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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear dark red/brown body, nice rich creamy head, aroma is a very nice, strong hop aroma blended with a sweet-toasty male background, citrus, some rye and alcohol as well, piney-resin; huge hop flavor, bitter-citrus-resiny, sweet malt background, caramel, the rye comes through subtlety to give a different flavor, some alcohol come through as well, smooth and nicely textured
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pleasant sweet, fruity, and hoppy aroma. Pour is a clear copper/amber with a nice off-white head with decent staying power. Start is mildly sweet, turning in to some notable hoppiness in the middle. Then some more sweetness. Finishes bitter. Hop heads enjoy!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Mahogney colored with a small but tight white head, leaves lots of lacing. Flowery hop aroma with hints of rye. Plenty of hops up front, but they lead nicely into a malty body with touches of rye. Smooth mouthfeel. With a unique finish. Very enjoyable.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear mahogany in in color with a gigantic cloudlike beige head. Aroma is hops, mostly pine resin and floral. Flavour is well blended, piney hops with a well malted backbone. Take the pineyness of the Marin White Knuckle and give it some Double Bastard asskickin' malts and you get this red headed stepchild. A very good beer.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish brown body with a foamy off-white head. Sweet fruity floral hop aroma. I think I'm drooling. Tons of crisp piney hops in the flavor to go with the toasty malts. Not overly bitter though hops linger on the tongue until the next sip which I can't wait long for. American Strong Ale or Double IPA? Whichever it is, this is another great beer from the best brewery in NorCal.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 22oz bomber: great hoppy aroma and a big huge off white head. Pours a dark caramel. Big hoppy flavor. I love this beer.