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RATINGS: 2005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Updated 4/17/2006 - (Old rating 9/4/8/4/18-4.3) I always coem back to this beer. It is always so lovely. From the luscious creamy light tan head to the sparkling copper body and that aroma, of that aroma. The rye adds the perfect touch both in flavor and palate. Some might think me crude to love this beer so, but I do love it so.

Updated 3/31/04 - Damn this is the strongest and purest hoppy nose I have ever smelled. This new batch is seriously good. Clear deep reddish-amber with a frothy off-white head. Caramel and piney/citrus hop aromas. A hint of rye? Good hop malt balance, creamy big-body with a very smooth finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2004
22 oz. Bottle. Poured from the bottle with an impressive head which lasted a long time and left a lot of lacing behind. Citrusy type hops dominate the nose, taste and finish of this beer. While the hops took control of this beer, the malt in the background added a real nice dimension to this beer. Hop Rod Rye Ale has become one of my favorite beers and this was my first one. I am a hop lover, so this beer fits the bill when it comes to extreme hoppiness. If you love hops like I do, you will LOVE this beer. It is perfect in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. This beer is phenomenal! Absolutely amazing! Pretty much a hop bamb! Ruby red body, lovely strong hop aroma, sharp hop taste up front, smooth and sweet on the tongue with a nice dry malt finish... tasting notes are really hard to convey how awesome this beer is; basically this is full on hop with a lovely sweet taste weaving through it, absolutely lovely!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LHopitalPianuo (5) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2013 does not count
Poured into a tall 24 oz chilled glass with a large head. Robust aroma. Initially there is a big piney taste but it becomes smooth after a few sips. Simply spine chilling with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. I could drink this ALL DAY and never get bloated. Still this one will put hair on your chest.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daver1999 (1) - - SEP 14, 2013 does not count
Dark red in colour with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaves some lacing on the glass. Can smell grapefruits and of course the rye is very distinctive. Almost no carbonation very smooth on the way down. Tastes like grapefruit, very bitter and a big rye taste. The flavour of this beer is huge. Overall this is one of my favourite beers, its delicious and I could definitely drink a few of these even at 8% abv, and I have.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
This is it, in all it's glory the empress of all beer. It pours of a sour mash thick frothy head relentless in its existence, only to unveil a lace reminescent of a wave heading back out to sea. The smell of hops is prominent with a malty, slightly citrus nose. The taste up front malty, with a NOS kick of hops in the center finishes with a gorgeous weave of rye and spice. A medium mouthfeel of creamy, oily hops and sea-salts coating the throat like a silky blanket of nectar. This brew is feminine, bitchy and of the highest pedigree. At 8.0 it is drinkable to the point of dangerous, this lady deserves respect. Where Stone's Ruination is a 69 Camaro with a 327 and a punk punching NOS, Hop Rod Rye is a fine tuned Porsche, with Linda Fiorentino driving, wearing a silver, sleak dress. You all bow down to the queen of beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2004
This is a fantastic beer. Pours a deep copper/red color with a nice white head. The aroma and taste are dominated by hops of which are very flavorful. A wondeful beer and highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Yeah, I like this tasty brew! Really hoppy and especially bitter. Fine rustic ale. When you pop one open and take a sip. It’s like finding a treasure. You know that special something in a beer that tells you that it is so right! This beer has it!! I don’t know if I would call it balanced because that bitter really hits you. I will make this a regular for the fridge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
An 8% alcohol-by-volume nitro-fuel burning, Hopped-Up hot rod of an ale that smacks of hand-crafted quality all the way. It pours with a dark auburn/brown color and produces a very soft, creamy, aromatic foam head. This is a non-filtered ale, so there are some particulates/sediments in the pour, but it is all healthy and should be consumed with gusto. There is some plum-like sweetness initially and then this ale bites back with a bitter yet warm finish. The rye flavor is evident, giving this beer a dark-bread-crust-flavor at mid palate. What really strikes me, though, is this beer’s wonderful balance of sweetness, bitterness, and alcohol strength. As I look, at my now empty but nicely-laced glass, I am quite tempted to add this beer to my Top-10 List. And so I shall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
leppster8 (2) - Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2005 does not count
This is my favorite beer! The hop aroma is excellent, but it doesn’t end there because it is followed up with very nice flavor that you would expect from a double IPA, not too bitter and the flavor lasts well past the drink. And at the end of the night, you will realize that there is more alcohol present.

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