Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye 2012
Living in the most isolated capital city in the world, we in Perth are not unaccustomed to waiting for new products from Europe and the US. The tag-line for the state we live in Western Australia is referred to others and locals alike as Wait Awhile. So with this in mind, I was seriously surprised and excited at the same time when I saw the the International Beer Shop had recently received an order of the 2012 Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada.
Now the International Beer Shop’s sister/parent company, Phoenix Beers has the exclusive import rights, and I can’t thank them enough for pouncing on that Ruthless Rye and getting it here asap. Its nice sometimes to believe that things are slowly changing here in Perth, and this such example has cemented my belief in that they are, slowly but surely.
YM had already tried the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and assured me that it was simply put ‘awesome’. After cracking open the bottle and pouring the Ruthless Rye into a glass, I was ready to smell, taste and savior. My initial impression of the beer was that it was a clear amber colour with a nice fluffy white head.
Upon first smell, I got huge amounts of floral and citrus hop notes with subtle hints of rye, dough and pepper. The beer tasted even better than it smelt. I could feel the hop flavours exploding in my mouth, causing a “hoplosion” of fantastic sensations on my taste-buds. There was definite bitterness, and a lovely rustic, farmhouse style notes as well, which gave the beer a fantastic mouth feel. I could also detect faint hints of alcohol, and as the beer warmed, the hop flavours were even more enhanced, as was the bitterness factor. I feel like Sierra Nevada slightly let me down on the rye front, as the flavours were very subtle, and I could imagine that some drinkers may feel that they were too heavily masked by the ever present hops.
The only downside for me on this beer is its limited availability, whether that be in the US or here in Perth.
A six pack will set you back $26.99 from the International Beer Shop.