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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2004
22oz bottle, No BBD Dark cherry/brown hued beer, creamy tan head. ..fruity sweet nose, some spiciness, pine needles & tangerines, dark chocolate in the mouth...not really sure I like the rye touch, as it seems to accent the alcohol to me...otherwise, this is a nice sticky IPA with a nice smacking of odd-ball(columbus??) hops.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Fabulous brew served in a 650ml from cafe Volo. Pours a frothy big tan head over a burgundy body. The hops are instantaneous on the palate even in the aroma. The rye is hidden so well under a blance of flavours that it retains a lot of complexity. This one gets you DRUNK! Spicy smooth with a touch of citrus and floral esters. One of a kind!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Wow what a treat this one is! I literally came across this one by chance (or perhaps it was faith?) browsing the beer ales at the local Bevmo. With a name like Hop Yard Rye and a description that included the words, "dual overhead hop injection", I knew right then I had stumbled across a potentially remarkable brew. As for the vitals on this one: An IPA with the addition of some grain complexities, as rye is said to be 18% of the ingredients which I’m sure somehow chemically resulted in the unique spiciness of this one. Pours dark translucent amber color, w/large frothy creamy head. Aroma is citrus and pine tree hops, typical IPA routine. The flavor begins as all IPA/American Strong hopped brews (ala Stone Arrogant Bastard) but finishes with a rye after taste accented by typical hops bitterness. The palette is quite chewy, but not overly thick that would make consuming this brew a task. Overall great stuff and hilarious description on the label. Those beers you stumbled upon at the store which turn out to be gems are always very enjoyable. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2313) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 Bottle Pours a clear quite dark amber/mahogany color with a very large fluffy light tan head that stays around. Thick sticky lacing long after the head begins to dissipate. The aromas are a soft medley of hops and dark malts. Subtle. Flavors are consistant. Not a very strong hops bite and plenty of rinch malt to balance, even keep at bay, the former. Some soft toasted grain notes can peek through. Palate is a very smooth and rich feel. After taste is where the bitter hops make a last stand to be heard. Appropriate bite at the end. A quite easy IPA and the 8% is hidden well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Bottle. Deep amber color, thick off white head that left wonderful lacing on my glass. Rye and malty aroma, also a decent serving of hops. Sweet malt taste, offset with some hops and rye flavor, some gentle spices too, and most importantly a great smooth blend of all of those flavors. Finish is more of the rye and hops, a nice bitterness that lasts and lasts. This beer is fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
On Tap at Maxfields Potsdam, NY (of all places!). Deep red copper ale wit a pleasant fragrance of hops, resins, and ...strawberries! Pungeant and fragrant. Sweet malt, hop citrus, heavy hopped, with a lingering bitterness. rich and smooth mouthfeel, your mouth being kept awake the whole time of the pint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Pours reddish amber with minimal tan head. Nose is an interesting blend of hops, citrus, rye and pine notes. Flavor is well balanced between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Pleasant lingering spicy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Bottle: Very dark amber with some reddish tint. Medium light tan head. Fresh hops come through in the aroma with pine, citrus, some rye, toasted grains, and nuts. Excellent medium body, lively carbonation without overdoing it, very smooth yet also tingles my palate. Hops hit you right off the bat, though it’s not as hoppy as their racer 5, it matches well with the taste. Moderately bitter hops, great malt profile, caramel, rye, citrus, and some fruit. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
Fiery amber coloured. Very hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with plenty of maltiness and notes of rye bread. Very good and well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2004
some citrus in the nose. quite dark brownish amber. low to medium carbonation. decent lace. full bodied, almost creamy. just a hint of some sulfer for some reason. toward the end alcohol dominates. rye character comes through in this ryeP.A. this was decent.


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