P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This seemed to remind me of Founders red rye but with everything blown up and more intense. The rye adds its oily flavor to a good complex bitter hop finish.
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color. Very nice flavor. Strong but not overpowering hops. Seemed like an IPA to me, and a great one at that. This was my first Bear Republic and it won’t be the last.
Ungstrup (28253) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy red beer with a fine light brown head. The aroma is a great hop aroma with notes of caramel and alcohol. The flavor is also a great powerful hop flavor, very acidic, leading up to a dry end. It is just a bit too acidic hoppy for my taste, but still a very nice beer.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Hops, chocolate and a light sweetness in the aroma. A light malty note as well. Flavour is hoppy and floral. Ends in a massive bitterness that last long on the palate. Nice one. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with red hue. Thin offwhite head dissipates. Aroma is pine and malt. Full flavored, tastes of bread crust, pine, and LOTS of bitterness... this beer is great. Bitter aftertaste sticks around seemingly forever, but finally once it subsides I taste that unique rye. This beer is unique and complex- I’ll have another.
Cornfield (5347) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like a pale ale, the head coats the glass, looks like a brown ale, has a floral hoppy aroma, fills the mouth like an IPA, and is an over-all delight. I’m not sure where the rye comes in. This is my first taste of a rye ale, and I can’t detect a new flavor. Whatever. This is a great new brew for this hop-head. Congrats to the Bear Republic for taking chances.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bomber was received via a trade that took place a little while back, and I am finally getting around to trying it now. The beer had a lovely coppertone hue as I poured it into the goblet, and the head on top was deliciously creamy, and beige with a thickness of about 2 inches at the beginning. The head was a bit short lived, but the copious lacing left on the sides of the glass while departing was a constant reminder of it.
The aroma was primed with piney and citric juicy hops, bready rye malt, and perfumey alcohol. The taste was like buttered rye toast with a touch of honey dunked into tea made of hop leaves. The mouthfeel felt a bit thinner than the alcohol in the aroma first suggested. The aftertaste was peppery and dry, and left me longing for the next sip. This is a very well crafted beer that will be missed due to its local unavailability. But for now I’ll pour me another glass.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like most American Strongs, I generally compare to Arrogant Bastard, which is one of my favorites. This just didn’t measure up. The look of the beer was great. Very dark and a nice head, but the nose was a bit weak and I was less than impressed by the hop character. Certainly not a BAD beer, but not a GREAT one either.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy medium tan head, nice vertical draping lacing. dark ruby/amber in color. nose is piney, hop, and sweet malted rye. medium carbonation. medium mouthfeel. start is slight alcohol/rye, sweet bourbon (southern comfort??!!). then the mega hop flavor and finish with some sweet balance. not much aftertaste, but it’s hop bitterness. alcohol well played.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Well after few months of this on the shelf i learned it doesn’t age well. Beer is full of dead yeast and protein and there wasnt a huge heaping of head created when you pour. Now its basically so flat it wont create no head or leave behind any lace. My ratings numbers still stand as before, but i feel more experienced to revisit this beer again. Nose has a hop presence and hint of pine. Flavor is hoppy and has some grapefruit along with pine and finishes with a bitter note. Very good strong ale just wish i had a fresh bottle.