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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

4,655 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,655
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 78
Gots: 418 | 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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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While this may be my least favorite of SN’s IPAs, I have yet to be disappointed by their IPAs. Ruthless doesn’t have the smooth, malty mouthfeel of Celebration or Torpedo, and the hops here taste more citrusy than grassy and piney. The bottle label touts the rye’s peppery quality, a spot on description and the pepper transitions into hop bitterness nicely.
It’s a bit odd to me that instead of a winter warmer, SN makes a seasonal winter IPA, only to be followed by a spring seasonal IPA. Ruthless is good, but with the brewery’s focus on IPAs, it better be.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled 2/17/12.

Color wise, this rye beer defines copper, with brown and orange melded into a clear, clearly not orange body. The head is a quality affair that even after falling is a hefty half inch of off-white that clings well.

The rye is aggressive and definitely not going to be elbowed out of the way by the Sierra Nevada hop signature. Yeasty rye bread shares space with pepperiness and grapefruit citric hops. Alcohol becomes markedly aggressive when near room temperature.

The bitterness is certainly at a high level, but so is rough peppery rye that fights with the hops on every level. It perpetuates the bitterness and adds another element to it, while forcing the grapefruit juiciness to develop very late, which then fades leaving doughiness. Bitter alcohol just accentuates all the rye's assaults as well as the hop's.

It's very near a palate wrecker. Full, juicy body and pretty prickly carbonation.

As a rye beer this gets high marks from me, as it is the first one where I have really known the rye is there and a defining characteristic. I also really like it because I like what Sierra Nevada does and this is classic Sierra Nevada.

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4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer out of a bottle and poured it into a glass. I have to say I was stunned when I had it. It has a great smell that has a nutty smell to it. You can smell the aroma hops at work. The taste is definitely strong and reminiscent of an IPA, but it has a strong rye favor. I can taste some spice in the beer, but over arching I can taste a pleasant conflict of orange and rye. It seems like such a simple blend, but definitely crafted perfectly. It has a smooth feel and leaves a strong sweet after taste. I would definitely suggest this beer anytime, and a good beer to give to friends.

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: sweet caramel start, big time rye breadiness in the middle, citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter middle and slightly less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice dry rye ipa. Of the Sierra Nevada bitter ipas, this one is my favorite. Similar to other SN beers, but the rye shines here. Granted there are other rye IPAs and rye beers I would go to first, but I could see myself sipping on a couple of these.

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2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I don't usually trust Sierra Nevada, but I think they can pull off a rye ipa.

Served refrigerator cold. Side poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticiipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper-amber. Not unique or special for the style. Appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Light pepper, amber hops, some cream, very light toasted malts, and some caramel. Vaguely evocative of an English winter warmer. Strange for an IPA. A mild strength offer.

T: Some pepper - especially in the third act. Some toasted malts, plentiful amber hops, and a bit of caramel. I get rye as the foundation - but only when I look for it - and barely. Poorly balanced. Built okay. The flavours compete rather than cooperate. The untamed hop bitterness is problematic.

Mf: A bit too coarse and wet, with a bit of cream. Too thick for the (lack of) flavours. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't actually suit the flavours horribly well.

Dr: Kind of drinkable, but largely a scattered mess. Doesn't feel focused. The untamed hop bitterness ruins the balance. I don't know that the rye is doing much for it. The ABV is decently hidden.

Wouldn't be a good candidate for aging at all. I might have it again if it were on draught and recommended.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,655 ratings.