Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Metalmonk:
3.93/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
You can spot a Sierra Nevada head a mile away: always fluffy, always firm, always tons of lace left on the glass. Must be the water they're using. This one is like that, although the foam looks like it rolled around in the dirt before coming to play. The color is a beautiful amber that glistens like a jewel.
Aroma is a nice convergence of the spicy coarseness of rye and the fruitier elements of telltale S.N. citrus-like hops. Not all that bold or intense, more on the subtle side.
Rye can sometimes taste a bit rough, or overly earthy, but here it's mild mannered while the hops pop in a clean citrus peel kind of zing. There's really not much more to it than that, but it's extremely easy to enjoy and is solid all the way around, taste-wise.
At first the feel seemed a little too spritzy/tickling, as with many of this brewer's beers, but then it totally smooths out and brings the flavor on through in a luxurious glide. And that's a cool contrast to the spicy/earthy/husky nature of the rye that tries hard to hang around in the semi-dry finish.
It's funny how similar so many Sierra Nevada beers are, but just tweaked with this hop or that grain...Ruthless Rye is no different. It's got that basic S.N. vibe, but differs just enough from the pack to be worthy of its own name and label. It's hardly ruthless, and it's even a misleading name in that sense, but it is quite good and that's all that really matters, innit?
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2012 23:08:19 | More by Metalmonk
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a burnished copper colour, quite clear appearance. Head is off-white, nice and bubbly but sunk to a whispy cloud. Lacing is sticky and lovely. Looks good.
Smells fresh and hoppy, with lots of citric character, pine and a nice spicy rye hint. Touch of walnut and dark rye bread. Bit subdued though, it doesn't burst with aroma like I'd anticipated.
Taste is big and hoppy upfront: fresh and floral with hints of peach and citrus. Big spicy notes on the late-mid with pepper, allspice and some pine resin that gives quite a big bitterness. Nice balance though, with enough freshness from the hops to lighten it up and avoid the doldrums where it may otherwise have ended. Nice rye flavours, nice IPA flavours, lovely blend really.
Smooth mouthfeel, swills around pretty decently with a bit of texture, but otherwise goes down very nicely. I'm enjoying that.
Very nice rye IPA; noticeable flavours but nice balance. Big, but sophisticated.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 02:15:42 | More by laituegonflable
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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