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RATINGS: 1945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
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

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
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 .

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
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%.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Tap. Big hop nose. Reddish brown in color. Taste is malty with sharp rye notes. Hopping is well done and pronounced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2004
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.


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