Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,716 Ratings
Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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
Ratings:
4,716
Reviews:
2,077
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
287
Gots:
376
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,716 |  Reviews: 2,077
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 SlightlyGrey
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griphon
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joeperl47
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger off white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and spicy hop driven aroma with a scent of rye, grass, and caramel. Earthy and floral hops with a scent of grass and pine along with subtle citrus hints. Barley malt with a big scent of rye spice along with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and toast with yeast. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and spicy hop forward taste with notes of rye, caramel, and grass. Strong hop presence with earthy and floral notes of pine resin and grass. Subtle citrus notes. Barley malt with a lot of rye spice and notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, and grains along with yeast. A very good bold taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy and fairly chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good twist on an IPA. Really good mix of rye and hop flavors.

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vikinggary28
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnParadee
1.06/5  rDev -75%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of AdamSteve
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxPowers
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tenessee_Jed1972
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks almost like a scotch ale after pouring. Deep, dark red color. Ruby-esque. Tastes pretty hoppy but even the hops in this IPA are dominated by the rye. Holy rye! A very enjoyable beer if you like rye/hop forward offerings.

Bought 1 bottle to try... Would buy again.

Cheers.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkurhajec
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spiral517
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber with a thick creamy head, looks pretty good.

smell is mild yet contains sweetness and slight spice.

taste is hot and spicy, nice rye burn. full flavored beer, finishes spicy with a nice burn.

this isn't bad but i've had much more mellow rye IPAs. this may be a little more spicy and burning than i enjoy.

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Photo of HardyA
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hopyard57
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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