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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2003
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2003
Really nice. Hoppy nose. Brownish low head. Slightly burned and light taninlike rye flavors. Nice hoppyness rounds everything off.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Delightful ale. Rich, hoppy flavor without being overdone. Smooth malt flavor with a unique rye kick. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - JUN 6, 2003
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!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Copper colored with sticky, white lacing - hearty aroma of oak and hops - the rye in the flavor adds a nice touch and keeps this from being mistaken for many other strong IPAs - the hops are assertive, but not overly bitter, leaving a lovely trace on the tongue for a nice long finish - the alcohol is very well hidden, making it not only tasty, but easy to drink - this is a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Dark reddish brown ale with a small white head. An incredibly hoppy beer that is well-balanced and rich. Full mouth-feel. The alcohol is perfectly complexed with the other flavors and isn't too astringent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Dark brown with a tan head, and it smells like grapefruit and bourbon. Creamy on the palate, mouth coating and clean, with a perfect interplay of bitterness and the sharpness of a little rye, plus a definite kick! I've gotta get some pastrami and do the obvious test with this, I can only wonder what this beer would be like with a very small amount of carraway seed "dryhop"! Best rye beer I'VE ever tried, don't see too many competitors on the horizon.


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