip of beer flowed over it.

Smells of big hops up front, with piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, orange peel, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, grass, hay, apple and some wheat; very pungent hop aroma that was surprising to me nice since I was expecting more rye.

Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, orange peel, coriander, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, cinnamon, grass, hay, tart apple, flowers, rye, spices and what seems like syrup towards the end; really hoppy overall with the rye coating the tongue after the other flavors wash away. This is a different kind of IPA and I like it and its light spicy approach. The sweetness and the sharp rye spice leave a clean yet almost fruity flavor lingering and make for a nice niche IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very light to no carbonation, a medium body and a snappy tart finish that screams of the rye. There are hints of alcohol, but they are so mild that it's not a distraction.

Very tasty and quite drinkable, especially for IPA fans who like a mix of malt and other ingredients like rye with their hops. This is no ordinary IPA and should be enjoyed for the specialty beer that it is. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Solid brown color (with fairly large pieces of suspended sediment), a nice tan/light brown head, decent carbonation, and big sheets of lace. Big hop and malt aroma. A big huge flavor of malt and hops -- an incredible balancing act. Hops are piney and sprucey. Not sure the Rye really stands out due to the bitterness. Medium-full (leans full) bodied, creamy, and smooth.

More of a big huge American IPA/Strong Ale (a la Stone Arrogant Bastard or Rogue Mogul Ale) -- I prefer the Hop Rod.

Per label: Made with 18% Rye

($5.39 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of kels
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer pours into my pint a rusty shade of dark, coppery brown. It is somewhat hazy with decently visible carbonation running throughout, sustaining the well-retained 1/2 finger of tan filmy foam. Spotty lacing streaks the glass.

Smell: Aroma is pretty light, but distinct notes of really toasty, almost roasted rye and slightly citrusy hops. The toastiness almost smells a little smoky, but not in a clear or overpowering way.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The thing I appreciate most in the taste of this beer is that it is satisfyingly bitter without overwhelming the palate. The rye is really toasty and crispy and provides a great backdrop to the hops that to me taste a lot like citrus rind and pith. A little bit of grassiness comes through as well. There's a slight sweetness that also balances out the dry, roasty bitterness, too. The feel is moderate, with some bright carbonation and a sticky residue.

Drinkability: Really high. There's a lot of flavor in this beer, and it's really full and satisfying.

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Photo of Jake_Ramrod
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of glazeman
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is one of those beers that I've heard is good, and always see sitting on the shelves at the various beer stores around town, but that I have always walked by and thought, "Oh, I'll try that sometime soon" but keep passing up. Well that time has come...

A: pours a dark brown but fairly red when held up to the light. A vigorous pour yields a half finger light tan head that has sub-optimal retention but nice lacing.

S: Rye and nuts, but not a very aromatic beer.

T: As the name implies the rye really comes out in this beer and is quite good! For some reason it reminds me a lot of raison d'extra but without the big alcohol kick. Perhaps this is because this beer has flavors of plums/raisons in addition to the rye. There is a nice hop finish that balances out the sweetness that comes out up front.

M: Pretty good feel. Nice level of carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. The alcohol in this beerl is hidden well, it's not overly sweet, and tastes great. I would love to have this more often...luckily it's easy to find.

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Photo of metsfan1
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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