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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: 4,784
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 533 | 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: 4,784 | Reviews: 1,080
Photo of pierceska
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of SiriusBock
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thick head with steady legs
S: smells like Cali hops all the way. Fresh. As it got warmer, I smelled malt and rye like when I am boiling wort

T: acidic, hoppy, strong without tasting alcoholic. Good fresh taste. The rye doesn't really stand out.
M: probably the weakest point. There wasn't anything remarkable happening here.
Overall I have it a good grade. Great IPA and honestly, awesome fantasy label!

Photo of adamhand
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this a big light brown head above a clear red amber honey colored beer.

The aroma is bready rye malt blended nicely with west coast hops.

The taste is a dry west coast hops mixed with a bready rye malt.

This medium bodied ale has a light malt and citrusy dry aftertaste .

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tall straight-sided glass.

A: orangish-yellow; 1-finger head; small carb stream; decent lacing (count on SN to deliver)
S: classic IPA aroma; strong on malt and yeast
T: very smooth IPA; mealy flavored; tenor-ranged flavors; bitter and not very sweet
M: silky mouthfeel

Very nice offering.

Photo of Schroeder
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Buggies
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Cane4Beer
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jarmby1711
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark amber colour that was modestly hazing crowned by a foaming froth of off white head.
Clean sharp aromas of forest vegetation (northern coniferous )
A fruity taste of water dew melon rind
A perfect balance of bitterness and carbonation that bespoke and begged for long slow drinking

Photo of desperado28
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ADemshar
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of B33R501
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good example of trying a beer a second time, i was not impressed with the one bottle i tried when this first came out, its not hop rod or lenny bruce ripa, and my expectations were too high im sure. tasted this friday nite, the hops popped, came back with my 32 oz growler the next day.

pretty dark amber, too clear for me, but ok. nicely bitter hoppy aromas, tastes follows, big blast of bitter citrusy hops. the rye makes an appearance halfway thru, adding a little spicy kick. finishes dry.

good little hop fix for a saturday afternoon. very fresh and drinkable.

Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You get a little over a finger’s worth of very even foam, dense with a few islands of larger bubbles, wispy lacing without much stick, retention is average and unremarkable. Deep bronze hued liquid, clear with an orange to yellow tint at the glass bottom, the bubbles are tiny and spread wide, shines brightly. The rye gives the nose a pleasing rugged to raw feel, scrubs deeply, fairly herbal with grapefruit pith and unprocessed grains, rock salt, you only get the powdered chocolate as it warms, any flowers or fruit muted. Medium-bodied, muscular in feel, flexes more than flows, the carbonation isn’t aggressive nor creamy, just nudges things now and then. The orange, tangerine to pink grapefruit citrus starts out sweet and then yields to the herbaceousness, pine cone and rye. The peach, apricot, pineapple fruit speaks more clearly here. Light toastiness but not doughy nor bready per se. Hard to find a distinct flavor profile to the malts, at most basic milk chocolate. Solidly constructed yet unremarkable, which is not really a slam at all.

Photo of nkp765
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of zhanson88
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-copper color with moderate carbonation, and a good 3/4" of white head that has nice retention and lacing. 4

Smell: Has a very bready malt smell and maybe a hint of spiciness from the rye malt. Some citrus and pine notes come across for the hop character.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Very bready in malt character, with lighter caramel-type notes. Hops come across more strongly in the flavor than in the aroma - citrus, pine and florals.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with moderate fine carbonation, very nice. Overall, a decent, fairly unique IPA. Not quite the hop bomb I was expecting, but still decent.

Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with decent lacing on a hazy, amber with golden hues body.

S: very hoppy, nice rye note actually which many of these rye beers seem to have poorly represented in the aroma.

T: caramel malty, piney and earthy hops with nice breads and rye throughout.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice offering which well represents the rye in both the aroma and flavor which I find is usually faint in many other rye beers out there.

Photo of gQQgsJr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my usual glass. Got a nice white frothy head on a medium rusty orange clear body.

Nose is IPA all the way. Hops and citrus with some spice.

Taste is quite hoppy with some malt, citrus and astringency. Pretty nice beer. The field is so crowded with the IPA offerings it is good but just does not stand out. Good drink though. Carbonation and mouth feel are quite good and overall worth stocking.

Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rust, copper, clear amber color. NIce two finger head that has strong retention and lacing. Like the bubbling too.

Spicey citric and earthy hop aromas with a toasted cracker and bread crust malt bill aroma.

Spicey rye and hop combo for a bitter cracker and earthy oarnge zest marmalade. The malt flavors thins from middle to the finish. The palate is resiny to start and thins out to the finish. Aftertaste is watery and bitter.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,784 ratings.