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RATINGS: 1935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2004
I have had this before but not in a while and I drank a botlte last night watching the home run derby so ... Deep amber color with big head. Aroma is of citrusy hops backed up by malt. The flavor is very well balance even though there is a lot going on. Bitterness from hops, malty and spicy (from the rye) Finshes dry, spicy, and bitter. The rye comes through well and adds to the complexity of the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2004
First of all, this beer has one of the nicest heads that I have ever seen (this beer gives good head?). Long lasting, rocky and silky looking, with a nice lace. The flavor is very good, however I wish that it was just a little less hoppy and allowed the rye to come through a little bit more. A winner overall though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2004
I’m very impressed with ths brew very hoppy, very smooth, very malty, I love it. Pours a dark amber color with a thick head of beige fommy head and thick lacing on the glass that you can barely see through. A boderate to strong hop aroma thats sweet not bitter, and the taste follows a sweet hop trend finishing with a nice bitter bite well after the beer has disappeared down the throat.

4
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimhilt (2406) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2653) - 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.


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