I've tried a few rye-based beers here and there... Founder's Red Rye and Hop Rod Rye that I can recall... was never particularly impressed with them... there was something off-putting about the flavor that I didn't get attached to.
So I see this Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye on the shelf a week back, I'll try any SN product once, so I buy a single... not bad...
So I go back tonight for the confirming test... and this stuff is good. Taste-wise it's akin to a semi-dry pale ale. It has sort of a singular flavor punch rather than an evolving bouquet, which is fine as long as that flavor is interesting. Not thin, sort of medium texture.
I do notice that it pours with alot of head and carbonation, maybe that's typical of ryes?
Give it a try, I like this stuff and think there's a place for it on my beer rotation. In full disclosure haven't tasted it blind heads up against other brews, but not sure that really applies here b/c it's not really appropriate to test it against anything other than other ryes...
Further, I'd even go so far as to say it's one of my favorite SN products from their entire line ("regular" SN pale ale, and torpedo being probably the two others), I can take or leave bigfoot, and the fresh hop series...
It's also interesting that SN positions this beer as a "transition beer going from winter to spring"... which fits actually, it's heavy enough for winter-time, but that sharp focused flavor says "not dead of winter"... and that it's transition into spring rather than into fall-winter the way IPAs seem to fit best.
Now I notice they date these bottles, do they expect them to age?
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