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Review: Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Posted by Steve Greenlee  January 19, 2012 09:20 AM

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sierra nevada ruthless rye 003.jpgSierra Nevada Brewing Co. has introduced a new spring seasonal. Ruthless Rye IPA, a hoppy rye beer, replaces Glissade, a maibock. Word is that Glissade sold well its first year but didn't do so hot last year. (I thought I saw a few too many 12-packs piled up in the stores as we headed toward last summer.)

I doubt that Ruthless Rye IPA will have any such problems. This beer is a winner. (It's also so new that it's not listed yet on Sierra Nevada's website. UPDATE 1/28: It's there now.)

In a rye beer, malted rye subs for a portion of the malted barley, giving the beer a spicy kick. Add a big dose of hops, and you've got yourself a rye IPA.

Ruthless Rye pours clear copper with two fingers of foam. The aroma is spicy and grassy -- the hops in this beer run more toward earth and pine than citrus, though hints of orange peel come through in the taste. The beer has a strong malt profile, so this is a well-balanced beer, one that's not very bitter despite its IPA status.

All around, this is a perfect spring beer -- not too heavy, not too aggressive, not too bitter, but full of flavor and easy to drink. Ruthless Rye IPA is 6.6 percent alcohol by volume. A six-pack costs about $10.

Email me at greenlee@globe.com. Follow me on Twitter @SteveGreenlee.

Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for Boston.com. He can be reached at gdzen@boston.com. Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.
 

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