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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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4,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,563
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TR0219, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada is my favorite XL craft brewer.

Ruthless Rye IPA pours darker, deeper amber with bronze highlights and a tan creamy froth with retention and lacing. Rye bread as it should.

Love the smell, which is malt based toffee and caramel with pine, evergreen style hops and a bit of flowers and winter hills and forest.

Flavors follow the smell, which first w more malt tham most IPAs, which is welcome: caramel, toffee, and malt are the base one which float earthy spice of rye. The finish becomes more piney with elements of spruce, resin, and grasses with a bit of crystal sweetness. Dry finish despite being a sweeter IPA.

Medium bodied, finishing long and dry.

Winter IPA, a little sweeter and more earthy, more pine forest. Must try. Better than its reviews on BA.

Act25, Feb 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

VeganUndead, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Copernicus, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Icarus, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

teamwiggum, Feb 03, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep- yet clear amber color tinted copper, medium-think head, good lacing
Pine and hops. Rye, malts and a hint of alcohol
Delicious, the bitterness kicks in, its raw and aggressive feeling but not overly so. There’s a complex blend of flavors the malt, rye, hops which makes for a really good beer
I first picked this up because, well- the package looks kick ass. I had never seen it before and they only had it by the 12 pack, so of course I bought it. Once I had my first one I was hooked and went right back out to buy another case, fearing it would be too late if I waited. I definitely recommend this, I always enjoy it.


BeerandWhiskeyHQ, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

timmy2b, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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jabo134, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

instinct2, Feb 03, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a very light beige while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as medium amber when held up to the light. Lacing looks as if it will be mostly sheeting.

Nose- Lots of citrus (mostly orange) from the glass. Shows light hints of pine and resin. Very clean smelling, almost soapy. The bottle shows more of a rye presence. Some caraway, something a little vegetal (think greens), and a little bit of pepper. Generally rye. Swirling shows a little bit of rye.

Taste- Slight citrus on the front but this quickly transitions into hop bitterness, grains from the rye, and strong pepper. Some pine and resin. Some orange and lemon peel. A bit of chalkiness on the finish. Fairly solid flavor profile but could use some more complexity. Had good presence and balance though. Light caramel. Solid, good beer that doesn't do anything that impressive. Some earwax and grapefruit. A little more bitter than I would like but it is well balanced by the rye notes. The somewhat dry finish also doesn't allow it to linger either.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Has a little bit of zing which matches well with the rye notes. Light dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing for an IPA and while it's not that bitter, it is pretty easy drinking for its bitterness. Standard price for Sierra Nevada beers.

Overall- Solid, good beer. No flaws but also nothing that really stands out. Definitely worth a try and this is a beer I will be purchasing again.

artoolemomo, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Cruick, Feb 03, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,563 ratings.