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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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4,498 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Hendrick24, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Horbar, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GuttaMane138, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ZachKelly, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Burkbom23, Mar 12, 2014
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
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red with excellent foam and lacing.

Smell: Rye and black pepper. It could have been a bit stronger for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rye and a hint of licorice. Thick mouthfeel that falls flat. Very syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favoriate rye, nor my favorite Sierra Nevada.

tjsdomer2, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Troville1990, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pecan, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

abcdefghijkyle, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

carrollmel7, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DrMindbender, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Budinetz, May 19, 2013
Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

baklo, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ilikebeer03, Jan 16, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

stealth, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

e30todamax, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Blanco, Jan 29, 2013
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,498 ratings.