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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Loads of sediment. Very dense, full, foamy head. Very malty (rye, of course) sweet, light floral hop tones. Finishes just like all these west coast I.P.A.'s. Strongly floral and very assertive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Tap at the restaurant. COLD. Fabulous and extremely well balanced. Big hops and malt, great head and color. Finish goes on forever!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2003
serious hop aroma, tons of sediment, good rye flavors like a jewish bakery then lasting hops

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Huge beer in every way. It has that hazy orange color and thick frothy tan head that I’ve come to associate with extremely hoppy American beers. Great citrus aroma. As it warmed a bit more woody tones came out (pine expecially). The flavor was intensely hoppy, although not as bitter as Stone Ruination. Great crisp, tangy bite to this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
I’m just hoping that i got a bad tap pour here because this was not as good as many have made it seem. Aroma is fairly bland with hints of hops and malt here and there becoming apparent. The pour is an deep orangey color with a mildly minimal head and led to a nice attacking of the palate by that carbonation..a definite plus. The taste on tap however was grossly thin to what i expected. A malty base leads to a very slight hoppy aftertaste mixed in with some fruity undertones...orange, and peach come to mind. Decently dry ending, but once again, a true lack of kick here, with the hops very thinly spread for an IPA. I was confused to say the least. I’ll try it again on tap when i can for a re-rate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
This hop-rod is cruisin’ right behind Dreadnaught in full nitro hopped up horsepower. Don’t have too many, your right foot will get all cramped from the IBUs and you’ll end up doing donuts in your neighbors yard with your bitchin’ camaro. This is a great brew. It would be perfect served up by a waitress on roller skates and a poodle skirt!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2002
An outstanding beer! Brilliant red amber color, excellent head retention. Hoppy aroma. Well-balanced flavor of hops and malt (more hops than malt). Dry finish, no doubt from the rye. All hop-heads need to try this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Wonderful hop aroma, citrus and pine. The flavors were quite nice, if perhaps a bit slanted toward the hops. A little more malt would have been nice. Regardless, a pleasure to drink indeed.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
A huge hop beer. Pretty much the hops dominate throughout. Some type of orange, grapefruit undertones. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Hey isnt that ZZ top’s car on the bottle ?,copper color, hoppy,very hoppy, high IBU beer,rye, some citrus, did I say hops,another winner from the West Coast. I would love to have some more of this though I doubt I could keep my hands off of it.


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