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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

4,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,498
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 336 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Stevie_Janowski, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

litheum94, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thin off-white head.

S: There's a nice toasted rye and citrusy pacific hop aroma.

T: A good mixture of sweet malt, spicy rye and citrus hop. The flavors blend well and complement one another. Just enough bitterness in the finish to balance everything out with a lingering citrus and toasted grain flavor.

M: Good all around mouthfeel. Medium body and a higher carbonation add to the spice.

O: One of my favorite styles, I haven't had a bad rye beer...yet. Recommend picking this up.

Kromes, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

powdersoldier, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours a dark copper body, with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Really good head retention and some decent lacing. This beer looks quite similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo.

S - The aroma is very citrusy (orange, grapefruit), with hints of caramel and bread.

T - First I get that signature Sierra Nevada hop bite, with zesty grapefruit and orange notes. Then come some apparent pepper notes, a slight sweetness, and a nice rye breadiness. The finish is fairy dry and bitter, with some lingering resinous qualities to it. As it was warms up, I'm starting to get even more rye bread and more sweetness, with a pronounced caramel taste.

M - Medium-bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Quite peppery, especially right after it's poured. Not boozy, but if you let it warm up enough, you might feel some alcohol esters.

O - This is my first Rye IPA, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. It's quite similar to their Torpedo Extra IPA, but with a more peppery and bready side to it. I hope they make it a regular seasonal release.

NightINgale, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear, rich, dark amber color with big soapy off-white head with big bubbles that left glass coating and dense lace. Lots of visible carbonations. Sierra Nevada makes the most incredible looking IPAs.

S- Big peppery, floral, and earthy hop aroma. Definitely get the rye character more than other RyePA's I have had, some citrus hops as well.

T- Big spicy and peppery character from the rye, lots of floral and earthy hop flavor, some citrus hop character, quite a bit of graininess and caramel malt. Pretty high bitterness, especially on the finish

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, smooth, medium body. Very effervescent and quite refreshing.

O- A really nice RyePA with tons of that spicy rye character and nice floral hop character.

Hoptometrist, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

M1A2, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tedho21, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BillHilly, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
1.63/5  rDev -58%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a deep crisp copper color with 1.5 fingers of soapy off white head.

The nose on this beer is almost repulsive. Every time I go to sniff it, I have to ask myself, "why am I doing this?" Metallic scents with a touch of rye spice. Awful.

Metal spoon taste with a little bit of spice added on top.

Thin and watery.

Overall, this was a severely disappointing beer. Thin, bad smell, bad taste just a poor excuse of a beer. I'm assuming most of the reviews are inflated due to it being an Sierra Nevada beer... Ruthless Rye, meet my drain.

dcloeren, Feb 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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

adam42381, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Pahn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Just released, so not bothering with bottled on info (it's fresh).

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily and (like the beer) leaves lots of streaky lacing. Pours a translucent copper.

Smell: Tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), with some pungent onion / marijuana hops. Fresh whole grain bread malt aroma in the background. Awesome.

Taste: Spicy, assertive rye malt up front, leading to a slight greenhouse hop flavor, with a bread and cracker finish and piny aftertaste. Very bitter, but it works.

Love the rye, the resinous hops, and the malt backbone. However, the aroma is making hop promises that the taste fails to keep in a big way. I like both the taste and the smell, and I can be okay with them being very different in a beer, but it's hard to take when the smell is much better than the taste.

While the flavor gets a bit more pungent and weed-like (this is a good thing), along with a slight kind of "earthy tropical fruit" flavor devoid of sweetness (hard to describe, but it's an echo of a note in the aroma and reminds me slightly of Nelson Sauvin hops), there's never enough citrus / sweet fruit / flowery / herbal / etc hop flavor to stand up to deeply characterful malt background and heavy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nice and bitter, with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A good beer that could be a great beer. The flavors that are present are masterful, and the aroma is excellent, but there's something missing in the taste that keeps it from really singing.

That said, I could drink a fair amount of these. Also, it's nice to drink an IPA with such well developed and delicious malt character. Honestly, I would rather drink the Sierra Nevada seasonal that this beer replaced (Glissade), but I wouldn't turn this one down.

Pahn, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ksimons, Jan 24, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish amber with a huge light tan head that sticks to the glass impressively. Aromas of fresh pine cones, and a hint of pepper. Taste begins with some tart grain, followed by a smooth hint of vanilla, then some fresh bread. After that is a smooth resinous pinecone flavor that washes over. A quite clean finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent IPA. Not especially bitter, but with plenty of hop flavor.

tronester, Feb 28, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson copper with two fingers of white head.

Smells of pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, some caramel, and some spicy pine.

Pineapple, biitter pine, a bit of grapefruit and some caramel to balance it all with a bit of rye.

Medium bodied with light carbonation a drying, slick feel.

Very drinkable and paired well with some deep dish pizza; I would definitely make this a repeat purchase.

samie85, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

innominat, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

TKEbeerman, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into an 11oz glass at Playground in Santa Ana, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width fluffy white head, long retention. Pale copper color, very clean and little visible carbonation.

S- Dark hops and rye with toasty malts. Complex smell and a good one. Earthy tones.

T- Rye and hops. Peculiar taste. Starts sweet and candied and finished bitter. Novel taste.

M- Very smooth and little carbonation. Medium mouthfeel and a metallic linger.

O-I enjoyed this beer. Sierra Nevada does alright by me.

Murrhey, Jun 10, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,498 ratings.