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RATINGS: 1471   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Served at a cool 58 or so degrees Fahrenheit
A careful pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-figner thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves some lacing stuck to the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells dominated by hops with notes of pine, earthy citrus, some rose like accents. This is backed by notes of caramelized malt (lots of crystal malt type notes, though this is held well in check by the dominant hops), toasted English biscuit like character, perhaps a hint of sweet tea and a solid, earthy, brown bread character that isn’t quite spicy, but is leaning in that direction. The citrus hop character has a certain “dankness” to it, rough, a little dirty, with a lot of herbaceous character, with a citrus oil character to it. The citrus and pine / herbal character mixes so well in the nose that it is hard to say which one plays the more prominent role.

The beer is fairly effervescent as it rolls across my palate, this accentuates the bitter hop notes and the earthy spiciness from the grain. Despite the dominant hop character, the earthy, brown bread and spicy rye character is really what lingers on the palate in the long finish. The grain character is quite a bit more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the nose. The hop character is still the dominant note here though and it contributes flavors of grapefruit zest, green tangelo, brighter lychee notes as well as a green herbal quality (that has a spicy undercurrent to it), definite pine and perhaps even a touch of a grassy quality (this last is quite subtle though). The spiciness here makes me thing of black pepper some how, but a lot of it is that “dirty” spicy quality that comes from Rye. The beer definitely has a viscous quality to it, and the body is best described as medium, though it is not so much as this beer is still quite quaffable.

As the beer warms up it gets a very earthy, infinitely rye like note and solid, brown-grain-bread character that becomes on par with the hop character. Because of the rye, this is definitely a very “dirty” IPA, and that is not a bad thing at all. It becomes quite a bit more complex. I could wish for some more citrus / fruit hop character, but the rye really accentuates the herbal / pine side of the hop character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On tap. Clear brown pour, average head and a light aroma of hops/dry rye. Flavor is also rye heavy, dry wood and slightly hopped. Not bad, would pick this up in store for BBQ’s.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours a nice mahogany. Grapefruit, lemon, piney, grassy, slight rye aroma. Flavor is surprising one dimensional. Tastes like Sierra Nevada Torpedo with a slight bit of rye added. Disappointing considering it smells wonderful. The mouthfeel is just a tad oily with a lingering bitterness. Nothing too special.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice spicy hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Very nice spicy aroma with a light brown reddish hue and very clear. Taste is mild peppery with some bitter hop. It is very different for an IPA, and I don’t think I have had many Rye IPA’s so its new to my palate. The body is on the thin fizzy side. A good beer, but I far prefer Celebration.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Spicy rye, hops, pine, grass, floral aromas. The look is clear, copper colored, light beige colored head. The taste is rye, grainy, spice, hops, touch of bitterness, and nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Somewhat dark copper with a nice sturdy cap and great lacing. Darker than expected but looks great, as SN beers always do. Aroma: Spicy, earthy and bready, with some orange-driven citrus. Taste: Semi-sweet bread and toast backbone. Fairly earthy and citrusy (a little tangier than the aroma indicated), with a long pine and spice finish. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Overall: While not quite the taste onslaught of some other Rye IPAs (such as Founders Red Rye and the Summit India Rye Ale from two years back), this is extremely well balanced and immensely drinkable. The best "Spring" seasonal from Sierra Nevada yet.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours clear, copper-ruby with a luscious, light tan foam. Truly gorgeous aroma, loads of fresh, wet hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, melon. Medium sweet flavor, toasty grain, some spicy rye, tons of meaty hops, pine, toasty sugar. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sticky, moderately sweet finish, tons of resinous pine, citrus, spicy hops and rye. Delicious toasted malts, subtle caramel, fine bread. Lasting pine bitterness and modest sugar. Really an incredible beer. Wonderfully drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
(draught at Bukowski, Boston) Dark amber with white head and nice lace. Piney hops aroma. Flavor is rye, resiny pine/citrus/grass, caramel malt. Really excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours copper with one finger head. Nice retention with good lacing. Typical West Coast IPA nose...citrus, pine but with the addition of rye. Great tasting beer with plenty of hops and a nice balance of rye. Sweet with some spice, citrus and resinous pine. Nice dry finish. Very drinkable. Will start looking forward to the release of this seasonal each year.


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