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RATINGS: 1988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 GOLD 2003 California State Fair GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) GOLD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4944) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Yknow, its either freeze or fry. Either Im outta beer, or Im 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 (6986) - 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 (1169) - 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
Im 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
The flavor really got to me. Complex, yet very well rounded and smooth. Rye flavor comes through nicely and mingles with the hopes. I love the balance and complexity in this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Amber color with orange and reads and a creamy stone head. The aroma is a combination of floral and pine or spice hops that become more sour as the beer sits. The taste is dominated by hops. Grapefruit, pine and floral hops all step up at some point leaving a nice big bitter taste lingering in the mouth. Its a nicely strong beer. Enjoyed it. Thanks to mardermax for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Actually had this around april 4th with alcoholist, just found my notes tho. Nice dark copper colour. The head was medium sized and medium lasting. The nose is hoppy same goes for the taste but nice because it was not overpowering or too crisp. Good drink, give it a shot if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2004
This is one of te biggest rye ales I can remember tasting in while. Hops all over the place, the nose is just bursting with hops and the combination with the generous amounts of rye produces a nice lemon verbana kind of smell, but in a good way. Man, this rye is everywhere, and although the hops are very tasty, I think they sacrifice the mouthfeel just a bit. It may be a nice trade-off though. Nicely done, I think I prefer this to their famous stout.

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