Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Slimmer Spring Pickings for You IPA Haters

Fans of Sierra Nevada's Glissade Bock, the Maibock-style beers that Sierra previously offered as a spring seasonal, will be a bit disappointed this year. Sierra Nevada has replaced Glissade with yet another IPA, this one called Ruthless Rye. This makes back to back seasonal releases for the brewery, with their Celebration IPA being the winter release. I can understand people wishing for more variety as far as new releases go, but at least Ruthless Rye has a twist on the other IPAs: you guessed it- the rye malts. Rye pairs with pale, caramel, and chocolate for the malt bill in this beer. The hops used are Bravo, Chinook, and Citra, along with some "experimental" hops. Hope they don't leave permatrails. I first saw the 6.6% ABV, 55 IBU Ruthless Rye at the Bird of Paradise liquor store on Gibson, selling for $12.99 a 12-pack. That same store also has some bottles of Rogue's excellent Old Crustacean Barleywine in those annoyingly small 7 oz. bottles for $2.99, down from $7.99. $3 for 7 oz. may seem expensive, but the beer ages well for years and at 11.5% ABV the small bottle size is perfect for one serving.


Sloppy said...

Thanks for the tip on the Old Crustacean deal! Last night we went over there and bought 9 of them. Now I just gotta hide 'em and try to forget I have them, for a few years.

ABQbeergeek said...

Glad to help! Just do what I do: hide beer behind the soap.