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RATINGS: 1485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Ruthless IPA is brewed with this rustic grain for refined flavors – combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring.


2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
dumacub (18) - dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Hoppy aroma made me hopefully. Nice amber with a reasonable frothy head. Unfortunately (for me ) the aroma is lost to the unbalanced bitterness. In all fairness I’m not a large IPA fan, but the citrus and pepper subtleties seem too far lost to really enjoy. Decent mouthfeel with an astringent aftertaste that sticks with you just a little too long.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndresTM (322) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 19, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 It pours a crystal-clear mahogany with a vanilla head. The aroma is fruity and piney from the hops, very green and floral, with pepper tingling on the back of the nose—except for this, the rye profile isn’t super obvious. The overall sensation is a fresh one. The mouthfeel is solid and consistent, with subtle carbonation and a medium body. The taste is mostly bitter and finishes dry—somewhat onedimensional. Good beer nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (850) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Really a decent ipa, all day long. Nice hop characteristic and a very nice mouthfeel. Aroma was a little light for me, I would’ve liked more from there aroma in this one. Flavor is a rich hop character, floral, citrus fruit, but lighter and in the background. Mouthfeel is a solid medium, thicker than a lot of ipa’s. I really dig this one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2302) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2012
A rather outstanding growler pickup by Bob. Dark amber looking, clear, nice head, great lacing. Nose is peppery, spicy, and has some pine. Palate has that extra rye spiciness to add a dimension along with the usual IPA notes, I really enjoyed this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
I had this on tap at Selma’s in Rancho Santa Margarita This is a nice hoppy beer with some good spiciness added by the rye

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6927) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby tinged amber with a large white head. Light citrus and a touch of spicy rye on the nose, but nothing overly large. Medium bodied, a touch empty, malt and caramel. Earthy bitterness on the finish. Nothing crazy, but easy drinking and decent enough.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber to light brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, moderately to heavily astringent. Well, as with most other Sierra Nevada products, raw vitamin B yeast odor is prominent in the nose. I really wish they could get a handle on that. Otherwise the nose is quite simple and hop-centric, the hop treatment being the usual resin-grapefruit style that the vast bulk of American renditions offer. Very abrasive in the mouth, with strong levels of astringency, citric acidity, and bitterness (with barely enough sweetness to keep it drinkable). It’s not quite awful, but you really have to like raw bread dough, pine sap, and grapefruit rind...and little else...in order to enjoy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1087) - Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
bottle. Copper with white head. Smells like hops, peppery, a lot like pot actually, floral. Tastes really yummy. Pepper, citrus hops, floral, caramel malts, earthy. Very very good. I really like this beer, very well balanced. Long bitter finish. Really exceptional! There’s a lot going on in this beer and it all seems to compliment each other, YUM!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msavage235 (90) - - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a light brown with a thin off white head. This beer is very complex, hop forward with citrus and the rye subtly in the back. The rye stays with you for a minute after a sip.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2510) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a slight orangish side to it. Head is nice and fluffy... maybe about 1/2 inch on my pour. Aromas are pretty faint... a bit of soap and citrus is all I’m picking up. That said, flavor delivers on the IPA bitter punch. This is pretty bitter... with a nice grapefruit and citrus hops presence that has a little bit of that rye flavoring as part of the balanced malt profile.


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