Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

4,721 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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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saw the high ratings so I picked this one up. 8% confirmed. 12 oz bottle into conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in Los Feliz, CA. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. I googled the Bear Republic bottle codes and discovered this was bottled 09/12/12; I'm a little pissed at my bottle shop but I'll give her a spin anyway.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger creamy frothy head of good thickness and great retention for the high ABV. Body colour is an unexpected dark copper; semitransparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing as the head recedes, but it looks like it'll retain for a good five minutes. The colour is fantastic for an IPA; I'm already impressed.

Sm: Nectary hops are dominant, with some floral character and a bit of pine. Some oily hops. A bit of bitterness comes through, but just enough. Caramel. Sweeter malts than pale malts, but not quite amber or biscuit. Some grapefruit citrus zest and even a more herbal note; perhaps mint? Yes, natural mint leaf. No yeast is detectable, nor is any alcohol. I'm looking forward to trying it. An average strength aroma.

T: Mmm. Hoppy yet incredibly balanced; lots of nectary hop character, with perfect complementary floral and light pine character. A bit of herbal fermented mint leaf aids its refreshing feel. No hop bitterness whatsoever comes through. Shockingly well balanced. Light oily hop notes. Caramel and sweet malts form the simple yet effective foundation - which is more than merely a platform for the hop notes. Slight spice is also detectable. The rye works here beautifully, complementing and cooperating with the nectary hops to give it more depth. No yeast character. No alcohol comes through. Constructively, it's a bit too sweet and the hop character could be much more complex. Lacks subtlety. Still, it's tasty - and let's not forget it's four months old.

Mf: Slightly oily, very nectary, and smooth and wet. Soft and refreshing, yet a bit too thick. Perfect carbonation. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: An incredibly drinkable and refreshing IPA, with a well hidden ABV that'll sneak up on you. $7.99 a four pack is quite fair for a beer of this quality. Bear republic has impressed me. For a four month old IPA, it's rather good. I intend to revisit it fresh; it deserves that respect.

Low B

I imagine it's best on draught.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of this from codysjb in a recent trade in Amsterdam. Fun hanging out man. Hope to see you again soon!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, tight, creamy off-white head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a good, thick cap. A clear mahogany or rust orange color with no carbonation evident. A hazy with remains leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Great looking stuff.

SMELL: Lots of hops on the nose. Pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon there, with some nice pineapple, mango and a good dose of piney hops. Bolder as well. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, rye malts, and lots of piney hops up front. Sweet mango and honeydew melon as well, leading into a bold and lingering finish. Piney hops, bitter floral notes, some spicy rye with a light caramel sweetness adding some balance to the brew. Very hoppy with a nice spicy element from the rye. Really good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on this one, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent stuff. Piles of hops here, with a nice malt backbone and some spicy rye as well. Looks and feels good too. This is one I'd be glad to have regular access to, as it's a great example of the style. Cheers for this one Cody. Hope to hang out again!

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks.
A: cloudy, deep amber body. Thick, creamy as nitro off-white head. Lacey and retention remains as initial pour.

S: prune type caramel notes. Spiciness and berry fruit fight for attention. Clean aroma, water is pronounced.

T/M: Heavy body with a lucious creamy texture. Hops really come out in resiny, herbal flavor, bitterness is kept in check. Spicy/chewy taste lingers. Explosion of rich caramel malt on the palate.

O: most impressive selection from Bear Republic as it is new to market. Complexity of an Arrogant Bastard, raisin notes of a boont amber ale, drinkibility and hop profile of a well built imperial red.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly aggressive pour yielded an impressive two fingered head, with off white foam, very nice lacing; the underlying liquid is very dark amber.

On the nose I get pine sap, grapefruit, a syrupy sweetness, and spicy rye.

On the palate I get everything described in the nose. The forward flavors are dominated by grapefruit and piney, resiny hops. Those flavors linger into a dry, sticky finish of caramel-syrup sweetness and a hint of spicy rye.

Mouthfeel is very hoppy, with high carbonation tickling the tongue long after swallowing.

Overall: A strong hoppy IPA that is matched by its sweet malt with a rye kick. This is a beer that should satisfy all hop heads, but is supported by a deep malt backbone. This is a beer I'll have again and again, and have!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,721 ratings.
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