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. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Add to the "know I’ve had it several times but just found out I hadn’t 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 I’m 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. Shag (3071) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
This one poured a murky brown, no no not murphy brown, MURKY BROWN! This one was quite hoppy with a nutty flavor to it. I can taste the rye in there but its not really standing out. Im also tasting some caramel and dark fruit. I enjoyed this one. Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
Clear red-brown body, big strong head. Aroma is rich with hops – great citrus aroma. The flavor is another blast of hops, fresh and grapefruity. Fannnn-tastic! Nuffield (4252) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2005
Not a bad price...$2.99 for a bomber at Discount Liquors, Milwaukee. And definitely worth it for that price. Chestnut brown and deep red with a clinging, off-white, even luxurious head, the first sips entered my mouth to a standing ovation by my taste buds, as they were prodded from their seats by a lovely froth. My nose had already been bristling at attention from the generous hop aroma, with caramel and a hint of hazelnut-infused chocolate. The flavor has much more of the rye; I haven’t been very good at detecting rye in the beers I’ve had, but this was as clear as any of them. Still, it doesn’t bang you over the head, but has a rounded malt base with some distinctive hops, producing a long bitter finish with a rather dry character. On balance, I think I don’t really care for rye beers that much; I’ve had a good number of them now, and never have they struck me as that impressive. Still, this is well composed, and after a bomber of 8% it is hard not to be happy with the $3 I spent on this!
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2005
bottle thanks to larry pitonka. dark copper color with substantial head and carbonation. assertive hoppy rye aroma, with some caramel sweet notes as well. some spicy rye. whoa, this beer is a kick in the ass. lots of northwest hops, and a full body of syrupy malt. superb beer, like a gigantic mutated spiced IPA. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
Pours a brown amber, with a copious white head. Decent head lingering. Cascade-family hops aroma. Sharp and fruity. Some residual currant-like aromas from the malt as well. Full strong ale mouthfeel. The rye character is also most evident in the mouthfeel, adding a certain clean smoothness. IPA levels of hoppiness in the nose, leading to a series of malt flavors. The sweetness of these malts are blunted somewhat, an effect I credit to the rye. Some astringency and bitterness lingers in the finish. Listed as a strong ale, but I feel it could be just as home in the IPA catagory. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 Really great beer. Good underlying malt character with a touch of sweetness contrasted with some fairly aggressive, but precise hops flavor. Good bitterness with fantastic aromatics. Might not recognize the rye if it was not on the label, but it does add interest. Very multi-layerd and nuanced, firm but not assaulting. A fun beer to try. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
Poured an amber color. Big floral and earthy hop aroma. Smells like amarillo dry hop. Malty with a full hop flavor and bitter finish. Great flavor and taste. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2005
Fragrant nose of malt, raisin and alcohol. Smells very strong. Body is brown to garnet. Off-white head with a small amount of lace. Malts and hops to taste. (Possibly dry-hopped)? X-S amount of pine tree flavor too. Long, bitter finish.