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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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4,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,438
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 315 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A - This pours a dark copper body, with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Really good head retention and some decent lacing. This beer looks quite similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo.

S - The aroma is very citrusy (orange, grapefruit), with hints of caramel and bread.

T - First I get that signature Sierra Nevada hop bite, with zesty grapefruit and orange notes. Then come some apparent pepper notes, a slight sweetness, and a nice rye breadiness. The finish is fairy dry and bitter, with some lingering resinous qualities to it. As it was warms up, I'm starting to get even more rye bread and more sweetness, with a pronounced caramel taste.

M - Medium-bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Quite peppery, especially right after it's poured. Not boozy, but if you let it warm up enough, you might feel some alcohol esters.

O - This is my first Rye IPA, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. It's quite similar to their Torpedo Extra IPA, but with a more peppery and bready side to it. I hope they make it a regular seasonal release.

NightINgale, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Brewsed, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear copper hue with fluffy eggshell white head of 3-4 cm. the head creates windowpane lattice and rocky craters as it recedes to a sturdy surface layer.

Aroma is citrusy hops and a little spicy rye with just a bit of caramel.
First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is briefly grainy caramel malt and then rolls to some bitter rindy hops and bit of black pepper. Finish is dry and lingering bitterness. No hints of any booze and a fairly smooth overall experience. Nice bitey brew.

sulldaddy, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

whatname, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Dave128
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 oz stubby into a unibroue snifter.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 2.5 finger bone white head. Red amber in color. Looks like a nice bourbon besides the fizzy head that doesnt really stick around much besides a few wisps.

S - Smells largely of american hops. Not bad, but not much complexity.

T - Same with the nose. Great hop flavor and bitterness but lacks complexity. I rarely get that peppery/sharp rye flavor. I never taste the alcohol, but it finishes bitter and dry.

M - A little light bodied and overcarbonated for the style.

O - A solid drinkable IPA, but the rye aspect doesn't really seem "ruthless" to me.

Dave128, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Red orange in color, light internal carbonation, completely translucent, pours a light bone white head that evolves into very strong lacing

S: Strong citrus, papaya and various tropical fruits, elements of apple and of course rye, decently fragrant

T: Much akin to the nose, heavy tropical fruits, definite papaya-specific notes, some apple/fruity elements, nice sweet and bitter balance

M: Petty smooth, a bit rough around the edges and perhaps a bit too bitter on the finish, but not over-lingering, and a nice, mild citrus aftertaste

O: Great flavors, nice balance, and decently smooth, not a bad look and pretty fragrant as well

MatthewWilde, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

countchunkula, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

FeastCoast, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bcsbeer, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of soju6
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Pours a rusty/ copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of hops citrus and grain, primarily rye. There is also a bit of fruit sweetness in the background.

T: Starts with a nice bitterness with a nice touch of rye. There is a bit of fruit and spice that lurks in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and refreshing. the blend of the rye and hops is not overpowering and balanced very well.

O: Easy drinker, much better than I expected. Another solid offering from the brewer.

soju6, Apr 25, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Brewed with pale, rye, caramel and chocolate malts. Bittering hops=Bravo, Aroma= Chinook and "Experimental hops", dry hopped with Chinook, Citra and experimental hops.

6.6% ABV, OG=15.2 Plato, FG=3.1 Plato, 55 IBU. $1.69 for a single @ BevCo. Pours out to a clear burnt orange, forming a tall whipped merigue yellow head with superior retention and simply awesome lacing. Very beautiful beer. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is great...love that chinook. Some pungent skunky funky MJ hop nose. Love it. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium body. Yummy. What a delicious beer. Taste opens with the skunky funky hops, well balanced by a nice chewy malt body. Clean ferment. Firm lingering bitterness. Dry finish. Slightly rustic, but I wouldn't be able to tell you this was brewed with rye in a blind tasting. The bitterness really stays with you. It's a bit much for me to be honest, so it makes me want to drink another swig because of that pleasant up front sweetness. Nice grain husk character adds some toast and astringency, like chewing on C40.

Really nice beer. One of the best Sierra Nevada's I've had lately.

Mitchster, Apr 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Zoh, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bonbini26, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

SweJon, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

LSUBeerGuy, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

johnsilk, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Gabany, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

drakulya, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hockenbeer, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Deivos, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

pentasyllabic, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jayp82, Apr 23, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Fairly light amber. Much lighter than I was expecting. Thought it was a black rye. Guess not. Clear, low carbonation. Lightly tanned thin head. Looks very quaffable.

Not a hop bomb by any stretch but nicely balanced; perfume hop character, some gentle rye spice. Very nice, but certainly not ruthless.

A bit more aggressive taste. Nice sharp hop bitterness and good peppery rye character. Seems to come on in a wave rather than a quick jab which makes it very approachable or what it is.

Well, hardly surprising this is a well made beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. Enough so that it's not watery but not too much that it gets heavy by the end. As for drinkability, it finishes clean enough that the rye doesn't build up and overload the palate with that spicy character. Drink it at a reasonable pace and just keep on drinking.

joecast, Apr 23, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,438 ratings.