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RATINGS: 1962   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 Ė GOLD 2003 California State Fair Ė GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) Ė GOLD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Pours like a pale ale, the head coats the glass, looks like a brown ale, has a floral hoppy aroma, fills the mouth like an IPA, and is an over-all delight. Iím not sure where the rye comes in. This is my first taste of a rye ale, and I canít detect a new flavor. Whatever. This is a great new brew for this hop-head. Congrats to the Bear Republic for taking chances.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
This bomber was received via a trade that took place a little while back, and I am finally getting around to trying it now. The beer had a lovely coppertone hue as I poured it into the goblet, and the head on top was deliciously creamy, and beige with a thickness of about 2 inches at the beginning. The head was a bit short lived, but the copious lacing left on the sides of the glass while departing was a constant reminder of it. The aroma was primed with piney and citric juicy hops, bready rye malt, and perfumey alcohol. The taste was like buttered rye toast with a touch of honey dunked into tea made of hop leaves. The mouthfeel felt a bit thinner than the alcohol in the aroma first suggested. The aftertaste was peppery and dry, and left me longing for the next sip. This is a very well crafted beer that will be missed due to its local unavailability. But for now Iíll pour me another glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Like most American Strongs, I generally compare to Arrogant Bastard, which is one of my favorites. This just didnít measure up. The look of the beer was great. Very dark and a nice head, but the nose was a bit weak and I was less than impressed by the hop character. Certainly not a BAD beer, but not a GREAT one either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 23, 2004
creamy medium tan head, nice vertical draping lacing. dark ruby/amber in color. nose is piney, hop, and sweet malted rye. medium carbonation. medium mouthfeel. start is slight alcohol/rye, sweet bourbon (southern comfort??!!). then the mega hop flavor and finish with some sweet balance. not much aftertaste, but itís hop bitterness. alcohol well played.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2219) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Well after few months of this on the shelf i learned it doesnít age well. Beer is full of dead yeast and protein and there wasnt a huge heaping of head created when you pour. Now its basically so flat it wont create no head or leave behind any lace. My ratings numbers still stand as before, but i feel more experienced to revisit this beer again. Nose has a hop presence and hint of pine. Flavor is hoppy and has some grapefruit along with pine and finishes with a bitter note. Very good strong ale just wish i had a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2004
POured with such an appropriate amount of head fit for a trappist glass. This of course was left right on top of a good dark red brown body. Aroma is what I would expect from an american strong ale. Good inblance of the strong hops goodness overpowering the malt trying to catch ground. Flavor is smooth....Initally, then there is a good sweetness to it, then when it hits you, Itís bitter like my Ex, and thats mighty bitter. After that, I still just taste the bitterness. If you wait long enough between tastes, the bitterness will subside enough (if that says anything) such that the rye will give a slender spice to the mix, nicely complementing the hops, the hops and also more hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Attention IPA lovers- you must get this one! This has got it all- sweet, sharp, spicy hops with ample malt to back it up. About as close as a you can get to the IPA/Double IPA border which means you can have a lot of it without getting dizzy. I love the dark red appearance- it is a great advertisement for the bigness of this beer. Big, bold, juicy- I donít know how the Rye (18%) figures into this magical elixer but it works for me. Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
n2hops (1) - Manchester, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004 does not count
I found it to be just what a hophead would order. A lovely dark hue to it with a heavy load of hops to match. For all my fellow hopheads out there this is a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (9340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Exceptional IPA grapefruit highly hopped with edge of rye, which made it quite interesting. Amber. Very drinkable to the point of drop off. Hop burps citrus aroma. Malts for balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2004
This is a fantastic beer. Pours a deep copper/red color with a nice white head. The aroma and taste are dominated by hops of which are very flavorful. A wondeful beer and highly recommended.

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