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RATINGS: 1500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.

Yeast: Ale yeast
Bittering Hops: Nugget
Finishing Hops: Chinook, Citra, Equinox
Malts: Two-row Pale, Rye, Caramel, Chocolate

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3.7
IfOnly (1) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2012 does not count
It is a nice change up with the Rye, nice aroma, easy drinking with lots of flavor.

4.1
coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
aroma is hoppy,maybe mildly spicyand a little fruitiness in the back..clear liquid looks like iced tea and an impressive foamy white head with lacing..the taste is where the spiciness comes through..peppery,minty even,yeasty flavors and plenty of piney hoppiness citrus flavors there too nicely bitter..palate and drinkability..it went down real fast overall Im liking this a very flavorful beer with a moderate abv so quite sessionable

3.6
jw0406 (1285) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2012
12 oz bottle pours an golden orange color with a medium white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, resin and some spice in the background. Medium bodied with a sweet malt and bitter finish.

3.8
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - APR 10, 2012
Smells yeasty and kind of like dry sharp cheddar. Pretty hoppy, with a good deal of rye bite hiding undeneath. Im not a fan of rye bread, but I do say rye and hopsare a match made in heaven wot wot.

3.9
gringo332 (640) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
Brown, big frothy head. Smells like coffee, rye toast, and piney hops. Flavor is earthy and messy at first, then lots of piney hops, and a dry, crisp finish. Very tasty

4.2
thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a medium copper with a nice head and medium lacing. Aroma is of juniper and grass. Flavor is slightly sweet and spicy with a good dose of bitterness in the finish. Damn it, why does everything SN makes have to be excellent. I am waiting for them to branch out, but they never do.

3.2
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
A: Pours a tawny copper color with about middling clarity. I intentionally wanted lots of head (har har, I’m so funny!) here, so my aggressive pour yielded a 4 finger, off white colored beauty. Decent retention and fantastic lacing. S: I’m a little mixed on the smell. There’s lots of grapefruit - good - and a strange note of soapiness - not so good. There’s also a subtle whiff of rye. T: Rather mild, with little rye character appearing, unfortunately. Having said that, the IPA base offered here is still rock solid, but like I said, a little mild. There’s an opening hit of bitter grapefruit with the malt undercurrent slowly appearing, with a finish of piny hops - a textbook IPA. I can pick up rye notes near the finish if I concentrate, but the character is otherwise disappointing. M: Medium bodied, a little sticky on the back end, and average carbonation. O: Truth be told, it’s only decent. I wish this was a little more Rye and a little less IPA. Having said that, if you go into this expecting a straight-up IPA, you’ll probably enjoy it more. Drink this fresh.

3.2
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2012
bottled. pours light amber brown with minimal off white head. aromas of spruce, resin but they are subdued aromas. flavor is mild to moderate bitterness, sweetness is present as well. medium bodied, with smooth mouth feel. lasting bitterness with sweetness. decent beer.

4.1
Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
Smells strong, tastes strong. I like it. I picked up on two distinct tastes in each sip. Up front it’s malty and rich, but the finish is spicy and bitter and, well, ruthless. The bitterness at the end has a very distinct grapefruit kind of thing going on, and it’ll get your attention. Each sip has been as full-bodied as the one before.

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DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Oh thank you Sierra Nevada for not letting me down! I needed a redemption beer after two big fat FAILURES from two new Arizona micros. This fantastic beer pours medium amber with. Light golden head that leaves delicate lace. The aroma is a full-on hop assault, with tons of fresh white grapefruit, guava, and lime. Given some time, a sweet barley candy note sneaks in. The palate is much the same, very hop-dominant, lots of citrus, some perfumey juniper, with sweet malts underlying it all. In a blind tasting there is no way I could pick out any rye character here, but that doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of this delicious brew.


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