I went to school up at Chico State, so whatever Sierra Nevada releases will always have a place in my beer glass. When I saw this beer show up at my local grocery store shelf, I grabbed a sixer and didn’t even think twice. I only paused long enough to notice the cool artwork on the label and see the price was $9.45/6-pack before grabbing it.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Ruthless Rye IPA – 65 IBU – 6.6% ABV
Ruthless IPA is brewed with this rustic grain 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.
As you can see from the photo, it pours a deep orange/amber color with a very slight head up top with nice lacing and good carbonation. It has a spicy, earthy nose to it, unlike your typical IPA. The pine and citrus notes are there, but not up front. The first sip was surprising, I could really taste the Rye in the brew. I’ve never really been able to tell the difference between whiskey and rye, but this beer tasted like that stuff. So at first I was shocked and a bit dismayed, but as I got further into the glass I appreciated the complexity of the brew. The hops have grapefruit and pine tones which helped round out the flavor profile. In fact, I opened up a second one right away because I couldn’t get enough of the stuff after just 12 ounces. It’s an interesting beer, one that I’m glad I tried, but not necessarily one that I need to keep on hand all the time. This one gets 3 caps from me. I’ll buy it again.
– Beer Soaked Erik