Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,076
Ratings:
4,689
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
278
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365
For Trade:
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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a enormous 6-finger cream-colored bubbly and pillowy head. Awesome retention and lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Toasted malts, spicy rye, and a generous dose of hops with orange, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple, and some grassy, herbal aromas. Smells terrific.

T – Starts with sweet and toasty malts but rapidly shifts toward the earthy, smoky, spicy taste of rye. Bitter hops gradually work their way into the forefront with grapefruit, orange, mango, grassy, and herbal notes. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and spicy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Hop bitterness and fruitness lingers for a little while, but the spicy and earthy rye works its way back in and lingers for longer. There’s a very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol that makes an appearance at the finish as well.

O – This beer is outstanding. It’s like a good DIPA, but the added rye makes it more unique. This beer really has very few flaws. It looks and smells amazing, tastes great, and has a terrific mouthfeel. Add the fact that it is insanely drinkable for a hop-loaded rye beer at 8% ABV and you have yourself a winner. Awesome beer.

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Photo of tdexterc
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i've been a long time reader of the site but this is my first review. many more to come!

A- A smooth pour yields a nice 1 finger head and a deep ruby/amber tone.

S- Hop Heaven! a wonderful assortment of piney and citric notes are upfront, followed by a sweet, but faint, caramel.

T- There is a sweet, almost sticky malt which shows through, followed by the slightly spicy rye. The hops are abound in this one but not overwhelming. All of this mingles with a smooth but growing bitterness and a very subtle and slightly warming alcohol presence.

M- One of the smoothest beers i have had the pleasure of drinking in quite some time. The carbonation is supremely matched to the tastes in this brew. A very difficult and rarely achieved balance between hop bitterness and sweet malts has been met perfectly in this brew.

Overall, I was wildly pleased with this beer. I LOVE hops, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. Had i not have known that this was an 8% beer going into it, i would have never guessed anything near that. I certainly foresee myself actively seeking out this brew in the future.

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Photo of keanex
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip, despite the warning I carefully poured the entire contents of the bottle into my tulip.

A: Deep garnet red with carbonation bubbles interlacing with floating fat looking sediments in varying sized clumps. Rather clear overall with a light tan 1 finger foamy head. Despite the sediment, or whatever is going on here, it still looks fantastic, maybe even better with it.

S: Nice balance between semi-sweet and bitter. Earthy hops meshed very well with the sweeter malts.

T: Earthy hops into a sweeter underlying malt flavor. I really like the balance here.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic beer. Whatever it's classified as I don't care I don't put it on the level of an IPA. It's a nice balance of malts and hops that's easy to drink.

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Photo of madjr80
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at Bukowski's Bar in Boston. This was a great quality sipping beer. I wouldn't want to make this my session beer. This is the type of beer you have one or two of them in a sitting. I wouldn't give this to someone who is a novice beer drinker.

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Photo of david23
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one you simply have to try if you haven't allready.Had a 20 oz draft. When served just a perfect frothy head with excellant retention. A beautiful ruby brown color. Aroma is all hops with a light piney aroma.Lots of hop flavor but balanced well as a roasted rye flavor is not hidden. Smooth and creamlike on the tongue with a carbonation level that is right on. Could probably have several of these but the higher A.B.V. would be tough to handle unless just staying at home.

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Photo of rousee
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful murky amber with a 3mm head of apricot tinted white. The head holds extremely well. Lush velvety lace clings to sides of glass as well as the thicker lace rings spaced evenly all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S-Hoppy, malty and rye. Exactly as billed. It reminds me of the warrior or amarillo hops that are in the DFH 60 minute but they are balanced by either malt (or rye) or another kind of hops to make it not have as much bite as the forementioned brew.

T-friggin fabulous. This is just like DFH 60 min but it doesn't make me belch as much. The rye or something else that I am missing seems to temper some of the extreme hoppiness. This hoppiness is still noticeable however and it is fruity and berry-like again but tapered on the end so it mellows at the finish rather than zapping or zinging the tastebuds. The characteristics taste-wise are again as billed and almost identical to the nose-hoppy/malty with rye.

MF--smooth and non-descript. Slighly foamy, a little sticky--nothing too pronounced though.

D-Excellent. Now here is a session IPA (or tastes like it anyway)--oh maybe not its 8% ABV. They sure do a good job of not allowing that 8% to be real noticeable.

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Photo of GoblueMS
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sitting in a hotel room in Breaux Bridge, LA after consuming copious amounts of seafood tonight, I pulled a bottle out of my cooler that dutifully accompanies me on my business trips. Mind you this is not my first rodeo with Hop Rod Rye (more on that later). But this is an excellent product.

The appearance of this poured into a glass is caramel colored with excellent lacing down the glass, with a half inch head remaining. Smell is of muted hops with a hint of rye. Taste is outstanding (though in the last 8 years of having this on hand I have had to drain pour a few bottles, probably due to them having been abused in the distribution pipeline. They were spoiled.). I first tasted HRR at a brewfest in Portland in 2005, and it was love at first taste! There is little way to say how good this iteration of a rye IPA is. It is chewy, complex, simple, quenching, enticing, and of course most satisfying all at the same time. Overall I would say that this is a world class brew, and one that anyone who is a hophead should choose.

I won't go into the detail that so many patrons of BA render (not that there is anything wrong with that!), but this is one of the finest IPAs in my mind to ever hit the market. Try one and agree!

If you like a rye style IPA, this one should be on your list. I have it brought in from adjacent states to MS when ever possible. Excellent brew, and now this bottle is gone! Cheers!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden brown, tan, and all kinds of cool unfiltered stuff floating around

Smell - oranges, pine, hops, grapefruit, and some malt

Taste - The orange / grapefruit hits you first, then the piney hops, some mild alcohol warmth and a bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Its so balanced, doesnt destroy the palette, yet you defintly know your drinking a ipa. Nice fruit kick with the hops, a real pleasure for the tounge.

Drinkabilty - Wow, what a great beer, this is not only a top 5 ipa for me, its simply one of the best beers ive drank. I always keep a 4-pack on hand. I enjoy this beer weekly, as you should too The only thing possible to improve is on the smell. It could use some more pine/hop smell but honestly, it doesnt meen anything soon as you take a drink.

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Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown head with a good lacing and a slightly hazy reddish amber fluid. Smell is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. A healthy amount of bakery bread and pine forrest along with a citrus grove spiciness. Light sweet alcohol. Taste is so big, malty and smooth at first. Then BAM hops hit like a velvet fist with a lovely grapefruit and hop oil finish. This is full of spicy rye bread and malt to give it a nice chewy flavor and overall feel. Finish is quite nice with dry graininess and a light minty grapefruit. Feel is lightly syrupy and chewy with a nice smooth carbonation. A great robust beer that rewards sipping but begs you to keep it up so seductively that the glass is empty before you know it. Very drinkable and no real notice of the abv so watch out. Simply one of the best I've had.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very red for an IPA, but perhaps normal for a RYEPA, hazy with bits of sediment at the bottom. murky ruby in color with reddish orange and persimmon highlights. fantastic looking beige head as well, thick like a raw biscuit and very dense. excellent retention and top notch chunky lace.

S- fragrant grapefruit and pine stand out. cascade? centennial? amarillo? idk but it smells great. fresh and tropical, notes of pineapple and passion fruit come out as well. toasty caramel, almost chocolatey (more like cocoa acidity from the rye) back up the hops achieving quite an impressive aromatic balance. a whiff of alcohol and rye spiciness as well.

T- gotta love that rye flavor. it's no wonder they boast such a high rye bill considering it is a dominant flavor with a spicy earthy flavor and a bitterness separate from the hops. fresh hop flavor of burnt grapefruit, orange, and pine lasts from start to finish and the toasty caramel malt in combination with alcohol and all the rye characteristics create a mild cocoa flavor that is very raw and grainy. woodsy, tobacco, and mushroom, finish is full of fresh grain and hop flavor and a touch of caramel sweetness. would be #1 killa with some spicy food.

MF- resinous and slightly oily with definite juicy qualities about it. somewhat boozy feeling with a tannin dryness. almost low carbonation gives me a strong-beer-pub type feeling as opposed to the session-beer-pub type feeling that i often get from quality english ales. lingering coating bitterness like some herbal medicine.

D- such a flavorful brew deserves to be savored but this bomber is disappearing fast.

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange to amber hue with an amazing frothy white head that leaves timeline lacing you could set your watch to.

The smell of this beer is outrageous: citrus peel, honey dew melon rind, mint, pine, flowers, carmel and rye. The best thing about these smells is how distinct they are, you're not going to take a whiff of this beer and just say, "this smells hoppy."

First taste is smooth, crisp, full-of-everything-you-want-in-an-IPA. Really good balance between the bitterness of the hops and the malt, and as it warms the rye character starts to shine lending a spicy flavor to the palate.

Nice full mouth feel and drinks smooth for an 8% ABV beer.

I can't say enough about this brew, it proved to me the style of IPA has some more wiggle room from it's typical hop bomb characteristics and at $4 a bomber there really is no excuse not to drink it.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber in color with a slight chill haze and a silky, diaphanous head. A bit of chunky yeast hop sediment is hard to keep out of the glass. The aroma is sinus-clearing -- very fresh hop aroma, undergirded by a bit of toffee/caramel malt. These mild malt notes start off the flavor as well, but it's not long before the palate is overwhelmed by a huge blast of hop oil. The rye lends a lightly bready flavor to the beer which helps smooth the flavor out on the way to what is acually a very balanced finish -- ever so slightly dry, with nice spicy and piney notes which linger into the aftertaste. A terrific beer for hopheads, with a body that is oily, moderately carbonated, and fairly full for the style.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have never had a beer spew out so much of its aroma right as the cap is popped. quite impressive.

Pours out a very dark reddish brown amber with a very frothy tan head that retains for the whole drink. very nice lacing. Certainly the darkest "ipa" i have ever seen.

Smell. A very nice and rich aroma of caramel and grapefruits. The rye is very potent and present here. There is also a nice citrus to it as well. Just so much hops, but still a strong level of malts and rye as well.

Taste. Just a whole bunch of flavors going off in my mouth. Has a very nice level of bitterness, but a sweet maltiness (caramel) is quite present as well. I cant tell if the hops are dominant or the rye flavor. Hops are piney with a little citrus in it. The flavor is just so strong! Aftertaste is spicey and bitter.

Mouthfeel. It is a full body with a very creamy texture that fills the mouth nicely. Carbonation is there, but seems low with the thick viscosity of the beer.

Overall, an incredible beer! Great balance with a great flavor. Quite a unique beer that is a nice mixture of a rye and i think a 2ipa.

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Photo of roan22
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer many times before, including on draft but I never got around to reviewing it. Today I am having it again so its time for a review.

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass (sadly I have no tulip glasses left, they've all broke because I am too rough while washing dishes!)....Hop Rod Rye is a reddish orangey color with a huge, light tan head, which lasts awhile. Leaves awesome lace on the glass.

Smells like aromatic earthy or flowery hop plants. Really fragrant and nice.

Taste is citrusy bitter at first, then tea like and earthy, then finishes with a long, (almost tart) bitter spiciness on the palate from the rye and mega amounts of hops.

Mouthfeel rocks due to the bitterness left on my tongue...its not quite as good as Green Flash, but close.

Drinkability gets marked down a bit because its 8%. I can only drink this at home, and only 1 bomber at that. I still have to sip it because at 8% it goes straight to my blood. If I had two of these in one sitting I'd probably be very intoxicated. I am a lightweight though. Cheers BR!! Still hoping to get out west and visit the brewery someday.

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Photo of RussBecker1
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful deepness and complexity of colors. The body is a deep mahogany which is only made prettier by the white head that sits atop the glass. Both colors play off of each other in a nicely distinct way.

S- Delicious smell. The rye strand is apparent but does not overpower the hops, which in turn does not over power the citrus and other spices that compliment the beer. It is pretty remarkable to have such a smooth distinction between each flavor without one overshadowing the other.

M-Crisp and effervescent, but still able to coat the taste buds and prepare them for the complexities of the beer.

T-Wow. Consistantly one of my favorite tastes as it is unequivocally the best balanced rye beer I have ever tasted. I could drink hop rod all day and still beg for more.

O-Not just the best rye beer I have ever had, but one of the best period.

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Photo of pat61
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours tea colored brown with a slight chill haze under a 3” off-white to cream colored foam cap that takes 5 minutes to reduce to ½” and coats the glass with sticky lace.

S: Rye spice and grassy resiny hops scented with a touch of a meadow smell after a soft rain blending earthiness, grass, vegetation and light floral.

T: Rich malts, biscuit and rye with a fairly assertive hop accent growing at the finish. Some grain or hop driven astringency at the finish. As it warms caramel notes become more prominent and rye flavors develop and create a strong urge for pastrami and German mustard.

F: Very creamy texture supported by soft carbonation that makes its medium body feel light and airy.

O: Loaded with layers of flavor that achieve a delightful balance.

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Photo of JayQue
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic IPA experience. Pours a deep clear mahogany color with a huge off white head. Sheets of lacing left on the glass. Good strong and pleasant hops smell but it can't do justice to the taste experience. The taste begins with crisp, sharp hops. Bitter but pleasant and rich tasting, more pine than citrus. As the beer warms up, the hops do not give way, but there is a strong caramel malt taste as an undercurrent. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich, not as oily / resinous as Celebration Ale...more crisp. Drinkability is very good, too high an abv for a session beer, but I was left wanting more after draining a 22 oz'er. Will definitely seek this one out again!!!

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Photo of viverlee
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Why I don’t drink this more often is still a mystery to me. The first time, it was ludicrous, barley pancakes and hoppy syrup. Once or twice in between, buttered flowers on toasted rye bread. Today, I’m nearly out of worthy descriptors.

I’m in my 30s now, having missed the sexting and DTF foam party generation. The silver lining, maybe, is that I get to experience the craft revolution at a time in my life when I have some bills to spare. And this Down To Quaff beer is a tastegasm worth enjoying now.

STYLE: Rye Beer

ABV: 8%

LOOK: Forest brown, copper highlights. The glass sweats, my mouth waters. It’s thick, rich, sturdy. Most importantly, it has structural integrity. A half-finger head could easily be confused with a protein shake. It moves with the beer, like pudding, without thinking. It’s just built that way – it has no choice.

NOSE: Strong hoppy nose. Herb butter, grapefruit, lemon peel, pine. Honey and subtle spices, I’m not sure what, pop in to say hello.

MOUTH: Bold statement time: It might be the most balanced beer I’ve ever had. In a different way, I think Allagash Curieux would give it a good run, and maybe prevail. But that’s another review for another time. This one, oh my. Sweet, bitter, malty, floral, distinctive. Three things happen with each sip. First, my nose swells with aroma, mostly buttered hops. Next, a soft soft blanket slowly coats the inside, then the outside, of my mouth, tongue to cheeks to lips to throat. Finally, the perfect astringent bite, a special reminder of who’s the boss. Rye, Cascade hops, and definitely DTQ.

Beeradvocate Rating: 95

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 98

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sanguineous antique bronze. Hop Rod Rye is chock full of fine particulates which create a lovely prism for the late afternoon sun slanting through my front window and cause the beer to explode with warm color. Perched atop the liquid is a creamystiff cap of pale tangerine that only an outrageously hoppy beer could produce. A perfect, rounded mesa of heavy cream awaits disruption, but not until I spend a few more moments enjoying the beautiful array of filagreed lace that sticks with impressive tenacity to the glass.

Hops, hops and more hops. And then some more. This is one of the most hop-dominant noses on any DIPA in existence. Too often beer of this style is balanced, as if balance is the Holy Grail of all beerdom. Well screw balance. It appears as if Bear Republic has given the most hopheaded among us what we crave. If the flavor follows the nose... we have a winner. Since brown sugary grapefruit and orange practically leap out of the glass, I feel pretty safe in saying that at least one, and probably multiple, of the 'C' hops are in use.

This is my kind of DIPA. I can't figure out why it continues to be classified as an IPA with such a high ABV and such a juggernaut of a hop load. There's plenty of sweet, toasted caramel flavor that does its best to keep the hops in line. Balance, shmalance. What kicks Hop Rod into orbit is the use of a not insignificant amount of rye malt that sets it apart from just about every DIPA that I've ever had.

As far as I'm concerned, rye is an underutilized grain in brewing. In the same way that it gives bourbon its spicy kick (except for Maker's Mark and a few others that use corn, barley and wheat instead of the usual corn, barley and rye), it gives this beer an exotic, piquant spiciness that is complemented by a citrusy thwack! from the hops and a sugary pine needle bite. A long, mouthcoating finish is borne of a full, chewy mouthfeel and nearly unnoticed carbonation.

I can't say enough good things about Bear Republic. Each and every beer is top-notch and is a marvel of the brewer's art. Hop Rod Rye is an intense, fantastically delicious DIPA and instantly leaps to within sight of the summit on my 'most favored beers of all-time' list. Wow!

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Wegmans

A-reddish with amber tones to ir with a decent head. It dissipates quickly though. Light lacing.

S- wow a nice nose, pine, mint and some citrus. a great complement and i smell it over and over. well done

T- wow, wow wow the taste is so smooth and has the same flavors as the nose. i cant say much more and thats a good thing.

M-smooth, creamy, i could drink it forever. It lingers in the mouth but not a bad linger, but one that you dont want to go away. I agree with the bros when they say it massages the tongue.

D- opne of the best IPA's i have had and would love a case of it.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up along with a bomber of Big Bear Black Stout. I'm in for a real treat.

Pours a rusty brown haze into my tulip tumbler with a nice big 2 finger head, accompanied by decent lacing lasting for about 5 minutes. Looks like a nice big Red Ale to the untrained eye.

Aroma's are abound with hops. I feel like I just feel into hop-heaven if there is such a place. Grapefruit, citrus, and slight pine are also to be noted with a nice sharp rye scent playing in the background.

POW right in the kisser! Hops spring forth in all there glory, giving way to a very welcoming caramel sweetness to balance out this monster of a beer. I loved the introduction of rye into this beer, it plays well with the variety of hops while complementing the slight caramel backbone. Masterful!

Feel was superb. Nice prickly carbonation and full body makes this a big beer by far.

This is a dangerously good beer. The brews at Bear Republic disguised this beer very well, giving it a nice smooth feel and finish while hiding the high ABV. Cheers!

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Photo of merlin48
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle pours out a clear, copper/red color with a thick beige head that retains well before fading into patchy sheet lacing. Aroma is a complexity of rye bread and westcoast hop notes of pine and sour citrus. Pears are noted in the background. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, as hops pour all over the palate. Taste is very highly hopped, but the rye and roasted grain flavors blend exceptionally well. This is really an extraordinary beverage! The rye bread flavor is a very hardy backbone for the orangerind and pine hop flavors that weave in and out, and all around this flavorful brew. Very chewy, and tastes like liquid food at times. Floral and fruity notes jump around the flavor profile as well. This is one of the finest ales I've sampled in quite some time. Complex and full of flavor, this is one kickass beer. A beautiful work of art that satisfies in all respects. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Prospero
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep brownish-amber color with a nice foamy almost frothy head. The aroma is hop-filled with a sweet citrusy and floral smell with maybe a small hint of pine. The carbonation is smooth and has an incredible mouthfeel that makes you want to savor this beer on your tongue. The rye malts are a nice spicy touch giving this IPA a bit different flavor that's a welcome change from the norm. The finish is a bit bittersweet both literally and figuratively as you'll want to keep coming back to drink some more.

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Photo of nortmand
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours solid caramel amber, with a fluffy white head that leaves sufficient lace.

Citrusy grapefruit hop aromas dominate. Some spicy rye notes as well. Sweet, supportive caramel notes in there.

Passion fruit and cotton candy flavors up front. Soon there are solid, semi metallic spicy rye flavors. Leaves a bitter pineapple aftertaste.

Full bodied, a tad overcarbonated, but not bad. Relatively complex, a very flavorful and refreshing brew. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - hazy, caramel, big tan head, superb lacing

S - hops, grapefruit, pine, fruit

T - hops - grapefruit, orange peel, pine - all there - tons of caramel and then a spicy rye zing

M - rich and lush but not in the least bit syrupy

O - outstanding hop bomb with tremendous balance and depth

I had this on tap in LA about 5 years ago - wonderful. Found a bottle at Total Wine last night. Please, oh please, stock more of this!

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,076 ratings.
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