Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,716 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 HosP
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.9%
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 -1.4%
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 -0.5%
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 +6.6%
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 +11.3%
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%
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 +3.1%
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 +7.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +13.7%
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 +5.7%
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 -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 +8.5%
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 +6.6%
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 +4.2%
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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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap into pint glass at Yard House downtown Denver
A - Dusty light khaki head, glass clear deep red/brown slightly purple color... beautiful and making me thirsty 5
S - Floral & citrus with a slight spice & pine accents 4
T - solidly smooth beer, very slightly sweet start, progress to rye/hop then straw with a moderately bitter finish all in great balance 4.5
M - I enjoyed the moderate carbonation with an overall light mouthfeel for the appearance 4.5
D - a very enjoyable IPA/rye beer, I certainly will be consuming more of this 5
Makes me wonder what other Bear Republic beers I am missing.
This is truly a world-class beer, Bravo BR!

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Photo of Fenris244
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, beautiful 2 finger off white sticky head, great retention, left a thick lace while drinking.

Pine, candied lemon peel, I think I smell the rye but that could be my imagination.

Harsh bitterness up front, lemon and almost a grape fruit flavor, the bitterness lingers well into the finish, malty finish good sweetness on the finish too, on another note I would never expect this to be an 8% abv beer the alcohol is very well masked by the flavors.

Light in body, almost thin, the carbonation is nice a little light though.

Very drinkable, super flavorful smooth beer, to bad it only comes in 4 packs

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. Didn't see freshness date anywhere on the bottle.
One finger head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some really nice lacing. Very good carbonation
Aroma is absolutely hoppy. Nice floral notes, with hints of hops and rye/fennel seed like aroma coming through.
Ooooh yeahhh.... an all out assault on the taste buds. The taste upfront is perfectly bitter hoppy goodness. Balanced nicely with hints of malt/sweetness in the finish which lasts for a few seconds before the hop bitterness takes over again. Perfect 'bittersweet symphony' going on here.
Consistent lacing throughout the duration of the drink.
Even with it's higher ABV, this is very drinkable.
Very good mouthfeel, chewy and oily hoppy goodness.
One of my all time favorite brew's from Bear Republic. This is one IPA that I can have anytime, anyplace. A must-try IPA for every hop-head. Highly recommended.

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Photo of latackbeer
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with great value! Poured a wonderful pillowy white head, the smell of deep grapefruit tickled my nose. Color is dark brown with reddish at the edges. First sip was warming with hops flowing over my palate. Love the lacing on the glass along with exceptional taste and very drinkable I will definately be buying this again!!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very nice deep amber color with perfect pillowy tan head. Angelic lacing.

S- sweet, citric, pine, dry, resinous.

T- Very nice IPA characteristics with a hint of rye.

M- Dry and astringent, however sweet. A very unique feel that is A+!

D- Dangerously high.

This is one of my new favorites...!!..!

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

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. Thick creamy beige head sits atop a amber colored brew. Lacing is an A++++

S: Nice citric smell with a faint twinge reminiscent of rye. Some maltyness in the background.

T: Very nice and balanced. Very hoppy and bitter all the way through the drink. The rye is very present in the taste.

First off this is an exceptional beer, but this is not a repeat buy for me. Amazing look and smell but the taste was just a little off at the end for me. I credit this to the rye. World Class beer Bear Republic Brewing Co.!!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a large creamy head.
Nose shows pine, resin and grapefruit in large quantities with supporting sweet crystal malt alongside.
Very similar flavours, but with a toasty character joining in. Finishes with a massive grapefruit-tinged bitterness. Pretty full-on.
Carbonation is a little high.
Finishes too dry and bitter in my opinion, and there's not enough going on in the way of hoppy flavours.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A lovely crimson body with a formidable tan head. Tons and tons of floaties, which surprised me.
A second tasting (4-5-2011) reveals almost no floaties and really beautiful lacing. This looks so good

S - Sweet and creamy hops - not sure if that's diacetyl. hint of rye spice. Some tropical fruits and dark fruits and the citrus tang of hops. A really good, and interesting nose. Not as hop heavy as I'd expect from an IPA.

T - Incredible balance. Very present bitter and citrus hops, and that definitely dominates, but the sweet and spicy malts and rye really bring a great level of complexity to this beer, and really balance out the citrus and bitter hop profile. Wow!

M - Medium-big body, a touch dry and a touch heavy on the carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel, especially if this is really a single IPA.

D - I think this is incredibly good tasting and is very easy to drink. I would drink this every day.

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Photo of heebes
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints, thin off white foamy head. Thin lacing follows the brew down the glass. Nose is delicious auroma of fresh hops; pine, citrus and honey. Good presence of malt in there too. Taste has the distinct rye flavour, malt body with some bitterhops and a quick finish ending dry. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Pretty great tasting beer and unique IPA. No idea how fresh this bottle is but I imagine the Hop Rod Rye really fresh is amazing. Perhaps a revist on the next beer haul from Buffalo.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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