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RATINGS: 1995   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
This beer is intense and flavorful. Fruity hoppy nose. Powerful, hop flavor with a nice hearty malt backbone. Can detect toasted rye. Warm and tasty. This is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Wonderful malt and hop aroma and beautiful dark copper color. Definitely a decent hop bite, but supported well by the malt. Hard to believe its 8%, but I can feel it after just a few sips. I enjoyed this years ago at the brewery and wondered how it would be bottled and shipped across the country-just as good, although I’d love some garlic fries to go with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Nice copper hue with creamy head and oustanding lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and orange, piney and floral hops, dusty yeast esters, and rye bread. The taste starts with a crisp hop presence and an undertone of malt and rye. Yeasty and lingering bitter quality on the finish. The mouthfeel is soft yet crisp upon the lips, medium-bodied. This is darn nice brew and worthy of another bottle. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Copper body with beige head. Very hoppy aroma. Not into hoppy beers but this was very good. Body and flavor were full and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 11, 2004
22oz bomber from liquid solutions: Mang! the smell is incredibly hoppy, such a potent smell from the gates of the tulip glass..Crimson color, with a fairly carbonated white fluffification of a head. The taste is splendid. Like like rye bread/ a with mad hoppy lacing. Why is this beer an american strong ale? It's more of an epic IPA. huge hops..The glass has nice white lacing from the head, and all i can think of is, when will i get another one of these beers?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Deep amber body with abundant carbonation and a soft ripply cream-colored head. Nice big hoppy signature Bear Republic aroma plus some rich, burnt caramel. Huge flavor of pine and medium roasted sweet malts. Excellent aftertaste of bitter leather. The flavor lingers on the lips for an eternity. Big, rich mouthfilling body. This is an excellent ale that eluded me for some time but I finally shot one down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2004
sweet brew..strong witha nice creamy head..leaves the drinker iwth s strong bitter rye taste long after the sip of beer has gone down..ummmmm bear

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
(22oz bottle) Pours a medium, almode, creamy head and a gorgeous copper body. Lively carbonation activity. Nose is wonderful cascades and piney. So hyped with strong, piney hops. Nice oily-creamy texture. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Big hop aroma as with all Bear Republic beers. Small lacey head, browninsh-amber hue. Initial hop bitterness with a nice Rye finish. I can’t say enough about his beer, an instant favorite!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
Bright, fresh hop nose. Low tight head and a light brown color. Nice toasted graininess that is unique. Tight hop bitterness. Great balance. Very interesting and a well done beer.

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