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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Dark amber with a large white head. Great hop aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Nice hop flavor, not overpowering but assertive. Strange undetectable flavor that I must assume is rye, never tasting a rye ale before. Warming alcohol finish. One of the best surprises at the festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Deep copper with nice cream head. Citrus/rye aroma. Full bodied. Wel hopped with a noticable rye flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Clear bronze/ruby color with a nice sticky head & moderate lacing. The aroma is earthy & spicy like pemento bread & some rich sour dough, the rye is balanced with some good hop notes. The flavor has a sweet impact with grapefruity bitterness & a medium bodied mouthfeel, light creamy & toasty. Almost no alcohol feel in the tail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Pours amber red with a thin, creamy head and little lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, rye and juniper. Flavors consist of bitter hops, citrus, more caramel, plenty of rye and some more grapefruit. Chewy, bitter rye finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4594) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Y’know, it’s either freeze or fry. Either I’m outta beer, or I’m swimming in good beer. A very nice citric, malty aroma. Indeed hoppy, with some quinine bitterness, pretty dry, woody at times. Good auburn color and long-lasting head. Label is kinda clipart-ish. There are a zillion cooler things that you could do with Hot Rod for a theme. The finish is a little too astringent and persistant. Burps piney.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6019) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Dark copper pour, fluffy, spongy beige head, thick lacing. Tangy sweet sprucey aroma - reminds me of walking through a pine forest. Tangy, citrusy flavor, not tongue numbing with the hops - but you know they are there. A good solid malt backbone to this one keeps this one farly balanc and drinkable. Tangy mouthfeel - a little but heavy on the tongue though. Impressed with Bear Republic thus far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Very very good beer. Love the hint of rye that gives this beer a lot of character and individuality. I suppose you could call this an IIPA, but it reminds me more of an arrogant bastard, but a bit more understated. Wonderful drinking beer.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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