RATINGS: 2019   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2005
22 oz bottle. As the bottle says, theres a truckload of hops in this stuff. Its interesting that RateBeer has an "American Strong Ale" category since BJCP.org (which defines styles) doesnt. Regardless, this is definitely American, similar to a strong IPA or double IPA. Aroma is malty, flavor is a great balance of hops and malt. Thick head settles midway through the consumption, with beautiful lacing down the glass. This is an excellent brew (and I rarely use superlatives) that I hope will find its way into NC once we get rid of that silly 6% cap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1630) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a brownish/deep red with thick chunky floaties and a thin tan head. Smells of red apples, citrus fruits and hops. Aroma is almost like iced tea. Very smooth and well-balanced. Flavor is all warming alcohol. Finish is dry and of bitter hops. A bit like unsweetened iced tea. Nice quality beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep dark copper hue. Aroma is citrus hops, pine, and grapefruits. Flavor is similar, but with a nice toasty malt layer that balances things nicely. A bit thinner than I like, but not overly so. The finish is quite bitteer and on the dryish side. Nice ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
The aroma was full of citrus w/ a hint of pine, light fruit, and rye. The flavor was slightly rye, citrus and pine w/ a very slight hint of grain. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1686) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Translucent reddish brown appearance with a large, dense tan head that left lots of lacing. Hoppy, citrusy, slightly spicy aroma. Flavor dominated by the hops but with enough grain to balance and smooth out the taste. Dry, long lasting finish. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
Ruby brownish red, with nice clingy lacing. One whiff and Hop damn! A slice of rye bread spreaded with a generous amount of strawberry jam was what I was greeted with. Unique. Taste-wise, I was expecting some kind of freaky concoction with off-centered flavors and just too much of everything, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well balanced ale, with everything in its proper place, leaving room for everyone make a statement on my tastebuds. Rye tartness, big malt roundness, slight alcohol sting and hop finish. Bravo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
bottle. oh wow, aroma is incredible. perfume, citrus, hop resin (and tons of it), some pine. thick looking texture, copper colour, small white head. great complexity for the style. sticky hops are a big punch in the face with a nice underlying malt presence. Massively bitter finish. A great beer for hop heads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Poured strong tea color,huge hoppy semi sweet nose.Decent hop bite but had a not so good bad nutty bitter finish that kicked this one to the curb for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber (7290) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 15, 2005
(18 % rye as long I remember). Pours huge, long lasting creamy crown, hazy amber with neat ruby hue. Full scale hop attack on my nose with grassy and zesty apple aroma behind. Simply Superb. Smooth body yet armored with monstrous hoppines, please be aware of that. Great Ale especially if you craving some extra bitter hops. Touch of rye malt just adds that extra dimension many big beers are missing .My last beer for the nigh as it should be..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Body is brown, with a fluffy cream head. Aroma is like a IIPA, but the rye really adds a differant touch, and I could see this as being a future trend, with a hint of caramel, and a nice sweetness. Very interesting taste. Im not sure if its crystal malts adding the caramel accent, or the rye, but this is a pretty nice beer.

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