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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

4,443 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,443
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 318 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Troville1990, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
4/5  rDev +3.1%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
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.

ONUMello, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%

The beer appeared a nice, clear darkish orange with a huge off white, dense head, which settled into a rocky head that hung around for a long time. Some nice lacing. The beer gave off a good aroma, mainly with a very strong pine hop aroma with the rye in the background. There also appeared to be a hint of spice as well. The taste of the beer was more balanced than I thought it would be. A nice bready and rye with a slightly more dominate pine and citrus hop taste. The beer had a moderate feel to it, it was clean, creamy, and it left a nice dry and refreshing finish. Overall, another quality beer from this quality brewer.

PhillyStyle, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a rusty, coppery brown color. Pretty much what you'd expect from a Rye IPA. It's very clear, very much a filtered beer. 1.5 fingers of offwhite foam leave lacing that sort of clings and drags like a person dangling from some precipice.

This beer's got a pretty nice nose on it. Spicy rye is upfront and bready, sure. But there's a good hop profile here that presents aromas of grape and passionfruit. Some general grassiness backs this up nicely. This doesn't really smell like an IPA too much, but it's a more subtle rye beer that works.

Unfortunately, that subtle nuance of the nose doesn't carry over to the palate. It's still a bit underflavored for an IPA, but there isn't much complexity to make up for it. Grassiness and rye grain spicy flavor abound. There's a small flush of grapeseed (and a trace, trace amount of like POM brand juice) but that's all the fruit that I really get. It's blunt but restrained.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, perhaps even undercarbonated but smooth nonetheless. It works well with the session-candidate flavor profile. Overall, this is a fine beer. It pales in comparison to Founders Red's Rye when it comes to a hoppy rye beer in six-packs, but it is a tasty option that is distributed all over the country. You can't do wrong by picking up a six-pack or a 12-pack of Ruthless Rye for your next gathering. This might just be my Super Bowl beer next weekend.

Reaper16, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!

riversider76, Jan 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

chefduff2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Into tulip.

A- Copper pour, three finger egg shell head that leaves cobwebs of sticky lacing everywhere.

S- Rye adds a slight sour note with spicy pepper. Hops are bright and floral.

T- Spicy rye with floral hops with a touch of citrus.

M- Light bodied, bitter with spice and carbonation dancing on the tongue.

O- Rye beers aren't really my thing but this is quite enjoyable.

korguy123, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bnes09
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.

bnes09, Feb 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Camjmorton, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

e30todamax, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
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. 

ThickNStout, Mar 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Blanco, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

justinm4bama, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

wonothesane42, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TKEbeerman, Apr 30, 2013
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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.

VncentLIFE, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

alamode, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
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.

CloudStrife, Feb 11, 2012
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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.

JackieTH, Feb 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ksimons, Jan 24, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,443 ratings.