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: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has reduced to one finger and left some nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a nice mohogany amber red color with no signs of carbonation.

Smell: piney, citrus, grapefruit, caramel malts, and a little booziness towards the end.

Taste: Same as above. I get a little spiciness and orange also. Alcohol is a little more noticeable, but very good.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, very smooth, boozy, low to medium carbonation. All good. I could drink this over and over.

Overall: This is another good beer from CA. I have enjoyed several of their beers over the years and this one never lets me down. Unfilitered goodness at the bottom is one of the best aspects of the beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack on a recent trip out of state. Wish I'd bought more of this old favorite.

Pours a beautiful amber with heavy lacing.

Smells heavily piney, with some caramel notes and a rye bready smell.

Flavor starts with sweet caramel before spicy rye kicks in. Great pine and citrus flavors in the finish, with a bit of booze in the end.

Has a full mouthfeel. Can't judge the carbonation because it's in a glass with an etched bottom and my dog started begging to go outside when I poured, so it sat for a few minutes.

Overall, extremely drinkable. I tasted a little booze, but I'm surprised that it's 8 percent.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, Bear Republic nailed this one. It takes a lot to get into a "Top 10" IPA in my book, but this one makes a strong case.

A - Dark reddish-brown with some amber highlights. Great head, eggshell-white.

S - Rich, piney-hops with plenty of grapefruit undertones. Also, I really like the peppery nose to it. Wouldn't think this would work at first, but it is a rich, complex combination.

T - Awesome. Smooth and creamy, yet with tons and tons of hops that is really easy to drink. The rye malts (pumpernickel?) and the hop balance is almost perfect. Again, refreshing and yet powerful enough to live up to the name.

M - Mild carbonation.

Overall, this beer is what "balanced" should be: plenty of complex characteristics going on (citrus notes, pepper, rye bread and hops galore) but none of them are out of place. I'll be looking to pick up this one again.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,727 ratings