MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Tea brown with lacing, tan head. Fairly subdued but spicy aroma. Delightful mouthfeel, if somewhat thin. Rye spice up front and a restrained bitterness to finish. Drying and enjoyable. ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
There isn’t a whole lot to the aroma. Definitely getting a lot of spice in the taste, and the hops do kind of hit you. The taste kinda stays with you a little longer than I wanted it to. First year that I have tasted this beer. Not great, but better than your average. beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 2, 2012
OOOHHHH Spicy!!! this is a good west coast IPA with the added flavor explosion of the rye spice character that knocked my socks off. Definitely not a session type ale, this one was good for one or two at the most before my palate was not capable anymore. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Tasted on 2/1/12 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Grand Cru. Pours clear orange-amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to average lace, leaving thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is straightforward citrus hops and spicy rye, with a hint of caramel and bread malt. The flavor is the same nicely melded combination of citrus hops, spicy rye, and a nice malt backbone. The body is medium with average, stinging carbonation, and a long lightly bitter citrus hops and spicy rye finish. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Bottle from BevMo. Fairly pungent hopped nose. Fairly hoppy brewski here. Solid flavor. Some good rye notes. Nice rich mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Had this after an insanely fresh IPA. Clear amber, frothy beige head. Aroma of roast malt and caramel first and then hops. Taste of pine, citrus, grapefruit, toffee, roasty finish.Not as good as expected, will try again though. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Pours coppery amber with a small off white head. Aroma is spicy earthy rye and citrusy hops. Flavor is spicy peppery rye and hops, earthy pine, citrus, caramel, and a good dose of bitterness. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
12 oz bottle. Clear amber; kicks up a nice ivory head that dies with webby lace. This is what i picture when i think of a beer. Nose is rye and sourdough; light citrus, pine and toffee. Creamy medium body with a refreshing tingle. Taste is rye, orange peel, lemon and cane sugar. Finishing with grapefruit and green peppercorn. Great spring follow-up to Celebration. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Citrusy, piney. There is some rye there, but I was hoping for a bit more. Decent. drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Ruthless pours a orangish amber color with a nice two finger white head. Not much lacing. The smell is pretty damn nice but not huge. Of course there is the rye. It’s very noticeable in this brew. Coming in second is the aroma of citrus. Then lingering is a bit of pepper. Not a lot. Sits in the background. It’s the rye doing it’s thing again. Inviting smell.
The taste pretty much matches the aroma here. Rye hits up front first, then melds with citrus. I did pick up some piney hops in the taste. Something I didn’t pick up really in the aroma. Ending with the pepper spicy taste. Everything is balanced here. Not a hop monster, not a rye monster. A highly drinkable and really good Rye Beer. What I did notice is that this beer is a bit better when colder than when it’s cooled down a bit. Something I usually don’t agree with but I do here.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied. Good carbonation throughout. Smooth.