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RATINGS: 1979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1630) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye has a thick, creamy, beige head and a dark amber or honey appearance with lots of thick lacing left behind and a huge amount of fine particles floating about. The aroma is of sweet, spicy bread, sugar candy, pine needles, turpentine, and nectar. Taste is of very bitter hops, sweetness, Christmas sweet bread, sugar, and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and Hop Rod Rye finishes semi-dry and fairly easy drinking. Overall, this is very, very nice, and I beg you to try it. RJT


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2447) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Dark cider/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of pine hops, citrus, & floral; Flavor of sweet malt, some caramel, pine hops, and citrus (notably grapefruit & orange); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Solid imperial IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeergeekKorea (90) - SOUTH KOREA - FEB 5, 2016
Aroma: Bread, roasty, and some passiom fruits Appearance: Dark reddish colour and thin creamy head Taste: Light sour and heavy bitter Palate: Medium full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and the rich hop-head finishes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5198) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Clear copper pour with lacy white head. Aroma is really spicy, tons of rye, pepper, resinous hoppiness. Taste is really bitter, resinous. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (700) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is fruity / bitter sweetness. Some kind of marmalade? A dirty, earthy mealtimes. Taste is a little bit bitter for me and the sweetness seemed a little disconnected. Interesting but my least favorite Bear Republic beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (972) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
Aroma is sweet and malty caramel tones and sticky pine oil. Flowers and resin. Taste is sweet, caramelly in the first wave, before a resinous and mid-spicey rye tone sets in. There’s some apricots in here and citrus tones, but leaning on a smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel. Very well balanced and tasty rye IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Dark caramel color with orangish hue, thick tan cap, heavy lacing. Aroma was one of citrus almost floral, taste was similar to the smell, citrus almost piney & slightly spicy, but not too bitter, well balanced with the rye. Goes down smooth. Worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (3589) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle at the Med, Boulder. Red-brown with a thick head and a spicy toasted marmalade nose. Palate is toasty dry-sweet and nutty, more marmalade and caramel,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (1268) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Erik-P lors du CanBIF Fall 2015, Thanks Erik! Couleur cuivrée voilée, mousse beige onctueuse et éternelle laissant une superbe dentelle. Arôme de houblon résineux, agrumes, seigle, un peu poivré, floral, touche de caramel. Goût d’agrumes, houblon résineux, malt, amertume toute en longueur, seigle, caramel. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Big big grapefruit aroma. Bomber bottle, and orange pour and cloudy. Taste of hoppy grapefruit and pineapple. Mild malts and fresh hop bitterness on finish.


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