bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle, bottled on February 8th, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like spicy (rye) and citrusy hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like spicy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, with a bit of caramel and bready malt also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a little oily and is well carbonated. It’s also smooth and easy to drink. I think it’s a good overall brew, at $8.99 a 6-pack I’d certainly buy it again. malrubius (2894) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Amber with head and lace. Grapefruity herbal aroma. Medium sweet and fruity with citrus and spicy herbal dry medium bitter finish and lingering herbal breath and bitterness. Pretty good. ExpendableHero (924) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Hazy orange/copper colored beer with a slightly off-white head. Extremely powerful aromas of pine/spruce. Tastes of fresh cut grass, pine/spruce flavors, some wheat, and a peppery aftertaste. Very dry, bitter finish. Ruthless indeed, a bit too strong on the hops for me. Still quite good. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Name: Ruthless Rye
Date: January 13, 2012
Appearance: clear deep copper, creamy beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, pale and crystal malt sweetness, citrus and floral hops
Flavor: dry spicy flavor, dry caramel malt, floral hops, touch of citrus, spicy rye, light bitterness, just a hint of balancing sweetness
Name: Ruthless Rye
Date: January 15, 2012
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Score: 3.2 to 4.0
Appearance: crystal clear copper, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: huge citrus aroma, in your face, nothing like the subtlety of the bottle, caramel sweetness, nice peppery spicyness
Flavor: big sweet caramel flavor, lots of citrus, light peppery spicyness, toasted malt
Overall: is this the same beer?
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Aroma is (naturally) spicy rye malts, like finished wood. The and perfumey hops really work well together here. Hops are orange peel citrus -- that’s the formula that seems to work for these beers.
The appearance is reddish-orange (average), with a big crown of lace. Thick head, looks fantastic, with excellent head retention.
Flavor is peppery, spicy malts. The hops aren’t as bright here as in the flavor. Much more of a woody character in the flavor.
The palate is creamy, if a little slick at the end. The oils of the hops seem to wash up on the tongue. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but it’s a strong, nicely-flavored beer.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
from the new 12oz bottle - This is one tasty beer. Nose is lovely floral hops with a whiff of grain. The body is sweet peaches and minty rye. Touches of grain and caramel round things out. Will definitely be getting more of this. Porterguy41 (19) - - FEB 24, 2012
A nice copper color and thick head, I found the aroma to lighter than expected, overall a very good brew. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
pours a beautiful copper color with a dense two finger pancake that sticks. Mild aromas of spicy citrus rind and sweet malt. Medium full nectar with excellent carbonation creating a creamy mouthfeel. Full on hop spice with a balancing malt backbone. A bit of fresh baked biscuit is noticeable. There is a defined spicy character that shines through. Nice beer. jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark copper with large off-white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, funk. Rye is much more obvious in the flavor to compliment piney hoppiness. Not a bad beer. robzilla (86) - - FEB 24, 2012
Nose is citrus, grapefruit and earthy. Pretty dry with a bit of of rye spice. Meduim body. It tasted as I expected. Nice rye PA