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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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4,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,220
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 60
Gots: 228 | 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 -3.6%

02-17-2012 02:05:31 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-17-2012 01:59:53 | More by zhumphrey
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-17-2012 00:56:42 | More by lumpy1126
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-17-2012 00:40:24 | More by prg1976
Photo of kdawg105


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I think I have found one of my favorite IPAs to date. Apparance out of this world more than you expect with caramel color with lots of beautiful lace. Taste has nice citrus kick but with some spice added, the moutheel is perfect very smooth easy to drink. Please purchase this beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:39:08 | More by kdawg105
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear copper orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really excellent sheets of lace that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was pretty straight forward with a toasted light bread malt, a pine hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, rye and a bit of a peppery spice.

The taste was bold and powerful with a strong malty rye flavor and a touch of caramel in the beginning and the progressed into a malty, hoppy, peppery taste with a nice dose of rye at the end. The flavor lingered for a really long time with a good hoppy rye taste left behind well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a hoppy dry texture and a strong carbonation.

Overall a nice and strong spicy brew with a great hop overtone...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:14:51 | More by KajII
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2012 22:39:18 | More by Cluker
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-16-2012 21:14:12 | More by Fitzmke
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1.63/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a deep crisp copper color with 1.5 fingers of soapy off white head.

The nose on this beer is almost repulsive. Every time I go to sniff it, I have to ask myself, "why am I doing this?" Metallic scents with a touch of rye spice. Awful.

Metal spoon taste with a little bit of spice added on top.

Thin and watery.

Overall, this was a severely disappointing beer. Thin, bad smell, bad taste just a poor excuse of a beer. I'm assuming most of the reviews are inflated due to it being an Sierra Nevada beer... Ruthless Rye, meet my drain.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 20:06:06 | More by dcloeren
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-16-2012 19:27:12 | More by mingo1968
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2012 17:10:57 | More by adrian21
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-16-2012 12:17:58 | More by jski
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice burnt copper color with a big thick two plus finger head. It stuck to everything and laced the entire drink.

S: Spicy, spicy with giant herbal and piney hops jumping out. The rye kick is noticeable even here. Maybe even a hint of pineapple hiding in there.

T: Immediately the rye hits with a spicy smack. Layers of malt back it up going from light toast to a quick hint of burnt grain cracker. But you gotta be fast to catch it because the hops come in fast with huge amounts of pine and herbal flavors. I get the pineapple again here in the back before everything ties up with a serious bitter smack in the face that almost makes me pucker.

M: Medium with a syrupy quality and a slight bit of fizz that accent the spice.

O: Great beer. Just loved this one. Had two more on separate occasions and felt the same. The spicy kick of rye and piney/herbal hops combo just kills it for me. I am buying more and hoping it becomes a regular offering. I can see how this flavor combo is too much for some but for me it works.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:25:20 | More by legalpete19340
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New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just so we're clear, I dont like rye beers, but a lot of people have been telling me the rye profile is small in this one and drinks more like a really good IPA. So here goes.

Pours a clear vibrant copper color with a deep auburn center. Big fluffy off white head. Lots of rye on the nose along with citric and piney hops. Hop and rye presence blend together well on the nose.

Rye flavor is dominant but not overly dominant like other rye beers I've had. The hops really do a good part of keeping the malt body from being the star of the show by blending the flavors of the beer together quite nicely. The beer however tries to have a bright finish with it's citric hop profile but is weighed down by the peppery spiciness of the rye.

Slightly thin body upfront which thickens up once it reaches the rest of the tongue. Flavors are well blended but I'm not sure if they're meant to be blended together.

I could definitely see some people really loving this and it is a unique brew but it's just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:15:17 | More by jtierney89
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3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Rye beers, just add rye to anything and I typically love it. I had this on tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark reddish color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Resinous, piny, soapy, and oily hops. A strong lingering bitterness. That is it.
T: Follows the nose. Strong on t he pine and resin. Syrupy, oily, and slick. Lingering bitterness. No balance and no rye to speak of.
M/D: A medium body. Syrupy, slick, and oily. To much bitterness, and no balance for me to enjoy this.

I was looking forward to this because I think rye is such a great compliment to many styles. Though there is none here. Just over barring bitterness. Good for the hop heads, but to me it feels a bit empty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 02:37:56 | More by champ103
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2012 01:33:44 | More by wabritton
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2012 01:24:02 | More by Hophed102
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2012 00:44:24 | More by jsdunlop
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with a big Tan head that lasts forever and leaves a lot of lacing all the way to the end. A solid dose of hops in the aroma, fruity and citrusy with a nice amount of carbonation. Bold fruity hop flavor as well with citrus hop bitterness, light caramel sweetness especially when warmed up a bit, and a bigger hit of the spicy rye on the finish. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:06:59 | More by beergod1
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-15-2012 21:50:50 | More by kiki3drt292
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label states "2012". Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a finger of slightly off-white head that slowly falls to a thin layer laving a nice crusty lace on the glass. The body is crystal clear and shows an awesome arterial blood-tinged orange body. Fantastic color and clarity.

The nose is interesting, with an earthy hoppiness and a distinct green peppercorn/rye aroma which manifests as raw and almost stinky; like hot tire rubber or latex. This doesn't smell like stinky rubber, it smells like potent rye, it just brings to mind the rubber. Anyway, on to the flavor.

The flavor is a marriage of American hops and rye. First off, the rye is actually present, not just hinted at. This results in a brash smattering of green peppercorn, a hot pop of cracked roasted rye, and very dark unsweetened bread. The hops have staying power as well, and knock around with confidence in their citrus dominant flavor. There is a pleasing and rich malty flavor at the end of the overall flavor experience as well.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and bitter. I have often found that rye lends a smoothness to beer, and this is no exception.

Conclusion: This beer is aggressive and full flavored. Even at fridge temp it smacks with mouth with bold and untamed flavors. I can see people not being able to handle this as it doesn't taste like the thousands of other IPAs that have flooded the market, but in my opinion it is excellent. I love to see one of the rising "craft giants" (if there is such a thing) still turning out daring beers that risk criticism from the less courageous craft drinkers who can't think outside the box of "West Coast IPA with minimal malt profile".

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 21:49:21 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-15-2012 21:35:03 | More by DocAJ
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-15-2012 20:38:11 | More by sharpski
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Still in Lincoln, NE
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye ale offers a strongly bitter IPA that hits all the right notes for me, from its attractive, dark body to its deep and bitter hop aroma and flavor. The addition of rye, while not solely propelling this beer forward, is noticeable and a welcome flavor.

Body is amber brown with burnt orange highlights around the perimeter and very active carbonation.. Head is off-white, tall, of mixed small and medium bubbles, very pillowy. Fades in a minute or two, leaving some good lacing and a thin perpetual cap atop the body.

Aroma is hop-intense, with notable grapefruit and spicy hop additions. Also can detect a peppery, slightly grainy, and mineral component.

Begins with taste of mild wort sweetness on tip of tongue, which is quickly extinguished by waves of bittering hops, notably pine and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit, rye, and barley malt flavors influence the mid-palate, then a flash of bitterness in closing. Aftertaste is driven by residual hop bitterness and grapefruit flavors. I really enjoy bitterness, and this provided some satisfying characters towards that quality.

Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 20:34:43 | More by falloutsnow
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-15-2012 19:50:52 | More by Eriogonum
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,220 ratings.