DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is Hops Plus! Deep amber, almost no head. Lovely orange zest/ hops juice flavour, hint of rye. Medium bodied, crisp and bitter. Quite tasty!
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Instead of just a sample, I got to split a bottle of this with jercraigs. I have to say I enjoyed it more on a cleaner, les worn out pallet. The longer time with the beer also allowed me really appreciate the unique qualities a little more, especially the aroma, which I have now rated a couple points higher, as I got tons of big bready, woody, and hop notes. The taste also stood out as a little more unique, which a real uniqueness that blurred the line of hoppiness and maybe the rye I guess. A solid beer which I enjoyed even more a second time.
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Dark brown pour. Very hoppy, bready aroma. Another crisp mouthfeel American Ale from the day’s sampling. Lots of malt in the taste, with a nice finishing kick. I didn’t find any rye, but there was a full bodied feel to the whole beer. Not too bad at all. Original rating 7/4/7/4/15
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 This beer explodes with bitterness. I kept banging the bottom of the bomber like a ketchup bottle, expecting a cluster of hops to plunk out of the thing. Nice carbonation, sticky lace. Amber-brown hue, piney hop nose. The rye lent an astingent dryness to the body that only enhanced this bad boy’s bitterness. My only hang-up is the grainy feel to the palate, otherwise it’s crazy tasty.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear brown, rocky off white head. huge hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine, earth and caramel, but sadly no rye. the flavour has a bit more rye to it with toasty rye bread notes and toffee-ish sweetness. resiny pithy hop finish. nice .
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy reddish brown color with a large light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Nice and juicy citrus hop aroma, and a grainy aspect which adds complexity to the beer. Taste was nice and hoppy all around, but there was also a nice balance, between light toasty malt, and a dry, chewy, rye side to this beer. Full mouthfeel. A very nice IIPA, the rye gives this a different feeling to it, and really hides the 8%.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Big hop nose. Reddish brown in color. Taste is malty with sharp rye notes. Hopping is well done and pronounced.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber beer with a foamy off-white head. Lots of hops in the aroma along with malt, toffee and some spices. Rather sharp bitter hoppy and roasted malty flavor. Really tasty with a very well balanced bitterness.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark, dark brownish-amber. Big fruity/grapefruit aroma. Smooth citrus hop flavor with big full bitterness mellowed by the malt backing. Nice mouthfeel. Just a hint of spice. Hides alcohol well.
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 (149) - 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.