Beer Wednesday – Ruthless Rye IPA
Happy Beer Wednesday!
This week, I’m pretty happy to have another West Coast IPA, Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye IPA.
This non-traditional IPA has amazing color, a rich, deep amber, and a nose that is a blend of hops and malt, without too much bitterness.
The taste is rich and malty, with a ton of sweetness up front. The hops are light, without a whole lot of hoppy bitterness or citrus. The malt is almost more of a Belgian than a West Coast IPA, which changes how I feel about it.
I want a West Coast IPA to be really big and hoppy, and this vegan beer just isn’t. If this beer were presented as a Belgian style IPA, I might be raving. The malt is rich and smooth, and the hops aren’t overpowering, but let’s be honest, when you get an IPA, you want that vegan beer to be super hoppy. Or at least I do. The malt had a really interesting flavor to it, which I assume comes from the rye, but it still wasn’t quite right.
If this were a Belgian IPA, I would be happy to give it a higher rating, but as it is, while good, I can’t give it more than a 3 out of 6 on my six-pack scale.