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RATINGS: 1985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (1643) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2016
Bottle at Bishops Vasagatan. Pours cloudy orange with white head. Aroma is very piney together with grapefruit, citrus, grass and dough. Creamy rye taste with pine, grapefruit and floral notes. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CzechTex (76) - - APR 8, 2016
From a large bottle aromatic, happy, distinctive. Slightly cloudy, lingers on the tongue with a bitter taste. Quality shines throughout, nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5200) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2016
12 oz bottle at Orvars. Slightly hazy amber with off white head. Aroma is piney, grapefruit, slight wood, citrus and flowers. Some rye notes present. Taste is maltier, rye is clearly present and nicely balanced. Pine, grapefruit, orange, wood, resin with a bitter finish. Medium sweet. Really nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
M4grem (11) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Very hop flavor. Good palate and linger. Rye helps with that of course. And that makes it pretty dry. Balance, for that reason is a little wicked, but that's IPAs these days. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (378) - - MAR 11, 2016
Served on tap at SFO. Hazy red color with a white head. Sweet malt aroma. Malt zest Belgium grapefruit. Medium heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2437) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2016
Pours hazy amber with a medium white head. Aromas of pineapple, kiwi, peach, pine. Taste is very fruity with a moderate malty backbone, considering that it’s a ln imperial IPA it"surprisingly crushable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Dark cider/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of pine hops, citrus, & floral; Flavor of sweet malt, some caramel, pine hops, and citrus (notably grapefruit & orange); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Solid imperial IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeergeekKorea (107) - SOUTH KOREA - FEB 5, 2016
Aroma: Bread, roasty, and some passiom fruits Appearance: Dark reddish colour and thin creamy head Taste: Light sour and heavy bitter Palate: Medium full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and the rich hop-head finishes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5417) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Clear copper pour with lacy white head. Aroma is really spicy, tons of rye, pepper, resinous hoppiness. Taste is really bitter, resinous. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (728) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is fruity / bitter sweetness. Some kind of marmalade? A dirty, earthy mealtimes. Taste is a little bit bitter for me and the sweetness seemed a little disconnected. Interesting but my least favorite Bear Republic beer.


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