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Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 4,724 |  Reviews: 2,080
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Riley's here in Madison for $3.99.

Pours a dark garnet/mahogany color with a few fingers of tan, rocky head with some good lacing and retention. On my second pour a film of rubbery-looking yeast plopped into my glass, kinda strange. Looks more like a scotch ale to me. Nose is strong, rich floral/piney hops with sweet tropical fruit notes. Taste starts off with a hearty pine-hop kick but as it warms transitions into caramel malt, sweet pineapple, apricot and citrus. A faint rye bitterness can be detected but I wouldn't have guessed there was rye in it without the name. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. This is a highly drinkable DIPA, the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice balance between sweet malty/fruity and bitter hops here. Another winner from Bear Republic.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: A much different color than the typical IPA. More of a dark mahogany.
S: The hops immediately jump out at you. This is going to be good!
T: An incredibly complex medley of bitter hops along with some other unusual IPA flavors that must come from the rye malts.
M: This beer plays around on the tongue.
D: One of the best beers that I've ever had. I love IPA's and this might be my favorite. I will come back to this beer again and again.

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Photo of obrike
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely beautiful look in a pint glass. Dark copper color, ample, rocky head that lasts for the entire beer. Bits of lace clinging to the glass throughout.

Love the bitter hops, mixed with spice scent. A fantastic smelling IPA..., caramel malt, citrusy hops, maybe even some grape (doppelbockesque?)...so different than most IPAs out there. Fresh and clean...super smooth.

A very unique tasting beer, but one that suits me just fine. Definitely has the uber-hoppy taste of a DIPA, but the addition of the rye makes puts it in a class by itself. An interesting and delicious combination of dark fruits, spice, and bitter hops. Very thankful for the 4 packs...but would be so much happier if BR would release it in a 6 pack someday.

(update...March 2014...6 packs baby!!!)

I would love to drink these as my staple, but a bit too boozy for me to drink more than 2/3 per sitting. Still, a great price for such a great beer. Hard to believe this one's classified as an IPA...there's so much going on in it.

A homerun by Bear Republic for sure. A must try for any IPA lover...heck, a must try for anyone who just loves great beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a great looking mahogany with pretty red highlights at the edges, a nice frothy two finger ivory head rising with the pour and leaving good lace. On the nose there is a combination of the spicy rye with a big hop presence manifesting in citrus fruits with maybe just a bit of pine resin. In the mouth there comes some somewhat dry malt base, but the rye adds a nice fuzzy edge of spice to it. All the while there is an overriding grapefruit note that adds some spice to the rye. The body is medium and the feel is ultra creamy, coating the palate in a pleasant way and leaving a long finish. This is a very nice variation on the IPA theme, with the rye adding a good deal of interest to a style that's been done to death.

EDIT - Had this side by side with Ruthless Rye at a tasting last night. Comparatively, it wasn't as dry as Ruthless, and there was a bit of sweetness that seemed out of place creeping into the taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of CaptainPancakes
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TheDoak
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of frank4sail
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this rare "Bear of a beer" in these parts via BA brother Boilermaker88 Cheers my friend..

Fresh "spring morning like grassy nose" with a little pine tree as well. Cherry/peach color with a huge lasting pale pink fluffy airy head... what retention.. stiff peaks. Big hoppy piney, chewy, grapefruit taste with a malty rye bread backbone. The finish really brings out the bready rye notes in the beer which helps to try and balence the brutal hop punishment on the tongue. Medium to fuller chewy coating mouthfeel. The next time I get to the west coast.... I will be seek these out with a vengance... my kind of beer. Makes a cornbeef special look like babyfood. A hop monster with unique craftmanship...

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

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye....

Appearance-dark brown to black, decent hazy head foams up, active carbonation gushes through the glass, it's ok.

Smell-bready as expected, a whoosh of alcohol and plenty of hops. Lots of aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops hit with a flourish, piney taste, bready character to the beer, not really tasting anything that distinct that would make me realize it's a rye, but still a great tasting beer.

Drinkability-I had no trouble finishing mine, strong beer but definitely drinkable.

Overall-once again, I couldn't really determine that it was rye based on the taste alone, but still, this is a great beer from a brewer that I've really come to respect.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +13%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a deep brown/mahogany with an amber hue, pours with a finger of thick head that is light tan and lingers nicely, pours slightly hazy
S: nice scent typical of rye ales, bread and a slight sweetness like molasses
T: interesting taste, maltiness but with something else underlying, kind of like whiskey but without the bite, smoked wood possibly, not sure, has a certain warmth to it
M: very little carbonation tingle, smooth beginning to the end, leaves a lingering aftertaste of the beer that stays on as a reminder
O: i enjoy the brew, nice warmth to it, smooth, great depth, great representation of the style

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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper brown with a healthy crisp white head. Nice lacing and head retention.

S - Heavy malts, caramel, raisins, baked bread.

T - Robust malty full bodied malty flavor, bready, crackers, rye, dry mouth feel, nice balance of hops.

O - This is a meal on wheels - big rich flavors. This is a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Greggy
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a massive billowy creamy white head over a beautiful yeasty-hazed red body. 10 minutes into the beer, the head is still a large fluffy cap.

S- MMmmm.. Grapefruit city here with ample hops. Also loads of the obligatory pine. Not a ton for rye, right off the bat here.. we'll see what develops, later in the glass. As the glass empties, there is a large amount of biscuit malt that also comes through.

T- Hello delicious-nous. Starts off with a nice piny dry malt background with hints of rye. The finish is quite dry with a residual biscuity malt present.

M- 8% gives this a very thick body, which it should. The finish is quite delicious, as well.

D- For an 8% beer, wow, this goes down quick. I'm not sure how extremely fresh this bottle is, but I'm sure I'll be getting this again. Think two hearted, a hair more alcohol, and a bit of rye. YUM!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,724 ratings
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