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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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4,496 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,496
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 335 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Eriogonum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with reddish highlights and a nice, white foamy head that linger, sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Typical American hop aromas of pine and grapefruit/citrus are present, as well as an underlying spiciness from the rye.

T: The spicy rye flavors are in full force from the beginning to the end of the sip. On top of the rye base you get those same hop flavors of pine and grapefruit initially, but fading to a mild bitterness at the end.

M: The high level of carbonation in this beer definitely adds to the perceived crispness of both the hops and the rye spiciness, but also makes the beer seem somewhat lighter and more drinkable.

O: The hops chosen and the rye character mix well. I'm almost sad that this is a winter seasonal because I'm sure it would be great on an early summer evening after a long day outside.

RedSpecial1, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

omegaman, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
4.5/5  rDev +16%

mbarnes0, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

RobertJBeer, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev +3.1%

LostHighway, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Giovacchini
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- dark amber with a thin head that disapates.

S- citrusy aromas, grass, pine, rye.

T- rye is present along with a nice maltiness. The malt is balanced by a strong citrusy bitterness. This beer tastes like a lot of SN other beers with a hint of rye.

M- good amount of carbonation like other SN beers. The mouthfeel is dry with a bitter finish.

O- I liked the fact at SN tried to market this beer with cool graphics. This beer is not very ruthless at all. The flavors are dull and this beer doesn't stand out to me as a good one from SN.

Giovacchini, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Slightly lighter than copper in color with excellent clarity. Slightly off-white colored head that erupts pretty quickly on an only moderately agresive pour; the whole bottle couldn't be poured in on the first try and it still almost overflowed...I like that.

Smell is good. Like most IPA's it's nice and hoppy, primarlily citrus with lemon zest. Floral, grassey, earthy, and herbal. Something about it is a little unique, quite interesting, good though.

Taste is on par with the smell. I can tell this is a pretty fresh bottle. The rye malt grass stands out a litle more in the flavor profile than the smell. Other than that it's not really a whole lot different.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium in body with a good carbonation level. Pretty smooth, starts off only reasaonbably sweet, with a nice dry bitter finish. Really drinkable and solid like many Sierra Nevada brews.

I got a sixer of this when I got the last of the Celebration that I could, not a bad substitue I guess but with the exeption of the added rye, I don't find it all that different from a regular Sierra Nevada IPA.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jhighlandbrewing, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep copper with great head retention. Great clarity, the head is really really damn good and foamy, love it.

S: Light citrus hops mixed with a good peppery zest. Piny earthy hops come through after the pepper subsides.

T: First taste is of bread/doughy notes that come through along with a good pepper flavor from the rye. Hops are gentle on the flavor but mix well with the rye. They complement each other extremely well. Bitterness is moderate but enough for this style.

M: A great brew that is very frothy and dry that makes you want more. Taste buds tingle after first sip.

O: Wonderful variation on the IPA style that includes just the right amount of rye that i enjoy without dominating the entire flavor spectrum. 

PatrickSwayze, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

plumlmr, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of JunkYardJake
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Another solid beer from Chico. A nice flavor profile and an ideal balance of hops and malt make this very drinkable. The rye really fills out the palate and mouthfeel giving this IPA a fair amount of complexity and presence. Finishes clean with a soft bitterness. Great choice at a good price.

JunkYardJake, Feb 15, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled from 1/17/12 poured into pint glass.

A: The beer is clean amber with reddish hues. Head is one finger khaki. Retention is really good. Lacing is nice and sticky.

S: Earthy, piney hops along with some pepper, grains and a hint of bitter grapefruit rind. Pretty nice.

T: Spicy up front. Hops are mostly of the earthy and piney variety. There is some slight tropical hops, but it's mostly of the bitter grapefruit and orange rind variety. Bit of mineral toward the end, and it finishes spicy and bitter. It's a pretty malt-forward beer.

The bottle says it's bright and citrusy...it's not. However, this is not a negative thing. It's just not a very accurate description.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Slightly thick and bubbly. A bit frothing and creamy, as well. Very nice.

O: A very nice beer overall. It's complex, but not overbearing in any aspect. Is it better than the beer it replaced (Glissade)? You can't really compare them. If I had the choice to buy this or the Glissade, I'd probably buy this.

I'm mainly comparing this to Founder's Red Rye P.A. since it's the benchmark for the style, in my opinion. Ruthless Rye is not quite as good as Red Rye PA, but it's fairly close. This beer is a bit rough around the edges. I'd like for it to be more bright and citrusy as the label promises.

TTAmod, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

foureyedgeek, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bsu2005, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

poolnbeer, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

melissab318, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jophish17, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep shade of rusty amber with a good off white head. Very good head retention and great lacing. Call me spoiled but many hop forward beers don't excite me because of their not being hoppy enough. I don't get much in terms of hop aroma except some floral-citric notes that could be loosely called West Coast/American.

The malt notes are much bolder and have a strong presence of rye and bread (and therefore rye bread). The malt profile of this beer seems to be based on SNPA, or at least has the Sierra signature on it. Taste is medium bitter, very bready, and comes with a kick of rye and spice. I remember it being cleaner on tap, but it gets there with warmth.

Medium bodied and crisp, and overall fantastic. It really is a no brainer at 7.99/6-pack. I am going back to the store when I am done with this sixer.

5, 3.5, 4, 4, 4.5

tewaris, Feb 14, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades over a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear copper amber with a good number of carbonation bubbles. Some good lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple give the nose a very citrusy appeal. A good resinous pine hop aroma and a slight spiciness are also noticeable.

Just like the nose, the citrus really comes out at first in the flavor. Light notes of orange and pineapple are present along with a peppery spiciness. As the beer is swallowed, a quick rush of pine hits the taste buds. Just a little rye flavor comes through before a mineral finish. Then, a good hop bitterness lingers on the front of the tongue as a black peppery spiciness rests in the throat.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes clean and quells one's thirst. The body is just full enough to allow the flavors to come out without becoming sticky, which really helps the drinkability. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and does not detract from either the flavors or the experience.

output01x, Feb 14, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown color with a two finger slightly off white head. The head gives way to decent lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of rye along with some citrus notes at the back end. The taste has a sweet malt backbone which gives way to a dry rye spiciness. The back end has a citrus up bite to it. Well balanced and round. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was a solid ipa. It was nicely blended and well put together, an easy drink.

goblue3509, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

alemiester, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

joshwalt, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Understated herbaceous notes give way to significant spicy rye grain. A thread of pineapple is also apparent.

T: Begins off-dry, with balanced bready malt and citric acidity that suggests tropical fruit. Malt becomes more crisp, rye-like, in the middle as dryness surges. Bitterness is pronounced in the finish, herbaceous in character, as some of the early bready qualities return.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a predominantly malt-focused pale ale, and its range is enhanced or extended by the strong rye presence. While rye seems to be emerging as the defining beer fad of 2012, its effective and fearless handling cannot be overstated here. Unlike most modern IPAs that rely on delicate and aromatic dry-hopped qualities to defile their sensory profile, this beer's malty focus pairs much more companionably with spicy foods.

beagle75, Feb 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,496 ratings.