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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Reviews: 1,113 | Ratings: 5,049
Photo of MarkQ617
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long time first time. Had this poured into a pint glass. Color is a beautiful translucent, almost clear, copper with an off-white heard. Aroma is a little light considering the rich flavor. Spicy rye is obvious, with a nice bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit tough, but not terrible for a rye. Big fan.

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle pkgd 01/28/16. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours an orange amber color, clear, but darker than expected for Sierra Nevada, supporting a very large head. I get very little in the way of aroma -- maybe a little bit of malty bread smell. Flavor brings the new-classic combination of rye bitterness and hops, in American Single IPA proportions. Piny, bready, with a slick, cloying mouthfeel. I'm having really mixed feelings about this one. This is clearly not my favorite rye IPA, but is it any good? Is it too simple? Is it simple because that's what its balance demands?

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Photo of mnj21655
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, vibrant Amber in color with a full two fingers of dense very light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very subdued, hints of caramel malt and a touch of breadiness. Taste is equally subdued but has a general underlying sweetness with some caramel and spicy rye with bready undertones and a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium+ mouthfeel with low-moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, easy drinking but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like this rye IPA a lot - very sweet malts on the smell. I like how balanced the flavor is. It has a strong, oaky taste with a hint of straw/wet grass. Great malts and a little bitter on the aftertaste. There's nothing spectacular that stands out, but overall I think it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle, part of the 4 Way assortment pack. Color is a crisp bronze with a persistent frothy ecru head. Smells like peppery rye spice with a little tropical fruit. Tasty is malty and somewhat fruity with that spicy rye note. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and really pleasant. Finishes with a nice malty somewhat dry crispness. I like this one plenty.

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Photo of JRBaker84
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A mostly clear, dark Amber color but with a slight barely visible haze. The aroma is very nice when poured into the glass. I love the taste of this one, delicious ipa with cedar notes. Pretty good mouth feel that lingers for a bit but isn't too syrupy. Overall this is one of my favorites from the 4 way ipa variety pack.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bronze color with a frothy off-white head. Smells like peppery rye spice, some vegetal floral herbs, mild melon, citrus, grass, and dark tropical fruit. Taste is peppery rye spice, some melon, floral and vegetal herb notes, some grass, with mild tropical fruit. Feels light and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a unique and interesting Rye IPA.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. purchased in the 4 Way IPA 12 pack. Pours a beautiful orange blossom honey in color with a quickly disappearing head. The smell is fantastic, a wonderful combination of rye and hops. Taste is just as wonderful with a little bitterness in the middle and some rye in the finish and when I belch, its definitely an IPA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Look is a dark wooden amber with a thin light tan head.

A lot of that dry rye aroma a slight pepperiness. Caramel note at the end.

Lots of smooth rye with a strong malt balance. Not much on the hops.

Very good beer over all.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber red-brown with a medium creamy head. The aroma gives me melon rind, apple, pomegranite, pear, and dead grass. The flavor leads with soft, rounded melon and pear, with a slightly spicy finish of cinnamon and cedar. The mouthfeel is quite full and sticky. Overall this is a decadent and rich beer with some very unique flavors.

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Photo of jeffreywt
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit of pine and citrus from the hops get mixed with a black pepper and spicy rye taste. I've found I enjoy rye beers and this is one of my favorites at the moment. I wish I could get it in a six pack instead of just in the 4-way sampler.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, brown similar to an iced tea. A nice, white foamy head sits on top and leaves behind a pretty good amount of lace. Rye malts and piney hops sit in the nose. A sweet, malty taste opens up and then leads into a slightly bitter hop taste, before being slashed and settled by the rye. Great taste, and kept well in check. Mouth feel is pretty good. Maybe a bit flat for an IPA, but very good. It's easy and a pleasure to drink. Overall, great IPA. Very palatable, even for someone who doesn't care much for IPAs.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic rye ale, exhibiting all the things you love about rye -- a sort of deep, rich maltyness, some spice/bite, and a bit of earth. Throw in some backing bittering hops and a slight citrus undercurrent, and you've got a good thing going. Really nice feel, too, creamy, full, satisfying. Classic indeed.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - A dark amber type color, clear in appearance
Smell - Spice, floral, hints of grapefruit/citrus
Taste - Peppery rye spice, some citrus, some floral notes, burnt toast, earthy

Overall - Not a huge rye IPA guy myself and this one doesn't necessarily make me change my mind either. Decent/drinkable but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/13/16. The taste on this is awesome. There's a nutty sweetness, and the promised black pepper, along with grapefruit pith and something that—having never had it—tasted like smoked venison. Very complex, but delicious, with a great smell and feel as well.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but I was hoping for a lot more. Way less hoppy than most IPA's I've had. After liking Kind Ryed (Otter Creek) so much I had my hopes up for Sierra Nevada's Rye IPA and it tasted like a very ordinary beer.
Color was coppery and clear. Not a very foamy head but still a lot of fizz to the tongue. I tasted more malt than hops which was disappointing when expecting the hop bite of an IPA.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety 12 pack that was packaged on 12/30/15

As I pour it in the glass the body is dark orange, darker then most IPA's. There a slightly off white head.Some retention. Good lacing.

Smell is somewhat prominent. Floral with a little pine

Taste starts with a bitter that has a spicy aspect to it. I noticed the malt next. A nice balance !

Average feel

Nicely balanced IPA

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Becher pint.

a: Body is on the browner side of amber. You know...like rye. 2 finger egg shell head dissipates quickly.

s: Crisp rye malts, a honey sweetness, grassy hops.

t: Rye, lemon rind, grassy, earthy hops. Peppery finish.

mf: A bit slick. Medium body. Good carbonation.

o: Drinkable and refreshing in the heat. Good use of rye. Hardly the 'best of the box'.

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Photo of MACrist
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/22/15.
LOOKS: Clear, dark amber, rust. Poured into a Nonic pint glass. One inch of khaki head that stays around and finally ends up being a nice quarter inch layer on top of the beer. Leaves a fairly nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: There is a sweet floral aroma. A bit of black pepper from the rye, and a tiny bit of citrus.
TASTE: The flavors take a minute to kick in, there is a little delay. First I get some bitter citrus rind. You get a little sweetness from the malt and that peppery bitter finish from the rye, and it lasts.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium full body and fairly dry. Carbonation is balanced nicely.
OVERALL: This is a nice change up from the usual SN IPAs. It has just enough sweetness that it is not too peppery and bitter from the rye. Good stuff.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour, decent clarity for such a color, over an inch of head, off white, almost beige. Aroma crushed the rye, drops some c hops.

Taste was just nailing the rye, but still had a slight amount of citrus hop mouthfeel. Amazing how they can have so many well selling hoppy beers. Consistency is key. Earthy at times. This is a solid ipa, a good example of one that dials up the rye in it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Semi-hazy amber with brown and pink highlights and a creamy-tan head that is pillowy and filmy, with good retention and lacing. Smell is resinous and vegetal, a little citrus. Not too strong, but distinct celery stalk notes. As it sits for a while, strong black pepper notes. Seems raisiny and watered down at first, then dried leaves, rind, leather, and strong black pepper on the hop side. Full end of medium in body, a little warming, a little sudsy, and little tingly, flattens fairly quickly.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 10/28/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle said "2013" at the top of the label and it was just FINE. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours a deep copper-amber in color with a good 2-3 finger foamy/creamy off-white head. LOTS of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of grains and citrus hop for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some spices and pepper in the mix as well. Does has a bitter finish but doesn't last too long. Lots of flavor but a bit too 'hoppy' for me but did have a good taste and aroma otherwise. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/6/12

L: Pours pretty dark; between a very deep copper and amber.

S: Slightly subdued citrus hop aroma. Characteristic rye dry spiciness is certainly there, reminiscent of deli rye bread. Nothing really pops.

T: Great first sip brings a lot of citrusy hops upfront with some rye spiciness. Bisquity maltiness in the finish with residual hop bitterness.

F: Really nice, velvety mouthfeel. A little above medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Alcohol combines with rye to create pleasant warmth.

Overall: More malty than I generally want from an IPA, but with the dryness of the rye it works very well. Would have liked the rye to stand out a bit more in the aroma, but still a very solid beer. Another great great offering from Sierra Nevada with a pretty dope label.

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Photo of Drewsbruze
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We picked this beer up as a mix pack of IPA from Sierra Nevada and were extremely stoked by the beers inside. A little iffy about the black IPA (as they are more times than not just a porter wearing IPA's clothing), but the entire pack made us happy we bought it for $16.99 (consisted of a golden IPA, black IPA, rye IPA, and torpedo (extra) IPA. This (rye) by far is the winer in the pack. Every beer bares the signature S.N. flavour profile. So if you like their stuff, then you will like this beer/pack!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a big grassy hop nose with rye spice. Pours brilliant amber with persistent 3” off white foam cap. A well balanced beer with rich malt, bitter hops, pepper finish, rye spice. Has the rich, full rye body. A very drinkable rye IPA.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.