Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Do you like Sierra Nevada? Do you like hoppy rye beers? If so, you are in luck because Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye hit Nashville shelves yesterday. It’s a new beer in their portfolio that will be replacing Glissade as an early winter seasonal. Enough bs…let’s pop the cap on this.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. -Chico, CA

ABV: 6.6%  

Smitty’s Review: Sampled at 50 degrees. Pours medium orange amber with an ivory head that dissipates to a 1/8″ retentive ring, sparce lacing. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and sweet fruity ale esters, which has a house character that I recognize instantly. The malt profile is quite nice – in which the rye blends nicely with the toasty and caramelly notes. The bitterness is spicy and assertive, with almost a mild pepper-like quality to it. As far as attentuation, this definitely leans to the drier side. Long hoppy and dry finish, with a hint of orange and tea coming in as well. As it warms, I sense a small amount of alcohol.

This is an excellent beer and worthy of a repeat buy. I think Sierra Nevada has a winner, and I am not going to miss Glissade one bit. I love the label as well. But for those that do not like,  or have a low tolerance for hops, you may want to pass on this one.

• Rating*: 9 out of 10
• Recommended Food Pairing: Cured meats, soft buttery cheeses, pork loin, rotisserie chicken
• Value: Moderate at $9.99 per six pack
• Beer Audience: Hop heads
• Where to buy: Craft beer specialty stores like Midtown, Frugal MacDoogal, J Barleycorn, Red Dog, Graces Plaza, etc.

* rating system based on aroma (1 pt), appearance (1pt), palate (2 pts) flavor (3pts), comparison to other commercial examples of the style (3pts)