Review: Ruthless Rye, Sierra Nevada

Ruthless Rye
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — Chico, CA

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  55 IBU
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • Malts:  Pale, Rye, Caramel & Chocolate
  • Hops:
    • Bittering:  Bravo
    • Aroma:   Chinook & Experimental
    • Dry Hops:  Chinook, Citra & Experimental
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Rye has been a staple grain for millenia—sought after for its resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor.  Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with this rustic grain for refined flavors to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring." — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Sierra Nevada's newest seasonal is a Rye IPA. Rye gives beer adds a unique spicy and slightly tangy flavor. I attempted to brew my own Rye IPA, but was less than thrilled with my version. I expect this will be much better.

The tasting:  Deep amber in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly. It has very light effervescence floating through the glass. Aroma is spicy — mainly pepper with caramel and some light floral hops. Flavor of caramel malt, citrus, and grapefruit hop bitterness, along with some peppery notes. Ruthless Rye is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes bitter with notes of citrus and grapefruit.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I wanted more rye. Although the rye was noticeable, its spicy tang was overpowered by hops. If I tasted this blind, I wouldn't have recognized the rye. It's a good beer, though. If you like IPAs, give it a try. However, I think the rye plays more of a supporting, rather than starring, role in this beer.

Have you tasted Ruthless Rye?  What do you think?

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  1. Bought this and some Patriot lager on a whim to go along with my N.E. Patriots vs Baltimore Ravens tailgate party. Most of the Patriot lager came home after we polished off the Ruthless while watching the Pats back into the Super Bowl. Much more Ruthless will be enjoyed on Feb. 5th. Yo soy FIESTA!

    1. I think the beer was more enjoyable than the way your Patriots played lol!

  2. I agree that the rye was sidelined a bit with this production, although I think it deserves a higher rating. I like that this IPA has personality. It is nice to taste something different when so many IPAs taste similar. Extra points for the cool label as well.


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