Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ReelBigwigFish:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a Chimay chalice glass, Ruthless Rye has a deep amber copper color. It is filtered and translucent, and it has a minimal light tan head with sudsy retention and very little bits of lacing. The nose is very hoppy and peppery. The hops smell sharp and fresh, very resinous pine hops with some bitter citrus shining through. The peppery spice of the rye malt comes into play without standing out enough to be overly spicy.
The taste is strong hop bitterness upfront, grapefruit, pine, and orange. The rye malt is more noticeable, adding peppery spice, as well as a dryness. The caramel and chocolate malts become noticeable midway through, adding body and a smoothing, almost lager-like mouthfeel. The malts definitely help to smooth out the bitter bite from the hops, but they don't quell them altogether. The finish showcases a sweeter floral hop flavor and peppery spice, with just a hint at dry hop bitterness lingering after each sip.
Ruthless Rye IPA, is definitely a great addition to Sierra Nevada's lineup. Although some may disagree, I'm happy to see it replace Glissade for their spring offering. Despite the fact that Ruthless is an IPA, the rye, and other darker malts, add a great amount of body and complexity.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2012 03:07:47 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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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.
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