Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,716 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear Republic : Hop Rod Rye
Bottle claims "made with 18% rye"

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with an off white pillowy foam. Mostly clear, though unfiltered, the yeast was reserved in the bottle.

Smell: West coast citrusy pungent fruityness with some alcohol lofting up as well.

Taste: Nice and hoppy upfront. Peppery rye spice, paired with pine and grapefruit zest. Malt or perhaps rye grain provides a small roasted note. Ale yeast giving off fruity notes. The alcohol is hidden well behind layers of hoppy, rye influenced goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing. Some hop oils are noticed.

Overall: A nice twist on the Rye/IPA style. Big rye, bright citrusy hops, subdued malt character and easy to consume.

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: dark, off white head, good color

S: sweet, hoppy, carmel, but hits you with hops.

T: piney hops, bready, sweet carmel, brown sugar, bitter, a little rye, but well balanced.

M: bitter after taste with high carbonation thats a little too much, but for the ABV, it's pretty drinkable.

Overall a solid beer from BR. I love Racer 5, which is a better beer, but this is a solid go to.

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Appearance - Very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger very interesting and contrasting pale white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell - Wonderful complex smell. Hoppy, malty and everything in between. Very sweet smelling as well.

Taste - Starts sweet and finishes with crisp piney bitter bite. 8% ABV is very well disguised. .

Mouthfeel - warm and buttery

Overall - Very good American IPA but the bitterness lingers too long in aftertaste for me to really love this beer. I can revisit this one plenty in future however.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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