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98
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RATINGS: 2015   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2005
22 oz. bottle, bought cold at University liquors, Normal, IL and boy was I worried about keeping it from boiling uin the car until I could get to taste it. Poured into a plastic motel cup. A big northwestern type of hop nose, with citrus, grapefruit and pine. Body is dark, more like a brown ale, but with that fluffy puppy IPA head. A big pale ale taste is tempered by rye: at once spicy like, well, rye bread, but soft and a bit creamy like an oatmeal stout. A bit peppery and zingy, too. Even as the acohol takes over in its heady fashion, it remains an immensely enjoyable drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 22oz - Pungent aroma of hops with sticky red grape, cherry, and rye. Muddy brown color with a red tint. Not much head but decent lacing. Flavor is deep and engaging. Strong hop presence with enough malt, rye, and dark fruit flavor to make it unique. Tangy palate has your tounge sticking to the top of your mouth. My favorite Bear Republic amd a brew everyone should taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 I was pleasantly surprised since I picked this ale at random at Half Time and it ended up being a hit. It had a bitingly sweet aroma with a coppery hop laden taste that had a touch of malt and rye tones in it. The finish had a bittery hoppy end to it. Im definately a hop lover but have to say this beer does have a balance that many hop-infused IPAs out there lack (not that Im not an IPA fan-I love them!). I did find it a bit dry on the finish on my second tasting of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bomber. Dark orange w/ white head. Piney hopps make for a huge aroma. taste is pure hopps, very sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bomber: Poured a light transparent amber, with a tannish mostly sustaining head, which produced some lovely lacing as the beer drained. Aroma was of big big piney hops and milder sweet hops (pineapple, grapefruit). Flavor was of spciy/dry hops, though mellower than the aroma led me to beleive. Finished strong with a nice dry mouthfeel all the way through.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 My first bear republic, this was a great introduction. amber brown with a slightly sweet malt flavor and slightly citrus mostly piney hop. The aroma is awesome, it makes me very happy. The hoppiness really comes through in the nose-floral- and marvelous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Reddish brown pour with a small, short lived head. Sweet, malty aroma kind of surprises me given the name and style. The rye is noticeable, and there is a strong, grapefruit/pine hops aroma as well. Hops start the flavor off with a solid citrussiness -- not as prevalent as in Racer 5, Im afraid. Good rye flavor follows -- BlueDevil calls it spicy -- Im not sure how Id describe it other than that. Malt outside of the rye is fairly sweet, likely from alcohol content, but finishes dry. Good but not the best Ive had from Bear Republic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Very good brew. Very beautiful looking, poured a deep mahogany with perfect clarity. Great white fluffy head with lacing, this beer is a work of art so far, and the rest does not dissapoint either. Nose is a massive amount of citrusy hops. Grapefruit and pine are very evident, some orange is also present. Flavor is all hops initially, with some sweet malts that end up coating the tongue for the perfect balance. Finishes pretty dry with the spicy rye and lots of bitterness. Medium bodied and gives the tongue a nice feel to it when you are done. A damn fine beer, and cheap (2.99 for a bomber) to boot. This will defintely become one of my staple brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 Bomber. Pours a clear brown with reddish hues with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of sweet crystal malt, spicy rye and citrussy/piney resinous hops. Flavor is equally spicy with rye and with a big hop presence. Sweet toffee and a tad of roast comes through in the malt profile to complement the resinous bitterness from the piney hops. Flavor from the hops is of pine and citrus with a bit of earthy grassiness. Finishes dry with just a tad of astringency though not an unfavorable amount. Body is full and smooth with moderate to low carbonation that suits a strong complex ale like this well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1245) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2005
A Root Beer color with a foamy off-white head. Cascade hops up front but the Rye and the rich malt profile come through nicely as well. Hop levels nearly IPAish. Quite Good!


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