OldMrCrow (2178) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sierra Nevada is such a class act. 20 years after they introduced me to craft beer, they’re still on top the world with beautiful creations like this one. Spicy rye is not at all overstated, just hanging out there augmenting an IPA in which the hops too know their place. A forward West-Coast IPA with balance? I’ll take it! Just wish it was a year-rounder.
Overall bump for being a broad production beer that I can find in any supermarket. Beer life just got better without having to beergeek out.
arminjewell (8678) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle at home, nice dark reddish with nice lacing white head, great looking beer. Aroma brings big notes of rye, and toasted bread, some nice grapefruit, lemon notes, touch of caramel and biscuity bread, nice. Taste is a mix of big rye spice, but not overwhelming, balancing well with lemon, orange and grapefruit notes, hints of caramel, toasted bread, hints of earth, finishing not very bitter but fairly dry and clean, leaves you wanting more. Definitely a step up, nice brew.
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is cascade hops, orange rind, wonderful bready notes from the yeast, small hint of rye, smells incredible. Head is slightly off white, creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Color is a clear reddish brown color. Initial taste has some serious hop flavor to it. There’s some toffee and caramel malt in there too. Not a whole lot of mouthfeel. Aftertaste is unrelenting. I expected somewhat more balance. This one really burns with peppery hop notes. Maybe I shouldn’t have had the Fullers ESB before this one. Completely different ends of the world as far as taste goes. Personally, I was looking for more depth, and unfortunately this turned out more like the torpedo. Definitely would have gone a different direction with the bottle marketing. Enjoyability 4/5.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love how the mix the citrus and piney hops with the rye malt base as I love bitter brews and the qualities of the rye malt seems to accentuate the flavors adding a bite in the palatte. Fresh grainy bread like tone over the hops and a delight to drink. The only down side is a slight astringent character which others might say affects the drinkability. Not a session ipa i say!
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was one tasty brew. Pours a solid orange with a lively off-white foam. Aroma is dominated by a subtle pine and citrus. The rye truly shines in the flavor. The spicy rye notes blend with the pine/citrus in a great way. This is not the kind of IPA that completely kills your palate, but the hops are present throughout this beer. There is a lot of subtle flavor to be found here. Palate is fairly full bodied. Overall just a fantastic offering from Sierra Nevada.
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full copper colored pour with an off white colored head, great lacing. Aroma of citrus and peppery type spices, matches the descriptions below. The flavor was rich and full, much better than a said "Torpedo w/ Rye," as the malts were juicy. Firm citrus hops and spicy notes were a delight. I love me some SN beer, and for the distribution they reach, great stuff. Mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style.
BREWMUSKCLES (2403) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black peppery spice thru out. sweet fruit characters of grapefruit pineapple and tangerine smoothed out with some berry or grape. fresh wet malt and some grapefruit and touch of pine. rye character in the body and somewhat in the flavor. fullish body and the brew is satisfying.
hombrepalo (1956) - 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 (1684) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 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, lemongrass, 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 bite. Heavy body, spritzy carbonation nonetheless, lingering tangy aftertaste. An exquisite, powerful IPA.
bpreo (2091) - 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 they’re 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.