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RATINGS: 1988   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 – GOLD 2003 California State Fair – GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
A truly great IPA. A hophead’s wet dream...but they dry-hop it, too! Maybe it’s the rye, but there is a huge smooth roundness to the mouthfeel that I love. The hop aroma and flavor are none too subtle...in fact, they cold-cock you...and I thank the Bear Republic for that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Wow. This was just amazing, especially as an IPA, probably among the best I’ve ever had. As a huge fan of hops, even I was surprised at the dark, dark burgundy-brown that this poured. It looks, and is, absolutely delicious, with a full-bodied hop and malt flavour without being too treacly. It is a fantastic example of balance, as it brings a great deal of flavour to the table and manages to balance them all out so that none cancel each other out, and rather, they compliment each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle from some liquor store in Buffalo. Ruby amber body, thick creamy off white head. Aroma creeps out of the glass and teases my nose from more than a foot away. Pleasant hops and notes of what I can only assume to be rye. Flavour is precociously hoppy but not overwhelmingly so, with plenty of malt in a supporting role. Strikes a remarkable balance with a co-mingling of hops and notes of rye. Palate is quite smooth, medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Pours a mahogany with a frothy off-white head that left thick lacing on the glass. Clean hop aroma. Taste has a drinkable hop bitterness with the rye clearly noticeable, which mellows out the flavor without losing complexity. Excellent drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
Golden red-brown with aroma like rye. A bitter and sweet taste with hints of hops and rye. The bitter afterburn dominates the experience!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Tap at Falling Rock. Slightly lighter in color than the Racer X. Spicy nose with loads of citrusy hops. Blisteringly hoppy beer, with a little bit of earthy, herbal flavor. Dry finish. Very good IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a dark amber colour with a big head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and hops, lots of hops. Medium body. Malt and citrus flavour with a strong hop taste and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2005
Hazy dark orange. Solid head. Very refreshing and fullbodied. Great balanced hoppy finish. Great balance in this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2005
Dark amber body, foamy white head. Nice lacing, long lasting head. Aroma is hops, caramel malts, grassy, and herbal. Taste is sweet candy, malt, fresh greens, and candy. Bitter, well balanced. Thanks for the beer Doug!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Bottle. Wow. First off-BEAUTIFUL pour! Dark ruby red with a two finger lasting foamy head. Nose is malty and perfumey. The hops in this beer are 100% perfect. Not too much, not too little. Good strong malty backbone. Notes of malt, apple, raisin, soft carbonation, and molasses come out. This is a fantastic beer and an average of 3.99 is low IMO!

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