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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

4,405 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 306 | 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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joecast

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Fairly light amber. Much lighter than I was expecting. Thought it was a black rye. Guess not. Clear, low carbonation. Lightly tanned thin head. Looks very quaffable.

Not a hop bomb by any stretch but nicely balanced; perfume hop character, some gentle rye spice. Very nice, but certainly not ruthless.

A bit more aggressive taste. Nice sharp hop bitterness and good peppery rye character. Seems to come on in a wave rather than a quick jab which makes it very approachable or what it is.

Well, hardly surprising this is a well made beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. Enough so that it's not watery but not too much that it gets heavy by the end. As for drinkability, it finishes clean enough that the rye doesn't build up and overload the palate with that spicy character. Drink it at a reasonable pace and just keep on drinking.

04-23-2012 09:17:46 | More by joecast
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mulder1010

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

355 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a darker orange amber color, quite clear looking. One finger light brown head. Holds it's shape and body quite well. Settled down to a good layer of film leaving a nice looking ring of lacing in the glass.

S-- Rye really stands out in this. Lots of spiciness in the nose. Bits of orange and grapefruit compliment the nose along with a decent malt sweetness backbone.

T-- Spicy and earthy orange followed by a bit of earthy grapefruit. It is the rye that stands out in this. Just enough bitterness that makes this interesting and gives it a ZING.

M-- Creamy with medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly metallic and pine bitterness in the mid and back but not all that bad really.

O-- Pretty much beer my stand by beer for the last two months. Quite enjoy the beer as the rye really makes this work. Holds up better than other US IPA's that make the trip here. Good beer to have several of in a night.

05-06-2012 10:14:50 | More by mulder1010
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-20-2013 16:54:54 | More by Cooker_stp
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kodt

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2014 00:50:04 | More by kodt
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev 0%

Poured a 2" off-white head which took a while to dissipate. The body is a clear gold verging on amber. It smells like a medium IPA. Taste has slightly grapefruity hops and yes you do taste the slightly odd pepper and spice of rye. Seems a little salty to me, but all in all pretty good.

02-03-2012 09:51:52 | More by MoreThanWine
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is a rye IPA that tastes of weed and urine.

A: Red orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades slowly to good lacing. 4

S: Strong grasses hops smell like weed and urine. 3

T: Crisp maltiness into an earthy and grassy finish. There are still hints of urine. Weird. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

01-19-2012 04:24:38 | More by vandemonian
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-12-2014 02:38:40 | More by Burkbom23
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-29-2013 04:17:27 | More by comfortablynirm
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-11-2013 01:32:55 | More by ToddHolder
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JizackFH

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7%

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color that has nice clarity. There is a big fluffy 2-finger head resting on top. The head has excellent retention, and it leaves a thick sheet of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and spicy rye. There are also some aromas toffee, fruit, and there is a nice piney hop presence as well. A little bit of citrus on the back end too.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malt sweetness and some rye spiciness. Then there is a nice piney hop presence that comes through and adds some nice bitterness. There are also some flavors of toffee and citrus. the finish leaves some lingering rye and piney hop flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation.It goes down easy, and it has a nice feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, as well as some spiciness from the rye. There is a nice piney hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

O - This has really good drinkability. The flavor is nice and it goes down really easily. I could have a few of these no problem. Overall, I think it is a really nice beer. The rye and hops compliment each other really well. I recommend trying this one out. I would definitely pick this up again.

02-01-2012 11:32:52 | More by JizackFH
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured chilled in tall straight-sided glass.

A: orangish-yellow; 1-finger head; small carb stream; decent lacing (count on SN to deliver)
S: classic IPA aroma; strong on malt and yeast
T: very smooth IPA; mealy flavored; tenor-ranged flavors; bitter and not very sweet
M: silky mouthfeel

Very nice offering.

04-10-2012 20:40:44 | More by Arithmeticus
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – not really much to the smell at all. It seems like there might be a hoppiness to it, but can’t quite tell.

Taste – slight sweetness and hoppiness at first, and then the bitterness slowly makes it way into the taste. Really amazing how it does it so gradually! There’s an interesting spiciness to it too that’s felt at the beginning and then again noticeable in the aftertaste. Might be something along the lines of sap.

Mouthfeel – well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very interesting and decent-tasting brew!

02-29-2012 04:19:45 | More by Nerudamann
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tswater

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-23-2013 00:45:13 | More by tswater
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2013 16:52:30 | More by BUNZILLA
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

07-14-2012 04:17:56 | More by ssjkyle
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Rihup

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.7%

06-04-2013 01:45:02 | More by Rihup
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-17-2012 01:51:11 | More by GennyCreamAle
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-07-2013 03:38:24 | More by BYOFB
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-21-2012 13:25:23 | More by JakeDebus
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marct

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-15-2012 01:37:20 | More by marct
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utopiajane

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours clear and copper with a half finger head that fell off to to a thin skin on top. Some lacing. Nose is mellow but distinct with rye and while the malt is light on the nose they seem to be put together well. Some floral hops come up lightly like straw. As it warmed there was a little honey quality to the hops. Taste is delectable. Grainy malt, spicy rye, some grapefruit, and piney hops. Everything in balance with a creamy, smooth, sticky, piney, bitter hop finish. This was a substantial rye IPA , easy to drink and a vigorous tonic at that!

06-11-2013 17:05:17 | More by utopiajane
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-22-2013 02:26:58 | More by July2Nov
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep copper color, alomst russet in fact, with a two inch cream colored head that slowly reduces with tons of sticky lacing.

Has a fragrant smell, with pear, vanilla, malt,and citrus. Despite its dark look, it has a very light and crisp smell, with a hint of creaminess underneath.

Starts with a crisp grassy bitter bite, with creamy malt, dry rye, and a bare hint of citrus before finishing with plenty of hop bitter. As I get further into the beer, it is a bit like a hoppy creamsicle, with the citrus becoming more pronounced.

Medium bodied, this beer manages to have both a creamy mouth feel that nonetheless leaves your tongue feeling dry, but never tacky.

A very nice brew, one that, quality-wise, I'd stack up against SN's Bigfoot or Torpedo for the title of SN's best 12 oz brew they put out. A definite one to try if you can.

02-10-2012 02:25:44 | More by TheHoppiest
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

"Rye has been a staple grain for milennia-sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor, Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors- combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring." Sierra Nevada's spring seasonal returns for 2013, released annually around January-February. Brewed in the style of an American Rye IPA.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint snifter. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a frothy caramel-tinged white head of a fluffy cream consistency. Body color is a copper orange with mild sediment, a light haze and very low visible carbonation. Lacing is consistently light and curtained, retention is slightly above average. Head quality could improve a notch but otherwise this beer delivers well in appearance. 3.75

(Smell) Most noticeable is a moderate peppery bread note of rye for a full sweetness. Light citrus and floral hop notes compliment the malt profile, although they do not provide enough potency to challenge the specialty malt-centered beer. Additional notes of lightly toasted caramel, cracker malt for lightness, and a touch of fruity and spicy yeast esters, like raisin and nutmeg peek through as the beer warms. The potency is medium. Pleasant aroma overall, despite not being overly confident in the hop department. 3.25

(Taste) A nip of biscuity grain malt and citrus pith up front with a proceeding peppery rye midsection and a peppered, dry and boldly bitter finish with a dragging faint viscosity of rye sweetness to compliment. Although the hop flavor diversity has waned, this beer has otherwise held up remarkably well through the year. There's substantial bitterness and malt complexity to enjoy, yet the profile is quaffable enough to enjoy several in a single session. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mild slickness and a mellow stickiness build a subtle malt texture. Carbonation is busy, sharp and excited, very prickly on the tongue. Alcohol presence is low. Body is a medium for an American Rye IPA, and medium overall. The carbonation seems too aggressive for this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Sierra Nevada puts out a very tasty and flavorful, yet clean and easy drinking Rye IPA in Ruthless Rye. Chock full of clean, flavorful rye and a moderate thickness, this is a worthy drink for your IPA money, and a fair representative for the rapidly growing Rye IPA trend . 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Ruthless Rye IPA
3.63/5.00

09-08-2013 23:43:39 | More by Jadjunk
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WritersBlock

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-14-2012 22:53:35 | More by WritersBlock
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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