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Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,725 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 readbaron
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a finger and a half of sticky, frothy, off-white head. Excellent lacing.

Lots of bitter, floral, resinous, piney hops.

Taste is really nice. Hop forward, lots of pine, then a smooth transition to the rye backbone, and a smooth (for a hoppy IPA) finish.

Very good mouthfeel - smooth, almost creamy.

Overall- another tasty beer from bear republic.

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

On tap at the George St ale house in New Brunswick, NJ

Arrives in a frosted pint glass. Copper colored with a neat half fnger of foam on top. Initially aroma is dull due to the temperature.

Nice spicy rye flavor punctuated by a sharp, crisp, hop bite. This beer has a great combination of spicy rye, caramel malt, evergreen hop flavor, and a huge bitter bite. Truly complex and changing as it warms.

All the flavors work well together and complement each other. The hop flavor is the real star here, and there is just enough sweetness to prevent this from being an unbalanced palate wrecker. World class.

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Photo of FLHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5 across the board! This is an exceptional brew for any hop lover.

Poured a nice reddish color with about a finger width of head.

Smells of hops, all day long. Citrus and hint of pine.

Tastes of hops, citrus with a bold pine hop finish.

Smooth and very drinkable.

If you like hops, you have to try this one.

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Photo of chilidog
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very good looking reddish amber. Tan/off white head that was full and stuck around to lace very well.

Aroma of malty, bread like rye with a hint of hop.

Taste and mouth, well balanced malty rye with a smooth hop interaction. Slight sweetness coats the mouth with a lite hop dryness.

Overally, awesome beer with the kicked up abv that goes unnoticed.Very smooth to drink, oh so worth it. Will buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is the same, very hoppy, some citrus notes, the 8% alcohol is well hidden, as is the rye. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A reddish amber. Dark for an IPA. Lots of head. Tons of lace.

S - Hops X3! I could smell this all day and be content to never move and do anything. Citrusy hops.

T - Hops and rye. Sweet, and a nice hop finish. Pine hops.

M - Crisp, lots of carbonation.

D - I absolutely love rye beers. This is heavenly. Bear Republic knows how to make good beers, impressive.

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

pours an unfiltered medium brown with a finger of head.

smell is some sweet malts with strong piny hops coming through.

taste is subtle sweet at the start but strong hops are coming through from start to finish with good bitterness.

mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

drinkability is high. this is a very enjoyable beer with good bitterness.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a great looking mahogany with pretty red highlights at the edges, a nice frothy two finger ivory head rising with the pour and leaving good lace. On the nose there is a combination of the spicy rye with a big hop presence manifesting in citrus fruits with maybe just a bit of pine resin. In the mouth there comes some somewhat dry malt base, but the rye adds a nice fuzzy edge of spice to it. All the while there is an overriding grapefruit note that adds some spice to the rye. The body is medium and the feel is ultra creamy, coating the palate in a pleasant way and leaving a long finish. This is a very nice variation on the IPA theme, with the rye adding a good deal of interest to a style that's been done to death.

EDIT - Had this side by side with Ruthless Rye at a tasting last night. Comparatively, it wasn't as dry as Ruthless, and there was a bit of sweetness that seemed out of place creeping into the taste.

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

Had at the Lanesplitter in Berkeley...they always have one beer on cask so visit soon if you can to get this beast.

Pours a dark ruby with decent clarity and rungs of lace from the off-white one-finger head. This beer is gorgeous.

Nose is a spicy resinous combination of hops and rye that has to he smelled to be believed. Slight citrus and semi-sweet malt round it out.

Taste is the nose amplified many times. The rye spice is distinct and and pungent, the resin is soft yet strong. Citrus offers a cutting edge through the rye/resin base, while malt sweetness once again rounds everything out. This is a ridiculously good beer, and having it on cask is even better than I imagined it would be.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy at times, crisp and slick at other points. It does what it has to do, and the cask carbonation is perfect on top of it all. Drinkability is amazing for such a strongly flavored beer; finish is spicy and bitter without being offensive, and really makes you want another sip. Stickiness is just enough to not get in the way while adding another element. Phenomenal.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

An off tan light brown head that forms so perfectly foamy. Real nice retention and about three solid fingers on the pour. Body is just slightly opaque but a dense looking solid amber color. Real great looking beer here. Not much lacing.

Great nose on this drink. A slight grapefruit but a unique mix of sweet malt perfection with the fruit in front. Hint but small of toasted bread.

Taste though is kind of small, but is there. Real good feel but a bitter hop presence in the mid palate, and lingering on the finish. No sense of sweetness on this one, and kind of never leaving. I was hoping for some bread based on a hint from the nose and this malt sensation but not so much. It's got a good hop feel for sure but I don't even feel a citrus punch from this, but a slight oil citrus on the finish in my mouth only after the swallow.

An enjoyable beer just verging on the cusp of real greatness I think. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of claytong
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't impressed, I was hoping for more rye taste, but instead I got bitter and a bit more bitter. I've been on a rye kick and this one helped me get off it. It was very disappointing especially for the price.
If you live in Colorado go to Averys to check out their new rye beer, amazing.

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Photo of betsona
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for this 22oz bottle, poured into a tulip. No date information on the bottle.

A- Pours a dark rusty amber with a beige frothy head. Good head retention throughout the drink. High amount of head lacing on the glass that made an impact on me.

S- Got some grapefruit rind with some slightly burnt caramel. A bit of uncooked rye comes through sort of like a cheap rye whiskey. Really nothing all that powerful or memorable.

T- A lot of grapefruit, but not the traditional ruby; rather yellow. The bitterness comes through in the yellow grapefruit taste, but is balanced by the smoothness of the rye at the end. Didn't get much lingering taste. A little bit of spice comes through, which is probably due to the rye.

M- Medium to heavy body with good carbonation. Has a slight creamy texture that is unique and something that further distinguishes it from other IPAs.

O- I can see why a lot of people are high on this one. The rye is a nice touch that other brewers should consider trying once in awhile. It is extremely drinkable seeing as I forgot I had finished my glass off. A nice beer that I look forward to trying on tap.

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Photo of ChefCook730
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: The beer has some sediment; not sure why as I know this isn't a bottle conditioned or refermented brew.. THe color is a medium amber mahogany yet it is translucent, letting in about 50% of the light. Decent head when poured dissipated after two minutes.

S: This beer smells great. A very nice balance of booze with piney/citrusey hops. Makes you want to dive right in. If you've had they're more popular and more readily available Racer 5 IPA you won't want to wait to give this one a gulp!

T: Don't get me wrong.. It's a very nice "strong" IPA..It's certainly not a double IPA. Was slightly underwhelmed by the flavor after experiencing such tantalizing aroma smelling the beer. It is still a hearty and satisfying, flavorful brew. I have found that not only am I a fan of pacific IPA's but also in particular I am partial to Rye IPAs. This is a fine example.

M: The beer is smooth on the palate. For the style it is very drinkable and boasts respectable hop flavor with balance; not too bitter and plenty refreshing.

O: I like this beer. I am partial to IPAs in general but this is a winner for sure. Bear Republic continues to produce quality ales here on the west coast.

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

When poured, a honey brown brew settles a dark hazelnut brown that is almost opaque. Less than a fingers worth of off white head sits and dissipates quickly, leaving bubble rings along the glass.

The nose offers a combination of pine scented hop oils and some apricot is evident as well. There is a bit of a sweet malt scent behind it all.

The taste sweet up front and a bit malty but immediately kicks in a bitter hop sensation. There is a pleasant pine flavor along with a nice caramel topped hop addition.

The mouthfeel is crisp and bitter with enough carbonation to donate to the hop kick. Pretty full as well.

Overall, this is a pleasant brew and getting better as it warms. Yum

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a dark, ruby-amber color with a medium off-white/light tan head that diminishes slowly. Scent is very hoppy with some pleasant maltiness and citrus notes. Nice pine notes as well. Taste is DELICIOUS!...as usual. Very well balance blend of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine), rye, sweet malt, pine, and floral hops. Finishes with some nice bitterness. No sign of booziness or alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, complex, and finishes smooth. Drinkability is very high...scary for how high the ABV is. Overall, this is one of my favorite go-to IPAs/DIPAs that I can get on the regular. Always tastes delicious, even when not extremely fresh.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful maple syrup with a creamy head that holds up well and leaves a crazy lace.

S - Big citrus/west-coast hops.

T - Definitely delivers. This is a rye-IPA if I've ever had one. Bright, green-wood hops. Rye, black pepper, and warming booze. Coriander. Mild molasses-like sweetness.

M - Medium/full body with a pleasant carbonation. Lightly spicy finish with a nice dry/sweet balance.

O - A great rye beer. Probably my second favorite to date after Cane and Ebel.

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

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A dark burnt color. Held up to light a dark red comes through. The head is two fingers of cinnamon sprinkled froth delight.

Smell I'm getting mostly hop resins. Mostly citrus. No alcohol and not very sweet.

KaBlam!! There it is!! The bitter hop punch of a yellow grapefruit or any other bitter citrus you can think of. The alcohol comes out a bit and there is some tartness at the end. As it warms there is quite a bit of sweetness coming from the malts. This one is sooo good!!!

The mouth is as it should be. Smooth, full to the end and warms the lower throat and belly nicely.

Overall I must say I have always enjoyed this offering from Bear Republic. I am very fortunate to have this on the shelves of my local bottle shops for the taking, whenever I want. This is a must try and do what you can to do so!!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark rosy amber hue akin to a red grape with a tuft of creamy beige head. A whitewash of lace coats the glass as the beer goes down. It certainly makes an impression.

Smell -- Grapefruit rind, pine resin, toasted malt, a modicum of caramel sweetness, and a waft of rye.

Taste -- The hop character is a great balance of juicy grapefruit and pine reisn. Malt base is that of golden toast, wild flower honey, with the sweetness definitely understated and in even keel with the rest of the beer. The rye is certainly spicy, but not in overabundance - it puts a nice slant on the other components.

Mouthfeel -- A hair above medium-bodied with mild carbonation, nearly creamy - a miss.

Overall -- I see the appeal, and honestly, the biggest complaint about this beer - the mouthfeel - could just as easily be the fault of the bar I drank it in. Very much a rye IPA, meaning that it's more of an American IPA with rye spiciness added versus a hop-forward rye beer.

Glad I finally found this on tap as every single bottle I've ever seen of this has been coated in dust. IPA with dust? Cannot trust.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. No freshness/bottling date. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a frothy 2.5 finger light creamsicle head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark, brownish amber. Lacing is oustanding. Ringed and layered with excellent retention. A gorgeous brew.

S: Nose is pungent citrus and piney hops. Autumn leaves, cane sugar, and resin. Fresh and very aromatic. Spot on for its style.

T: Opens resiny. Tea leaf bitterness that is characteristic of a rye beer. Citrus and pine hoppiness towards the middle with hints of tree bark. Definitely a west coast style IPA with no semblance of a malt balance. Finish is bitter dried leaves, grass, and tree sap. Aftertaste is a sticky resin hop bitterness. Nothing outrageous but very solid all the way around.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Slight prickle in the mouth and somewhat lively but rather smooth going down. Finish is messy with a sticky aftertaste that lingers. Personally, I'd rather have a quicker finish and after but this is again, very good.

O: Bear Republic has a number of beers on the top IPA list and I'm beginning to see why. An outstandingly solid beer all the way around from the appearance to the smell, taste, and feel. Definitely worth having.

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Photo of chilly460
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of foamy tan head, on top of a very dark amber/light brown body. Retention is very good. Sticky bubbly lacing lines the sides of the pint glass.

S - Plenty of floral hops, there is grapefruit, and bready malt. Alcohol is noted on the tailend, pretty balanced brew.

T - Hmm, prickly, grassy hops hit first. Definite heavy on the rye spiciness as well, almost a black pepper kick in the back of the throat. Nutty taste to the malts.

M - This has a nice level of carbonation and medium body, normal for the style.

O - Solid brew for sure, just not sure I'm into rye beers, they spiciness always kills them for me. Well crafted with a big hop profile, but well balanced, some good complexity here.

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

12 oz bottle into glass

a - orange amber haze. frothy head

s - floral hops. a hint of malt sweetness for a moment

t - hops at front and back. very well balanced with malt at the front end into a smooth hoppy aftertaste. the malt is a nutty caramel sort of flavor thats very pleasant

m- smooth, can sense some alcohol

overall - i enjoyed this hoppy rye attack

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

12 oz bottle, no date.

dark amber in color, just a bit hazy. frothy head.

big hop aroma, but a variety - pine, mint, citrus. complex.

in the flavor, the rye is definitely part of the malt backbone. hops are more in the aftertaste. not too bitter, pretty balanced. medium body and carbonation, typical for the style.

a pretty good beer, an interesting take on the IPA style.

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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 homebrew311
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a fresh 4-pack.

A: pours a deep red/orange with decent clarity. Thin white head which leaves good amount of lacing. Good retention.

S: piney aromatics up front followed by a big spiciness from the rye. Notes of caramel come into play as well.

T: things start off sweet with the caramel malty character comes through first. This is quickly met by a bold hop profile that is paired very well with rye. The finish is bold and bitter. Everything is very well balanced with big time flavors.

MF: the carbonation is a bit high but it goes nicely with the bitterness. Medium body.

O: The 8% is hardly detectable in this Rye IPA. Excellent beer.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark red color, real pretty. One finger, white head that dissipated pretty quickly into a nice looking foam.

S - The smell that hit me first was the sweet malt, molasses, and rye. The aroma of fresh herbal hops quickly followed. Maybe also a tinge of alcohol.

T - The citrusy hops and sweet bready malt comes through first. The bitterness from the hops became more apparent as it goes down. Dry and hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied, texture was amazing. Could probably use a little more carbonation however.

D - Great drinkability due to the good combination of flavors and appetizing smell.

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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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