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RATINGS: 1955   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
22oz bottle, dark amber color, with a small beige head, with a nice candied lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, toffee nose, with some caramelized, toasted, pale, rye malty, floral fruity leafy, grassy, citrus hoppy, sugar pie crust accents, and a faint toffee, nutty, lemon marmalade note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth zesty candied lemon, lime, grapefruit rind, toffee, caramelized, biscuity, toasted, rye malty character, with some good flowery citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy, lemon marmalade, candyish lemon lollipop, subtle candied fruity apricot, peach, lemon pie crust,lemon tea leaf, mint leaf, pine needle, cedary flavours, leading towards a warming toasted, caramelized, pale, bread, rye maltiness, zesty candied lemon, grapefruit, lime citrusy peel, honey, lemon candyish lollipop, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4775) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2015
It’s easy to see why this is rated so highly. Even in a bottle of questionable age, the diverse flavors of rye, citrus and tangerine really come out of this. Pours maroon with good head and lacing. Thick consistency, well hidden booze. This is a beer I could come back to a lot. Everything is well tempered, and not a massive hop bomb but more than enough. Bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (253) - SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2015
Hazy dark orange beer with a two finger high creamy head. A lot of lacing on the glass. Nose: Citrus, grapefruit, caramel malt, syrup and orange peel. Taste: Resin, orange marmelade, pine, rye and caramel. Body: Full, smooth body with light carbonation. I love this ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1679) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle in the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Bright amber with a cream head. Sweet tropical aroma. Taste is massive pineapple and grapefruit with a fair bit of spice. Caramel in the background too. Starts sweet, finishes bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4242) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
Pours unclear amber no real head. Smell is bit sweet, not intense. Taste is very full, powerfull bitterness, rye, some fruity ( simcoe styled) hoppyness. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1362) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2015
355mL bottle from Beer Cartel Bronze body, beige head hangs around. Hops dominant nose - woody, citrusy typical American fair. Nutty, toasty malt underneath, a touch of rye peppery spice in there, but not obvious. Moderately low carbonation, seemingly accentuates the slick, oily, clingy texture from the rye, and adds great length. Lovely chewy bready, toasty, nutty malt continues on the body, well pronounced spicy hops kick in with a good measure of citrus and sap character. Smooth finish, good bittterness provides excellent balance. Good IPA/IBA, rye provides that extra dimension.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (626) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 29, 2015
This is good. Big pine on the nose up front. Great deep amber poor. A hint of spice and big malty back bone to this ipa but it’s not annoyingly sweet or syrupy but adds nicely to the beer. Nice mellow bitterness. Alcohol isn’t hot or too noticeable. Very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
astanford (21) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
caramel, toast, roasty, floral, grass, citrus, herbs, dough, earthy, leaves, smoke, woody, black, hazy, frothy, medium bitterness, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, sticky, lively, bitter,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rick_91709 (209) - USA - DEC 22, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Deep, reddish brown. Cream colored head. Lots of lacing. Rye shows up in the aroma but the nose fades quickly. A little spiciness in the taste which doesn't quite cover up the sweetness which lasts through the aftertaste. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1201) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Beer pours a beautiful red Amber with a nice foamy cream head. Aroma is almost perfume like with a lot of rose, some citrus notes and a lingering hoppy background. Taste starts out with the hoppiness and ends with a strawberry and orange flavor that balances the initial bitterness. Really delicious, complex, and interesting beer. Had from bottle.

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