Beer Review: Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye (2012)
04/29/2012

Ding Points: 44.00

Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 40.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 40.00

Tasting Notes:

Chill hazed, clouded brown body with a very disappointing head. Some spotty film, but no retention or lace to speak of. Drab and ugly looking.

Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye 2012

Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye 2012

Nose offers typical peppery, medicinal notes with a strange, additional blue cheese note. Smells a bit odd.

As expected (and known) the tastes are dominated by a bitter, medicinal pepper based rye and frankly nothing else.

Rye is a character I dislike in beer (so full disclosure), but here it lingers, drys the tongue and leaves a green hop leaf finish which burns – and not in a good way. Not good. The IPA character is there, but rye is such an uncompromising malt that it overwhelms just about every beer I have ever encountered with it. There’s nothing subtle here, it’s just a bruising affair with wave after wave of peppery spice that is not tempered by any grace. A loud beer, framed on American parameters of harshness and one that does not work at all well for me. Aggression for aggressions sake in my book, and a beer which to me is simply not enjoyable.

It isn’t attractive, it doesn’t smell right and the tastes are abusive and bitter – not really a winning combination for me.

Other: 6.6% ABV. American IPA. Rye beer.


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