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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,990 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3990
Reviews: 1026
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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znichols

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nutty, slightly auburn color with fluffy, cloud-like white head. Good, not great, lacing. Big bubbles seeping up from the bottom. Looks like a slightly darker SN Pale Ale.

S- hmmm, smells like SN Pale Ale. Slightly citrusy hops with a touch of sweet herbs. Not a ton of rye present in the aroma, just a hint of spice if you look for it. Really seems to be the aroma of Sierra Nevada's flagship ale. That's not to say it aint good, though.

T- Slightly sweet resinous hops right away. The rye makes a solid appearance in the middle but doesn't last long. Just the right amount of spicy malt to counter the grapefruit, pine hops. Moderate bitterness and little to no alcohol present. Not a bad tasting beer at all. I could get used to this offering.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhat similar to their Pale Ale too. Perhaps a little fuller and slightly more slick. Hefty carbonation and medium body. Solid.

O- This is a really good Pale Ale. It happens to also have a little rye in it. I would put the flavor profile somewhere between SA Pale Ale and Torpedo IPA. More resinous, piney hops than the Pale but not quite as in-your-face as Torpedo. Still has the similar hop-cocktail flavor of both, perhaps a similar mix of hops is used in all 3. The rye adds a touch of complexity but doesn't overpower the hops. This beer is made in the Sierra Nevada fashion; perfect amount of hoppiness and sweet malts as well as drinkability. Not bad for $7.99, either. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:07:00 | More by znichols
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixer picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours a clear copper-garnet color with a very long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Very dense and impressive. Heavy lacing as it goes down the edges of the glass. The nose carries a good bit of rye and spice with some earthy hops in the background. Slight resin there as well.

The flavor focuses a bit too much on the rye and accompanying spice. Hop flavor is there, but comes through more as bitterness in the finish. Medium body and just a bit chewy. Dry and bitter. Drinkable, but probably not in large quantities. While I enjoy this one, it's not something I'd want to drink a bunch of, a la SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:06:10 | More by Thorpe429
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jeffmart22

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautifully clear amber orange with a three finger head that sticks around for a while. Really nice lacing. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Great looking beer.

A - Standard S.N. hop profile of citrus and pine. There is a nice peppery spice aroma along with a distinct grain aroma, kinda like hay. Smells fresh.

T - Crisp, Clean and Wonderful. Slight bitter and balanced very well with the malts and the addition of rye. Very refreshing.

M - Medium in body. Flavor duration is long. Nice texture for an IPA.

O - Another great IPA from Sierra Nevada. BUY IT!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:49:30 | More by jeffmart22
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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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Kromes

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thin off-white head.

S: There's a nice toasted rye and citrusy pacific hop aroma.

T: A good mixture of sweet malt, spicy rye and citrus hop. The flavors blend well and complement one another. Just enough bitterness in the finish to balance everything out with a lingering citrus and toasted grain flavor.

M: Good all around mouthfeel. Medium body and a higher carbonation add to the spice.

O: One of my favorite styles, I haven't had a bad rye beer...yet. Recommend picking this up.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 22:38:06 | More by Kromes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Capone's bottle shop, Norristown, PA

Broke one of these open to enjoy whilst producing a homebrew of my own. Pouring into a pint glass reveals a darker amber liquid, perfectly clear, with a small bubbly off-white head that recedes to a small ringlet. Very little carbonation to be seen. Aroma is grainy with a pronounced crisp hop scent. Taste is grainy, a bit skunky I think, but well within the threshold of tolerance, hop bitterness--pine and citrus notes--subdued malts, and a definite bready rye quality that comes in at least mid-palate. Quite bitter in the aftertaste; grapefruit pith. Fairly easy to drink. Pretty nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 22:18:08 | More by Rifugium
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 21:20:34 | More by oberon
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J23hc

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into strait pint glass. Dark reddish brown with an orange glow. Awesome nose, lots of spice and rye. Taste has an admirable balance, not too bitter, the raw rye flavor shines through, a bit of sourness, cranberry. What a solid, drinkable brew. Not harsh, smooth, incredibly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 16:49:36 | More by J23hc
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natemort13

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent rubyish brown. Very strange coloring. Thin, slightly gray head that dissipates quickly.

MMMM, yummy nose. Lots of grapefruit. Pepper, lemon zest. very pungent hops.

Taste--very peppery, some coppery characteristics. Finish is pretty tame compared to the awesome hop character of the nose. Has this nice biting taste to it. Spicy hops, coppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light, seems very carbonated, doesn't stand up well to the big character of a rye beer.

Overall much better than I thought it'd be. I find a lot Sierra Nevada brews to be underwhelming. This one was much more impressive...as far as rye ipas go tho, I still haven't found anything that beats Red's Rye from Founder's and Cane and Ebel from Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:59:59 | More by natemort13
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-garnet with a 2 finger off-white head, leaving lace clinging to the top of the glass.

With the rye and the citrussy hoppiness, the nose has a massive fruity character- red grapefruit, black raspberry, baked peach, passion fruit- with hits of pine.

Medium bodied palate seems to be weighted a touch more towards IPA than rye- slick upfront with more ruby red grapefruit that lets the rye through on the finish, toasty, drying out with more spice and bread notes- lingering flavors of pepper and grapefruit.

Overall, a really nicely done rye brew. I think I like the styles that lean a little more to the rye side, but this piney SN take is pretty damn good. The peppery spice mingling with the tart red grapefruit on the finish really makes it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:08:10 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Sierra Nevada IPA in a 12 pack for 12.99? Score! This time with the addition of rye...

Poured into nonic pint glass.

A: pours a clear auburn with soapy white head, heavy lacing, moderate head retention

S: nose starts with waves of spicy rye and dank piney hops, there are resinous notes as well as a slightly roasted accent. The smell is somewhere in between Torpedo and SNPA with the additional quality of rye.

T: starts out with lots of bittering hop character, notes of pine wood and resin, this is followed by a sturdy rye profile which bring a savory quality to the surface. Finish is dry and bready. Nice flavors, the balance is skewed in the direction of bitter, I'm okay with that

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: another winner from Sierra Nevada. For the value, you can't really do much better if you are shopping for a hearty rye brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:51:38 | More by homebrew311
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DavidST

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled late Dec 2011. This pours a slightly dark amber, large foamy tan head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of hops, pine, a little caramel and some rye. The feel Is medium. The taste is great a nice bitterness, an earthy nice after taste, love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:37:14 | More by DavidST
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mattbk

New York

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper or light brown color. Head is a light rust color. Very light head, although it does appear creamy. Looks fairly carbonated.

S: This had an interesting aroma, was it the rye? Light sweetness in the nose, with some grapefruit hops in the background. When I first smelled this I thought it was off, but after a bit I lost whatever I thought was off about it.

T: Very interesting. First thing that hits you is bitterness, both in the front and the back of the tongue. Then in the middle is the malt sweetness. I think the rye is the front bitterness with hops in the back. I feel that the bitterness is sort of high without a ton of flavor. The flavor I do get is grapefruit and pine. Just a little bit spicy.

M: Light-medium light mouthfeel. A fair amount of carbonation.

O: It is not a bad beer, but I don't feel that it is particularly well balanced. The carbonation is too high and leads to a bloated feeling pretty quick. There are lots of other IPAs I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:53:56 | More by mattbk
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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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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured chest-nut brown/copper in color nice foamy white head that stuck around for awhile and left some really nice lacing.

S= Rye comes out of the nose and is pretty strong, I also picked up on some hops and a little bit of citrus notes.

T= Toasted rye is the main flavor in this one. I was surprised on how much hops came out in the flavor it was pretty hoppy which surprised me nicely.

M= Very clean crisp beer, good carbonation

O= Overall I enjoyed this beer wasn't to much to it but it still was a great beer and really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:46:43 | More by LiquidBread219
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal/pine hops. Taste is of malt and spicy/peppery rye up front with some very herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is an assertive spicy rye and herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with a very nice spicy and peppery flavor that I am enjoying. An awesome label to boot.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:33:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Florida9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown in color, with a an orange tint. Clear. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces to just a skimming of surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Mild aroma of caramel malts, toast, rye, and a little brown sugar.

T: Taste is actually fairly thin, but it is very clean. Lots of toasty grains with a mild blend of citrus and spicy hops. An appreciable rye pepperiness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A rather mild, but very drinkable, rye beer. Clean and crisp, with a nice balance of caramel malts, rye, and hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:14:39 | More by Florida9
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip; dated as 2012 on the label. Clear copper colored body with a creamy two-finger off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citrus hop notes take the lead in the aroma. The rye comes along nicely with some very light sweetness.

Again, the hops are foremost in the flavor. Tastes like Summit hops are in there for sure to me. The hops produce a slightly grapefruit citrus flavor which binds to the spicy rye flavor nicely. Only a little sweetness in the end.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol at all. This is another excellent offering from SN. Not sure is this will be a regular, but I hope so. I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:02:02 | More by FanofHefe
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blastyaker

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper shade, head dissipates rather quickly but leaves lacey skin of foam crisp finish, Rye is definitely there good carbonation didnt finish growlerill next day. Not sure about the "Ruthless" part but would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2012 00:27:03 | More by blastyaker
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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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zoso1967

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless pours a gorgeous shade of copper tinged medium amber. The head is beige in color and while it fades disappointingly fast, it leaves crazy sticky lace and a thin skin of foam sticks around on the surface of the brew.

The aroma is a mix of earthy, spicy rye mixed with with some floral and lightly citrusy hops. This brew has some major rye going on though and it really dominates the nose. Some hints of bread and a slight tropical aroma are also present.

The flavor follows after the nose quite well with the rye being front and center. It is spicy and earthy with a definite rye bread sort of flavor that is accented by the citrusy hop flavors. The beer also carries a nice biscuity sweetness and some floral notes.

The body on this brew is medium in size with a light amount of carbonation that is perfect for style. It finishes fairly dry with the hops and rye lingering on the tongue long after swallowing.

Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable rye beer that goes down easily. It's no Red's Rye, but it is a beer that a would totally pick up a six pack of if I was in the mood for a rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:07:19 | More by zoso1967
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown/copper with a small, one-fingered head that sticks around forever lacing the glass well.

rye definitely is present with its unique peppery spiciness. hops are pungent and a bit dank with citrus, tobacco, herbs, flowers, and a bit of pine/earth/wood.

rye definitely comes through dominantly on the flavor as well. its not like a dark rye bread, but rather a toasted light rye. plenty of herbal hops combine with some citric bitterness and a touch of caramel sweetness. finishes peppery, yet crisp with a clean finish.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly crisp finish for the style. very slight bitterness lingering.

Again, a solid beer from Sierra Nevada. nothing out of line for the style, but a solid (very solid) example of a rye IPA. not as hoppy as many others of the style, with more of a rye flavor that works well.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:53:11 | More by silentjay
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The rye really stands out in the aroma, but there is also a little bit of pine and some biscuit malt notes. The flavor also has a lot of rye in it. I also get some orange and pine from the hops, as well as a little bit of biscuit and bread from the malt which keeps the bitterness low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:52:04 | More by Mora2000
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gabedivision

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a nice burnt ruby red, crystal clear with a 2 finger frothy foam that thins to a slimy sticky film left all over the glass. First on the nose, the citrus from the hops grapefruit, mango, peaches, then the rye kicks in with a perfect bready balance. Caraway seeds soaked in grapefruit juice is what i keep getting when i stick my nose in, impressed. The mouth is much the same very bready from the rye, and the piny, citrus hops just fill the body and the finish, a slight amount of booze sneaking its way in too. Medium bodied, semi tart/bitter, tons of fruit and rye characters throughout, finishes dry and begging for more. This beer was quite impressive for me i have to admit, and has definitely changed the way i see rye beers, hope they make this a regular seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:37:41 | More by gabedivision
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of ultra lush creamy whipped tightly packed light khaki colored head... Impressive retention... The color teeters between amber and light caramel brown... A good bit of carbonation which starts sluggish but picks up some speed before reaching the op...

S - Fairly subdued and one dimensional... The rye is at the forefront and dominate throughout... Some additional light spicy notes as well... Very little in terms of either malt or hops...

T - A nice mix of spicy rye and earthy hops are first and foremost... Just a little bit of malt on the finish to even things out in the form of dough and light caramel... Fairly straight forward, but rather effective...

M - A touch of foam greets the lip with each sip... Light to medium bodied... Subtle carbonation... Sleek... Goes down very smooth... The finish is a tad on the dry side...

D - A very nice brew here... Quite quaffable... The rye adds very nice depth and complexity to the textbook Sierra Nevada hoppiness... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting... I will gladly invest in this brew in the future and highly everyone check out this very nice addition to the Sierra Nevada stable of fine brews...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:41:17 | More by philbe311
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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