obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 4, 2004
Nut brown color with off white head. Nose that won’t quit, apricot, peach, and lots of citrus. Med weight with sweet mid and drying finish. Flavors of pine carmel and peach dance on the palate. A bit too much bitter on the palate that hides the fruit. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
After all the good beers I have had from Bear Republic I was excited and had high hopes for this one when I found it on the shelves. This came in the usual 22ozer from BR with a hop rod car on the label. This poured out a nice dark amber color with a good sized rocky beige head. Nice rings of lacing were left around the glass as I drank this. Aroma is full of hops as the name would suggest as well as a bready malt presence. I could also smell the rye distinctly after a few sips as it warmed which added nicely to the aroma. The taste opens up with light malt sweetness and hints of rye before the hop rod drives through your palette and deliver a good does of earthy hops and a nice bitter rye aftertaste. This beer is perfectly balanced, not overpowering in any aspect but not weak in any either. This has a nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinkability is very high and no sign of the alcohol can be detected. Fantastic beer from Bear Republic as usual and I highly recommend it to all. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Poured a medium mahagony color wtih an averaged sized, off white head. You can taste and smell the Rye in this one! Citrus as well. Lightly bitter. Very good. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
ruby red body with a big foamy head that stuck around after pour.aroma of citurs,hops,,and spices.very nice flavor with a very complex palate.smooth malts that belnd into hops and then a bit of carmel at the end.delecious!! mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2004
22oz bottle, No BBD Dark cherry/brown hued beer, creamy tan head. ..fruity sweet nose, some spiciness, pine needles & tangerines, dark chocolate in the mouth...not really sure I like the rye touch, as it seems to accent the alcohol to me...otherwise, this is a nice sticky IPA with a nice smacking of odd-ball(columbus??) hops.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Fabulous brew served in a 650ml from cafe Volo. Pours a frothy big tan head over a burgundy body. The hops are instantaneous on the palate even in the aroma. The rye is hidden so well under a blance of flavours that it retains a lot of complexity. This one gets you DRUNK! Spicy smooth with a touch of citrus and floral esters. One of a kind! frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Wow what a treat this one is! I literally came across this one by chance (or perhaps it was faith?) browsing the beer ales at the local Bevmo. With a name like Hop Yard Rye and a description that included the words, "dual overhead hop injection", I knew right then I had stumbled across a potentially remarkable brew. As for the vitals on this one: An IPA with the addition of some grain complexities, as rye is said to be 18% of the ingredients which I’m sure somehow chemically resulted in the unique spiciness of this one. Pours dark translucent amber color, w/large frothy creamy head. Aroma is citrus and pine tree hops, typical IPA routine. The flavor begins as all IPA/American Strong hopped brews (ala Stone Arrogant Bastard) but finishes with a rye after taste accented by typical hops bitterness. The palette is quite chewy, but not overly thick that would make consuming this brew a task. Overall great stuff and hilarious description on the label. Those beers you stumbled upon at the store which turn out to be gems are always very enjoyable. Cheers! IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 Bottle Pours a clear quite dark amber/mahogany color with a very large fluffy light tan head that stays around. Thick sticky lacing long after the head begins to dissipate. The aromas are a soft medley of hops and dark malts. Subtle. Flavors are consistant. Not a very strong hops bite and plenty of rinch malt to balance, even keep at bay, the former. Some soft toasted grain notes can peek through. Palate is a very smooth and rich feel. After taste is where the bitter hops make a last stand to be heard. Appropriate bite at the end. A quite easy IPA and the 8% is hidden well. MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Bottle. Deep amber color, thick off white head that left wonderful lacing on my glass. Rye and malty aroma, also a decent serving of hops. Sweet malt taste, offset with some hops and rye flavor, some gentle spices too, and most importantly a great smooth blend of all of those flavors. Finish is more of the rye and hops, a nice bitterness that lasts and lasts. This beer is fantastic. Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
On Tap at Maxfields Potsdam, NY (of all places!). Deep red copper ale wit a pleasant fragrance of hops, resins, and ...strawberries! Pungeant and fragrant. Sweet malt, hop citrus, heavy hopped, with a lingering bitterness. rich and smooth mouthfeel, your mouth being kept awake the whole time of the pint.