Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
My first foray into the world of rye beers. Here goes:
A: Dark amber. This is to be expected given the presence of rye and kilned amber barley malts. Pours a nice, lingering head like most Sierra Nevada beers (good lacing and protein content, like most SN beers).
S: Good. Like your generic west-coast IPA. The presence of Chinook and Cascade hops is apparent, leading to citrus and grapefruit smells. Quite overpowering stuff, but I'm used to it by now - nothing special.
T: OK. It has a darker, even more bitter taste than most west-coast IPA's. This is mostly because the presence of rye malt complements the bittering hops quite well. Again, the malt really adds to the bitterness of the beer. If you like bitter beers, then you'll probably like this one a lot. I just wish that I could taste the rye a bit more. You see, while the rye does a good job of adding to the hop bitterness, the hops mask the fullness of the rye. However, it might be unfair of me to criticize the beer in this regard, as it's meant to be a bitter, overly-hopped west-coast IPA.
M: Very good, like all SN beers. They really do a great job with the protein content of their beers. All the beers have good thickness (which varies based on the style). They've been in business for over 25 years, however, if my recollection of them is correct. It's no wonder, therefore, that they've perfected the mouthfeel of their beers.
O: A good IPA. I'll probably try more rye-based beers in the future. I'll probably try one with less hops, though, so I can get more of a rye-taste (the hops masked it somewhat).
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 00:53:29 | More by leantom
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass
A- pours a clear amber with a nice 2 fingers of head initially. Head slowly dissipates to about a quarter inch that persists and leaves a nice lacing as you drink.
S- earthy and spicy with some of the chinook and citra coming in at the end
T- the rye earthiness and spiciness is really up front for me, then you get the bittering qualities of the hops on the back of your tongue that linger for as long as you will let them. The taste sticks with you long after swallowing.
M- not overly carbonated, feels soft on the tongue and in the mouth. No complaints.
O- I personally love this beer and have a hard time passing it up when it is available. The rye just adds a little peppery bite that I find irresistible. At 6.6% some would argue it isn't a sessionable brew but I firmly disagree. An Oakland A's game and a Ruthless Rye or 6 is a great evening.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 21:55:51 | More by slackattack
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,214 ratings.