Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4,725 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time, maybe 6 months ago, and remember thinking "Dang, this is even better than Terrapin and may very well be my new favorite Rye IPA!!"

I bought another bottle a few months ago and have had it in my fridge, wanting to let some space between impressions to see if really was "all that". Poured from a bomber into a Reidel stemless chalice.

A: Pours a very dark chestnut / copper, pretty clear until the last pour from the bottle. One finger caramel head is pretty creamy looking and durable, leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S: Nose is aggressive spicy hop and rye with citrus / pine and a bit of booziness. Smells damn good.

T: Taste on this is just lovely, great balance between slightly sweet caramel malts, pretty big hops, somehow perfectly balanced by the rye, with a hint of citrus / floral / honeysuckly flavors. For me, this beer is just so perfectly balanced. Well designed and solidly put together. I wouldn't call it out as 8% ABV without reading the label.

MF: Mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, though it's pretty full bodied and almost creamy and very coating. So drinkable.

This is a really great beer and honestly the best rye ale I've had (so far). Love the complexity and balance and imminent drinkability. Highly recommended.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,725 ratings
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