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RATINGS: 1999   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


3.7
   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, Im afraid. Good rye flavor follows -- BlueDevil calls it spicy -- Im not sure how Id 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 Ive had from Bear Republic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Very good brew. Very beautiful looking, poured a deep mahogany with perfect clarity. Great white fluffy head with lacing, this beer is a work of art so far, and the rest does not dissapoint either. Nose is a massive amount of citrusy hops. Grapefruit and pine are very evident, some orange is also present. Flavor is all hops initially, with some sweet malts that end up coating the tongue for the perfect balance. Finishes pretty dry with the spicy rye and lots of bitterness. Medium bodied and gives the tongue a nice feel to it when you are done. A damn fine beer, and cheap (2.99 for a bomber) to boot. This will defintely become one of my staple brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 Bomber. Pours a clear brown with reddish hues with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of sweet crystal malt, spicy rye and citrussy/piney resinous hops. Flavor is equally spicy with rye and with a big hop presence. Sweet toffee and a tad of roast comes through in the malt profile to complement the resinous bitterness from the piney hops. Flavor from the hops is of pine and citrus with a bit of earthy grassiness. Finishes dry with just a tad of astringency though not an unfavorable amount. Body is full and smooth with moderate to low carbonation that suits a strong complex ale like this well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - JUN 14, 2005
A Root Beer color with a foamy off-white head. Cascade hops up front but the Rye and the rich malt profile come through nicely as well. Hop levels nearly IPAish. Quite Good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Bomber from 2007. A beer doesnt look better than this. Clear, reddish amber body topped with a big, creamy head, tenacious, coats the glass. Aroma of honey, flowers, peach, citrus. Medium-full body with nice, solid carbonation and a dry finish. Honeyed malts, sugar, floral, apricot, rye, grapefruit rind, sugary-bitter finish, a touch of roasted malt. Big hops, very nice bottle. I actually prefer the bottle to the stuff on tap because the flavor is rounded out a little better. 9/9/2007 Bottled. Huge aged ivory head, lumpy, tons of haphazard lace. Slight haze from small particles, reddish amber color; oh, and LOTS of lace. Body is medium with almost no carbonations; mouthwatering and lightly dry. Aroma of yeast, rye, honey, floral, honeycomb and roasted malt. Mmm... Flavor of rye, hops, yeast, sour and bitter with citrus and pine and lots of honey malts. A burnt rye finish with a touch of alcohol. Not terribly exciting, but I really enjoy the rye flavor and aroma. Enjoyable, balanced and all around a nice beer. [9/5/9/3/18]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Good taste and balance. The lacing was perfect, for whatever thats worth. Deep red color. My one complaint is that the hops were a little muddled. Anyway, good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours a nice brownish-red with a big had head that lasts awhile. Nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is rye and piney hops. Taste has a stoing caramel malt profile nicely mixed with hops. Finish is very sweet. A bit too sweet, i thought. Not so much an IPA than an ESB kind of taste with a unique rye taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Pours a medium brown, small offwhite head with nice lacing. Aroma is piney and sweet. Flavor is lots of piney hops, balanced with the rye. The caramel/sweeter malt comes out nicely to balance. Overall very drinkable and nicely made! Thanks to Crosling for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7172) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a clear, slightly fizzy, reddish orange with a large frothy white head. Looks great. Aroma is moderately hoppy mixed with some citrus and rye. The taste is an interesting combination of hops and rye -- it works very well! A great tasting, well balanced IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Thanks Odeed! 22oz bottle served at 44 in my NB worthy glass. Pours really dark red, almost brown, with a khaki colored head. Plenty of lacing and foam dots. Aroma is hoppy with floral and perfume notes. I get some of the earthy rye aroma. The initial flavor is malty, but earthy and spicy as well before the floral hops take over a bit. The rye and hops have complimentary flavors and it seems like both have a somewhat earthy flavor. The finish is moderately bitter with a nice hops flavor. This a very nice beer. Nice body.


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