Hop Rod Rye from the Bear Republic Brewing Company, of California, is as its name suggested, a heavily hop-loaded rye ale. Now, I love big hoppy beer, and I love rye beer, so this is a combination that puts this beer right in my wheelhouse. It has the standard heavy sticky head of a rye ale, and the nose is sweetly floral with a bit of orange and coriander. The middle has strong citrus flavors, orange and grapefruit with caramel and peppery spice. The finish is chewy, and a little bit boozy with just a hint of pine and grain. This is a stellar example of what I think a rye-based ale should be.
I give it a 4.6 out of 5.