Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye


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.

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