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RATINGS: 1965   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Excellent grapefruit/citrus aroma. Dark amber in color with a dense light brown head, and moderate carbonation. Full bodied mouthfeel. Nice balance, well hopped with a bit of a bite. Another great beer from Bear Republic.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4501) - 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 (1412) - 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 (140) - - 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 (370) - - 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 (765) - 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 (2710) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC (572) - - APR 7, 2015
Draft. (How have I never rated this?) One of America’s most beautiful beers: Leaves a dense, persistent lace on the glass. Flavors are balanced between floral hops and some not-quite-sweet but slightly chewy rye character. Not as aggressive as more recent versions of the style -- the focus here is on harmony, not volume. A classic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (666) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
bomber poured into a tulip glass..amber/orange with a fluffy white head..aroma of citrus,pine,caramel,spices..hoppy,resinous..good spice from the rye..really good.


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