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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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3.9
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival.
Poured dark amber with a good head.
Aroma is all hops and citrus.
Flavor is strong on the hops and easy drinking.
Good stuff!

3.7
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Nice mahogany color with a creamy off white head. Very hoppy aroma. Nice combination of sweet malt, and lots of floral hops flavors. Dry finish with a floral aftertaste.

3.5
Enormo (25) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2005
aroma is hops with a bit of a sour smell (rye?). The taste is just about the same only a little bit sweeter and dry. A little thinner than I was expecting, but the 8% is barely noticeable, so it drinks very smooth. The hop flavors of the aftertaste last until the next sip. I had a little bit of trouble getting past the sourness, but overall this is tasty.

4.6
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
Wow! Excellence! I love this beer to death. I am not sure why this is classified as an American Strong Ale, but it tastes more like a strong IPA to me. Anyways, this beer pours a nice brown color with a good head that will retain well. This beer seems to punch you with hops a little bit late into the sip, which is awesome. It feels quite creamy at first, but the next thing you know... WHAM! a nice crisp hop bite comes forward. Also, for $4.50 (at least here in CO) it’s a complete steal. I actually prefer this over Stones Ruination IPA.

3.7
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
Brown with Big White Head. Hops Aroma. Dry Hoppy Notes..Creamy Mouthfeel...A Surf of Wet and Dry Hops...and Notes of Alcohol Contained Within.

4.2
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2005
22 oz bottle. As the bottle says, there’s a ’truckload of hops’ in this stuff. It’s interesting that RateBeer has an "American Strong Ale" category since BJCP.org (which defines styles) doesn’t. 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.

3.6
lamas (1657) - 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.

4.1
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.

4
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.

4.3
guzzler67 (1696) - 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.


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