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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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4,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,450
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 321 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Okierat
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of grapefruit,/citrus. Spicy/peppery notes from the rye. Pours with a copper color, clear. Off white head laces on glass. First sip is a noticable bitterness along with the grapfruit notes. Spicy chararcter is notiable but plays a background in this beer. Would like to see a little more rye character. Bitterness is upfront malt is light and takes a back seat. First impression was not the best but as I finished the pint the mote I liked it.

Okierat, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ElGallo, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ckollias
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear copper hue with a white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Hoppy aroma with hints of lemon and pine in the background.

T: Strong hoppy bitter flavor with acrisp rye background. Finishes on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good Rye IPA. Nice and hoppy with a good rye background.

ckollias, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BeRanger
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours copper - about 2 fingers of white/off-white head which disapates rather quickly.

S - Certainly unique. Smells rather earthy, spices, with a little bit of citrus zest.

T - Unique taste - a lot of the earthy tones, hops, a little rye - finishes rather dry.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Certainly interesting - not the biggest fan of it, but I've only had a handful of rye beers. Unique though

BeRanger, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one from Sierra Nevada.

A: copper coloring with a tan 2 finger head. The label is awesome and classy.

S: spicy, grassy, earthy, and rich.

T: a citrus hoppy beginning with a pine finish. Peppery, bitter, and deep rye flavors.

M: rich in flavor, tingling carbonation

O: very enjoyable. Nice addition to the Sierra Nevada family.

Giggy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jk3, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Joshgonzales79, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of mrfreakybig
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mrfreakybig, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a fluffy white head that left lots of stcky lacing behind.

S - tropical citrus aroma is nice.

T - good balance of hops and malts with a good does of rye.

F - medium bodied it goes down smooth and easy.

O - Rye Pee Ay!

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BHansen214
4/5  rDev +3.1%

BHansen214, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Nice looking amber, clean and clear. There was a finger of head that settled to a dusting. Decent lacing.

S) Floral and citrus aroma. There is also some rye and peppercorn. I picked up a hint of alcohol as it warmed.

T) Good balance of malt/hops. There was a nice sweetness upfront, with some citrus and light pine following. I didn't pickup the rye until the finish.

M) Medium body with about the same as far as carbonation is concerned. Goes down pretty smooth with a somewhat bitter rye aftertaste.

O) My rye IPA experience is limited, but I found this to be an enjoyable experience. I shouldn't be surprised, SN rarely disappoints.

RoamingGnome, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +3.1%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Hopman1985
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hopman1985, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jnaustxdom
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jnaustxdom, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +3.1%

AngusOg, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" off-white head which took a while to dissipate. The body is a clear gold verging on amber. It smells like a medium IPA. Taste has slightly grapefruity hops and yes you do taste the slightly odd pepper and spice of rye. Seems a little salty to me, but all in all pretty good.

MoreThanWine, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of sobeleg
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

sobeleg, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +3.1%

cantfindme, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a copper color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well until retreating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass leaving frost-like lacing behind it. Plenty of surface foam in a mold-type formation that indicates healthy yeast.

S- A sharp, hoppy nose that's grassy and fresh.

T- Solid bitterness that's backed up by the rye very well. Celery and green onion come to mind. Drinkability is right on point. The hop bite evens out with every sip bringing the drink as a whole to a smooth ride.

M- Soft considering how bitter it is. Dry afterfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

O- SN continues to uphold their reputation of producing quality brews that anyone can appreciate.

Immortale25, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this IPA in a ruthless nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Two-fingers of off-white, beige and puffy foam, It dies slowly and leaves behind a great deal of sticky sheet lace full of popped bubbles.

The body is a transparent amber-copper. There is absolutely no carbonation in the glass.

Smell- A spicy wheat scent greets me immediately. There is also a piney flavor hop adding a degree of complexity.

Taste- The start of the drink has some of the peppery and smooth rye. Bitterness quickly follows up and gives a grassy and piney flavor. There is some earthiness in the finish. The flavors are distinct, and maybe slightly simple, but they work well together.

Mouth feel- Great smooth body that has a big and medium feel. So easy to drink, it is kind of silly.

Overall- The rye adds a spicy quality to the front of the beer. Otherwise, the flavors of the hops are piney and grassy. I think they are complimentary, and the bitterness of the IPA is nice.

The feel is also impressive. This fits Sierra Nevada's Modus Operandi of being a solid beer that is easy to drink.

Pintofbrown, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Swim424
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured bottle into great divide pint glass

A-sort of a copper amber color. nice head that fell slow leaving a thin layer on top.

S-a bit piny. a little caramel malt smell. pretty weak scent

T-seems mostly hops. not enough malt. the hops flavor is overpowering.

MF-thin-medium body. Average carbonation.

O-nothing special. Love the hops but needs a bit more malt to it. Not to bitter but the hop flavor doesn't seem right for this one.

Swim424, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

aszatk01, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of AlecGuinness
4/5  rDev +3.1%

AlecGuinness, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of nrs207
3/5  rDev -22.7%

nrs207, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev +3.1%

lpotter, Feb 02, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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