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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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87
very good

4,279 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,279
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | 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: 4,279 | Reviews: 1,036 | Display Reviews Only:
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-05-2012 01:24:30 | More by sweisel80
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WVU-Gus


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-04-2012 23:39:55 | More by WVU-Gus
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-04-2012 23:25:05 | More by splendidsplinter
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alalvarez75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-04-2012 19:58:07 | More by alalvarez75
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RWMIT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-04-2012 19:18:51 | More by RWMIT
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Stalgondo

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

03-04-2012 16:30:38 | More by Stalgondo
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RDW

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-04-2012 05:07:57 | More by RDW
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a glass with a nice brownish tint. Amber in hue, with a hint of citrus and grainy malts for the aroma. Also a sweet, sugary sense to the aroma as well. Minimal frothy head, and sweet, but not bitter citrus and malts taste. The beer tastes very clean and refreshing. Not too heavy for a rye, and goes great with a steak. A very worthy effort from a mainstream brewer. This is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:53:46 | More by ronniebruner
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EricCioe

Montana

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours red copper with an offwhite head leaving some lace. On the nose there is earthy pine backed up behind by general spice and a little dough. On the tongue the rye sits heavily with the earthy hops filling in around it. The body is medium, very drinkable with a pleasant buzz from the combination of hops, rye, and carbonation. The finish is long on spice.

Overall, I like this beer a good deal. It's a welcome variation on the SNPA/Torpedo theme.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:15:06 | More by EricCioe
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours an amber red with some copper hues. The head is off white with a light frothy texture.

Aroma: Piney, only a touch of grapefruit, lots of rye in the nose. Bready malts, touches of toffee.

Taste: Fairly sweet in the front mostly from the rye. Grapefruit notes are there but are not over powering. The mouthfeel is smooth with light sticky texxture. Solid breadiness from the malts.

Notes: This is not a typical I.P.A the breadiness sets it apart it's very tasty. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:18:24 | More by horshack7
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MightyMonk

New Hampshire

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

I have to say first that I do like a rye malt beer. Others have stated that it's not for them.

This beer pours very nice with big frothy head and nice lacing.

Floral notes, piney, hoppy nose

The taste is definitely IPA. It is hop forward with nice citrus and spicy notes, with peppery rye flavor.

Excellent carbonation and mouthfeel. It is light yet complex.

This is a great American IPA and will rise in popularity IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:16:18 | More by MightyMonk
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hannaho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-04-2012 01:34:53 | More by hannaho
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zhubbard

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2012 16:55:48 | More by zhubbard
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GR3


3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2012 15:35:03 | More by GR3
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Aschap

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2012 15:30:25 | More by Aschap
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LordVodka

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2012 12:28:16 | More by LordVodka
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StoneTSR

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, almost a dirty, reddish-brown. A white and half-inch thick head tops it and hangs in fairly well. Lots of bubbles quickly shooting to the surface from the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing.

SMELL: When I first stuck my nose in I got a lot more rye, but upon my second smell the roasted (and burnt) malt dominated. The roasted smell also gives it a coffee quality.

TASTE: Roasted malt and a rye breadiness dominate. I don't get much in terms of hops, maybe a touch of lemon and maybe grapefruit, but no pine or resin. The malt and rye remain at a fairly constant level throughout the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: The Ruthless has a pretty solid sparkle and it is clearly well carbonated. That said, it should cleanse the palate a little better than it does. Instead, there is a sticky, but dry film left that doesn't do much for me.

OVERALL: I love Sierra Nevada and maybe I am grading this one on an unfair curve because of the high bar they have already set for themselves, but I was excited about this one and I am finding myself underwhelmed. Maybe since this was the first year there is still room for improvement in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 08:25:54 | More by StoneTSR
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2012 05:46:46 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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jtingue

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2012 05:34:00 | More by jtingue
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2012 04:30:25 | More by steve8robin
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2012 04:09:52 | More by Rutager
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FishPondManager

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2012 04:08:20 | More by FishPondManager
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter. Bottled 1/31/12. 

Pours hazy chestnut with about 1 finger head that leaves occasional small dots of lacing. 

Dank hop aromas up front. Pine, sugar and some sort of malty/ bready smell I can't put my finger on. 

Tastes like piney hops and spicy roast bread. Kind of doughy with a long bitter finish. The hops are present the whole way through but never really dominate the flavor how I prefer in an IPA. 

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall not a beer I'll be going to in the future but I'm glad I tried it. The hops are there but seem to play second fiddle to that bold peppery malt thing it has going on. 

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:21:03 | More by ThickNStout
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Recently picked up a six-pack of this brew: really excited to have a (potentially) good year-round rye available in these parts in addition to Red's Rye. Here's to hoping this one fits the bill.

Pour is light copper, scattered carbonation & a healthy baby head. Nose promises good things. Light rye & accompanying spiciness, wry hops, slight breadiness. Not a bad way to start an experience.

Ruthless Rye is on the doughy end of the rye spectrum. Rye bread knots dominate the taste, with a dusting of light spices in the flour. Bitter hops that slip from earthy to piney light up the middle of a pull, then an unexpected slap of roast & pepper mixes with the other stuff to form a nice, lively back-end. Very lively, & a pleasure to sip. Quickly.

This isn't the grand slam I was hoping for, but I'll take a rye double into the corner any time. Very good rye that really pulls all the ingredients together into a spicy, hoppy, tasty whole. I'll come back to this one again, my favorite Sierra Nevada regular offering to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:56:32 | More by maximum12
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aclark44

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2012 02:26:51 | More by aclark44
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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