Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

In Reviews on November 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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Poured into my New Belgium globe that I just got in the mail from my dad.  Pours a dark brick color, great clarity.  Has a nice off white head that sticks around and leaves nice lace, this beer looks like a Dubbel, but one whiff and you will not be mistaken, it is a beautifully smelling IPA.  The nice pine and floral notes that Racer 5 has are a bit more subdued in this American IPA from Bear Republic, it has more of a malt presence.  Once you taste it, wow it makes it’s hop presence known.  The taste is the aroma times a hundred.  At first the piney hops take over, but then blend beautifully with a malt character that creeps to the front of the palate as the hops bring their bitter to the sides.  Some of the grapefruit I expected is on the backend as the brew leaves the palate with a crisp but lingering bitterness.  This is a medium to full bodied beer with a bit of a slick oily mouthfeel.  As I continue to drink it, that head still stays, making this a very nice beer to stare at up until the very last drop.  The aesthetic enjoyment of this beer is right on pace with the taste.  As the beer warms a bit the hops become toned down and the malt is more present with some spiciness coming through on at the end.  As it unfolds, it remains a very complex beer.  This beer is delicious enough to keep drinking, but I feel this is best suited as a single to be paired with a chicken or meat dinner, it will most certainly add to the sensory experience especially as it develops over the course of the meal.  Perhaps grab the 22 oz. bomber and split it with someone over dinner, definitely a good choice for a BYOB spot.

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