Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brilliant red with a frothy, creamy head that lasted. Good lacing. Aromas of pine, hops and some fruit, Tastes similar to an IPA with the rye undertone. I prefer Founders Black Rye, but this is good.
Zeswaft (1436) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 I still have no idea what this "rye" stuff is all about. Just tastes like a good, really hoppy American pale. Good, but nothing great. I donít think iíd call it a strong ale either. There is a strong citrusy hop aroma but not so much in the flavor. There is a lot of carbonation but little head. RERATE: Really hoppy, even more than I remember. RE-RERATE. Still awesome. nice rye-spice, citrus hops, and an alcohol punch in the back of the head. re-re-rate. This must be super fresh because the grapefruit hop aroma and flavor is huge. god i love this beer.
3fourths (8377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 Glorious nose of sweet madarin oranges, marachino cherries, pineapple, cedar, and plums. A bit of a strong and bitter, burning mouth feel up front, a hint of a burnt malt flavor, but mostly this is similar to the aroma, though a little less fruity and with more of a scotch and wood flavor. A really excellent crafted beer, probably the best rye beer Iíve had. I hadnít been a fan of them because I havenít found one worth liking yet.
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
VERY GOOD! Pours with a deep blah, blah, blah... bottom line - smells good, looks good, tastes good, and makes me feel good.... :)
Indra (2679) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of fruity, citric hops (Centennial, seemingly), strong grapefruit and lemon notes with lighter hints of spice and toasty malt. Hazy deep red color with a lasting, creamy head and impressive lacing. Massively hoppy flavor profile, juicy, resinous and fruity, the middle seeing some balancing dark malt sweetness and finishing dry with a blend of intense hop bitterness and citric flavor and spicy, faintly minty rye. Palate is lush and full, body is medium. Very much like a dark IPA with added rye and quite a treat for any hop lover.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red. Sweet caramel and floral hops in the nose. Flavor is hoppy and malty and dry, with a light Belgian malt twist. Sorry, I donít feel like discussing the beer further.
heemer77 (5145) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a rather clear yet dark amber. There were very large bubbles in the head. The aroma was piney hops with a kiss of oranges. There is also a nice caramel undertone. The taste is grapefruit with a bread crust finish. There is also a little caramel. I like this a lot. It is hoppy enough to keep it interesting.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Re-Rate Pours a dark Star Wars Imperial Guard red color, small off white head with lace sticking around the sides. Aroma is lots of citrus and pine neetles, floral and fruity, caramel malt with a little rye. Flavor is hoppy, more floral citrus, grass, rye and a little fruit to it. Huge Thanks to Styles for hookin me up with this one!
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to wohlfs for this beer.
Pours a deep amber with a fizzy light-tan head. Strong aroma of good hops, clean and refreshing. Taste is dominated by a strong hop character with a mellow, though not very sweet, backbone. Tasty and hoppy. Reminds me a little of Hop Rod Rye, though I think that was a slightly better beer. This is pretty damn good though.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper and cloudy with a decent tan head. Aroma is mostly hops but you can tell that there is some malt underneath. The flavor is bold and robust. Very malty and warm.. Notes of caramel, fruits, and a nice citrus grapefruit kick on the back of each sip that makes you take notice that this is a fine brew.. Very creamy on the palate. Full in the mouth and quite warming on the backside. This was surprisingly better than I expected. Quite tasty.. Iíll drink this another time!