obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pungent cat urine nose with lesser yet associated pine needle notes. Crystal clear copper, medium yellow head. Potpourri flavor, resinous daffodil, marigold, and pine. Excessively bitter even for the style. Iím sure this is rated highly because of the so-called extremophiles, but this beer lacks moderation and balance. Alcohol is not noticeable, but damn, why so freaking overboard with the floral hops? Uprated after acclimating myself to the extreme hoppiness, but itís still too much.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Squat bottle from Blue Dog and Wegmanís. Pours deep copper with big fluffy 3-finger white head that retains very well. Nose is huge rye malt, black pepper, tangerine, caraway. Tastes piney, resiny, with a big rye malt, caraway, and fresh ground black pepper flavor. The flavors explode in the mouth here, and this one is exceptional. Glad I got a sixer.
Reid (1851) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz single from "Lifesource",Salem. OR. $1.59
I really dig the label on this one.
Appearance? Slightly murky amber with a nice big frothy,thick eggshell white head.
Aroma..slightly pungent hop,slight toasted cereal malt, spiciness that might be rye.
Flavour again has the slightly pungent hop and a nice thick coffee/roasty malt and indeed a fair rye spice about it.
OK mouth-feel though not out of the ordinary.
A good beer but not stellar.
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of grapefruit, lightly sweet citrus, and a rye. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves behind a lot of sticky webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate sweet citrus and caramel. The finish has light-moderate grapefuit, rye, and a touch of pine. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, Iíve never been a huge fan of Rye IPAís, but this is definitely one of the better examples that Iíve had.
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a dark copper with a half finger of white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Taste is medium-heavy bitter. Lots of pine and citrus with a something a little peppery. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and an insanely long, super bitter finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. Much better than that glissade that itís replacing. I could drink this everyday.
UDBeernut (1595) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Dutch pours a nice amber capped by a foamy off white head with good retention. Nose is light pine and citrus, slight caramel malt. Taste is cutting pine and citrus underbalanced by slight malt and rye. Rye is good and refreshing with the pine. Medium bodied. Yum.
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6ROW (402) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour with a small dense off white head, citrus hop aroma. Standard peppery rye taste with a hop bite on the back of the tongue. Fine ryePA but not for all beer drinker
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has the distinct flavor of a sierra nevada - owing to a similar hop profile to that used in their other beers. However, what this beer does really well is balance the rye flavor with the body and hops. This beer is smoother, more well-balanced, and more palatable in comparison to founderís red rye.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. I enjoyed the spicy rye notes blended with the citrus and pine notes of the hops. This brew provides a well-balanced, complex palate without being too heavy or hoppy.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 2012 bottle with no freshness date.
A: Beautiful, clear dark amber with a towering light tan foam head. This is a beer that looks like it wants to be drunk!
S: Slight rye spice with earthy notes and slight citrus.
T: Really spicey from the rye from start to finish they really are ruthless with the rye. It sort of overpowers the flavor sadly, thereís a slight grapefruit bite at the end, but this is very one-dimensional. Iím not liking this very much.
M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.
O: I was expecting more from this, itís not very well balanced, but thankfully it is priced decently. Even so, I wonít be buying it again, Hop Rod is a much better option.