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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: 4,406
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 307 | 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  rDev +3.1%

02-06-2012 04:10:18 | More by manny0027
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-06-2012 04:00:01 | More by andrewj17
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-06-2012 02:04:08 | More by AudreyLOglesby
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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 +6.4%

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 -16.8%

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 +28.9%

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

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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 +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 +0.5%

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 -22.7%

02-05-2012 23:22:30 | More by casualfan
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-05-2012 22:54:33 | More by Screper
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 22:54:29 | More by denimdemon
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 22:35:06 | More by theempire
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Clear reddish orange in body with off-white head that leaves great lacing. Smells of sharp rye, citrus rind, evergreen, and a hint of nuttiness. Impact: rye, citrus, slightly nutty, mint leaves, pepper and hop bitterness through it all. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavorful and warms the belly. An assault on the palate that works.

02-05-2012 22:27:35 | More by JRed
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 21:47:09 | More by Popp24
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-05-2012 21:33:27 | More by UAyeroc2425
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 21:10:43 | More by jtd335
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 20:55:57 | More by meanmutt
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle lists ABV and vintage, but does not have a DBD. Perhaps the ruthless will be able to age and change.

A: Slightly cloudy golden orange brown with a half-a-finger thick white head that sits on top and does not move. The beer leaves thick lacing.

S: Bubblegum, citrus, sour and spicy notes.

T: Spicy peeper and sour notes from the rye meet citrus and bubblegum from the hops. The finish leaves some bitterness and some sour reminder of the rye.

M: Medium and dry.

O: An interesting spin on a traditional IPA, Ruthless still has a large dose of bitter. Though the rye does add some spice and sour notes, the hops still rule over the flavor profile. Many might be surprise at the small, rather than large, addition the use of rye adds to the beer. Hop heads will still get their fix with Ruthless.

02-05-2012 20:50:31 | More by ianjsullivan
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Large, four-finger head that settles in a lumpy, domed fashion. Many thin rings of lace as the head recedes; like nothing ive ever seen before. The broth is dark amber, like light maple syrup.

Lots of rye in the smell--very dry, no sugars. Background hop enhances (rather than counterbalances) this aroma. Some grapefruit rind to the nose.

The flavor matches the smell profile. This is a very dry beer--lip smacking. Plenty of earthiness in the malt. The hop bitterness is more pronounced and less "grapefruity", more peppery.

02-05-2012 18:34:26 | More by smcolw
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 17:50:14 | More by attometer00
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 17:37:48 | More by Biestie
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Decent lacing on the side of my snifter glass. The nose is rye, hops, spice and a little malt. The rye is in the forefront, and I dig it. The flavor is the same profile, with some fruit coming out as well. The hops/rye are out front on the taste. Feel is malt/hops battle, with a nice bite on the aftertaste. Overall, this is definitely one of the best rye beers I've had. Great job Sierra Nevada. Cheers.

02-05-2012 17:26:25 | More by jayhawk73
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at local Winking Lizard.

Light ruby red elixir served in imperial pint glass. Nice two finger, thick white head, plenty of lacing.

Really nice citrus, grapefruit, orange rind compete with the smokey/pepper rye malt.

Smooth hops up front give way to subtle spice and a hint of freshly picked herbs. Sounds a bit bizarre, but the flavor is really well blended.

Well carbonated, smooth, easy to imbibe.

Another nice brew from SN.

02-05-2012 16:59:32 | More by CaptCleveland
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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