Friday, October 22, 2010

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Type: rye IPA
Origin: Cloverdale, California
Price: $4.29 per 22 oz

If you have ever had the Racer 5, be warned that this is much more intense. The IBUs are sitting at 80 here, the alcohol content is 8%, and it has a very astringent quality common to rye whiskeys. Bear Republic claims that this "has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character." I do agree that there is a sweetness, very similar to a caramel smell, and the spiciness comes out if you sip this sideways and aerate it a bit. You will look like a jackass wine snob, but if you do it while wearing a catchy trunker hat, +1. I think that once your mouth gets used to the bitterness, you can start to pick out some blackberry flavors. This beer is not as good as the Racer 5, but it is pretty close behind, making this a pretty damn good brew.

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