Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 2/17/12.
Color wise, this rye beer defines copper, with brown and orange melded into a clear, clearly not orange body. The head is a quality affair that even after falling is a hefty half inch of off-white that clings well.
The rye is aggressive and definitely not going to be elbowed out of the way by the Sierra Nevada hop signature. Yeasty rye bread shares space with pepperiness and grapefruit citric hops. Alcohol becomes markedly aggressive when near room temperature.
The bitterness is certainly at a high level, but so is rough peppery rye that fights with the hops on every level. It perpetuates the bitterness and adds another element to it, while forcing the grapefruit juiciness to develop very late, which then fades leaving doughiness. Bitter alcohol just accentuates all the rye's assaults as well as the hop's.
It's very near a palate wrecker. Full, juicy body and pretty prickly carbonation.
As a rye beer this gets high marks from me, as it is the first one where I have really known the rye is there and a defining characteristic. I also really like it because I like what Sierra Nevada does and this is classic Sierra Nevada.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2012 01:09:15 | More by brewerburgundy
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