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RATINGS: 1967   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


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/17/13. Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a dark burnished copper color. The head is an attractive one-finger offwhite shade that is somewhat creamy-looking in texture. It also fades slowly to provide nice lacing on the glass. S: This almost comes off like a low-strength barleywine instead of an IPA, or even a DIPA for that matter. Grapefruit peel pops out at me first, before being followed up by caramel, brown sugar, and piny hops. Not much rye comes through here, but the aroma is quite enjoyable. T: The faint sweetness from the caramel that initially pops up slowly gives way to a finish of grapefruit peel and black pepper. Given the chance to open up, it develops a very solid rye tone near the finish. Probably the most enjoyable feature here is the hop/malt balance. The flavor strikes me as being very ’savory’ in general, instead of being sweet or bitter. M: I notice many hoppy rye ales have a sharpness to them, whether it be from carbonation or the rye malts themselves - and this is no exception. Here, it seems to be from the former. Once the medium-high carbonation fades a bit, the feel becomes balanced if not exactly mellow. O: I like this one. Not the most drinkable ever, but I love how rich the rye flavors are without killing the balance. A good one to veg over without any aural distractions #foreveralone


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Cool light clear mahogany pour. Aroma of fresh pine and deli rye. Flavor dry bread and pine hops with a rye finish. Very good use of the rye grains.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reberiii (437) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Big juicy, somewhat briny, plenty of grapefruit citrus rind, maybe too much body. Big foam that lasts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4684) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Willrunforbeer with a cellar clean out. Two year old bottle that has held up really well. Red/ Amber color thin carbonation. Aroma is rye malt and a solid amount of pine.

The flavor has a great amount of pine with a steady amount of rye backbone. Medium body with a average amount of carbonation still left in it. The texture has turned dry with a lasting bitter pine. Damn this held up really damn well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (1511) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Bomber, dated 080613. After this got to be about 4 months old I just kept bypassing it. Time to clear it from my cellar and find out what a 2 year old Hop Rod Rye tastes like. Pours medium amber with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters, rye spice and pine. Flavor follows... Caramel, rye spice, pine. This is far better than I expected it to be.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kejacobson (14) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2015
By KJK 05/31/2014 Taste like a brown ale. Fine but nothing special. To much carbonation and cloudy………… - via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barnacle_Ed (40) - Milpitas, California, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle pour. Lovely dark amber color. Smell pretty weak for a DIPA, can barely pick up the hops and get no rye whatsoever. Taste makes up for this - complex and filled with rye, some hops, and sweeter malt notes after. Delightfully clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopbag (142) - - MAY 18, 2015
Rye blends into caramel sweetness. Piney and floral hops. Mouthful and carbonation a bit thin. Hazy brown appearance. Nice use of rye. Well balanced to sweet, bitter trail.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (381) - - APR 21, 2015
In Austin. Bottle to glass. Can't really get a sense of the nose as glass mostly smells of having recently been washed. Pours a hazy honey color with foam head that leaves a nice lacing. Taste of citrus, bitter hops and lots of rye. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mjp12 (822) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
The rye gives an an extra complexity to this DIPA , which has a sweet aroma, and a clean finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2781) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - APR 15, 2015
Back of the bottle reads best by 05 / 28 / 15 (I think, date is really smudged). Thinking this is an IPA, I poured this into a nonic pint glass. Crap, my local store does not have any more bottles. Hopefully, I’ll see a new batch in the near future. Here’s the rest. The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some messy lacing roaming all around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet to spicy blend of rye malt to come across in a nice sweet citrus way. The taste was mainly sweet and lightly spiced through the rye, a light citrus runs through and leads to a quick sweet dry caramel to spicy aftertaste. There is a sweet citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Sticky sweet malty notes run over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA even if I did have it in the wrong glass. Hopefully, there’s a next time for this.


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