Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Hop Rod RyeHop Rod Rye
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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 sweetbrew82
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass:

P: Pours oak brown from the bottle, and sits in the glass boasting a gorgeous deep reddish-brown colored liquid. The off-white head that it forms is simply marvelous. It's so thick and rocky like a puffy white cumulous cloud in the heavens, and the head retention is absolutely phenomenal. Even when it finally does settle down a bit, it still forms a thick cap on top to remind you of its greatness. Not to mention that it leaves what looks like the definition of lacing on the glass. Amazing!

A: Aromatics consist of grapefruit and orange hops with a piney kick, too. Also some freshly baked bread from the toasted malts.

T: Oh, baby! This is a hop-head's delight. Resinous pine leads the way, followed by citrusy kick that features grapefruits and oranges. The malt backbone tries to provides balance, but fails miserably...in a good way. Caramel is tucked away in the background to provide a little variation in flavor. Finishes very smooth and dry, while a substantial spicy rye taste joins the fold for a nice kick on the way out. Just how I like it!

M: I would classify the mouthfeel of Hop Rod Rye as being a notch above medium-bodied, smooth, and one of the stickiest beers out there.

D: Sounds good to me! I wouldn't mind having a couple more 22's of this delicious brew.

Notes: Hop Rod Rye is fantastic! I just can't figure out why it's not listed as a DIPA. A "truckload of hops" and an 8% ABV should justify this, but for some reason it's an IPA. Whatever the case is, this is one that every hop head should feel guilty about if they haven't had it yet. Do yourself a favor and go pick up some Hop Rod Rye from one of my favorite breweries, Bear Republic. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of chrisafari
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: crisp hops, mostly pine put some nice citrus as well. Some malt in the background (carmel).

Pour: dark brown, looks more like a brown ale than an IPA. Seems a little too dark for an IPA, not a nice amber but a rich deep dark brown. Thin off-white head, developing some nice lacing.

Flavor: begins with nice citrus. Middle is crisp, clean, piney hops. Really, really nice. The finish is dry, with a spicy hoppiness. The malt is also subtle throughout, but there in balance, the rye seems to add a nice assertiveness to the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with perfect carb. for an IPA. ABV is too high, though, for a standard American IPA.

Drinkability: High to medium high. Really easy to drink, one sip begs for another.

Overall: a very good IPA and a beer that I have ignored for far too long. Really well done. The rye is great in the malt and is balanced with the Hops that American IPA's are known for. Definitely something I'll have again!

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark orange-amber colored with a bit of haze. Head was substantial and fluffy with a nice stickiness to it.
Smell was upfront juicy, citrus, floral hops with underlying caramel maltiness. Some tanginess in the aroma as well.
Taste was wonderful and well balanced with grapefruit and earthy hop flavors dominating. An obvious rye tang provided a great complement to the hop bitterness. Caramel malt flavor balanced the hops nicely.
Smooth feel with medium-full body and a dry finish.
Drinkability is good but limited by the impact of the considerable hops on the palate. This beer isn't overbearing, however you will have some trouble tasting lesser flavors afterward. ABV is on the high side for a standard IPA.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Growler

Bought this out of sheer curiosity, and what a total blind shot that turned out to be a total winner!!

The beer poured suprisingly dark, and looked like a dark ale that would be overwhelmingly malty. The head was a nice off white with a brown hue, that looked nice and bubbly and left great lacing

Smelled very piney, floral and hoppy. Malt undertones in the lingering aftermath

Tasted great, absolutely not what it looked like it would taste, if that makes sense. Huge hoppy, floral explosion that is really nicely balanced with the malt aftertones.

Mouthfeel was gaseous, and bubbly but just the right amount.

Drank the growler easily, but doubt you could drink too many of them.

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

a:beautiful amber/brown. nearly crystal near. medium carbonation. beige 1/2" head with medium sized bubbles that was rather short-lived. good frothy lacing.

a: sweet and cascade laden fragrance. noticeable caramel malt. a hint of alcohol. typicalbear rep. yeast smell.

t:medium bitterness. less hop flavor than expected but what is there is very singular in presence(cascade). mid-tongue savory/spicey rye rears its head but less than i would expect from 20%. as it warms the malt profile is more obviously caramel laden with some biscuity/bready notes. the classic bear rep. yeast profile is unmistakeable and as in most of their beers, it distracts me.

m:medium body. nearly frothy combo of carbonation and mouthfeel. rye adds some creaminess. moer residual sweetness and body as it warms.

o:very drinkable for the abv. for me the house yeast profile of bear rep bears is too much. the same flavor dominates their beers(not black bear stout). the profile could also be related to their water/hop profile and interaction. this is a good beer that i would buy often.

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Photo of katan
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, not dated.

A - Pours a dark amber, almost brown color. Strong head formation, which is light white in color. Head is well retained. Little lacing. While thick, not much hazing.

S - While I was gauging the appearance, the smell was already evident. A combination of grassy and earthy notes with some more floral hops flavors. Smell is rather edgy.

T - Not much of a "chord" of flavors on this beer. The flavor is dominated by a single attribute. Starts fairly light, switches to and finishes with some more sweet notes. All around a sweet ale. The aftertaste has some of that edgy rye flavors that I was looking for.

M - Has a fairly amount of thickness. The unfermentables created by the rye are noticeable. Almost oily at times. No carbonation bite.

D - Fairly easy to drink, without overwhelming me in both alcohol and flavor. Although the rye edginess does begin to wear, overall I wouldn't find this beer tiring.

An interesting beer - not sure how this fits in the American IPA category. Hard to give this beer a quality rating based on its category, but in general not bad at all.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red almost brown in color with excellent creamy head that lasts until the end.

Piney, a little soap, and fruity.

Very hoppy, Piney, citrus, a little malt with a lingering bitterness.

Excellent mouthfeel, very creamy, so smooth that I dont even know its in my mouth until I taste the hops.

Excellent Ipa, I will have this again soon.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz'er, this poured a dark hazy brown, with an off-white, bubbly and foamy head. Very nice lacing. As with other aspects of this beer, the amount of retention hinged greatly on whether it was my initial pour, or the finishing pour. The amount of yeasty sediment in the final pour - despite my attempts to avoid such an onslaught - astonished me. Poor retention initially, the head stuck around seemingly forever with more sediment.

The smell just didn't seem like it should go with observed beer. A very bright citrus aroma. Hints of dark rye bread peek through.

The taste is similarly citrusy, with one of the fully developed tastes of grapefruit I've gotten from a beer. That is followed by resin-y pine bittering to finish, and it sticks around. Rye grain, with a much more pronounced bread taste after the sediment is introduced.

A creamy feel, with a bit of hop oil slipperiness. A tad light on carbonation, and what there is didn't feel prickly, contributing to the creamy feel. Hearty for a medium-bodied brew.

Very nice, very tasty (more standout sans the huge amount of sediment), but 22oz just about taps out my single-session interest in drinking it.

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

A: Came to the table with not much head but good cream-colored lacing and a deep crimson body.
S: Some rye, pine, and a bit of citrus hops.
T: Strong rye bitterness. Some of the citrus hops too at the beginning.
M: Goes down smooth and clean. The aftertaste, while bitter, doesn't linger too long.
D: Definitely a unique IPA. The only rye beers I've had before have been porters.

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

Beautiful pour - massive, 4 finger head, ever so slowly cascading down into a deep, mahogany body.

Grapefruit and piney hop aroma - so fresh, even after 3 mo's in the fridge. Twinge of spice, too, making it a unique IPA.

Juicy hops punch the tongue, with an extremely well balanced, sweet malt base to smooth it all out.

Dry, crisp mouthfeel - good bite, without being harsh.

Very drinkable for an 8% IPA. Kudos to Bear Republic for this beaut.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this one a couple of times, but never got around to rate it...so, here we go...

A- Very nice, dark mahogany brown with thick off white/light tan head...crazy lacing that seems to stick around as I'm drinking...

S- Definitely get the rye notes right off the bat, some hops, a little citrus, and some sweet maltiness too

T- Hoppy, spicy,...err...rye-y?!? Still with a little bite from the alcohol, it's nicely balanced and not to mention very tasty.

M- A little thin, but by no means bad...

D- Pretty solid beer...kinda hard to find anything bad to say about it...Try it!

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Photo of LennyV
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany brown into my Christoffell Tulip. Crazy thick 4 finger head. Probably one of the nicest heads I have seen in a long time. It stays around for a long while. As a result of the head the lacing is incredible. Its like the head just sticks to the side of the glass.

Smells citrusy pine with some spice.

Taste is magnificently complex. You taste the spicy heaviness of the rye initially then the warming alcohol finished by the bitterness of the hops.

It has the perfect body not to syrupy heavy not to light, Carbonated perfectly.

Drinkability: At $3.99 a bomber my temptation is to fill the bathtub with this stuff! I could probably drink this brew all night, At 8% abv I know I will regret it in the morning. Well at least I am off from work tomorrow so lets pour some more and enjoy!

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

Very nice aroma, mainly of citrus hops, rye bread, and fruit. The appearance was a reddish brown, off-white head. the head persisted, and there was some lacing. Very attractive. The flavor was citrus hops, sweet malts, dark fruit, raisins, and some rye seeds (not as much as I might have thought). The finish is pure citrus hops, and lingers on the palate. Medium thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable, and enjoyable. Good beer for this season (fall).

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

22oz bottle; no freshness date.

Clear dark red-brown with a thick creamy khaki head. Fluffy lace sticks to the sides of my pint glass.

Scent is spicy rye, bready grain, citrus hops.

Taste is spicy rye, grapefruit and citrus hops. Nice soft bitterness and spiciness lingers on the tongue after each sip. Fresh bread notes and a mild sweetness - perhaps the softest touch of molasses? The hop profile and the amount of bitterness are quite subtle and I wonder how fresh this beer is.

Mouth is creamy and lush.

Drinkability is very high. The 8% ABV is remarkably well hidden and this great big beer practically quaffs itself.

I love rye grain in a beer but I expected a stronger hop profile. Would like to try this one on tap.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Deep mohagany hue with some amber highlights at the bottom of the glass. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a pillowy cap. The head leaves behind patchy rings of lacing.

Very light aromas overall. The malts give a little bit of brown sugar with some sharp piney hops.

The malts cary a bit of toastiness, along with some lingering dark fruit. The hops carry a little bit of grapefruit. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a bit after each sip.

A solid Rye AIPA. It's not the best I have ever had but it's up there. Certainly a good choice for anyone who likes hops. Recommended.

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Photo of marcpal
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into British style pint glass.

A winner.

A: Dark red with a creamy fluffy head that stayed the course. The cloud of foam was like one of those simpsons marshmallow clouds.

S: Citrus hops and freshly cracked seeds. Sweetness from the malts is about the only thing that would make me aware this thing has some muscle. All else flows in to one great aroma.

T: Awesome balance of the caraway, rye, and citrus bitter hops. Breadiness and hop pair like no other. I found zero alcohol in here and the flavor from the caraway and malt truly remind me of a real well made pastrami.

M: Sticky sums it up well. Fairly thick texture and somewhat bitter.

D: This is the single most easy to drink beer above 5% that Ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. I could drink it all day and night. Best rye beer to date and best from BR.

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Photo of riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/23/08

Poured into a pint glass. Ruby red in color with a slight haziness. Off-white head, 1 finger thick that fades to about 1/2 and holds.

Smell is spicy and citrusy. Slight malt caramel sweetness.

Taste is mildy sweet. Nice amount of rye spiceness notes. Mild bitterness w/ hints of citrus type hops. Slight hotness to it.

Mouthfeel is sticky, oily and well carbonated. medium body.

Drinkability is good although a little on the hot side to be sessionable.

This was my first rye beer and noticed the rye lends and interesting spicy note. I wasn't let down though as it was a fantastic beer.

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Photo of abrand
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW this beer is amazing. Poured into pint glass from bomber

Poured very hazy and orange. Aromas were amazing. Very hoppy with a lot of bready characteristics. Taste was excellent from start to finish. The hops are out of control with this brew. After taste was excellent and lacing along the glass throughout. With 8% I personally couldn't handle more than 1 of these in a session but could make this my go-to beer.

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

Wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. I hadn't experience a red rye ale before. Boy, I had been missing a great deal of beer. It pours well into a creamy orange-like color head. This stuff is thick, you cannot see through it and the setiment on the bottom is something that I personally enjoy. It smells wonderful, it smells quite yeasty, like a loaf of sour-dough bread that had sat out....and I mean that in a good way. The taste is incredible and lasts in your mouth for quite awhile. It is big and bold and with only 8% in the bomber you cannot get into too much trouble. As always, Bear Rupublic hits a home run. I will be adding this to a regular stock in the fridge. I will additionally suggest it at my place of employment.

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

A - Deep brownish amber with a frothy off white head that hung around for awhile, almost cloudlike. Decent lacing down the glass.

S - Hops! Malt and rye bread are prevalent as well with a mild citric quality.

T- Oh so bitter. This one is very warming with a fantastic bitterness that is balanced nicely with a malt and rye backbone. Very intensely balanced, and somewhat spicy. This is quite an extreme beer.

M - Creamy and frothy with a decent thickness to it.

D - I enjoy this one a lot. At only 8% I'm not going anywhere. Big on taste and very unique.

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Photo of UA8
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a darkened ruby color with a bountiful fluffy head.

S- Notes of orange rind, lemons, ryeish malt, and a slightly sour yeast thing goin on.

T- Very unique in that the sweet/ sourness of the malts and yeast plays on the tongue nearly simultaneously with the bitterness and citrus flavors of the malts. Finishes nice and bitter.

M- Rich and round perfect for the style.

D- Don't have much of any negative to say about this beer its nice and big in the taste and mouth feel. The rye malts lend it a slightly different character from your average IPA as well which is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter.

A-Pours a nice deep amber/copper with a nig foamy head.

S-Classic IPA grapefruit, heavy hop note, very earthy but this one has a little added of a bready note.

T-Fantastic, hops in the front middle and finish but very complex and smooth. Citrus notes come out well in the middle and finish.

M-Its well carbonated with a nice medium body.

D-This just got to Springfield and you might be hard pressed to find me from this day on without one in my fridge.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one poured into a pint glass.

It had a very creamy head that lingered forever it seemed, it took several pours to finish off the 32 oz. (I believe) and every one had the same rich, creamy off-white head to it. The beer itself poured a deep red color, very nice.

A definite aroma of hops, wow, STRONG with some hints of pine and citrus.

The taste is overwhelming on this one... overbearing hops and bitterness, but the other flavors shine through. The more I drank, the better it got and the more I could taste the various flavors present.

This one is a bit too bitter at first for my taste, but really ended up being a nice drink, I'm glad it was a large bottle and I was able to fully enjoy the beer.

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Photo of bkny27
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark amber with a medium head

S - citrus, floral, fresh scents resonate; i love how this beer smells

T - hops come through, with a bitter bite near the end

M - bitter, big gulps of hop, with a medium consistency

D - I could drink this daily, it is a good example of american ipa, delicious

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Photo of umtox
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very creative brew.

Appearance is a heavily textured deep amber and pours with minimal head.

The rye is definitely apparent in the smell.

Taste is an assault of hops on the plate very dry upfront with a developing sweetness near the end. The rye adds a lot of complexity.

Sits real heavy, even for an IPA. Consider this one of your courses in the dinner or enjoy without food.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 4,723 ratings
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