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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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Ratings: 4,774
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 526 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 4,774 | Reviews: 1,080
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. the only other Rye ale I've had is Hop Rod which I also like but have not seen in ages.

It's a coppery light brown with a nice head and an orange cast if held to light. There is a hint of rye in the smell but not as much as in the taste; a pleasant clean hop aroma is more pronounced. It tastes amazingly like a slice of good rye bread. If you like rye and american pale ales you can't go wrong with this beer. I would warn that if you're not a fan of rye you probably won't like this. It's a great beer with food but eminently drinkable on its own.

Overall, I give it very high marks but, again, it's probably not for everyone.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep copper color with a thick cap of foam above. The aroma is floral hops, not much from the malt. On the palate, the malt, the bite of the rye and the bitterness of the hops meld to form a smooth drinking, balanced beer. The mouthfeel is thick from the grains. There is nothing ruthless about it, but it is a smooth drinkable brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer sits in my Ovila Chalice orange brown in color with a finger or so of fluffy, off-white head. The retention is great, and the head sticks to the sides of the glass all the way down. The beer bubbles away happily until the very last sips.

S: The aroma is a bit faint. Nice malt base with some citrus thrown in. Maybe a little bit of spice from the rye here and there, but it is not assertive.

T: The rye is much more noticed in the taste and adds a really refreshing spiciness to the citrusy American hops. Slight pine is noted as well, all on top of a noticeable--but not overly so--malt base. Very well balanced, and an interesting take on the style.

MF: Medium body with a nice dry finish. The balance makes this really drinkable.

O: This was a nice offering, but I didn't think it was anything special. I hope someone comes in and knocks the socks off the Rye IPA deviation from the norm!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I happened to pour this IPA into a crystal tasting glass at 45 degrees F.
A- It looks great. Lots of the beautiful caramel color that "RyePA's" have. The head was thin and didn't last more than a minute.

S- Smells fantastic. Personally I enjoy the smell of this beer more than anything. You can almost taste it with your nose. Its aroma is light and energetic.

T- The taste I found to be average. It has an ok bitterness factor, I personally like very potent IPAs. I felt as if the maltiness did not come through very much at all. Classic pine notes, floral, a sort of zesty spiciness like cloves.

M-I did not enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. It was clingy and fuzzy. It left me scraping my tongue against my upper teeth for 30 min. Not what I am used to from IPAs.

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A: Pours dark warm amber with an enormous fantastic creamy compact tan head that takes almost forever to dissipate, and does so leaving rich lacings.

S: Very American hoppy smell; citric but also piney. Grapefruit, pineapple and lemons. Roasted malt but also spice from the rye.

T: Both bitter and floral American hops, but compared to the smell, more in balance with the barley and rye. Roasted malt, only semi-sweet, and very spicy. Dryness from what I think is the rye.

M: Long lovely bitter and peppery aftertaste, really lingers for a long time. Body is rather full, while carbonation is mild. Damn this is smooth.

O: An AIPA, with obvious rye to balance the American hops - acrually a great idea.

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A clear dark amber with a high warm off-white head, leaving loads of lacing and good curtains.

The smell is citric and fruity, grape-fruit, pine-apple, pine resin and needles.

Starting sweet toffee and brown bread, then grape-fruit, pepper and lemon peel.

Medium low carbonation, soft and sticky, a big body and a dry finish.

In all a good exemplary rye IPA.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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