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RATINGS: 1441   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Light amber in color, with a very unassuming appearance. A bit of spice in the nose. The flavor, of course, features their trademark cascade hops. Everything just comes together perfectly here: rye is known for having a "spicy" flavor, and this combines wonderfully with the kick of the cascade hops. Rye is also known, among whiskey drinkers, for being very smooth when used correctly - as it is here. As a result the 6.6% ABV is well-masked, making this a very drinkable session brew. Probably the best beer they’ve ever made.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zombies8MyDogs (9) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012 does not count
I bought a single for $1.75 to try it out after a solid recommendation from my beer guy at the Keg. A – Transparent copper with a creamy, one-finger, yellowed-white head which lingers around for quite while. Great lacing on this one. S – Lemon zest, pine, and is it cheating to say rye? Smells clean… T – Slight oil quality comes out quick. Bitterness from the hops linger in the mouth long after the finish. Sweet spiciness that feels well balanced. M – Medium with a good amount of carbonation. O – It makes me happy that Sierra Nevada can produce good, affordable craft brews that can be found everywhere. Serving type: bottle

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle: Pours honey brown with a short lived head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet with a backbone of hops. The rye comes through nicely with a hint of sweetness in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
loveyeast76 (3) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2012 does not count
There is a great floral hop character to this beer which is accented by a crisp and pleasant bitterness. The finish is long but could be a little cleaner.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (1768) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Oh boy do i love a nice rye ipa and this one satisfied for the sessionable and drinkability aspect. Nice clean taste with a good amount of hops that left the palate warm and satisfied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
The body was pumpkin colored, clear, and formed a two plus finger thick head, domed above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was typical West Coast IPA with grapefruit, and pine, but with a touch of earthy mustiness. The taste was very citric off the bat, providing a grapefruit and tangerine blast. The rye touch was light and presented itself as a minty, herbal presence. The body was medium dense, and the finish was creamy, with a lingering herbal note. Very easy to drink beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
joebuzard (1) - West Palm Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Color. Looks Orange to Amber. Not completely clear. Good dense head on pour, receding to thin persistent layer above beer. Smell. Deep inhale reveals slight malt, citrus, and rye. Taste. Hops dominate on the nose and is complimentarily malty as well. Creamy but bitter/spicy mouthfeel. I like the specific bitterness of the roasted rye. It complements the bitter hops and the other big malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2012
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep amber bronze with a well-lacing froth of sticky white bubbles. Has a fresh citrus and piny hop nose with a touch of rye. Starts with good fullness and light caramel sweetness with lots of resiny hop flavors and nice bitter balance alongside some grainy rye character. Finishes drier and bittersweet. Smooth, quite flavorful and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (537) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours with gigantic tan head, clear amber red caramel color. Nose is slightly subdued, maybe a little too cold, but definitely spicy rye and some Piney hops. Lots of bittering hops with a long finish, spicy rye malts, medium to light body, vert dry. This is a biter, not very balanced, but still very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Smells great, some hops mixed with a milky grain. this is quite tasty. Hops yet smooth in the finish. A rye beer to rival Rocket from Bear Republic.


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