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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

4,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,215
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 60
Gots: 227 | 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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Ratings: 4,215 | Reviews: 1,034 | Display Reviews Only:
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efb123

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-10-2012 23:00:44 | More by efb123
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-10-2012 22:56:12 | More by Duff27
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slim24

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-10-2012 22:37:53 | More by slim24
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dianaelaine

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-10-2012 20:17:37 | More by dianaelaine
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-10-2012 18:25:30 | More by jkane101
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a mostly clear, copper appearance, with lacing, streaming bubbles, and some fine particulate matter (I’m guessing it’s yeast) floating about at the bottom. The aroma is strong, and one gets heavy citrus (grape fruit), sweetness, and some bread, and the taste is mostly citrus, sweetness, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and the finish is easy-going and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 16:56:17 | More by RonaldTheriot
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-10-2012 16:33:29 | More by StaindProject86
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FrankK

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-10-2012 15:26:17 | More by FrankK
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eerbayman

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2012 10:12:53 | More by eerbayman
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bootsandbeer

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-09-2012 23:52:10 | More by bootsandbeer
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-09-2012 22:48:35 | More by Chrixsus
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mnrider

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a clear red copper. Nice large white head. Good retention but even better lacing.

S: Powerful aroma of citrus, hops and rye. Hints of pine and possible pepper.

T/M: A burst of hops and spicey Rye domnate the beer. Not extreme like other IPA's, but just right. The rye creates a good balance. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

O: Another solid IPA from SN. Abv% might sneek up on you. A great balanced beer and tasty all around.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:28:36 | More by mnrider
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Garloosh


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this beer (Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company) a pretty good beer.

Look/Smell is OK. Taste is smooth... The aftertaste makes the beer.

I would pair it with a cubs game from the bleachers with a wrigley hot dog.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:21:09 | More by Garloosh
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doing a rerate here, must have had a bad bottle last time. Pours a deep red amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of rye spice and lots of piney hops, with maybe a hint of grapefruit in the background. Flavor has hop bitter up front, with a spicy dry finish and lots of caramel malt. Pretty easy drinking and a nice changeup with the additional spice from the rye. Medium high carbonation is a bit prickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 15:24:15 | More by BMMillsy
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jcomp21

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-09-2012 06:09:01 | More by jcomp21
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-09-2012 04:53:31 | More by iL0VEbeer
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-09-2012 04:36:07 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off let me say this. This beer is rediculously awesome. It isn't world class, but SN did something amazing here.

Pours a finger of beige head. Nice retention and lace walls down the glass. Color is a clear autumn copper.

Aroma: Rye Spice, Floral hops, and grapefruit citrus. Pretty legit nose. The rye is provides a nice backbone to the hops.

Taste: Rye up front flowed by floral hops, then some spice, and finally the citrus flavors. It ends with a hop resiny flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a touch of bitterness and stickiness to it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this beer is legit. It drinks incredibly well and for $1 a bottle you can't go wrong. Please SN, keep this fresh and keep this year round. This is a beer that will be seen in my fridge a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:14:50 | More by mothman
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-08-2012 23:38:35 | More by beerFool28607
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mbacon3227

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-08-2012 23:09:50 | More by mbacon3227
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iSip

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA: This brew was sampled on tap with friends and food. Copper in color, decent hoppy aroma and a thin head that laces well get things going. Smooth malt start and a bright hoppy finish make for a top notch IPA. The rye flavor makes its way into the middle, and works very well. I was skeptical, but give this Sierra Nevada product good marks. They make a high quality suite of IPA’s, the this rye offering is no exception.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 15:15:01 | More by iSip
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-08-2012 06:22:26 | More by twowheelssoar
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kemullen1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-08-2012 05:10:22 | More by kemullen1
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shand

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Glad that I remembered I hadn't reviewed this yet, I was working through my last bottle from the 12-pack I bought, and realized I was about to do something awful. It pours a beautifully hazy red-copper color with a large head. The aroma is fantastic, there's a great amount of spicy rye balanced with a very unique herbal, yet aggressive hop that works fantastically with the rye. The taste is also fantastic, the rye contributes such a great spiciness and just a touch of sweetness. Those flavors blend perfectly with the very unique hop flavor this beer has - it's hop forward, but not the typical citrus or pine hop you'll find in an IPA. It's a bizarre, yet delicious very strong herbal and earthy hop that blends fantastically with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is spot-on, and the drinkability is fantastic. It's probably the best rye beer I've had, hands-down. For this beer to be this affordable is just about unfair for the other beers on the shelf. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 05:00:38 | More by shand
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Phelps

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker at Tops.

Texas orange, mostly clear. One finger of head is frothy and very sticky, depositing thick walls of lace.

I smell armpit — but in a good way. Some dankness, orange peel, a touch of grass, some caramel and sharp rye spice.

In the flavor: orange peel, a touch of dank and alcohol stickiness, some grass, a very small amount of rye. Some toasted biscuits and crackers also emerge, along with a touch of burnt sugar at the swallow. Super clean, slightly drying finish.

Medium high, pinching carbonation. The body’s a a nice, smooth medium. Soft fizz, no booze. Like I said, clean and snappy.

Ruthless Rye is tasty, but far from the unmerciful hop and rye bomb the name implies. In fact, it could use a little more of both.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 03:53:25 | More by Phelps
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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