MattH (780) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Aroma is floral, pine and sweet malt. Taste is mostly pine and not much else. Body is light and level of carbonation is medium.
jefcon (1641) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rye generally brings a natural rich, slightly tangy malt to beer without smoke or tree bark or whiskey barrels having to play a role. As a rye beer, the special ingredient in this version lends fine aromas which are balanced with hops, but leaves a lot to be desired in the quantity and assertiveness of the rye. 6.6 is a little heavy-handed on the alcohol to my thinking, as well. The astringency of the beer tastes a little like a cheap trick.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark copper pour with an off white head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma, but there is a strong malt presence as well which does give off a rye bread smell right at the end. Excellent flavor, well balanced sweetness from the malt with just the right hop bitterness. Another great IPA style from Sierra Nevada.
KajunAkkordion (9) - Detour, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good rye IPA. Peppery, citrusy, pleasant hop kick for a Nevada IPA. Very drinkable, feels like a good 6.6. I will admit, my experiences with the "rye-PAs" are limited. I love a spicy IPA that isnít overwhelmingly floral-y. Very very surprisingly tasty offering from the little Packers town of Chico, Cali. Go Sierra.
O5Harley (7) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle #1362 108 41
Bottled in 2012
Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH
Price - $8.40/sixer
An absolutely georgeous looking beer. Pours a deep transparent amber color with a massive three fingered creamy white head. Heavy lacing adorns the glassware and sticks thick. Add a gentle swirl of the glass and bam, another creamy layer appears. Lots of bubbles too.
A soft aroma of earthy hops combined with the spicey rye is dominate. Very faint smell of citrus fruit.
The flavor starts out big with an unmistakeable rye peppery taste followed by a hint of citrus in the middle and ending with a pine hop bite. Sweet caramel malt adds some sweetness but the rye flavor is pretty much in your face from start to finish.
This beer has a medium body with a creamy feel. I really dig the balance between the malt and hops. Finishes slightly dry with a pleasent bitter tingly feel.
Overall quite drinkable for my taste buds. I spent quite a bit of time drinking rye beer in the 90ís, so this kind of takes me back. The appearance was the real highlight for me.
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, bottled on February 8th, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. Thereís also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like spicy (rye) and citrusy hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like spicy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, with a bit of caramel and bready malt also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little oily and is well carbonated. Itís also smooth and easy to drink. I think itís a good overall brew, at $8.99 a 6-pack Iíd certainly buy it again.
malrubius (2582) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with head and lace. Grapefruity herbal aroma. Medium sweet and fruity with citrus and spicy herbal dry medium bitter finish and lingering herbal breath and bitterness. Pretty good.
ExpendableHero (854) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange/copper colored beer with a slightly off-white head. Extremely powerful aromas of pine/spruce. Tastes of fresh cut grass, pine/spruce flavors, some wheat, and a peppery aftertaste. Very dry, bitter finish. Ruthless indeed, a bit too strong on the hops for me. Still quite good.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Name: Ruthless Rye
Date: January 13, 2012
Appearance: clear deep copper, creamy beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, pale and crystal malt sweetness, citrus and floral hops
Flavor: dry spicy flavor, dry caramel malt, floral hops, touch of citrus, spicy rye, light bitterness, just a hint of balancing sweetness
Name: Ruthless Rye
Date: January 15, 2012
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Score: 3.2 to 4.0
Appearance: crystal clear copper, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: huge citrus aroma, in your face, nothing like the subtlety of the bottle, caramel sweetness, nice peppery spicyness
Flavor: big sweet caramel flavor, lots of citrus, light peppery spicyness, toasted malt
Overall: is this the same beer?
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
williamherbert (1499) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is (naturally) spicy rye malts, like finished wood. The and perfumey hops really work well together here. Hops are orange peel citrus -- thatís the formula that seems to work for these beers.
The appearance is reddish-orange (average), with a big crown of lace. Thick head, looks fantastic, with excellent head retention.
Flavor is peppery, spicy malts. The hops arenít as bright here as in the flavor. Much more of a woody character in the flavor.
The palate is creamy, if a little slick at the end. The oils of the hops seem to wash up on the tongue. The flavor doesnít quite live up to the aroma, but itís a strong, nicely-flavored beer.