Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,720 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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Photo of loren01
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany color with 2 finger frothy white/tannish head. Gopd head retention down the glass.
S: Smell is very citrusy/peppery. Slightly sweet smell.
T: Sweet, rich tasting beer up front. Nice hoppy flavor as an aftertaste. You can definately taste the rye as well.
M: Carbonation is nearly perfect, medium bodied.
D: Had this one in a bomber, could not drink much more after having one of these, it was pretty heavy, nevertheless a very tasty beer, thanks to GClarkage for this beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Rod Rye is a deep brown into black colored brew, which shines a deep amber color when held to the light. There is a lot of microscopic sediment floating throughout, so it must be bottle conditioned. Topping the beer is a small, bubbly tan head. Lots of lacing.

The nose has a whole lot of hops in it, a bit of alcohol (Hop Rod Rye is 8.00% ABV), with some rye and other sweet malts.

The taste starts with a lot of sweet caramel malt, and a lot of rye grains, some brown sugar, into some nice hops, probably some Zeus hops along with the more common west coast varieties. Nice citrus, grapefruit, floral and bittering elements. Medium bodied and wet.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An IPA injected with 18% rye? Wonder how this will do. On to the beer:

Pours rich dark from the bottle, which it settles into a dark amber in color with an awesome, thick head. There's a litle rye, ginger, and hops with a metallic twist to it in the nose. Now to taste it - leans towards the fruity side, not as hop dominant as the other IPA's. The flavor doesn't explode on you, but it's still pleasant. What makes this one unique is it's dry finsih (from the rye I suppose) that allows you to quaff this brew with ease.

I was wondering what the difference between the two Bear Republic IPA's would be, and this I would label the "different" one with its rye shot. The other offering I will try soon to compare notes. (Update: Racer 5 is tastier, but Hop Rod Rye is more quaffable.)

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice orange-red/amber with a nice head that leaves pretty good lacing

S: Nice and hoppy, along with some nice spicy rye and caramel malts

T: Some bitterness from the hops at first, then comes the spicy rye and malts. Also some peppery alcohol, though hidden very well. Pretty complex with all the flavors blending nicely together

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Works well with the spiciness in general

O: An interesting take on the oh-so-common American IPA. The hops work well with the rye in an odd but good way

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Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of this from codysjb in a recent trade in Amsterdam. Fun hanging out man. Hope to see you again soon!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, tight, creamy off-white head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a good, thick cap. A clear mahogany or rust orange color with no carbonation evident. A hazy with remains leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Great looking stuff.

SMELL: Lots of hops on the nose. Pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon there, with some nice pineapple, mango and a good dose of piney hops. Bolder as well. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, rye malts, and lots of piney hops up front. Sweet mango and honeydew melon as well, leading into a bold and lingering finish. Piney hops, bitter floral notes, some spicy rye with a light caramel sweetness adding some balance to the brew. Very hoppy with a nice spicy element from the rye. Really good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on this one, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent stuff. Piles of hops here, with a nice malt backbone and some spicy rye as well. Looks and feels good too. This is one I'd be glad to have regular access to, as it's a great example of the style. Cheers for this one Cody. Hope to hang out again!

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap in the Map Room in Chicago.
Good looking auburn brew with a nice head. The smell is typical IPA, but that doesn't carry over to the taste. The rye really shows itself in the taste, especially the latter portions. I like that this has a ton of hoppiness but you remember the other notes as well. Been drinking a lot of hop bomb beers lately and this was a nice change of pace on the hoppy them. Really interesting twist on an IPA, I would definetly like to have this again. Wouldn't hesitate to pick it up if I saw it at a store.

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Photo of mjgardner
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired from umustdrink. Thanks Nick. Drank with bross242 and dannosparks. One of 31 beers in a exceptional day of drinking.

Appearance - Pours a clear brilliant dark amber with a big tan head that dissapates a bit. Very good lacing.

Smell - The big citrus hops hit right away. There is also a noticeable rye aroma with some citrusy pineapple at the back.

Taste - A bit hop bitterness with quite a bit of rye. This has a nice malt character that helps balance the beer out.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with very little carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable IPA. The alcohol is hidden very well. Definitely one of the best IPA's I have tasted in awhile.

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quaffer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer was a dark amber color with slight hints of red within its depths. A creamy-tan head that was dense and pillowy rose up to two fingers. I took a long time to finally sink back down into the beer, leaving a fairly thick cap of foam floating on the top of the brew for all of the drink. It left a butt load of lace.

After awhile I noticed that there was stuff floating around in my glass. And not your typical yeast sediment type of stuff either. It looked like it could be hops particles. I wouldn't be suprised if that's what it was, considering the hoppiness of this beer.

Smell: On the pour, this beer smelled like pure, raw hops. Nothing more. After the brew settled down, a maltiness emerged on the nose combined with a light fruitiness. The hops aroma was still very prominent at this time as well.

Mouthfeel: On the first pour, it was medium-bodied with a lot of tingle to it. A very crisp beer. I was much more aggressive on the second pour, though, and the beer smoothed out a lot and took on a creamier character.

Taste: Upfront, there were some smooth, almost rich, malt flavors. Nothing overly complex, but still very good. Very quickly a good dollop of hops kicked in that had more of an herbal character that anything else. This bitterness lingered into the finish and long into the aftertaste. I know this is a little gross, but any belches produced by this beer had a very raw hop quality to them. Also on the finish was a chewy, grain flavor that I supposed could be attributed to the rye. I'm not sure, though, because I have tried very few rye beers before.

This was a great beer. Very hoppy and very refreshing. Even though the flavor was not too complex, there was a depth to it that a lot of bitter brews don't have. I only wish that I could get it locally so I could drink it regularly. Twenty-two ounces was not even close to being enough.

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Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Rod Rye pours a dark brown after the prodigious head off white finally settles down. This one poured all foam, even though I poured it carefully. The aroma is hoppy. The taste is also hoppy from start to finish. The rye definitely lends this beer a different character. Excellent beer, recommended.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a nice froathy cream colored head that leaves excellent layered lacing.

S- A wonderful balance between a ton of hops and malts with a touch of rye in there too.

T- A very deep hop flavour. There is a more Earthy flavour here than a normal IPA I guess that must be the rye. About half way down a nice sweet flavour comes with some fruit hit and then a perfect balance with the massive hops. A nice hop bitterness that lingers on for quite a while.

M- Medium in body and sticky.

D- Highly recommended her. Very solid brew.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hop Rod Rye literally took off in the glass. It poured a dark red mahogany which was darker at the top then at the bottom. It had a vicious head that did not give way and the retention lasted a long, long time.

The smell was really hoppy. It had some rye in the aroma as well.

The flavor was full bodied and well balanced. In the mouth is was chewy but is was thin. It had a lot of carbonation which worked for me. It was a great American IPA.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Excellent brownish, red amber color with a two-finger head of dense, frothy, off-white foam. Muddled clarity through some chilled haze, but ample carbonation is apparent beneath the persistent head and ring of lace.

S: Loads of spicy hops, funky yeast and bready twang as well as a mild, herbal tea-like sweetness.

T: Fairly sweet and rich up front with a fruity and floral malt complex comprised of bready malts, dates, fennel seed and spicy hop additions. The finish is rich, smooth and roasted with a hints of caramel and bready sweetness awash with bitter, citrusy and complex hops.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth, balanced feel that's accentuated with some slight tartness and spice from the rye malt.

O: A really nice, big rye beer at 8% ABV. It strays from the Rye-PA most folks are used to, but is still pretty liberal with the hops. Perhaps it's just my perception, as the complex malts and careful balance steal the show here. I'd get it again, for sure.

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Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep mahogany in color. Pours with about a inch of tannish colored, rocky head, leaving a bit a lacing around the glass. Clear.

S: Sweet candy malts with some pine and citrus hops.

T: Starts with a smoky malt that gives way to the rye spice, finishing dry, bitter, and with flavors of black pepper and pine.

M: Medium body. Appropriate carbonation. Leaves a light coating of malt around the mouth.

D: A very good beer. I'm afraid my bottle wasn't even the freshest bottle, yet this was still a very good beer. Would love to taste it fresh on tap as I can only imagine it would be all that much better. Easy to drink. Not overly hopped up, yet the rye doesn't allow the malt to overpower.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been meaning to get on this one for awhile. this is a monster beer. hands down one of the most hoppy and most complex rye beers ive had. it pours a deep indian brown color with just a bit of haze. looks pretty dense, with some light coming through, but not much. theres about a one inch off white head on it, but it recedes pretty quickly. the nose is very very hoppy. sticky sweet dank hops, oily and aggressive. theres also some spice from the rye, bready and pungent, as well as a darker sweeter malt profile than i expected when i bought it. the flavor is unreal. so much going on. at first sip its a hop trip, high alpha and mean, but that gets interrupted fairly quickly by a really distinct and different peppery rye flavor that comes out of nowhere and lasts the rest of the time. sweeter malt kicks up at the end, and the bitter aspect of the hops finally comes back. the finish is long and complex. this is a gem as far as flavor journey goes, more rye heavy than any ive had i think. mouthfeel is good, big and thick on the body, with enough carbonation to make it dangerously drinkable. there is some hop resin left in the mouth though that is a love it or hate it kind of thing. i think it makes the beer come across a bit heavy, but thats just me. this is a perfect cold weather beer, with all the necessary elements. high abv, big hop, lots of body, and stick to your guts malt. this is worth the hype for sure.

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Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luscious amber beer with a white creamy head.

Peach and grapefruit nose.

This is awesome, nice bitter taste and the rye malt really works well. A HIGHLY recommended option for those who like hoppy beers. I also recommend Founders Reds Rye for fans of the style.

Perfect carbonation, medium viscosity.

Hides APV very well, so easy to drink.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, dark, winey red-brown with a muscular, chestnutty head that retains well despite a seemingly airy structure.

Smell: Hops are in control, grassy, floral, fresh and zesty. Fruity notes are second-in-command, with ripe cherries, prunes, raisins, and essences of port and nutty sherry. Toasty rye and a dark rummy sugar cane sweetness are also detectable. Very complex, difficult to tease out and describe all its nuances.

Taste: The rye is definitely noticeable, adding a somewhat earthy, almond-like nutty edge. Chocolate and carob flavors also appear, countered by a strong, sharp hop presence, spicy, dry, and estery. Sweet, fruity, boozy fortified wine notes emerge as it warms. I just realized that I wrote the words "very nice" in my tasting notes three times, so that should give you an idea of how good this is.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft yet sharp with a lip- and tongue-smacking dryness.

Drinkability: This is endlessly savorable, easy to drink despite its mass of alcohol and hops.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roger85
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kzoobrew
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 03/29/11

Poured into Stone IPA glass. Fairly clear ruby colored body. Three finger antique white colored head is perched atop. Retention is impressive, thick moth eaten lacing left clinging as the head recedes.

The is a tremendous amount of balance in the aroma. The bottle is not super fresh and some fading of the hops could lead to this. Pine and citrus hops blend with an earthy rye and soft caramel malt aroma. Very pleasant smelling beer.

The flavor mimics what was picked up by the nose. Slightly resinous pine and citrusy hops blend upfront with a sweet malt flavor. The earthy, almost tobacco rye flavor really compliments the pine flavor while providing a perfect counterpoint to the sweetness.

Medium bodied beer, carbonation clocks in at a low to moderate level. The finish is on the drier side though there is a bit of resinous hop flavor which will finger.

Very good beer, one of the best rye beers out there. I am partial to Founders offering but I believe Hop Rod Rye is every bit as good. Easy to drink, very enjoyable.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbkd3b
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Surprisingly dark in the color, and with plenty of hazy sediment in the center to boot. A small off-white head bubbles out of existence after only a short time, and there isn't any sort of lacing to speak of. Honestly, I don't care because the scent is too pleasant, with its seductive combo of grapefruit citrus and spicy rye leading the charge. Bready malts round off the nose giving a nice, even character and welcoming impression.

Now amplify the nose, and make every aspect of it even stronger. That's what it tastes like. Incredibly well-executed punch of bitter hoppiness, rye, and a kick of bread give this beer a complex, tasty flavor. Sensual body slides against the tongue, with the perfect amount of carbonation satisfying any beer-drinker's palate. Heck, it even goes down smooth and easy, making me wonder where in the world that alcohol disappeared to. Frankly, amazing.

Overall/notes - Well, I like the Racer 5, but this just ran right over it (pun not intended). Much more potent than I generally expect out of an IPA, and with great balance, too! Never would have thought the rye could go such a long way, but Bear Republic apparently was on to something. Well-done.

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Photo of KeefD
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch of tan colored foam sits on top of a dark amber/red body with little retention and some lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma, backed up by a strong alcohol presence and sweet malts. Lemony hops, hints of orange peel, certainly bitter, but a nice malt backbone to keep it somewhat balanced. Hop character is huge, and I don't understand how this can be considered a regular IPA, as it fits every standard of a DIPA. It delicious, strong, and a must try for all hop-heads.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,720 ratings.
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