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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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4,375 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,375
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 64
Gots: 287 | 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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Ratings: 4,375 | Reviews: 1,042 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

08-07-2013 14:19:05 | More by Kyrojack
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-20-2012 18:30:45 | More by Nightrain87
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-25-2014 01:58:17 | More by PappyVans
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2013 01:36:40 | More by carrollmel7
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-09-2012 01:39:14 | More by justinm4bama
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-20-2013 22:06:11 | More by JDizzle
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2014 22:15:22 | More by BeerBeast
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-30-2013 01:34:58 | More by TKEbeerman
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-24-2013 04:40:13 | More by grumpygerman
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-12-2012 03:33:07 | More by stealth
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-21-2013 16:24:43 | More by chefduff2
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a slightly red amber like color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lace.

S- The rye aroma is quite dominant with a slightly sour smell and loads of citrus hops rounding out the nose. I'm surprised the rye is this noticeable, and it shows itself in more of a pepper, bread, and mustiness kind of way.

T- Very bitter initially with sharp hop resin and pine coming through in waves. Bracingly bitter at first, but almost instantly it gives way to a sweet caramel and bread finish with a lingering note of sour rye.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall another very solid hoppy brew from SN.

01-11-2012 22:21:52 | More by projectflam86
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

07-22-2012 23:28:55 | More by durlta
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-01-2014 13:20:15 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

05-15-2012 01:46:16 | More by BeardedBoffin
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2013 22:25:29 | More by Horbar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-25-2014 04:09:48 | More by wonothesane42
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-27-2014 18:22:31 | More by innominat
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-18-2013 18:09:29 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

03-26-2012 09:27:33 | More by deadonhisfeet
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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