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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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4,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,305
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 257 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-29-2012 17:57:15 | More by gleemonger
Photo of HardTarget


2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber glass holds a respectable head that laces the glass.

Smell: Wet cereal grains with what seems like the Sierra Nevada house yeast. Leathery earthy malt base with some hop leaf but no bitter nose.

Taste: Spicy rye front with a bitter, tannin taste that slowly fades. Some malt body keeps this drinkable with a syrupy sweetness, but it's a little work getting from sip to sip. It's all bitter hops, with a straw dry finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation goes a bit fizzy in the mouth. Medium body with an oily finish.

Overall: It's like they squeezed all the hop goodness out and used it for another beer. I like the rye aspect and taste, but the hop profile is much more English than American; bittering rather than flavoring. It's probably a personal preference, but I just don't enjoy this end of the hop spectrum. Maybe you will.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:12:38 | More by HardTarget
Photo of DonFrap


2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

03-29-2012 02:46:28 | More by DonFrap
Photo of superspak


4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/23/2011. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, grass, herbal, and rye spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, grass, and spicy rye. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, rye, citrus, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of bitterness and malts make this quite smooth. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Great flavor balance and smoothness. Very enjoyable with nice hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:28:06 | More by superspak
Photo of WreckingBrew


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-28-2012 23:14:34 | More by WreckingBrew
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-28-2012 21:21:01 | More by sailorastro
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-28-2012 02:42:49 | More by rjpetrizzo
Photo of cr0ckett


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an rich amber color, with a big off white head that leaves nice lacing behind. The nose is weak, but has some floral hop notes followed by some malty tones. Has a smoothe taste beginning with a piney hop note followed by malty rye tones. Plesant, medium mouthfeel and carbonation refreshing. Overall a solid brew and worth picking up a six pack. I would like a little stronger rye presence, however it is still a very enjoyable beer and I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:09:39 | More by cr0ckett
Photo of robo90124


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-28-2012 00:46:08 | More by robo90124
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-27-2012 19:57:08 | More by IndieGentleman
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye is a perfectly clear and sparkling light copper ale with a dense, lumpy, creamy head that has pockets of large bubbles in it. The retention and lacing is outstanding. The juicy citrus hops speak loudly of tangerines and grapefruit while conversing about spicy rye and muttering something about caramel. One whiff makes the mouth water. It's medium bodied and quite smooth and lively in the mouth. The finish is dry and crunchy. It tastes nice and bitter with the main flavor being tangerine peel. After the swallow, there's a wave of rye whiskey flavor. The taste of bitter citrus is sustained for a while. There's a juiciness throughout, but not really any sweetness. Wow, I see why all my friends have been going nuts about this. It's a pretty manly pale ale. It's hard to stop at one pint.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 15:12:10 | More by yesyouam
Photo of bigchiefa

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-27-2012 07:29:39 | More by bigchiefa
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-27-2012 04:09:28 | More by bhudlow23
Photo of Knapp85


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has some nice hop aromas with the addition of the rye in there too. The taste of the beer had a pretty good balance of spicy rye with the fresh hop flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was good, nice carbonation and drinkablity to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I'd drink it again if I came across it and was in the mood to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 04:00:04 | More by Knapp85
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-27-2012 00:15:38 | More by VonZipper
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-26-2012 23:13:44 | More by Polycarp
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-26-2012 11:44:01 | More by tmoreau713
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Duvel tulip. The beer is beautiful looking. It is clear and copper-colored with a huge head like a snowdrift. I don't know if bottles of this pour quite as well, but if they do then bravo. The nose is a bit subdued (not surprised considering that head), but I'm getting faint notes of fresh flowers and pine.

Nice, crisp rye flavor accompanied by a pretty aggressive hop profile. It's aggressive, but not overdone. I think hopheads must really like this beer. I wish it had a tiny bit more malt presence, but it's very good. The beer has a medium body and a really dry finish. If I was forced to compare this to my favorite rye beer (Founders Red's Rye), I would have to say this one comes up a bit short, but it's still excellent. I could drink this often and not get tired of it.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2012 09:27:33 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber/ ruby red color. Very clear. Nice off white head lasted the whole glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Cascade hops for sure. Bit of caramel malt.

Taste is great. I love rye IPA's. It adds a smoothness. Nice hop bite in the finish. Nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I like but not too bad. Nice carb.

Overall a great Rye IPA. Check it out if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:58:44 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on February 3, 2012

A: Redish with a substantial head and lacing.

S: Mostly citric hops, but not all that pronounced.

T: Bitter citric and piney hops with a sweeter citrus hiding. The malt is a pleasantly fully and bread and faintly sweet. The finish is slightly dry and long.

M: Full and creamy.

O: Maybe I'm just not in the right mood for this beer right now, or maybe it wasn't stored very well, but it doesn't do much for me. That said, there's nothing bad about it. I'd rather have a Righteous.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:15:23 | More by greybeardloon
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-26-2012 00:54:24 | More by Vasko5m
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-25-2012 23:53:25 | More by Goldfishman
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-25-2012 22:47:33 | More by rydev24
Photo of Jeb37


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

03-25-2012 18:32:00 | More by Jeb37
Photo of LaPlaya


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-25-2012 17:13:24 | More by LaPlaya
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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