Saturday, February 11, 2012

Game Day Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye American India Pale Ale

(6.60% ABV) Poured on draft into a trusty pilsner glass, Ruthless Rye is a rich copper color, with a massive tannish head that really brings the beer to life.

The beer smells primarily of hops, although there's a certain spiciness to it, as well. I'm sensing just the slightest hint of citrus on the nose, but you almost have to be looking for it to really notice its presence.

On tasting, the rye hits you up front, with a rich, earthy flavor that gradually settles into that familiar Sierra Nevada smooth and hoppy finish.  The beer has a greater depth than the brewery's flagship pale ale.

This is a nicely carbonated beer, and an enjoyable take on a classic American style. A-

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