454. Hop Rod Rye

454. Hop Rod Rye

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Saturday. I let it warm to around 45ยบ F and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Alcohol: 8.00%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: American IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a lightly hazy dark-copper color with a thick, fluffy, beige head that fades slowly to a persistent one-eighth inch layer leaving behind patchy lace.

Smell (4.0): Light caramel malt aromas that become stronger upon swirling, rye spiciness and strong resiny hops and a hint of grain.

Taste (4.5): There's a lightly sweet caramel malt presence from start to finish that provides balance. The malt sweetness that's first evident is met by a nice spicy rye flavors in the center followed by an intense hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is lingering bitterness with a light alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation that somehow seems subdued.

Drinkability (4.0): The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is well-balanced.

Overall (4.35): Very tasty. The hop bitterness is high, but is balanced by an underlying maltiness that never seems too sweet.

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