NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Mariaís. Pours a golden with good clarity. Nose is very grainy with some low butterscotch notes. Unpleasant caramel and odd vegetal hops. On tasting, harsh bitterness with some astringency. The rye is clashing and more butterscotch. Not good.
Dacrza (818) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE: May 27, 2016... OCCASION:having negotiated the long week, I welcome the Memorial Day weekend with The Fellowship of the Ring, the Cavsí hopeful ECF-clinching win, and whatever else comes our way... APPEARANCE: dark, dense and approaching a tigerís orange-amber body... white head forms a two-finger cream that settles to coral striping and a strong surf on the surface... high-arching lace forms a distinct cloud line... effervescence is slow and steady but uneventful... AROMA: a nice bourbon and pepper draw early, after which stone fruit, melon, mango and some astringent esters... PALATE: full-bodied, intense and active on the teeth, with a vibrant, lingering aftertaste... chunky and chewy and suckable, if possible... a meal in itself... TASTE: a strong, spicy bite--pepper, allspice and warm rye bread... apple and watermelon late... a bevy of characteristics compete for the tastebuds... OVERALL: what a powerful punch of hops and rye--the rye bread malts especially develop a strong profile that supports east and west coast hop tendencies... another victory for Great Lakes Brewing...
hman43 (1056) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden in color with good lacing. Aromas of citrus and floral. Taste of citrus, floral and a bit of rye.
OsuStu (201) - - AUG 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. A nice deep, translucent amber with a off white head. Aroma is grass, very ripe fruit, banana, apricot, and citrus. Bitterness that is slightly astringent. Complex malts. Bready, apples and oranges, dark caramel. Lasting bitterness.
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour on draft in Cleveland at the ballgame was full Amber to brown with a frothy huge head. Aroma of caramel and citrus and pine. Flavor followed with that spicy rye sharp bite. Darned fine. Hop Rod, letís go head to head!!!!!
knickskicks (1141) - - AUG 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour. Nose and taste are tropical fruits and good malt balance. Flowery. Dry bitter finish.
scarletfire65 (1320) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Square in Chicago. Spicy rye aroma. Full bodied and very malty sweet underneath. Huge rye spiciness, fruity hoppage. Bold dry finish.
mymaestro (55) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy aroma, pours golden with a thick tan head. Peppery bitter start with a rich malty finish, not too sweet. On tap at Jet Rock in the PHL terminal B
TheJester (2443) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Progressive Field. A favourite style of mine, and this one doesnít disappoint. Gold-amber with a nice white head. Citrus and caramel in the nose. The flavour is more complex, with lemon and pineapple from the hops joined by peppery rye malt. Nice bitterness level.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear gold with a frothy head. Dry rubber aroma of rye followed by a well balanced hop flavor. Many times, the rye is too strong but this is just right.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear gold with a thin white head. Dry rye in the aroma with a pronounced hop bitterness. Bitter and dry throughout with a nice dry rye flavor near the middle. Bitter bite lasts at the finish.