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. 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. 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. Itís 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. Iím 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. Iíd like to know what flavor the Rye imparts? Iíll look forward to trying more brews from Bear Republic! gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
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, itís 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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany with a decent off-white head. Heavy lacing on my boot glass. Smells awesome - subtle floral bouquet, pine, hops and a little honey. Great taste. Dry, bitter, full, complete...fantastic. The rye creeps up on you in the aftertaste. Mild alcohol hit at the back of the throat, but itís barely noticable. This is the best IPA Iíve had to date.
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Pours a deep brown with a big rocky head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet, with mostly piney notes. I donít notice any distinct rye flavor, but the hoppiness is mixed with a dry wheatiness, which I presume is the rye. This is mostly a hop beast, and while itís good, nothing stands out as truly exceptional. millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Very subtle hop infuse aroma. Nice redish brown color with a slight head. Barly stlye appearance. Iím not sure what the deal is with the rye, because I donít taste anything exceptional or distinctive. I do taste an incredible American strong ale that is unique and undefined. Great unique taste...malty and well balanced hop bitterness. joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Crystal clear red/brown pour, small off white chunky head, and very active carbonation. Strong bitter hop aroma, light malt backing, light alcohol. Hits hard up from with hops, long hoppy aftertaste, but itís rounded out pretty nicely with some good malty character. Almost reminds me of a toned down Arrogant Bastard. My second Bear Republic brew. Iím really starting to like these guys a lot! JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
At Cafe volo, in toronto avec doug shoemaker and Mr.manning. Thanks doug!!!! Dark brownish/orange body with foamy off white head. Very hoppy aroma, and grassiness present. Has an initial sweetness ont he tounge, very bitter hoppy after taste with some slight malt. Bitter, bitter, and even more bitter grassiness lingers as well. Not my style, to much hops for me, but nice! Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2005
A great beer, spicy, stong, but not alcohol dominated, great hoppiness. Long lasting head. Dark ruby color. Love this beer!