Bear Republic’s hop delivery vehicle, Hop Rod Rye is 8% abv and 80 ibu’s. It’s not really a given style other than rye beer. I keep wanting to call rye beers red ales, but that’s not really the case and kind of biases my views on it. I love the flavor that rye imparts to beers, but in this case, the hops overwhelm most of the flavor, however the dryness that rye imparts lends well to paving the way for the hops to attack towards the finish.
Hop Rod Rye is made with 18% rye in the grain bill. Bear Republic took home several awards for this ale, such as:
2009 California State Fair – GOLD
2003 California State Fair – GOLD
2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD