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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 Silenus89
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy brown with a reddish hue to it. The head retains well and clings to the glass. Smell of bit of citrus hops and caramel and toffee in the malts. This is a very balanced brew with a creamy mouthful. Bear Republic has a gem in this one, a very nice beer to sap.

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a relatively clear auburn-ruby color with a gorgeous 2" dense tan head. The head stuck around a long time and eventually dropped to 1/8". Big sheets of sticky lace down the glass.

S= I detected big hop aromas up front (grapefruit mostly) followed by sweet malts and spicy, prickly rye.

T= This had a complex mix of bitter and aromatic hops, balanced well by a big sweet malt backbone and the spicy chewy rye. Bitterness was dead-on perfect.

MF= Upper medium carbonation crispness lifted the medium body significantly. The lingering head and the tiny carbonation bubbles gave this one a creamy mouth feel.

D= An outstanding ale, to be enjoyed as a sipper by itself or could easily stand up to grilled meats and barbecue. Recommended!

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Deep Caramel with orange lights, half inch of creamy foam after medium pour. Great Citrus and fresh hops in the nose. Rye bread, orange rind and fresh hops on the palate. Seriously round with some decent alcohol heat. Surprisingly drinkable for it's high ABV. Hard to believe it's not really a DIPA.

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Photo of KeefD
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch of tan colored foam sits on top of a dark amber/red body with little retention and some lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma, backed up by a strong alcohol presence and sweet malts. Lemony hops, hints of orange peel, certainly bitter, but a nice malt backbone to keep it somewhat balanced. Hop character is huge, and I don't understand how this can be considered a regular IPA, as it fits every standard of a DIPA. It delicious, strong, and a must try for all hop-heads.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gem pours a large dense head that never goes away,the lacing in great for such a malty beer. The nose reveals a woodsy quality with a lush rye grain scent. The taste starts off with a smoky dark brown sugar then the hops kick in with a spicy accent. Smooth mouthfeel for being so high in alcohol and hoppy. I wish I had a cigar to go with this tasty brew. Another great beer from Bear Republic they never let you down!

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

Bomber to arrogant bastard pint glass....

Deep caramel slash amber. Total mush mellow head. I actually poked it to see if it was real. Jiggled like jello. I love the look.

Smell is mouth and eye watering hops. If it taste anything like this smell, it will be awesome.

Biting bitter goodness. Lots of hops. Unique flavor. Really good. I try a lot of beers on a wing and a prayer, I love when I get one like this.

Very smooth.

Overall: oh hell yeah

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Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a nice froathy cream colored head that leaves excellent layered lacing.

S- A wonderful balance between a ton of hops and malts with a touch of rye in there too.

T- A very deep hop flavour. There is a more Earthy flavour here than a normal IPA I guess that must be the rye. About half way down a nice sweet flavour comes with some fruit hit and then a perfect balance with the massive hops. A nice hop bitterness that lingers on for quite a while.

M- Medium in body and sticky.

D- Highly recommended her. Very solid brew.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - World class. Cloudy mahogany with a spectacular, rocky head and clods of tan styrofoam-chunked "lace."

S - Rye bread, molasses, leather, and serious hops.

T/M - Fabulous! The hops jump out at the forefront but struggle for dominance in the face of the rye that lends a unique, silky quality supported with perfect carbonation.

D - Not for the weak of heart but spectacularly drinkable with any beer enthusiast. I would not really recommend this ale with many foods beyond dry-rubbed BBQ ribs or fish & chips.

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

A deep amber to ruby color, with a two finger thick, cream colored head. The scent has the sharp, pepper aroma of rye, that is followed by citrus(grapefruit), grass, and pine, with a touch of malty sweetness at the end. The mild taste of malt at the start, that blends with the tasty pepperness of rye. The hop onslaught then takes over. A grapefruit, pine, and earthy flavors dominate till the end. A slightly foamy feel of carbonation at the start, outside of that it is a thin feel, that gains weight as it crosses the palate. This is a very drinkable IPA, with the an inviting aroma, intense flavor, a little bit of a faulter on the feel. Plus, the rye does not shy away from the hops in flavor and the aroma. This is an outstanding beer.

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

Murky brown color with orange highlights. Comes from the tap with about a half inch of tanned head, bubbly but firm, with good retention. It took a minute or more to even be able to get a read on the nose because the head was so thick.

Cracked black pepper and pine resin are first on the scene, but the citrics do come in and make a strong impression on the nostrils as well. A tiny bit weaker than I remembered, but I must have had too-high expectations.

A very bitter and dark IPA for sure: the brightness and zestiness of the hops is definitely there but is overtaken for the most part by the resinous, alpha acidic side. Flavors include pepper and other spices, grapefruit, pine, and a strong dose of toffee and caramel malts that line up to be shot down by the hops.

Medium full mouthfeel for style, I love the rye addition; a little bit like oatmeal in a stout, it's just a pleasant combination. Carbonation stays wells out of the way, and the finish coats the palate for a while.

Great beer, no matter what the style. I think of it as a double IPA, the bar called it an American strong ale, and BA lists it as an IPA. That's a hell of a lot of IPA!

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

Bear Republic makes some great beer, and Hop Rod Rye is particularly good. It's full of hops while maintaining balance. It also looks exceptional.

The beer has a deep, red-golden color that glows beneath an exceptional head. Even after a bit of time, a carpet of tiny bubbles covers the beer and clings to the side of my stein. Hop Rod Rye smells of hops. Strongly of hops. It's sweet and fruity but doesn't overpower in the least.

The beer tastes just delicious. I'm a bit partial to strong, hoppy IPA's, so my score might be a little bit inflated here. The taste has nearly no low-points for me. The sweetness is paired with a perfect, accompanying bitterness. The feel only loses points for being slightly sticky. The carbonation is just right, and the lingering aftertaste is also enjoyable.

The drinkability is very high. The alcohol content is just right. This is a beer that is just perfect for a quiet drink. Its flavor is a complex display of hops. All in all, Bear Republic has made a really good strong IPA, or really a DIPA.

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

Poured a deep oak copper with a head that measured two fingers and was of the off-white variety and very nice and frothy. Lacing also stuck around for awhile.

Aroma is of hops and light malts.

Very smooth hoppy flavor with a very subtle earthy undertone. Each drink has a nice hop bite on completion.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with the aforementioned hop bite and low carbonation.

First experience with BR and definitely won't be the last, will be looking forward to trying the rest of what they have to offer. As far as this one goes, being a 1 pint 6 floz bottle at 8% probably makes for having one of these in a setting at a time. A very solid beer to say the least.

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Photo of andrewt960
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

after having the Racer 5 IPA, i saw this for less than 4$, had to get it.
A: Looks amber like, and a huge head that sticks around throughout the beer. lacing is evident.
S:Really nice hops with some malt notes. A nice mix od citrusy hops and perhaps a grassy note here and there.
T: taste hops up front with lingering hops. Really pretty nice. i would have liked to see more carbonation, but it was really a decent beer.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a great trade with pwoods! Been too long since my last Hop Rod, and here we go..
Pours a mediun -dark amber, with a massive off-white head that takes FOREVER to go down. I poured it carefully, and it was still massive. Kind of annoying, as I want to drink it!
Smells a little different then I remember. I can definately pick up the rye and hops, but thee is something else in there that I can't quite put my finger on...not a bad thing, but still kind of bugs me.
Taste is good. I first get a taste of the rye malts, then the hops kick in, then I get the spicy rye flavor again. Pretty tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel is good as well, especially for 8%. It goes down a lot smoother than it should. A nice rye aftertaste coats my mouth.
Drinkability is almost too good, but I'm not complaining. It's a very solid Rye IPA, and one I will definately seek out again. As far as Rye beers go, I prefer Cane and Ebel, but this is tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to genog for sending this along this spring, & I'm finally just getting to it.

Pours a nice amberish color with little head. Smell is subtle hops & rye, with a pinkie of sweetness undertow.

Taste sends my mouth into a tizzy. Is this a red? An IPA? What's with that rye? Calm down, everyone. Another sip & I just have more questions. There's all sorts of pleasant layers in there, as hinted at by the nose, but more malt than I'd suspected. Complex. I likes.

The suck-down rating is good. Despite the higher ABV, there's no alcohol sting & the complexity keeps bringing the glass back to my face faster than it should. All the shit going on in this brew is nicely balanced. I approve this beer!

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Photo of unionturf
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this after a trip to SC.

This brew pours dark amber and slightly cloudy. Smelly is of hops and malt and the taste matches, the head lingered forever it seemed. This is a hoppy brew that is backed with an excellent malt balance. An excellent ale that has me ready to drive back to SC to get another. :)

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

The beer poured a rich dark amber with a decent fine tan head. The aroma was of rye malt with a bit of hops in the background. The taste was of wonderfully strong rye with a good amount of bitter hops. The feel was medium and oily, but had a dry finish. A pretty decent rye, it was interesting as it was highly hopped, and the rye's I've had previously weren't.

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

I tried this beer on a whim and could not have asked for a better result. The hop flavor is strong and somewhat complex with the rye adding to the mix. The amount of carbonation is perfect leading to an exceptional mouth feel with a good head that lingers afloat this dark amber brew. For my taste (Big fan of IPAs that include interesting flavors to complement additional hops) this is an excellent selection.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint glass of this and received a leathery brown with rubish tints that gave off a rocky yet quickly receeding three-finger head with a lace ring. A mix of both intense tropical citrus notes such as banana and orange, coupled with some roasted, toffee and caramel malts - must've been the rye kicking in. A thick, almost full-bodied beer with a very dry backbite. A great hop bite with citric, earthy hops pounding the tongue and a stoutish, caramel aided roasted malt taste follows. Unfortunately, a slight alcohol burn derides some of the tastiness. I guess the rye can be thanked for both (the mix of tastes and the burn). While very affordable and I enjoyed me brew (not for the faint of palate), I don't see myself sessioning this one.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> Nice warm dark amber colour, with a creamy vanilla head. lively.
Smell> Super hoppy, lots of malt. Smells a lot like Stone's IPA
Taste> It's very balanced, with a nice hoppy middle finishing out with malty goodness... but something tasted a bit chemically or perhaps metallic. It eventually became so noticeable that I had to stop drinking it and give it to someone else. Sad, but true. I'm really sensitive to slight tastes and smells.
Mouthfeel>Pretty decent. Medium, not overly carbonated.
Drinkability> I found it undrinkable personally, but since the guys I was drinking with found it drinkable, I have to say average.

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

Served on tap in a pint glass. The beer appeared a very nice clear red with a thick white head that just lasted and lasted. Could see some light streaming of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma was huge and hoppy with some hint of bread, pine and citrus. Very well put together. The taste tended to follow the aroma, very hoppy with hints of pine and some florals. The beer finished with a nice bitter aftertaste. It was rich, smooth and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable beer. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of lincoln44
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew poured with a monstrous frothy head, resembled a beige cloud upon a mahogany/deep cherry wood elixir. Rocky 2 in head with pillars of froth between the declining portions. After a few minutes there was still a small pillow of head floating around the top middle of the beer along with patches scattered along the non-contact area of glass above the brew.

Smells of pine, citrus, and dark caramel malts. Hint of the 8% alcohol coming through but balanced nonetheless. Sweet fruity aroma of typical description: figs & black currants.

Bursting forth with flavor, all I can picture is pairing this with Provel or sharp cheddar cheese. Sweet with residual sugars but malt/rye character is still prevailing on the exhale.

Mouth feel was a bit oily and slick. The higher alcohol presents a nice warming tone that falls off quickly under the cover of hops.

Overall this is a good brew and a great representation of the style. It is a beer of balance between hops and malt, Bear Republic has another great beer among their lineup. I'm a huge fan of big beers and this falls into my top ten for strong ales.

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

a: served in a pint glass with a tight, well retained head and great lacing, the beer is a hazy, dark orange-brown in color

s: big pulpy tropical hop aromas with a caramel back to match, absolutely thick with this excellent blend of sweet malt and highly aromatic hops, notes of sweet candied rye

m: carbonation on the low side of medium and very delicate, body on the full side of medium, perhaps a little heavy on the palate but I can't really find much to take off for here

t: just an excellent IPA, starts out with sweet caramel and pulpy, juicy tropical hops, and after the swallow turns towards notes of spicy rye and pine hops, very strongly hopped and highly bitter in the end

d: very much enjoyed the entire pint, would have guessed this one was in the 7% range

pint at Whole Foods Fairfax

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Photo of roan22
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer many times before, including on draft but I never got around to reviewing it. Today I am having it again so its time for a review.

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass (sadly I have no tulip glasses left, they've all broke because I am too rough while washing dishes!)....Hop Rod Rye is a reddish orangey color with a huge, light tan head, which lasts awhile. Leaves awesome lace on the glass.

Smells like aromatic earthy or flowery hop plants. Really fragrant and nice.

Taste is citrusy bitter at first, then tea like and earthy, then finishes with a long, (almost tart) bitter spiciness on the palate from the rye and mega amounts of hops.

Mouthfeel rocks due to the bitterness left on my tongue...its not quite as good as Green Flash, but close.

Drinkability gets marked down a bit because its 8%. I can only drink this at home, and only 1 bomber at that. I still have to sip it because at 8% it goes straight to my blood. If I had two of these in one sitting I'd probably be very intoxicated. I am a lightweight though. Cheers BR!! Still hoping to get out west and visit the brewery someday.

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

Poured on tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh

A: Clean, golden ale with lively carbonation and a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly to nothing

S: Tons of citrus and floral hops in the nose with a nice solid malt, caramel backbone

T: The initial taste is of malt sweetness from the caramel and Munich malts, but that is quickly balanced by a large amount of citrus hops. The rye makes it a tad watery, but that is a minor effect.

M,D: The mouthfeel is fantastic. Perfect carbonation that leaves you drinking and wanting more

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,723 ratings
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