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Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle, poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. No apparent bottled on date present. Never had a beer by Bear Republic before, so I'm keeping it unbiased and unexpected.

A - Pours a dark ruby color with virtually no head at all except a vague white bubbling foam across the surface. Tons of sediment to be seen suspended in motion. Very nice looking lacing coming down the sides. Looks pretty nice indeed.

S - Extreme amounts of hops and rye abound. Vanilla. Oak. Cream. Maybe a hint of dark fruits with a slight hint of bourbon also. Smells very nice, my taste buds are tingling with anticipation.

T - Smooth creamy oaked iced tea type flavor. Not very strong in the way of hops, but still very bitter. Well-balanced and very tasty, to be sure. Has almost some coffee attributes to it in the end, but I think it is more akin to some kind of an English breakfast tea leaf type taste. Very smooth to be masking an 8.00% abv.

M - Sticky mouthfeel, yet smooth and clean at the same time. Resinous, but not overwhelming. Smooth vanilla taste seems to linger.

In all, tastes like a very well made beer, and at five dollars a bottle you can't really go wrong with this. Rivals some of the better Lagunitas offerings like Lagunitas Hop Stoopid or Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot price-wise, and holds it's own as a unique and complex brew. An intense beer with a nice 8.00% abv masked nicely. A bottle I would have again, to be sure.

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye ---4/5.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,725 ratings
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