Sierra Nevada always makes flavorful, drinkable beers. So when I saw their new beer RUTHLESS RYE IPA on the shelves I wasn’t too worried about picking up a six pack for my friends’ “housewarming party”. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed and neither were my friends (who happened to drink a couple of my beers).
Ruthless Rye IPA is the newest beer in Sierra Nevada’s seasonal lineup. This IPA has 55 IBUs, a 6.6% ABV and is available winter/first quarter.
Rye has been a staple grain for millennia—sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor. Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors—combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring.
You can’t tell it by the picture, but the beer pours an auburn/caramel brown with a huge fluff of off-white foam. No sediment or carbonation were present. Tons of lacing hangs on the glass from the rim of the glass on down.
Pale malts, grassy hops and hints of rye are in the forefront of the nose. As it opens up a lemon zest appears.
The taste is bitter and biting. Grassy hops and rye burst on to the scene and immediately make their presence known. Their both big and neither one really takes over. The flavor soon fades into a hint of sweetness before the caramel comes through to even things out.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky. It fades quickly though and leaves some residue behind. Definitely an IPA.
Once again a rye beer pulls punches on the rye-i-ness of a beer. There’s no question that this is an IPA, but the presence of the rye could be contended. I’ll give them credit for having more rye than your average beer, but I still want it to dominate the flavor for once.
Overall: 6 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 6.5 out of 10
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