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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye



There is a wide range of ingredients when it comes to brewing beer, but some brewers and beer drinkers overlook some. One in particular is rye a grain closely related to wheat but tends to be a bit dark in color. There are a few breweries that use rye. Here is one example of a rye beer. This is Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye 2013 6.6% ABV, which is a west coast style IPA with rye. Ruthless rye is a seasonal release, and Sierra Nevada says it fits in between winter and spring, that transition between the two. Ruthless Rye pours darker than most IPAs. It pours a deeper amber/copper color with a tree finger white bubbly head. This beer does have some lacing to the glass. I found some light coming through the class with very little amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is just like a west coast IPA, with a citrusy scent of grapefruit, and a hint of orange peal. The taste of Ruthless Rye has a nice amount of hop bitterness up front with nice grapefruit flavor that is followed bye a hit of a small peppery spice. There is also a very faint malt character to it. The mouth feel is light and this beer does finish well with a citrusy grapefruit aftertaste. The aftertaste does say for a little and the fade before you next sip. Well I like this on because of the rye in it, but it doesn’t WOW me. So I am giving this a B. This is a good effort from the folks Sierra Nevada. I mean they do hoppy beers well. They were the first breweries to brew pale ale here in the U.S. It’s good too. But anyway, this Ruthless Rye is worth a try, and I would recommend this to any IPA or rye fan. I would have this again. It is a good solid beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!



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