Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.86/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang flute; bottling date of December 27, 2012 printed in greyish ink on the shoulder of the bottle in a Julian variant (“236210855”), which makes this bottle just over four weeks and just under a month old.
Appearance (4.5): This has a very active, sticky head—it easily rose to three to four fingers on the pour, and takes its sweet-ass time dying down. It’s custard-colored, and very rocky with a big mix of fat bubbles lining the glass and fine foam near the top. The body is a very ruddy, medium-dark amber color, and crystal clear—the body is very, very attractive. There’s some good lacing, with scattered, fat swaths of chunky, foamy lace.
Smell (4.0): Pretty fragrant blast of dank hop resin is most obvious here, mixed with some underripe pineapple flesh (like how it’s super-acidic when it’s still pretty young). There’s some rich, bready malt character like toasted rustic, multigrain bread—rye must be on the light side, because it’s not jumping out at me. Definitely some pine and spice hanging back there, so I’m guessing there’s some Simcoe dry-hopping, especially given that mix of dank, spice, and pine.
Taste (3.75): The hop bitterness is maybe most notable here, coming off as vegetal-herbal with an astringent citrus rind backside; but somehow it kind of works with the moderately spicy rye malt. It’s lightly peppery with a moderately toasted rustic, bready midsection. It smoothes out a little with some light caramel tones coming through as it warms, but this beer is mostly characterized by the moderate spiciness of the rye paired with that astringent (but not so strong that it’s distracting) citrus rind-herbal bitterness, which when it combines with the spicy rye almost comes off as oniony.
Mouthfeel (3.5): This has moderate carbonation that’s subdued at first but then gets just a bit tingly and dries up the palate on the back end, before it goes down. The body is just on the light side of medium-weight, and feels smooth but gives way to a solid drying out towards the finish. Pretty easy to drink, but the dry finish leaves the astringency on the palate to linger for a bit too long.
Overall (4.0): This is a very solid, hop-forward rye beer. It’s got a ton of flavor, and the rye malt offers a different dimension that might hook non-craft drinkers but also adds some nice variety to what most hopheads are probably accustomed to. It’s not the best rye beer I’ve had but it’s a very solid contender, and I’d recommend this to lots of folks. Keep up the good work Sierra Nevada, you guys are really killing it these days (see my reviews for Hoptimum, Narwhal, Torpedo, etc.).
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2013 23:37:03 | More by fmccormi
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep amber color with a desent size head. The head is beige, solid and lingers for quite some time with sheets of stickly lacing covering the glass.
The rye malt aroma is quite potent but is nicely balanced with a bright citrus hop bouquet.
SN must use an abundance of rye malts because "it's in there". Very spicy and slick and smooth. Hops try to balance but don't, although they have a nice citrus taste.
Drinks smooth and yet course and husky,
This definitely ruthless and would take awhile to warm up to.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2013 13:27:28 | More by micromaniac129
3.94/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Served in pint glass.
A - Nice appearance, amble honey color. Superb head. Nice lacing in glass. Head is thick and bubbly.
S - Decent aromas, pretty typical for the style.
T - A nice, tasty beeer, although I think it could use more malts or spices to kick it up a notch. Bam!
M - A tad light, perhaps slightly watery, but not bad.
O - This is a good beer, although it could use more body or complexity. Although I'd defintely drink again, it seems to just miss the mark. Ever so slightly. Still, good.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2013 23:33:55 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,209 ratings.