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RATINGS: 1526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3343) - 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 (4673) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Dark amber color with big floral smell. Loaded with a rye flavor and just enough pine-grassiness to compliment the hoppiness. I nice IPA that won’t blow out your tastebuds. This confirms in my taste that Sierra Nevada is the most dependable among the big, nationally distributed craft brewers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomTron (424) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Yet another stellar brew fron SN. I love rye beers and this one is no exception. Pours a clear amber/copper with a minimal yet never dissipating head. Aroma of some dirty hops(in a good way). Smells very earthy and alive. Tastes very much the same with some spicy notes and a lingering stickiness after it goes down. Very well made brew that I would like if they made this a year around instead of seasonal brew like the Torpedo. CHEERS!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (958) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Exceptionally clear copper body with medium sized, foamy, near white head. The aroma has a lot of spicy, floral, earthy hops, with some citrus, bread, and rye. Clean start with spicy hops fading in. Becomes bitter and citrusy, then finishes out with a wave of rye. Very tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bronzan (132) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Very hoppy with definite citrus notes as well. Peppery, medium taste. Not too heavy, not too bitter. Average carbonation and a fairly abrupt finish. This could be a new favorite from Sierra Nevada.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Deep amber with a small cream head. Nose is fresh hops, rye, light grain, and more hops. Great on the palate, flavors are heavy on the rye, bitter hops, light fruits, and a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1439) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
A medium copper-colored brew. Good carbonation. Hoppy-spice aromas. Flavor is very nice. Good spicy malts from the rye. Well-hopped. Good sweetness. Nice bitter balance too. Finishes with lingering pepper notes. Well made.


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