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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

4,447 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,447
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 320 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bushwack, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear light caramel amber color. Has a thick off white fluffy finger depth head. Massive lace. Great chunky island. Great looking brew, as usual from SN.

Brew smells of sweet citrus and malted rye. Great balance in the nose here. Malts and hops perfectly represented. Good nose.

Brew is balanced, malts and hops are intertwined perfectly. Great hops; citrus, earthy, oily resin. Great rye represented; spicy and malty. Perfect balance here. Great IPA twist with the malty spicy rye. Very good stuff.

This is yet again another top notch offering from Sierra Nevada. Love the mix here; case worthy.

magine, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ponbon63
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start I'm a big fan of rye IPA's. As long as they're decent, they almost always look and smell amazing.

T: I thought this was a fairly mild flavored rye. Not nearly as bitter as some i've had and not quite as fulfilling. Although I've had rye's with slightly better flavor than this beer, it definitely works well as a session beer.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is not the most memorable rye you could have, but is by no means bad in any way. This beer lands somewhere tasty slightly above average for the category.

ponbon63, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ChocolateJesus, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

troyvar, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of beardownaz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

beardownaz, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 02/15/12:
Bottled: 01/13/12 at 2:01pm; Poured in a tulip.

A - Two inch off-white fluffy, bubbly head with excellent retention; Dark brownish amber in color and semi-hazy in appearance; Decent lacing left behind

S - The rye is certainly not shy here and is a big part of the aroma; Complimenting the rye aroma are citrus and floral hops, sweet caramel, and overall smoky notes; The more I smell the beer, the more I'm convinced there's distinct notes of cannabis as well

T - The smoky rye is the main feature in the taste as well, but moderately bitter orange and grapefruit hops provide good balance with some sweet caramel and fresh bread in the background; Slight bitterness and oily hops linger

M - Moderate carbonation; Just a touch above medium bodied; Finish is fairly dry

O - I don't remember experiencing the combination of hops and rye until I tried this surprisingly good beer. The flavor is very unique, but also very enjoyable and balanced between the smoky rye, citrus hops, and subtle malts. I think more brewers should experiment with rye in their recipes, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy some more Ruthless Rye.

TechTriumph, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

goman, Feb 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

alexsergio, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JedediahK, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

tdmccarthy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a clear, bright, deep reddish orange. Rocky almost-white head. Pretty beer.

S: Peppery rye and spicy, citrusy hops. Sweet grapefruit.

T: Starts off with a spicy blast of peppery hops mixed with spicy, bready rye. Hearty grain and juicy citrus. The rye certainly makes itself known, but forms a fantastic balance with the hops, melding together into spicy, bready goodness. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish after another dose of sweet citrus.

M: Medium bodied, with a great carbonation level lending some creaminess.

O: I love this beer. The rye is assertive, and is a fantastic compliment to the hop profile.

Etan, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

miked234, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Mostly clear amber with a moundy off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Copious amounts of lacing.

S - Heavy pine with some soapy grapefruit aroma. Rye is very present

T - Wow! Rye is pronounced right out of the gate. Green pine, herbal hops mix well with the bold rye. A grainy pale malt gives good backing to the spiciness. The hops provide nice bitterness and finishes dry and spicy.

M - Medium body, great carbonation, dry and bitter.

If you like rye, this beer is for you as the brewer was not shy with it. It was very pronounced but really seemed to compliment the excellent IPA based beer rather than overpower it. Well done.

StaveHooks, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of BBP
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hop orange hue with a malt bill adding ruby to the hue. Decent head. Great lacing and retention.

The aroma is a little subtle. The rye seems to cover up the hops but doesn't really make much of a presence for itself.

The taste is more towards an IPA than a rye beer, but neither aspect is weak. The hops bring pine and floral notes into the game while the rye is quite foundational and brings a lot of richness to the brew. Normally rye isn't my thing but I found that this was done very tastefully.

The body is medium weight and thickness. The finish is overly dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, I liked this a lot more than I expected to. With the nice flavor and SN's price range, I think I'll probably grab this beer fairly often. I'm not sure that I'd say this is the perfect rye beer, but it's pretty close to the perfect rye beer for me.

BBP, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tedho21, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dcs1548, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Maltus, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

somnus, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

mbula163, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jstewart1130, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- gorgeous red brown which turns into a clear orange red when held up till like. Reminds me of the rock in Jurrasic Park with the mosquito trapped inside. Thick cap up fluffy white foam tops it off.

Great nose. grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus, pine- it's all there. pine and citrus dominate as it warms.

T/M- sour grapefruit and a touch of malty caramel sweetness up front ride into a biting bitterness and peppery spiciness. Citrus and pine visit the party, but take a back seat. Finishes with up biting, dry bitterness. Medium body with a tight carbonation.

O- the nose is awesome, but the taste is a little bit of a one trick pony- straightforward and assertive for sure, and lacking a fruity balance to the almost harsh bitterness and spice.

Just one of these is enough for me, it doesn't fit the bill for a good session.

sentomaster, Feb 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mweso2000, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep beautiful amber. Fair head with decent lacing.

S - Hops, citrus and grapefruit

T- Follows the smell nicely with a hoppy grapefruit taste. Levels out into a dry finish with a bit of spices. Pleasant.

M - A light to medium body on this one, I believe it could use a bit more. The carbonation is on point and makes it very drinkable.

O - This is a fine example of sipping on a well tamed grapefruit! Any IPA lover should certainly give this one a try.

mscudder, Feb 18, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,447 ratings.