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.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
as coarse as coconut husk, thick and brown, but backlit with a tropical sun-like humid reddish glow. a soft and thick frappe´ of beach sand colored head holds the high ground. aroma soars like a frigatebird on warming rum-scented winds, carrying olfactory currents of candied almond, hearts of hop-washed pine, oily cajun pan-roasted rye-nuts, red licorice and orange schnapps. tongue can't decide whether to wince or wag at the malty sweet and hop bitter flavor spanking it's getting; it finally submits to the rough massage of flavors: tea and amaretto soaked rye toast and it's creamy texture. the huge elements are nicely balanced, not unlike the visual balance of the hefty mt. mauna kea against the endless chalk blue pacific sky.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Here is a brewery that I don't hear alot about but they are damn good. The IPA is nice and hoppy and the subtle rye flavor is a good choice.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Big sweet malty nose full of hops. Slippery mouthfeel, some rye spiciness, bittering is not overpowering, just enough to balance the slick maltiness. Lingering finish. Very satisfying.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Thin head that faded fast. Soapy mouth feel. Moderatly hoppy and dry. Very malty. Long soapy finish. Oxidized a bit. My guess is that this beer was on the shelf a little too long for its own good.
jonas (5477) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice. Hoppy nose. Brownish low head. Slightly burned and light taninlike rye flavors. Nice hoppyness rounds everything off.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of those great ales that I find extremely satisfying. Reminds me of Rogues Brutal Bitter with the addition of Rye. Beautiful looking ale, dark and cloudy with a huge frothy head which completely laces every inch of the glass. I found this to be the case with every ale I've had so far from this brewery. Nice aroma of hops and malt, very rich. Full bdied and smooth with some bitterness. All around fantastic ale and one I'll look forward to again.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delightful ale. Rich, hoppy flavor without being overdone. Smooth malt flavor with a unique rye kick. Very enjoyable.
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Yummy! A beautiful IPA, although the taste of rye is not apparent. Brown with a consistent white head. Another great tasty brew from Bear Republic!