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RATINGS: 1984   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character. 2009 California State Fair – GOLD 2003 California State Fair – GOLD 2002 Real Ale Festival (Chicago) – GOLD

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4.3
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle. Filed as an American Strong Ale, but the commercial Description says IPA. I would have to agree with both. Poured dark amber with a HUGE HUGE creamy head that lasted past the last swallow. The lacing was unreal. Aromas of typical IPA--Citrusy hoppiness, and hoppy Citrusness. Flavors were much the same with a very smooth and creamy finish. I really like this beer.

4
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Draft at the the brewpub in Heraldsburg. Big piney aroma, obviously related to Racer 5, howerver, finish is bitter and tends to harsh.

3.9
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2005
This is a really good beer, and the rye pulls together nicely. It’s like a creamy IPA with hint of dry, rye flavor, coll combo of flavor.

4.1
BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
22-oz bottle. Pours amber with tiny fast rising bubbles and a tall creamy tan head; creamy lacing. Fragrant floral citrus hop orange rind and pine aroma with caramel malt as well. Heavy bitter and acidic hoppy start with a sweet caramel malt, some rye, trailing flavor. Medium bodied and spicy palate.

3.7
TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle. Ruby body with a tall fluffy tan head. Nose is significant hops, sweet malts and light spices. Taste is oily hops, light sweet malt notes, light spices, and dried wood. Body is oily and full with moderate carbonation. Light lingering bittterness from the hops. Mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with big juicy hops, spices, light alcohol warmth and buttery toasted notes. Big melon and citrus notes during the finish as well. Ends really nice.

4.1
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle, Dark red and brown color, white fluffy head that gets thin. Lacing lasts the whole way down. Malty and hoppy aroma. Smooth to me for this style of beer, very drinkable. I noticed the alcohol as it started to warm. Finished hoppy and fruity especially as it warms. Very pleasant strong ale. Seemed like a mild version of AB.

3
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Nice hoppy flavor, but is soured by some overroasted notes. Good color and body, but wasn’t anything special.

4
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Bottle: Dark coppery color, large fluffy sand head that lasts, super sticky lacing, minor bits of sediment float about.   Big malty nose, spikes of hop, a bit of citrus peel.   Very smooth, and well balanced, combination of malts and hop.   Perhaps even a touch of tobacco in this one.   For an American Strong Ale it is quite easy to put back, especially for being 8%.   Great body, moderate mouthfeel.   Finishes very clean, slightly earthy, with a semi-sweet citrus like bitterness that lingers.   Good stuff!


4.1
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2005
I LOVE THIS BEER! It is exactly what I want from a strong ale. Deep copper red color, nice long lasting head, moderately strong hop finish, and plenty of alcohol content. I actually like this one a little better than Arrogant Bastard. Don’t get me wrong the AB is great, but this one is a little smoother and a little less hoppy.

4.2
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2005
22oz bottle obtained in a trade with Bluedevil0206 - Thanks James! Pours a deep copper color with a nice tan head. Aroma is hoppy, grapefruit and rye. Flavor has much malt, and rye flavor to back up the strong hop notes. This is a solid ale. On the palate this is full bodied and very pleasing in the mouth. Quite creamy and smooth. Finishes with a nice bitter dry finish that keeps you coming back for more. The strong alcohol content cannot be found while sipping this beer. I liked this one alot..


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