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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

4,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,278
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | 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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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep copper color with a thick cap of foam above. The aroma is floral hops, not much from the malt. On the palate, the malt, the bite of the rye and the bitterness of the hops meld to form a smooth drinking, balanced beer. The mouthfeel is thick from the grains. There is nothing ruthless about it, but it is a smooth drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:46:16 | More by BeardedBoffin
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BillHilly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-06-2013 02:30:41 | More by BillHilly
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eulerthegrape

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-03-2013 20:11:31 | More by eulerthegrape
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-24-2013 04:40:13 | More by grumpygerman
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Nightrain87

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-20-2012 18:30:45 | More by Nightrain87
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gpawned

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-06-2012 19:51:11 | More by gpawned
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-30-2013 01:34:58 | More by TKEbeerman
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-29-2012 17:57:15 | More by gleemonger
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Duvel tulip. The beer is beautiful looking. It is clear and copper-colored with a huge head like a snowdrift. I don't know if bottles of this pour quite as well, but if they do then bravo. The nose is a bit subdued (not surprised considering that head), but I'm getting faint notes of fresh flowers and pine.

Nice, crisp rye flavor accompanied by a pretty aggressive hop profile. It's aggressive, but not overdone. I think hopheads must really like this beer. I wish it had a tiny bit more malt presence, but it's very good. The beer has a medium body and a really dry finish. If I was forced to compare this to my favorite rye beer (Founders Red's Rye), I would have to say this one comes up a bit short, but it's still excellent. I could drink this often and not get tired of it.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2012 09:27:33 | More by deadonhisfeet
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-18-2013 17:51:38 | More by sansho
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-18-2013 18:09:29 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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ccozzi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-26-2013 00:11:11 | More by ccozzi
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M1A2

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-30-2013 20:01:16 | More by M1A2
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-20-2013 20:30:14 | More by jjd315
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chefduff2

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-21-2013 16:24:43 | More by chefduff2
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-24-2012 22:32:17 | More by millelacsmark
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-09-2012 04:45:23 | More by Beerbuddy21
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, there was a definite pine aroma to this one....very west coast IPA-like. As it opened up, the spicy character of the rye was more obvious.

At first, I definitely got the floral hops that SN is quite famed for. Very nice...much like Celebration. However, clearly soon thereafter the nice, spicy rye bread taste undercurrent was clearly noticeable as well and paired quite nicely with the hops. The finish had a little grain on it along with a resinous bitterness that finishes the beer out quite dryly.

Pretty solid IPA all around. The rye gives it a different kick that is quite welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:26:20 | More by NODAK
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter. Bottled 1/31/12. 

Pours hazy chestnut with about 1 finger head that leaves occasional small dots of lacing. 

Dank hop aromas up front. Pine, sugar and some sort of malty/ bready smell I can't put my finger on. 

Tastes like piney hops and spicy roast bread. Kind of doughy with a long bitter finish. The hops are present the whole way through but never really dominate the flavor how I prefer in an IPA. 

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall not a beer I'll be going to in the future but I'm glad I tried it. The hops are there but seem to play second fiddle to that bold peppery malt thing it has going on. 

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:21:03 | More by ThickNStout
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-15-2013 04:12:33 | More by BrownAleMale
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-09-2013 16:06:32 | More by FreshZ
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jk3

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-04-2012 01:38:30 | More by jk3
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JoeMans

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2014 02:30:27 | More by JoeMans
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joecast

Australia

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

Fairly light amber. Much lighter than I was expecting. Thought it was a black rye. Guess not. Clear, low carbonation. Lightly tanned thin head. Looks very quaffable.

Not a hop bomb by any stretch but nicely balanced; perfume hop character, some gentle rye spice. Very nice, but certainly not ruthless.

A bit more aggressive taste. Nice sharp hop bitterness and good peppery rye character. Seems to come on in a wave rather than a quick jab which makes it very approachable or what it is.

Well, hardly surprising this is a well made beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. Enough so that it's not watery but not too much that it gets heavy by the end. As for drinkability, it finishes clean enough that the rye doesn't build up and overload the palate with that spicy character. Drink it at a reasonable pace and just keep on drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 09:17:46 | More by joecast
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adam42381

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-09-2013 17:48:29 | More by adam42381
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,278 ratings.