35. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

I am kind of undecided about IPAs and I don’t like rye bread. But when my friend offered me a bottle of Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye (6.6% abv.), I had to try it because the bottle reminds me of some “old tyme” soda or something, plus I had never heard of a rye beer. Are they common and I just haven’t delved into that world yet?

It’s a copper color with a head that’s about 1 finger, but it dissipates leaving a thin foam cap with some lacing.

You can really smell the rye, that combined with the yeast makes it seem like liquid rye-bread at first, but the hops quickly balance out any bread/malt tones and make you realize that this beer is indeed an IPA. It’s got a nice, bitter, aftertaste where you can really taste the rye with the hops.

I dug it.


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