I had no idea it existed or was even being released. I had to pick it up and I am glad I did. That was one of the most satisfying beers I have had in a while. I did not take any notes on it at the time, but I guess I get to redeem myself this year.
Rye has been a staple grain for millennia-sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor. Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors-combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring.
I honestly cannot remember this beer from last year but I do remember I liked it. This year, I would say my expectations were exceeded. You get hints of rye on the nose and it reminds you a bit of rye bread. A little spice and a generous amount of citrus. A nice tan head and fairly decent lacing all the way down.
The first sips is what really blew me away. The very distinct and full grapefruit flavors and silky/velvety texture of this beer were fantastic. A bit bready with an up front bitterness that faded and was perfectly balanced. Simply outstanding. Also has some cool label art. Highly recommend.