Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,720 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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Photo of Angling_and_brewing
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of guitarmage
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured very dark for an IPA. Hazy brown with some copper hues, looks like a Belgian dubbel in color. Head struggled to form but there's an off white lacing floating on the beer.

Smell: Nice malt sweetness, not a dark sugary sweetness, light and fruity, suggestions of apple juice, hops are floral and smooth, great smelling IPA.

Taste: Sweetness tastes of apricot, ripe fruit, hops come in but don't take over the beer, there's a nice balance of sweet and bitter, then the beer dries up with faint alcohol, and bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to full body, carbonation is consistent and prickly on the palate, a dry finish but a little oily.

Drinkability: A lot of sweetness for an IPA, but a lot of hops to balance it out. This beer is rather complex for the style, and very well done. Tasty IPA that offers more than most.

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Photo of kasper
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark semi opaque amber/brown with foamy huge 3 finger coffee creamer-colored head. Nice lacing all over in thick batches.

S: Real hoppy up front but as it warms, strong chocolately malts and carmel notes become omnipresent.

T: Nice mixture of rye, chocolate malts and bitter hops. Loads of chocolate up front which leads into a bready carmel taste t hat is followed by bitter hoppy tingly finish.

M: Thick and sticky with nice bubbly carbonation. Definitely what I consider full-bodied.

D: This is a pretty heavy and tasty brew, but one bomber would do it for me.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Looks like an amber but tastes like an IPA. Hoppy blend of stuff put into this brew makes it a great one. I will get it again. Had it after a malty sweet beer and is amazing in contrast. I wonder where the rye is. Perhaps if it gets a bit warmer.

10 min later: definately can taste the rye. It gives it a bolder taste. Kinda bready with a kick.

Like I said. Awesome.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a kind of light plum color. This was in a brown bottle, so I had no idea how dark this would be until I poured it, I was a bit surprised, as I was expecting something a bit lighter. looks good, nice froth on top.

Wow, I can already feel the hops on my tongue just from the smell, can't wait to try.

Hoppy, tasty, nice.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the sixth or seventh time for me with this beer, including once on-tap. However, I've never reviewed it until now so I thought I might as well.

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Incredible meringue-like two to three-finger head. Lacing is huge, cavernous in formation. Body is a dark grain amber. Very pretty looking. Head dissipates to a half-finger after a minute or so, but remains for a fairly impressive stretch prior to that.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops. Interestingly, the citrus in Hop Rod comes across more lemon-like than any other fruit, which is unusual in any IPA. Almost like a smoothed-over Pine Sol aroma, which one could say is detectable in many IPA's but here is more prevalent. This isn't a bad thing to me, I enjoy Pine Sol's scent. : ) Rye and hop bitterness on the back end. A slight bit of caramel. Like other rye beers, the hops and rye aromas seem to coalesce, oddly, into a sort of fruit punch flavor.

Taste: Mmm citrusey, pine-y hops. A little more orange-like in the flavor than the nose, but there's still that lemon lightness. Rye spiciness on the back end, but not quite to the extent of something like Founder's Red's Rye. The aroma trumps the flavor for me in the complexity department, but it's still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, slightly astringent, fairly adequate carbonation. Nothing wow-inducing, but nice. The spiciness one might expect from a rye-based beer is not really that prevalent, but it does provide a bit of a sting at the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Extremely enjoyable, and one of the finest IPA's or rye-based beers in existence. An archetype for the style.

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Photo of mrunseen
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ABOWMan
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale poured a nice mahogany color with a full two fingers worth of of fine bubbled off-white head. The head was long lasting and left prominent lacing on the walls of my pint glass. The clarity of the ale was slightly turbid with a moderate yeast "halo".

The aroma was cirtus, ripe plum, with a grainy note to end.

The flavor was sweet malt, tart rye, hop bitterness. Very refreshing, but slightly heavy.

The drinkability was good given the robust ABV and full rich mouthfeel.

I really like this ale. Normally a IPA fan, but the addition of rye gives this ale an unmistakable crispness that is different than the normal hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of katybee
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MMMM....yummy! An exceedingly bitter beer at first taste, balanced by smooth body and carmellized sweetness of the malts. It poured clear, cola golden brown with a 1/2" creamy head which rimmed my glass with a persistent lacing. Very nice. Initially bitter on the tongue, the presence of rye definitely detectable in flavor, complimented by some strong flowery hopping. But very dry; no residual off-tastes, just a little peppery spiciness on the tongue. MMM! And a smooth soft creamy body that makes you want to let the bitter liquid linger a bit longer on your tastebuds, at which point the slight sense of carmelized malts hits you. Then surprise surprise, as the beer in your glass warms up, you notice some sedimenttion falling through the brew. Yeasts? Malts? An interesting authenticity.

Overall, very enjoyable and easy to sip throughout an evening, with the unique scent of rye replacing what would be hops in any other ale. Thinner than a stout, without any sense of "soy-maltiness" or "guinness dryness" this is a gorgeous brown ale. Try it! My only complaint was that the label didn't quite do the beer justice; they should rework it. lol.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- pours into glass an somehat cloudy amber color with someredish hues, I say cloudy because it has some particles susbended in it, about a fingers worth of head,
s- mostly the piney smell of hops, perhaps some of the ryecomes through, but its very faint,
t- good taste, the rye is a good ballance to the piny hops in this one, I really enjoy the taste of this one,
m- good, maybe a little oily from the hops,
d-good , the balance of rye and hops helps out here,

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Photo of Reggae4203
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Jstuart23
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stingray5
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pours a beautiful dark ruby with a white head. Lots of fresh, fresh hops in the aroma. Thick mouthful with moderate carbonation is very pleasing. Taste is a balance of big hops and big malt. Hops, as in the aroma, are very fresh. While my first few sips were smooth, the hops began to take on a bit of a harsh quality. Not sure how much of this could be the rye, though. Only the drinkability suffers as a result. Finishes with long lasting hoppy goodness, but a little too dry. No indications taste-wise of the abv.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Father`s Office in Culver City. It pours a reddish gold color with a small white head which sticks around. The nose is very biscuity, spicy, and light hoppiness in the background. The taste is very well balaned with the unique biscuity spicy malt, that I am not use to with this style. This is a light to medium bodied brew and has perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, and paired nicely with a burger.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark amber, clear, big fluffy head with staying power, and excellent lacing

Smell: Huge hop aroma! Mostly pine with some citrus, and bready malt

Taste: Up Front: Pine, orange rind, sweet malty goodness. Finish: Pepper (from the rye), lingering malt, and hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy with medium carbonation

Drinkability: Resinous astringency character in the finish.

Overall Impression: Rye just ain't my thing. Luckily this is way more like an IPA than a Rye beer, and I love IPA's. At 8% ABV this one is close to being a Double IPA, which is one of my favorite styles. This one is just a little too astringent and bitter in the finish for my palate, but overall it was outstanding!

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Photo of Forb
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Deep amber in color with a minor off-white head.

Smell/Taste: BEAUTIFUL! Earthy pine hop aromas paired with a sharp grapefruit element hit the nose. Unbelievably clean. Rye is prevalent within the complex spice atmosphere of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Comes across with a mellow creamy body that sits medium to full bodied on the palate but finishes with a clean, crisp refreshment that doesn't fall heavy.

Overall: A unique balance in between an IPA and a DIPA. Clearly a passion at work within this brew.

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Photo of jacobbocce72
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TobinMitnick
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MrNuggets
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the darkest IPA I've ever seen. Is that good or bad? Creamy head strays left of white. This smells like hops. Tastes good. Very odd, I'll lend that to the rye. Hop flavor devastates this brew. The high ABV hide nicely behind all that flavors. I've been drinking this for a while now and will continue to.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark color nearly resembles the bottle in which it came out of. Nice looking head that seems to want to hug the sides of my glass. The taste reminds me of Stone's Arogant Bastard, but not as bastardly. The aroma is decent and warns you of what's about to pass your lips and invade the mouth. This is the second beer I've had from Bear Republic and, once again, I am not disappointed. These guys put out a great beer here.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, almost like dark mahagony. Thick creamy head, tan in color.
Lots of hops in the aroma, along with some citrus and carmel.
Taste is very hoppy to start but as it warms a little bit of carmel malt begins to show. Not as much rye in the flavor as I expected but this is the first rye beer I've tried. It's certainly there though. Very tasty beer. Wish it was available here.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If Bear Republic was available to me locally, it would quickly become my favority brewery Hop Rod Rye strenthens this sentiment as everything about this wonderful beer smacks of it being extremely well made. This starts with its beautiful appearance, the color of which is very dark amber. A huge tan head forms that never really completely disappears. Instead, it just gets rockier and rockier unitl it looks like a snow covered mountain top. The lacing is so thick, you can't see through it. The aroma is very strong full of a gloriously resinous hoppiness, obviously from the Pacific Northwest. The taste picks this up and a beautiful, but never harsh, hoppiness asserts itself. This is supported by a very nice malt base that keeps it from becoming too harsh. The rye begins to come through towards the finish and gives this beer a unique character when compared to other IPAs. The mouthfeel is great, nice and thick and chewy. The drinkability is dangerous at 8%. As I've already said, this is a superb beer that packs a punch from start to finish. It reeks of class.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is to date the coolest looking beer I have had. Poured this one in a 20 oz. glass and it had a great head. Half the glass was a nice yellowing foam, and it lasted almost the whole life of the beer. Color was a brownish red, much darker than any IPA I've had. The smell of this beer was ok, it was a rye hop smell where I think the rye and the hops kind of contradicted each other not giving this beer a very strong aroma.

The taste of this beer was reaaly good. The first couple of drinks were very bitter, really tasting the rye. The after that is was a very well balanced beer with a strong rye and hop flavor, very smooth. The mouthfeel of this beer was right on for a strong IPA.

All in all a great beer and one of the most amazing beers to come out of a bottle. Bear Republic probably does bottling better than any one else. Try it if you get a chance.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,720 ratings.
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