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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: 4,782
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 531 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 4,782 | Reviews: 1,080
Photo of BBP
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hop orange hue with a malt bill adding ruby to the hue. Decent head. Great lacing and retention.

The aroma is a little subtle. The rye seems to cover up the hops but doesn't really make much of a presence for itself.

The taste is more towards an IPA than a rye beer, but neither aspect is weak. The hops bring pine and floral notes into the game while the rye is quite foundational and brings a lot of richness to the brew. Normally rye isn't my thing but I found that this was done very tastefully.

The body is medium weight and thickness. The finish is overly dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, I liked this a lot more than I expected to. With the nice flavor and SN's price range, I think I'll probably grab this beer fairly often. I'm not sure that I'd say this is the perfect rye beer, but it's pretty close to the perfect rye beer for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sentomaster
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- gorgeous red brown which turns into a clear orange red when held up till like. Reminds me of the rock in Jurrasic Park with the mosquito trapped inside. Thick cap up fluffy white foam tops it off.

Great nose. grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus, pine- it's all there. pine and citrus dominate as it warms.

T/M- sour grapefruit and a touch of malty caramel sweetness up front ride into a biting bitterness and peppery spiciness. Citrus and pine visit the party, but take a back seat. Finishes with up biting, dry bitterness. Medium body with a tight carbonation.

O- the nose is awesome, but the taste is a little bit of a one trick pony- straightforward and assertive for sure, and lacking a fruity balance to the almost harsh bitterness and spice.

Just one of these is enough for me, it doesn't fit the bill for a good session.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mscudder
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep beautiful amber. Fair head with decent lacing.

S - Hops, citrus and grapefruit

T- Follows the smell nicely with a hoppy grapefruit taste. Levels out into a dry finish with a bit of spices. Pleasant.

M - A light to medium body on this one, I believe it could use a bit more. The carbonation is on point and makes it very drinkable.

O - This is a fine example of sipping on a well tamed grapefruit! Any IPA lover should certainly give this one a try.

Photo of Massbmx
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bbrown29073
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle to a 16 oz glass.

A-NICE creamy 1-inch head. Lacing followed all the way down, as I consumed it.

S-Hoppy...like an IPA should be

T-Grapefruit followed by a slight bitterness. VERY pleasant.

M-A touch more carbonation is called for, IMO

O- I bought a 6-pack that I do NOT intend to share with "just anyone". This is a VERY good beer.

Photo of acevenom
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a finger length white head. There's an aroma of spiciness, grain, and citrus. The immediate flavors that hit the mouth are hops and malt. It's a little spicy in the finish. The rye flavor is definitely there. This is an interesting and well balanced IPA from Sierra Nevada. There is nice lacing left on the glass. The body is fairly light as is the carbonation. Overall, I'd say this beer is very solid and drinnkable.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SoCalStout
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep amber color with a blend of red. 2 fingers worth of white head that dissipates to a few large chunks. Very nice lacing along the glass.

Smell: Hops of pine with hints of bread.

Taste: West coast hops for sure, but also has a nice malt backbone. The rye adds a nice spicy element matching the black pepper in the nose that becomes noticeable in the finish. Nicely balanced. Another solid IPA by Sierra Nevada which is definitely present in the hops profile.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation and body. Nice crisp finish bumps it up.

Overall: I am a fan and will continue to drink it. Love my rye beers. The added unique spice from the rye is wonderful. Love the new offering from SN and now have another go-to beer when in doubt.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Fenris244
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel tulip

looks good, deep amber, 2 finger frothy head, great retention, leaves some lacing, good clarity.

Very citrusy in the nose, grapefruit and lemon, floral as well

Floral in flavor with some nice citrusy notes, sweet malty backbone and a great bit of the rye on the finish.

Light in body, light in carbonation as well.

Overall not bad, I like ryePAs a lot and this is a good example of the style, could have been a little more bold in its flavors but nonetheless pleasant.

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

two finger head- thick,sticky, long linger

light brown..like thin maple syrup
The bottle is also super attractive.

hops, rye, other grains slightly sweer

very smooth full body feel. Sweet. As it rolls over the palete, get the rye but it's not over powering. slight roasty as the hops really stars to stand out with a little earthyness..but in a good way. Bitterness lingers at the very end for a moment. It really tastes much like it smells

over all:
This is my first Rye Beer so I can't really compare it to anything. However, an interesting beer. I'm enjoying every drink I take. For the amount of hops I pick up I would expect it to not be as smooth across the palate. I'll have no problem finishing the six pack and returning back for more.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Macs Steel Creek. Light orangey/amber pour. Sticky white bubbles.

Aroma, I'm not getting that much to be honest. Maybe some pine and grainy spice.

Taste, great mix if the malt, spicey rye, mostly piney hops.

Love how the rye adds a creaminess too it. To the right of light, a nice carbonation, drinks fairly smoothly.

Almost like a hoppy amber, but the best rye pale U think I've had. Score one for the old guys. Very balanced, so many will not like, but I did.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of lovindahops
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another delicious seasonal from Sierra Nevada. Good change up from them

A- ruthless rye pours a reddish amber with clear vision through the glass. A thin, thin level of white foam floats on the top of the glass with some web like lacing that stayed around the edges of the glass

S- a clear cut blast of rye malt with spicy and peppery blasts of the theme. And these properties are pretty strong. What's even better is there is a fair citric hop presence that really becomes even similar to a pine scent. All these scents blend well. Impressive.

T- The rye is immediately at the forefront with a follow up of simultaneous pine, citric, and mango hop profile. The rye flavors even circle back to make another appearance. Really one of the stronger rye beers that pushes the spicy components with a hop presence

M- great feel from all the properties meshing on the pallet. The feel is smooth but full of flavor

O- Ruthless rye is very rare as far as a rye ipa goes IMO. Great rye flavors that mesh well with the spicy and bitter hop taste. I will always come back for this one

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,782 ratings.