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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

4,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,438
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 315 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

sincereNc, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of brewmudgeon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

SN ruthless rye

a 4 clear orangey copper. a high pour is capable of raising a three finger head quite easily, which contributes a creamy feel to the resultingly less carbonated body. random lacework. nice, though i would have expected some cloudiness.

s 3.5-4 smells pretty similar to red's rye, ii recall correctly. the rye is obvious in the nose, along with c hops. but the aroma is a little muted.

t 4.5 this is where the beer shines, a good category in which to do so. again the rye is obvious, lending a dry spiciness and a certain powdery quality to the mouthfeel. underneath is an ipa along the lines of celebration mixed with the retired anniversary ipa. this is really good--having heard complaints that this beer is too similar to torpedo and the rye is hardly noticeable, i must say i strongly disagree. on the sweetmeter, this one is about midway between red's rye (dryish) and hop rod (wet), so about perfect.

m 4-4.5 while the medium body could be a touch more lush, this is a fine vehicle for transporting this brew down the old hatch. much rather have it this way than having a touch too much body, which would get annoying quickly. instead, this beer lends itself to having more than one class--practically begs to let it be so lent.

o 4-4.5 very surprised at how much i like this beer, so far. two bottles. two great experiences. this has to be one of my three favorite SN beers of all time, along with bigfoot and northern hemisphere.
on second session, seemed a tad drier than wanted it, still good.

brewmudgeon, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dcellis, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Funny that there is another Ruthless Rye IPA made by Barrier Brewing Company, this is the Sierra Nevada version I am reviewing. Saw some Sierra reviews for the other beer, uh oh! Been wanting to try this since it was released.

A - Pours a pretty clear brownish amber with a good finger of light tan, almost light brown head. Great retention on the head and some exceptionally sticky lacing!

S - Lots of citrus (mainly grapefruit) with some peppery, bready malt. Very earthy and spicy.

T - Citrus and piney hops blend well with the breadiness and spices. There are some really nice grapefruit flavors in here that remind me of a West Coast IPA, but at the same time it is darker and earthier than most West Coast IPAs. A little dry and boozy in the finish. Really nice peppery rye finger lingers on the tongue along with some piney notes.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Fairly sticky and coating but not overly so.

O - This is quite a decent IPA and a huge step up from boring Glissade Golden Bock. A nice, spicy, hoppy beer that is perfect for the upcoming rainy trainsition to spring (what we mountain people call the "mud season"). I'll definitely be getting more of this, very unique while being completely in the Sierra Nevada style.

BeerPhan86, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mattyrubes, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BMBeerhead, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A: Fairly clear/semi-hazy orange and bronze colored body with a big creamy off-white head. Nice fluffy consistency which lead to sticky lacing and an amazing retention cap.

S: Rye, black pepper, orange and citrus. A slight bitter pink grapefruit and whole cone hops come through, trailing off with a slight bit of caramel malts.

T: Spice, rye and a balanced but big hop profile. Some citrusy notes along with a bit of pine are mid-palate. Black pepper on the back end with a crisp lager-like finish. Nicely done, and honestly a really great integration of the rye with the overall flavor profile.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated and very smooth/creamy. A bit sticky and bitter into the linger, but that's nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

I generally enjoy beers with rye when done correctly and this was no exception. The rye brought a nice spice character to the beer that played very well with the citrus and earthy hop characteristics.

ShanePB, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

oldp0rt, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Star80
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours out a brownish copper color. Nice thick frothy head. One thing I noticed is that like their Torpedo IPA there is no thin layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The smell is of citric hops, and some tropical fruits. Now the taste is what throws me. Reminds me a heck of a lot of their other IPA Torpedo, and it makes me wish it were more like Celebration in that the dominating flavor profile are these wild tropical hops, some spicyness afforded by the rye and touch of black pepper. I was hoping for more grapefruity, piney hops like in Celebration. Not much pine, but lots of mango! Overall I think it is very good, I just think the choice of hops competes with the rye too much. I wish the rye could have shone through the hops a little more. I noticed on their website that some of the hops are simply described as "experimental". Now that is cool...Bravo hops are the bittering hops?? Anyway, the Citra hops make a grand appearance in this beer like them or not and this beer is complex and interesting from these west coast hops masters. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Overall a very good beer just not enough rye for me, i.e. Cane & Ebel. But for the record this is leaps and bounds better than Glissade which it replaces. That one just reminded me of a Euro Lager; light on flavor high on alcohol!

Star80, Feb 07, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +7%

This may just be the best rye beer I've had to date. I mean the rye comes through in ways I've never experienced before. It really comes through as a very rye grain flavor. Makes me wonder if they used around 40-50 percent rye in this bad boy.
A-Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thick and creamy off white head that lasts forever and leaves excellant lacing.
S-The aroma is thick with rye grain and floral hops up front then mild pine hop notes in the back.
T-Tasts much the same as the aroma. Very spicy rye notes followed up with resinous floral/piney hops.
M-The spiciness from the rye paired with the bitterness of the hops give it a slight astringent characteristic, but other than that, it's a very easy drinkin, (full) medium bodied IPA that has a long bitter resinous hops finish.
O-My overall impression is this is what a rye beer should be like. I'm sure it could be improved on a little, but I really enjoyed this one very much.

hoplover82, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

scottd18, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

fergster75, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jag21, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ridgeline23, Feb 06, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

A- A translucent dark amber with a creamy white head.

S- Citrus and pine hops (perhaps even a floral scent), with just a hint of malt.

T- Initially sweet, with the spicy rye and the citrus hops following closely behind.

M- Medium-bodied, with only moderate bitterness feel upon swallowing.

I like the mix of hops and rye. Would try again.

imasloth, Feb 06, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

This brew pours a deep amber color with a small head which dissapates quickly and minimal lacing.

The smell is heavy on rye and citrus hops. There is also a bread like smell and the smell of spices, possibly pepper.

The brew hits the mouth with a bitter taste and the oil of hops resin is present. The oil lingers in the mouth after swallowing, the taste of pepper also lingers.

The taste is full of rye, bread, spices, mostly pepper and hops. One can also taste the oil of the hops.

This is my first rye beer; it was interesting. Bready, citrusy, and pepper. A somewhat complex and hoppy taste.

microbrewlover, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

LexShaw89, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

CEDAMA, Feb 06, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%

poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle

amber with off white head 1-2 fingers fair lacing

Big hop nose, grassy and earthy

Grassy rye with slight sweetness
Citrus and mild bitter spice


Overall not a bad selection but there are better rye beers to be had

muskiesman, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beerme411, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

davidtarantino, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

williamjbauer, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ZethOfTheNorth, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SmokeyJoesCafe, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

CB2maltygoodness, Feb 06, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,438 ratings.