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RATINGS: 1934   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2003
On tap, this deep amber brew exhibits a very fresh floral hop aroma, with a fantastically promising malt presence. You get a real mouthful with this one, a great balance between malt and hop bite. I was expecting something else from the rye, like a peppery burn but that didn't eventuate. Doesn't matter, still kicks arse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2003
One of the nicest beers I have had this year. I real treat to the tastebuds. Nice sharp bite of the hops and rye that lingers on the tounge. I was taken back by the malt profile and distinctive complexity of this one. I great beer to drink on a rainy afternoon while reading the latest Zymurgy !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
"Tongue Shriveling" is not a phrase that you hear very often, but it truly applies to this masterpiece of hop torture. I wasn't sure what to expect when it was poured - dark copper/red - nice medium head and fantastic lacing. Well, you can smell the citrus/grapefruit grove from across the room and those flavors carry you right into the very thick and nearly cramy body full of hop goodness. We debated now and then on the rye flavor - was it there, or was it used to give this it's nice apearance? - maybe some of the spiceyness comes from the rye. Left me with a nice warm feeling = invigorating/relaxing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2004 Had it on draught. Dark golden color with a beautiful hopped up aroma. The hops aftertaste is a little more bitter and not as sweet as most IPA's. No messing around here, assertive is the best way to describe it. Not very balanced in my opinion, but i don't think it was ever meant to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
(bottle RAF 03) Terrific aroma. Big hops, sweet hop background. Bit of cereal flavor in the malt. Touch of grapefruit. Pretty well balanced. A nice big IPA but i don't think in the same category as drednaught or schalfy hop harvest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2003
RAF 2003 bottle: Strolling through a grove of orange trees I stumble apon an anomolous arbol . . Not only does does this tree bear oranges, but there are pine cones, and a strange vine wrapped all around. . . On closer inspection the vine bears a fruit of its own, beautiful hop blossums emit a wonderful aroma that blend perfectly with the orange zest and fresh pine. . . as I wander around the tree I notice a small tap dripping drops of a golden liquid in a jug. Unable to contain my curiousity I reach for the jug. . .the lucious liquid met my lips and soaked into my tongue. . . after the first swig I looked around sensing that someone was watching. . . fortunately this was no apple tree in a forbidden garden. . . let the heavenly juice flow!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (773) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Packed with a Rye punch!! The unmistakeable bitter aftertaste of a rye stays with you long after you're done drinking it. After it warmed up a bit, it didn't linger nearly as long. Nice color. Average head, but atleast it stays there. Rye beers are definately unique. Worth trying at least once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 Hoppy aroma. Malty body, very hoppy finish. Perfect dose of hops to compliment the malt. Malt is mostly caramel, very little fruit presence. Clean, crisp hop finish. Re-Rate 7/13: Pours a rich carmelly color. Very smooth on the palate, with complex toffee malt and baked bread notes that mix with citrusy orange and floral grapefruit, showing a metallic hop edge throughout. Long, spicy finish, remarkably easy drinking for its depth and abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Great fruity aroma, with big fruit up front and a creamy hoppy finish. Little bit of a bite to the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
I cannot discern the benefit the rye imparts: the hop flavor is the whole story here. Not bitter, not balanced, but fun when you want clean hop flavor. Pricey.

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