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RATINGS: 1975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Nice crisp hoppy bite! Dark amber body, with a thick head that lasts for quite some time, with a wonderful lacing effect. Some rye undertones were also noted. Good stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
This is it, in all it's glory the empress of all beer. It pours of a sour mash thick frothy head relentless in its existence, only to unveil a lace reminescent of a wave heading back out to sea. The smell of hops is prominent with a malty, slightly citrus nose. The taste up front malty, with a NOS kick of hops in the center finishes with a gorgeous weave of rye and spice. A medium mouthfeel of creamy, oily hops and sea-salts coating the throat like a silky blanket of nectar. This brew is feminine, bitchy and of the highest pedigree. At 8.0 it is drinkable to the point of dangerous, this lady deserves respect. Where Stone's Ruination is a 69 Camaro with a 327 and a punk punching NOS, Hop Rod Rye is a fine tuned Porsche, with Linda Fiorentino driving, wearing a silver, sleak dress. You all bow down to the queen of beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (550) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Big hoppy aroma, mostly grapefruit type, but also some floral i think. Dark red in color and a thin sheet of head graced the top of the body. A few bubbles rose to the top though out the drinking, and the lacing was more than decent. The expected hops were in the flavor, but not before a peek in by some sweetness. The rye was identifiable too, probably becuase it is unusual. Bitter long lasting finish that makes you need another drink to stop the bitterness. But you forgot that it is the beer that causes this wonderful sensation, so the cycle repeats until this drinable brew is gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Excellent. Hoppy and Malty. Really good. I want more of this. Had it on tap at the Blind Tiget Ale House. Crisp finish. orangey in color. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 6, 2004 does not count
One of the best beers i have ever had! Great color, flavor, body, aroma! This beer is incredible!

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