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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,281 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,281
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | FT: 2
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. Dates 1353. December 19/11. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium copper colour with a half finger of cream coloured head.

S - Grapefruit and pine aromas up front that accompany a nice hop bitterness. Some floral and spicy/peppery notes are evident in the background along with a slight caramel sweetness.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with big spicy/peppery malt flavours. Some citrus and pine flavours are evident, but not to the degree that I expected given the nose. The spicy rye flaovurs really steal the show here.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:47:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a good tannish head... nice sheets of lace.

The nose on this one seems pretty mild... pale malts... a bit bready.. grassy hops... no yeastiness to speak of... pretty clean and again, mild.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit of minerally fruitiness on finish that I am having a hard time pinning down... earthy and grassy hoppiness...

Medium body with smooth everpresent small bubble carbonation.. very drinkable given the ABV... I would probably get bored after a bottle or three, but I will pick this one up again.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:42:58 | More by JohnGalt1
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours dark amber in color. It has about two inches of beige head.

S - I can definitely tell there is rye in there. It almost comes across as skunky.

T - The rye really stands out. I get some breadiness in the middle, and it finishes with rye and some bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I'm not sold on this one. I'm usually a fan of Sierra Nevada. It doesn't quite stack up to the other rye beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 23:36:49 | More by buschbeer
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: buckwheat honey
S: floral, spicy (cardamom) but also slightly medicinal/plastic
T: full, rich, noticeable bitterness, not much hop aroma/flavour, clean fresh maltiness; well balanced; bitterness lingers
M: tons or richness
O: a bold direct "masculine" beer that would probably be better enjoyed with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:02:41 | More by EspressoGuy
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear dark orange amber color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is average with a good bit of lacing left.

3.5 S: Plenty of earthy spicy rye. Hints of smoke and toasted malt. Hops are floral and earthy. Pleasant and quite interesting.

3.5 T: Again, lots of earthy spicy rye. Mild bitterness. Herbal and earthy hop flavor. Again I'm picking up a light smokiness and a stronger toastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. I'm a big fan of rye and I like the smokiness that this beer has. It's a good combination.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:10:24 | More by DavoleBomb
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh I kind of hate rye IPA's since they leave the palate so dry but this one was pretty nice.

A - Looks pretty dark, darker than a normal IPA with a good amount of sticky foam. Lacing is good too.

S - Rye really didn't stand out much in the smell maybe as a peppery aspect, strong earthy hops, good amount of bread malts too.

T - Not as bad as I expected they got the finish down without too much drying. Taste is hoppy at first then the rye clocks you pretty hard then the bread finish smooths it out.

M - Medium bodied even though balanced I still am not a huge fan.

Overall defiantly a good beer but not something I would seek out again. Was like the rye version of the "northern hemisphere IPA" which I liked a lot too. Good if you love the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:28:38 | More by DrDemento456
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, a big thank you to output01x for providing this beer.

An average pour netted a finger and a half of vanilla colored, creamy head. Body is a nice copper color, with a light stream of bubbles rushing upward. Lacing tries and fails to hang on to the side of the glass.

Good smell. Pine and grapefruit are first up, with rye bread, pepper and a hint of wood following up.

Rye sits on your tongue and stews until pine explodes in your mouth. The bitterness from this sticks around until rye comes back in and finishes off with a spiced bread flavor. Was hoping for a little grapefruit in there, but nothing doing.

THis one is medium bodied and a little sticky. Leaves a lasting mild bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 21:52:39 | More by CFHMagnet
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beyah

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Smiths pint.

A - Deep amber with 2 fingers of off white head that hangs in for a long time.

S - Smell the rye and pine from the hops, can't make out much else.

T - Tastes similar to smell, quite bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is about right for this style and body a bit thin.

O - Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but an interesting change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:31:48 | More by beyah
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untitledeuphoria

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 Ruthless, 01/28/14 packaging date, consumed from a flare pilsner glass.

A: Pours a very attractive deep copper coloring, with a solid one and half finger of off white (dusty) head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Malt with slight toffee? notes, and very slight... at least to me... basic citrus. Overall, the smell is very subdued, even immediately after an aggressive pour.

T: Rye! ...then some more Rye, slowly followed by orange zest, and finishes dry and bitter, with a lingering taste of pepper.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, coats the mouth with a light resin stick. Alcohol warmth is apparent after half a bottle or so.

O: One of those "have to be in the mood for it" beers. It is a beer I enjoy on colder, poor weather days where the spice and alcohol warmth acts as a pick me up, without knocking me out. Each time I have this beer it tends to be a one and done, not to be paired with other beers and definitely not to be sessioned. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys experimental IPAs, but would not go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 04:40:43 | More by untitledeuphoria
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bayougutter

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown that you can see thru with a nice two inch eggshell head that stuck around awhile.

Smells citrus, pine, resin, and a little of the rye spice.

Taste citrus, pine, a little floral/ grassy with the rye tasting good on the finish.

Mouthfeel is palate coating without being thick. Could stand a little more carbination.

Overall a well done offering from SN and worthy of a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:17:42 | More by bayougutter
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zhanson88

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-copper color with moderate carbonation, and a good 3/4" of white head that has nice retention and lacing. 4

Smell: Has a very bready malt smell and maybe a hint of spiciness from the rye malt. Some citrus and pine notes come across for the hop character.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Very bready in malt character, with lighter caramel-type notes. Hops come across more strongly in the flavor than in the aroma - citrus, pine and florals.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with moderate fine carbonation, very nice. Overall, a decent, fairly unique IPA. Not quite the hop bomb I was expecting, but still decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:18:52 | More by zhanson88
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Tee76

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:. Pours a deep amber color with a decent creamy white head. Heavy lacing sticks to the glass and stays around. Nice looking beer

S: The Spicey rye is is upfront and in your face, followed by earthy hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Dominate peppery taste followed by a faint pine bite.

M: Nice and creamy up front followed by a smooth rye aftertaste. Nice carbonation as well.

D: Quite drinkable, though they could have toned down the peppery flavor to allow the hops to really come through more. Not to different from Sierra Nevada's other hoppy brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:40:58 | More by Tee76
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Offa

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper, it has a medium big pale tan head, slowly shrinking to foamy ring and wisps, some nice lace.

Aroma is nice, rich resin, grapefruit, caramelised pine and grapefruit, spicy grain, hint of dried fruit & fruit candy.

Taste is spicy dried fruit & fruit candy up front, deep earthy bread character, lightly leaning to spicy-earthy bitterness with hint of citrus at finish. Light mineral throughout, but a bit too spicy-bitter, esp. in finish and with food, with a fusel alcoholic quality, all making it a bit rough and harsh despite some good elements.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 06:27:02 | More by Offa
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ponbon63

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start I'm a big fan of rye IPA's. As long as they're decent, they almost always look and smell amazing.

T: I thought this was a fairly mild flavored rye. Not nearly as bitter as some i've had and not quite as fulfilling. Although I've had rye's with slightly better flavor than this beer, it definitely works well as a session beer.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is not the most memorable rye you could have, but is by no means bad in any way. This beer lands somewhere tasty slightly above average for the category.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:41:16 | More by ponbon63
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Beejay

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful orange amber, although it is hinting at red, crystal clear. Very large cream colored head.

S: Certainly a strong American hop scent. Strong pine, and grapefruit aromas, behind that there is a little juniper, and some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of black pepper in the finish.

T: A lot more of the rye comes out in the taste than in the flavor. Definitely a hint of rye bread, and a certain spiciness that says rye. I almost wish that the hop scent carried over into the flavor more, but it seems like the hops are more focused on the bittering. Peppery with some resiny pine and grapefruit, but not the punch I though I would get from the smell. There is a solid earthiness to the finish.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is higher than some, but it seems appropriate. There is almost a softness to it, but the finish comes in with an almost oily, or resinous feel.

O: Overall I think that the focus was a bit too much on the bittering hops, and that the rye almost takes a bit of a backseat. But it is new, and interesting, and tastes good!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:49:53 | More by Beejay
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rtaps for letting me steal one of these

Look: Caramel in color with a 1/4 inch white head and no retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Piney hops and rye

Taste: Similar to the nose. It's piney and resiny with a touch of citrus not bad at all

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body and medium carbonation and a bit dry and bitter

Overall: Pretty darn good rye IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:01:37 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red-brown, relatively clear with a thin white head.

S- Hoppy with a noticeable rye-grain scent. Like other SN beers the hops have a citrus smell to them.

T- Toasted rye is the main flavor with hops as the secondary, more of an herbal hop flavor but there is some of the citrus-grapefruit flavor present. Not the most bitter of IPAs

M- Clean beer with a pretty crisp finish. Moderate body with medium-high carbonation.

O- Decent for a rye IPA but nothing exceptional. This is what I have come to expect from SN...beers that are good but nothing special and don't tend to push the envelope, not that that is a bad thing but it just doesn't set them apart

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:09:19 | More by Spiekerbox
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theteleman

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty darn hoppy with a nice rye bite to it. If you like west coast style IPA's(very prevalent hop flavors) you'll enjoy this brew. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but leaves the palate with a nice rye taste, real crisp. Enjoyed this brew with some spicy shrimp and veggies and it tasted great.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:51:15 | More by theteleman
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange. Foamy, rocky bone-white head does not budge one inch. Clumpy lacing clings doggedly to everything it touches.

S: A hefty dose of rye. Earthy and spicy with a crusty, toasted pumpernickel rye bread scent. Hop scents are pithy, dank, and weed-like with citrus notes underneath.

T: Grapefruit hop bitterness opens, followed closely by a blanket of rye tastes. As in the nose, it tends toward strong spicy and crusty bread tastes. Citrus notes come mid-palate, and linger for only an instant. Hop flavors then shift to pithy, dank, and oily. Finishes with dank, pithy hops and grainy rye.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and oily from the rye. Fluffy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation further enhances the bite of the rye.

O: A bit heavy-handed with the rye. It has quite a bite. A little more balance would help. Not bad though. If you like rye, you won't have a problem. For those who aren't used to it, it may be a bit of a shock.

Notes: It's not a bad beer, though not anywhere close to the best rye beers. To tell the truth, I'd much prefer to have glissade back as the spring seasonal. Not sure why they made the decision to replace it, especially with something more on the radical side. I'm not sure this beer will be as widely appealing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:50:32 | More by ryan1788a5
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Giovacchini

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- dark amber with a thin head that disapates.

S- citrusy aromas, grass, pine, rye.

T- rye is present along with a nice maltiness. The malt is balanced by a strong citrusy bitterness. This beer tastes like a lot of SN other beers with a hint of rye.

M- good amount of carbonation like other SN beers. The mouthfeel is dry with a bitter finish.

O- I liked the fact at SN tried to market this beer with cool graphics. This beer is not very ruthless at all. The flavors are dull and this beer doesn't stand out to me as a good one from SN.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:05:04 | More by Giovacchini
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed the dark amber body/head along with the malt backbone, and rye presence, but hated the yeast profile. Tastes like a hopped up English lager, not an American ale. Think of Sam Smith's Organic Lager with more bitterness and way more toasty malt presence. The grassy hops here provide some bitterness and brightness, but they aren't really reminiscent of a characterful hop forward American IPA.

Good beer, but I prefer Northern Hemi, Estate, and Celebration a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:27:49 | More by aficionado
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a caramel amber hue with an off-white, creamy head.

S: Earthy hops conquer the nose along with a touch of pine, citrus, and some floral notes mingled throughout.

T/M: Hops are blatant up front, thick on the tongue and coating the mouth. It’s really one of the thicker IPA’s I’ve had. More strong earthiness and a bitter punch about halfway through that lingers long afterwards.

This is a good, thick IPA if you prefer the earthier hop varietal. Which I don’t.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:47:38 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red with excellent foam and lacing.

Smell: Rye and black pepper. It could have been a bit stronger for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rye and a hint of licorice. Thick mouthfeel that falls flat. Very syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favoriate rye, nor my favorite Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:39:16 | More by tjsdomer2
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POurs orange amber like your typical IPA...

Wow! I taste some kind of plant that I have smelled in Florida perhaps...some type of garden flower...

I was so afraid of the rye spiciness biting me in the back of the throat...don't even worry! It's all on top of the tongue and quite refreshing...don't be afraid of this beer like I was...

Hops for days!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:10:00 | More by CamuMahubah
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark copper color with decent head and spotty lacing.

Toasty, grainy, and spicey malt dominate the scent with only the slightest trace of citrus hops.

The hops pop a little more in the taste and there is some pine resin in addition to the citrus. Peppery rye finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, if not a little thin.

It's an ok rye pa. SN has done much better, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:31:42 | More by Vonerichs
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