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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is at it again, adding yet another IPA to their stable of hop-centric beers. Ruthless Rye IPA takes a decidedly different spin on the style, this time modifying the malt side of the brewing process. The inclusion of rye typically gives a beer a distinct spice and grain characteristic that is different than the spicier hops and allows the brewer to use more aggressive hops, in this case Citra and experimental hop varietals (among others.)

As of now, Ruthless is a seasonal beer for the Spring.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
Pours a beautifully dark amber, like tree sap, but it's really clear as well. Lots of carbonation pushes through to feed the large, frothy head with retention that lasts for days. Clumpy, lingering foam makes up the lacing.

The nose is characteristically typical of Sierra Nevada, with a strong grapefruit citrus, slight pine, and even a dash of brown sugar. The hops are cut somewhat by the spiciness of the malts and rye, even coming across as peppery. The finish is bitter with a touch of bready grain.
The rye is much more prominent in the taste than in the nose, and the hops actually fall away in great amounts here. I am actually surprised at how much the malt overwhelms the hops, as the citrus is nearly absent, only leaving its bitterness and pine. Rye and rye.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. A bit on the heavy side, but that definitely fits in with the grainy, spicy, bitterness exhibited in this beer.
Drinkability is high. This was a pretty nice offering out of Sierra Nevada and actually one of the first I bought from them in several months (probably almost nearing a year?). The rye is what drew me to this and I'd love to grab this again.
As with most Sierra Nevada beers, this is fairly priced. For a single bottle, I paid about $2, which isn't bad at all. A 6-pack would be even more cost-effective.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with Ruthless Rye IPA. Sierra Nevada adds yet another IPA to their portfolio, but there aren't a ton of Rye IPAs out there and this is a great addition.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 6.6%
BA Score: 88
RB Score: 98

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Written by Greg Bruce

While studying at Penn State, Greg learned that beer could serve a much better purpose than a means to an end for a good party. Delicately brewed Belgians acted as a stark contrast to the almost watery beer that had been so popular and began the journey towards craft beer. From that launch point he always seems to land on something new. Greg approaches each beer, whether it is an aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA or an English bitter (and everything between), with a clear mind and open opinion, ready to analyze, compare, and ultimately, enjoy. While always fond of stouts (especially barrel-aged) and IPAs, Greg is slowly but surely drifting towards various soured beers. Find Greg Bruce on Google Plus

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