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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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4,779 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,779
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 528 | 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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Ratings: 4,779 | Reviews: 1,080
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome label with great graphics and color scheme. Neck label states 2013 and gives a small description of the beer. Back label gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, and web info.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 13oz tulip glass. Pours out a clear copper orange color with a 1½ finger golden cream foam head of medium density. Head retention was 2min 37sec before fading into a frothy coating. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of grapefruit and floral hops. Also has a spiciness in the nose and has hints of sweet malts. Very interesting.

Flavor/Taste: Has a large rye spiciness on the front end with a good deal of biscuit-like malt flavors. This is followed by a bitter fruity citrus hop bite that turns a bit sweet before fading to a back end dominated by toasted malts. Excellent.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with an above average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Extremely tasty brew that any hop head will love! I really like the spice character the rye imparts on this IPA. Excellent!! Classified as an American IPA at 6.6%. Consumed 2-16-13.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear, rich, dark amber color with big soapy off-white head with big bubbles that left glass coating and dense lace. Lots of visible carbonations. Sierra Nevada makes the most incredible looking IPAs.

S- Big peppery, floral, and earthy hop aroma. Definitely get the rye character more than other RyePA's I have had, some citrus hops as well.

T- Big spicy and peppery character from the rye, lots of floral and earthy hop flavor, some citrus hop character, quite a bit of graininess and caramel malt. Pretty high bitterness, especially on the finish

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, smooth, medium body. Very effervescent and quite refreshing.

O- A really nice RyePA with tons of that spicy rye character and nice floral hop character.

Photo of Samuel906
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am re-reviewing this because it has grown on me. So much so that this is now one of my favorite beers, and a go to for me whenever I have pizza. It is simple, straightforward, not overly complex, refreshing, but not lacking in flavor. Very drinkable and like I said, it is amazing with pizza. The color is simply gorgeous, a deep reddish amber, but perfectly transparent. Thick head and sticky lacing top it off. Some very fine particles of sediment can be seen suspended in the brew, likely the rye. Smell is mostly of the resinous hops, but has more bread and grain and less citrus and fruit than most IPAs. Taste is fairly standard for an IPA up front leaving behind some bread and malt on the back of the palate along with some mild rye flavor. Not tons of rye, but enough to keep you interested. Great beer, easy to find, and the price is right.

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep golden brown color with a thin head and poor retention. Minimal lacing.

S-Very earthy hops. Unforgivingly yeasty. I'm also picking up on some notes of peppery basil leaves and citrusy, tangy fruits.

T- Yeasty bread, peppered mandarin oranges

MF-Surprisingly smooth for an IPA. Very good balance between smoothness and crispness

O-One of the better IPA's I've had. It is not too abrasive, which seems to be the problem with most IPA's in my opinion. This one is very subtle and forgiving and has no notes that kick you in the teeth.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with packaged on date of 12/12/2013. Vintage 2014 printed on the label.

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright bronze color, semi-clear with tons of carbonation bubbles and sediment rushing topside in the glass. Two fingers of frothy off-white head with excellent staying power. Leaves behind fat rings of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The nose doesn't have much going on. Some fruity grapefruit hops, and some peppery rye spice, but little else.

T - Grainy and spicy. Heavy taste of rye and cracked peppercorns. Hoppy grapefruit bitterness with maybe a bit of blood orange in the end. Piney, some bready malt, but not what I would call spicy. Fruity, citrusy, juicy, and bitter.

M - Bitter and dry feel. Smooth and clean. Some hop resins hanging onto the tongue along with that touch of sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I would call it an average IPA, approachable for the style, but I'd say it lies more toward the bitter side of things.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA ---3.5/5

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Steven91
2.24/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A - First pour was awasome finger head with big bubbles that recess to little ones
S - You really smell the rye for sure but than goes to a bitter hop smell with some pine not a whole lot of smell going on
T - Bitterness is first with a slow rye taste after followed by some nectar taste
M - This feels lighter than normal light for an ipa
O - Not impressed by this beer it's worth trying but not my number one

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MRAnderson
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an "OK" beer from the Titan out west which didn't really surprise me. I found this beer to be very mild with taste and the Rye really doesn't shine through on this beer at all. IT was not a bad beer but it was not memorable either, the beer is worth giving a try though. They could have hopped this beer out a tad more and they should have added more rye especially since the Title of the beer states this beer is all about rye...???

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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