Beer #89 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Name: Hop Rod Rye

Style: Rye IPA

Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Co. website

Country: USA

Region:  Healdsburg, California

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Nothing.

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 24th, 2010. 

Note: To keep it simple…THIS BEER IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Great nose, tastes starts off with a heavy dose of hops then is balanced quickly by the malt or should I say the rye. 

On the Label:  Hop Rod Rye is a high performance, turbo charged, alcohol burnin’ monster ale with dual overhead hop injection, made with 18% rye.

BREW MASTER NOTES: Don’t drink & drag. Sediment at bottom of bottle may be a result of the truckload of hops in this non-filtered ale.

From their website: Rye IPA   ABV: 8.0% IBU: 80 Color: Amber
A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character.
2009 California State Fair – GOLD
2003 California State Fair – GOLD
2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

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Beer # 84 Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Bear Republic Racer 5

Name: Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Style: IPA

Brewery:  Bear Republic Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region:  Healdsburg, California

ABV: 7.00% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Lamoral glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Gnocchi with a tomato sausage sauce.  

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 10th, 2010. 

Note:  Racer 5 is up there with the best IPA’s on the market.  Easy drinking and refreshing with no hint of the 7% abv to slow you down.  IPA wise, I do prefer their Hop Rod Rye only slightly more.

On the Label: Racer 5 is an aggressive styled India Pale Ale.  Handmade from a brewery whose motto is “Bigger is Better”.  This golden, well hopped, bottle conditioned ale demands your attention.  Try the next generation of I.P.A.  Racer 5…Go…Go…  BREW MASTER NOTES Keep cold, respect life, don’t D + D, real ale is alive, yeast is good, serve at 45°-50° F.

From their website:

Racer 5 IPA®
American India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.0% IBU: 75+ Color: Golden
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.
There’s a trophy in every glass.
12oz. 6 pack | 12 oz. 12 pack | 22oz. | keg

Since posting my beer inventory I noticed I had too many IPA’s & DIPA’s on hand.  So over the next few weeks I will be cleaning my inventory out of IPA’s and Double IPA’s before they fade too much.  Here is what you will expect to see on my Blog soon, in no particular order. (note I will only add to this blog the beers below which have not made it to this blog)

Captain Lawrence Reserve Imperial IPA

Port Brewing Hop 15

Port Brewing High Tide IPA

Port Brewing Midnight Session Lager

Hair of The Dog Blue Dot

Boulevard Double Wide IPA

Boulevard Imperial Pilsner

Rogue Sesquicentennial Ale

Firestone Union Jack IPA

Ballast Point Dorado DIPA

Poperings Hommel Bier

Laughing Dog Brewing Devil Dog

Alpine Exponential Hoppiness

Karl Strauss Big Barrel DIPA

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Avery DuganA IPA

Southern Tier Iniquity

Southern Tier Unearthly

Southern Tier Hoppe

3 Floyds Dreadnaught IPA

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Green Flash IIPA

Bells Hop Slam

Tröegs Nugget Nectar

Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop IPA

Dogfish Head Golden Era

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