Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old penny pour with generous sticky beige head. Tangerine spice nose, ginger candy and creamy sweetness. Rather sweet and rather hoppy, but the interplay is such that at any given moment it is hard to notice. Also completely surprising how gentle it is for an 8% beer. Could just as easily be 5% and I’d be none the wiser. Mint, grapefruit and a pinch of cinnamon. Lingering medicinal bitterness on the lips. A beer crafted with obvious skill, but in spite of that, doesn’t quite become more than the sum of its parts.
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.
hershiser2 (3666) - 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. gripweed57 (2862) - 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. 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. PugUglyBrewer (791) - - APR 10, 2017
Dark amber color with an off white head of fluffy foam. Dominant notes of caramel grain, spicy rye, some dark fruitllb.
Zymurgeist2 (2364) - 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. 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 gormio (68) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Pullo, väristä en tiedä. Tumma, makea tuoksu. Maussa mallasta, ruista, katkeruutta. Lopussa myös terävä purasu, tulisko alkoholista. Dogfisherman (13) - mount laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2017
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Hop Rod Rye
Cloudy chestnut nut brown with thick dense head and strong lacing.
Bready and hoppy with caramel malt undertones.
Earthy malts with a touch of sweetness (brown sugar) tobacco, spice, and grains.
Medium body, nice carbonation with a nice hop finish.
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#be mmargarucci (343) - 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!!