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RATINGS: 1451   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
highibus (710) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours bright copper red with white fluffy head. Nice vegetal aroma. Flavor is hoppy but nicely balanced with eye and other malts. Finish is a bit more eye than hops but really nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2233) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours a crystal clear golden copper color with a good sized white head that persists and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of garlic, green onion, and pepper mostly. There’s a faint bready malt down there somewhere, but this one is all hops. Taste is more garlic and onion with a bit of spice and pepper. Little to no malt to be found. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice rye IPA but a bit vegetative for my tastes. I could drink these, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek these.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours a light brown. Good cereal taste throughout and a gentle spicing. The hoppiness is pretty light. Label has horrible colors but as usual a solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours a clear copper color with a big pillowy head that goes away a couple minutes after pouring. Aroma is of piney hops and some spicesness from the rye. This very well balanced IPA. Taste of piney hops at the beginning balanced out by the malt and the rye kicks in at the end. Because of the hops I was expecting a more resiny mouthfeel but was pleasantly surprised at how clean this finished. No real discernable alcohol. Dare I say sessionable? I think I will.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours a transparent, dark amber, almost an inch of dense creamy off-white foam. Aroma is floral and citrusy, and yes, you can smell the rye. Taste is bitter, nice hops and rye, with some good maltiness underneath -- maybe just a tad too much pine. Pretty good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5599) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle. Deep bronzed amber, nicely active, with a firm but thin head. The aroma is fairly restrained, but once you start to drink this, be prepared for a bountiful flourish of rich, earthy warmth, rolling with silky and oily hoppiness, quite nicely intertwined with a big, malty base. This is some good, good stuff. (#4449, 1/20/2012)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle, pours pristine copper w/ sudsy ivory head, resiny hop aroma, oily spicy malt w/ resiny bitterness throughout, finishes slick w/ light lingering bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Amber with a lasting quarter inch white lace/head. Nose is rye, herbal, pine, light citrus, toasty malts. Flavor is a lightly , some light pepper, rye, citrus rind bitterness. Slightly sticky palate, bitter finish. Solid and sessionable, but could afford a little less alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4624) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12oz bottle pours a totally clear, copper amber with a very frothy, sudsy white head. Nose is very earthy, pine cones, wet leaves, stank hops, resin. The smell reminded me of a hop plug used for homebrewing. Flavor is sweet, herbal, hoppy, lemons, pine, light grapefruit, some caramel sweetness, bread, rye, crackers. Medium bodied, dry, bitter finish. Easy drinker.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Tap at Toronado SD. Pours a clear, darker caramel with a frothy white head. Aroma is light bitterness, spicy rye, and a clean grain character. Taste is dominated by a medium-heavy bitterness followed by pine, grainy rye, and a fairly pronounced spicy bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is light, clean, and appropriate to showcase the spicy bitterness. While the aroma is a bit lacking, I think Sierra Nevada has done very well here with the taste in this solid IPA variant. Good beer.


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