Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (8%)

I’ve had this beer once before.
It was at the CAMRGB sponsored beer festival at The Lamb Beer & Liquor back in the summer.
I bought a bottle and fell in love.
At the time though I wasn’t in a position to make any notes.
So, what can I say?
Hop Rod Rye is an amazing little beer.
It pours a deep and sexy conker red with a very nice glass hugging head and smells of maple syrup, pine, all spice and booze.
Taking a mouthful you’re overcome by big, strong, meaty and robust malts that are at once biscuit dry and chewy with toffee.
You get maple syrup, honey, burned sugar and a sticky vanilla pod along with an enormous and rather delicious pumpernickel earthiness.
The hops are scouringly sharp lemon rind and orange juice, and there’s lots of deep red autumnal leaves and a super brittle woody dryness.
Personally I’d like to drink this beer forever.
If you ever see it, grab it, in my humble opinion it’s one of the best.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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