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RATINGS: 2020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1932) - 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


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 (644) - - 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 (2238) - 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 (9085) - 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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