onceblind (4042) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery. Clear copperish amber in hue with a foamy persistant white head. Lovely aroma of boozy sweet caramel and toffee, with a strong nutty presence like pecan and chestnut, with some subtle rye bread dough aromas and leafy citrusy hops. Flavor tastes like a more bitter form of the aroma, with some acidic citrus, boozy cara/toffee, rye bread, and some subtle nuttiness.
rader58 (778) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Fort Collins Brewery. Pours a cloudy amber with hues of orange. Aroma of rye, grain, cocoa, Flavor of grain, citrus, rye, caramel, vanilla.
jmohno (1074) - Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky mopwater orangish brown,no head,low carbonation. Sugary decending lacing.
Fruit,malt toasty bread,nutty,light cocoa notes.More of a nutty bready carmel malt than any hops.But it smells kinda good.
Taste is similar kinda slick ,carbonation is ok but this seems really flat maybe the rye gave it too much thinness.Really good hop flavor and malt flavor and great bittering strength in the finish. Its full bodied at first but turns dry/slight alchohol. Alot of dry rye spice.Good,not too near my favorate double rye ipa. I think this would be better toned down some with the abv,it seems barleywine flat carmel sweet/alchohol. Seems like a beer in which the yeast never finished their job completly.
Ratman197 (9782) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a cloudy amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromasof rye, earthiness, carmel, cocoa and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, earthiness, carmel, cocoa, light grapefruit and a hint of pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering rye finish.
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 42°. Color is a hazy amber with good carbonation and a small tight off white head. Aroma is a peppery rye scent. It has a medium body with a rich and creamy mouth feel. Flavor comes out allot like the aroma with big pepper, rye and spice that gives a touch of citrus. After taste is dry as a nice bitterness comes on and the rye leaves a mild sweet feel as the spice fades. Overall its a good brew.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was off white and creamy with good retention and lacing. Caramel, toffee, pine, and herbal hop aromas. medium bodied and slightly sweet with moderate bitterness. Herbal and pine-type hop flavors with a meaty toffee/caramel malt backbone.
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburs Foco. Pours a hazy, dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Toasty rye malty, caramel, somewhat spicy, earthy/piney hoppy, a touch fruity aroma. Chewy caramel, rye malty, bready, somewhat spicy, earthy, herbal flavor. Somewhat spicy, but fairly sweet and fruity. In general, I really enjoy Rye IPAs, but this isn’t one of them.
Scipio (698) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy red with an off white head. Aroma has a pleasant mixture of citrus and malt, which include, caramel, nuts, apricot, orange, plum, and some piney notes. Taste is spicy and very bitter. Dry as well. I get more of the malt in here than the fruitier impressions, especially rye flavors and the caramel. Hops are very noticeable giving this one a moderate kick. The aftertaste is hoppy, fruity and bitter. Sticky texture and medium bodied. I think this is pretty good. I enjoy this style, but there is something here preventing me from liking this more.
BeerandBlues2 (9667) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy and particulate dark amber with a large, creamy off-white to light tan head, long retention with good to excellent lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted, earthy and spicy rye malt, faint biscuit and caramel notes with apricot, pear, and apple esters, light cherry notes and pine, resin, and spruce hops abundant in the nose. Flavor is moderately spicy hops and moderate to heavy bitterness, full supporting lightly sweet malt backbone with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.
Beaver (1288) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a medium frothy off-white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet crystal malts and toffee with some leathery rye and a little fruit.
The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits and toffee malts with some leather / cardboard notes. There is a little rye hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, I was expecting an amped up Hop Rod Rye, but this is way overly sweet with strange leathery rye and not much hop coming through other than some generic bitterness in the finish.