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RATINGS: 1929   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


3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
sweet skunk aroma, mild hops, malty, bitter-sweet finish, alcohol is very well masked, I enjoyed this one, despite its lame name

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Very dark amber color with a mahogany tint, nice light tan head, good lacing around the glass, yeast & bread in the nose, full-bodied, bready flavors with notes of sweet malt, rye & yeast, heavy finish with more malty tones, aftertaste was a bit tangy, nice hop profile with just a bit of citrus

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
(Draft) Mahogany amber with a creamy quickly thinning head. Aroma of hops and citrus with some sweetness. The flavor is hoppy with citrus and pine with some malt sweetness coming through no bitterness that you would expect until the after taste. Really well done.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 23, 2004
Reddish, amber brown body with a very large , cream, vanilla-bean colored head. The color of Miami sand. Smell is gorgeous: peaches, pine and rye. Taste is sweet and big with tons of malt and dry pine hops. Aftertaste is pincones and pine needles. Very good beer in the huge, overdone CA style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kane (111) - USA - OCT 22, 2004
Outstanding beer. Great aromatic and taste qualities. Amber color beer that has an oily/silky quality to it. Great malt backbone with the added rye quality to it that adds an unique caraway flavor to it. For me this is one of the best American beers out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19321) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled. Clear mahogany appearance, creamy head. Grapefruity aroma. Dominated by hops, but there’s plenty of soft, rich maltiness there as well. Lingering salty, very bitter finish. When it comes to malt character Bear Republic is one of my favourite American breweries!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Deep bronze color, darker than most IPA’s. American Strong Ale, I don’t think so. A huge head formed and stayed till this was gone, very thick and creamy light tan. Flowery hop aroma that is followed by a constant hop barrage in the flavor and finish. Very bitter overall. Full and assertive.


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