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RATINGS: 1999   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 Ė GOLD 2003 California State Fair Ė GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) Ė GOLD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a nice tan head. Hops smack you in nose. Hint of fruit. Rye subtle. What sets this apart is great balance. I am an IPA fan, and this ranks with the very best. I would put it on a par with Arrogant Bastard amd Moylans Hopsicle. And it is close enough to me in Northern California that I can almost claim it as a "localí beer. This is a real winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Pour is amber with a big tan dense head...smell is hops, with grapefruit and pine bigtime...sweet citrus flavors up front followed by a bitterness with something vegetable in it...quite nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Aroma is complex with powerful, earthy hops up front. Very light citrus, grass, and pine. Dark bronze color. Head is initially very large, and leavs a thick lace on the glass as it settles, with considerable foam remaining on top of the beer. Flavor is hops again, some mint and other herbs, candy sweetness, and an herbal dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1639) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Wow, this is a great brew. To be honest, my friend ordered an Alpha King and I got this and we couldnít tell the difference. In my opinion that is not a bad comparison. This beer was a little darker, deeper ruby. Huge citrus hop aroma and flavor. Medium head. Sweet maltiness but hops dominate. Outstanding. RERATE...Iíve had two of these bombers in the last 5 days. I think the first one was somewhat stale. More malt, spicy rye apparent, and kind of musty. Second bottle right now is awesome and must be fresh. Huge citrus hops. RERERATE. This is one of the best strong IPAís Iíve ever had. I really donít think itís a IIPA and itís more robust than an IPA. It has the healthy malt sweetness of a IPA but the hop punch of a IIPA. Iím glad the alcohol is only 8% because i think a lot of IIPAís get overwhelmed with alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Amazing aromas of pinapple, orange and rye. The rye underscores a nice hop bite, full mouthfeel and a hoppy (but not bitter) finish that includes some caramel. In the glass, this beer is earthen brown, red under light with almost no head, but some racing. Very nice strong ale characteristics, with a punch of alcohol, which isnít overpowering, and malt tones that accentuate the rye. Nice to experience this grain in a bigger beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Excellent and attractive aroma of citrusy, pineyy hops, rye and caramel. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent flavor of rye, piney, citrusy hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture, the carbonation is moderate. This beer is excellent and well balanced, very well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bright, dark red beer with a solid head. Floral hops, but when tasted it rounds out nicely with the Rye taste at the end. Very mouthy beer that drinks as well as it looks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Cloudy hard cider appearance with big, quicklyfading head. Not an aroma giant, but smells subtly of bitter apples. Slightly tart edge to a bready hoppy brew. Not a favorite, but obviously quite good. ($3.75/22oz)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6286) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2005
This is a big looking beer ... bright red with a cascading side that settles into a nice rocky head. Thereís a nice floral hoppy aroma. This shifts gears in a big way for the flavor ... rugged and dirty, caramel and nutty, with a sharp bitter finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Poura a nice copper with a layer of creamy head.The hop nose is wonderfully defined,pure and simple hops.if there is Rye it is very subtle.The Rye does stand out a little on the tongue which only gives it some complexity vs just hops.Nice bitter after taste.I really like this.

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