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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

4,500 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,500
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 338 | FT: 1
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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%

choover14, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -22.7%

djaeon, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +16%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase, about 42 days old.

Pouring a clear deep reddish brown with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a very appealing beer. The nose has quite a prominent rye character, rather rustic, grainy, and spicy with white pepper (not caraway). This pairs very well with the pine and citrus that the hops bring to the table. The hops have a nice blend of bittering and flavor, though not quite as resiny as I'd like. Still, excellent. The palate opens with a blend of the rye flavors and the hops, rather excellently executed. Pleasing bitterness with a blend of citrus peel, pine and a little grapefruit, these flavors work very well with the peppery rye. All dark grain character appears to be quite fully fermented, lending a toasted grain flavor without any real sweetness. Drying on the finish with a blend of pine and rye, there's a little citrus sweetness to go with the pine resin. Medium light in body with creamy carbonation, this is expertly conditioned and is a treat on the palate. Highly recommended, this along with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye define what a hoppy rye beer can be.

DefenCorps, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of SeriousALEment
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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

Picked up a 6 pack of bottles tonight. Poured it into an Ommegang narrow tulip pint glass.

A - Deep copper, crystal clear with a thick white head. Leaves a good deal of lacing down the glass

S - Citrus/pine hop aroma. A dank, vegetal aroma in the background.

T - Spicy and sweet up front, with some bready and light caramel notes. Followed by a nice burst of citrus hops. Finished with a dank, vegetal character a bit reminiscent of marijuana. Not sure if its the hops or the rye. Not an unpleasant or overwhelming flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Rye spiciness helps counterbalance the sweetness to keep it from being cloying.

Overall, a nice change from a standard IPA. I'm not sure how I think the vegetal character would keep it from being an IPA I go back to again and again, but it's definitely a unique and interesting beer.

spokeydonkey, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kbuzz, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

JazzIPA55, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderfully built beer by Sierra Nevada. They just know how to make a good looking beer. Couple fingers of creamy off white head, clear/bright amber/light brownish copper color. Lots of soapy lace.

Aroma is fresh and very nice. Bready with a nice undertone of light citrus.

Does have the nice rye bready flavor that I enjoy. Drinks a bit more like an APA vs. an IPA, but very nice. Just a touch of the roasted/spice note of the rye and then a dark toasted crusty bread flavor. Actually quite fruity as well.

Very subtle carbonation, a bit slick.

A nice little beer. Not sure I’ll invest in a 12 pack for the house, but perhaps a sixer.

Reagan1984, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bump8628, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JGilbrech, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

switzer, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bacher468, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

KevlarBrewing, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jenray, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhere between amber and copper. Nice clarity. Moderate sized white head. Spotty Lacing.

S: Spicy, grassy, piney hops. Strong component of grain and rye.

T: The hops wash out a bit, leaving mostly a spicy character. This combined with the strong presence of rye gives this beer a harsh/raw vibe.

M: Assertive carbonation + rye + spicy hops = prickly mouthfeel.

O: Can't say I "love" rye beers, but this is no Hop Rod Rye.

callmemickey, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

bszern, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

zeledonia, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Shilt, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dannymo24, Feb 04, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,500 ratings.