pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright, fresh hop nose. Low tight head and a light brown color. Nice toasted graininess that is unique. Tight hop bitterness. Great balance. Very interesting and a well done beer.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite beers. Great color, nice lacing. Loved it on draft out in Cali. Rye in this beer just does something nice that makes me love it.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahhhh - what a nice tailgate beer - and we had fun - be sure. Nice Malt brown color with a little layer of a head. Sweet malty nose with a huge hoppy incling. A big pile of hops in taste for sure and a nice piney taste too that makes you feel like having a nice walk through the forest in the spring. Long lasting with an edgy finish. Great balance.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours tranparent red/amber with a thin off white head that remains.Aroma is of piney/citrusy hops and sweet malt. Flavor starts out like most American Strongs with a solid caramel, bread, and pine sap but then distinguishes itself by cutting the sweetness with a dryer side that I assumes is from the rye. The finish adds a slight rye bread flavor. I really enjoy the finish on this beer and I think that it makes it a standout American Strong.
(Laura likes it)
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mostly clear slightly reddish amber with a thick frothy off white head. Some small floaties are present. Very hoppy aroma of grapefruit, resinous pine, caramel, bread, orange peel and a hint of alcohol. Medium creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavor is loaded with resinous pine sap, grapefruit, caramel, rye, and orange peel, with hints of toasted bread and spice. A very long, bitter finish. Astringent, but still very good, although a little too unrefined to be great.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-brown with a good sized off white head. Aroma is hoppy with fruity and spicy character. Rye is barely detectable. Not as well blended or complex as some of my personal favorites, but a good brew.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber and red, yeast chunks everywhere, nice fluffy white head. Nose of sweet grapefruit and pine sap, some bready, caramel and toffee notes to mix it up too. Tastes like a pine forest drenched in caramel malts, then everything gets soaked up with a piece of rye toast. Rye doesn't overpower, but is noted. Full bodied, bitter creamy finish. Out-fuckin-standing!!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber body with suspended particulate, medium-sized fluffy off-white head, PNW hop nose. Hoppy, some malt sweetness, very bitter finish. With its IBUs and ABV I knew it would do well at RB, but this one's too overhopped for me.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly dark amber with a big firm tan head, slight haze. Big fresh hop aroma, some underlying malt. Hops are definitely bold, lots of bite, decent malt balance, I expected a bit more rye. Full bodied and smooth. Very good.
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.