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RATINGS: 1946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Yum! Oh yeah, come to Daddy. Beautiful brown color with large, creamy to rocky head - good lacing as the evening wore on as well. Complex aroma with flowers, touch of lime, honey, vanilla and raspberry. Medium to full body, creamy with a lively carbonation in the mouth. Delicious malt character with an assertive California hop profile. Another nice brew from Bear Republic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 A burnt orange color with a off-white creamy head. Pine aroma dominates with some spices I cant identify and a slight citrus. Pine and orange taste. The rye is hard to detect between the hops and the fact that the only time I have rye is with a reuben sandwich. This may sound bad but the rye can be tasted upon belching. The main purpose I can see using the rye for is the lyrical name of the beer. Not bad but I like Racer 5 better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 12, 2003
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Pours out a deep garnet color with green tints in it, probably from the hops. Smells of hops right away, with a background of malts. Piney, resinous qualities to it as well. Tastes ok, but the hops are way overdone in this batch. They simply overwhelm any chances of the malts showing through. Stiff, solid tan colored head at first, but quickly fades to a ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. Lacing galore in this beer. Not a well done beer, because it is so unbalanced. Nice to try once, I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
A brownish orange body with an off white frothy small head. The aroma is of grapefruit, hops with a touch of malt. The flavor is bitter up front with lots of hops and grapefruit. A touch of malt in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
A nontransparent brown color with a small creamy beige head. Smell sweet hops. Taste hoppy and caramel. Light to medium body. Semi-drying and bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Big sweet hop aroma flows from the bright copper colored body with a thin lacey head. Body is nicely balanced between caramel malt with hints of rye and bitter hop resin. Very smooth bodied and hides its alcohol well. A very good beer, and definitely from California.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Amazing! Thick head,appealing nose. Spicy, peppery taste, it lingers down the throat. The hops and rye are matched well. It's hard to find a rye anymore. So far this one is the best. Superlative.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 ReRate-This is a wonderful brew! awesome hops, great appearance and a very balanced flavor i think. Pours a nice copper amber hue with huge off-white head. That aroma is so full of hop cones-citric and fruity. Flavors are citrus hops, caramel toasty malts and a touch of that rye dryness. A fantastic brew that i wish i had access to all the time! Take SNCA, make it more sappy and more hoppy. That is what this is. Also ad the rye malt, which is apparent, but not overbearing. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2004 Pours a deep amber. Rye and hops in the nose. Not much of a head. For such a strong IPA the hops are rather mild. By far the best rye ale I have had. re-rate: Much better out of the bottle. Very fruity hop aromas. Very complex. There's a lot giong on in there as far as the intermingling of the hop s with the rye. A very fine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
Red/amber in color. Strong piney hop nose. Rye adds interesting character to this well-hopped ale. Alcohol concealed well and quite a smooth drink.

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