I have plans to brew an extract with grains version of this on Sunday (5/8) and had really wanted to try the real thing from Bear Republic
. But I figured Id never find it here in the Chicago area. Lo and behold, I found it at Sams Liquors
in Downers Grove (my new favorite beer store) yesterday! Bought two bottles, along with a 4-pack of Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA
. Have yet to try either that will happen tonight!
I'll be substituting some of the hops in the recipe above with ones I have on hand - for example, Nugget for the Columbus, and Cascades for the Centennial. Im also using White Labs'
Dry English Ale (WLP007) yeast because, after this batch, I plant to brew an Imperial Russian Stout and want to rack it onto the yeast cake from this batch.
Im really looking forward to sampling the real thing tonight and to see how my version of this turns out in a couple of months time!
Okay, I just had the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
and all I can say is... MmmmBoyHowdee!!! This is one hoppy beer - I love it! Perfect for Summer, IMHO! I really like the Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA
, too. But I probably made a mistake in having it after
the Hop Rod Rye
- it seems maltier, but a bit tamer in comparison.
My clone recipe is going for broke - according to QBrew, it's going to end up around 16 SRM's, 8.0% ABV, an OG/FG of 1.079/1.020 and 121 IBU's
. I'll believe it when I see - er, taste it!