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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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87
very good

4,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,372
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 64
Gots: 286 | 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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MMG229

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-09-2013 03:28:18 | More by MMG229
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mattknueven

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-19-2012 05:11:35 | More by mattknueven
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-31-2012 01:48:30 | More by tpauer
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ndraughn84

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-20-2014 04:17:00 | More by ndraughn84
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-10-2013 11:51:25 | More by YamagamiTravis
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-09-2012 04:36:07 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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Methical

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-13-2013 04:46:41 | More by Methical
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Bottle from The Still in Lincoln, NE
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye ale offers a strongly bitter IPA that hits all the right notes for me, from its attractive, dark body to its deep and bitter hop aroma and flavor. The addition of rye, while not solely propelling this beer forward, is noticeable and a welcome flavor.

Body is amber brown with burnt orange highlights around the perimeter and very active carbonation.. Head is off-white, tall, of mixed small and medium bubbles, very pillowy. Fades in a minute or two, leaving some good lacing and a thin perpetual cap atop the body.

Aroma is hop-intense, with notable grapefruit and spicy hop additions. Also can detect a peppery, slightly grainy, and mineral component.

Begins with taste of mild wort sweetness on tip of tongue, which is quickly extinguished by waves of bittering hops, notably pine and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit, rye, and barley malt flavors influence the mid-palate, then a flash of bitterness in closing. Aftertaste is driven by residual hop bitterness and grapefruit flavors. I really enjoy bitterness, and this provided some satisfying characters towards that quality.

Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

02-15-2012 20:34:43 | More by falloutsnow
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indiana

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-30-2013 02:23:38 | More by indiana
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gio540

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-03-2013 04:20:09 | More by gio540
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.24/5  rDev +9%

Cellar temerature in a mug.

Ruthless Rye presents a three-finger white head on a pure, clear amber body.

That spicy rye is totally in the aroma, along with earthy, piney hops. A touch of honey, too.

The rye combines with a fruity citrus flavor upon first taste. It's like lime to me. The finish is malty, bready, and dry, with some lingering rye spiciness. Quite good.

It's fairly full-bodied for the style, which I like.

This is a really good malt-forward IPA and it incorporates rye exceptionally well.

02-13-2014 16:20:33 | More by Kuaff
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BearslikeBeers

California

4.24/5  rDev +9%

The beer poured a rich amber with a large head that left a thick lace along the glass. The smell is very faint and hoppy. The flavor is bitter and dry throughout the rye provides a bitter starch(and peppery) taste that lingers. The hops are not very fruity or floral but dry and bitter and complement the rye nicely. Overall the beer came together very nicely and has a more pronounced rye presence than I've seen in the brews of some others breweries starting to use rye.

01-23-2014 02:01:20 | More by BearslikeBeers
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.24/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
Pours out a translucent copper, plenty of carbonation creates a solid 3/4 inch head with decent retention.

Rye, minerals, grass and a hint of citrus make up most of the smell.

Rye and pale malts combine with a bit of pine, grass and lemon rind to start this off. Slight hint of sweet malts and more rye spice at the finish. The mouth isn't as heavy on the carbonation as I expected. Nice, smooth, moderate body.

One awesome rye IPA! Thanks Sierra Nevada, this is an excellent seasonal offering.

03-07-2013 01:06:51 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +9%

I am generally a big fan of rye beers, so when I saw this at the store today, I had to pick up a sixer of this. Pours clear and amber in color with a foamy, rocky white head with shades of caramel. Very nice lacing and the head retention is pretty nice as well.

Aromas are great. Certainly the spicy rye comes through and that is followed by citrus and floral hops. Sweet maltiness and caramel add some complexity to the aroma. I enjoy the slight musty smell this one presents also.

One thing about Sierra Nevada is they sure as hell know how to make some great IPAs. Flavor is packed with a spicy punch and bitterness that lingers on the palate just long enough. Finishes dry after about 30 seconds leaving the tongue unsatisfied and slaking for more nectar. Floral in character with a very nice citrus presence, but the rose hips seem to be dominating here, and I like it.

Another great beer from Sierra Nevada. Without a doubt, these guys make the best beer for the price in the world. Spicy, floral, slightly tangy, medium body, and delicious!

01-31-2013 21:39:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

$7-$8 for a 6pack, julian dating on bottle: 1362, o December 26, 2011. poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a beautiful copper color with a nice inch of head, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

s- spices (a good deal of pepper), light hops, some bready scents, and a little sweetness

t- tastes a lot hoppier than the smell would lead you to believe. it's bitter, with dry spices, and lots of pine resin.

m- medium bodied and carbonation. leaves your mouth dry and with some of the resiny texture.

o- i wasn't expecting too much from this beer, but it gave me a nice surprise. this is an awesome beer, and i would buy again.

01-29-2012 23:20:53 | More by dejrrma
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samie85

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a crimson copper with two fingers of white head.

Smells of pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, some caramel, and some spicy pine.

Pineapple, biitter pine, a bit of grapefruit and some caramel to balance it all with a bit of rye.

Medium bodied with light carbonation a drying, slick feel.

Very drinkable and paired well with some deep dish pizza; I would definitely make this a repeat purchase.

03-17-2012 18:00:26 | More by samie85
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/23/2011. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, grass, herbal, and rye spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, grass, and spicy rye. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, rye, citrus, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of bitterness and malts make this quite smooth. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Great flavor balance and smoothness. Very enjoyable with nice hop flavors.

03-29-2012 01:28:06 | More by superspak
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RossCain

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12oz (dated 2012) into a pint glass:

A: Pours a semi-translucent, rustic orange color with a puffy and foamy off-white head. Great retention and the big splotches of the head clinging to the glass upon each quaff is attractive.

S: Bready and spicey with a background of citrus sweet notes playing second fiddle. Smells like a fresh baked croissant with honey.

T: Bold flavors of malty goodness hit the palate initially followed by a big rush of a fresh bite of grapefruit with sugar on top. Slightly peppery in the middle. Propped up in the finish by a giant bready background graced with the enduring flavors of the whole-cone hops, the beer finishes with an assertive bittersweet finish (erring more on the side of bitter).

M: Big full body with a creamy character and a slick feel as it passes over the palate. Finishes sweet with a lingering pucker of bitterness.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed Sierra Nevada's take on the Rye-IPA. Definitely a hearty brew which is packed full of well-married flavors. I wouldn't bat an eyelash at buying a sixer.

03-13-2012 01:12:06 | More by RossCain
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BaronRogue

California

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

A dollar a bottle at the pharmacy, couldn't resist a cheap Sierra Seasonal.

Deep red with a decent head that stuck around for a minute or two. Little bit of lace on the glass which is always nice.

Smells like peppery grapefruit. Breads and hops mixing together nicely.

Taste is exceptional for me, since I'm not the biggest rye beer fan. Nicely hoppy, slightly bitter and a great aftertaste. I can't smell or taste any alcohol at all, which is interesting since it's 6.6%.

Feels great, you'll like this if you enjoy hops but don't like the bitterness sticking around in the back of your throat for too long.

Another good mass beer from Sierra Nevada, give it a try if you see it at a decent price.

03-11-2012 05:00:40 | More by BaronRogue
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tmm313

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

A- Crystal clear, dark amber, copper color. Nice two finger head with excellent lacing.

S- Wonderful aromas! Huge floral notes with some sweet grapefruit, orange zest, rye, caramel, fresh hop, and bready malts.

T- Matches the nose pretty closely, just not as sweet. Bitter grapefruit, a slight touch of orange, and light floral up front, followed by big rye, a little pine, bitter hops, and a cracker like flavor. Big bitter, resinous aftertaste.

M- Slightly thicker than medium bodied. Super oily; coats the mouth entirely. Semi-drying.

O- I'm a pretty big fan of the Rye IPA and this was a wonderful example of the style. I was most impressed by the aroma and mouthfeel but, as a whole, it was an awesome beer!

03-16-2014 17:23:24 | More by tmm313
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dgilks

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

Slightly hazy amber colour with a fluffy, light tan head. Great lacing.

Floral, citrussy hops. No pine. Mild spicy rye. Sweet. Interesting but the sweetness is a little much.

Bright, tropical and floral hops dominate again with a smooth, caramel malt profile. The sweetness is quite high as is the bitterness so it ain't bad. Gets increasingly bitter in the glass.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I like this beer as a sessionable IPA. The sweetness counteracts enough bitterness to make this eminently drinkable though that sweetness is not quite what I want in an IPA.

03-19-2012 06:11:31 | More by dgilks
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is delicious. Citrus and hops up front, some rye and malts at the finish, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

01-07-2012 15:37:35 | More by tone77
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Docer

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: (4.0)
- Clear dark amber, close to a brown. Fluffy fingers of off-white head settle to a white thin pillow and bubbly lace around the glass. Brew bubbles well.

Smell: (4.0)
- Very nice pine, floral, grassy, and earthy hops. One of the reasons I like Sierra Nevada so much is how they hop their beers. Always zingy, and always fresh smelling. Smooth semi-sweet malt backing, bit bready, and caramel infused.

Taste: (4.5)
- Great bittering hops. Nice pine and zesty hop bite rides along a mild bready malt backing. Rye isn't too present, but has sneaked in there a little bit. Wonderful earthy herbal and citrusy mouth puckering finish. Certainly a balanced, and great beer.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Little drying from the bitterness, and a medium bodied brew which is nicely carbonated to perfection. Little cloying and chewy, and is an easy drinker.

Overall: (4.0)
- This beer kind of brings me back to their Anniversary Ale, which frankly pissed me off when they pulled it. This just seems to have a different sweetness and malt balance to it, but the hops are what brings me back. I read a bit of this beer before I finally purchased a bottle.. and am now surprised at some of the more negative reviews. This beer is damn good, and solid. I will be buying more for sure.

02-10-2012 01:11:20 | More by Docer
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 listed on the bottle.

An off white head, a little styrofoamy, but makes a good three fingers with some retention. Body color is a dark amber brown, crystal clear, not much rising carbonation if any.

Nose is a nice toasted grainy malt. Slightly spicy, almost Oktoberfest Marzen like. A little subdued, but fairly solid.

Real interesting taste profile. Sweetening grapefruit at first in the palate, followed by the toasty malts matched on the nose. Hop citrus bitter follows on the afterfinish, with an airy spicy feeling. Great tasting. Mouthfeel seems fine and solid nothing to complain or get excited about.

Overall pretty good tasting beer here.

01-15-2012 23:26:57 | More by smakawhat
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Brent

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

I have to admit to passing this by quite a few times before finally picking up a six. I'm a card-carrying member of the Church of Celebration Ale, but most of Sierra Nevada's big releases have generally underwhelmed me. I was pretty impressed with the deft use of rye in this beer, when so many other rye beers fail to deliver on the promise. Poured a amber with an active head. Touch of sweetness balanced with firm hops bittering. The rye lends a distinctive peppery bite to the malt that is spot on.

02-10-2012 14:33:22 | More by Brent
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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