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RATINGS: 1483   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4491) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Murky copper color with a quickly falling medium head. Spicy rye and black pepper aroma. Fairly dank and a bit vegetal. Earthy and dank flavor. More vegetal. Grainy. Light black pepper. Dry finish. Hints of citrus towards the end of the glass.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Clear medium gold pour with a pillowy two finger white head. Floral hop aroma with cereal grain note and a citrusy follow up. Slightly fruity flavor, full of floral hops and grainy malts. Very dry citrusy finish. Palate is pretty perfect. Pretty decent overall but too dry and floral for my taste. Hard to drink more than one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (794) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Poured hazy copper with mild lacing. Harsh pine flavor with subtle rye present. Finishes bitter, slightly tongue stripping. Surprisingly a bit thin.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
A gorgeous dark amber/orange, shiny/clear, with luscious and elegant creamy white head. Very bubbly and beautiful head. About a finger thick. Good retention, with big lacing around the glass. All the usual great characteristics expected from the great SN. Heavy doses of rye and lovely hits of hop and citrus feast upon the nose. Well-balanced on the nose, as the rye competes with the hops for the title. Very good. The rye dominates the flavors, balancing and complimenting the citrus hops, with a good slight malt edge. It is well-done with a medium to heavy body, average carbonation level. The rye can be brutal for those not used to it, but this is a welcome experimental IPA. I like this a lot, but then again, this is Sierra Nevada here, so I pretty much figured I would. Good to have an IPA that’s not just a regular for a change.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (654) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pours copper with off white head. Very nice lacing. The aroma is powerful and hit my nose hard. Pine, rye, citrus, and some floral all spun together. Very nice. Taste is very bitter, especially up front. Beyond the bitter hops, there is carmel, rye, bread, and alcohol. Alittle syrupy, but not too sticky. Surprisingly good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2061) - USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pleasant, meadowy floral aroma. Starts out slightly sweet, then finishes with a dry rye coda. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAaDay (5) - USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
Finish reminds me of Widmer’s Drifter pale ale a bit... so I reckon SN achieved their stated goal--a spring IPA. It doesn’t taste like everything else and for that I appreciate it...but I’d choose something else to drink everyday.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (789) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of rye bread, citrus, pine, caramel. Flavor is rye, citrus, pepper, resin. Quite bitter upfront with a mellow middle and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours copper with an off white head, some lacing. Smells floral, citrus, and some pine. Taste like caramel malts and a lot of hops, piney flavors as well. Mouth feel if pretty thick, after taste is dry. This is a solid well balanced brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle and served in my ye olde SN pint glass (this is my third bottle so I guess I should rate this now...) : Pours a clean coppery hue with a rocky frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of PNW piney, citric, dank and peppery hop esters along with some rye bread, biscuit, and slight lactic presence. The taste is much more straight forward DIPA than a rye beer, heavy on the citric twang and pine needles. Very earthy and slightly metallic along with a punch of pepper and clove. The rye does make an appearance towards the finish but do not expect the flavor profile of a herbal beer here... this is all about the hops. The mouth feel is sprite and aggressive, a tad metallic and boozy. Perhaps too much to be something I would want to drink more than one of in a session. Overall I like this brew but do wish the rye component was more forceful and I do wish this showed less of that "SN yeast profile". That said, my other three bottles will not be going to waste.


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