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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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4,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,393
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 295 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-06-2012 17:54:08 | More by davidtarantino
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear hay in color with a 2 finger khaki head with poor head retention and minimal lacing.

S - Grassy sweet hay and citrus hops

T - Earthy grassy subtle flavors dominated by citrus hops a little sweet malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

O - Haven't had many Ryes so I don't know how well this would stand to the competition but it wasn't my favorite beer.

02-06-2012 17:16:01 | More by williamjbauer
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 16:01:46 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-06-2012 15:40:51 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 15:37:07 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

A: Pours a cooper/ruby/orange translucent color with large beige head that fades quickly to a small fuzzy ring. It just looks thin in my pub glass.

S: strong citrus hops; slight earthy/grassy smell. Vague smells of rye and hay.

T:Very malty caramel-like flavors on the front with a moderate citrus(Mostly grapefruit, a little pineapple)hop in the middle, and a light amount of grassy rye. Pleasant dry finish of hops. I wish I found this to taste as good as it smells.

M: Light bodied; not watery or thin. Leave a general stickiness in your mouth that I just don't find pleasant. The dry finish of the hops is nice, but the stickiness is bothersome to me.

O: Not a bad rye beer, but I prefer stronger more "in your face rye" and a heavier body. The stickiness of this really detracts from the taste. I'll stick to the many other Sierra brews that I love.

02-06-2012 15:08:02 | More by laintringulis
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-06-2012 07:59:45 | More by fuzzcherry
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

Coppery with some sticky-looking lacing. Nose has the usual hops scents one expects from Sierra Nevada, but with a lot of stinky floral and rye overtones...floral almost the the point of a resinous cannibus bud smell. Hoppy, a little citrus (orange, grapefruit), pepper, and a lot of rye. Drinkable, but a touch of stickiness would leave me to hesitate to drink two in a row. Nice overall, but not the best in the genre, or from the brewery.

02-06-2012 06:45:26 | More by fezmeister
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 06:18:50 | More by jboyer
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-06-2012 06:17:47 | More by RobertColianni
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 05:16:42 | More by strongaf
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Pours a burnt orange with some ruby red hues. The bone white head is creamy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- My first impression when pouring this was that of smelled like marijuana. As I get into it I get pepper, citrus, caramel, rye, and that typical Sierra Nevada-ness we all know and love.

T- Herbs, rye, caramel, black pepper, and citrus rind. The finish is bready and spicy. Has a strong Sierra Nevada finish. Very enjoyable.

M- Spicy and bitter. There is some lingering bitterness on the finish.

O- A very enjoyable offering from the brewery. Similar to Founders' Red's Rye, just a little less rich. A perfect beer for spring.

02-06-2012 05:15:42 | More by david131
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 04:10:18 | More by manny0027
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 04:00:01 | More by andrewj17
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-06-2012 02:04:08 | More by AudreyLOglesby
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Much love for the Ole Western Reaper label. Great colors and fitting design.

This pours out the color that all domestic beers SHOULD look like, but DON'T. Amber and deep gold hues. Really nice frothy head. Ah, the nose is a real winner on this. Really has the Rye notes coming thru. Yeah, like coming thru the Rye!

This is a very smooth blend of Rye and Hop flavors. Very well balanced. Not so much Ruthless, but spicy nonetheless. I'm not feeling over powered by any one element. It tastes like it smells, strong, clear, and flavorful. The hops flavor seems to linger the longest.

Strong aftertaste. Very pleasant, like you were just chewing on a piece of floral Rye Gum.

This is one slightly dark and spicy East Indian Girl. Pungent and memorable.

02-06-2012 01:17:12 | More by CasanovaCummins
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Firstoff It took me a mounth of waiting to get a case of this.
Ya gotta love the label on it. The beer has a dark copper color with good head and laceing.
It tastes sweet right off the bat then a citrisyness and peperyness kickin with a bite at the end. The smell is about the same even down to the bite at the end.
Overall a really good beer would buy agian fore sure if i can find it.

02-06-2012 00:43:01 | More by yuenglings
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3.23/5  rDev -17%

A: Clear, light copper, with a full 2-finger head of frothy golden foam that lingered well, excellent lacing.

S: Spicy, citrussy hops and pepper notes are foremost. Actually, there isn't much else (yeah, a faint malted grain, but not a strong rye smell at all).

T: A faint taste of grain malt for about half a second, then all hops, spicy quickly giving way to bitter.

M: Medium crispness, adequate carbonation.

O: There was hardly any rye, much less "ruthless" as advertised. This is nothing more than an over-hopped IPA.

02-06-2012 00:28:59 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

02-06-2012 00:00:38 | More by stairwell2811bre
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer is copper red in colour with a frothy white head.

It smells powerful grapefruit and rye.

Tastes citrusy, bitter and very hoppy. The rye adds a malty sweet tasting backbone.

This beer medium bodied, smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very good rye ipa, not quite as tasty as hop rod rye but not far off.

02-05-2012 23:45:19 | More by Dave1999
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Rusty red color, medium head, clear. Foam cap sticks around and clings to the glass.

Smell hits me while pouring the beer. Big hops and some of it reminds me of the fruitiness found in Celebration Ale. I think I'm also getting rye, as there is another hint of grain involved.

Taste really builds on itself and finishes stronger than it starts, but I'm struck by how well balanced it is for an IpA. I'm not surprised by how perfect the body and carbonation are; SN always nails it. I get the rye the most in the finish where a rustic grain bite complements the hop  bitterness. It's not a hop bomb, but it has plenty of bitterness and is a real pleasure to drink. Hop characteristics are slightly fruity and herbal.

With every new release by Sierra Nevada, I'm further convinced these guys are the best American craft brewers. Ruthless Rye is a success and my favorite rye ale to date. I like it more than the beer it replaces--Glissade--but I would still be happy to see that beer return one day. Will have to buy more of this before it's gone!

Per website:
Bittering hops: Bravo
Aroma hops: Chinook and experimental
Dry hops: Chinook, Citra, and experimental
Malts: Pale, Rye, Caramel, Chocolate
IBUs: 55

02-05-2012 23:35:01 | More by JEdmund
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle purchased locally as a single. Bottled on December 16, 2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Light copper with very slight haziness; fluffy 1-1/2" tan head that leaves a patches of thick lacing; a few bubbles rise just beneath the ring of surface foam.

S: Citrus, grass and floral; peppery spice.

T: Sharp pine, pepper & spice; floral; smooth malt, rye; growing bitterness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; creamy and smooth; slightly dry finish.

O: Very balanced and drinkable, it is yet another well-made, reasonably priced and widely available offering from a pioneering brewery.

02-05-2012 23:31:47 | More by bierbrauer
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New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-05-2012 23:22:30 | More by casualfan
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-05-2012 22:54:33 | More by Screper
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-05-2012 22:54:29 | More by denimdemon
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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