hombrepalo (1799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a nice clear copper with a nice light tan head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops and rye and citrus notes. Lots of rye followed by the hops with notes of citrus and pine (west coast hops). Interesting twist on a west coast IPA.
seymour (1384) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle into a nucleated pint glass. Poured an absolutely beautiful reddish brown color with tall off-white head of tiny bubbles, moderately long-lasting with nice Belgian lace. Aromas of brown bread, rising dough, toffee, uniquely perfumy hops, citrus zest, fruity ale yeast esters. Citrus appears much more in the strong hops bitterness. Somewhat less strong amber malt sweetness: bready, creamy, caramelly, like fresh-baked biscuits with butter and marmalade. Just a hint of rye tartness. Heavy body, spritzy carbonation nonetheless, lingering tangy aftertaste. An exquisite, powerful IPA. I just wonder if it could be even better... if more complexity would be revealed through less aggressive early hopping?
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 I think this is my first Spring Seasonal beer of the year! Very exciting. I usually always like Rye beer, so I hope for all the best with this one. The label is awesome, kind of reminds me of Skyrim the video game. I like to imagine that is what the Elves and Nords drink when they are out adventuring. Anyways, about the beer itself....
This is advertised as an IPA, and it certainly has some hops to it, but theyíre not overpowering. They are very well balanced with the Rye, and the alcohol, and it really is pleasant swallow. You can call it Ruthless, but I am not afraid.
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an orange amber color with a white foam head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pine, and earthiness. Sweet caramel taste with a resiny hop hit with nice citrus notes on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Tasty.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good IPA Iím not going to go into great detail about it because itís just another IPA. Nothing wrong with that, good beer is good beer. But why waist my time trying to pick out all the nuances of it when I can just say itís a quite drinkable IPA.
obguthr (3634) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pungent cat urine nose with lesser yet associated pine needle notes. Crystal clear copper, medium yellow head. Potpourri flavor, resinous daffodil, marigold, and pine. Excessively bitter even for the style. Iím sure this is rated highly because of the so-called extremophiles, but this beer lacks moderation and balance. Alcohol is not noticeable, but damn, why so freaking overboard with the floral hops? Uprated after acclimating myself to the extreme hoppiness, but itís still too much.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Squat bottle from Blue Dog and Wegmanís. Pours deep copper with big fluffy 3-finger white head that retains very well. Nose is huge rye malt, black pepper, tangerine, caraway. Tastes piney, resiny, with a big rye malt, caraway, and fresh ground black pepper flavor. The flavors explode in the mouth here, and this one is exceptional. Glad I got a sixer.
Reid (1848) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz single from "Lifesource",Salem. OR. $1.59
I really dig the label on this one.
Appearance? Slightly murky amber with a nice big frothy,thick eggshell white head.
Aroma..slightly pungent hop,slight toasted cereal malt, spiciness that might be rye.
Flavour again has the slightly pungent hop and a nice thick coffee/roasty malt and indeed a fair rye spice about it.
OK mouth-feel though not out of the ordinary.
A good beer but not stellar.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of grapefruit, lightly sweet citrus, and a rye. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves behind a lot of sticky webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate sweet citrus and caramel. The finish has light-moderate grapefuit, rye, and a touch of pine. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, Iíve never been a huge fan of Rye IPAís, but this is definitely one of the better examples that Iíve had.
jmagnus87 (2330) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a dark copper with a half finger of white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Taste is medium-heavy bitter. Lots of pine and citrus with a something a little peppery. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and an insanely long, super bitter finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. Much better than that glissade that itís replacing. I could drink this everyday.