TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How insane is it that so many incredible brewers are in California? I am not quite ready to put Bear Republic in the Stone/AleSmith category, but many more beers like this one and I will. I suppose I digress. Aroma is delightfully, massively hoppy. Appearance is light/amber brown with nice off white head that calls out "Drink me". When the imbiber succombs to seduction of the appearance, he is fully rewarded with a big hop flavor with a dash of rye in the finish. Very good ale.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Pours amber with a generous head that leaves some nice lacing down sides of the glass. Hoppy aroma, nice malt balance in the flavor. Hops in the finish, ABV is hidden very well.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown colour with ruby highlights when held up to a light. Thin (1 centimetre) tan head with larger bubbles. Smells of high a.a. hops, alcohol, a bit of malt and a high level of 'freshness'. Medium to Thick-bodied; Strong initial hop, rye & alcohol kick which only lasts for 5 seconds then fades to a strong rye flavour with a hop background and an alcoholic burn. The aftertaste is very bittering, a bit too much so. The bitter flavour comes not from the hops, but from the rye (or other grain). Overall, a fairly different beer than any other I've had and definately worth a try if you think you'll like the flavours going on with this one. Overall about average for the style...but if you throw in Imperial IPAs, this is a bit less than average. I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 1-September-2003.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red/amber color, thick tan head, fruity hop nose. Rye comes out somewhat as it warms. Big malt backbone. Great label.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber/red color with sticky lace and small head. Aroma is very nice and floral. Taste is malt sweet then pure hops. The finish is dry acidic and has a long lasting bittterness. It has a few other flavors mixed in that I can't define (must be the rye), but altogether very nice. Lots of good flavor and a strong hop presence make this a very enjoyable brew. I really like it. The alcohol in this one really kinda caught me by surprise, as I was enjoying the brew so much.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Healthy, august amber with a hearty cream head. A sweetly hoppy aroma without a hint of rye soothes the olfactory sense. Surprisingly healthy dose of malt almost overcomes the piny hops. Rye flakes round out the body as well. The aroma grows maltier with aeration and rye and candy malts become apparent as well--rounding out the complexity nicely. My largest gripe is that the flavor is rather subdued--it feels like it is holding back something. Otherwise, a solid American Strong Ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Updated 4/17/2006 - (Old rating 9/4/8/4/18-4.3) I always coem back to this beer. It is always so lovely. From the luscious creamy light tan head to the sparkling copper body and that aroma, of that aroma. The rye adds the perfect touch both in flavor and palate. Some might think me crude to love this beer so, but I do love it so.
Updated 3/31/04 - Damn this is the strongest and purest hoppy nose I have ever smelled. This new batch is seriously good. Clear deep reddish-amber with a frothy off-white head. Caramel and piney/citrus hop aromas. A hint of rye? Good hop malt balance, creamy big-body with a very smooth finish.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Possessing a pleasantly transparent copper hue with a cream-colored head, this hoppy brew is a treat. A wonderful aroma of sweet malty excess and floral hoppiness is a nice segue into the intially creamy maltiness that is then immediately accompanied by the agrressive hops: both the nose and the mouth begin with malt but then are forcefully accoutred with the necessary hop aromas and acids. This is a strong ale, so the maltiness is both sweet and assertive, but incredibly smooth considering. Basically a great (nearly imperial) rye IPA.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brownish amber of chestnut in color with a finger high tight-whipped cream ivory colored top that never, ever fades, one absolutely beautiful glass of hoppy nectare. Eventually the top lays a perfect cloud of ivory puff and the lace in super huge thick curtains.
Aroma is deep dark dried hops that hints at pine and citrus, a good load of hops for sure eh. A real nice backing of hard darkened rye and malts with a touch of chocolate.
Taste peels out of the gate with a smooth and soft roasty malts up front, thats quick and fast then it slams into high gear with a complex wall of full octain hops, alot of dried variants, crispy bitter pine, dried grapefruit peels, smokey caramel, buttery burnt biscuit and torched lemon, very leveled and smacked of great hoppyness. I barely detect the rye but I think it helps with the overall quick sharpness thats poking through in some of the first hints of bitterness giving it a boost like extra turbo. Zoom, Zoom,Yummy!
Feel is quite full and fully loaded with bitterness from just beyond the beginning; strong midway point and floats into the finish as the parachute opens with nice bitterness and a woody baked dryness.
You lucky bastards out in Cal. you've got it made. This stuff and Stone brews! Wow! What a treat it must be to visit your liquor stores? Great stuff!! It burns down the track and never looks back. Its got my engine roarin'! Bear Republic has a nice IPA twist with this bad boy.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Oregon Brewer's Festival. Strong assertive IPA, with a wonderfully slightly sweet flavor from the rye. Bought several bottles in OR, and wished I had bought more.