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RATINGS: 1967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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 (9664) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2852) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Pours a dark amber color with a long lasting, creamy off-white head. Aroma: I can smell this stuff from over a foot away. Smell is sweet, hoppy, and fruity. Huge aroma. Very hoppy, very smooth. Alcohol seems to be well masked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
wow hot damn. smells like an IIPA, pours like an IIPA, and you guessed it- bitter like an IIPA. pours out dark brown color witha nice white head that just sits there and doesnt show any signs of leaving the beer. smell is very hoppy. smells like great divide hercules. taste is hoppy and dry on the finish, goes down very well. a nice smooth drinking 8% ale. this could get me floored if i had cases of it. i think i found something that i would buy all the time if it were in this state. cheap (3.00 a 22), potent, and excellent. a combo that is rivaled by few. awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Thick, dark, unfiltered. Even darker than expected - almost menacing. Heavy hop aroma that carried all the way thru. The sequence goes like this: Smell hops, Taste hops, repeat. There is NO finish in this one. The carbonation just dries on the tongue and the beer instantaneously disappears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours light mahogony. Big creamy head settles into a firm rocky foam. Lots of hop in the aroma with a light licorice scent. Toasty and chewy. Grapefruit, rum, butter, lemon rind, burnt sugar. Long bitter finish with lots of citrus. Should have a more pronounced rye character. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Well I should have known. When itís from California and it says hop on the label, I am prolly going to think it is way over-hopped. I just donít get it and I probably never will. What is with all the hops?!?! The head and lacing on this beer were amazing however. The head was a soft pillowing fluf that just never quit. Even after I started drinking there remained big snowy puff of head on the inside of the glass. Unreal.

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