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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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very good

4,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,564
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 358 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

chefduff2, Apr 21, 2013
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
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

powdersoldier, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BillHilly, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ridgeline23, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
Pours out a translucent copper, plenty of carbonation creates a solid 3/4 inch head with decent retention.

Rye, minerals, grass and a hint of citrus make up most of the smell.

Rye and pale malts combine with a bit of pine, grass and lemon rind to start this off. Slight hint of sweet malts and more rye spice at the finish. The mouth isn't as heavy on the carbonation as I expected. Nice, smooth, moderate body.

One awesome rye IPA! Thanks Sierra Nevada, this is an excellent seasonal offering.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of HamGlade10
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

HamGlade10, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

M1A2, Jan 30, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ksimons, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SpasmWaiter, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tkdchampxi, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

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

stevec32, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

abcdefghijkyle, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

litheum94, Mar 25, 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%

adam42381, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

teamwiggum, Feb 03, 2014
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

justinm4bama, Feb 09, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,564 ratings.