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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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Ratings: 4,784
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 533 | 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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Ratings: 4,784 | Reviews: 1,080
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maroon golden hue with a white foamy head that dissipates after a couple of minutes.

I get a big citrus pineapple, orange beginning of the nose and then some hops, spice, breads/wheatiness/rye.

This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel that starts off sharp and crisp -hops, rye, pineapple, orange-that immediately leads way to a more bitter hoppiness, then finishes off slightly sweet and malty with a blast of rye and hops and some yeast and bread. Nice brew with a dry finish. Good balance and smoothness.


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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of vkv822
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark orange with a foamy, craggy off white head with decent lacing.

The aroma is of piney, peppery hops, with a very faint earthiness perhaps?

Taste follows the nose, piney and spicey notes. Decent, but nothing too exciting.

A medium body, a good bit of prickly carbonation.

A decent beer. I probably wouldn't have guessed that rye was used. I feel it did add a slight peppery spice, but it could also be written off as hops I would think.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MattyV
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a mix-a-6 on a recent trip stateside.

Pours a clear orange/copper color with a rocky white head that has good retention. The aroma is very fresh and fruity with lots of citrus and spice with a faint hint of mint. Very complex and rounded flavour - bready and nutty malt with substantial spicy rye characteristics and citrusy hops that provide citric bitterness and a dry finish. Nice substantial medium body and adequate smooth carbonation.

This a nice drinkable example of a rye IPA that I'd definitely pick up regularly if it was available north of the border. Not ground breaking, but good flavor, balanced, and well-crafted overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper. A little hazy. Beautiful two finger rocky, off white head that fades slowly and leaves nice rings of lace.

The aroma is very citrus. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and spicy, herbal notes. Caramel backbone with bready notes. Tangerine and black pepper. Piney tones throughout.

The taste is tangy on the front with full on citrus assault of grapefruit on a caramel backbone. Spicy middle with mint, lemon zest and black pepper notes. Earthy background with leafy, herbal aftertaste that lingers. Strong piney, resiny, evergreen in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing

Nice minty and spicy kick from the rye with assortment of interesting hops. Very interesting and refreshing beer.

Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er for $9.99 a week or so ago. Poured the last 12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Enjoyed this beer, so time to give it a review.

A- Pours a dull copper hue from bottle that sits a clear dark amber in the glass. A nice big foamy off-white head forms and sticks around nicely for a while. Big chunky lacing.

S- Grapefruit, pine, smooth spicy caramel malt, a hint of lemon zest. Really nice nose for a rye IPA. Medium strength for a beer of this size and style.

T- Hops have faded a bit from when I first drank the other bottles fresh, but still there. There is a good balance of hops and caramel malt and rye on the palate. Bitterness is mild but cuts through.

M- Medium bodied for an IPA. The bitterness is mild but strong on the palate. The rye has a certain quality that adds depth to the malt feel of the beer. Stays wet for a while before slowly drying.

O- A solid Rye IPA. Def worth a try and a 6 pack is very affordable. Another solid offering by SN.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always enjoy what Sierra Nevada brews up, thought I'd give the new Spring Seasonal a try. Will have to consider this a Specialty IPA with the addition of the Rye.

A -- Clear, deep copper to bronze color with a slow-settling cream-colored head.

S -- Piny hop nose most prominent, mild biscuit malt and spicy rye fighting to be known. Some vague DMS with warming (does rye give off DMS?).

T -- Biscuit malt up front that quickly melds into resiny, spicy hops and then finishes with the spicy, grainy character of rye. Aftertaste is an interesting balance of the resiny, bitter hops and the spicy rye flavors.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat oily with a medium body. There is mellow alcohol warming as the drink goes down.

O -- This is a pleasant, nicely bitter IPA-style beer that balances the rye character well with bitter hops. I'm not usually a big fan of rye, but the balance with other flavors and aromas in this beer make it an interesting drink.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Dark orange-ish amber in color with a two finger soapy head that has fairly good retention and lacing.

S. Heavy citrus peel and pine resinous aroma comes up first and peppery rye aroma appears in a close second place. Eventually, as the beer warms up, it gets a caramel malt with a faint bready component as well.

T. Initial caramel flash is quickly covered up by a combination of rye raunchiness and pine resin / citric peel bittering that gradually pulls back as it resolves slowly on the palate, dry finish. Notable for balancing the rye malt out really quite well against the hopping such that the whole is better than the sum of the parts.

M. Medium body and carbonation, smooth texture.

I highly recommend trying this one, a really nice Rye IPA

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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