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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

4,281 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,281
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | 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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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-25-2012 13:51:27 | More by danielp215
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours orange in color with an off-white head. Starts off with a good citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange, just a bit of sweet malt. There is some nice rye and pine aroma, too. The flavor is a bit maltose than expected. Moderate sweetness with lots of rye, pine, and floral hops. Citrus peel adds a touch more bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 06:38:08 | More by womencantsail
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justinlaz

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-25-2012 06:18:06 | More by justinlaz
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caljrjr

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

01-25-2012 04:09:05 | More by caljrjr
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-25-2012 03:44:44 | More by mrebeka
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Rizalini

Nevada

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a redish/ruby color with a foamy 2 finger head that quickly fades leaving some spotty lacing.

S - The rye is very prodominant... maybe too much. It almost has a rubbery smell, like a balloon. Interesting...

T/M - The rye isn't as overwhelming in the taste as it is in the smell, but it's definately there. I do think that it overpowers the hop profile of this IPA. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

O - An interesting IPA to say the least. Sadly, I'm missing that hop profile that I so look forward to in a good IPA. Glad I tried it, but will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:18:13 | More by Rizalini
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Franz4

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-25-2012 01:47:19 | More by Franz4
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Merkur

Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Beer pours a nice rich rich reddish color. Very little head.

Beer smells strongly of rye with a bit of citrusy hops.

Taste starts off a tad sweet and citrusy, followed by some bready malts on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel that is a tad thicker than most ipas.

Overall a nice Rye IPA

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 01:46:42 | More by Merkur
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say, I love the label for this one. It reminds me of Castlevania art.

Poured a clear darkish amber with an off-white head, turns to a ring quickly but retains well while leaving some nice lacing.

Scent is definitely rye-ish, some bready malts and hops.

Taste is also big on the rye, not so much big on the IPA, but there is a decent amount of spicy hops and some pine and earthiness. Big toasty and bready malts in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation, nicely done.

Maybe the most rye-forward beer I've had thus far, not overtaken by the hops like some rye beers. It's not the greatest but it was good, wouldn't mind having it again, easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 01:38:35 | More by Chico1985
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musicforairports

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Jan. 10, reviewed Jan. 24.

A true amber color, Jurassic Park style. Clear. Big head goes quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell is a lightly dank citrus profile and some bread.

Flavor starts and ends with the rye -- nice and spicy, bread-like, notes of pumpernickel and pepper. A typical Sierra Nevada citrus hop profile asserts itself as well. I really like the rye flavor in this one--it's impossible to miss, but smoother than some.

Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat creamy. Enough, but not too much. Sierra Nevada does this category well.

This is a good beer, and it uses rye very well. The hops compliment the smooth rye character nicely. For the price, I'll buy a lot of 12-packs of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:44:00 | More by musicforairports
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larryi86

Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear copper/amber with a three finger off-white head.

S- Rye, citrus hops, pine hops, some nice earthy spice.

T- Follows the nose, rye and piney hops stand out, some citrus, bready malts.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A really nice beer, very happy I picked up a six pack. Pretty much what you would expect from Sierra Nevada, definitely will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:40:53 | More by larryi86
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a 50cl Ittala mug.
It pours an orange-hued amber color with a solid 2" off-white head and some patchy and trailing lace.
The smell is resiny and citrusy hop forward. A smell of rye crackers roll in behind and lasts. A slight smell of tart fruit and alcohol lingers in the distance.
The flavors resemble the aromas. There is a little harsh/edgy dried rye taste which crosses into the hops profile, and as a result leaves a bit of a salty sensation at the top of the tongue. I think I taste a hint of rye whiskey, but maybe it's just the suggestion.
As a touch of honey-like sweetness emerges, it becomes very gulpable. It's best to have another Ruthless Rye ready.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:40:02 | More by BeerResearcher
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alexandergjones

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-24-2012 23:19:24 | More by alexandergjones
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-24-2012 23:02:00 | More by headyhopzhead
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fox227

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-24-2012 22:55:10 | More by fox227
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berliner07

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another slam dunk from Sierra. Such an engaging, but drinkable beer. At first I expected more hop character in the nose, as is typical with Sierra. But, the subltety of the hops really let the rye flavor shine. I find that some rye beers are overwhelming in the rye flavor. This was just enough to keep the beer interesting, but not too much to make it overwhelming. Spicy, but drinkable. Yeah Sierra!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:51:18 | More by berliner07
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-24-2012 22:32:17 | More by millelacsmark
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wcintula

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label stamped: 1362113 24

Poured into a pint, needs a more aggressive pour to produce a head. The beer is on the lighter side of copper-amber, crystal clear.

This beer is really good. It's not mega-complex, but it's damned tasty. Strong citrus hop blend, over a good bready rye character, touch of booze is welcome as is in all of Sierra Nevada's beers.

Great debut for a great beer. I look forward to having this every year.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 21:53:23 | More by wcintula
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prisdefer

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-24-2012 21:38:11 | More by prisdefer
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless Rye IPA pours a clear copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong. It has notes of bread, orange citrus, pine, and a touch of spice (pepper).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is frothy on the palate, slightly creamy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins sweet and malty with a taste of caramel and biscuit. In the middle some spicy notes of pepper and an earthy spice (probably rye) poke through. It finishes dry and bitter with flavors of orange citrus and pine. The hops do a great job of balancing the malt. Once gone the citrus and rye linger on the palate

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. It reminds me of Celebration with fewer hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:45:41 | More by WanderingFool
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-24-2012 20:45:20 | More by CSQ1111
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass.

A: A darker amber orange color with some reddish tones. A large 3 finger head. This was a little warmer thus the larger amount of head.

S: Wow, damn I'm loving this smell. I get a large amount of citrus on the nose first mixed with some pine notes. The rye comes out too but after the citrus and alongside a baked bread and pepper notes. I can also pick up the distinct SN yeast smell.

T: This really does follow the nose. The citrus flavors come out first and heavy mixed with some pine that lead into the bready biscuit malt. The malt then gets tramped down by the spicy rye and pepper flavors that finish the beer out with some bitterness. Clean finish. The rye in this is however not overly done, it seem seems just right.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is resiny, prickly and very crisp on the finish. No hints of alcohol at all and carbonation seems fine.

Overall this is a quality beer that seems to be the perfect blend of spicy rye with the bright citrus IPA type flavors. What I really loved on this beer was the nose when it warmed, just fantastic.

This is the perfect spring seasonal for SN. You still get the dark spicy rye flavors, but you get mixed in the bright citrus spring like flavors. This is a total upgrade compared to the Glissdale and a beer I will enjoy each and every year. Watch for my tap review as I have a keg of it coming home soon.

Nice job SN, you done good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:43:07 | More by Kadonny
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date translated to jan 1 2012.

Pours a nice one and half fingers worth of a creamy kaki head. Tight bubbles cling to the glass, nice cap remains forever. Deep brown somewhat hazy body.

Smells a bit spicy, very rye like bready was, some citrus and pine like hoppyness.

Tastes quite bready, Carmel, toffee, some pepper and spice, resinous pine and earthyness on the finish.

Medium full bodied. Medium carbing. Somewhat coating with hop resins and malt dextrins.

Overall this is quite the tasty beer. Very satisfying and gives me a good idea what rye is about, flavor and mouthfeel.
$1.50 a single and winenation.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 18:20:59 | More by Homebrew35
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brunop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-24-2012 13:14:40 | More by brunop
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UnknownKoger

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-24-2012 08:03:54 | More by UnknownKoger
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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