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RATINGS: 1524   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1593) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12oz bottle pours out in the traditional Sierra Nevada color of a dark amber with an off white foamy head with plenty of lacing. The aroma is of hops and the spiciness of the rye. Incredible flavor. The rye is matched perfectly throughout the glass. That spicy intenseness Ishtar plain wonderful. Yetyou can still taste the hops and medium maltiness. Wonderful flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Split a 12 oz bottle with a friend. Light brown with a very light feel and flavor which allows the hops to pop. I’ll be grabbing some more of this to try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1588) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Brownish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of pine needles and wet grass mostly with hints of tangerine. The flavor, while plenty hoppy, is not over-the-top bitterness. The rye, I suppose, offers a nice balance without masking the pine and citrus flavors of the hops. The finish is clean and only then does the bitterness linger for a little while on the tongue. This is a well done IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear medium copper with a half inch off white head. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is quite spicy like a rye beer should be. Earthy/piny hops are also present creating a nice balance. Wonderful spicyness from the rye in the taste. A medium-high bitterness is present throughout with piny hop flavors. Some caramel malt is there is well to prop up the hops. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a very nice beer from Sierra Nevada. One I will definitely pick up more of.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1552) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle via StateLine... Poured in to a snifter... Big rocky head that leaves a good lacing on the glass. Amber in color. Nose is peppery....rye, resin hops. Man this beer has a ton flavor. Lots of pepper (spicy), rye notes, resin hop... bitter sweet but not sugary at all. Well balanced...grainy texture, but easy to drink... Overall: Usually not a fan of amber colored beers or ryes but this beer is awesome... Ruthless is kicking ass and not taking names! Side note this beer pairs well with ted nugents stranglehold. Rock on Sierra and TN!

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (372) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
The peppery rye taste that everyone seems to mention seems to jump out of nowhere and almost shuts down the taste of hops, which you just get the beginning of. Strange beer, but I like it. Not Sierra Nevada’s best, but a worthy effort.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Tastes like a nice earthy IPA but has a very peppery finish from the rye. Aroma is piney with some citrus. Overall another very good beer from Sierra Nevada

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Very pleasant sappy pine nose. Rye provides a peppery malt character to complement the citrus hops. Shake off the grapefruit mid palate and reveal earthy undertones that are grassy with hints of spruce. Finishes bitter and dry.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Sierra Nevada has about the doubled the amount of beers they make available in a year and they are all pretty good including this one. This is an ale brewed w/ rye and it tastes like a very earthy IPA. The color is a nice amber orange w/ patchy lace left behind by a small head. The nose is earthy hops w/ a bit of pine. This is slightly sweet but very bitter and so it comes off as a bit dryer because of that. Textures is a bit on the thick side w/ medium carbonation but this is still quite drinkable. I’d say this is a well put together beer but it doesn’t quite hit my personal preference for zesty, bright hops and is much more subdued and herbal so I could take it or leave it, really.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours bronze with a rocky beige head. The aroma has lots of spicy rye, toasty malt, spicy/grapefruit hops and some rustic earthy/woodiness. Medium clean body that is slightly rough and has moderately sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of spicy rye, dry toasty malt, grapefruit/earthy hops and a dryness that makes it seem like rye crackers were crumbled in it. The finish adds a piny aspect and almost a pine cone sort of harshness (in a good way). There is a lingering rye spice, spruce and grapefruit rind. Great beer from Sierra Nevada.


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