Tired of being snowed in? Winter weather got you down? Well Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has found a remedy. Ruthless Rye IPA is this year’s spring seasonal brew. I was very excited to see this release for a couple of reasons: 1) Sierra Nevada is a favorite in my house and, 2) the label is just so darn gorgeous. But it’s what was inside the bottle that sent my heart a flutter.
Brewed with Chinook, Citra, Bravo and experimental hops, Ruthless Rye starts your experience with a beautiful, fresh grapefruit aroma. The grapefruit comes through loud and clear on the first sip. The taste is citrusy, rustic and the finish is clean and snappy. The rye creates and interesting “rustic” and peppery quality. Any “hop head” will enjoy this beer. And at 6.6% ABV it’s just right for cold winter nights and breezy spring days. Ruthless Rye IPA is a great beer for meals, but even better as a stand-alone. Like I said, it is the spring seasonal beer for 2012 and on shelves now so grab some before it’s gone!