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RATINGS: 1988   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
Couleur orangée foncée, abondante formation de mousse à l’apparence crémeuse, dégagement gazeux très actif. Arômes aux puissantes résines de conifère et aux séduisants parfums d’oranges. Impressionnant profil de malt en bouche, d’une épaisseur remarquable, biscuité et faiblement torréfié suggérant une trace de café. Amertume finale très prononcée et longue mais toujours dans un équilibre hors pair. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine, carbonatation offrant une excellente propulsion des saveurs. Bouteille Spirit Haus, Mai 2005.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Pretty large and frothy head. Reduces to some very impressive lacing. Big hops aroma with plenty of malts and a bit of acidic bitterness. Little spruce in there. Color is a dark mahagony brown and crystal clear. Flavor is big and full bodied with huge malts, a nice roastyness, hint of alcohol, good hops presence to offset the malts and a hint of dryness from the rye. Finish is sweet and creamy with a strong bitterness but not long lasting. A very good american strong ale. Kind of reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Soft brown color and a short head. Aroma is much like an American pale ale but with more of a soft, malty caramel element and some rye graininess. The Pacific hops are prominent in the flavor but mix with the rye, fruity malt and alcohol bite to appear as if this is some sort of black & tan with rye whiskey. This beer has a very sharp palate yet leads to a pleasant fillingness in the stomach. Hop Rod gets 2 extra Overall points for being a great bargain at $3.49 for a 22 oz bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2005
22 oz. bottle, bought cold at University liquors, Normal, IL and boy was I worried about keeping it from boiling uin the car until I could get to taste it. Poured into a plastic motel cup. A big northwestern type of hop nose, with citrus, grapefruit and pine. Body is dark, more like a brown ale, but with that fluffy puppy IPA head. A big pale ale taste is tempered by rye: at once spicy like, well, rye bread, but soft and a bit creamy like an oatmeal stout. A bit peppery and zingy, too. Even as the acohol takes over in its heady fashion, it remains an immensely enjoyable drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 22oz - Pungent aroma of hops with sticky red grape, cherry, and rye. Muddy brown color with a red tint. Not much head but decent lacing. Flavor is deep and engaging. Strong hop presence with enough malt, rye, and dark fruit flavor to make it unique. Tangy palate has your tounge sticking to the top of your mouth. My favorite Bear Republic amd a brew everyone should taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 I was pleasantly surprised since I picked this ale at random at Half Time and it ended up being a hit. It had a bitingly sweet aroma with a coppery hop laden taste that had a touch of malt and rye tones in it. The finish had a bittery hoppy end to it. I’m definately a hop lover but have to say this beer does have a balance that many hop-infused IPAs out there lack (not that I’m not an IPA fan-I love them!). I did find it a bit dry on the finish on my second tasting of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bomber. Dark orange w/ white head. Piney hopps make for a huge aroma. taste is pure hopps, very sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bomber: Poured a light transparent amber, with a tannish mostly sustaining head, which produced some lovely lacing as the beer drained. Aroma was of big big piney hops and milder sweet hops (pineapple, grapefruit). Flavor was of spciy/dry hops, though mellower than the aroma led me to beleive. Finished strong with a nice dry mouthfeel all the way through.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 My first bear republic, this was a great introduction. amber brown with a slightly sweet malt flavor and slightly citrus mostly piney hop. The aroma is awesome, it makes me very happy. The hoppiness really comes through in the nose-floral- and marvelous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Reddish brown pour with a small, short lived head. Sweet, malty aroma kind of surprises me given the name and style. The rye is noticeable, and there is a strong, grapefruit/pine hops aroma as well. Hops start the flavor off with a solid citrussiness -- not as prevalent as in Racer 5, I’m afraid. Good rye flavor follows -- BlueDevil calls it spicy -- I’m not sure how I’d describe it other than that. Malt outside of the rye is fairly sweet, likely from alcohol content, but finishes dry. Good but not the best I’ve had from Bear Republic.


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