RATINGS: 1988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gointomexico (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Gift from a friend in Colorado. consumed 5-19 12 oz bottle. Poured gently, turning to aggressive the last 2/3 due to the apparent lack of carbonation. Glass was allowed to rest for 15 minutes after the pour. it is labeled as an IPA, but the one I had is 8 percent. I would expect more aroma from an IIPA as is found in others. Could be due to lack of carbonation. The appearance is hazy, as would be expected in the hopping rates in the taste, and the unfiltered nature of the product. There is some hop sediment that escaped the bottle and found its way into the glass. Still acceptable IMO. However, the color is far darker than what I would expect for a Pale Ale. It seems more in line with a brown ale. The lacing is fine, and the alcohol is apparent in the glass. The head is minimal due to a lack of carbonation even with an aggressive pour. If drinking again I would start with a more aggressive pour to spawn a 2 finger head. The taste is bitter, with an over powering hop character, resinous. Finish is dry and bitter. The bitterness lacks any bite. I can determine that there is some malt backbone present, but very slight. There is a certain thickness to the beer without any flavor that I am attributing to the rye malt. Mild ethanol is present with little if any fusel oil present. The body is full, and the texture is thick almost chewy. Carbonation is soft. Finish is bitter and long. I think the hoping rates are good for this beer. I also think that this beer is very unique, and I have not had anything quite like it. The rye malt adds a chewy character to the beer that I find disturbing in an IPA. I also think that the color is too dark. The carbonation seems to be lacking.

Bill Becker (1773) - 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.

hershiser2 (3665) - 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 (2856) - 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
365 Beers in a Year Beer 34...331 to go! Bear Republic 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. Follow all beers for the year on Facebook Mark Dashner #365beers1year #BeerChallenge #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!!

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