Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Ruthless Rye IPA

An American classic such as this should be enjoyed while enjoying this beer.

George Washington once said "Beer is so cool, especially when you drink a lot of it while playing Nintendo." Wiser words were never said!

So this is Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye. It's it any different than their regular Torpedo IPA? Heck yes, mon fraire! My favorite thing about this and other spring seasonals is that they hit the market right after the big Chicago snowstorm. So if I drink this will it be spring faster? Damn yeah! And I feel if a groundhog drinks a six pack of this for $8.99 it'll throw up all over it's shadow and give it the finger!

Sierra Nevada started up with Ken Grossman, Rex "Sex Cannon" Grossman's long lost relation, making a small ass brewery in Chico, California. In '76 he opened up a home brew store after college and two years later he met up with his pal Paul Camusi and they rustled up some soda bins nad crap. Hey, I dunno what the heck the bought and I don't give a crap. Point is, they started making beer. By 1980, they brewed their first batch of Pale Ale, their flagship. Ken still focuses a lot of his time on the brewing operations to this day, so he's either dedicated or really bored. I'm personally guilty of one of those.

So what's this Ruthless Rye all about? Well it's an IPA ya dingleberry! Rumor has it this is supposedly to replace with Maibock Glissade spring seasonal, and you know what, I'm cool with that. This bottle houses the hottest reaper babe I EVER seen or imagined! This beer got a citrusy blast and a spicy hop to it you'd have to be a straight up goon to not, at a minimum, try it.

Will this beer blow you away though? Probably not. I mean it's a tasty IPA, as far as IPAs go. Spicer than their Pale Ale, obviously, but most IPAs are, and supposed to be. I mean look at all the foam in the picture! That hoptastic if you ask me, and I'm a freelance doctor! It's got a deep amber color and there are no bugs swimming in there, ZERO! Not including myself, obviously.

What kind of hops are they using, what kind of yeast? I dunno, I'm not that kind of doctor. But this IPA had the taste and quality I'd expect out of Sierra Nevada, stand up characters over there. If you like IPAs you should definitely try this during the spring. I don't personally care for IPAs too much but this is a pretty tasty one. A lot of fools with over hop theirs, especially if it's a seasonal, but not Sierra Nevada. Like I mentioned before, its spicy but also has a crisp refreshing taste, so it isn't like chugging maple syrup mixed with Pine Sol. Do they still make that stuff?

If you slosh the stuff in your mouth it foams like KaBoom! Coating your mouth with a light coating of malty deliciousness that I can't begin to describe. It has a very strong odor, heavy with hops and malts. Good though.

Long story short, this is a nice, pleasing IPA. It's allegedly 6.60% ABV. No wording on the IBUs on this new baby yet, but hopefully we will find out soon. Go out and grab a sixer of this though; you won't be disappointed. If I had a buddy come into town that likes IPAs I'd definitely get this again if it was still around. Would I get it again other than that? Maybe not, there's so many beers and like I mentioned before, I'm not huge on the IPAs but it's definitely worth a try for ALL beer fans, and at $9.00 a sixer, can you afford NOT to try it? Can you? Listen Ebeneezer, loosen the purse strings you old scrooge and indulge! Cratchet!

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 9/10

Overall: 7.25/10

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