brigg (678) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2012
(bottle) Mostly clear copper body with a big off-white head that recedes and forms a stiff peak, leaving thick lace on the glass. Aroma of wheat, slight orange peel, spice, some yeast, light sweet malt, grass, faint floral notes, and some fruit (pear, grape, apple). Medium body, a little oily, some carbonation but not much. Flavor has that usual Rye character; pepper, strong hop bitterness is good and never over powers (though it is strong) a light but underlying malty caramel sweetness; musty. Long bitter finish. Some metallic-ness in the aftertaste, though. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Nose is like laying in a meadow that had a bushfire last summer and is just starting to sprout again. Pours amberlicious with a fluffy, strong head. Flavour is bitter and dry with gentle saltiness. Medium long finish with fat resins, shy sugars and sweetly flowing umbrous malts. The rye adds if not depth then clarity to the flavour and drags you back for more. And more. And more. Ruthless indeed. mkel07 (5949) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2012
355ml bottle. Dark amber colour with a big pillow of frothy beige foam. Looks great . Super strong aroma filled with hops and a bit of caramel in the background. The flavour is big and bold with a peppery backdrop. Lingers on the palate and the flavour stays long after the beer has gone. ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2012
12 fl. oz. bottle, 2012 edition. Pours a clear deep chestnut, with a medium off-white head, which lasts very well, and leaves good lacing. Slightly spicy, but quite mellow rye is the most prominent aroma, with some pine hops and a touch of caramel to back it up. Strong pine and spice hops up front blend nicely with a mild peppery flavour from the rye. The pine flavour lingers, mixing well with, smooth, dark rye malt in the body. A lengthy pine finish, with a resurgence of the pepper, leaves a pleasant rye aftertaste. A nice rye IPA, with a good balance between the more potent hop flavours and the darker, richer rye. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours mostly clear, dark copper with thick, frothy off-white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is grassy and floral hops, caramel malt, spice, straw, some nutty notes, and light citrus fruit. Flavor is balanced sweet malt and medium bitterness hops, light fruit esters, and spice; semi-sweet, lightly hoppy finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye is a perfectly clear and sparkling light copper ale with a dense, lumpy, creamy head that has pockets of large bubbles in it. The retention and lacing is outstanding. The juicy citrus hops speak loudly of tangerines and grapefruit while conversing about spicy rye and muttering something about caramel. One whiff makes the mouth water. It’s medium bodied and quite smooth and lively in the mouth. The finish is dry and crunchy. It tastes nice and bitter with the main flavor being tangerine peel. After the swallow, there’s a wave of rye whiskey flavor. The taste of bitter citrus is sustained for a while. There’s a juiciness throughout, but not really any sweetness. Wow, I see why all my friends have been going nuts about this. It’s a pretty manly pale ale. It’s hard to stop at one pint. BVery (10485) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle. Nice copper pour with a white head. Nose and taste is citrus, rye, and a bit dry on the finish. Nice smooth palate. Very enjoyable, well done. NachlamSie (3479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pint from tap at Westville Pub. This is a most excellent rye beer. Plenty of piney and citrusy hops cut through the aroma and the flavor with no lack of rye anywhere. Drinking this is like an awesome slice of pumpernickel. Finish is dry, needless to say. I can’t see how this is not a specialty grain on the site. Rye is definitely the main theme. omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2012
Starts out so promising - beautiful amber body, with a light fluffy head. Aromas of soft blackcurrant and sweet wine dominate the aroma, although I detect some metallic off-smells in there too. Flavour again starts well; plenty of hops, and very fragrant pleasing ones they are too, but it peters out into a metallic, noble hop finish that while very refreshing, isn’t overly pleasant. TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle. Really tidy. Tropical fruit hops. Pineapples and guava. Light bubblegum. A bitter finish. Really enjoyable.