LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet oranges, tropical fruits, and citrus hops. Flavor of nice hop oils, a touch of grainy notes (probably only because I’m concentrating on finding them!) with a light bitterness in the finish. Very nice beer and yeah, it’s definitely more of an IPA than a specialty grain, but in any case, definitely a hidden gem.
malrubius (1956) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Golden with lasting head and lace. Fresh hoppy sweet citrus aroma. Mildly sweet spicy with nicely understated pear melon fruit. Spicy rye hoppy finish. NIcely complex. Delicious. OKay, so why is this a "specialty grain" beer, but Hop Rod Rye is a DIPA? Anyhow this beer is a delicious IPA with an added rye spicy complexity. Excellent.
demitriustown (1107) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber: Aroma is hop forward, citrus, sugary, bubblegum, and pine needles. Appearance is a cloudy orangish/amber pour with a thick white head that lingers. Taste is hops, rye, grapefruit, and a bit of the pine needle that was in the aroma. Palate is very mouth coating, medium to low carbonation on the tongue, and a lingering resiny hop characteristic in the aftertaste. Overall, Decent stuff not as good a Red’s Rye or Black Rye, but a nice substitute. Cheers!
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Prohibition taproom. Pours a trans golden amber with med creamy off white head. Aroma of a nice mix of hops, spicy rye notes and caramel malt. Flavor the same. Really well done.
ezyeric (7) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2009 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Hop Cat. Slight aroma with typical APA/IPA values. Taste starts out with deeper citrus and resin but aftertaste is strong hops, pine, alcohol. It is very dry finish and does not hide alcohol as well as most IPA’s or even Double IPA’s. I didn’t get much for hints of the rye character.
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy orange body, thick, puffy buff head. Spicy nose with bitter pine and citrus brightness. Citrus and pine taste, backed by toasty malts. Dense flavor profile and crisp, biting mouthfeel. Average aftertaste for an IPA with a slight metallic finish.
madvike (3032) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - Had this at the 2009 Michigan Winter Beer Festival, then shared a bomber with a friend. Pours hazy orange with a nice frothy head. There’s hops on the nose, but not much else. Taste matches the smell--lots of biting hops with a dry finish that overpowers the grain taste in the background. Pretty light-bodied an oily. This is alright, but nothing special.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Sunswick. Poured a clear amber with a foamy white head. Very big hop and rye nose. The flavor was not as hoppy as the nose revealed. Not a super bright hop flavor, a bit more subdued, but the malt rye base is quite good, and brings you back for another sip. Sweet than bitter finish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Golden pour with good clarity and a dense off white head with good retention. Lots of hop character in the aroma. Spicy, zesty centennial notes, with a touch of vegetal with only a touch of sweet grains- remains hops forward. Nice creamy palate- soft carbonation. Lots of zesty American hop in the flavor- evident centennial character- lightly resiny with a light herbal middle. Later on the palate some malt character is displayed- some hearty grain notes- not much rye is evident, if any (wouldn’t identify it in a blind taste) Finishes with a clean centennial zesty bitterness. I’d call this an IPA, and a mediocre one at that.
notalush (5158) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - I normally stay far away from Arcadia brews, but I am breaking my own rule (for the second time in a week, no less) - I just can’t pass up a rye beer - unfortunately, this is really an IPA - a decent one though, I suppose - lightly hazy gold beer with a small ring of foam - there is faint rye in the aroma, but it is mostly dry, herbal/grassy hops and a bit of bready malt - medium carbonation in the mouth - fresh hoppiness up front, followed by lightly sweet, buttery flavors through the middle, and a rather thin finish - some spicy hops return, and there is a little heat on the back end, which is surprising, since this is supposedly only 6% abv - a decent IPA, but nothing memorable/stand out.