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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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4385) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (1327) - 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (365) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mjp12 (753) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2676) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC (553) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (644) - 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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