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RATINGS: 1932   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 – GOLD 2003 California State Fair – GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
The flavor really got to me. Complex, yet very well rounded and smooth. Rye flavor comes through nicely and mingles with the hopes. I love the balance and complexity in this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Amber color with orange and reads and a creamy stone head. The aroma is a combination of floral and pine or spice hops that become more sour as the beer sits. The taste is dominated by hops. Grapefruit, pine and floral hops all step up at some point leaving a nice big bitter taste lingering in the mouth. It’s a nicely strong beer. Enjoyed it. Thanks to mardermax for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Actually had this around april 4th with alcoholist, just found my notes tho. Nice dark copper colour. The head was medium sized and medium lasting. The nose is hoppy same goes for the taste but nice because it was not overpowering or too crisp. Good drink, give it a shot if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2004
This is one of te biggest rye ales I can remember tasting in while. Hops all over the place, the nose is just bursting with hops and the combination with the generous amounts of rye produces a nice lemon verbana kind of smell, but in a good way. Man, this rye is everywhere, and although the hops are very tasty, I think they sacrifice the mouthfeel just a bit. It may be a nice trade-off though. Nicely done, I think I prefer this to their famous stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Pours with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation. Starts crisp and finishes hoppy, very little malt sweetness. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Brown colored brew with a big off-white head. Very bitter bite with a rye aftertaste. Alcohol is present, and not much sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Brewtopia’04. Piney and celerey(?) aromas, some citrus...CA IPA all the way. Flavors are bready, more pine, more spicey hops in general. Not very balanced and it sort of burns in a chemical way going down. There is a hint of rye that serves to mostly make my mouth itch. Not malt sweetness, mostly just a chewy bread quality. Pretty interesting take on an IPA, like DFH Aprihop...I’d like to re-sample with a whole glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 duvel tulip glass: a very dark brown body provides a ruby highlight, which is all laid underneath a big, bit rocky, and sparkly off-white head that loves to linger. the lace is sparkly and sticky. the beer? what about the beer? this is a dark, strong, and spicy ale. there’s rye, alright. there’s also bitterness and alcohol to boot! a little bit chewy, but i like that... i thought it was great. fortunately, my tongue was lashed at with previous very hoppy beers so it could handle this ;o) this beer is slap fu*king happy! UPDATE 10/15/04: my friend retaliates, "this is a very bitter loaf of bread." egh, not sure about that buddy, but... in the update i think it's chewy with tea characteristics. hell, i still like it. downrated, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 2003 bottle Pours a great amber-red-brown with some yellow and beige tinges. Plenty of creamy beige colored head, sediment apparent with a dull copper shine to it. Aroma has hops, dry hops, floral hops, spicy hops, more hops and some more hops. There is some rye and alcohol in there as well. Flavor: Sweet jesus!! turbocharged is right! This is just hops and alcohol duking it out for dominance. Who wins??? Not the person drinking this stuff, that’s for sure. Sure there is some rye in there, but it keeps it dry and spicy, while the hops are just INCREDIBLY bitter. The alcohol is highly noticeable. I don’t know what else to say, some residual malt sweetness, but not enough to speak of. This stuff needs a major balance adjustment. Wow, I had to force myself to finish this stuff, and it wasnt terribly easy.7/4/5/1/9
2004 draught Ok, I can see somewhat better why people like this, as this one still had the huge hops bitterness, and alcohol burn, but there was a better body than remembered and a bit more creamy malt sweetness to balance. Still not anything tremendously unique or balanced, IMHO. Rye is noticeable and adds some spice, but also keeps it rather dry.7/4/6/2/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 On tap brewtopia 04, big hop flavor kinda spicy. A clean mouthfeel felt good going down strong rye flava diffrent

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