tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2005
A strong beer. Hop rod is correct. Hoppy as hell. Brown ale that delivers. A great example of the style. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Dark reddish chestnut brown with small off-white head that vanishes quickly, leaving great lacing. Nose of hops and sweet malt. Taste of sweet malt, toffee, coffee, citrus and spice, and something different (rye?), with a long bitter finish. Distinctly California hops, like an American IPA, but different because of the rye. Good smooth round mouthfeel. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Deep reddish hugh.. off white head nice lace. big crisp hop aroma nice heavy citrus and pine very fresh scent hints of carmel malt. Palate is lightly carbonated well coated slightly oily and lightly creamy. Big hoppy taste more of an IIPA than an ASA. Full crisp citrus taste a nice blend of light grains and a light carmel finish. Swallow is dry and alcohol feel non existant. This stuff is amazing 2.99 for a bomber what a steal.
+1 on overall w/ the rerate... better than I had remembered, and I remembered it being damn good. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
On 65 cl bottle. Tasted during trip to California. Yeast in bottom. Lovely brown colour with a great rockycreamy head. Lovely aroma of a field of hops. Very big great taste of hops and rye that ends up very bitter and tasteful in a pleasant varm feeling. A great beer. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2005
One hell od a beer.This was bottled(22 oz.) sometime in january and held up like a beast.Nice piney/grassy hops with a lovely chocolate pudding/rye vibe in the maltinessA reallly nice ale.One of, if not the best Dark IPA.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Clear burnt-sienna pour, with even fine carbonation. This topped with a thick, creamy yellow-tinged head. Lacing is silky and slicking. Aroma is mostly a distant din of west coast hops, noticeably Cascade and maybe Hood, rounded with some tinges of sherry, grapefruit and grass. Maybe I miss the boat on Rye Beers, as I don’t ever taste anything close to the rye in Pumpernickel, or Sauerkraut, or the spice. Yet, others tell me they do. In this rendition I get a distant dusky Moroccoan waft of the spice, but it stays in the back ground and accentuates. Overall, this hoppy king of a beer is pretty well rounded. Lots of grass from the hops. A chewy and bright beer, which seems to mostly be a palate for hops and a hint of rye. Very dry, but maintaining a good level of drinkability. Alcohol only appears on the backend. Lots and lots of grass, much like chewing on a grass stem while hiking, or grass from a baseball field. Thanks to my SoCal connection! Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Sampled at the Corkscrew Sunday beer tasting. I’m growing increasingly fond of rye beers and would like to see a brewer move away from the "hint of rye" to full-blown. Founders is doing this style best right now imo, but Hop Rod is pretty tasty. Ageing this in a whiskey-rye barrel would a worthwhile endeavor. The beer reminded me of a bran muffin, the feeling that somehow what I’m drinking is both tasty and nutritious. Typical IPA notes are balanced by some additional spice from the rye, a bit of nutmeg/mace and ginger. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Pours a deep hazy red with a thin tight rocky head and great carbonation. Strong grassy and piney hop aroma with a full caramel compliment. Great hop flavor with grapefruit, pine and some grass. Decent body. Has some vegetable notes. Nice balancing bitterness. Some nuttiness in the finish, which I guess comes from the rye. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a rust color with a huge tan head. Smells very citrusy, floral, and spicy. I can smell the hops..mmm..Tastes bitter, floral, citrusy, and hoppy. There’s a slight roasted flavor but just barely. Nice finish, smooth body, with a pleasant hoppy afteraste. I am a little disappointed that I couldn’t taste the rye... Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Big Bottle. Pretty deep orange color. Immense light tan head actually stays chunky on the side of glass while beer goes down. Has an almost orange or citrusy spruciness to the nose. Very floral in taste and aroma. Intense hop presence but very balanced. A must try. This is very good and packs some wallop! Me likey.