Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 4,290 | Reviews: 1,036 | Display Reviews Only:
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:
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
As the old saying goes "one good something deserves a something..." (I really need to read up on my old sayings). Irrespective of my terrible memory I have a nice juicy bottle of Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA (or SNRRIPA - you knew I was going to do this) in my hot little hand which I should review as soon as possible as the bottle is getting warm due to being in my hand [phew, long sentence]. Note: This is the 2014 vintage.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Presents a nice hazy tawny body (the rye adds a touch of brown) with an off-white lace ring, nice.
S: Spice, orange, toasted biscuit and pine notes combine well in this IPA. There is a hint of earthiness as well, no doubt due to the addition of rye. A touch of Bundaberg ginger beer also pervades the whole aroma, hopefully it isn't as sweet as a ginger beer (i.e. sickly).
T: Hmmm, the above notes are detected, however (and most surprisingly) Sierra Nevada have made an IPA that isn't ruthless - it's quite tame given the name, but given the name this isn't a bad thing (not at all). The earthy/spicy notes of the rye are given their time to shine, along with this are the typical pine/citric notes that are glad to give rye the spotlight for a change.
M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation.
D: As a showcase to rye SNRRIPA does a tremendous job of not overpowering the delicate grain with those classic bold American hops. Indeed I was most impressed with SN's restraint and ability to bring out the rye flavour so well. It is missing a touch of sweetness that I've had before in rye beers however this is a minor quibble. Overall a top job from SN again. If you are new to rye Ales in general this is not a bad place to start (also try the Sunshine Coast Rye ESB for a sweeter rye note).
Food match: Not your typical IPA here, which in a way makes it more versatile; gourmet pizza would really suit this "ruthless" Ale.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 08:50:04 | More by doktorhops
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,290 ratings.