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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

4,670 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,670
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 433 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour into pint glass...about two fingers of foam that subsides into a persistent layer and lacing. An immediate waft of hop aroma hits during the pour and persists in the first taste. It's accompanied by a strong rye smell and the rye flavor is what dominates the tasting. This is a pretty raucous beer. Sometimes the rye and hop flavors fight a little and the finish is sharply bitter. But it's a pleasant beer and surprisingly drinkable.

If someone were to make a high gravity bitter, only with rye, this is sort of how I would imagine it. The hop aromas and higher ABV give it a nice edge. I would buy this again.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very pleasant and fresh idea on a Rye ale. The appearance is a gold/bronze with a good head. The aroma suggested some hop presence and a bit of sweet malt as well.

The taste has a nice bite up front, owing to moderate carbonation mixed with moderate hop flavor and bitterness. As it settles into the body, you detect a thick malted rye body with the expected "spiced & peppery" tones, although not in excess. The malt body is slightly sweet and fades off into a bit of biscuit and robust hop flavor. Hop presence seems heavier in hop flavors without being overly bitter. The mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate and the alcohol content adds a touch of bite.

Overall, I found this to be a welcomed change to the beer aisle and a beer with plenty of complexity and balance. I love the use of rye malt and wouldn't hesitate to make a session of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is a nice dark gold color with reddish brown hues, plenty of carbonation in its body and a light fluffy head accompanied by some thick lacing. The aroma is a bit light, but the hops do come through along with some grains and grassy smells. There are hints of grapefruit too. The bitterness hits your first and then mellows out into a nice semi sweet flavor, the hops a re well represented but not overpowering. The aftertaste is spot on for an IPA, the alcohol is present but not offensive. Over all I thought this a really good IPA.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper, clear, thick fluffy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing.

Smell: Very malty, bready rye is noticeable. Some fruity citrus, but resoundingly sweet aromas dominate.

Taste: Grapefruit leads, spice and sweet rye. Hops are mild, some pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, strong carbonation that dissipates as the beer sits. Long lasting flavor.

Overall: I really enjoy the malt-hop balance in this brew. The malt is sweet, but provides a nice spice from the rye and moderated well by citrus hop flavor. A very enjoyable brew.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,670 ratings.