Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sitting in a hotel room in Breaux Bridge, LA after consuming copious amounts of seafood tonight, I pulled a bottle out of my cooler that dutifully accompanies me on my business trips. Mind you this is not my first rodeo with Hop Rod Rye (more on that later). But this is an excellent product.
The appearance of this poured into a glass is caramel colored with excellent lacing down the glass, with a half inch head remaining. Smell is of muted hops with a hint of rye. Taste is outstanding (though in the last 8 years of having this on hand I have had to drain pour a few bottles, probably due to them having been abused in the distribution pipeline. They were spoiled.). I first tasted HRR at a brewfest in Portland in 2005, and it was love at first taste! There is little way to say how good this iteration of a rye IPA is. It is chewy, complex, simple, quenching, enticing, and of course most satisfying all at the same time. Overall I would say that this is a world class brew, and one that anyone who is a hophead should choose.
I won't go into the detail that so many patrons of BA render (not that there is anything wrong with that!), but this is one of the finest IPAs in my mind to ever hit the market. Try one and agree!
If you like a rye style IPA, this one should be on your list. I have it brought in from adjacent states to MS when ever possible. Excellent brew, and now this bottle is gone! Cheers!
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leghorn99 (240) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Versa nel bicchiere color mogano, con riflessi rossicci; la schiuma è molto pronunciata, compatta, spumosa, discretamente persistente e di buona allacciatura. Al naso gli si può attribuire certamente una componente di segale, nonché di malto, insieme a profumi agrumati di pompelmo. Buona quantità aromatica di luppolo, mentre la maggior parte del naso è dominato dal malto caramellato. In bocca risulta molto simile: malto caramellato, note agrumate, amaro di luppolo aromatico, punte piccanti di segale. Nel retrogusto la componente amaricante del luppolo è più pronunciata, pur mantenendo la spina dorsale maltata e di segale. Scivola via leggera con una bassa carbonazione, nonostante 8% di ABV ed il corpo medio.
tricksta_p (3621) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is thick rye malt, hops, pine resin, ripe fruits, caramel, soft herbal/spicy notes, hint of toffee. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet and bitter. Body is above medium, nice thickness and balance. A prime specimen of rye IPA, bittersweet and rich with a sturdy rye body.
ranthero (52) - BRAZIL - SEP 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveja com amargor extremamente elevado com leve percepção do álcool. O aroma é simples e podia ser melhor trabalhado, mas o paladar compensa.
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Kavu (4187) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/2 pint on tap @ Oljenkorsi. Pours slightly cloudy amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is sweet malts, pine, some fruits and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, pine, rye, fruits, alcohol and loads of hops. Creamy palate. Very nice.
andrepintado (2778) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beergium. Color is dark copper. Thin beige head. Taste is medium bitterness, light sweetness. Medium dry body. Finish is long. Aroma is herby, spicy, hoppy, fruity, malty, nutty, chocolaty. Pretty good.
Dandm (88) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very old bottle, maybe 2011. Cloudy dark brown with thick sediment. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, resin, alcohol. Heavy bitter and medium sweet. Low carbonation, probably some lost in cellaring. Long, spicy and bitter finish. Reminds me of mud cake. This is a big, big beer.
Nsanders (1017) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Stouts Pub. Deep orange with minimal head. Very floral, toffee, rye and hay. Caramel with a spicy, floral bitter finish. Medium body with a soapy feel.
commonmac (1061) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap on a snifter glass at World of Beer St. Paul. Color is a copper variation with a pleasant white head and assertive lacing. Nose is mostly malt and caramel with a little bit of hip presence. Taste has a healthy bitterness but offset with a malty, cereal chewy characteristic that works as a nice balance. Feels like a bready, spicy beer with enough hoppy qualities to keep it from an uncalled unbalanced amber offering. Definitely feels heavier than other Beat Republic efforts but still enjoyable. This one is a good representation of a rye.
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bomber, it’s a chunky brown with orange highlights. Taste is sweet boozy hops, some citrus, I’m thinking rye (cause I don’t really recognize the flavor), not so dry at the end, nice change of pace beer.
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a dark brown color with a thinner white head that falls to a thick collar. The aroma is interesting. There is a lot of citrus to it while maintaining a light spiciness. The hops aren’t bright, but rather relaxed and offering light influences. The rye adds a hint of spice, but doesn’t do a whole lot. The flavor is way bigger on the rye. Lots of spicy grain and a resounding bitterness. It’s really interesting. The hops just offer a heavy bitter and the rye dominates. It’s almost one dimensional. There is a maltiness as well that I’m not digging. The mouth feel is lighter and decently carbed with a lingeringly spicy rye finish. It’s dry as fuck. It’s interesting.