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Apr 25, 2013 09:03 PM

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye.... WELL worth a try ....

I've tried a few rye-based beers here and there... Founder's Red Rye and Hop Rod Rye that I can recall... was never particularly impressed with them... there was something off-putting about the flavor that I didn't get attached to.

So I see this Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye on the shelf a week back, I'll try any SN product once, so I buy a single... not bad...

So I go back tonight for the confirming test... and this stuff is good. Taste-wise it's akin to a semi-dry pale ale. It has sort of a singular flavor punch rather than an evolving bouquet, which is fine as long as that flavor is interesting. Not thin, sort of medium texture.

I do notice that it pours with alot of head and carbonation, maybe that's typical of ryes?

Give it a try, I like this stuff and think there's a place for it on my beer rotation. In full disclosure haven't tasted it blind heads up against other brews, but not sure that really applies here b/c it's not really appropriate to test it against anything other than other ryes...

Further, I'd even go so far as to say it's one of my favorite SN products from their entire line ("regular" SN pale ale, and torpedo being probably the two others), I can take or leave bigfoot, and the fresh hop series...

It's also interesting that SN positions this beer as a "transition beer going from winter to spring"... which fits actually, it's heavy enough for winter-time, but that sharp focused flavor says "not dead of winter"... and that it's transition into spring rather than into fall-winter the way IPAs seem to fit best.

Now I notice they date these bottles, do they expect them to age?

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  1. I had a six-pack when I was in California last month and it is really a nice switch-up from the usual IPA. In fact, I have heard this beer called a Rye-P-A and that seems to be a good fit. When I drink it, I sometimes wonder "Where's Ruth?" for no reason.

    1. What's the level of hoppiness? Not a fan of the death-by-hops IPAs.

      1. Ruthless Rye is a spring seasonal that is disappearing now, next up being Summerfest.

        1. > "Now I notice they date these bottles, do they expect them to age?"

          Sierra Nevada (like many brewers) dates all their beers. Putting a date code on a beer (either a bottling date or a "Best before" date) is not an indication that a beer is meant to be cellaring. It is there so consumers, retailers and distributors know how fresh a beer is.

          Sierra Nevada gives their flagship pale ale a shelf life of 5 months (150 days), and probably would do the same for Ruthless Rye. Since, as noted, it's one of their 4 "seasonals", they probably hope the beer is sold or pulled by the time Summerfest is distributed, which, in most markets, is already the case.

          1. This is a nice beer. I'm coming back to SN after a while away. The trend tp wreck your palette had bored me and leads me to believe that many of the brewers out there are semi skill less Balance baby balance. I do love Rug Brod from the Breuery, chewy and reminds me of good Baltic rye breads..

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            1. re: MOREKASHA

              Their celebration ales have been pretty good too for my palate... nothing that leaves an indelible impression, but solid. Seems like everything they make tends towards singular bouquet, dry to semi-dry, well-made...

              SN Pale Ale on tap was one of the first microbrews (can't really call it micro but...) that really got my attention...