MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep opaque red. Nice little off-white head that stuck around. An excellent ale, very hoppy and dry. Quite woody. As it warms, the malts become a bit more prevalent, with an increasing sweetness and a nice, toasty finish. Get woodiness and a hint of brandy. Palate is glorious, full and soft, just felt wonderful in the mouth.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red color, medium head. Roasted malts, nice mellow hop signature. Some sweetness. Finish is clean and soft. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some sweetness.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like a cross betweeen an IPA and a Scotch Ale. The aroma is pure NW citrus hops, while the flavour is more chocolatey, but still has a nice hop bite. I like!!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper/ruby color. Sticky, creamy light tan head. Burnt caramel and light cocoa flavor. Nice hoppy bitter finish.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big beautiful off-white head atop deep, reddish-brown brew. Lots of maltyness in the nose. Smells of cinnamon and a bit of brownsugar as well. Take a drink. Sugary sweetness that fades to a slight coffee-like bitterness. Has a bit of spicyness upfront as well. Really great beer.
does not taste like drinking wood.
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very hoppy, dark ale. Taste like drinking wood.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one damned tasty brew. Copper hued with a wood fruit nose. Complex flavors that take center stage as the glass warms. Yes, similar to Stones AB but a bit mellower. I do love them both!
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When I placed the order for this through Liquid Solutions my intention was to order the Hop Rod Rye Ale. I guess I got my wires crossed, but, on the other hand, I wish all of my mistakes would turn out this great! Claret in color with a rich and creamy head that reduces itself to a thin ring around the glass. Immense toasted malt aroma with traces of fresh baked bread and caramel. Intense roasted coffee flavor (akin to biting into a freshly roasted coffee bean) with hins of bitter chocolate. A long, hoppy and malty finish. Great way to wind out the weekend!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well what do you know. A happenstance gift from PsychProf fulfills two recent ambitions of mine. So much buzz about Bear Republic recently and this becomes my first shot at them. And then yesterday Oakes initiates the American Strong style onsite and lo, turns out Red Rocket fits the bill, giving me a chance to explore the style. The beer? Oh yeah. Well, it comes surging forth with a huge head roaring over a deep garnet body and an effervescent effect much quicker than, but similar to, a Guinness cascade. The aroma is honeymalty, strong with hops and you get a charge of those hops in the taste, too, but they’re largely blasted away by the sweet gunpowder smoke of the exceptional malt. I don’t know if it’s easier to handle than the Bastard or if my palate has just ’grown up’ considerably from by first sip of the ol AB. Anyway, I enjoyed the beer. Chalk up two ’American Strongs’ for hennes!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet in color, the head is large and beige, the lace in sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, floral and hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is highly hopped, acidic, dry, and quite a ’Hoot’.