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RATINGS: 2003   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character. 2009 California State Fair – GOLD 2003 California State Fair – GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2584) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Amber body, grapefruit and hops dominate the aroma. Still, pretty balanced and enjoyable. Flavor is like aroma, reminding me of an IPA. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2005
Tasted in Keystone Colorado. Tasted in a somewhat non-descript glass. Tasted at 10K feet above sea level. This is my second rating since arriving in colorado. Whoooopie x 2!!!!!!! At first there was an overwhelming impact of hoppy bitterness. On the bile scale, we are talking around an 8. However, after successive sips from the glass, this beer really brings out a balance that is not at all expected, and is very pleasant.....indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (3185) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle from Premier Gourmet - thanks to rudolf. Poured a rich dark amber with a massive, creamy off-white head that left fantastic lacing. Truly a thing of beauty. Big aroma of citrus, resiny hops, and earthy rye notes. Full mouthfeel, slightly soapy (but in a good way). Flavour is a perfect balance of sprucey hops, dark sugar and sweet malt, with the rye making a welcome appearance towards the finish. Really, REALLY good stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle. Filed as an American Strong Ale, but the commercial Description says IPA. I would have to agree with both. Poured dark amber with a HUGE HUGE creamy head that lasted past the last swallow. The lacing was unreal. Aromas of typical IPA--Citrusy hoppiness, and hoppy Citrusness. Flavors were much the same with a very smooth and creamy finish. I really like this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Draft at the the brewpub in Heraldsburg. Big piney aroma, obviously related to Racer 5, howerver, finish is bitter and tends to harsh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2005
This is a really good beer, and the rye pulls together nicely. It’s like a creamy IPA with hint of dry, rye flavor, coll combo of flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
22-oz bottle. Pours amber with tiny fast rising bubbles and a tall creamy tan head; creamy lacing. Fragrant floral citrus hop orange rind and pine aroma with caramel malt as well. Heavy bitter and acidic hoppy start with a sweet caramel malt, some rye, trailing flavor. Medium bodied and spicy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle. Ruby body with a tall fluffy tan head. Nose is significant hops, sweet malts and light spices. Taste is oily hops, light sweet malt notes, light spices, and dried wood. Body is oily and full with moderate carbonation. Light lingering bittterness from the hops. Mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with big juicy hops, spices, light alcohol warmth and buttery toasted notes. Big melon and citrus notes during the finish as well. Ends really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle, Dark red and brown color, white fluffy head that gets thin. Lacing lasts the whole way down. Malty and hoppy aroma. Smooth to me for this style of beer, very drinkable. I noticed the alcohol as it started to warm. Finished hoppy and fruity especially as it warms. Very pleasant strong ale. Seemed like a mild version of AB.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Nice hoppy flavor, but is soured by some overroasted notes. Good color and body, but wasn’t anything special.


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