Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Rated 4.052 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bear Republic Brewing Company

Healdsburg, CA, United States

Style:  Rye Beer

7.5% Alcohol by Volume

90 International Bittering Units

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malt. Darker in color, Hop Rod Rye boasts a huge hop aroma and flavor accompanied by a slightly sweet, malty finish. A.V.B. of 7.5%. 2004 California State Fair, Silver Medal Winner; 2002 National Real Ale Festival, Chicago, Gold Medal Winner; 2001 San Diego Real Ale Festival, Silver Medal Winner & Best of Show (Runner Up) - og 1.074, ABV 7.5%, IBU 90+.

ID: 9750 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank86
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank1 of 303
Style Percentile99.7
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.097
Weighted Score4.052
Standard Deviation0.427

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  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 2.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    I guess this was my first rye beer. If I were to guess it must be a IPA. It wasn't so much bitter as what I would say it was sour. Citrus was very apparent and I can say that I'm a fan of this beer.

  • CHOPZ 7305 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Tried in Vermont, thanks to my friend Mart. Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a frothy warm cap that has great retention and even better lace. Big hoppy nose with the grapefruit notes. Then, other fruity malts come out with hints of nuts. Medium-bodied with a mild dry finish. Sweet caramel malt taste with the warming alcohol, citrus and nutty finish. This is a great rye specialty ale with the American bitterness from the hop.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    If I have any criticism of World of Beer, I don't want my ales served so chilled. This amber colored, big frothy textured off white head ale needed to warm. And when it did the cornucopia of sweetness, citric bitterness and rye danced so well. Light medium and refreshing.

  • CRAFTALE 8 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Sweet fruit aroma is second only to Bell's Two Hearted. Flavor adds some rye tang. Hop bitterness lingers. Is unfiltered, but recently I'm disappointed to find fewer "floaties". Full mouth feel. At $7.99/six pack, it is very reasonably priced.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    I liked this Rye brew,nice dark color.The rye came through nicely,best i have had for a commercial rye beer.Had to guess on the price because it was a gift.Will say not to pass on this one when given the chance.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    It pours a dark amber with a thick orange-white head and copious lacing. An aroma of rye bread malts, hops, pine, limes and citrus, grass, and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth .. a little thin. Flavors of rye bread malts, hops, citrus, pine, grass, bitterness, and spices. Very smooth and flavorful.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Very deep red/copper color with a frothy white head. The aroma is just the right mix of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is full and smooth. The hop flavors predominate the beginning, finishes with with lighter malt flavor and aftertaste is back to citrus and pine. Very tasty beer.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Paired this off with Real Ale's Pale Moon Ale. This had a much more intense rye character. The hop flavor was intense. The overall character was quite sharp. There were some hints of caramel to stop it from becoming too sour or bitter. Just enough sweetness to stop this beer from running over the edge. The beer poured a reddish-brown. This is an intense and awesome beer. I am beginning to understand that I really love beers with rye.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a nice medium dark copper amber. Flavor is dynamic hops with grain, but with a difference. Must be the rye. The rye flavor is a little hard to pick out but the overall impression of the brew is a solid worthwhile beverage.

  • POPERY 212 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The beer has a deep, red-golden color that glows beneath an exceptional head. Even after a bit of time, a carpet of tiny bubbles covers the beer and clings to the side of my glass. Hop Rod Rye smells of hops, strongly. It’s sweet and fruity but doesn’t overpower in the least. The beer tastes just delicious. The sweetness is paired with a perfect, accompanying bitterness and a spicy rye note. The feel only loses points for being slightly sticky. The carbonation is just right, and the lingering aftertaste is also enjoyable. The drinkability is very high. The alcohol content is just right. This is a beer that is just perfect for a quiet drink.

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