zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is it, in all it's glory the empress of all beer. It pours of a sour mash thick frothy head relentless in its existence, only to unveil a lace reminescent of a wave heading back out to sea. The smell of hops is prominent with a malty, slightly citrus nose. The taste up front malty, with a NOS kick of hops in the center finishes with a gorgeous weave of rye and spice. A medium mouthfeel of creamy, oily hops and sea-salts coating the throat like a silky blanket of nectar. This brew is feminine, bitchy and of the highest pedigree. At 8.0 it is drinkable to the point of dangerous, this lady deserves respect. Where Stone's Ruination is a 69 Camaro with a 327 and a punk punching NOS, Hop Rod Rye is a fine tuned Porsche, with Linda Fiorentino driving, wearing a silver, sleak dress. You all bow down to the queen of beers.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hoppy aroma, mostly grapefruit type, but also some floral i think. Dark red in color and a thin sheet of head graced the top of the body. A few bubbles rose to the top though out the drinking, and the lacing was more than decent. The expected hops were in the flavor, but not before a peek in by some sweetness. The rye was identifiable too, probably becuase it is unusual. Bitter long lasting finish that makes you need another drink to stop the bitterness. But you forgot that it is the beer that causes this wonderful sensation, so the cycle repeats until this drinable brew is gone.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent. Hoppy and Malty. Really good. I want more of this. Had it on tap at the Blind Tiget Ale House. Crisp finish. orangey in color. Really enjoyable.
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 6, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers i have ever had! Great color, flavor, body, aroma! This beer is incredible!
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby red with a nice head and tons of lacing. Big hoppy/fruit aroma. Very hoppy with nice floral and rye tones. Piney, orange/nutty, nicely balanced by a light maltieness. Very floral and sprucey.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Mahogany colour, bright and beautiful with fine, smooth, lacy white head. Big, actually enormous, green hop aroma. The beers have been sat outside for the evening, however on this occasion its been too cold for beer. After 10 mins on the table it’s just starting to show it true potential. Massive and hoppy we’re drinking this head to head with the Three Floyds Dreadnaught and it’s holding its own fairly. Thanks to Austinpowers, for helping the piss-up at Silks to be a success.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Non filtered. Dark amber with small frothy head. Big aroma lurking in the American Pale Ale area but somehow darker and more evil with grape, grapefruit and a hint of apple. Mouthfeel is initial quite dark and intense but soon settles into mild toffee, moving through some honey and vanilla. There's not a lot going on, but what there is is BIG. The finish is a creamy yet muddy mess of malt and hops which doesn't clear into anything defined yet is pleasant enough. A darker, more characterful cousin of Dreadnaught - but that's not saying much.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mouth watering hop aroma which didn't disapoint. Huge hop flavor, with enough malt to balance it out toward the end. ABV is not even noticeable.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with a big beige head. Aroma of resinous hops and a little malt. Pretty strong hop flavor, but its not over the top. Finish is long dry and bitter.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with a cream colored head. The aroma is strongly of cascade hops, with a noticable rye note. The flavor is very hoppy, but not too dry, a good balance. The rye only becomes evident near the end. overall a wonderful brew.