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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

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4,397 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,397
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 303 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Reviews by nickthetick:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Pours an clear amber orange into a DFH off centered glass a light khaki head that hangs around for a while and clings to the glass and leaves a lovely lacing.

S: Orange and lemon aromas are heavy along with the moderate pine notes and the rye is noticeable in the form of a marble rye. Both the rye and wheat are present.

T: Much of the the flavors are oranges and and dark citrus. Pine is larger in the taste than in the nose. There are the rye bread and wheat notes, light caramel. There is actually a lot of the rye, but is not to be outdone by the citrus flavors.

MF: A solid medium body with some great effervescence, and very dry on the end.

O: Wonderful rye and a wonderful IPA that when put together make a great beer. A bit too dry and and the rye can subtract a bit from the classic pine and citrus IPA players but other than that just great.

02-10-2012 03:18:01 | More by nickthetick
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a nonic a clear rich copper/bronze with a large blooming head that left a few broken rings of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not as assertive in the nose as I expected,it does have a decent shot of grapefruit-like hop aromas with some mild rye spice.Much fuller flavors with a nice mix of nutty malt mixed with spicy rye and a healthy dose of citric hops,well rounded.A very solid rye offering from SN wich frakly I expected,I could drink this all day.

01-18-2012 21:20:34 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-03-2012 02:06:57 | More by aszatk01
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-28-2013 00:35:25 | More by DanGeo
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a deep copper color, red and orange tones here and there. Nice clarity all around; very small bits of sediment hang in suspension throughout the brew. Creamy, off-white head settles to a quarter-inch quickly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is deep and heavy pine and hop oils, super wet, dark, and dank weed. Citrus notes bring up the rear end; tangerine, grapefruit. A little bit of dryness from the rye but not much in the aroma. The taste, however, is plentiful with rye - the large rye under body is the canvas upon which the rest of the beer lies. Hops go wild but don't overpower nor combat the rye for dominance; oily and resinous pines engulf, along with a slight white pepper spiciness. Some earthy herbal flavors pull through more and more; faint musty dirt, but not in a bad way. The citrus is a little more subdued on the palate than it was in the nose, and it takes on more of a light lemon zest flavor than the nose would lead to believe. Even in the finish, the rye is still popping and meshes with a nice yeast flavor in the aftertaste, along with some fading, dry bitterness. Medium bodied, although the mouth is somewhat thinner than expected and just a touch watery at times. Decent amount of carbonation.

What hasn't been said about Sierra Nevada already? Everything they put out it delicious. Ruthless Rye is a nice "Rye-PA" with a significant amount of rye and a nice hop profile to go along with it. Delicious stuff, here.

01-09-2013 12:44:06 | More by tectactoe
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4.51/5  rDev +15.9%

Ruthless Rye certainly has the look down; a body that mixes brown, orange and red is crowned with a towering head of light tan foam that has ridiculous retention and leaves behind some great lacing.

The aroma has a big dose of citrus, is a little bit spicy and has notes of caramel as well. Ruthless Rye is bright and citrus-flavored immediately, bringing the hop profile that I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Grapefruit, orange, hints of resin and just a touch of pine combine with considerable bitterness. The spicy, almost peppery rye flavors are noticeable without being overwhelming, with a little bit of caramel and even some powdery cocoa to back it up.

Slightly oily on the tongue with a fairly full body for an IPA. Ample carbonation gives a smooth and creamy feel.Ruthless Rye is a hoppy beer with rye in the background. If you like Sierra Nevada's other hoppy beers, then you will dig this one if you like rye.

01-27-2013 20:15:02 | More by ExtraStout
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

aroma: pine and citrus with a hint of pineapple and tropical type aromas. There is some grassy notes with a light malt sweetness. There is moderate rye spiciness to the aroma.

appearance: golden orange and clear with an ivory head that forms a half inch of rocky, longlatsting head.

taste: a good deal of citrus with a lot of that spicy pepper/rye character. There is some mango towards the back mixed in with some pineapple. There is a assertive hops bitterness with just enough malt for support. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with a linger hop bitterness aftertaste.

mouthfeel: dry, medium full bodied with a medium high carbonation

drinkability: A very good IPA with a great rye flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:41:26 | More by MadScientist
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-23-2013 17:28:35 | More by npala86
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-13-2013 22:34:57 | More by Tiernan
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-07-2013 00:44:37 | More by tbryan5
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-11-2013 23:40:35 | More by woodchipper
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2014 15:43:09 | More by SanFranJake
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-26-2012 14:15:59 | More by ricksrealm
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-11-2012 03:49:25 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-10-2014 16:37:21 | More by joemetric
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2.98/5  rDev -23.4%

A very clear amber. Really clear - like the lovechild of an amber and a West coast IPA. A lot of rye in the nose. Smells similarly to their Northern Harvest, but with some lighter pine undertones. You can catch some citrus on the top, as well. Hmm, this is interesting. Quite thick to start with no real identity. Then the rye, grain and bread notes explode and make it taste almost like an American lager. The pine notes push their way forward on the back end and try to substantiate the IPA claim. I'm not catching much citrus, just a lot of pine and rye. It's ok, but nothing I'd regularly drink.

Like it? It's OK

01-21-2012 02:42:28 | More by wrycon
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Amber hue, tall tan head, moderate carbonation, very clear.

S - Caramel malts, citrus hops, spicy rye.

T - Much like the smell, caramel malt, some sweetness from botht the malt and rye and some spiciness from the rye and hops. Predominately citrus hops, but a good bit of pine also. Ends with bitter kick.

M - Moderate body, some coating of the mouth from the malt and the resinous hops accentuate this. I think the carbonation is spot on but for the body, I'd like a little more alcohol to dry the palate.

O - Very good rye beer from SN, will definitely have again and I think it is a good rye beer to introduce people to the grain.

02-01-2012 00:25:53 | More by steelerguy
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-26-2014 13:07:06 | More by SuomiHobbit
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-04-2012 16:29:52 | More by KevlarBrewing
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-15-2013 19:21:42 | More by Kjanisch7
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2012 08:10:58 | More by Carissa
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-18-2012 22:18:23 | More by Drunkenass
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

In a pint glass the beer was a reddish amber color with a small beige head. There was a little bit of lace.

Spicy rye aroma, some caramel malt. Grassy, herbal hops. A hint of citrus.

Caramel and spicy rye taste. Resinous, piney hops. Grapefruit showed up also.

This was a very crisp, hoppy IPA. Very drinkable.

01-27-2012 11:11:58 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-04-2014 00:24:02 | More by BeerDreadz
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-26-2013 22:17:36 | More by NWer
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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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