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RATINGS: 1527   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 Ė 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.


3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrubfish (46) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Reddish copper color, head that lasts and lacing that coats the glass all the way down. I think the malt "rough grain" side of this beer overpowers the IPA end a bit. The end is an IPA finish. Overall, this is a nice solid brew from Sierra Nevada, enjoy it without trying to wonder where it fits in the Rye-IPA category.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12oz Bottle. This is a very nice beer. Very hoppy, citrus, good amount of rye, malty, pepper in here too. Nose was hops, citrus and malts. Good finish. Balance was good too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark orange and red with a creamy 2-finger beige head. Nice retention, with doily-like lacing. Aromas of spicy citrus, grass, and some funky fruit, with peppery notes. The flavor is bitter, spicy hops, citrus, and rye, with peppery bitterness. Lingering citrus peel. Medium carbonation and medium to full body, with a dry finish. Very easy-drinking. Really nice stuff. [952]

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shuajom (7) - Springfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012 does not count
Very tasty. A bit of dryness and a definite unique malty finish. Rye makes a big statement. Head is medium. Aroma is nice but seems faint.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badwhale (394) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle to dimpled glass mug. Pours a clear copper color with a puffy white head. Good mix of rye flavors & IPA. Nice and smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1487) - Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2012
This has a nice hoppy aroma, with hints of rye. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a thin white head. Nice balance with the rye notes and the hops blending into each other, with a really long bitter finish. Light on the palate, and easy to drink, this will become a staple in my fridge while itís around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a dense off white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrus, peppercorn, flowers, rye bread and some light caramel. Flavor is caramel malt, bitter hops and some spicy rye. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry, sticky mouth feel. This is a great beer, definitely an IPA with the rye adding a nice spiciness and some body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Very good. Crisp, complex and dry. Good spring beer. Low alcohol. Amber in color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sixer picked up at Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip. Pours a clear copper-garnet color with a very long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Very dense and impressive. Heavy lacing as it goes down the edges of the glass. The nose carries a good bit of rye and spice with some earthy hops in the background. Slight resin there as well. The flavor focuses a bit too much on the rye and accompanying spice. Hop flavor is there, but comes through more as bitterness in the finish. Medium body and just a bit chewy. Dry and bitter. Drinkable, but probably not in large quantities. While I enjoy this one, itís not something Iíd want to drink a bunch of, a la SNPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Somewhere between amber and copper. Nice clarity. Moderate sized white head. Spotty Lacing. S: Spicy, grassy, piney hops. Strong component of grain and rye. T: The hops wash out a bit, leaving mostly a spicy character. This combined with the strong presence of rye gives this beer a harsh/raw vibe. M: Assertive carbonation + rye + spicy hops = prickly mouthfeel. O: Canít say I "love" rye beers, but this is no Hop Rod Rye.


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