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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 273 Drink: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

If you are going to make beer in the middle of California wine country, it had better be good. Bear Republic Brewery in Healdsburg makes some pretty good brew. The company was named 2006 small brewery of the year at the Great American Beer Festival.

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye is an 8 percent alcohol by volume brew that uses 18 percent rye in its grain bill. The beer pours a bright cherry wood color with a creamy thick tan head. Plenty of pine hop in the nose. The flavor is a solid 90 IBU IPA hop bomb. Good amounts of spice and a malt base that actually comes in at mid-palate to balance the brew. A big beer that is very drinkable.

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