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RATINGS: 2014   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/17/13. Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a dark burnished copper color. The head is an attractive one-finger offwhite shade that is somewhat creamy-looking in texture. It also fades slowly to provide nice lacing on the glass. S: This almost comes off like a low-strength barleywine instead of an IPA, or even a DIPA for that matter. Grapefruit peel pops out at me first, before being followed up by caramel, brown sugar, and piny hops. Not much rye comes through here, but the aroma is quite enjoyable. T: The faint sweetness from the caramel that initially pops up slowly gives way to a finish of grapefruit peel and black pepper. Given the chance to open up, it develops a very solid rye tone near the finish. Probably the most enjoyable feature here is the hop/malt balance. The flavor strikes me as being very savory in general, instead of being sweet or bitter. M: I notice many hoppy rye ales have a sharpness to them, whether it be from carbonation or the rye malts themselves - and this is no exception. Here, it seems to be from the former. Once the medium-high carbonation fades a bit, the feel becomes balanced if not exactly mellow. O: I like this one. Not the most drinkable ever, but I love how rich the rye flavors are without killing the balance. A good one to veg over without any aural distractions #foreveralone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (326) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2017
One of my favorite beers!! Pours a dark Amber color. Aroma is filled with pine and grass notes. Taste starts with spicy flavors of the rye malt with a finish of pine and hops. The hops and rye malt compliment each other perfectly. A great classic!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (8404) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2017
On tap at Vastarannan Kiiski, Helsinki. Pours almost clear deep golden with a small white head. Aroma of marmelade, citrussy deep hops. Moderate sweet taste initially , powerful yet balanced hoppy attack at the Finnish....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (1272) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Bought Aug 2012; BBE undated; Drank Dec 2012 - BCA; lots of floaties. Reddish Brown in colour. Hoppy; piney and floral hops. Fruity, citrus fruity; grapefruit and orange. Malty; toasty malts; caramel,rye malt. Nice hop/fruit/malt/spicy balance. Hops relatively mellowed; probably because bottle not fresh. Bittersweet citrus hoppy malty throughout; becoming earthy and spicy (the rye?). Increasingly bitter finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Rye DIPA! (2012-12-09)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewhemia (273) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2016
Slightly hazy deep amber with light brown head. Lots of malty aroma of bread and caramel and toffee plus some grassy hop aroma. Smells delicious. Really nice taste as well. Both lots of malt (lightly toasted toast) and lots of hop flavor (grassy and maybe even some rosemary notes). Not too sweet and not too bitter and a little acidic. Fine balance. Medium/full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
explosivedog (560) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2016
650ml bottle. Aroma is spicy, little coffee, some caramel. Flavour plenty of spicy cardamom from the rye, some vanilla, some bitter orange, a little coffee. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoponmate (295) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2016
Sweet malty forefront with a nice spiced rye finish. Bitterness rounds the taste out nicely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6449) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2016
BB backlog, Bottle, pours hazy golden with a medium to large top. Aroma of grapefruit hops, citrus, pine, white pepper, ash, spicy rye and a little bit of malt. . Medium to heavier mouthfeel with a decent bitterness/dryness in the close. Alright

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mezr (115) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Reddish brown, slightly hazy, with a thick tan head that laces beautifully. Citrusy hop aroma with malt base. Taste starts with malts and then the hops come through with a nice bitter, followed by spiciness of the rye. Full body, thick and almost creamy on the palate. Dry, bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leghorn99 (256) - roma, ITALY - OCT 25, 2016
Versa nel bicchiere color mogano, con riflessi rossicci; la schiuma molto pronunciata, compatta, spumosa, discretamente persistente e di buona allacciatura. Al naso gli si pu attribuire certamente una componente di segale, nonch di malto, insieme a profumi agrumati di pompelmo. Buona quantit aromatica di luppolo, mentre la maggior parte del naso dominato dal malto caramellato. In bocca risulta molto simile: malto caramellato, note agrumate, amaro di luppolo aromatico, punte piccanti di segale. Nel retrogusto la componente amaricante del luppolo pi pronunciata, pur mantenendo la spina dorsale maltata e di segale. Scivola via leggera con una bassa carbonazione, nonostante 8% di ABV ed il corpo medio.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (3893) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is thick rye malt, hops, pine resin, ripe fruits, caramel, soft herbal/spicy notes, hint of toffee. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet and bitter. Body is above medium, nice thickness and balance. A prime specimen of rye IPA, bittersweet and rich with a sturdy rye body.


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