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RATINGS: 1988   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a deep cooper color with an incredibly thick, long lasting, frothy beige head. The head on this one resembled a root beer float head. Has a good hoppy flavor with a creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Color is a nice deep amber with a lasting off white head. Aroma is overwhelmed by hops. Flavor is a great balance between malt and hops, and a slight dry and sweet flavor from the rye. Very nice mouthfeel which hides the alcohol very well. Great overall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Nice amber pour with decent head and nice lacing. Tastes and smells like an IPA. Nice hop finish that makes you want another, bastards!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Wow. Hops. Not just hops, but a *bunch* of hops. Full disclosure: I still don't know what rye tastes like that's not in a loaf of bread. I was hoping to find out with this but if the rye is there, it's hiding behind the hops - not that this is a bad thing. Pours a golden brown with a serious head. This doesn't just leave lace, it leaves a blanket down the side of the glass. Well, more like an afgan. Smells *very* strongly of hops. I could smell it when I opened the bottle while it was still on the counter, if that tells you anything. Tastes really good, but the hops are a bit off balance in that I really can't taste much else. There's a bit of malt sweetness but it's quite hidden. Don't get me wrong; I love hops! But I was expecting a bit more balance. Mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I was expecting. I think I was ready for something really thick and this wasn't, which isn't bad. It's got quite the kick to it and leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Drinkability... Man, I thought I was going to be able to get some studying done after this, but that's not gonna happen now. This bottle is a bomber (22oz) and at 8% ABV, I'm really feeling it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Draught at the Moan and Dove. Enormous pine cone citrus hops aroma, with lots of peach and fruit. Medium to full body IPA style, plenty of spicy citric hops and malt. Flavorful and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Nice fluffy head which disappeared pretty quick. Dark ruby color. Great hoppy and citrus taste with a thick mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Sharp (high alpha?) hop aroma, a bit catty. Ruddy copper in color. Nice carbonation. Good caramel juicy malt. Clean yeast profile. Nice big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3123) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Bottle: Big citrus nose, grapefruit & lemon, with carmel roasty malt. Nice amber color,orange-brown, clean. Ok head diminished to leave a little lacing. I get some pine, but it gets mugged by bitter citrus flavor. Kinda creamy with a little of the rye on the end. Warming too. Very good. It does a nice balancing of malt and hops. Its a attention getter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2003
A double IPA aroma. Deep rich malt look. Taste is that of strong malt and Hops. A solid beer that I will surely have again. My only question - RYE?? - I couldn't tell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Initial aroma is that of smoke or jerky, somewhat odd. Very dark cloudy brown with large head and oily lacing. Flavor was great, strong malt, espresso, and the surprising ever present hop, to the level of a good IPA. Very appealing to the palate, creamy with some mild alcohol warming. Very good strong ale with a nice hop finish.

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