JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 29, 2017 NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Maria’s. Pours a golden with good clarity. Nose is very grainy with some low butterscotch notes. Unpleasant caramel and odd vegetal hops. On tasting, harsh bitterness with some astringency. The rye is clashing and more butterscotch. Not good.
Lightly hazed golden liquid with a modest, but stable heavy cream colored head. Fresh hops, light fruit, citric peel, and a touch of rough resin (7+). Full feel, yet plenty of zip. Big malt flavors. Floral to soapy hops. Quite bitter, but decent balance with the malt sweetness. 4/13
Dacrza (1035) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2016
DATE: May 27, 2016... OCCASION:having negotiated the long week, I welcome the Memorial Day weekend with The Fellowship of the Ring, the Cavs’ hopeful ECF-clinching win, and whatever else comes our way... APPEARANCE: dark, dense and approaching a tiger’s orange-amber body... white head forms a two-finger cream that settles to coral striping and a strong surf on the surface... high-arching lace forms a distinct cloud line... effervescence is slow and steady but uneventful... AROMA: a nice bourbon and pepper draw early, after which stone fruit, melon, mango and some astringent esters... PALATE: full-bodied, intense and active on the teeth, with a vibrant, lingering aftertaste... chunky and chewy and suckable, if possible... a meal in itself... TASTE: a strong, spicy bite--pepper, allspice and warm rye bread... apple and watermelon late... a bevy of characteristics compete for the tastebuds... OVERALL: what a powerful punch of hops and rye--the rye bread malts especially develop a strong profile that supports east and west coast hop tendencies... another victory for Great Lakes Brewing...
hman43 (1773) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Clear golden in color with good lacing. Aromas of citrus and floral. Taste of citrus, floral and a bit of rye. OsuStu (279) - - AUG 18, 2015
12 oz bottle. A nice deep, translucent amber with a off white head. Aroma is grass, very ripe fruit, banana, apricot, and citrus. Bitterness that is slightly astringent. Complex malts. Bready, apples and oranges, dark caramel. Lasting bitterness. User37895 (3085) - - AUG 8, 2015
Pour on draft in Cleveland at the ballgame was full Amber to brown with a frothy huge head. Aroma of caramel and citrus and pine. Flavor followed with that spicy rye sharp bite. Darned fine. Hop Rod, let’s go head to head!!!!!
knickskicks (1168) - - AUG 6, 2015
Orange pour. Nose and taste are tropical fruits and good malt balance. Flowery. Dry bitter finish. scarletfire65 (1507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle at Square in Chicago. Spicy rye aroma. Full bodied and very malty sweet underneath. Huge rye spiciness, fruity hoppage. Bold dry finish. mymaestro (55) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Spicy aroma, pours golden with a thick tan head. Peppery bitter start with a rich malty finish, not too sweet. On tap at Jet Rock in the PHL terminal B TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
On tap at Progressive Field. A favourite style of mine, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Gold-amber with a nice white head. Citrus and caramel in the nose. The flavour is more complex, with lemon and pineapple from the hops joined by peppery rye malt. Nice bitterness level. pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle: Clear gold with a frothy head. Dry rubber aroma of rye followed by a well balanced hop flavor. Many times, the rye is too strong but this is just right.