Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we talk about the beer that Fonzie would drink. Yeah, I know Fonzie was from Milwaukee, but I'm pretty sure if he road his hog over to the left coast, he'd stop and down some of this.
Tonight we try a rye ale from the left coast. Tonight we sip from the big mug filled with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye!
Brewed with 20% rye malt and with stats like 7.5% ABV, and a 90+ on the IBU scale, it sounds like a beer for a hophead like myself.
The Hop Rod Rye is a dark amber color and produces a large foamy head as it pours. Wonderful lacing of foam as the head slowly dips, but leaves about a 1/4" of foam waiting on top. Nice!
A big healthy nose of citrus ... grapefruit and lime followed by a touch of brown sugar. Let's take a big gulp of this beauty ... mmmmmm.
Right from the start you get a blast of bitter hop juice balanced by malty sweetness. I recommend drinking this 22oz. bottle from a big Oktoberfest-style mug. The big glass allows you to really get your nose in there and pick up the amazing smell of hops as you drink it down. You can also look like a badass in your leather jacket as you throw back a giant beer. I'm pretty sure the chicks would be all over you. They'd probably freak out!
Described as a strong American IPA by the brewers, I'd say it is worth the $3.49 I spent on it.
They have flames on the label, so perhaps this would be enjoyable around a campfire? ha ha. I doubt that's the vibe they're going for.
So, check it out y'all. It's worth your hard-earned cash.
Good luck out there on the Devil's night, and be sure to steal candy from the neighborhood kids.
Overall Score of the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye: 4.0 out 5.0