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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

4,277 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,277
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | FT: 2
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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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rtaps

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear deep orange (carmel like) to and amber in color. nice 1.5 finger off white head pretty good retention barly leaving any lacing behind.

nice on the nose, some citrus from the hops. but seems pretty malty, and fruity and i'm able to find a little rye spice.

up front i get citrus but not very hoppy. some grapefuit and finishes/leaves the rye spice all over you tounge.

very smooth mouthfeel, light bodied and high carbonation, leaving the mouth watery

overall it's a soild rye ipa another good serra nevada beer

EDIT: second bottle i opened was a bit more to what i was looking for. more lacing was left on the glass with a better head, and there was a much better hop presence

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 16:43:10 | More by rtaps
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Poured an amber color that was very clear with a fluffy white head that leaves a very nice lacing behind.

S: A strong hop presences with a little bit of the rye behind it. Very hoppy presences though!

T: Very hoppy taste to it, almost like candy! Then the rye hits you with a bitter finish

M: Carbonation was medium to little very good in my opinion, bitter with a mild alcohol feel to it

O: Very good beer, definitly one I will have again and highly recommend like all Sierra offerings

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 16:30:43 | More by BHopp12
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JizackFH

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color that has nice clarity. There is a big fluffy 2-finger head resting on top. The head has excellent retention, and it leaves a thick sheet of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and spicy rye. There are also some aromas toffee, fruit, and there is a nice piney hop presence as well. A little bit of citrus on the back end too.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malt sweetness and some rye spiciness. Then there is a nice piney hop presence that comes through and adds some nice bitterness. There are also some flavors of toffee and citrus. the finish leaves some lingering rye and piney hop flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation.It goes down easy, and it has a nice feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, as well as some spiciness from the rye. There is a nice piney hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

O - This has really good drinkability. The flavor is nice and it goes down really easily. I could have a few of these no problem. Overall, I think it is a really nice beer. The rye and hops compliment each other really well. I recommend trying this one out. I would definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 11:32:52 | More by JizackFH
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass.

a - pours copper in color with a finger of coarse, off white head. retention is good, calming very slowly to a thin cap. leaves thick swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - toffee, grassy hops, orange, grapefruit, faint earthiness.

t - peppery rye spiciness right upfront with a little carmel malt underneath. faint citrus notes, big herbal hop character. bitterness comes in quick and rides the rye spice all the to the finish.

m - medium in body with a sticky, mouth coating quality. adequate carbonation, though the coarse co2 profile feels prickly on the tongue.

o - pretty good overall and enjoyable, though not my first pick in rye beers. definitely geared toward west coast ipa fans.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:51:47 | More by divineaudio
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howard12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 05:43:12 | More by howard12
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ejw127

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 04:57:15 | More by ejw127
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I was totally unaware of this beer until a friend gifted me a six pack.

Pours a copper color with a rich, fluffy off-white head that reaches about two fingers. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout. Retention is great, and there's tons of sticky lacing all over the inside of the glass. Can't look much better than that.

The aroma features plenty of peppery spice from the rye along with bready malt, and piney/citric hops. It's got that classic smell (plus the rye) that I've come to expect from hoppy Sierra Nevada offerings.

The flavor is similar in that I'm getting a lot of rye. It's spicy and peppery and mostly dominant until a bitter finish that's either citrus rind or pine, or both. There is a very light initial citrus sweetness as well as some caramel.

Body is medium with an oily, slick texture. Carbonation level is probably right at medium as well, maybe less, but appropriate. Finish is quite dry, and the alcohol begins to show itself as it warms. This beer is drinkable enough, though, that warmth probably shouldn't be something to worry about. The rye + hops were right in my wheelhouse, so my glass will empty quickly when I drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:39:23 | More by Gyle41386
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I've been in Florida for the last few weeks, then finally decided to walk into a beers store. Low and behold though, I saw Sierra Nevada had released a new beer! I guess this one is in place of Glissade.

A: Poured a clear, darker than amber color, with a massively clinging solid white head that clung, and clung, and clung, etc.

S: I got Sierra's hop profile upfront, along with sort of a "Rye Crisp" cracker profile that just screamed, "beer me!" Lots of hops.... maybe too much at times for some palates.

T: This was WAY too bitter to be extremely drinkable. Most of the great West Coaster I know have at least some semblance of "man-candiness" to them, but this is just a flat out rye hop bomb.

M: The lacing was used car wash material, the bitterness is... well... extremely bitter, but the carbonation was fine (as with all SN brews).

O: I'm not a fan of Torpedo, but am a big fan of the PA and Celebration. This was more on the offensive, Torpedo side IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:25:49 | More by Chaney
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaped Dogfish pint glass.

A - Perfect white head that dies down into a fluffy island in the center. Leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. Brownish amber color with perfect clarity. Looks good!

S - I get some dank hops with a definite rye addition. A bit musty. I usually like the smell of rye beers but there is something a bit off with this one.

T - Pine and hops up front. A bit metallic, mid-palate. The rye is very apparent in the finish and the aftertaste. Average.

M - Very good carbonation giving this beer a twang on the tongue. A mildly dry alcohol finish. Mediun bodied.

O - I was excited to see a new seasonal offering from SN, as I usually enjoy their beers. It wasn't bad, but wasn't great. An average rye beer that I will probably give another chance to see if my opinion improves. I like that Sierra Nevada is exploring new styles for large scale release, and hope that trend continues.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:48:07 | More by NoLeafClover44
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plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker copper hue with a one and a halt finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant and balmy peppery hop with a healthy dose of rye.

The taste consisted of waves of spiciness as between the prominent rye and herbal/peppery hop elements. A nice doughy caramel rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was full with a lingering spice.

Overall a very tasty spicy rye beer. Yet another winner from SN.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:33:20 | More by plaid75
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beyah

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Smiths pint.

A - Deep amber with 2 fingers of off white head that hangs in for a long time.

S - Smell the rye and pine from the hops, can't make out much else.

T - Tastes similar to smell, quite bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is about right for this style and body a bit thin.

O - Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but an interesting change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:31:48 | More by beyah
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-01-2012 01:02:22 | More by Wally1912
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Finatic

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled Odell's Myrcenary pint glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish hue with a nice white head that recedes slowly.

S: Piney aroma right off the bat that SN is famous for. Some mild malt also and some citrus(Grapefruit),

T: Tastes like it smells, albeit some small traces of rye on the palate as well.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Average offering from SN, would rather have a torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:41:38 | More by Finatic
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steelerguy

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber hue, tall tan head, moderate carbonation, very clear.

S - Caramel malts, citrus hops, spicy rye.

T - Much like the smell, caramel malt, some sweetness from botht the malt and rye and some spiciness from the rye and hops. Predominately citrus hops, but a good bit of pine also. Ends with bitter kick.

M - Moderate body, some coating of the mouth from the malt and the resinous hops accentuate this. I think the carbonation is spot on but for the body, I'd like a little more alcohol to dry the palate.

O - Very good rye beer from SN, will definitely have again and I think it is a good rye beer to introduce people to the grain.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:25:53 | More by steelerguy
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2012 22:07:30 | More by disemgrowler
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 21:11:49 | More by Stoffel
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snpub540

California

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

So pour is a nice light caramel hue. Nice clarity. Delicate web lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by rye spice. Also some grassy notes.

Taste is ready with lots of rye spice upfront. Nice bitterness. Some alcohol warmth in the finish.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Drink ability is great. Straight forward good bitter rye flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 20:53:51 | More by snpub540
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bayougutter

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown that you can see thru with a nice two inch eggshell head that stuck around awhile.

Smells citrus, pine, resin, and a little of the rye spice.

Taste citrus, pine, a little floral/ grassy with the rye tasting good on the finish.

Mouthfeel is palate coating without being thick. Could stand a little more carbination.

Overall a well done offering from SN and worthy of a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:17:42 | More by bayougutter
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JVan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2012 19:25:07 | More by JVan
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler

Appearance is a clear deep amber/red with a nice beige head that leaves some lacing at the top. Head doesn't stay around too long. Smell is the piney SN hop bill with some citrus. Smells a lot like a subdued SN torpedo. Some caramel malt sweetness also in the nose. As the beer warms some resiny hop notes appear. Taste is similar to the nose hop wise: piney, citrusy, with some resin notes. The rye base appears with its nice peppery taste especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light weight due to the rye (lighter than your average IPA), medium carb, and a bit prickly. Mf also has some mouth coating hop oil.

This is better than the other RyePA I have had (Founders). I can really taste the rye in this which lightens the body and adds nice refreshing pepper taste. Somewhere b/w SN pale ale and torpedo in hoppiness.

from notes: 1/27/11

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 18:44:04 | More by VaterRoss
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JimmyTango

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2012 17:28:42 | More by JimmyTango
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harrymel

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 28DEC11

Pours a nice copper color with a little over a finger of peanut foam. excellent clarity and near web lace. Smells dank, some resin, pine, grapefruit, skunk and a little soil. Interesting, not sure if I dig it.

A bit nutty up front with a good grainy backbone and even some corn. An interesting malt profile I must say. The hops are herbal and theres even a sage flavor in here to me. Some sweetness and nutty flavors, almost a hint of oxidation on the malt. I'm really intrigued by this beer, I can't really say I like it, but I don't really dislike it.

Mouth is a bit heavy with higher carb and a dry finish for the style. This beer is not feeding into any of my expectations.

I really am having a hard time deciding on this beer, but I'm thinking it may be a little too rustic for me. The malts are weird, but the hops match the weirdness, I'm pretty torn on this one. It's above average, but not great. I will likely revisit just to creep the intrigue.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 17:16:02 | More by harrymel
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 15:22:30 | More by TXhomebrewer
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PatDreadful

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Chalice.

Appearance: Looks great with a nice light brown color that is completely transparent. The egg sheall colored head is large and maintains throughout the session. Very nice.

Smell: There is the typical SN hop bill that I've grown to love. Lush tropical citrus with a touch of piney notes to really keep everything grounded. The rye provides an earthy spice that only serves to enhance the pine notes. Again, very well done.

Taste: Ah, that is what I'm looking for. The citrus hits you up front with grapefruit dominating which gives way to that wonderful piney spice acheived through the hops and the rye and then all of the sudden, it is gone. The flavor loses steam half way through my swallow and I am just left with a lingering taste of mild malt. No spice and certainly no hops. This is a huge dissapointment.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Very good for the style but I could have used just a bit more in the way of carbonation

I was left underwhelmed by the hops in this beer. It certainly wasn't bad but I think there are much better rye options and certainly much better pale ale options out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 15:17:58 | More by PatDreadful
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00BEER00

Kansas

5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-31-2012 04:35:22 | More by 00BEER00
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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