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RATINGS: 1989   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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3.4
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Good taste and balance. The lacing was perfect, for whatever that’s worth. Deep red color. My one complaint is that the hops were a little muddled. Anyway, good beer.

3.7
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours a nice brownish-red with a big had head that lasts awhile. Nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is rye and piney hops. Taste has a stoing caramel malt profile nicely mixed with hops. Finish is very sweet. A bit too sweet, i thought. Not so much an IPA than an ESB kind of taste with a unique rye taste.

4
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Pours a medium brown, small offwhite head with nice lacing. Aroma is piney and sweet. Flavor is lots of piney hops, balanced with the rye. The caramel/sweeter malt comes out nicely to balance. Overall very drinkable and nicely made! Thanks to Crosling for this one.

4
blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a clear, slightly fizzy, reddish orange with a large frothy white head. Looks great. Aroma is moderately hoppy mixed with some citrus and rye. The taste is an interesting combination of hops and rye -- it works very well! A great tasting, well balanced IPA.

3.8
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Thanks Odeed! 22oz bottle served at 44° in my NB worthy glass. Pours really dark red, almost brown, with a khaki colored head. Plenty of lacing and foam dots. Aroma is hoppy with floral and perfume notes. I get some of the earthy rye aroma. The initial flavor is malty, but earthy and spicy as well before the floral hops take over a bit. The rye and hops have complimentary flavors and it seems like both have a somewhat earthy flavor. The finish is moderately bitter with a nice hops flavor. This a very nice beer. Nice body.

4.1
hayduke (5732) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a nice tan head. Hops smack you in nose. Hint of fruit. Rye subtle. What sets this apart is great balance. I am an IPA fan, and this ranks with the very best. I would put it on a par with Arrogant Bastard amd Moylans Hopsicle. And it is close enough to me in Northern California that I can almost claim it as a "local’ beer. This is a real winner.

3.9
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Pour is amber with a big tan dense head...smell is hops, with grapefruit and pine bigtime...sweet citrus flavors up front followed by a bitterness with something vegetable in it...quite nice...

4.1
JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Aroma is complex with powerful, earthy hops up front. Very light citrus, grass, and pine. Dark bronze color. Head is initially very large, and leavs a thick lace on the glass as it settles, with considerable foam remaining on top of the beer. Flavor is hops again, some mint and other herbs, candy sweetness, and an herbal dryness.

4.7
Zeswaft (1786) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Wow, this is a great brew. To be honest, my friend ordered an Alpha King and I got this and we couldn’t tell the difference. In my opinion that is not a bad comparison. This beer was a little darker, deeper ruby. Huge citrus hop aroma and flavor. Medium head. Sweet maltiness but hops dominate. Outstanding. RERATE...I’ve had two of these bombers in the last 5 days. I think the first one was somewhat stale. More malt, spicy rye apparent, and kind of musty. Second bottle right now is awesome and must be fresh. Huge citrus hops. RERERATE. This is one of the best strong IPA’s I’ve ever had. I really don’t think it’s a IIPA and it’s more robust than an IPA. It has the healthy malt sweetness of a IPA but the hop punch of a IIPA. I’m glad the alcohol is only 8% because i think a lot of IIPA’s get overwhelmed with alcohol.

3.9
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Amazing aromas of pinapple, orange and rye. The rye underscores a nice hop bite, full mouthfeel and a hoppy (but not bitter) finish that includes some caramel. In the glass, this beer is earthen brown, red under light with almost no head, but some racing. Very nice strong ale characteristics, with a punch of alcohol, which isn’t overpowering, and malt tones that accentuate the rye. Nice to experience this grain in a bigger beer.


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