Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured on-tap into an 11oz glass at Playground in Santa Ana, CA. Reviewed from notes.
A- Finger width fluffy white head, long retention. Pale copper color, very clean and little visible carbonation.
S- Dark hops and rye with toasty malts. Complex smell and a good one. Earthy tones.
T- Rye and hops. Peculiar taste. Starts sweet and candied and finished bitter. Novel taste.
M- Very smooth and little carbonation. Medium mouthfeel and a metallic linger.
O-I enjoyed this beer. Sierra Nevada does alright by me.
06-10-2012 20:59:32 | More by Murrhey
3.56/5 rDev -8.5%
Appearance: Ruby red with excellent foam and lacing.
Smell: Rye and black pepper. It could have been a bit stronger for me.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Rye and a hint of licorice. Thick mouthfeel that falls flat. Very syrupy.
Overall Drinkability: Not my favoriate rye, nor my favorite Sierra Nevada.
04-28-2013 02:39:16 | More by tjsdomer2
3.85/5 rDev -1%
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Just released, so not bothering with bottled on info (it's fresh).
Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily and (like the beer) leaves lots of streaky lacing. Pours a translucent copper.
Smell: Tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), with some pungent onion / marijuana hops. Fresh whole grain bread malt aroma in the background. Awesome.
Taste: Spicy, assertive rye malt up front, leading to a slight greenhouse hop flavor, with a bread and cracker finish and piny aftertaste. Very bitter, but it works.
Love the rye, the resinous hops, and the malt backbone. However, the aroma is making hop promises that the taste fails to keep in a big way. I like both the taste and the smell, and I can be okay with them being very different in a beer, but it's hard to take when the smell is much better than the taste.
While the flavor gets a bit more pungent and weed-like (this is a good thing), along with a slight kind of "earthy tropical fruit" flavor devoid of sweetness (hard to describe, but it's an echo of a note in the aroma and reminds me slightly of Nelson Sauvin hops), there's never enough citrus / sweet fruit / flowery / herbal / etc hop flavor to stand up to deeply characterful malt background and heavy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nice and bitter, with a crisp, dry finish.
Overall: A good beer that could be a great beer. The flavors that are present are masterful, and the aroma is excellent, but there's something missing in the taste that keeps it from really singing.
That said, I could drink a fair amount of these. Also, it's nice to drink an IPA with such well developed and delicious malt character. Honestly, I would rather drink the Sierra Nevada seasonal that this beer replaced (Glissade), but I wouldn't turn this one down.
02-08-2012 03:48:46 | More by Pahn
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass
Pours a rusty, coppery brown color. Pretty much what you'd expect from a Rye IPA. It's very clear, very much a filtered beer. 1.5 fingers of offwhite foam leave lacing that sort of clings and drags like a person dangling from some precipice.
This beer's got a pretty nice nose on it. Spicy rye is upfront and bready, sure. But there's a good hop profile here that presents aromas of grape and passionfruit. Some general grassiness backs this up nicely. This doesn't really smell like an IPA too much, but it's a more subtle rye beer that works.
Unfortunately, that subtle nuance of the nose doesn't carry over to the palate. It's still a bit underflavored for an IPA, but there isn't much complexity to make up for it. Grassiness and rye grain spicy flavor abound. There's a small flush of grapeseed (and a trace, trace amount of like POM brand juice) but that's all the fruit that I really get. It's blunt but restrained.
The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, perhaps even undercarbonated but smooth nonetheless. It works well with the session-candidate flavor profile. Overall, this is a fine beer. It pales in comparison to Founders Red's Rye when it comes to a hoppy rye beer in six-packs, but it is a tasty option that is distributed all over the country. You can't do wrong by picking up a six-pack or a 12-pack of Ruthless Rye for your next gathering. This might just be my Super Bowl beer next weekend.
01-30-2012 04:33:51 | More by Reaper16
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!
01-29-2012 21:05:00 | More by riversider76
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
A- Copper pour, three finger egg shell head that leaves cobwebs of sticky lacing everywhere.
S- Rye adds a slight sour note with spicy pepper. Hops are bright and floral.
T- Spicy rye with floral hops with a touch of citrus.
M- Light bodied, bitter with spice and carbonation dancing on the tongue.
O- Rye beers aren't really my thing but this is quite enjoyable.
01-24-2012 02:32:21 | More by korguy123
4.46/5 rDev +14.7%
The beer appeared a nice, clear darkish orange with a huge off white, dense head, which settled into a rocky head that hung around for a long time. Some nice lacing. The beer gave off a good aroma, mainly with a very strong pine hop aroma with the rye in the background. There also appeared to be a hint of spice as well. The taste of the beer was more balanced than I thought it would be. A nice bready and rye with a slightly more dominate pine and citrus hop taste. The beer had a moderate feel to it, it was clean, creamy, and it left a nice dry and refreshing finish. Overall, another quality beer from this quality brewer.
01-23-2013 03:51:16 | More by PhillyStyle
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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