Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye
4,723 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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Ratings: 4,723 |  Reviews: 2,080
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ski271
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber at Zeno's, State College, PA
Hazy, dark, slightly-ruddy brown, with a medium-sized, foamy, light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Noticeable sediment in the bottle. First glass was a careful pour, second one let the sediment mix in... affecting the mouthfeel some but that was about it. The aroma is a great balance of roasted malted and piney and citrus hops. The taste is equally as impressive. Some lightly roasted, biscuity malts, and a big, fresh, fruity hops presence. Wonderful finish. Big and hoppy without becoming very cloying at all. It has a medium body, crisp, bitter texture, and soft carbonation. This was a real treat, one definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Dark redish brown color. Tan head. Some lacing. Nice piney hops smell. Also note sweet maltiness in the smell.

Pine hops taste up front followed by the sweet finish. Malt candy sweetness comes through as you drink more but it never becomes overbearing. Slighly bitter aftertaste but not overly so. 8% ABV is nicely hidden.

One of the few double IPA that had enough hops bitterness to cover the sweetness. This is one I really enjoyed. Another winner from Bear Republic. Much thanks to the immortal maltygoodness.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Clear, oily, sticky lacing, clearly this one is hopped to holy hell. Light beige head, dark amber in color. Aroma is loaded with hop juiciness, mainly pine and grass and some nice malt sweetness as well. Taste is very smooth, bitter throughout, some grapefruit and nice sweetness in the background on the back end. Insanely drinkable for a high abv, no alcohol anywhere in the tasting. This must be an expensive beer to make, it's clearly loaded up with malt and hops. Awesome.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper/brown with a tan head.

S: Citrus peel, orange, pineapple, lemon, rye, grass and general floral notes in the nose.

T: The rye hits you hard up front, but very pleasantly, along side some nice citrus peel, orange and pineapple. A touch of malt, grass and alcohol. Quite well balanced.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Definitely recommended. The rye adds an interesting flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of sfprint
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with a slight haze. very little visible rising carbonation. basically no head.
S: Slightly plasticy, but over all hoppy and vaguely in the IPA world. Dark IPA
T: Tip crossed with a mildly bitter dark amber tea, slightly roasted flavor.
M: Mildly bitter, with mild carbonation
O: Good, like a tasty IPA but not nearly so outstanding like everyone seems to think.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of johlac66
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep sienna coloring with excellent clarity topped by a single finger collar of dense, tan foam. Lacing is of the very best quality

Aroma: While the hops (of course) dominate the nose, one can detect the underlying notes of the high quality malt

Taste: Initial impression...hops. Mid-taste...hops. Finish...hops. As the brew warmed the mid notes of malt and rye were more easily detected.

Mouthfeel: A 'thick' and satisfying mouthfeel with very good body

Drinkability: Well above average as long as you do not need to use your taste buds for anything else in the immediate future

Hop Rod is brewed with 18% flaked rye and is a 'must taste' for self acclaimed hopheads

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a big red hue. Nice off-white head that leaves a ring around the edges with some big puddles of foam.

Smells of sweet caramel with a slight tang that comes from the rye. Fresh orange citrus hops. A lot of candied fruit like melon and mild oranges. A very juicy bubblegum. There is a large amount of subdued citrus hops.

Tastes sweet and malty with a lot of mild fruity bitterness. Dew melon. Again, very juicy with an amazing pine/orange-citrus hop profile. The hops really stick out in the aftertaste. The bitterness is nowhere to be found until you swallow. Then it hits you but like a ninja it drops in. It has a very mellow mellow, fruity and dry finish.
For the amount of hops and bitterness it leaves it goes down pretty quickly. I served it in the mid 40s and as I drank the hop definition became intense.

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Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of hopswap1
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass...

A: Pours a dark combination of mahogany and molasses with a nice thick inch of head perched on top. The lacing is gorgeous.

S: Scents originating from the rye base flow freely through the aroma. They couple with a truckload of citrus hops. Mainly grapefruit. Roasty caramel malts and pepper come through with the rye. There is a promising pungency emanating from my glass.

T: MMM...Delicious. First off, the alcohol is extremely well masked. Next this beer is incredibly balanced. The grapefruit jumps right out at you as soon as you sip. The roasty malts and spices come through later and leave an incredibly satisfying taste on the pallet. The hop bitterness is just enough to tingle the tongue, without crushing out the other flavors.

M/D: The mouthful is nice and sticky, medium to high carbonation. You get exactly what you would expect from looking at it and watching it pour.

I don't know if I have ever had an IPA quite like this. The rye base adds an unreal element to the beer. The complexity is through the roof, as the brewer must have gone insane to mix the proportions of these ingredients. Its part IPA, part winter warmer (?), part DIPA, and all delicious.

To think that I paid $5.49 for this beer, and I got the worst deal on the entire page really says something about this beer. For the price, you'll have a really hard time finding an IPA that even comes close. This beer has the entire package. Delicious, balanced, and complex. A truly enjoyable drinking experience that I can't wait to recreate in the near future.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second Review: After my first review last week (see below), I wanted to try this again, but buying it from a different store to see if I could get a fresher bottle.

Appearance is about the same, but the aroma and taste have definitely been improved. I've found the ink used for their bottling date to be rather hard to read, but still I can see this one, a 12 oz bottle, was bottled on June 28, 2010. At two months, the hops are still plenty fresh. The rye still provides a slightly stronger malt presence than most all-barley malt IPA's but it compliments the hops well. Overall a very enjoyable beer thats even better when the hops are still noticeable.

Poured from 22oz bomber into glass

Dark amber body with red highlights capped by a super sticky light-ivory colored head. Light bubbles quickly work their way up along the walls of the glass as they feed into the head.

Moderate malt presence in the aroma, with the rye certainly contributing to this but also a solid caramel malt note. A slightly floral hop character starts to make its way through but was not as strong as I expected.

As with the aroma, the taste came across as more malty than expected. Caramel malts came through strong as well as a good bit of bread-like flavors. Where are the hops though? There is a nice bitterness but not nearly as floral or citrusy as the typical west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the heavy side but very smooth.

Overall a very drinkable beer that I absolutely enjoyed, especially the rye character. However, the hop character did not seem to match that of an IPA. It improved as the beer warmed, but at no point did the beer seem like an IPA.

I really wanted to give this beer a better review, but the aroma and taste did not match the style for me. Hopefully this was just an old bottle with faded hops, and I'll make sure to give this beer another try with fresher hops.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Riley's here in Madison for $3.99.

Pours a dark garnet/mahogany color with a few fingers of tan, rocky head with some good lacing and retention. On my second pour a film of rubbery-looking yeast plopped into my glass, kinda strange. Looks more like a scotch ale to me. Nose is strong, rich floral/piney hops with sweet tropical fruit notes. Taste starts off with a hearty pine-hop kick but as it warms transitions into caramel malt, sweet pineapple, apricot and citrus. A faint rye bitterness can be detected but I wouldn't have guessed there was rye in it without the name. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. This is a highly drinkable DIPA, the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice balance between sweet malty/fruity and bitter hops here. Another winner from Bear Republic.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,723 ratings
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