At the first meeting of the local St. Louis Beer Club a few weeks ago, the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye was one that was sampled. It didn't get off to a great start...
The label write-up was silly, though that shouldn't influence the taste we had a bit of a bias. From what I remember, we weren't too impressed (it's not a bad beer, we just had better that night). We didn't even take notes so I can't give an accurate review. If you want a review we'll have to sample it again, sorry.
We got the idea to sample the Hop Rod Rye because it appeared high on both Beeradvocate and Ratebeer's best beer list AND we couldn't find the Bear Republic that was HIGHER on the list than Hop Rod Rye.
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