jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 Outstanding Hop monster! I absolutely LOVE Bear Republic. Pours a gorgeous clear mahogany with a thick off-white head. Aroma of Pacific NW hops and yeast. Taste is extremely hoppy with notes of grapefruit/citrus, pine, toasted malt, caramel, pepper, Caliifornia Ale Yeast and a touch of roasty chocolate notes. Moderately sweet with a great bitter aftertaste. Has a ton of malt to back up the hops. Mouthfeel is full, round, creamy and purely righteous. Medium carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Pure bliss - if I could have only one beer for the rest of my life, it is Hop Rod Rye.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear dark red/brown body, nice rich creamy head, aroma is a very nice, strong hop aroma blended with a sweet-toasty male background, citrus, some rye and alcohol as well, piney-resin; huge hop flavor, bitter-citrus-resiny, sweet malt background, caramel, the rye comes through subtlety to give a different flavor, some alcohol come through as well, smooth and nicely textured
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pleasant sweet, fruity, and hoppy aroma. Pour is a clear copper/amber with a nice off-white head with decent staying power. Start is mildly sweet, turning in to some notable hoppiness in the middle. Then some more sweetness. Finishes bitter. Hop heads enjoy!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Mahogney colored with a small but tight white head, leaves lots of lacing. Flowery hop aroma with hints of rye. Plenty of hops up front, but they lead nicely into a malty body with touches of rye. Smooth mouthfeel. With a unique finish. Very enjoyable.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear mahogany in in color with a gigantic cloudlike beige head. Aroma is hops, mostly pine resin and floral. Flavour is well blended, piney hops with a well malted backbone. Take the pineyness of the Marin White Knuckle and give it some Double Bastard asskickin' malts and you get this red headed stepchild. A very good beer.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish brown body with a foamy off-white head. Sweet fruity floral hop aroma. I think I'm drooling. Tons of crisp piney hops in the flavor to go with the toasty malts. Not overly bitter though hops linger on the tongue until the next sip which I can't wait long for. American Strong Ale or Double IPA? Whichever it is, this is another great beer from the best brewery in NorCal.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 22oz bomber: great hoppy aroma and a big huge off white head. Pours a dark caramel. Big hoppy flavor. I love this beer.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice crisp hoppy bite! Dark amber body, with a thick head that lasts for quite some time, with a wonderful lacing effect. Some rye undertones were also noted. Good stuff!
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 (522) - 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.