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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

4,784 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,784
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 533 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 4,784 | Reviews: 1,080
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brass colored with a one inch solid and thick head; lacing is good

S: Pine and citrus hops up front followed by a musty, spicy (even a touch of fish sauce aroma), grainy, and mmm does that rye complement the hops

T: Great balance between hearty spicy rye and piney, spicy hops; something that reminds me of Thai food here--I swear there's a touch of that ubiquitous Thai fish sauce flavor some where in this beer

F: Medium body with an oily residue that feels great

O: A pleasant, complex rye IPA: hoppy and grainy and man, that rye is good

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear bright orange red, with a fluffy off white head, with amazing retention, and bountiful lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, and some carmel. Taste is all of those, a little sweeter than the nose would let on. Body is on the large side for it's abv, a little dryer than I expected, and easy enough to drink. I must admit, I really was looking forward to this and it didn't blow my mind, but is a beautiful well crafts brew. Still I plan to drink many of these the next couple months. I was hoping it be equal to Founders Rye, that is the pinnacle in this style for me.

Photo of Williaar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque burnt orange (or as my wife called it, "smokey amber." a tan half-finger head; some bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus, piney hops, grapefruit.

T: A rye/ hop mix that doesn't offend. Grapefruit, peppery. A dry finish.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Tangy.

O: Very enjoyable. Hops are not over the top. The rye addition really smooths out the taste. Recommended.

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange color with very little white head. Spotty lacing clings nicely.

The nose possess earthy and rye infused hops that make for a different flavor opposed to the average IPA flavor. The rye is bold and shines behind the lightly pine-like hops.

The rye is quite pronounced in the taste here and is pretty tasty. This is an in-your-face beer but the flavors are still bold. There is a pleasant bitterness involved in the finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp as hell with a snap that goes pop. Pretty spot on for the flavors concocted.

Overall, this is pleasant and tasty as a rye beer gets. What I really like about this beer is that it introduces the rye flavor to noobs and gets them prepared for what rye can offer to any style of brew. An interesting taste.

Photo of zac16125
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on: Dec 11th 2013

A: Pours a clear dark amber with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Sweetness, spicy rye, citrus, subtle piney bitterness.

T: Lots of rye spiciness and hop bitterness right from the start. I also get some citrus rind flavors. Nice balance of hops with the rye base.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, average drinkability.

O: Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Better than most massively produced IPAs for sure, but Id prefer regular SN Pale, Torpedo, and Celebration all to this one. Very much worth a try though if you want to mix things up.

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Booner818
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chcfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of carrollmel7
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dalepryor
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Pahn
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Just released, so not bothering with bottled on info (it's fresh).

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily and (like the beer) leaves lots of streaky lacing. Pours a translucent copper.

Smell: Tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), with some pungent onion / marijuana hops. Fresh whole grain bread malt aroma in the background. Awesome.

Taste: Spicy, assertive rye malt up front, leading to a slight greenhouse hop flavor, with a bread and cracker finish and piny aftertaste. Very bitter, but it works.

Love the rye, the resinous hops, and the malt backbone. However, the aroma is making hop promises that the taste fails to keep in a big way. I like both the taste and the smell, and I can be okay with them being very different in a beer, but it's hard to take when the smell is much better than the taste.

While the flavor gets a bit more pungent and weed-like (this is a good thing), along with a slight kind of "earthy tropical fruit" flavor devoid of sweetness (hard to describe, but it's an echo of a note in the aroma and reminds me slightly of Nelson Sauvin hops), there's never enough citrus / sweet fruit / flowery / herbal / etc hop flavor to stand up to deeply characterful malt background and heavy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nice and bitter, with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A good beer that could be a great beer. The flavors that are present are masterful, and the aroma is excellent, but there's something missing in the taste that keeps it from really singing.

That said, I could drink a fair amount of these. Also, it's nice to drink an IPA with such well developed and delicious malt character. Honestly, I would rather drink the Sierra Nevada seasonal that this beer replaced (Glissade), but I wouldn't turn this one down.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,784 ratings.