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RATINGS: 1929   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


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2004
I liked this beer more than I thought I would. Im beginning to realize that I dont have the same enthusiasm for most highly hopped American beers as many others on this board. But while this one does have a sizeable bitter hop kick, its balanced well by rich malt and rye notes. A nice beer that I grew to enjoy more and more as I nursed a 22oz bottle over the course of a couple hours while preparing and eating dinner. Alcohol is high but doesnt taste so.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 rerate - ruby brown with foamy white head which lingers forever. Very aggressively hopped and the rye is pleasantly discernable. some floral notes and finish loves you long time

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1024) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
A great warm weather beer. Solid IPA character layered with nicely balanced rye gives this a wonderful fruity/bready mix with some anice notes. This will quench your thirst.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dark copper with a big rocky tan head. Citrusy hoppy nose with some bready touches. Very strong, resiny, citric hop profile overlays a slightly tangy, bready malt body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
This beer is intense and flavorful. Fruity hoppy nose. Powerful, hop flavor with a nice hearty malt backbone. Can detect toasted rye. Warm and tasty. This is a good one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Wonderful malt and hop aroma and beautiful dark copper color. Definitely a decent hop bite, but supported well by the malt. Hard to believe its 8%, but I can feel it after just a few sips. I enjoyed this years ago at the brewery and wondered how it would be bottled and shipped across the country-just as good, although Id love some garlic fries to go with it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Nice copper hue with creamy head and oustanding lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and orange, piney and floral hops, dusty yeast esters, and rye bread. The taste starts with a crisp hop presence and an undertone of malt and rye. Yeasty and lingering bitter quality on the finish. The mouthfeel is soft yet crisp upon the lips, medium-bodied. This is darn nice brew and worthy of another bottle. Yummy!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Copper body with beige head. Very hoppy aroma. Not into hoppy beers but this was very good. Body and flavor were full and rich.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 11, 2004
22oz bomber from liquid solutions: Mang! the smell is incredibly hoppy, such a potent smell from the gates of the tulip glass..Crimson color, with a fairly carbonated white fluffification of a head. The taste is splendid. Like like rye bread/ a with mad hoppy lacing. Why is this beer an american strong ale? It's more of an epic IPA. huge hops..The glass has nice white lacing from the head, and all i can think of is, when will i get another one of these beers?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Deep amber body with abundant carbonation and a soft ripply cream-colored head. Nice big hoppy signature Bear Republic aroma plus some rich, burnt caramel. Huge flavor of pine and medium roasted sweet malts. Excellent aftertaste of bitter leather. The flavor lingers on the lips for an eternity. Big, rich mouthfilling body. This is an excellent ale that eluded me for some time but I finally shot one down.


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