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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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4,281 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,281
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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Photo of mulder1010


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

355 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a darker orange amber color, quite clear looking. One finger light brown head. Holds it's shape and body quite well. Settled down to a good layer of film leaving a nice looking ring of lacing in the glass.

S-- Rye really stands out in this. Lots of spiciness in the nose. Bits of orange and grapefruit compliment the nose along with a decent malt sweetness backbone.

T-- Spicy and earthy orange followed by a bit of earthy grapefruit. It is the rye that stands out in this. Just enough bitterness that makes this interesting and gives it a ZING.

M-- Creamy with medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly metallic and pine bitterness in the mid and back but not all that bad really.

O-- Pretty much beer my stand by beer for the last two months. Quite enjoy the beer as the rye really makes this work. Holds up better than other US IPA's that make the trip here. Good beer to have several of in a night.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 10:14:50 | More by mulder1010
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-01-2014 13:20:15 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
Photo of Nugganooch


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass
03/06/12 notes

A: Pours a dark amber color with some really great clarity. Thick two fingers of soapy tan head displays decent retention and leaves some chunky globs of lace down the glass.

S: The nose opens up very herbal and grassy with a predominant spiced bread aroma. Light caramelly pale malts and some fruity yeast esters.

T: Taste has a light citrus and floral hop character with a nice upper-moderate bitterness level. Bready caramel malt and a good amount of peppery rye spice. Some hempy herbals in there. Hops are a little soapy at times. I imagine they dry-hopped the hell out of this one. Nice offering but does dance the line of being a touch harsh with the hop and spice combo.

M: Creamy texture with a light frothiness is real nice. Light to med. body. Upper levels of carbonation. Real dry crisp finish to it.

D: I appreciate the fact that SN was not candid with the Rye here unlike some other RyePA's that have you searching. Might be a bit much for others I think. The rest is that signature citrus hop and bready malt combo not much unlike Torpedo.
I liked but will probably stick with the Torps.

Cheers to SN for keeping it hoppy!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 19:39:54 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Tom-Peters


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-01-2012 23:35:42 | More by Tom-Peters
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" off-white head which took a while to dissipate. The body is a clear gold verging on amber. It smells like a medium IPA. Taste has slightly grapefruity hops and yes you do taste the slightly odd pepper and spice of rye. Seems a little salty to me, but all in all pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 09:51:52 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of bnes09


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:43:33 | More by bnes09
Photo of danieelol


3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown red with good head/lacing.

Smell is initially like Tumbler. Good old SN house yeast. Then some subtle floral, distinctive smells come through.

Taste and mouthfeel is flowers, shampoo. Big dose of shampoo in this. Must be the rye.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick with good but subtle carb.

Overall not an unpleasant beer but the shampoo similarities are more than subtle and I'm not in a hurry to drink another.

Edit: Have been enjoying more while getting through the six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 10:21:59 | More by danieelol
Photo of ralerwen


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-26-2014 19:12:14 | More by ralerwen
Photo of BigMike


3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-29-2012 18:05:42 | More by BigMike
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color that has nice clarity. There is a big fluffy 2-finger head resting on top. The head has excellent retention, and it leaves a thick sheet of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and spicy rye. There are also some aromas toffee, fruit, and there is a nice piney hop presence as well. A little bit of citrus on the back end too.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malt sweetness and some rye spiciness. Then there is a nice piney hop presence that comes through and adds some nice bitterness. There are also some flavors of toffee and citrus. the finish leaves some lingering rye and piney hop flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation.It goes down easy, and it has a nice feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, as well as some spiciness from the rye. There is a nice piney hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

O - This has really good drinkability. The flavor is nice and it goes down really easily. I could have a few of these no problem. Overall, I think it is a really nice beer. The rye and hops compliment each other really well. I recommend trying this one out. I would definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 11:32:52 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Giantspace


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-23-2012 02:30:28 | More by Giantspace
Photo of justinm4bama


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-09-2012 01:39:14 | More by justinm4bama
Photo of durlta


2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

07-22-2012 23:28:55 | More by durlta
Photo of nygannon


3.5/5  rDev -10%

08-03-2013 19:26:56 | More by nygannon
Photo of ONUMello


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 02:37:11 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Nerudamann


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – not really much to the smell at all. It seems like there might be a hoppiness to it, but can’t quite tell.

Taste – slight sweetness and hoppiness at first, and then the bitterness slowly makes it way into the taste. Really amazing how it does it so gradually! There’s an interesting spiciness to it too that’s felt at the beginning and then again noticeable in the aftertaste. Might be something along the lines of sap.

Mouthfeel – well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very interesting and decent-tasting brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:19:45 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Horbar

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2013 22:25:29 | More by Horbar
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-23-2013 00:45:13 | More by tswater
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-08-2013 17:52:44 | More by Celtics76
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-12-2012 03:33:07 | More by stealth
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-02-2013 17:11:20 | More by DerwinWentworth
Photo of Modernrickk


3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-10-2014 01:45:29 | More by Modernrickk
Photo of sammyg832


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-27-2014 14:18:20 | More by sammyg832
Photo of ssjkyle


4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

07-14-2012 04:17:56 | More by ssjkyle
Photo of NYR_Rob


4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-23-2014 02:05:19 | More by NYR_Rob
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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