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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

4,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,492
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 332 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

The_1084, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

npeifer2308, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Enoch, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Lots o' effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a half finger, foamy, dirty white head. Settles fairly slowly, but leaves a nice blanket of foam on the surface. Sporadic lacing.

S: Pungent, mossy, piny nose. Maybe a little fresh bicycle tire in there.

T: Very hoppy, but really pungent. Slight woody, pine sappy, sort of thing.

M: Thick and hearty. Bites you in the front, and lingers throughout.

D: Gently sip this mouth puckering delight.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark intimidating appearance, decent head, and slight lacing. Nose is mossy and piny, but very full. Flavor is basic, but very well done... thick, hearty, and biting. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Aug 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

PatGreer, Aug 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

freemanj54321, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kuestegg, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jheberle, Aug 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ZachBurns, Aug 09, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper colour, one finger of off white head, lots of lace left behind here. Smell is spicy and hoppy, lots of pineapple and grapefruit, tropical fruits, nice malt in there as well and a little more of the rye spiciness. Taste is malty and spicy initially, rey fairly prominent, lightly sweet, floral hop and pine, some juicy citrus, pineapple with more rye in the finish. Medium carbonation and body, good feel. Really nicely done, even at past its prime this held up an enormous amount of hops and a really good flavour.

peensteen, Aug 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

TCaldwell, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

craigmj7, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hoplomachus, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

tculverhouse, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of rusty sunset orange. It holds a one finger white head. This recedes quickly, leaving huge aggregates of bubbles atop the liquid, and patterned lacing around the glass. There is thick haze, but no sediment, and carbonation appears medium. The aroma is of rye, barley, and faint metallic wheatiness. Soft piney hops, with earth and a deep pepper spice come up on the back. Raw celery root and coppery metallics round out the nose. Our first impression is that the rye flavoring blows up right from the start!! As we sip, huge rye comes out, with spice, mud, and pepper. Pine cone hops, with all their raw and earthy goodness, as in the nose, mix in from the beginning as well. The middle sees more citric hop bite, with more of the spice from the grain bill. The finish is sweeter, with honey, more floral hops, and lighter, paler malts. The aftertaste breathes of citric hop and rind, rye, barley, pale malts, earthy hop cones, and metals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, cream, and froth, with a metallic biting slickness and light coating. This gives way to astringency of grain, with a very dry slickness to the last drops left in the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew is the awesome rye inclusions. These complement and mix beautifully with the earthy, piney, citric hop bouquet. While this is such a fantastically balanced beers, and the flavors so robust, it might be hard to drink more than one or two of these back to back, as it is easy to see how it could become overwhelming. This is a fantastic beer, and not to mention, it has one of the coolest labels we’ve seen in a long time.

TheBrewo, Aug 03, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,492 ratings.