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Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#930
Reviews:
2,080
Ratings:
4,725
pDev:
9.72%
Bros Score:
4.59
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
378
Trade:
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Photo of colforbin73
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a really great beer. i don't actually see it that often, though i live in california and it is one of their regular brews. picked up a 22oz tonight and as soon as i opened it i remembered how good it is.

pours a lovely, pure auburn with excellent carbonation -- there is a decent amount of lacing. i do not find the hop aroma to be very powerful -- but the bitterness is good and sweet paired with the caramel maltiness. It lives up to the name -- deep malt and rye pumped up on significant hops and IBUs.

richer tasting than a straight IPA, especially nowaddays -- this is way more thick and sumptuous than what we are calling West Coast IPA. i think simply calling it a Hoppy Rye Ale is enough. good to the last drop!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Good amount of lacing. Nice hop aroma. Also some brown sugar and breadiness. Taste is a hoppy sweet, brown sugar flavor. Slightly bitter but more sweet than anything else. This beer gets a lot of hype and while I do think it is good, there are a bunch of better IPAs out there. Big amount of malt flavor to this one. Worth picking up again.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Semi-cloudy deep amber color. Small Cream colored head reduces to a froth leaving very light lacing.
Smells fruity and hoppy before ever reaching your nose.
Definitely has a unique, more bready malt character that is very interesting due to the rye, unfortunately it's then blasted off of your tastebuds by a ridiculous amount of hops. They start out flavorful and piney, then transition into an intense bitterness that lingers long into the dry finish; a bit too long.
Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.
The addition of rye is very interesting and different and I wish the hops would allow that side of the beer to shine a bit more. Overall it's not at all bad, but instead of being something truly special, in the end it's just another hop bomb.

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Photo of mlstarbuck
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut in color, sediment, mild carbonation, thin head

S: Wow. It smells great. Ton of rye, plenty of hops and sweet caramel.

T: Exactly how it smells. Spicy rye, lots of hops, grapefruit. Caramel malt sweetness in the middle, then goes back to hops and rye. Finishes dry and bitter. This is only the second rye ale that I've had, but I love the style. Great spin on a traditional AIPA.

M: Prickly but creamy at the same time. Medium body.

D: Good. Wouldn't want to make this a session beer though.

This is a bold, delicious beer. Love the spiciness of the rye alongside the hops. Only my second beer from Bear Republic, and I've loved both of them. I look forward to trying all of their offerings.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark mahoghany color with virtually no head. Nice hoppy aroma; more subtle than I expected.

I've been having a lot of fruity IPAs, like Nugget Nectar, so the upfront bitterness of this brew is a nice change of pace. Surprisingly smooth drinking for such a rye and hops bite. Most brewers wave some rye near the kettle and call it a rye beer, this one brings the rye for a non-sweet bite, which accounts for very little lacing on the glass.

Another solid offering from Bear Repiblic; one that I will seek out again.

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

A: copper, one finger head dissipates to a foamy floating mass. This left the most beautiful lacing I've ever seen, thus the perfect score here.

S: Floral hops, orange peel, watermelon-like phenolics

T: HOPS! and orange peel, watermelon jolly rancher with a finish of bitter flowery hoppy goodness

M: Crisp, classic IPA with low-medium carbonation, very nice

D: Shows its teeth, but quaffable. Finished a brown bomber without any problem despite the hop bitterness

Overall, wonderful for any hop-head, and a unique taste (my first rye ale). Definitely piqued my interest in the style, and I would get it again. That, and $5 for a bomber is pretty good 'round here.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may be 9:00 AM but It's spring break, and this beer keeps staring at me. So I opened it.

Appearance-Dark amber,thick head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell-Floral, Pine, Orange Peel, I didn't get much Rye

Taste-Starts off spicy, then the citrus hops kick in and stays with you. I can't get much rye still

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with light carbonation

Overall-Very easy to drink, I could drink these early and often. Very reasonable as well

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Photo of dizknee24
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy and medium . Head is rediculous. it is at least 2 fingers and dissapates in an odd manner.

S i love this smell it smells very much like a rye bread with some hoppy undertones

T Rye Rye Rye love this stuff

M Think and felt smooth

D all day all day i could drink this infact after work im going to get a bunch more!

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Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 bomber...

Pours dark dark amber into my glass. A big head forms hugging the glass as I dissipates.

Pleasent aroma and well balenced. It starts with a malt sweet and finishes with a mix of rye and earthy hops

The taste is nice balenced with all the flavors. For a california ipa nice to see one this uses other flavor besides hops. I ambe to detect various crysta malt to start the taste of rye and bitter hops finishes the whole thing off....

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Photo of HosP
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard great things about this beer. Poured 22oz into three floyds pint glass.

A- Pours dark almost crimson, amber color. Off white thin head to it. Sticky lacing.

S- Very interesting nose to this. Rye spice mixed with some dark fruit notes. Sweeter aroma to this.

T- Lots of flavors come at you from the start. Starts out like a typical IPA, bitterness up front. Good burst of citrusy hop flavor. The rye flavor comes out in the middle and gives some great character to it. Sweetens a little at the end. Good balance though throughout.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. A little dry, bitter.

D - Very good beer here. Had a rye beer the other night that wasn't to sure about. This one makes me want another rye beer like this. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ntatum
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown with a little head that went away quickly.

Smell - You can get hints of the rye but the hops really comes through as clean and citrusy.

Taste - You definitely get a very bitter hop flavor but in a very clean, crisp way. As expected the dark caramel malts and the rye come through much more as it warms up and add a great complexity to the beer.

Mouthfeel - It has a crispness when it hits the lips but as it fills your mouth it turns into more of a creamy feeling. Definitely a great characteristic.

Overall a complex, great beer!

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Photo of henryd30
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Darker than expected - nice dark ale color, slightly opaque, with a fine-bubbled head that left some stringy lacing.

S: Catch a little rye, as expected - can sense the hops which adds a citrusy element, and can smell a little carmelly roastiness as well.

T: Quite complex - hit with hops, initially, then some sweet maltiness, and finishes with rye/bitters.

M: Smooth warming heat, with some prickly carbonatino.

D: Great complex flavors makes it a joy to drink - high ABV makes it a slight challenge. I'll happily go down trying.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. I did not see a bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- This is a nice dark colored ale. It has a bit of head that stays around for quite awhile. The head is a small bubbly foam that is light tan in color. Shows some good signs of carbonation. Has a bit of sediment in it. A semi-transparent ale. Not as fully visible as the racer 5 but still able to see through.

S- Rye bread, malt, hops, fruit, yeast. The ale is overwhelmingly more hoppy than i expected. I do get a nice amount of rye which is good as well. Reminds me of Founders Red Rye PA.

T- Hops ad rye again. I nice and smooth brew though, not what i thought when i saw the amount of carbonation through the glass. I thought it was going to pack a punch on my tongue but it didnt.

M&D- Not bad, not my favorite brew from Bear Republic but honestly i have not been disappointed from their quality yet.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind a ring of lace and a bit of floating foam.

Smell: Citric hops and some toastiness with a good touch of rye spice.

Taste: Begins spicy, rounding out to a buttered toast flavor and finishing bitter and a bit citrusy with rye. Excellent IPA flavor, with the rye adding more depth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish and a warming feel from the alcohol.

Drinkability: A very good beer to savor and drink slowly- not necessarily because of the higher ABV, but because it is very tasty and enjoyable. Excellent and highly recommended- I wish I had tried this one sooner.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

Wow what an awesome beer!

A - Slight haze, dark amber, almost brown. Poured with a nice thick 2 finger head that dissipated into a nice cap that lasted throughout and left a nice lace ring after every drink. Did have quite a bit of sediment at the end, but that's probably because I poured the whole beer into the glass. Not going to hold that against the beer.

S - Beautiful aromas blend together here. Floral, orange peel, rye, hops, pine. A truly wonderful smelling beer.

T & M - The hops and malt character take center stage with a kick of rye. Nice full-bodied beer with ample carbonation but not too much.

D - Very smooth for an 8% ABV. Not much alcohol heat and very drinkable. This will be in my regular rotation.

A wonderful rye IPA.

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Photo of Rutager
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep red with a hint of brown. Slightly hazy and a finger of tan-orange bubbly head. A little chunky lacing.

Smell. Sweet grapefruit, lemon, grassy hops and a little roasty grain. Awesome smell.

Taste. Bitter, grassy and hops. Orange and grapefruit rind. Some roasty, slightly smokey malts. Lasting bitterness. Perfect balance of hops, sweetness, and malt for me.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with some nice soft but bubbly medium carbonation. A little warming alcohol.

Drinkability. Drinks pretty darn nicely, especially considering the abv. I like this one and could blast through a few without any trouble.

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

I have to admit, I didn't peg this as an IPA.. I was thinking IIPA initially when I tasted it, but damn the mouthfeel is light!

It pours a dark, clear amber red colour. The offwhite head is not as thick I was expecting but leaves some lacing behind.

I like the smell, citrus hoppy but with a light perfume scent to it as well. Very good.

The taste is better and amped up significantly. There's a good malt backbone here but it's nearly lost in the layers of hops. Citrus notes and bitterness battle back and forth for supremacy. Really well done.

Like I mentioned in the beginning, mouthfeel is light for a beer of this strength. It smooth but not sticky and the carbonation is very right. Its nicely done and this aid drinkability. You'll have no trouble polishing off a few of these.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark amber with gorgeous white head. head held well for the first half of glass.

Smell- A malt bomb with hints of spicy rye. Hop aroma is good with grapefruit and citrus.

Taste- Maltiness ballenced out with the spiciness of the rye. Bitterness of the hops hit hard but yet smooth. With grapefuit flavor dominating and slowly working its way to pine.

Mouthfeel- Full but smooth. Slightly stickey but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- I had 2 in the time it took me to type this... that says something.

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

on tap at khyber in philly. served in pint glass.

Pours an almost clear deep orange with caramel and burnt tones. A frothed white head bubbles up and leaves rings of lacing while retaining wisps of film.

A nice punch of citrus hops and fruit along with a dash of rye spiciness. Softer caramel notes with a bit of sweetness.

Plenty of hop bitterness up front with citrus and faint bit of acidity. Recognizable rye notes mix in with the spicy hops. Bitter throughout with a nice caramel sweetness to provide the backbone. Finishes dry with almost no alcohol presence.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. Smooth, easy drinking, pleasant flavor, undetectable alcohol. I usually avoid this in bottle form because of the lack of freshness dates, but this is an easy pick on tap.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark amber with a slight haziness and a light covering of white head. Smells of fresh, oily and piney hops, touch of chicory, with a cherry-citrus twang to it.
This beer begins malty and smooth, with a silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is nicely masked by the pleasant pine and bready malt backbone. There is a touch of sweetness, with a slight tart fruit character, and a blast of rye-peppery spice. Nice pine and floral hopped up bitterness in the finish, slight spice kick and a touch of booze to wash it down smoothly.
Overall, this beer is solid. A true enjoyment.

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

Good recommendation from the guys at Spec's Arbor Walk...

A - orangy-brown, pervasive head.

S - a little soapy, very fresh smell

T - grapes, vodka, hops, of course, malt

M - very bitter, bold hop chracteristics

D - bomber went down easy, could drink more, seems like the 8% might be a bit low it's so drinkable

I have not had many rye ales, just Lenny's Bittersweet RIPA, but I really liked that and this is good as well. Will get again. Thirst-quenching! Special.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a 16 oz flute shaped pint glass

a- light browm, dark amber, slight red hint to it, 3/4 inch pillow like head, with lots of floaties inside...probably hops and yeast since it is bottle fermented

s-fruity tropical hops with a sweet caramel smell

t- sweet pale ,caramel and dry malt in the forefront...hops come through in the end, spicy and floral, slightly fruity, in the end is the dry rye coming throgh..

m- dry smooth taste from the rye of course

d- sweet beer, i drank this quickly

good beer, good hop/malt balance in the beer, not to complex, need a more prolific and versatile hop varietiy,,i was lookin for a hop bomb but great balance...last sip is a hop bomb with all the hops in the bottom of the glass...wow last sip was unreal

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this on tap at Hopcat on 2/25/11.

A tulip glass full of HRR reveals a dark brownish-red color which shows some light through the other side of the glass. The lacing is spotty despite the absence of a sustaining head.

The smell is malty with a prevalent rye spice. A good deal of grapefruit comes through along with some pine.

There is plenty of rye that balances the malts in the forefront. Suddenly, a large dose of grapefruit comes through. I'm a sucker for grapefruit hops, and this really hits the spot. A bit of pine comes through as well, likely due to the multiple hops used.

My mouth is satisfied by the smooth full feeling of this brew. The low carbonation with the full mouthfeel creates a soft character.

This is the best rye beer I've ever had. It may be tough to drink throughout the night, but the 12oz I just had was not enough.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very pretty amber, with a touch of red and a touch of haze. Exactly what I hoped for and expected.

The aroma here is moderately strong, but nice. A little sweetness comes through, with some grassyness. It reminds me a bit of a coastal marsh in the summer.

Flavor is complex. The first thing I noticed was the roasted aftertaste- not because it was dominant, but because it was suprising. The malts are as spicy as I had hoped, and the hops are both citrusy and grassy. The roastiness gives this a Black IPA feel, but the biting rye and the crisp, clean hops really dominate. Great flavor all around.

Mouthfeel is solid for the flavors. It's a little sticky, but the roasted flavor and stickiness blend well at the back end.

Drinkability is immeasurable. This beer is an all-occasions, anytime-type brew, and is just mild enough in ABVs to have a few. If it was a little more affordable, this would be a superb 12-pack purchase for company.

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

From 22oz bomber to pint glass

Pours a dark amber, clear, with a slight chilled-haze. It forms a frothy head that leaves reams of sticky lacing. You can immediately notice big wafts of fresh pine carried by a bready, malty-sweet backdrop. The flavors have more depth than the nose, as the noted pine scent is met with layers of citrus. Lemon, orange zest, a little grapefruit. Quite bitter as well. The added rye provides an undertone which reminds of honey-sweet bread crust. Malts give plenty of support and make for bready flavors and mouthfeel. Chewy but not sticky. There's a slight alcohol punch near the end of the sip but it doesn't linger, leaving a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Hop Rod Rye is a hopbomb, no doubt, but layered, complex and delicious. Candy-sweet notes became more prominent as the beer warmed and made the bitter tones extremely palatable. It was truly hard to stop drinking this.

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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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