RATINGS: 2015   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Bottle courtesy of footbalm. Pours medium brown with a huge rocky off-white head. Dont give many 5s on apperance but this gets one. Lacing is more like a consistant dried film on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and a touch of rye. Flavor is mostly sweet malt with some hoppiness at the end with a long rye aftertaste. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2005
this one reminds me of the red but pushed to the next notch....more aggressive hopping that fills the palate to the end with grapefruit bitterness. huge malty back bone of ryeness and of course more alcohol. a solid brew. i prefer the racer 5 pineness to this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Rerate: Grapefruit, peach. STRONG! Good God! Citrus hops galore. Sweet malts. This beer pours to a large frothy creamy white head. EXCELLENT lacing. Long lasting head. Clear reddish-brown body. The flavor has grapefruit afternotes. Strong rye flavor. Honey, pepper, citrus hops. The palate is dry, medium bodied with a lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2005
22 oz bomber. Deep brownish orange, nice big tan head. Assertive hoppy candi aroma. Big malty smooth flavor, with lots of American hops for flavor and bitterness. Hoppy finish. Rich yet easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5007) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Brown color with a medium head. Very odd aroma that I was never really able to pin down... hops? Pepper? Whatever it was, more of it showed up in the flavor along with an assortment of palate torching spices, malt, and hops. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 Pours a great amber with a very creamy head. Great looking head with long lasting lacing at the top. The aroma is very distinct in terms of the rye. There is some citrus, graitfruit, hops and malts as well, and perhaps some pine. The taste is quite unique with the rye really standing out. There is pine, graitfruit, citrus and caramel present in the taste also. This is a nice beer and quite unique. I would certainly call this a Strong Ale over a Double IPA. Re-rate- Awesome on tap. Much more fresh in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
Red/amber color w/ a thin lingering head. Taste is dominated by hops, but the rye flavor is prevalent as a strong undertone. Love the flavor, nice subtle change from typical IPA taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Deep amber/mahogany, huge white head, lacing, potent pine, citrus, grapefruit, aroma, flavor similar, potent hops, yet some sweetness. Lots of hops. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Pours very brown with deep red/amber leanings (mahogany I suppose). Nice frothy looking off white head. Looks like I want to drink it! The aroma has great hop pine and grapefruit presence. Its straightforward and pleasing. The flavor starts with hops at the beginning (pine and grapefruit citrus) that are nice a crisp. The brew moves to some sweet malt? with a creamy tongue coating. It again moves back to hops. This time more nutshell on the finish and hints of grapefruit again. Lingers quite some time. This is good stuff. Im a big fan of the beginning and middle of this beer, and while the end is not as enjoyable for me as the rest of the beer, it is an overall winner. Id like to know what flavor the Rye imparts? Ill look forward to trying more brews from Bear Republic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
55F. Cool color. Like mahogany, but someone spilled motoroil on it, and wiped it up quick. Rusted froth, my-my-my it looks so sexy with lace dripping off all the curves of my imperial pint. Ooh, its randy too! This runs on hop fumes, and has a sweet and spicy body. I believe this would be sensational without the heavy hop swaddling, but it is a hop rod.

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