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
Photo of allentownpaguy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Troyone
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy darker amber color with a minimal tan head that dissipated to nothing with in minutes and has some carb action.

A toasted caramel smell with herbal pine and lime hops with hints of maple, allspice, and nutmeg.

A light sweet taste with the flavors of roasted caramel and light molasses malt; moderate herbal pine and grapefruit lime hops; and hints of (salt free) soy sauce, pepper, licorice, and cola.

Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied dry and sweet resin texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth hoppy malt finish.

Easy to drink session type of beer with 8.0 and a good change up for this type.

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Photo of goldenM13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of IPAbastard760
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Nofear048
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of MerkurKing16
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color, thin off-white head settles very quickly. Smell is HUGE! Lots of citrusy hops, and the rye shows up well, smell is remeniscent of a fresh baked loaf of dark rye. Taste is less hoppy than i expected from the aroma. The rye shows up very nicely. and a bit of citrusy hop flavor comes thru shortly thereafter. Mouthfeel is very smooth, some resiny texture towards the finish, nice and moist. Drinkability is quite good. Would pair well with some corned beef, maybe even a reuben on rye bread. Well done.

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Photo of Hophead101
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bear Republic - a favorite brewery of mine. Tasted tonite while watching Big Brother 9 - not that you care - but more for my record keeping purposes.

Poured into a chalice glass. let it sit from fridge temp for 10 minutes or so to warm up a bit.

The appearance was fantastic. A great looking beer - nice thick head, small and bubbly on the sides. A very nice almost dark burgandy brown. The head stuck around for quite some time. rather impressive.

Smell: great smell as well. hits the nose very hard. great hop aroma. fills the entire nostril. subtle hints of rye - predominantly a hop nose - some chooclate malt in there?

Taste: crisp top of the mouth hop taste. smell and hop taste seem to disconnected. but good flavor none the less. minimal rye flavor until the beer warms up - then it becomes much more pronounced.

Feel: lingering hop flavor which i thought was a bit too much. but don't get me wrong - the flavor is fantastic.

Drinkability: the lingering hops again takes a bit away from the drinkability.

all in all - this is one kick ass beer. Bear Republic does not dissapoint. I would have actually like a little bit more of a pronounced hop flavor and aroma.

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish brown body with a one-finger off-white head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Smells of strong hops and rye with strong caramel tones.

T: Much bigger than the smell. Caramel malts hit hard upfront but turn graciously to a spicy rye finishing in a piny bitter hop flavor.

M: Nice thickness to it, medium-full bodied and good carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for the big flavor and semi-strong alcohol content. Very good IPA and even better for the price

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very nice deep amber color with perfect pillowy tan head. Angelic lacing.

S- sweet, citric, pine, dry, resinous.

T- Very nice IPA characteristics with a hint of rye.

M- Dry and astringent, however sweet. A very unique feel that is A+!

D- Dangerously high.

This is one of my new favorites...!!..!

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Photo of Tee2Grn
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of OatmattStout
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with all the Bear Republic beer's I have had this one followed suit with an incredibly rocky, fluffy and thick head and rendered the appropriate full lacing on my glass from top to bottom. Nice deep mahogony color with plenty of particles of unfiltered hops and yeast. The nose was of firm and fresh hops and a hint of rye. Taste was great with the hop slam hitting you with all the usual suspects, pine, citrus and a grapefruit rind biting finish. Nice malt backbone to hold up to the hops . Awesome.

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

Purchased as a single from Save-On in Mentor, OH. for $2.00/12 oz. bottle.

Poured into my S.A. glass at fridge temps, had to do a fairly hard pour to raise about a 1/2 inch beige head. The beer is a deep bronze/copper in color. Head dissapates rather quickly to a very thin cap, but some nice lacing developes as the beer is quaffed.

Hops up front in the nose, mostly citrus in nature. A bit of carmel makes it through the hops.

The taste is similar to the nose; hops are up front, with caramel in the background. The use of rye seems to add a bit of spice to the flavor, not usually found in other IPAs/DIPAs. Despite the 8% abv, no hint of alcohol is detected .. perhaps just a little warming in the tummy. Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation helping here. (definitely not 'bitey' by being over-carbonated) Drinkability is better than expected, as this doesn't feel like an 8% ABV beer. It goes down very smooth, so I could see quaffing more than one of these in a session easily.

I've always enjoyed Bear Republic brews, and feel that they consistently put out a good product. Hop Rod Rye is another good example of a solid brew. Recommended!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep deeeep amber/brown. Light tan, one finger head. Dark for an IPA. Lacing.

S - Sweet molasses and perfumey hops.

T - Pretty much excellent. The rye really takes this IPA places. One of the better examples of reinterpreting a style. I'm reading it's a "strong" IPA, which is exactly what I'd consider it.

M - Med-Thick but highly carbonated. Jumped out of the bottle a little when I cracked it. Could be slightly thinner to help the drinkability.

D - If this was around my area, I'd definitely buy a lot more of this. It's a great brew that I'll most likely trade for/buy again... I'd really love to try this in a fresh keg.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter. No bottled date. After taking some tasting notes on Heaven Hills single barrel 25 year Rittenhouse Rye (barrel 57, bottle 33) today, this is fitting.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red amber color with huge chunks of sludge with copper colored single finger tight head. Persistent lacing. The chunks didn't seem to affect the taste.

Nose: Subdued with a bit of spicy rye notes and citrus IPA.

Taste: Alright, very impressive. Big punch of dried fruit and hop bitterness. Malty backbone provides caramel sweetness that balances out the bitter, piney mouth.

Mouth: Sticky mouthful, with a real dry finish. High carbonation supports the bright rye.

Drink and Overall: Okay, good beer. Little disappointed, but I really enjoyed it. First time trying this beer, I will have another go at some point.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours well into my glass, a deep dark amber. The head is creamy off-white like the foam you may see in a latte. It has a bold scent of rye ale and alcohol. The scent really hits you as does that initial swig. That 18% rye content does a number on the flavor. Excellent craft ale from northern California once again.
Overall this particular brew earns a 4 and a quarter.

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Photo of henryclay_
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of webbcreative
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber, with 2 finger sticky creamy white head. Left incredible lacing throughout the glass. Smell is Malty sweetness with piney citrus hops. Taste is all the same - malty sweetness - with big piney citrus hops, also some spiciness from the rye which is quite nice in this [D]IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium, but lowly carbonated. But is sticky sweet that is lips smackin' good!

Overall this is a great DIPA - not too sickly sweet as with some I have had.

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Photo of strangebrew321
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Lauthaha
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer pours an auburn color...almost opaque, but with just a touch of translucence. Head is a beautiful tan color, about two fingers high. Richly foamy, and it recedes leaving a layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Really pretty.

Smell: The malty rye character is boldly challenged by bitter, piney hops. A very earthy smell, very well done.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very creamy upon entrance, and wow...it's bittersweet in all the best ways. Carob or vanilla bean, toasted sweet rye, earthy hops. A nice tangy aftertaste, full of all the great flavors aforementioned and adding none other.

Overall: Just about perfect in every way. The only things for me that could have made it better would have been a heftier head retention and maybe ONE more scent in the nose...but I'm just splitting hairs at this point, a truly good beer.

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Photo of engagechad
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - fresh - poured into dfh snifter

perfect pour with awesome lacing, incredible color. It's a deep ruby almost garnet in color.
Smells of sweet malts and hops, it's a delicate balance
Tastes like an IPA, bitter and hoppy, yet with a good mouthfeel and spice from the rye.

I DO intend on buying this beer again. Bear Republic is 2 for 2 with me.

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Photo of chucksim
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of burns3y
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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