Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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4.24
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14.62%
 
 
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Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color, darker than expected but still nice looking, that produced a creamy white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely

S - The aroma was nicely complex, spicy rye and pine

T - The taste of this beer was nicely created, the spiciness of the rye shined but did not dominate, floral and pine tastes that ended with a nice hoppy bitterness

M - The mouth on this beer was great, medium body with moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth

D - This beer, to me, breaks the mold of IPAs with the addition of the rye, it still has all the qualities of a great IPA, but the rye really mixed well

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

On tap at The Sidelines in Arcata, California.

This is one of my top five favorites, and to have it available on tap is a true blessing.

Arrives with a glistening, dense amber body with a viscous off-white head that deflates gradually and leaves some pretty patches of lace on the glass.

Smell is a rich flourish of pine needles, rain-wet dandelions, crusts of rye bread. A faint brown sugary malt presence drapes the underside of the nose.

Taste opens with a peppery burst of hops, followed by a sharper hop presence -- sourdough and rye distinct along the edges -- through the finish the brown sugary malts tilt in but the hearty bitterness takes the stage front and center.

Crisp, yet not overpowering carbonation. Coats my palate with full-bodied finesse.

As you can tell, I really do love it.

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

Oh crap...this is sublime. Bear Republic, I will try all of your beers I can find. Bottle at Volo.

Hop Rod Rye pours a nice deep mahogany, with a fluffy white head, that laces brilliantly. The aroma makes my knees weak - northwestern hops (predominantly grapefruit), caramel and nuts. The rye comes in with a really pleasing spiciness that compliment the hops perfectly. The taste is beautiful, with roasted nuts duelling for dominance with caramel malts and big bitter citric hops. Excellent balance between sweet and bitter. Crisp, spicy bitter finish and medium body reinforce the quality of this beer.

Absolutely amazing IPA that's verging on the imperial - I could drink it all night.

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

Had at the Lanesplitter in Berkeley...they always have one beer on cask so visit soon if you can to get this beast.

Pours a dark ruby with decent clarity and rungs of lace from the off-white one-finger head. This beer is gorgeous.

Nose is a spicy resinous combination of hops and rye that has to he smelled to be believed. Slight citrus and semi-sweet malt round it out.

Taste is the nose amplified many times. The rye spice is distinct and and pungent, the resin is soft yet strong. Citrus offers a cutting edge through the rye/resin base, while malt sweetness once again rounds everything out. This is a ridiculously good beer, and having it on cask is even better than I imagined it would be.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy at times, crisp and slick at other points. It does what it has to do, and the cask carbonation is perfect on top of it all. Drinkability is amazing for such a strongly flavored beer; finish is spicy and bitter without being offensive, and really makes you want another sip. Stickiness is just enough to not get in the way while adding another element. Phenomenal.

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Photo of keith712
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a 1.5l hefeweizen glass that promotes head retention due to scoring along the sides and bottom to create nucleation points for the CO2.

Appearance: Pours a deep, almost scotch like color. A HUGE head was presented that hung around a bit and stayed a solid 1/2" thick throughout the glass. This is a simply beautiful beer!

Nose: Spicy, pungent, crisp, sharp, powerful. Hops, hops, and some mild grapefruit and pine notes. Typical to me perhaps for a strong IPA, I really don't smell the rye malts.

Flavor: WOW! What can I say, not super complex, but it has EVERYTHING I want in an IPA, the rye malts are noticeably different and add a certain punch that is hard to define. Fairly dry, high carbonation, and crazy crisp.This is a "turbo hops" beer that might be a bit overpowering to an IPA n00b.

Mouth feel: Superb. Medium feel, high carbonation, begs for another mouth full! (easy on the jokes fellas). Crisp on the palate, pungent on the cheeks, and it makes my mouth happy. It thickens a bit as it warms and the flavors do become more pronounced, certainly a sign of a wonderful beer.

Drinkability: Can I have another? The alcohol at 8% is well hidden and I could down these easily in a session with friends, although by the terminology of a "session" beer...you are going to be quite high by the time you drink 3-4 of these. What else to say, it goes down easily and the flavor makes you want more, more, more.



Overall: I give this IPA an easy 9.5 of 10 points. Simply a superb beer.

EDIT: 12-28-10, drank another full bomber of this beer. Simply wonderful. Huge fluffy and creamy head that lasts, nice change of pace for a good IPA, the rye is awesome, the flavor gets better as you go through the glass and smooths nicely as it approaches 55+ degrees. I am going to make this a mainstay.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Wegmans

A-reddish with amber tones to ir with a decent head. It dissipates quickly though. Light lacing.

S- wow a nice nose, pine, mint and some citrus. a great complement and i smell it over and over. well done

T- wow, wow wow the taste is so smooth and has the same flavors as the nose. i cant say much more and thats a good thing.

M-smooth, creamy, i could drink it forever. It lingers in the mouth but not a bad linger, but one that you dont want to go away. I agree with the bros when they say it massages the tongue.

D- opne of the best IPA's i have had and would love a case of it.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up along with a bomber of Big Bear Black Stout. I'm in for a real treat.

Pours a rusty brown haze into my tulip tumbler with a nice big 2 finger head, accompanied by decent lacing lasting for about 5 minutes. Looks like a nice big Red Ale to the untrained eye.

Aroma's are abound with hops. I feel like I just feel into hop-heaven if there is such a place. Grapefruit, citrus, and slight pine are also to be noted with a nice sharp rye scent playing in the background.

POW right in the kisser! Hops spring forth in all there glory, giving way to a very welcoming caramel sweetness to balance out this monster of a beer. I loved the introduction of rye into this beer, it plays well with the variety of hops while complementing the slight caramel backbone. Masterful!

Feel was superb. Nice prickly carbonation and full body makes this a big beer by far.

This is a dangerously good beer. The brews at Bear Republic disguised this beer very well, giving it a nice smooth feel and finish while hiding the high ABV. Cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours tea colored brown with a slight chill haze under a 3” off-white to cream colored foam cap that takes 5 minutes to reduce to ½” and coats the glass with sticky lace.

S: Rye spice and grassy resiny hops scented with a touch of a meadow smell after a soft rain blending earthiness, grass, vegetation and light floral.

T: Rich malts, biscuit and rye with a fairly assertive hop accent growing at the finish. Some grain or hop driven astringency at the finish. As it warms caramel notes become more prominent and rye flavors develop and create a strong urge for pastrami and German mustard.

F: Very creamy texture supported by soft carbonation that makes its medium body feel light and airy.

O: Loaded with layers of flavor that achieve a delightful balance.

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Photo of JayQue
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic IPA experience. Pours a deep clear mahogany color with a huge off white head. Sheets of lacing left on the glass. Good strong and pleasant hops smell but it can't do justice to the taste experience. The taste begins with crisp, sharp hops. Bitter but pleasant and rich tasting, more pine than citrus. As the beer warms up, the hops do not give way, but there is a strong caramel malt taste as an undercurrent. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich, not as oily / resinous as Celebration Ale...more crisp. Drinkability is very good, too high an abv for a session beer, but I was left wanting more after draining a 22 oz'er. Will definitely seek this one out again!!!

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Photo of viverlee
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Why I don’t drink this more often is still a mystery to me. The first time, it was ludicrous, barley pancakes and hoppy syrup. Once or twice in between, buttered flowers on toasted rye bread. Today, I’m nearly out of worthy descriptors.

I’m in my 30s now, having missed the sexting and DTF foam party generation. The silver lining, maybe, is that I get to experience the craft revolution at a time in my life when I have some bills to spare. And this Down To Quaff beer is a tastegasm worth enjoying now.

STYLE: Rye Beer

ABV: 8%

LOOK: Forest brown, copper highlights. The glass sweats, my mouth waters. It’s thick, rich, sturdy. Most importantly, it has structural integrity. A half-finger head could easily be confused with a protein shake. It moves with the beer, like pudding, without thinking. It’s just built that way – it has no choice.

NOSE: Strong hoppy nose. Herb butter, grapefruit, lemon peel, pine. Honey and subtle spices, I’m not sure what, pop in to say hello.

MOUTH: Bold statement time: It might be the most balanced beer I’ve ever had. In a different way, I think Allagash Curieux would give it a good run, and maybe prevail. But that’s another review for another time. This one, oh my. Sweet, bitter, malty, floral, distinctive. Three things happen with each sip. First, my nose swells with aroma, mostly buttered hops. Next, a soft soft blanket slowly coats the inside, then the outside, of my mouth, tongue to cheeks to lips to throat. Finally, the perfect astringent bite, a special reminder of who’s the boss. Rye, Cascade hops, and definitely DTQ.

Beeradvocate Rating: 95

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 98

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sanguineous antique bronze. Hop Rod Rye is chock full of fine particulates which create a lovely prism for the late afternoon sun slanting through my front window and cause the beer to explode with warm color. Perched atop the liquid is a creamystiff cap of pale tangerine that only an outrageously hoppy beer could produce. A perfect, rounded mesa of heavy cream awaits disruption, but not until I spend a few more moments enjoying the beautiful array of filagreed lace that sticks with impressive tenacity to the glass.

Hops, hops and more hops. And then some more. This is one of the most hop-dominant noses on any DIPA in existence. Too often beer of this style is balanced, as if balance is the Holy Grail of all beerdom. Well screw balance. It appears as if Bear Republic has given the most hopheaded among us what we crave. If the flavor follows the nose... we have a winner. Since brown sugary grapefruit and orange practically leap out of the glass, I feel pretty safe in saying that at least one, and probably multiple, of the 'C' hops are in use.

This is my kind of DIPA. I can't figure out why it continues to be classified as an IPA with such a high ABV and such a juggernaut of a hop load. There's plenty of sweet, toasted caramel flavor that does its best to keep the hops in line. Balance, shmalance. What kicks Hop Rod into orbit is the use of a not insignificant amount of rye malt that sets it apart from just about every DIPA that I've ever had.

As far as I'm concerned, rye is an underutilized grain in brewing. In the same way that it gives bourbon its spicy kick (except for Maker's Mark and a few others that use corn, barley and wheat instead of the usual corn, barley and rye), it gives this beer an exotic, piquant spiciness that is complemented by a citrusy thwack! from the hops and a sugary pine needle bite. A long, mouthcoating finish is borne of a full, chewy mouthfeel and nearly unnoticed carbonation.

I can't say enough good things about Bear Republic. Each and every beer is top-notch and is a marvel of the brewer's art. Hop Rod Rye is an intense, fantastically delicious DIPA and instantly leaps to within sight of the summit on my 'most favored beers of all-time' list. Wow!

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Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown head with a good lacing and a slightly hazy reddish amber fluid. Smell is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. A healthy amount of bakery bread and pine forrest along with a citrus grove spiciness. Light sweet alcohol. Taste is so big, malty and smooth at first. Then BAM hops hit like a velvet fist with a lovely grapefruit and hop oil finish. This is full of spicy rye bread and malt to give it a nice chewy flavor and overall feel. Finish is quite nice with dry graininess and a light minty grapefruit. Feel is lightly syrupy and chewy with a nice smooth carbonation. A great robust beer that rewards sipping but begs you to keep it up so seductively that the glass is empty before you know it. Very drinkable and no real notice of the abv so watch out. Simply one of the best I've had.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very red for an IPA, but perhaps normal for a RYEPA, hazy with bits of sediment at the bottom. murky ruby in color with reddish orange and persimmon highlights. fantastic looking beige head as well, thick like a raw biscuit and very dense. excellent retention and top notch chunky lace.

S- fragrant grapefruit and pine stand out. cascade? centennial? amarillo? idk but it smells great. fresh and tropical, notes of pineapple and passion fruit come out as well. toasty caramel, almost chocolatey (more like cocoa acidity from the rye) back up the hops achieving quite an impressive aromatic balance. a whiff of alcohol and rye spiciness as well.

T- gotta love that rye flavor. it's no wonder they boast such a high rye bill considering it is a dominant flavor with a spicy earthy flavor and a bitterness separate from the hops. fresh hop flavor of burnt grapefruit, orange, and pine lasts from start to finish and the toasty caramel malt in combination with alcohol and all the rye characteristics create a mild cocoa flavor that is very raw and grainy. woodsy, tobacco, and mushroom, finish is full of fresh grain and hop flavor and a touch of caramel sweetness. would be #1 killa with some spicy food.

MF- resinous and slightly oily with definite juicy qualities about it. somewhat boozy feeling with a tannin dryness. almost low carbonation gives me a strong-beer-pub type feeling as opposed to the session-beer-pub type feeling that i often get from quality english ales. lingering coating bitterness like some herbal medicine.

D- such a flavorful brew deserves to be savored but this bomber is disappearing fast.

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange to amber hue with an amazing frothy white head that leaves timeline lacing you could set your watch to.

The smell of this beer is outrageous: citrus peel, honey dew melon rind, mint, pine, flowers, carmel and rye. The best thing about these smells is how distinct they are, you're not going to take a whiff of this beer and just say, "this smells hoppy."

First taste is smooth, crisp, full-of-everything-you-want-in-an-IPA. Really good balance between the bitterness of the hops and the malt, and as it warms the rye character starts to shine lending a spicy flavor to the palate.

Nice full mouth feel and drinks smooth for an 8% ABV beer.

I can't say enough about this brew, it proved to me the style of IPA has some more wiggle room from it's typical hop bomb characteristics and at $4 a bomber there really is no excuse not to drink it.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber in color with a slight chill haze and a silky, diaphanous head. A bit of chunky yeast hop sediment is hard to keep out of the glass. The aroma is sinus-clearing -- very fresh hop aroma, undergirded by a bit of toffee/caramel malt. These mild malt notes start off the flavor as well, but it's not long before the palate is overwhelmed by a huge blast of hop oil. The rye lends a lightly bready flavor to the beer which helps smooth the flavor out on the way to what is acually a very balanced finish -- ever so slightly dry, with nice spicy and piney notes which linger into the aftertaste. A terrific beer for hopheads, with a body that is oily, moderately carbonated, and fairly full for the style.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have never had a beer spew out so much of its aroma right as the cap is popped. quite impressive.

Pours out a very dark reddish brown amber with a very frothy tan head that retains for the whole drink. very nice lacing. Certainly the darkest "ipa" i have ever seen.

Smell. A very nice and rich aroma of caramel and grapefruits. The rye is very potent and present here. There is also a nice citrus to it as well. Just so much hops, but still a strong level of malts and rye as well.

Taste. Just a whole bunch of flavors going off in my mouth. Has a very nice level of bitterness, but a sweet maltiness (caramel) is quite present as well. I cant tell if the hops are dominant or the rye flavor. Hops are piney with a little citrus in it. The flavor is just so strong! Aftertaste is spicey and bitter.

Mouthfeel. It is a full body with a very creamy texture that fills the mouth nicely. Carbonation is there, but seems low with the thick viscosity of the beer.

Overall, an incredible beer! Great balance with a great flavor. Quite a unique beer that is a nice mixture of a rye and i think a 2ipa.

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Photo of roan22
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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 RussBecker1
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful deepness and complexity of colors. The body is a deep mahogany which is only made prettier by the white head that sits atop the glass. Both colors play off of each other in a nicely distinct way.

S- Delicious smell. The rye strand is apparent but does not overpower the hops, which in turn does not over power the citrus and other spices that compliment the beer. It is pretty remarkable to have such a smooth distinction between each flavor without one overshadowing the other.

M-Crisp and effervescent, but still able to coat the taste buds and prepare them for the complexities of the beer.

T-Wow. Consistantly one of my favorite tastes as it is unequivocally the best balanced rye beer I have ever tasted. I could drink hop rod all day and still beg for more.

O-Not just the best rye beer I have ever had, but one of the best period.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden brown, tan, and all kinds of cool unfiltered stuff floating around

Smell - oranges, pine, hops, grapefruit, and some malt

Taste - The orange / grapefruit hits you first, then the piney hops, some mild alcohol warmth and a bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Its so balanced, doesnt destroy the palette, yet you defintly know your drinking a ipa. Nice fruit kick with the hops, a real pleasure for the tounge.

Drinkabilty - Wow, what a great beer, this is not only a top 5 ipa for me, its simply one of the best beers ive drank. I always keep a 4-pack on hand. I enjoy this beer weekly, as you should too The only thing possible to improve is on the smell. It could use some more pine/hop smell but honestly, it doesnt meen anything soon as you take a drink.

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Photo of Jason
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Anam Cara, stated that it was 7.7% abv … I have seen people say that it is 7.5%-8.0%.

Superb frothy head with an unyielding retention. Perfect clarity showing a deep reddish mahogany colour. Massive hop aroma, clean and pungent going from piney to grapefruit rind. A hint of spicy rye in the nose as well.

Lush crispness with a creamy back in the full body … I swear it was massaging my tongue. I felt the malt covering the palate but the hops are too much to handle … in a good way. So much hop flavour and the bitterness was spot on, when the beer warmed up a bit the spiciness of the rye came through as well as some caramel maltiness.

By far one of the best west coast beers I have had to date.

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Photo of glid02
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Big Hunt in Washington DC.

Pours a turbid red-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a pancake of bubbles on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of floral, citrus, and mildly piney hops, and lots of them. There's a nice malty background and some light spiciness from the rye that comes through as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Huge hop flavors throughout, backed by robust malts. A mild spiciness comes in midway through the sip and asserts itself more through the end. There's a nice bitter ending that still leaves room on the palate for the hop flavors to linger.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Thick and grainy, it seems as though it has a life of its own. The only other non-stout I can think of that feels like this is Troegs Nugget Nectar.

Drinkability is great. I finished one very quickly and would've had many more if it hadn't been getting late.

Overall this tasted even better than I remembered. Tons of hop flavors that aren't over the top, a solid malt backbone, and some light spiciness from the rye. Wow.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the East Village Tavern

A- Pours a deep reddish copper with a huge foamy head that descends to a rocky, then frothy, cover that lasts, leaving broken rings and patches of lacing.
S- The smell is citric, piney and very resiny - spicy hops assault the nose. Some carob/rye in the back.
T- The taste is resiny, piney, grapefruity, spicy. Hops are aggressively in the forefront. Rye backs it up, as does a pinch of caramel sweetness as it progresses. Alcohol is there, but mellow. M-Finishes very dry.Full-bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation keeping it from being too thick

Plenty of hops in this one! A nice use of rye gives it a unique character, arrogant bastard used to be my favorite kick ass beer, but i think this one just took its place

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden brown, a little hazy, full white head that sticks around. Smells deliciously sticky, piny, citrusy, fruity, a little bready. Tastes incredibly bitter and balanced well by the garden of aromas. Mouthfeel is perfect. Drinkability is exceptional, such a splendidly hoppy concoction I could drink this every night.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a enormous 6-finger cream-colored bubbly and pillowy head. Awesome retention and lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Toasted malts, spicy rye, and a generous dose of hops with orange, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple, and some grassy, herbal aromas. Smells terrific.

T – Starts with sweet and toasty malts but rapidly shifts toward the earthy, smoky, spicy taste of rye. Bitter hops gradually work their way into the forefront with grapefruit, orange, mango, grassy, and herbal notes. Delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and spicy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Hop bitterness and fruitness lingers for a little while, but the spicy and earthy rye works its way back in and lingers for longer. There’s a very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol that makes an appearance at the finish as well.

O – This beer is outstanding. It’s like a good DIPA, but the added rye makes it more unique. This beer really has very few flaws. It looks and smells amazing, tastes great, and has a terrific mouthfeel. Add the fact that it is insanely drinkable for a hop-loaded rye beer at 8% ABV and you have yourself a winner. Awesome beer.

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Photo of tdexterc
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i've been a long time reader of the site but this is my first review. many more to come!

A- A smooth pour yields a nice 1 finger head and a deep ruby/amber tone.

S- Hop Heaven! a wonderful assortment of piney and citric notes are upfront, followed by a sweet, but faint, caramel.

T- There is a sweet, almost sticky malt which shows through, followed by the slightly spicy rye. The hops are abound in this one but not overwhelming. All of this mingles with a smooth but growing bitterness and a very subtle and slightly warming alcohol presence.

M- One of the smoothest beers i have had the pleasure of drinking in quite some time. The carbonation is supremely matched to the tastes in this brew. A very difficult and rarely achieved balance between hop bitterness and sweet malts has been met perfectly in this brew.

Overall, I was wildly pleased with this beer. I LOVE hops, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. Had i not have known that this was an 8% beer going into it, i would have never guessed anything near that. I certainly foresee myself actively seeking out this brew in the future.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,694 ratings.
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