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98
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RATINGS: 2014   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Excellent and attractive aroma of citrusy, pineyy hops, rye and caramel. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent flavor of rye, piney, citrusy hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture, the carbonation is moderate. This beer is excellent and well balanced, very well made.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bright, dark red beer with a solid head. Floral hops, but when tasted it rounds out nicely with the Rye taste at the end. Very mouthy beer that drinks as well as it looks.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2158) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Cloudy hard cider appearance with big, quicklyfading head. Not an aroma giant, but smells subtly of bitter apples. Slightly tart edge to a bready hoppy brew. Not a favorite, but obviously quite good. ($3.75/22oz)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6494) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2005
This is a big looking beer ... bright red with a cascading side that settles into a nice rocky head. Theres a nice floral hoppy aroma. This shifts gears in a big way for the flavor ... rugged and dirty, caramel and nutty, with a sharp bitter finish. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Poura a nice copper with a layer of creamy head.The hop nose is wonderfully defined,pure and simple hops.if there is Rye it is very subtle.The Rye does stand out a little on the tongue which only gives it some complexity vs just hops.Nice bitter after taste.I really like this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Gorgeous ruby red with a tan head. Aroma: Sweet citrus hops (orange/lemon) and rye. Flavor is hoppy and then finishes with pure hops themselves. Dry hop finish. The rye really shines through in the aftertaste. Definately has the dual hop injection as advertised. Hop heads delight here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
On tap a the moan and dove.... Aroma:Hopy and good malt flavor...... Appearance:Redish big head.... Flavor:Big bitterness and good caramel flavor....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle. Malty, roasty, hoppy aroma. Clear brown with a rocky tan head with a lot of lace. Head lasted for a few minutes before diminishing to a fine layer. Roasty, malty, hoppy bitter flavor with slight alcohol bite. A strongly flavored beer with a lot going on. Bitter, roasty aftertaste. Evervescent and medium bodied with a long, slightly oily finish. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
I have come to like all the Bear Republic beers that I have tried, and this one is one of my favorites. An excellent and interesting beer. I have not had many rye beers so I am not sure that I can reliably identify the flavor but this beer has a nice, malty, toasty flavor and a strong hop presence. A powerful aroma is followed by a full hop flavor with a nice, bittery finish. $6 and change for a bomber at the local Whole Foods.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Add to the "know Ive had it several times but just found out I hadnt rated it" file. You open the bottle expecting the typical pale IIPA and maybe a little rye thrown in as a gimmick, but no, this one gets a real contribution from the rye. Exceptionally clear sparkling brown body. Very resinous hops flavors--it smells a lot like Simcoe to me, but Im not so hot at picking out hop varities. Has a warm, rounded malt profile more befitting a barleywine, but I do detect a little jaggedness in there that I assume is the rye. Slightl sourness followed by a pungent, sappy hoppiness, and toast. Lots of toast. Bitterness is a little less full and variegated than I like and more laser beam-like. Could possibly benefit from a little less carbonation. A fine beer, overall.


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