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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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Reviews: 1,113 | Ratings: 5,049
Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but I was hoping for a lot more. Way less hoppy than most IPA's I've had. After liking Kind Ryed (Otter Creek) so much I had my hopes up for Sierra Nevada's Rye IPA and it tasted like a very ordinary beer.
Color was coppery and clear. Not a very foamy head but still a lot of fizz to the tongue. I tasted more malt than hops which was disappointing when expecting the hop bite of an IPA.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety 12 pack that was packaged on 12/30/15

As I pour it in the glass the body is dark orange, darker then most IPA's. There a slightly off white head.Some retention. Good lacing.

Smell is somewhat prominent. Floral with a little pine

Taste starts with a bitter that has a spicy aspect to it. I noticed the malt next. A nice balance !

Average feel

Nicely balanced IPA

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Becher pint.

a: Body is on the browner side of amber. You know...like rye. 2 finger egg shell head dissipates quickly.

s: Crisp rye malts, a honey sweetness, grassy hops.

t: Rye, lemon rind, grassy, earthy hops. Peppery finish.

mf: A bit slick. Medium body. Good carbonation.

o: Drinkable and refreshing in the heat. Good use of rye. Hardly the 'best of the box'.

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Photo of MACrist
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/22/15.
LOOKS: Clear, dark amber, rust. Poured into a Nonic pint glass. One inch of khaki head that stays around and finally ends up being a nice quarter inch layer on top of the beer. Leaves a fairly nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: There is a sweet floral aroma. A bit of black pepper from the rye, and a tiny bit of citrus.
TASTE: The flavors take a minute to kick in, there is a little delay. First I get some bitter citrus rind. You get a little sweetness from the malt and that peppery bitter finish from the rye, and it lasts.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium full body and fairly dry. Carbonation is balanced nicely.
OVERALL: This is a nice change up from the usual SN IPAs. It has just enough sweetness that it is not too peppery and bitter from the rye. Good stuff.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour, decent clarity for such a color, over an inch of head, off white, almost beige. Aroma crushed the rye, drops some c hops.

Taste was just nailing the rye, but still had a slight amount of citrus hop mouthfeel. Amazing how they can have so many well selling hoppy beers. Consistency is key. Earthy at times. This is a solid ipa, a good example of one that dials up the rye in it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Semi-hazy amber with brown and pink highlights and a creamy-tan head that is pillowy and filmy, with good retention and lacing. Smell is resinous and vegetal, a little citrus. Not too strong, but distinct celery stalk notes. As it sits for a while, strong black pepper notes. Seems raisiny and watered down at first, then dried leaves, rind, leather, and strong black pepper on the hop side. Full end of medium in body, a little warming, a little sudsy, and little tingly, flattens fairly quickly.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 10/28/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle said "2013" at the top of the label and it was just FINE. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours a deep copper-amber in color with a good 2-3 finger foamy/creamy off-white head. LOTS of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of grains and citrus hop for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some spices and pepper in the mix as well. Does has a bitter finish but doesn't last too long. Lots of flavor but a bit too 'hoppy' for me but did have a good taste and aroma otherwise. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/6/12

L: Pours pretty dark; between a very deep copper and amber.

S: Slightly subdued citrus hop aroma. Characteristic rye dry spiciness is certainly there, reminiscent of deli rye bread. Nothing really pops.

T: Great first sip brings a lot of citrusy hops upfront with some rye spiciness. Bisquity maltiness in the finish with residual hop bitterness.

F: Really nice, velvety mouthfeel. A little above medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Alcohol combines with rye to create pleasant warmth.

Overall: More malty than I generally want from an IPA, but with the dryness of the rye it works very well. Would have liked the rye to stand out a bit more in the aroma, but still a very solid beer. Another great great offering from Sierra Nevada with a pretty dope label.

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Photo of Drewsbruze
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We picked this beer up as a mix pack of IPA from Sierra Nevada and were extremely stoked by the beers inside. A little iffy about the black IPA (as they are more times than not just a porter wearing IPA's clothing), but the entire pack made us happy we bought it for $16.99 (consisted of a golden IPA, black IPA, rye IPA, and torpedo (extra) IPA. This (rye) by far is the winer in the pack. Every beer bares the signature S.N. flavour profile. So if you like their stuff, then you will like this beer/pack!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a big grassy hop nose with rye spice. Pours brilliant amber with persistent 3” off white foam cap. A well balanced beer with rich malt, bitter hops, pepper finish, rye spice. Has the rich, full rye body. A very drinkable rye IPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was expecting more of a spicy and sour rye flavor in this one. It ends up being more like an amber IPA, body is a little heavy. Nothing off putting, though. It's fairly tasty but could use another kick of hops and some more rye.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look - Dark ruby with a half finger that presents as off white. Leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - immediately citrusy with pepper in the middle fading to a strong punch of its namesake.

Taste - Rye bread everywhere. The citrus stays around faintly and the pepper hits your throat upon finish. Gets a bit of a lingering sour dough taste as you continue into the bottle.

Feel - Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation and a slightly creamy finish.

Overall - It wasn't as good as I was expecting. In my opinion, GL Rye of The Tiger has it beat. Still would be worth a shot if you don't mind or truly enjoy sour dough bread.

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Photo of willic
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fun beer, great color, full mouthfeel, bright upfront flavors with a smooth, complex finish. This is a beer you will come back to! Fun, exciting, refreshing. Great job with the hop combinations used!

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep cedar/ amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Great retention with lacing.

S - A pleasant blend of citrus aromas mixed with hints of pepper. The lingering smell is very similar to that of rye bread.

T - Fairly sweet and malty up front transforming into a more bitter flavor. Similar to the scent you feel the peppery spices after the initial sweetness proceeded by a blend of citrus flavorings. Leaves a fairly bitter lingering aftertaste. Pleasant flavorings overall.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy feel. Fairly dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable beer overall, fairly bitter and dry; smooth and drinkable. Always been pleased with SN and the trend continues itself with this beer.

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Photo of mac31
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4 way IPA pack. I like the malt profile of this brew. Rye has slight spiciness and drying effect. Hops are more balanced. Ordinary brew from an
extraordinary brewery

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber in color with a fingernail of beige covering a majority of the top. Moderate lacing is present. The aroma is a blend of peppery, gently spicy rye and sharp citrus hops. I taste initially a burst of citrus hops and the earthy rye. The back of the palate contains the gentle hop burn and the lingering bready rye note. The mouth is lightly oily and viscous.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice rye ipa. Sierra doesn't miss too often (if ever) in my book and this one follows that trend. Very drinkable and you really notice the spice of the rye, but its quite well balanced.

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Photo of ARoman
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a balloon snifter. The aroma is a strong, peppery and crusty rye bread with sweet marmalade and tropical notes and a light earthiness. It's a clear and brilliant amber hue with an effervescence to it and is topped by a big frothy and rocky, off-white head. It has an abundant, messy, and uneven retention and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and contrasting medium sweet. The light creamy texture is supported by a fluffy big foam carbonation. The medium full body juicy with sweet citrus notes and an abundant grainy contrast. It finishes slick with a bright candy citrus and bread crust swell that mellows leaving just a mild, moderate lingering clean pepper and rye bread.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice beer, looks deep amber-brownish with a one finger white foam head. Smells citrusy. Tastes bitter and fresh, nice grainy aftertaste. I really liked it. Cheers!

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful amber color. two finger of thick white-yellow head. Smell was light with hints of hops and wheat. Taste was full of grains, wheat, hops. Although not as strong as I was expecting considering the "Ruthless" in the title. Feel was nice. The hop and grain taste stayed a few moments.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, wish it was a little stronger in taste but it was still solid.

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Photo of JohnF
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty rye IPA. The best part for me is the mouth feel if I leave it linger for a bit; the time in the mouth gives time for the rye fullness to be noticed.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a large, cream colored head. It is amber in color and very murky. Small particles are floating throughout the entire beer. Has slight spice aromas from the rye and citrus aromas from hops. Overall aroma is not too strong and is not very impressive. Initial taste is of a combination of grains and citrusy hops. Rye quickly follows and adds to the initial taste. After taste leaves a slight bitterness as IPAs usually do. Unlike most IPAs I have experienced, however, this one does not leave a dry finish in my mouth. Well done.

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Photo of Gear54
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Burnt orange in color with 1 finger of white foam and minimal lace left behind.

Smell is pine with nuts and fruit mixed in. The fruit may be a pineapple or light Curtis. It's just fain enough to be non spacific.

Taste is a hit different from smell. This has a nice rye at the start with some great toasted malty flavor. It finishes with a bit if sweetness and a ton of bitter hops. It's a very pleasing balance if your a hop fan.

Feel and drinkability are spot on. It's smooth and balanced with flavors that hit hard and last for more than a min on the tongue. No booze or overwhelming bitterness. Great for my palate.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with lightly off white head with good amount of lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, a bit of pine. Tastes sweet malt forward, mid tastes of pleasant pine/citrus hops (without being bitter), Pleasant rye, bitter endnote with clean, almost astringent, palate cleansing finish. Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. ABV well hidden and overall very smooth.
Overall, an excellent Rye IPA. Smooth, hoppy flavor without the bitterness – more floral and well balanced.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great white head that settles (laces a little).
S: a pineapple/hoppy wild flower.
T: a wonderful toasted malt then a malt flavor ending in a clean hoppy taste.
M: A solid rye front and ending in a solid HARD hop taste.
O: It has the hit of rye up front, shortly after a heavy ale, and ends with a solid IPA KICK. A definite easy drinker for IPA fan, but enough IPA to keep us coming back when we want less than a IPA/dipa.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.