Beer: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Location: Healdsburg, CA (local!)
Type: Rye IPA/Specialty Ale
Availability: Year round
Aroma: Light hops, spicy, and malts
Appearance: Brown and clear
Body & Texture: Medium bodied. Nice Brussels lacing on the glass. Didn’t sit well in my mouth. Bitter in the mouth. Taste the alcohol, but it’s crisp. Easy to swallow.
Aftertaste: Sweet caramel, malt. Aftertaste is much more pleasant than sitting in the mouth.
The aftertaste was my favorite part of this beer. I really didn’t care for it when first taking a sip. The color was interesting. It was darker than I was expecting. I would not buy Hop Rod Rye again because I felt there was too much bite up front and then ended to sweet. It wasn’t balanced enough for my my taste. This was my second time ever having it. I tried it once before last summer and wasn’t a fan the first time. I thought I’d give it a second chance, and it still didn’t win me over. I’m not denying it’s a well crafted brew, but it doesn’t fit into my taste. The tasting size glass I had was plenty for me. As for the beer burps they were quite tasty. If I had to pick between Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye or Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye, I’d choose the Ruthless Rye.