RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral hop aroma with just a hint of rye spicing. Flavor is pretty dominated by hops on the entry, nice malts in the middle, then more solid hop bitterness with a little more of that spicy rye in the finish and aftertaste. Very nice.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy Diomede, I think. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of old hops, grapefruity but dusty. Caramel and crystal malt flavor with a little bit of rye spiciness and a tart citrus character coming through. Medium body and good carbonation. Needs a fresh rerate.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle to tulip glass. Pour is copper orange which appears cloudy and a nice head. Aroma is strong rye and hops which is very nice. Taste is hoppy grapfruit and rye with cinnamon too. Palate is sticky and dry finish. Overall I really enjoy Bitter Old Woman and this one is that much better.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a nice golden brown with light carbonation and a small head. Aroma is a rich floral hop scent. Taste rich, hoppy and bitter. Starting with a bolder medium body it goes down with a rich feel. Finish comes in malty then a big floral hop taste, a touch of hay and bold bitterness. After taste is dry and bitter. This is a very good IPA with an extra bitter kick.
Trev (1821) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark gold with reddish tinge and a thin o/w head.
Aroma is dusty caramel maltiness, rye breadiness and some resiny hop.
Flavour is nice herbal bitter, with a grainy sourness. Medium malt and smooth body.
Bit of a lingering mettalic bitterness to the finish though.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outstanding rye IPA. Great interplay and balance between the rye and pine/citrus hops with a soft caramel malt backing.
hombrepalo (1744) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Archer Liquors. Not a bad Rye IPA. Bottle. Pours light brown/amber with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and spicy rye malt. Flavor is initially quite spicy from the rye with a citrus, fruity malt finish. Pleasant and easy drinking! Nice beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicey ,citrusy hopping is dominating fragrance, Cascade is still the main player here,the caramel malting comes through as your nose gets a handle on that initial banzai hop charge,you can feel the strength of the brew in your nose,this will definitely be putting a little weight on Cal. Head is minimal, Kingpin said he had no head at all. The first thing you notice on the taste is the spark of the spicey peppery rye,followed closely by a solid bitter hop and rye tongue lock, Kraft caramel square backing,quite evident despite the apparent 200+ IBU’s, mildly carbonated ,almost like a handpull, this mildness of the carbonation lets the oiliness of the hops become more of a manifested factor. The spicey rye bitterness is what is left in your mouth at the finish. Unlike most rye IPA’s ,this brew battles your tongue the entire glass. A little to slick to be considered a thirst quencher,not complex enough to be considered uniquely special,it is still an excellent summer IPA and I’ll problay abandon her skinny sister while this is available. Bigger and smoother then Red Rye, but still bitter enough to scare away hopophobics
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to tytoanderso. Aroma big on spicy rye notes with citrus hoppiness and some fresh, lightly buttered roll. Flavor again really highlights that spiciness with ample breadiness and strong bitterness. I guess I can kind of see why others would say this is more APA than IPA, but I think that impression has more to do with the ratio of hops to malt. I think there are plenty of hops here, just also a big focus on the rye malt component as well. In any case, I like it.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks NobleSquirrel! - Pours amber with a small white head...aroma is caramel malty and floral hops...flavour is resinous hops up front, giving way to some dark grassy malt and a nice lingering bitterness...fun brew...