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RATINGS: 1989   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
orange gold color, aroma of citrus hops, spicy rye, caramel, flavors are the same, with some bread, and floral hops, great balance, great DIPA


4
edgallow (4561) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Draft pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus, spice and caramel. Taste is spicy grains, citrus and some caramel

4.3
Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jun 2006

Poured from 22oz bottle a deep amber gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a nice billowy layer that stayed for the entire session.

The smell is very hoppy with a bunch of grapefruit and spices hitting my nose very nicely.

The taste is big on hops up front. Nice flavours of grapefruit and spiciness hit my palate causing me to make a smacking noise. ;^)
There's also a bit of malt presence that sweetens it up just a tad mid way through and the finish is the closest this brew comes to being balanced but...no matter how you slice it, this is one hella good tasting IPA that really satisfies in every category. Oh yeah, aboot the 8%abv...not a factor!

Bottom line: This is a world class IPA. See it? Buy it.

3.3
hershiser2 (3701) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2017
$2.19 bottle from Rio Hill Wine. Pours amber with a large beige head. Aroma is heavy rye, citrus (orange), roasted rye. Flavor is bittersweet, with plenty of bitter in the ass end. Orange, rye, spice, licorice, light alcohol, dark fruit, pine.

4
gripweed57 (2917) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2017
22 ounce bottle. Deep amber orange color. Large rocky beige head with clinging lace. Sweet toasted malt nose. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor has earthy, spicy notes. Notes of rye grain, brown sugar and peppery hops. Lots of piney hops in finish. Very flavorful with warming alcohol notes as well. Well done.

3.4
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2017
Dark amber color with a thick foam. Grainy aroma with caramel and rye. The malts are pretty big with rye spice taking over. Bitterness is there too along with some alcohol bite.

4.5
PugUglyBrewer (811) - - APR 10, 2017
Dark amber color with an off white head of fluffy foam. Dominant notes of caramel grain, spicy rye, some dark fruitllb.

3.6
Zymurgeist2 (2385) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
From bomber to pint glass. I haven’t had this for a few years. I seem to recall it being more robust in the past. Caramel, pine needles and slight perfume aroma. Pours a clear, pure copper with off-white head that lingers well and leaves slight caking down the glass. Flavor is overt spice and faint citrus. Finishes is moderately strong bitterness. Some goldenrod in the end of the flavor as it warmed. Bumping it up a little based on my views from days gone by. Hope to make it back to the brewery and try it fresh again there as I remember it well from Healdsburg.

3.6
Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2017
on tap pours amber with white head Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, hoppyness taste is hop and tropical fruits with bitter finish

3.9
gormio (75) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Pullo, väristä en tiedä. Tumma, makea tuoksu. Maussa mallasta, ruista, katkeruutta. Lopussa myös terävä purasu, tulisko alkoholista.

3.5
Dogfisherman (13) - mount laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2017
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Hop Rod Rye

Appearance:
Cloudy chestnut nut brown with thick dense head and strong lacing.

Nose:
Bready and hoppy with caramel malt undertones.

Taste:
Earthy malts with a touch of sweetness (brown sugar) tobacco, spice, and grains.

Feel:
Medium body, nice carbonation with a nice hop finish.

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