ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby red with a nice head and tons of lacing. Big hoppy/fruit aroma. Very hoppy with nice floral and rye tones. Piney, orange/nutty, nicely balanced by a light maltieness. Very floral and sprucey.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Mahogany colour, bright and beautiful with fine, smooth, lacy white head. Big, actually enormous, green hop aroma. The beers have been sat outside for the evening, however on this occasion its been too cold for beer. After 10 mins on the table it’s just starting to show it true potential. Massive and hoppy we’re drinking this head to head with the Three Floyds Dreadnaught and it’s holding its own fairly. Thanks to Austinpowers, for helping the piss-up at Silks to be a success.
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Non filtered. Dark amber with small frothy head. Big aroma lurking in the American Pale Ale area but somehow darker and more evil with grape, grapefruit and a hint of apple. Mouthfeel is initial quite dark and intense but soon settles into mild toffee, moving through some honey and vanilla. There's not a lot going on, but what there is is BIG. The finish is a creamy yet muddy mess of malt and hops which doesn't clear into anything defined yet is pleasant enough. A darker, more characterful cousin of Dreadnaught - but that's not saying much.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mouth watering hop aroma which didn't disapoint. Huge hop flavor, with enough malt to balance it out toward the end. ABV is not even noticeable.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with a big beige head. Aroma of resinous hops and a little malt. Pretty strong hop flavor, but its not over the top. Finish is long dry and bitter.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with a cream colored head. The aroma is strongly of cascade hops, with a noticable rye note. The flavor is very hoppy, but not too dry, a good balance. The rye only becomes evident near the end. overall a wonderful brew.
3fourths (8557) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Deep amber brown color, with an amazing, fresh Cascade hop aroma... I can’t pick up the 18-20% rye in this one, but do think it is at the top of the IIPA style.. firm and robust hop palate with a sharp roasted bitterness. Really an amazing beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bronze in color with a large off-white head.Aroma of typical West Coast style IPAS(citrus and pine).Bitter,hoppy,fruity,spicy,with an interesting malt base,mainly I would say from the rye(fruity/spicy,tang).
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice twinst on the IPA. Hopppy and unique. Decent malts with great bitterness.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz. Bottle. Poured from the bottle with an impressive head which lasted a long time and left a lot of lacing behind. Citrusy type hops dominate the nose, taste and finish of this beer. While the hops took control of this beer, the malt in the background added a real nice dimension to this beer. Hop Rod Rye Ale has become one of my favorite beers and this was my first one. I am a hop lover, so this beer fits the bill when it comes to extreme hoppiness. If you love hops like I do, you will LOVE this beer. It is perfect in my opinion.