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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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4,443 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,443
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 318 | 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%

theempire, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of JRed
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.

JRed, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Popp24, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of UAyeroc2425
4.5/5  rDev +16%

UAyeroc2425, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jtd335, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
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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.

ianjsullivan, Feb 05, 2012
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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.

smcolw, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

attometer00, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Biestie, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
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.

jayhawk73, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of CaptCleveland
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.

CaptCleveland, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

kevgod, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Cresant
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was the color of a bright penny. The head was pillowy and light tan leaving moderate lacing.

The smell was earthy and spicy. Organic, weedy aroma. Rotting leaves (in a good way). Aroma blooms as it warms, very nice.

The taste was peppery with a light sweetness. Grassy, hops bitterness and rye spiciness. Tobacco leaf. Finishes dry. Allowing this beer to warm a bit really benefits both the aroma and flavor.

The mouthfeel was softly prickly with a medium body. Finishes rather smoothly. Incredibly drinkable beer.

Cresant, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BeforeNoon, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jminch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of tito42
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

2012 edition poured from glass to an imperial pint. Bottled on 12/28/2011.

A: Iced tea in color with slight ruby hues. Off-white head with nice lacing and weak retention.

S: Rye up front with a strong grapefruity hops presence. Slight malt.

T: Well balanced between citrusy/piny hops with bready malt and peppery rye. Grapefruit and orange peel throughout. Very enjoyable introduction of rye into an IPA flavor profile.

M: Very similar to other Sierra Nevada ales. Medium-bodied and slightly creamy with a hops and carbonation presence that provides a nice pang at the finish without drying the palate out too much.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Very good IPA with a great integration of rye = a very good rye beer.

tito42, Feb 05, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

A yellow copper color with a big heap of oatmeal colored fluff on top and great lacing. The aroma has a tart orange/grapefruit theme with some swampy malt funk, perhaps hints of the rye. Nice. The flavor is a nice combination of woodsy swamp hops and earthy malt. Crisp and pungent, it’s a bitter mouthful with a solid bready malt backbone. The hops are raw and outdoorsy, leafy good and it’s medium-light bodied for a solid hop treat. I think I can tell that there’s rye here but it’s an interesting, funkified version, and plenty good.

Durge, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

choover14, Feb 05, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: deep copper hue with brilliant clarity and a finger-thick off-white head that quickly settles. Some lacing clings to the glass, but carbonation seems subtle.

S: spicy rye up front, with very piney hop character. Some caramel malt undertones lie in back.

T: caramel malt notes, along with some fruity esters at first, followed by a huge spicy, peppery rye profile. Hops lend hints of pine and grapefruit on the finish.

Notes: moderate body and full of flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but flavor makes up for it. Quite drinkable, and makes for a good Spring offering. I'm very happy they did away with Glissade and brewed a more exciting style. Not my favorite rye beer, but pretty solid overall.

WYVYRN527, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

4balance, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

djaeon, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Clear copper color with a tan head that lingers leaving strings of lace as it settles.

S - Piney hop aroma with a good kick of spicy rye mixed and caramel malt background.

T - Citrus pith and pine with spicy rye and a caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy.

D - One of the better rye beers I have had. The rye is dominant but not overwhelming with a big hop kick.

brewcrew76, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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