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RATINGS: 1988   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
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Very subtle hop infuse aroma. Nice redish brown color with a slight head. Barly stlye appearance. I’m not sure what the deal is with the rye, because I don’t 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.

4.2
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 it’s rounded out pretty nicely with some good malty character. Almost reminds me of a toned down Arrogant Bastard. My second Bear Republic brew. I’m really starting to like these guys a lot!

2.9
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!

4.1
Saarlander (1920) - 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!

4.4
jmcguire1969 (163) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Very good! There is nothing sweet about this beer...very bitter and hoppy. At first glance the color screams "another sweet and syrupy high ABV IPA" but the Rye malt give it a bitter punch that lets the hops shine through and linger in the nose. BTW, first time seen in Boulder County for me. Shaka Tamasna Kata Frata Brada!

4
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
A truly great IPA. A hophead’s wet dream...but they dry-hop it, too! Maybe it’s the rye, but there is a huge smooth roundness to the mouthfeel that I love. The hop aroma and flavor are none too subtle...in fact, they cold-cock you...and I thank the Bear Republic for that.

4.1
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Wow. This was just amazing, especially as an IPA, probably among the best I’ve ever had. As a huge fan of hops, even I was surprised at the dark, dark burgundy-brown that this poured. It looks, and is, absolutely delicious, with a full-bodied hop and malt flavour without being too treacly. It is a fantastic example of balance, as it brings a great deal of flavour to the table and manages to balance them all out so that none cancel each other out, and rather, they compliment each other.

4.2
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle from some liquor store in Buffalo. Ruby amber body, thick creamy off white head. Aroma creeps out of the glass and teases my nose from more than a foot away. Pleasant hops and notes of what I can only assume to be rye. Flavour is precociously hoppy but not overwhelmingly so, with plenty of malt in a supporting role. Strikes a remarkable balance with a co-mingling of hops and notes of rye. Palate is quite smooth, medium bodied.

4.1
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Pours a mahogany with a frothy off-white head that left thick lacing on the glass. Clean hop aroma. Taste has a drinkable hop bitterness with the rye clearly noticeable, which mellows out the flavor without losing complexity. Excellent drink.

3.2
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
Golden red-brown with aroma like rye. A bitter and sweet taste with hints of hops and rye. The bitter afterburn dominates the experience!


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