Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,719 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 slammo
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was hard poured from a bomber bottle and I knew it was something unique. The color is dark reddish brown; I think you might call it copper. The head by the way really sticks around and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Do not be afraid to stick your nose in there deep as to inhale all the citrus like notes that lie within.

The taste is wonderfully hopped and the rye makes itself known as well. With an 18% rye content it is no wonder. But this ale just gets better and better as you work your way to the bottom. If you love hops then you will have found your match.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are only matched by how much alcohol you can handle. I can handle another thank you!

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

Snifter. deep rich mahogany with tons of red, so dark that its impenetrable by light. light tan head. great lacing and amazing head retention. Tons of citrus hop aromas, along with some hints of rye. Rich, sweet malts lead to a nice rich flavor. Wonderful orange citrus hop flavors, along with the flavor of an overly ripe ruby red grapefruit. very well-balanced. thick and hearty, with a nice carbonation level. solid brew. Best rye ale yet.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with reddish hues around the edges. Thin foamy off white head with excellent retention.

S - A sweet and spicey taste simultaneously. Sweet aromas of caramel and a spicey hop/rye aroma.

T - Very sweet up front with hints of tropical fruit. Quickly smacked by a spicey hop bite and rye flavor. Hints of some citrusy hop as well.

M/D - Full bodied and very crisp. Good carbonation and very smooth. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not aware this was an IPA until I got on here to enter my notes. I guess I didn't even read the label, I saw rye and made an assumption. No biggie, I liked it either way.

Dark brown color turned brilliant red with light behind it. Huge cascading head with piles of lace.

Lightly sweet smell with piney hop aroma, but nothing special in the nose.

Very tasty though, sweet nutty malt with a huge oily citrus and pine hop kick. Medium body with good carbonation.

Awesome beer to be sure, I'm glad it was in a 22oz bomber 'cause a 12oz bottle wouldn't have been enough.

Tasted on 5/18/08.

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Photo of demitriustown
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, from trade with pantanap (Thanks!) Aroma is a good amount of hop aroma, a sticky caramel aroma as well, woodsy, somewhat of a citrus aroma, and a hard carndy-like scent to it as well. Pours a almost opeque dark brown, more brownish/black than anything with a rocky off white head that lingers at the top of the glass. Taste has a nice big hop note, the rye is prominant as well, lightly candy like, and a bit of caramel in there as well. Palate is sticky the rye lingers on for a while. Overall, This is really good stuff.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I killed a bomber of this stuff at a friends house, out on the deck last night.

A - Turbid orange and beige with tons of cloudy yeast in the glass. The head is a gigantic four finger plus beast that rolled over the top of the big ass mug that I poured it in! The foam is beige-tan and thick, and sticks around for a loooong time. Lots of really fluffy and sticky lace is left on the glass.

S - Big time dank hops. Citrus fruit...orange rind, grapefruit, and pear. The malt backbone is thick and beefy with lots of apparent yeast notes. Wow.

T - Hop bomb city. I can taste the rye aspects...spicy black peppercorn and rhubarb, along with the massive hop muscle that powers this 'rod. Citrus and pine exist in a 80-20 relationship, and I'm reminded of wet hay and dank weed when I taste this one.

M - Thick, yeasty, meaty, and chewy. This is the very definition of full bodied. The finish is slightly dry, and I suspect that it would be much more spit-wicking if not for the really sweet and chewy massive level of malt.

D - Damn fine beer. Damn fine beer. It's crazy and huge, but I could drink this stuff all night. It's been a long time since I had a hop bomb this good.

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Photo of Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Rod Rye pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, deep orangey amber color with a nice lid of fuzzy-creamy light tan.

Smells of sweet brown sugary malts with loads of fresh orange, grapefruit, and piney hops.

The nose was very nice, but the flavor is where it is where Hop Rod really breaks away from the pack. Sweet caramel malts with sweet fresh oranges and grapefruits. Toasted wheat with a big spicy-bitter rye bite, and fresh citrus rind and pine needle hops complete this one. Medium-full body has a luscious pine oily smoothness to go along with a nice and fuzzy-fresh feeling creamy carbonation.

Great offering from Bear Republic. Rev-em up for this rip-roarin' RyePA.

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Photo of WillClark
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 22oz bottle, this poured a deep, rich and murky amber with a nice creamy head. Mellow hop nose with a hint of spice. Quite drinkable- feels like it's going to take off and have a full dose of hop power but it pleasantly disappears while leaving an mild sweetness to create a nicely textured mouth feel. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

This is a good beer.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep dark reddish amber with a nice big fluffy off-white head to it. It has excellent retention and lacing as the head recedes. It is full of big hop aromas! It has a big floral character to it with hints of grapefruit and pine. You can kind of pick up the rye on the back end, but it is overpowered by the hops (not a bad thing).

The taste isn't quite as overpowering as the aroma was, but it still provides a decent hop-kick. The hops are definitelyprevalent, with the grapefruit and pine coming out stronger, while the floralness fades into the background. The rye is very notable, and gives the beer a distinct dry finish. It is fairly well balanced and is an excellent representation of the style. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than most IPA's, while the carbonation is a bit thinner than you'd expect. It is a very good IPA, and definitely worth having every so often.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Great looking and smelling beer- amber/reddish color, the rye really comes through in both aroma and taste. The hop profile is in great balance with the malt. A fabulous pale ale that I could drink every day.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown with a thick head that falls to a thin cap.
The first aroma is of the hops, pine, citrus rind. Then the sharp rye with some caramel and a hint of dark fruit.
Taste very similar to smell. Piney/pithy/grassy hops followed by the rye rounded out with the caramel/fruit malts.
Medium bodied, the flavors do linger on the palate. Good carbonation.
The flavors make this pretty drinkable, but at 8% it should be shared.
Very good example of a Rye Ale. Recommended witout hesitation.

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with telejunkie.

Color: Pours a beautiful amber color with a decent two-finger head. Ample carbonation.

Aroma: Very hoppy and floral. Cascade hops and rye always see to go together well.

(side note: I homebrewed a rye pale ale with cascade and amarillo hops).

Taste: Very hoppy and floral upfront. Unfolds with beautiful rye kick, followed by flowery hop bitterness. Smooth. Spicy. The rye adds another dimension to this IPA. Somewhat bready and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and bready. Floral and hoppy. The bitterness of the hops lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. From the start, you're treated to a very nice floral hop kick with the rye adding to it. One sip and you should be hooked.

Verdict: Magnifico! This is one IPA I would love to try again and it gives me something to aim for in homebrewing.

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Photo of leif86
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

A: Two inches of rich, thick, cream colored head that has great retention. The body is a hazy, dark caramel color.

S: A wonderful balance of malty, hoppy, and earthy tones. Some rye in there too.

T: Spicy and deliciously hoppy. The hops linger with you giving you a bitter sensation similar to grapefruit.

M: Creamy, could stand to be a little less carbonated.

D: High, so very high in the drinkability category. Tastes nothing like an 8% beer

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally in Vegas! Pours a hazy mahogany brown with thick off-white head with amazing retention and lacing. A very nice looking beer. The first whiff is so strong of piney hops you wouldnt believe it, the strongest "pine" scent I've yet to experience in a beer. Taste is a nice blend of bitter hops and slightly caramel-ish malt. A very nice balancew with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly thicker mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall a great beer I think deserving of its high reviews.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber with a thick tan head. Aroma is dominated by hops with a piney, earthy character. Flavor has some caramel malts, some spice from the rye, and some hoppy earthyness. Finish is fairly bitter. Medium carbonation and a relatively full mouthfeel.

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

Dark ruby with a large tan head and excellent lacing.

The name doesn't lie. Lots of hops and rye greet you when you put your nose to the glass.

Hops are what this is all about, but they are nicely balanced with some malts and of course the rye. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Smooth in the mouth, thick bodied. Very nice.

An excellent beer and one which is worth a try if you come across it. I'm not as big a hophead as most here but this was certainly a fine example and about as good as it gets for this style.

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Photo of jordoo
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poored into oversized beer mug.

Huge everlasing fluffy off white head on this one. Deep hazzey Orangish colored brew. Man this looks amazing. Smells super hopy, piney/floral/citrus and possibly rye not sure. Hard to pick up on the malts hint of bready/carmalized malt. Wow this is a full bodied IPA that hitts hard and non stop with hops. Superior bitterness after the citrus up front and a rye ending for sure. I wouldn't say that the malts ballance this baby but they are definitaly there. Mouth feel is very good it just coats the palet wonderfully leaving a lasting aftertaste stuck to it. Can't imagine getting another 22oz of this down but the drinkability is still good for what it is.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber with some light orange highlights. The head is large, creamy, and slightly tan in color--this isn't going anywhere. Thick rings of creamy lace all the way down the glass. A very pretty beer.

S: Bursting with citrus hops--grapefruit and orange. Some faint earthy, grainy malt, too. Really an excellent and rich aroma.

T&M: Some faint initial bready malt followed by a (C)ascade of bitter citrus flavor. Rye comes in later and is prevalent in the finish, giving some spicy bitterness on the back end. Body is slightly on the heavy side of medium, with light, crisp carbonation that adds well to the flavor.

D: Hop Rod Rye is an excellent IPA. The only thing hurting drinkability is the slightly heavier body and the 8% ABV.

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Photo of AmishT
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber/crimson in color with a great off-white, foamy head that isn't goin anywhere fast. A nice cap in the head formed after it had receded a bit. I like this. Good lacing left behind.

S - Citrus hops dominate, with a biscuity malt in the background Very bold aromas. Very inviting.

T&M - Delicious, balanced flavor. Spicy hops are very prevalent; they may be balanced just a bit by a faint bready malt backbone. Low carbonation, which allows the flavors to emerge. An earthy bitter aftertaste is also prominent. Smooth. Medium bodied. O man, the flavors settle really well on the tongue.

D - The dry, earthy aftertaste really sets up another sip. Great flavor. Unfortunately, I think the drinkability diminished a little bit as I continued drinking. Also, the last glass I had of it out of the bomber was not anywhere near as enjoyable as the first.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a dark reddish-brown amber with thick, creamy, light-beige head. Decent retention and very nice, intricate lacing.
S-Light sweet malt foundation, citrusy hops, light pine, rye, apple, grape, hints of dark, dry fruits.
T-Upfront slightly sweet roasted malt w/hoppy tones of citrus (mandarin and grapefruit plus a hint of resin), and light bitter rye flour. In midpalate, fruit esters emerge, including apple and grape.
M&D-Medium bodied with dry finish that really balances harmoniously with the slightly sweet palate. This is an excellent IPA...best I've had in a long time.

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Photo of jophish17
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine in Greenville, SC.. but only because Green's was out =/

Aroma: It smells wonderful, super rich in hops! As the bottle indicates, the 90+ IBUs are the centerpiece of this beer, and very little else can be picked up by the nose.

Appearance:: a dark amber body with a beautiful finger of head. Retention is just ok, but the lacing makes up for it!

Feel: Seems to have less carbonation than my first sampling a few months ago, but it still goes down smooth with the hops biting the palate. Not too thick, not too thin.. a nice body that is just right for an IPA

Taste: WOW!! Few beers can match the taste of Hop Rod, which is likely my favorite IPA. The loads of mouthwatering, bitter hops are equaled out just enough by the rye malt to keep a nice balance as the beer goes down.

Drinkablility: Very hard to judge.. I could have one just about every day, but not more than one in a day, at least not in the bomber variety, as it is a very big beer that takes a lot out of me. But oh my is it worth it!

Few beers can live up to the standard that Hop Rod Rye creates in terms of brutal hoppiness with balancing malt character. Highly recommended beer!

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Photo of becktone
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Killer cascading head. Awesome lacing, the head itself is very creamy in appearance and has some good retention. Color is brown with garnet highlights. Looks great, what can I say. You don't see too many of these, that just about perfect.

Nose: Green and very hoppy. Just what I expect from an IPA. Citrus fruity hop aroma. Real good aroma, some malt under the hops, the presence of them is detectable, however, its not potent enough to describe subtle nuances in it... some dark fruits and slight chocolate and perhaps some caramel nutty aromas, after more inspection.

Tongue: Alcohol is detectable and adds another dimension to the flavor. Roasted grain is notable in the flavor. Hops there, up front but not in your face. Dark fruit also in the flavor of this beer. Green hop flavor melds with alcohol, to me the two are almost inseparable in this beer, they meld together. Hops are floral in flavor, but citrus in aroma.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabilty: Heavy in body. Moderate in carbonation. Has an overall nice feel, nothing special, nice long lasting finish leaving flavor in the mouth that is as alive as the beer itself. This is one that I will easily buy again, however, since there are many more to try it might be awhile. This is one killer IPA, no doubt about it.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a case of bombers. Can't believe Bear Republic beer going for 3.49 a bottle, esp an 8%!!! Even if it is mediocre that's an excellent deal.

Poured into a pint glass... 3 finger head...Oops it's overflowing I run to the sink... Well I guess a 3+ finger head.
Head is a stiff rocky one.
It takes awhile to die down.
Aroma is. Wow nice fruity nose. pungent and powerful.
Taste -- excellent , good super strong hoppy citrus, grapefruity and a bit lemon. Rye gives the malt a bit of a sharpness (I love Rye!!!).
Mouthfeel: very nice. I'm going up to my scores and bumping them up at least 1 notch. I love this beer!!!
Drinkability: hmmm this is my 3rd beer tonight and I better quit after this if I want to be somewhat functional tomorrow. I have to drop drinkability a notch.
Overall -- I love this beer. Rye and tons of hops -- how can this be wrong?

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

This beer pours thick and creamy leaving a 2+ inch light tan frothy head that drops very slowly down to about 1 finger. I've never seen an IPA look quite like this one. Carbonation bubbles in the beer are minimal despite the large head. A dark amber copper color that is nearing opaque. Very thick marbled lacing.

Floral, citrus and pine hops noted in the nose. Some balanced malt along for the ride as well.

Taste is refreshing and light, but not light in a bad way. This beer is very well balanced which I could detect in the nose before it even hit the mouth, but taste definitely confirms this. All I can say is this is a tasty one!

Creamy, medium body, nicely carbonated. I could drink this one all night and I wouldn't even know it was 8% until I felt if after a few pints.

Highly recommended. Among my top 2-3 IPAs currently.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber into my glass with as much head as you could ever want, depending entirely upon the pour. Laces perfectly on the sides of the glass with a sticky spiderweb. This beer could not be more beautiful.
A deep malt backbone is evident, with absurd hopping that is balanced between resiny pine and a bit of citrus, but is clearly of a few hop varieties. Alcohol is also evident in the nose.
Initially sweet malt, a fine, balanced flavor, finishing in intense hops and a bit of alcohol. There are hints of fruitiness and a bit of honey-sweetness. Astounding.
Silky-smooth with medium carbonation and intense bitterness bringing an astringency, as well as a hint of warming in the finish.
This beer is extremely drinkable, especially for the alcohol content and intensity of the flavor. This has become my go-to beer when I want a hop fix. Highly recommended.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,719 ratings.
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