zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
GMCC2181 (1550) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
EvanFriend (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Frank (3259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Thisis12ptfont (953) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big malty piney aroma with a small hint of vanilla. Pours a beautiful amber with an incredibly thin foamy top. Taste is a huge, thick malt with a nice bitter, hoppy background. Thick, crisp taste filled with flavorful caramel malts and leafy hops. Overall, a bold, full-bodied beer with a ton of rich malty flavor coushioned by a pleasant hoppy bitterness. I’d give this an A+ rating, another solid cold one by Sierra Nevada.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great copper body with a off-white to bone color hear that had mild retention and no lace. Aroma had nice spicy malt notes and good balance from both citrus hops and pine hops. Flavor had a nice caramel malt presence initially and the nice pungent flavor from rye came through. Hops had a great bitterness to it. Some citrus but mostly pine. A well balanced beer that was smooth in the finish.