YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Ahhhh - what a nice tailgate beer - and we had fun - be sure. Nice Malt brown color with a little layer of a head. Sweet malty nose with a huge hoppy incling. A big pile of hops in taste for sure and a nice piney taste too that makes you feel like having a nice walk through the forest in the spring. Long lasting with an edgy finish. Great balance. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2004
Pours tranparent red/amber with a thin off white head that remains.Aroma is of piney/citrusy hops and sweet malt. Flavor starts out like most American Strongs with a solid caramel, bread, and pine sap but then distinguishes itself by cutting the sweetness with a dryer side that I assumes is from the rye. The finish adds a slight rye bread flavor. I really enjoy the finish on this beer and I think that it makes it a standout American Strong.
(Laura likes it) Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2004
Mostly clear slightly reddish amber with a thick frothy off white head. Some small floaties are present. Very hoppy aroma of grapefruit, resinous pine, caramel, bread, orange peel and a hint of alcohol. Medium creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavor is loaded with resinous pine sap, grapefruit, caramel, rye, and orange peel, with hints of toasted bread and spice. A very long, bitter finish. Astringent, but still very good, although a little too unrefined to be great. ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2004
Orange-brown with a good sized off white head. Aroma is hoppy with fruity and spicy character. Rye is barely detectable. Not as well blended or complex as some of my personal favorites, but a good brew. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
Deep amber and red, yeast chunks everywhere, nice fluffy white head. Nose of sweet grapefruit and pine sap, some bready, caramel and toffee notes to mix it up too. Tastes like a pine forest drenched in caramel malts, then everything gets soaked up with a piece of rye toast. Rye doesn't overpower, but is noted. Full bodied, bitter creamy finish. Out-fuckin-standing!!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
Reddish amber body with suspended particulate, medium-sized fluffy off-white head, PNW hop nose. Hoppy, some malt sweetness, very bitter finish. With its IBUs and ABV I knew it would do well at RB, but this one's too overhopped for me. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
Pours a slightly dark amber with a big firm tan head, slight haze. Big fresh hop aroma, some underlying malt. Hops are definitely bold, lots of bite, decent malt balance, I expected a bit more rye. Full bodied and smooth. Very good. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 Outstanding Hop monster! I absolutely LOVE Bear Republic. Pours a gorgeous clear mahogany with a thick off-white head. Aroma of Pacific NW hops and yeast. Taste is extremely hoppy with notes of grapefruit/citrus, pine, toasted malt, caramel, pepper, Caliifornia Ale Yeast and a touch of roasty chocolate notes. Moderately sweet with a great bitter aftertaste. Has a ton of malt to back up the hops. Mouthfeel is full, round, creamy and purely righteous. Medium carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Pure bliss - if I could have only one beer for the rest of my life, it is Hop Rod Rye. Ida7999 (106) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
clear dark red/brown body, nice rich creamy head, aroma is a very nice, strong hop aroma blended with a sweet-toasty male background, citrus, some rye and alcohol as well, piney-resin; huge hop flavor, bitter-citrus-resiny, sweet malt background, caramel, the rye comes through subtlety to give a different flavor, some alcohol come through as well, smooth and nicely textured DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
Very pleasant sweet, fruity, and hoppy aroma. Pour is a clear copper/amber with a nice off-white head with decent staying power. Start is mildly sweet, turning in to some notable hoppiness in the middle. Then some more sweetness. Finishes bitter. Hop heads enjoy!