Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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 anchordrinker
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, dark red, a little translucent. A big, thick, frothy head fills up the duvel tulip and makes this one very visually appealing beer. Head dissipates a bit and settles to a cloud-like thin layer. Really nice lacing too.

S- Piney, citric/fruity, resin-y, and spicy.

T- Initially I get crisp pine, as well as bitter grapefruit/lemon rind, then some really nice spiciness and a slight sweetness emerge, which eventually give way to toasted bread and rye/graininess. Maybe a slight bit of nuttiness on the tail end too.
Really complex and unique.

M- Medium bodied, nice spritz-y carbo which really lightens the weight of the body.

D- Real sessionable, I could drink a few of these despite a hefty abv.

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Photo of Timtac
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, was not much head and color was much darker than expected for an ale. Smell is a ridiculous caramel and hops aroma is strong as well, creating a smell that might be requested by me on my death bed.

Like other reviews, I agree the 8% abv isn't noticed, but the caramel, hops and citrus, which may or may not be a product of the 18% rye, balance oh so well. As a huge fan of IPA's, I'd put it against any I've ever had.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Appearance: brownish copper, deep and rich. A little reddish with some yellow tinge near the edge. Big pillowy cream colored head, very solid, lace all the way down.

Smell: Citrus hops, a little booze, and some dry grains in the nose. Mostly hops. Mmm.

Taste: Fresh hops out front followed by a barrage of dry grain. A little spiciness from the rye comes through. Booze and a lot of sweetness, then followed by a lingering hop bitterness. Hops never overwhelm and the grain character plays really well with the herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and hearty, vigorous carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability: This is a seriously big beer, but the alcohol doesn't make itself known. Delicious stuff, but you can tell it's a heavy hitter.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a trade from gemutlichkeit. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a big crystal mug.

A: Gorgeous, deep brown body with tints of amber and an orangish hue. Big, frothy head that did not go away.

S: Big time pine. A little overwhelming to the caramel and grapefruit undertones that can be found hiding deeper in the smell. Overall smells great though. Definitely hoppy.

T: Again, a little overwhelming on the piney hops for me. Definitely picked up some citrus hops, caramel and some toasty malt in there too. A thick, creamy mouthfeel tingles your tongue. Finish is bittersweet.

D: It took me almost an hour and a half to polish off this big beer. I couldn't really see having more than one or two.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber, Hop Rod Rye pours a beautiful deep ruby-copper, with one of the best heads I've seen on an IPA. Craggy, creamy and thick, with epic retention. Chunky sheets of lacing. I don't see how this beer could look any better.

Juicy hop aromas mix with spicy rye notes and pine to form a nice nose.

Flavor is big, piney, and spicy. Pretty rich and malty, with a burnt caramel character. Hops and bitterness outweigh this though. Rye adds an earthy, bready component, making this beer complex and about more than just hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with low carbonation. Resinous and slick. This is deliciously drinkable, even at eight percent abv.

Can't say enough good things about this beer. Well done, Bear Republic.

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Photo of oceanman
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby head with thin head and good lacing. Bready, earthy notes beneath a full hop aroma. Light fruit, rye. Hop bitterness and noticeable alcohol combine beautifully with rye to create a rich, full-bodied ale. Incredibly smooth, despite lingering bitterness. This is where the beer stands out. Drinks so smooth despite a huge flavor.

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Photo of fjordhook
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice dark amber color and with a clear body. I loved the foamy head, it was nice and fluffy with a light beige color. Smell was lovely, nice and hoppy. Tasted just as it smelled, really liked this beer. As most IPAs it had a nice bite, although the bite keeps it from being a highly drinkable beer. I really liked this one, but I always like a good hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Probie
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle a dark amber color with a finger of yellowish head comprised of large bubbles.

Aroma: The rye lends a nice peppery aroma with some nice citrus notes contributed by the hops.

Taste: Malty sweetness hits first and then is quickly followed by pepper and some bitterness. It finishes with some faint notes of some peppermint sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. There is little aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable. The 8% ABV is barely noticeable.

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Photo of wknight167
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a reddish dark amber with a 2 finger off white head, medium retention and good lacing. Suspended yeast and hop particles present in the glass.

Nose- Pine, grapefruit and orange hops, big and in your face.

Palate- Strong hops up front, then the malt and rye build up, starting in the middle, but hops are still the showcase here. The rye plays nicely with the hops, augementing and enhancing them at the same time, adding depth and character.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Slight astringency/resinous character.

Drinkability- This is my first rye beer and I want more.

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Photo of beerman207
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the "Beer Stop" in Hazleton, PA.

A: Very dark brown/red with good head retention and fantastic lace left behind

S: Hops hit you over the head along with caramel as well as some other citrus fruit.

T: Pine Hops along with a nice malt backbone that gives way to a fantastic refreshing finish

M: Oily, has high carbonation, good

D: Easily in the top 5 American IPAs. Just a fantastic brew that I could drink all day long. Price was $2.00 for a single - amazing.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Poured the deepish amber color with only about .5 inch head. Scent of meadow flowers, slight, faint biscuits, and huge citrus. Taste includes a balanced amount of malty sweetness along with grapefruit hop nature. The mouthfeel is kinda oily and slick. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Drinkable nature of this is great. A awesome beer put out and I am glad I got to try this.
( My review is from notes on Friday night after having a couple and having a couple tonight.)

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my tulip glass.

A-A very deep red almost brownish color, holding it up to the light shows off the deep red color, has a solid head and leaves a solid lacing on the glass.

S-Floral hops with an almost caramel hint, with a cross of some dark rye bread.

T-Very hoppy at first almost biting, after that there is a bit of a rye flavor that almost smooths it out. Every other sip seems to go from biting to smooth. Very interesting, just that fact makes this one of my favorite brews.

M- Again it goes from biting to smooth and vice versa. I find it quite unique.

D-Can't really go for more than one of these in a night. I actually prefer to split a bomber with a friend. It doesn't show off the 8$ abv at all, seems so much less than that.

I would have to say that I highly recommend this beer, as it blows me away. Very unique, I wish I could keep more in my fridge.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed thick, 2 finger tan head. Quick dissipation that left behind a little lacing. The body a deep reddish brown with lots of floaters...from active yeasts I hope!

The hops attack the nose...piney and grassy. You can also detect some malts, sweet breads and undertones of citrus fruits. All of this is on a rye backbone that comes through better as the beer warms.

Waves of flavors come across your palate. First is an initial preview of the hops...bang! Bitterness hits the tongue. This gives was way to a sweet caramel, malty flavor that lasts for a few seconds before the second wave of hops hit again. This one lingers into the aftertaste. Nice balance...

Mouth feel is medium, oily and moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable...pretty darn hoppy, but not overpowering. Complex and refreshing!

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Photo of chaz410
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bottle at the Flying Saucer.
Pours a brownish amber body with a slightly reddish hue. A nice medium thickness white head.
Smells of great piney and grassy hops, some crystal malt and a little biscuit malt as well.
Taste sweet caramel and crystal malt up front, some great piney hops float mid way through the mouthfeel and rounds out with a mild pine and grassy hop flavor rounded out with some toasted biscuit and rye sweetness and dryness.
A great beer to enjoy frequently but not one after the other. Easy to drink but definitely a hoppy hitter

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

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (12/31/09). Served in a 12oz. Pilsner-esqe pint glass at an appropriate temperature (01/11/10) .

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Fresh hop aroma of containing nice citrus and piney tones as well as a hint of rye surrounded by a slightly sweet caramel malt. There is also a very nice tropical fruit aroma milling about as well.

T: For an American IPA brewed with rye, the rye certainly takes the backseat in the flavor profile. Citrus and piney hops start things out with some flavorful layers of tropical fruit. The malt backbone consists of caramel and toffee which helps to balance out some of the bitterness. Great flavor profile with just a hint of rye.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy and slick with moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability especially for an 8% abv. American IPA as the alcohol is completely hidden and the bitterness is never too severe.

Overall this is certainly my favorite Rye American IPA to date and another solid effort from Bear Republic. Recommended.

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Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- copperish hue with a little murky sediment

S- dark maltyness with a sweet and bitter tone overall, doesnt smell exceptionally hopped

T- delicious! thicker body, prolly cause of the rye, soft and palatable without a heavy hop characteristic. the abv content overall makes for a sweeter and deeper ryePA that i particularly enjoy!

overall i can appreciate this beer, i am HUGE fan of Rogenbier which is a rye-style hef that i prefer to regular weizenboch's and trying it in a commercial aspect is very tasty!

buy it, especially cause its a good price!

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Photo of wspscott
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Very dark copper, almost brown color, held up to a bright light there are some red tones, huge, fluffy light tan head with a ton of lace.
S: Lots of hops along with a lot of malt sweetness, similar to a hoppy old ale with some dried fruit and dark caramel. I would like more obvious hops characteristics.
T: Earthy, piney hops along with a huge malt taste, dark caramel, a tingly spiciness, more hops in the back of the mouth.
M: Oily hops, high carbonation, tastes "rich" without being cloying.
D: An awesome beer, for a massive hop bomb, it is very balanced. There is no hint of alcohol making this a potentially dangerous beer. I really like that there is obviously a lot of caramel malts here, but it is not "caramelly". Interesting, it seems to be a cross between an old/stock ale and an IPA, definitely not a standard DIPA. Highly recommended. Send this to KY.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Looks like an amber but tastes like an IPA. Hoppy blend of stuff put into this brew makes it a great one. I will get it again. Had it after a malty sweet beer and is amazing in contrast. I wonder where the rye is. Perhaps if it gets a bit warmer.

10 min later: definately can taste the rye. It gives it a bolder taste. Kinda bready with a kick.

Like I said. Awesome.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ran a 15K this morning, and needed a celebratory beer. Heard this was good, so I picked one up, finally.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a copper color with a reddish hue. There is a finger width of cream-colored head, and it sits like a soft pillow on top of the beer.
The lacing is like a tall woman - legs forever! They just stick the glass and look like a spiderweb stretching all the way down.

S - Initially some piney notes. There's a touch of spiciness somewhere in there. Is that rye? On the finish, there's a faint smell of bready sweetness in there too.

T - Wow. There's a lot going on here. I never eat rye bread, so it's hard for me to place the rye, but I'm assuming that's the taste I can't define. I had Nelson from Alpine a few weeks back, and so I can find the similar taste between the two; the rye!
Anyway, there's a lot of hops up front with some balance from the rye and malts on the back end. Pretty tasty. My palate jargon is definitely lacking.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - I'd definitely consider having another if it were in my fridge. Glad I finally picked one of these up. Next time I'm at a sandwich shop, I'll have to get rye bread.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip

a-ruby red color...frothy off white head that lingered forever almost throughout the whole beer....lacing more like legs on this one...loads of bubbles floating up...

s-floral and piney hops up front a little spicy as well maybe from the rye...malt holds it together well in the middle...the a woft of bitterness ensues rounding this one out...a truly wonderful smell

t-some citrus hops make a quick flash up front then bitter piney hops and spicy rye all kick in...the malt is there for a brief time before the rye comes back and some citrus then pine...finishes on a spicy note and a little warm

m-oily and resiny like a good ipa should be...the rye adds an interesting dry aspect to me....excellent carbonation ....

d-exceptional could,would and have consumed this many times....cannot get enough

overall an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery...

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Photo of advill88
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden reddish amber color with a big frothy white head.

Smell is of strong piney hops, with hints of citrus and a light honey sweetness.

Strong grapefruit and piney hop flavors up front with some rye and a light malty sweetness at the back end to even it out a bit. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and almost chewy with an incredible creamy smoothness to it.

Absolutely fantastic IPA, especially when you let it warm enough to be able to taste the light counterbalance that the rye malt provides to the slam of hops. One of my new favorites.

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

Hop Rod Rye is awesome out of the bottle, and from the aroma and look of my half pint pour, it looks like it willead that be the same on draft. The color is deep caramel, filtered clear with a tan ad. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, below a grapefruit hop bitterness. The taste is sweet up front. Loads of caramel malt, rye spice, and a finish that is bitter but pleasingly so. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy but not full.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one of the beers i've seen at the beer shop and passed over mistakenly thinking that i've already tried it, and boy am i sad that i missed this one, for its exceptional. pours a beautiful deep amber color with a big foamy head that laces a decent amount. its smell is legendary, the hops smell as fresh as the ones i use to homebrew with in my fridge, the hops are piney and pungent, just awesome aroma. taste is just as good, a wonderful array of hops are complimented with a nice malty balance. overall its just an awesome beer, and with it being only 4-5 bucks for a bomber it is a very good deal too.

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

bottle to pint glass. Well designed label.

A: A fluffy 2 .5 finger beige head floats for a long while above the dark bronzey body. The head eventually turns into nothing more than a thick layer but stays with you until the last drop. Random patches of lace adorn the glass. The Hop Road Rye is unfiltered, evidenced by the hazy/murky body littered with some rather chunky particulate. I have no problem with this.

S: A bit of nutty/bready/grainy malts are definitely noticeable among the hop forward aroma. Grasses, herbs and flowers...fairly straightforward. Leafy yeast notes. The Hop Rod must have went Off Road. Additional aromas enhance the complexity : Honey, brown sugar, coriander, nutmeg and a light touch of simple syrup sweetness.

T: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Nothing too flashy about the Hop Rod. This is simplicity at it's finest. Just phenomenal.

M: Light, creamy body. A little low on the bubbles. Despite the heavy hop hand, the bitterness was surprisingly low. Could have been a little more souped up. The mouthfeel was the least impressive aspect.

D: This is my favorite beer by Bear Republic. Very drinkable and very palatable. For the hopheads.

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Photo of gromis
2.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one had a beautiful head when I poured it. Easily 3 or 4 fingers of a nice light brown foam.

Pours a nice, dark, cloudy amber color. This one isn't filtered (yay!).

The taste begins with a malt flavor that is dominated by hops. The malt fades away, but the hops lingers for quite a while.

Beings that I am not a big fan of hops, this scored low on the drinkability factor for me. I would gladly try this beer again, but wouldn't have more than one at a time, probably.

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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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