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Hop Rod Rye | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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94
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2,073 Reviews
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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,073
Ratings:
4,679
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
363
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,073 | Ratings: 4,679
Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

An off tan light brown head that forms so perfectly foamy. Real nice retention and about three solid fingers on the pour. Body is just slightly opaque but a dense looking solid amber color. Real great looking beer here. Not much lacing.

Great nose on this drink. A slight grapefruit but a unique mix of sweet malt perfection with the fruit in front. Hint but small of toasted bread.

Taste though is kind of small, but is there. Real good feel but a bitter hop presence in the mid palate, and lingering on the finish. No sense of sweetness on this one, and kind of never leaving. I was hoping for some bread based on a hint from the nose and this malt sensation but not so much. It's got a good hop feel for sure but I don't even feel a citrus punch from this, but a slight oil citrus on the finish in my mouth only after the swallow.

An enjoyable beer just verging on the cusp of real greatness I think. Glad I tried it.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is no date on the bottle. Beer pours clear, no haze at all. Beer is darkish brown and forms a nice head with medium sized bubbles, really uniform two fingers above the beer, it falls away slightly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is nice and full of citrus / piney hops. There is some spiciness from the rye as well. No roast or anything else in the head, cannot detect any alcohol.

Beer is interesting. There is not a strong forward flavor but there is a lot of hop bitterness that lingers in the back of the mouth as almost an aftertaste. It is not unpleasant. Body on this beer is medium, which is fine and somewhat expected. Drinkability extremely high. Overall, a very good IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond and cloudy. Hardy aroma of hops, rye, spice. Great creamy head, tiny bubbles. Major league lace. Hops, wonderful hops. Rye flavor present, but not over powering. This is the real deal , hop lovers rejoice! Great creamy mouthfeel. Hop burps and everything. Thanks Bear republic for this big, bold and lovely creation.

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

02/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Red-amber pour with a nice thick and creamy white head. Adequate lacing.

Smell- A light smelling hoppy beer. At least with my nose it was. Fruity hops and a bit of malt. Nothing outstanding, but better than your normal IPA scent.

Taste- Decent amount of piney tastes as well as grapefruit flavored hops. Not a hop bomb, but enough to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation here.

Drinkability- Nicely well balanced beer. Was actually happy I didn't notice any rye as I despise rye with a passion. Tasty and well rounded. Would suggest to anyone who likes a good IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a ruby amber color, with a thin, thick layer of sparse head. A little bit of haze in the coloring, and lots of sediment throughout the beer, which they do a good job of warning you about on the label. Smells are heavy on the hops, with a little malty sweet balance. The beer is bitter-sweet, with hops and caramel sweetness. Also a smokey-toasted malt flavor throughout, which keeps the hop flavors nice and smooth. The beer is a bit dry and smooth in mouth. The sediment really issn't overly bothersome. Quick on the finish, with a lingering hoppy and sour aftertaste. The beer leaves alot of flavor on the back of the tongue, while puckering the front tongue and lips a bit. Makes it really easy for the follow-up gulp.

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

A - Beautiful maple syrup with a creamy head that holds up well and leaves a crazy lace.

S - Big citrus/west-coast hops.

T - Definitely delivers. This is a rye-IPA if I've ever had one. Bright, green-wood hops. Rye, black pepper, and warming booze. Coriander. Mild molasses-like sweetness.

M - Medium/full body with a pleasant carbonation. Lightly spicy finish with a nice dry/sweet balance.

O - A great rye beer. Probably my second favorite to date after Cane and Ebel.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber-brown colour with a nice foamy white head.

S - A strong malt profile on the nose with some piney hops. Not as strong of a hop nose as I expected.

T - A nice hop presence, mostly earthy/pine with very subtle citrus. A nice spicy malt backbone. A very complex flavour profile for an IPA (I guess that's the rye!)

M - Medium body with some a bit of chewiness.

D - A very nice IPA with a unique flavour profile. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent with an intense aroma of floral hops. The taste is great also. It has a rich and creamy dark malt flavor with a smooth bitter hop taste. The rye helps to mellow the hop flavor. It has a dry finish, but has good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I love the dark amber color and great hop characteristics. This is a good drinker.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing.

S: nice piney hop aromas up front with hints of citrus zest, caramel and malts that don't over power the nose. After a couple whiffs I did pick up a little rye bready scent.

T: the citrus grapefruit bitterness and piney hops punch the palate first with caramel accents and very faint bready rye notes. The grapefruit really ties in nice to intesify the bitterness.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and has a nice hoppy piney bite on the finish.

D: pretty damn good IPA from bear republic. The rye is pretty faint in the flavor but still does justice as an IPA. I'm glad I have access to it on a daily basis

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big yet relatively well-balanced IPA. The malt combined with a spicy undertone with the big citrus and slightly juicy hops that showed off a bit of orange rind at the end. While this had a big and tasty hops flavor, the aroma was a little weak and the taste wasn't that complex. It was a great beer, but nothing life changing.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review of a Bear Republic brew. I 've heard good things about them, and jumped on the chance to try this one.
Drank it during the second half of the Pitt/Arz super bowl.
Pours a murky, dark amber body that produced a small, yet dense head. The white foam lingered for a bit, chunked up in small splotches and then faded. Perhaps it was poured too cold.
Slight citrus aroma mixed in with the pine and rosemary. A slight sharp alcohol twinge to it as well. A bit of smoked honey thrown in there as well as some wet malt.
Taste is well balanced. Pine starts off on the tongue then the citrus comes into play. Sweet malt separates the two and helps with a smooth finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but blends well with the hops as far as bite is concerned.
Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with an off-white head. Strong citrus hops in the aroma, as well as some rye and malt. The flavor is packed with a lot of rye as well as some bitterness and hop flavor (citrus and pine). Very drinkable. Not much to say about the beer, but it was outstanding and I will seek it out again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear deep copper color with a thick 3" merangue-like head that lasts throughout the drink. Thick lacing also develops.

Smell: strong citrus and hop bitterness is easily detectable.

Taste: this beer covers it all, as a nice sweet malty backbone is kept in check with strong piney bitterness and fat orange slices. Hint of graininess and some brown sugar notes too.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, with all flavors lingering on the tongue long into aftertaste. Slight dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: great drinkability, a must have for those who haven't had one yet.

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

An IPA injected with 18% rye? Wonder how this will do. On to the beer:

Pours rich dark from the bottle, which it settles into a dark amber in color with an awesome, thick head. There's a litle rye, ginger, and hops with a metallic twist to it in the nose. Now to taste it - leans towards the fruity side, not as hop dominant as the other IPA's. The flavor doesn't explode on you, but it's still pleasant. What makes this one unique is it's dry finsih (from the rye I suppose) that allows you to quaff this brew with ease.

I was wondering what the difference between the two Bear Republic IPA's would be, and this I would label the "different" one with its rye shot. The other offering I will try soon to compare notes. (Update: Racer 5 is tastier, but Hop Rod Rye is more quaffable.)

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark, dark red. Thick and frothy initial one inch head that stick around until the end. Lacing aplenty on all sides.

S- Sweet smelling. Hoppy. Almost has a cinnamon smell to it.

T-Lots of hops...subtle hints of the 18% rye. Piney. I get a slight sweet taste at the end.

M- Medium mouthfeel, smooth.

D/O- The 8%abv is very hard to grasp, holy cow. What a delicious brew, my first from Bear Republic. The price point is ridic...just saw a bomber for $4.79 tonight. Highly recommended.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Steve, 650ml into two tulips.

Pours a deep red, with some nice mahogany hues. An offwhite head of a couple fingers forms, leaving some nice lacing and moderate retention. Nose holds rye, tropical fruits and some grapefruit. A beautiful malt profile, holding rich caramel, rye bread and graham cracker notes. Taste has again some nice rye and caramel character, bitter grapefruit and orange again. Strong lingering bitterness. Good full mouthfeel, light to moderate alcohol notes and exceptional drinkability, a sort of IPA+ due to the ABV. Quite excellent and I can only imagine this being divine on tap, as I believe freshness may have detracted from the fulll experience here.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Bear Republic for putting these out in 12oz bottles, i've been waiting to review this because im leary on the freshness of bombers.

A- Hop Rod Rye is darker than your average IPA. This has a dark copper look almost looking like a lager. A nice one inch of off white foam rises up & sticks around a bit before settling down. OK lacing.

S- A delicate balance of hops, rye and malt, well balanced. The hops give off a slight citrus vibe while some sweet malt gives off caramel, not overkill though. Some light spice blends well with the rye.

T- This fresh bottle displays all the ingredients in one swig. I get the citrus hops backed by the malt followed by rye. The rye is not as prominent as I remember it from bombers years ago, but a good amount is here. Getting some toasted bread from the malts plus grains.

M- A pronounced medium feel from this, HRR is a bit thicker than your average IPA as well. The carb addition is not high and melds well within the body. The finish is spicy with a soft bitterness and dryness.

D- Not sessionable, but I would do 2-3 12oz in a night if I focused on it. Now that these come in a smaller package, I will be bying more of it on a semi regular basis here and there. Im not blown away by HRR, but this is a damn fine bier.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber color, with a cream-tan head. This beer is quite clear from the get go. It has a spicy hoppy aroma to it with notes of lychee and grapefruit. The first thought after taking a sip was that this beer is redolent of a hop syrup. This is all about the American hops. As for the rye, maybe there is a certain fullness/ silkiness fro the rye, but it is not all that evident, the hops overpower any taste that one might get from the rye character as well. This beer is big bodied though, and it is pretty good.

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

A - Pours a clear ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice creamy head, very nice island lacing.

S - Scents of malts, hops, slight citrus, spices and slight caramel.

T - The taste is quite different of other IPAs. I guess it's the rye in it. I get more of a malt taste than hoppy. Either way this is a truly awesome brew. There is also a nice sweetness to it.

M - Medium body, well balanced and a nice carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. Glad to get a chance to check this brew out, it was never on my list, but now it is thanks to BA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear Republic : Hop Rod Rye
Bottle claims "made with 18% rye"

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with an off white pillowy foam. Mostly clear, though unfiltered, the yeast was reserved in the bottle.

Smell: West coast citrusy pungent fruityness with some alcohol lofting up as well.

Taste: Nice and hoppy upfront. Peppery rye spice, paired with pine and grapefruit zest. Malt or perhaps rye grain provides a small roasted note. Ale yeast giving off fruity notes. The alcohol is hidden well behind layers of hoppy, rye influenced goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing. Some hop oils are noticed.

Overall: A nice twist on the Rye/IPA style. Big rye, bright citrusy hops, subdued malt character and easy to consume.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Finishing off a case from Stockertown from two months ago.

A: I try to save any 5's for very special beers and I feel like this one really deserves this one. Nice slow pour and we have a nice crisp, clear mahogany amber color with a giant, frothy, tight head. Amazing retention and lacing, head "dies down" to a nice finger thick clumpy patch of bubbles and film. Inside of glass is pasted with clumps foam, as well as streaks. Yea, I like this, haha.
S: Like Hopsickle, big punch of hops, but somehow I like this better. Not quite as bitter smelling, a little fresher. Mild citrus and a little pine. Strong presence of the rye malt as well, leaving a more balanced aroma than most ipas. Good stuff.
T: Starts off dry and hoppy, but not overly bitter, strong presence of the rye malt providing nice balance. In the background more the grapefruit rhine from the nose, but very mild and not very sweet. Hops are there big time, but not bitter or palate destroying.
M: Medium to full body, very smooth, creamy. Medium carbonation but not overly active.
D: Probably my favorite IPA, just slightly ahead of Two Hearted and Blind Pig. Big time hop presence but perfect balance from malt and rye and not overly bitter or sweet. Alcohol tends to catch up with me a little more quickly than expected but since it's not really present in the taste I won't hold that against this

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

A: Translucent dark red, almost maroon, definitely an idiosyncratic look, the color is very different from what I usually see in a beer of this type, but looks fantastic. Off-white head that stays around forever, great lacing.

S: Piney West coast hops, with spiciness from the rye.

T: Piney spruce bombards the mouth with robust bitterness, followed by some amber caramel malts. Spices come through in the end, black pepper and clove, with a hint of alcohol.

M: Very well built, immensely smooth for such a beer.

D: A little lower due to the robustness and high alcohol, but very tasty and a very nice beer to drink that revels in its own complexities but does not go over the top; not to mention that it is virtually ubiquitous in my area, and is relatively cheap, hovering around $3.29-$3.49 for a bomber.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.Pours a clear red brown brew.

Smell is sharp and pleasant cascade hops and a bit of malt and caramel.

Taste is malty with a rye grain flavor and a pleasant bitter finish. Cascade hops flavor is there but doesn't dominate all the other flavors. Has a kind of salted rye cracker flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice strong brew! Not for those who do not like a super hopped brew. A beer that will be added to my regular beer rotation.

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

The glass is painted in chromas of orange, ruby and amber; their embers are bright and flare up to the light. Its clarity, until the very last dregs, was spotlessly clear which furthered the beer's splendid aurora. Its head bubbled up like magma and exploded into a scatter-spray of lacing. The eccentric patterns would make an excellent ink splotch test.

Bring an umbrella - it's raining hops! As they fall from the sky a wave of pungent tanginess manages to penetrate right down to the marrow of your bones. It has the same all-consuming sensation as a gust of cold winter air or the burning radiance of a hot summer sun - it is not only noted it is sensed by all parts of the body. This beer is as hoppy as hops are green and every bit as aromatic as an incense.

It's an herbal, floral, citrus-spritzed fragrance and it carries over into the taste. The roasty graininess of the rye is also evident in the aroma and it, too, doubles as a flavour. The moderately-strong spicy flavour of the rye is nearly reminiscent of pumpernickel bread, and certainly brings to mind a choice Jewish bakery, but is so drizzled in chunks of caramel and candied citrus bits that it is, and should be, only recognizable as its own delicious being.

For all its resounding hoppiness the beer is considerably balanced. The graininess of the rye ensures a stiff, hearty, naturally tangy maltiness that blends ideally with the orange zest and piny serum of the hops. The alcohol may just as well not be noted and, although it pains me to admit it, I would probably drink this until unconsciousness if it were feasible to do so. The experience can vary between general pleasure to pure hedonism.

Honk if you love hops! If this beer were a car it would come fully loaded with plenty of legroom and a 350 horsepower V8 engine. And it's probably won my car of the year award every year since I've tried it. In fact, I remember the first time I took it for a test drive - I awoke the next day to find my hands still smelling like hops. No kidding! This is a smooth ride and for those of you who have yet to take a spin - buckle up!

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Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep hazy dark amber/ruby hue with two fingers of thick, clumpy and creamy head. There was excellent retention and superb sticky lacing. Very impressive.

The smell was dominated by a citrusy hop aroma. There was a decent grain presence and little touch of spice - perhaps the rye.

The taste was full blown hops. Beautiful oily hop flavor, balanced with a spicy grain and malt element. A nice clean biscuity aftertaste. A bit of an alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth. Excellent carbonation.

Overall a superb IPA. A nice ABV and an excellent body.

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Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.
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