This beer is the epitome of Pale Ale.
I don't agree that it's "ruthless" - I have had pales that were more dry and more bitter - but this one does leave its own punch in your mouth. Upfront, it has some really strong flavors hidden behind the dry slam of each drink. The lingering flavor is a good one, despite how dry my mouth is. It's drinkable, and I don't hate it - but it is very dry and bitter.