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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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time, maybe 6 months ago, and remember thinking "Dang, this is even better than Terrapin and may very well be my new favorite Rye IPA!!"

I bought another bottle a few months ago and have had it in my fridge, wanting to let some space between impressions to see if really was "all that". Poured from a bomber into a Reidel stemless chalice.

A: Pours a very dark chestnut / copper, pretty clear until the last pour from the bottle. One finger caramel head is pretty creamy looking and durable, leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S: Nose is aggressive spicy hop and rye with citrus / pine and a bit of booziness. Smells damn good.

T: Taste on this is just lovely, great balance between slightly sweet caramel malts, pretty big hops, somehow perfectly balanced by the rye, with a hint of citrus / floral / honeysuckly flavors. For me, this beer is just so perfectly balanced. Well designed and solidly put together. I wouldn't call it out as 8% ABV without reading the label.

MF: Mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, though it's pretty full bodied and almost creamy and very coating. So drinkable.

This is a really great beer and honestly the best rye ale I've had (so far). Love the complexity and balance and imminent drinkability. Highly recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: A deep mahogany brown with a burgundy tinge and a nice head of off white foam which sticks around.

S: Grainy and thick caramel sweetness with a nice hop freshness.

T: Crisp with a nice syrupy sweetness, hints of raisins, and grainy malt backbone. The palate is even and smooth, highlighted with pine and earthy bitterness along with hints of mint and citrus zest and finally culminates to a finish that is spicy and somewhat dry.

M: Full bodied, smooth and with a nice linger which coats the palate. The carbonation is moderate and pleasing giving this brew good drinkability.

O: A great Rye IPA; this ale has nice complexity and an interesting palate. Bear Republic shows what ingenuity, creativity, and guts can do when it comes to microbrewing.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,716 ratings.
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