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Chardonnay 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): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rxdrewthejew on 01-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by rxdrewthejew:
Photo of rxdrewthejew
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had a sampler of this on tap last night at the Bear Republic Brewpub. According to description, this is the basic Hop Rod Rye aged in chardonnay barrels with some chardonnay juice added into the mixture.

Apperance was similar to Hop Rod, perhaps a little more red, but still with a nice bit of head and good lacing.

The smell was fairly hoppy, but there was a very pronounced sweetness...definitely grape and maybe some cherry.

Taste was about the same as the smell. You could definitely note the hops...plenty of citrus and pine, but there was again a ton of sweetness from the chardonnay juice. It really was quite sweet, but I don't think there was any "wine" character too it, no tannins or dryness, and I didn't really note any oak either. The combination of flavors really didn't work out that well for me...there was hoppiness and there was sweetness but it was the wrong kind of sweetness (aka, not a good malty balance, but a juicy, fruity sweetness) and they just didn't mix together at all.

Feel was fine, probably less carbonated than Hop Rod...but again I expected something dryer due to the aging and juice content.

I think the concept here was just a bit too odd for it to work out well. When the flavors all hit it just didn't feel right. Maybe this is the kind of thing that would grow on you if you kept trying it, like sour beers...but I just get the feeling that's not the case. Probably worth getting a sample if you're up at the brewpub, just to experience it...but there's no way I coulda drank a whole pint of this.

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Photo of mjl21
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 10 ounce glass. Comes in at 8%. Described as the regular HR Rye with the addition of 5% chardonnay juice and then aged 3 months in chardonnay barrels.

A-Pours a hazy brown with a head composed of a small layer of white film.

S-Has a very sour smell to it, which reminds me of Temptation. The rye and hops were not as easy to pick up on.

T-A very sour/tart taste upfront that is followed by a nice bitterness. The grape juice is present and helps add a layer of sweetness that is by no means cloying. Some oak in there, but it was by no means a tannin overload.

M-Medium bodied and very smooth.

D-As my iPhone notes say, good stuff.

I thought this was a really interesting beer and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Offa
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly interesting beer, reasonably tasty but rather one-dimensional.

Hazy brown amber, it has a thin, off-white head steadily shrinking to a ring and wisps.

The aroma is mostly grapes and wine, slightly sour, with grain and lemon.

The taste is predominantly fruity wine, a little more sour than the aroma, and faintly tart, with hints of pine and grape juice, and a definite light alcoholic note. It has a light hoppy bite to it but hop flvour is barely detectable.

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Chardonnay Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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