Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,721 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that fits firmly into the category of American IPA. Strong smell of citrus hops, quite hoppy, with a somewhat thin but oily body. I have had numerous beers now that fit this profile. Not much in common with English IPA's. This beer has a wonderful appearance, thick foamy head, dark amber color. Significant rings of lace, which stick firmly to glass. Great citrus aroma, the taste is there, but a little overpowered by the hop bitterness. This one ranks similar to the Rogue IPA in that regard. I still feel that Two Hearted acheives the best balance in this category. Still, this is an excellent beer, and certainly one all "hop-heads" will embrace.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Save-On in Mentor, OH. for $2.00/12 oz. bottle.

Poured into my S.A. glass at fridge temps, had to do a fairly hard pour to raise about a 1/2 inch beige head. The beer is a deep bronze/copper in color. Head dissapates rather quickly to a very thin cap, but some nice lacing developes as the beer is quaffed.

Hops up front in the nose, mostly citrus in nature. A bit of carmel makes it through the hops.

The taste is similar to the nose; hops are up front, with caramel in the background. The use of rye seems to add a bit of spice to the flavor, not usually found in other IPAs/DIPAs. Despite the 8% abv, no hint of alcohol is detected .. perhaps just a little warming in the tummy. Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation helping here. (definitely not 'bitey' by being over-carbonated) Drinkability is better than expected, as this doesn't feel like an 8% ABV beer. It goes down very smooth, so I could see quaffing more than one of these in a session easily.

I've always enjoyed Bear Republic brews, and feel that they consistently put out a good product. Hop Rod Rye is another good example of a solid brew. Recommended!

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,721 ratings.
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