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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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Ratings: 4,404
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 306 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

07-22-2012 23:28:55 | More by durlta
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-10-2013 20:46:38 | More by e30todamax
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-29-2013 02:31:33 | More by Blanco
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

This thing is a savior after a terrible bottle of SA Alpine Spring. Poured in a SN tumbler.

Dark amber body with a frothy slightly off-white head. steady stream of bubbles rising from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom.

Smells like pine needles. spicy pine needles.

Not as spicy as i expected, but still spicy. Decent malt body that really balances out everything. Its got this quality I cant really pin down. The spicy rye is balanced by slightly slick hop extract oil. Feels like a more interesting Torpedo.

Ill take this over Torpedo.

01-22-2012 18:43:35 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2012 20:44:39 | More by DrFunkenstein
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-12-2012 19:08:59 | More by alamode
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New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz bottle poured into stella tulip

A: Deep amber color with a blend of red. 1" creamy white head that dissipates to a film with a few large chunks. Already starting to lace the glass. Slightly hazy.

S: Initial smell of hops with hints of bread. Herbal and earthy qualities from the hops. Rye is pronounced. Peppery bit of spiciness.

T: What you would expect from Sierra Nevada in regards to hops. Which I happen to like. With a peppery twist of rye at the end. An unique malt balance that has a great finish. Leaves you wanting another sip. Similar to the aroma there is an herbal hop overtone to the most of this beer. Well balanced with a blend of the rye and malt, not overly hoppy.

M: Average carbonation and body. A nice crisp finish bumps it up a bit. Not too sticky from the amount of hops.

Overall I am a fan and will continue to drink it. However I have always enjoyed rye bread so that might explain my favorability. Wish it was year round.

02-11-2012 00:18:57 | More by CloudStrife
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-09-2012 01:39:14 | More by justinm4bama
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Amber colored with a small khaki head that recedes quickly, leaving fits of lace. Smell overall is rather faint but there are citrus and tropical elements noted. Taste opens up bitter with grapefruit elements, bitterness fades into a base of lightly sweet and biscuity malt with some bitterness lingering on the edges of the palate.  Mouthfeel is medium and holds together well. Carbonation is ample. Bitterness of grapefruit pith lingers on the finish, but isn't overpowering.  Solid offering.  Not at all fantastic and frankly not a great Rye beer, it's essentially one dimensional...but enjoyable.

02-13-2012 05:50:28 | More by JackieTH
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-13-2012 02:37:11 | More by ONUMello
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

04-21-2013 16:24:43 | More by chefduff2
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

02-10-2012 02:43:33 | More by bnes09
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-12-2012 03:33:07 | More by stealth
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-19-2014 03:41:15 | More by tykechandler
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-03-2013 01:36:40 | More by carrollmel7
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-20-2012 18:30:45 | More by Nightrain87
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-25-2014 01:58:17 | More by PappyVans
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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%

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. 

03-03-2012 03:21:03 | More by ThickNStout
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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!

03-07-2012 19:39:54 | More by Nugganooch
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-01-2014 13:20:15 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a deep copper body with orange hues beneath the generous, foamy, off-white head that is very slow to dissipate leaving a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Aromas of earthy and pine hops mixed with rye float from the glass. The hops are resiny and spicy at the same time. The spice is earthy or wood-like and may also be from the rye as well.

The flavor offers similar hop character with pine resin and a more subdued spice, but again with a very nice rye finish. A bread-like malt is also more relevant on the palate. The hop and rye are fairly generous in this tasty brew.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice drying, resiny finish.

A very consistent beer and a fine example of a rye IPA. Just what one may expect from SN.

01-09-2012 01:40:45 | More by CHADMC3
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-24-2014 02:15:25 | More by ksimons
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-24-2013 04:40:13 | More by grumpygerman
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-27-2014 18:22:31 | More by innominat
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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