Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by modernartblues:
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a DFH Tulip, Date Code 1362
A: Dark amber red, clear body, huge off white head on an aggressive pour, recedes to a more than adequate cap, retention is impressive, as is the lacing
N: more of a straight forward IPA nose. citrusy, grapefruit, pine, not as in your face as Torpedo, but nice
T: this is where the spicy rye comes in, but the rye doesn't overtake the hop profile, which is how I like my Rye PAs
M: SN SOP, excellence
O: another great seasonal from SN. they remain one of my favorite breweries and this is an excellent addition to their seasonal line-up
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 01:45:28 | More by modernartblues
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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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