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RATINGS: 1995   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gointomexico (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Gift from a friend in Colorado. consumed 5-19 12 oz bottle. Poured gently, turning to aggressive the last 2/3 due to the apparent lack of carbonation. Glass was allowed to rest for 15 minutes after the pour. it is labeled as an IPA, but the one I had is 8 percent. I would expect more aroma from an IIPA as is found in others. Could be due to lack of carbonation. The appearance is hazy, as would be expected in the hopping rates in the taste, and the unfiltered nature of the product. There is some hop sediment that escaped the bottle and found its way into the glass. Still acceptable IMO. However, the color is far darker than what I would expect for a Pale Ale. It seems more in line with a brown ale. The lacing is fine, and the alcohol is apparent in the glass. The head is minimal due to a lack of carbonation even with an aggressive pour. If drinking again I would start with a more aggressive pour to spawn a 2 finger head. The taste is bitter, with an over powering hop character, resinous. Finish is dry and bitter. The bitterness lacks any bite. I can determine that there is some malt backbone present, but very slight. There is a certain thickness to the beer without any flavor that I am attributing to the rye malt. Mild ethanol is present with little if any fusel oil present. The body is full, and the texture is thick almost chewy. Carbonation is soft. Finish is bitter and long. I think the hoping rates are good for this beer. I also think that this beer is very unique, and I have not had anything quite like it. The rye malt adds a chewy character to the beer that I find disturbing in an IPA. I also think that the color is too dark. The carbonation seems to be lacking.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (1049) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle, pours amber with an off white head. Lots of rye in the nose (like!), with a weedy and grassy hops. Taste has a lot of spicy rye, caramel. Medium sweet with a good complementing bitterness, but I’m missing hops really. I suppose it’s an old bottle, but as so often on US bottles there’s no trace of a bottling or best before date anywhere. I still like the rye though...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (2533) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2016
Pours hazy dark red amber with low white head Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, hoppyness from tropical fruits, resin Taste has hoppy notes of tropical fruits, caramel, resin, hints of dark fruits, hints of pine Mouthfeel is full bodied, medium carbonation, long bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2174) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle from Stone in Asagaya. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a finger of head that lingers. Big punchy citrus flavors with orange and grapefruit dominating and little bit of lemon and caramel in the background. Well-balanced on the palate with the caramel notes standing up to the hop flavors. Some honey and marmalade more grapefruit and touch of lemon. Finishes fairly well-balanced with good bitterness, maltiness and a touch of peppery rye notes at the end. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1254) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Pours a murky brown with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is lots of spicy rye, pine and floral hops, and some malts. Flavor is spicy rye and caramel. Has a high bitterness and a smooth body. Very enjoyable. As the last rated wrote, I am a bit surprised to see this categorized as an IPA, but regardless if is an excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver; 414m
Dark amber color, cloudy. Solid beer, the moderate residual sweetness ties together the malts and the spicy rye, and the resiny hops. The final is a bit earthy, expected with the rye.
I wouldn’t categorize this as IIPA, it’s a bit sturdy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (459) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s. Hazy golden amber, white head. Aroma is caramel, tropical fruits, some berries. Taste is sweetish, berries, hoppy bitterness. Piney bitterness aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
voyageurmike (237) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Dark caramel with medium carbonation and a spicy floral aroma. Piney hops taste trailed by a good bitter rye finish. Well crafted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrik (557) - - MAY 28, 2016
Flarra Ölbaren Växjö. Mycket Rye Malt doft. Smakar krämigt Maltigt och perfekt jävla beska. Mycket lättdrucken balanserad med lite klassisk Rye kärvhet. Fin Maltig Dipa som påminner om Lervig Rye.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dojken (462) - - MAY 26, 2016
Flaska på Chapter house. Fin tung arom av marsipan o torkad frukt. Jättebra kraftig smak av råg. Beskan rullar krämigt på tungan en riktig god Rye öl.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1219) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear dark amber pour with a thin beige head. Smells like caramel, resin, grapefruit and chili peppers. Tastes like grapefruit, red peppers, spices, brown sugar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.


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