Bear Republic. The Hop Rod Rye is a high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. I enjoyed this hoppy little number along with a cheese plate and sausage roll at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma.
According to the Bear Republic's website "Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character." According to me it is a delicious compilation of malt and hops.
Hop Rod Rye is essentially a Strong Pale Ale with a huge hop aroma and a sweet malty finish. Awards include 2004 California State Fair, Silver Medal Winner; 2002 National Real Ale Festival, Chicago, Gold Medal Winner; 2001 San Diego Real Ale Festival, Silver Medal Winner & Best of Show (Runner Up).