krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
as coarse as coconut husk, thick and brown, but backlit with a tropical sun-like humid reddish glow. a soft and thick frappe´ of beach sand colored head holds the high ground. aroma soars like a frigatebird on warming rum-scented winds, carrying olfactory currents of candied almond, hearts of hop-washed pine, oily cajun pan-roasted rye-nuts, red licorice and orange schnapps. tongue can't decide whether to wince or wag at the malty sweet and hop bitter flavor spanking it's getting; it finally submits to the rough massage of flavors: tea and amaretto soaked rye toast and it's creamy texture. the huge elements are nicely balanced, not unlike the visual balance of the hefty mt. mauna kea against the endless chalk blue pacific sky.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Here is a brewery that I don't hear alot about but they are damn good. The IPA is nice and hoppy and the subtle rye flavor is a good choice.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Big sweet malty nose full of hops. Slippery mouthfeel, some rye spiciness, bittering is not overpowering, just enough to balance the slick maltiness. Lingering finish. Very satisfying.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Thin head that faded fast. Soapy mouth feel. Moderatly hoppy and dry. Very malty. Long soapy finish. Oxidized a bit. My guess is that this beer was on the shelf a little too long for its own good.
jonas (5040) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice. Hoppy nose. Brownish low head. Slightly burned and light taninlike rye flavors. Nice hoppyness rounds everything off.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of those great ales that I find extremely satisfying. Reminds me of Rogues Brutal Bitter with the addition of Rye. Beautiful looking ale, dark and cloudy with a huge frothy head which completely laces every inch of the glass. I found this to be the case with every ale I've had so far from this brewery. Nice aroma of hops and malt, very rich. Full bdied and smooth with some bitterness. All around fantastic ale and one I'll look forward to again.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delightful ale. Rich, hoppy flavor without being overdone. Smooth malt flavor with a unique rye kick. Very enjoyable.
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Yummy! A beautiful IPA, although the taste of rye is not apparent. Brown with a consistent white head. Another great tasty brew from Bear Republic!
notalush (4172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored with sticky, white lacing - hearty aroma of oak and hops - the rye in the flavor adds a nice touch and keeps this from being mistaken for many other strong IPAs - the hops are assertive, but not overly bitter, leaving a lovely trace on the tongue for a nice long finish - the alcohol is very well hidden, making it not only tasty, but easy to drink - this is a great beer.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish brown ale with a small white head. An incredibly hoppy beer that is well-balanced and rich. Full mouth-feel. The alcohol is perfectly complexed with the other flavors and isn't too astringent.