Monday, March 12, 2012

SIERRA NEVADA “RUTHLESS RYE”

Had to beg the fella at Whole Foods to let me buy a solo bottle of this one, since I rarely if ever buy a 6-pack of anything unless I’m headed to the mountains for an old-fashioned cookout & need something to share with my bros. SIERRA NEVADA has been on such a winning streak lately that I had to try out this rye-based IPA, as I figured they’d be a better-than-even chance it would be mind-melting. I’d recently had another TORPEDO, their ultra-bitter and yet mass-produced IPA, and loudly declared it one of the world’s best to everyone standing around me. Then there was that Persimmon Farmhouse Ale I was telling you about here. Let’s see if this one can hit those exalted levels.

RUTHLESS RYE is a ruby/honey color. I can absolutely taste the rye immediately. That rye – it’s ruthless! I’ve had rye IPAs before, but even the Terrapin and Founder’s versions aren’t this strong. I like its bright citrus taste and its overall graininess – a nice mix along with the chewiness of the rye. At the end of the day, with all that going on, it’s still an IPA, and a pretty good one. I’d be lyin’ if I told you I wouldn’t be happy having another one right about now. 7/10.

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