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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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4,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,289
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 251 | 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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

05-13-2012 02:20:19 | More by Dapperticus
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-13-2012 00:50:18 | More by vinnie
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

05-12-2012 19:32:32 | More by Skye1024
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West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I happened to pour this IPA into a crystal tasting glass at 45 degrees F.
A- It looks great. Lots of the beautiful caramel color that "RyePA's" have. The head was thin and didn't last more than a minute.

S- Smells fantastic. Personally I enjoy the smell of this beer more than anything. You can almost taste it with your nose. Its aroma is light and energetic.

T- The taste I found to be average. It has an ok bitterness factor, I personally like very potent IPAs. I felt as if the maltiness did not come through very much at all. Classic pine notes, floral, a sort of zesty spiciness like cloves.

M-I did not enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. It was clingy and fuzzy. It left me scraping my tongue against my upper teeth for 30 min. Not what I am used to from IPAs.

Overall- It is a perfectly and wonderfully vanilla beer that I felt as if I needed to drink colder and colder as I made my way through the six pack over a period of 2 weeks. Over all I would award a 3.5.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 03:31:44 | More by Danno48
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-11-2012 19:38:09 | More by EROCK75
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark warm amber with an enormous fantastic creamy compact tan head that takes almost forever to dissipate, and does so leaving rich lacings.

S: Very American hoppy smell; citric but also piney. Grapefruit, pineapple and lemons. Roasted malt but also spice from the rye.

T: Both bitter and floral American hops, but compared to the smell, more in balance with the barley and rye. Roasted malt, only semi-sweet, and very spicy. Dryness from what I think is the rye.

M: Long lovely bitter and peppery aftertaste, really lingers for a long time. Body is rather full, while carbonation is mild. Damn this is smooth.

O: An AIPA, with obvious rye to balance the American hops - acrually a great idea.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 18:30:55 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-11-2012 09:30:51 | More by Piason
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-10-2012 20:32:56 | More by wilfonzo
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear dark amber with a high warm off-white head, leaving loads of lacing and good curtains.

The smell is citric and fruity, grape-fruit, pine-apple, pine resin and needles.

Starting sweet toffee and brown bread, then grape-fruit, pepper and lemon peel.

Medium low carbonation, soft and sticky, a big body and a dry finish.

In all a good exemplary rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 18:17:56 | More by rarbring
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-10-2012 04:15:11 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-09-2012 20:30:47 | More by hallospceboy
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-09-2012 16:57:36 | More by beerguy36
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

05-09-2012 09:49:05 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-09-2012 03:06:35 | More by bumchilly25
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-09-2012 02:15:29 | More by Arborescence
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark copper color with decent head and spotty lacing.

Toasty, grainy, and spicey malt dominate the scent with only the slightest trace of citrus hops.

The hops pop a little more in the taste and there is some pine resin in addition to the citrus. Peppery rye finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, if not a little thin.

It's an ok rye pa. SN has done much better, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:31:42 | More by Vonerichs
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-09-2012 00:26:53 | More by rocklibster
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-08-2012 09:18:47 | More by viettran07
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-08-2012 01:17:39 | More by Icehalo
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant beer! I could make this one of my standard go-tos.

A- Rich and dark amber. The head was a nice toasty tan and lasted forever! The lacing was significant.

S- Hoppy, smooth (if you can use that word for smell... but it just seemed to have a "smooth" aroma), nutty. I couldn't sense any floral or citrus, but then, I've not been too good an those scents.

T- Toasty! Not cloying, but rather "full" flavored without being too bitter. Just enough of a bitterness to let you know you're drinking a beer worth drinking. Nutty. I couldn't tell a difference from it being a rye, though.

M- A slight sharpness of the carbonation. A little more than I prefer. But it's countered very nicely by its richness (without being too much so). Not at all chewy, and not not of an aftertaste (good).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:51:12 | More by Mechphisto
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

05-07-2012 21:38:30 | More by KurtChuck
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-07-2012 01:48:57 | More by mimi
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-07-2012 01:37:17 | More by poogas
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-07-2012 01:10:11 | More by kornkid8600
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-06-2012 23:08:41 | More by standardcherry
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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