Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle to nonic, 2012 version, just under 4 weeks old.
Well I don't know what happened. A release-year later and I'm not getting the same impression at all as I did last year. It's still a really nice beer, but gone is the pop and zing and exciting taste. And that unexpected mint/planty note I liked so much only appears here and there across the ones I've bought this year. At this point I'd call it a well-made, moderately-bitter IPA and can't give it the 4.55 I did last time. Now it's a 4.5, 4, 4, 4, 4. Still a good score but I was so looking forward to this release.
Prior reviews below.
Botttle to nonic. 2011 version, 12 weeks old.
A - 4.5 - Amber. Great-looking thick off white head that sticks around a good while. Lots of lacing.
S - 5.0 - Smells fantastic. So fresh and fragrant. Strangely what I'm reminded of vividly is the green planty note in a fresh-picked mint leaf after you roll it around in your fingers or chew on it - it's not the main mint flavor that shows up in mint-flavored everything else, it's the sort of planty carrier flavor in the leaf. They say they use Chinook and "Experimental" hops as their aroma hops, so maybe it's one of those. I've never smelled it in a beer and I love it. Must... find... others... like this...
T - 4.5 - Tastes fantastic. More of that planty green note from the aroma, which is just mouthwateringly delicious, plus moderate hop bitterness in perfect balance with the rest. The hop bitterness couldn't have been handled better. It's artful. I'm not sure I pick up any rye notes, which is surprising given others' comments here. But I'm tasting this beer right next to a Terrapin Rye Pale Ale that isn't giving me any rye notes either where I've noted them before. So maybe my mouth is just having a no-rye day. And I wanted it. I love a nice peppery rye whiskey. Maybe next time. Otherwise it leaves behind a tasteful lingering bitterness.
M - 4.0 - Starts soft, ends tannic dry on the tongue.
O - 4.5 - I'm in love with this brewery. Everything of theirs I've had is just top quality and so well made. This one is a standout even among the others. POW! Freshness! It beats Torpedo, for example, which is really good. This goes on my very short list of beers that I'll buy over and over for regular drinking when I'm not beer exploring.
EDIT: OK just found a lone straggler in a pick-a-six rack from the same batch, now 18 weeks old, and those wonderful hop characteristics are gone. It's still a nice enough beer to drink but it had magic in it before. Night and day difference. If I had only ever tried this bottle, I'd have rated it a 3.5. Next year I'll try to find it as soon as it's out.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2013 02:14:27 | More by BrownNut
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5/5 rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
the list is bold but basically this beer is so great only Kal-El would drink it. Where Kal-El is from is another story like the story of rye being infused into the malt of this singing brewed IPA, the Winston racer at the finish line, is that Messi with his fly eyes? I mean, this beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 16:52:39 | More by KingJason
4.11/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured brownish amber. Slight murkiness and moderate carbonation. Foamy tan head that leaves a soapy ring and good lacing.
Aroma: Crisp rye notes and very light citrus hops. Clean.
Taste: Rye malt crispness, with a smooth citrus hop that rides throught the finish. Hops flavor and bitterness, but leaves a clean taste.
Mouth: Slightly dry with nice carbonation.
Overall: It's easy to take Sierra Nevada for granted in favor of the latest and greatest, but they just keep making excellent beers.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 05:27:53 | More by MrBoz21
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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