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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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88
very good

4,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 377 | FT: 1
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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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange-ish copper color with a 1/2 finger head
S: Citrus/pine from the hops and spice from the rye
T: The peppery rye comes through first, followed by light-medium hops. This really is quite spicy between the two, which is nice.
M: Medium-bodied and again a nice kick from the hops/spice.
O: I like what the rye adds to the hops. The two are synergistic making for an enjoyable brew.

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just so we're clear, I dont like rye beers, but a lot of people have been telling me the rye profile is small in this one and drinks more like a really good IPA. So here goes.

Pours a clear vibrant copper color with a deep auburn center. Big fluffy off white head. Lots of rye on the nose along with citric and piney hops. Hop and rye presence blend together well on the nose.

Rye flavor is dominant but not overly dominant like other rye beers I've had. The hops really do a good part of keeping the malt body from being the star of the show by blending the flavors of the beer together quite nicely. The beer however tries to have a bright finish with it's citric hop profile but is weighed down by the peppery spiciness of the rye.

Slightly thin body upfront which thickens up once it reaches the rest of the tongue. Flavors are well blended but I'm not sure if they're meant to be blended together.

I could definitely see some people really loving this and it is a unique brew but it's just not for me.

Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the artwork on the bottle. Pours a deep copper color with ivory head that sticks around. Foamy layers of lace with each sip.

Spicy rye, malt, and American hops in the aroma.

Solid malt backbone with plenty of rye flavor. Piney, soapy hop character. Fully loaded in the hops department and quite drying.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Coarse texture and dry finish.

Descent brew. Could use more balance. I think this style has been overdone and is losing its wow factor. Still pretty drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biggred1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with brassy highlights and big rocky head of tan foam that slowly melts to soft peaks leaving scraps of lace on the glass. Pine resin and grapefruit rind with a decent whiff of spicy rye and toasted barley. Grainy and spicy malt with rye and a touch of tobacco leaf and mint. The hop flavors are nice and piney with a taste of candied citrus fruit but well balanced in the scheme of flavors going on here. The medium body feels about right for a 6% IPA and the carbonation is bright. A major improvement over the Glissade Bock in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper brew with a large beige head and copious amounts of lacing.

S - White pepper and wild grass pollen.

T - Spicy white peppercorn with mild floral notes. A complex malty backbone that is both spicy and biscuity with just a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is a lingering peppery spice that overshadows the bit of grassy bitterness and malt presence.

M - Medium bodied, a little harsh, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from SN, bottled just under 3 weeks from consumption.

If you're looking to be blown away with all the beer craze as of late, you're in for a dissapointment. If you're a fan of SN, and enjoy their signature "profile" you're in for a treat.

A - solid dark copper in color, very active and great lacing but my only surprise was the lack of head that most all other SN brews produce. Still impressive nevertheless.

S - Grapefruit, bitter pine, rye of course, followed by the typical SN nose.

T - Much the same as the nose. Think a combination of the Pale Ale and Torpedo with a nice dose of Rye thrown into the mix. I do like the Grapefruit that compliments the rye in here reminding you that this is a nice west coast IPA as well. Yum!

M - Creamy, dry, bitter and light all at the same time. Very sessionable.

O - Just another solid SN brew. After geeking out on highly sought after brews and whales for 3-4 years now, I can honestly say that SN is UNDER-RATED. Yeah...I said it.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at for Pete's sake...
Poured in a pint, nice white head, laces well, color is nice amber very transparent.

Scent is mild malt, followed by a nice spices rye mixed with some citrusy hops.

Taste is very well done, clean, crisp, nice malt then overcome by the rye spice; hops and bitterness are there enough to make it feel like an ipa but the rye really comes through.

Mouthfeel is on the cloudy side, a little lingering bitter and rye spice, but expected.

Very nice rye beer, and even a nice ipa while it's at it

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

32oz Growler. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a large rocky off-white head that leaves clumpy drippy rings of lacing and holds a very nice foamy cap.

Aroma is dank hops, marijuana, pine & grass, a bit of citrus, a lot of spicy rye notes, bread, a bit of caramel. Very good strength.

Flavor is grassy, citrusy, dank and resinous hops, strong rye notes, dark bread & toast, a bit of toffee & caramel, light sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very nice Rye IPA. Has a bigger Rye presence than any I’ve had before with a nice dank hop note. Tasty stuff.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,610 ratings.