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RATINGS: 2020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Sitting in a hotel room in Breaux Bridge, LA after consuming copious amounts of seafood tonight, I pulled a bottle out of my cooler that dutifully accompanies me on my business trips. Mind you this is not my first rodeo with Hop Rod Rye (more on that later). But this is an excellent product. The appearance of this poured into a glass is caramel colored with excellent lacing down the glass, with a half inch head remaining. Smell is of muted hops with a hint of rye. Taste is outstanding (though in the last 8 years of having this on hand I have had to drain pour a few bottles, probably due to them having been abused in the distribution pipeline. They were spoiled.). I first tasted HRR at a brewfest in Portland in 2005, and it was love at first taste! There is little way to say how good this iteration of a rye IPA is. It is chewy, complex, simple, quenching, enticing, and of course most satisfying all at the same time. Overall I would say that this is a world class brew, and one that anyone who is a hophead should choose. I won't go into the detail that so many patrons of BA render (not that there is anything wrong with that!), but this is one of the finest IPAs in my mind to ever hit the market. Try one and agree! If you like a rye style IPA, this one should be on your list. I have it brought in from adjacent states to MS when ever possible. Excellent brew, and now this bottle is gone! Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.4
kathouse (1888) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2017
Dark amber color with a thick foam. Grainy aroma with caramel and rye. The malts are pretty big with rye spice taking over. Bitterness is there too along with some alcohol bite.

4.5
PugUglyBrewer (647) - - APR 10, 2017
Dark amber color with an off white head of fluffy foam. Dominant notes of caramel grain, spicy rye, some dark fruitllb.

3.6
Zymurgeist2 (2240) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
From bomber to pint glass. I haven’t had this for a few years. I seem to recall it being more robust in the past. Caramel, pine needles and slight perfume aroma. Pours a clear, pure copper with off-white head that lingers well and leaves slight caking down the glass. Flavor is overt spice and faint citrus. Finishes is moderately strong bitterness. Some goldenrod in the end of the flavor as it warmed. Bumping it up a little based on my views from days gone by. Hope to make it back to the brewery and try it fresh again there as I remember it well from Healdsburg.

3.6
Ronritter (724) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2017
on tap pours amber with white head Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, hoppyness taste is hop and tropical fruits with bitter finish

3.9
gormio (55) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Pullo, väristä en tiedä. Tumma, makea tuoksu. Maussa mallasta, ruista, katkeruutta. Lopussa myös terävä purasu, tulisko alkoholista.

3.5
Dogfisherman (13) - mount laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2017
365 Beers in a Year Beer 34...331 to go! Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Appearance: Cloudy chestnut nut brown with thick dense head and strong lacing. Nose: Bready and hoppy with caramel malt undertones. Taste: Earthy malts with a touch of sweetness (brown sugar) tobacco, spice, and grains. Feel: Medium body, nice carbonation with a nice hop finish. Follow all beers for the year on Facebook Mark Dashner #365beers1year #BeerChallenge #be

4.1
mmargarucci (343) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2017
One of my favorite beers!! Pours a dark Amber color. Aroma is filled with pine and grass notes. Taste starts with spicy flavors of the rye malt with a finish of pine and hops. The hops and rye malt compliment each other perfectly. A great classic!!

3.8
gunnar (9087) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2017
On tap at Vastarannan Kiiski, Helsinki. Pours almost clear deep golden with a small white head. Aroma of marmelade, citrussy deep hops. Moderate sweet taste initially , powerful yet balanced hoppy attack at the Finnish....

4
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Bought Aug 2012; BBE undated; Drank Dec 2012 - BCA; lots of floaties. Reddish Brown in colour. Hoppy; piney and floral hops. Fruity, citrus fruity; grapefruit and orange. Malty; toasty malts; caramel,rye malt. Nice hop/fruit/malt/spicy balance. Hops relatively mellowed; probably because bottle not fresh. Bittersweet citrus hoppy malty throughout; becoming earthy and spicy (the rye?). Increasingly bitter finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Rye DIPA! (2012-12-09)

4
Brewhemia (312) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2016
Slightly hazy deep amber with light brown head. Lots of malty aroma of bread and caramel and toffee plus some grassy hop aroma. Smells delicious. Really nice taste as well. Both lots of malt (lightly toasted toast) and lots of hop flavor (grassy and maybe even some rosemary notes). Not too sweet and not too bitter and a little acidic. Fine balance. Medium/full body.


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