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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: 4,780
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 529 | 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: 4,780 | Reviews: 1,080
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tewaris
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep shade of rusty amber with a good off white head. Very good head retention and great lacing. Call me spoiled but many hop forward beers don't excite me because of their not being hoppy enough. I don't get much in terms of hop aroma except some floral-citric notes that could be loosely called West Coast/American.

The malt notes are much bolder and have a strong presence of rye and bread (and therefore rye bread). The malt profile of this beer seems to be based on SNPA, or at least has the Sierra signature on it. Taste is medium bitter, very bready, and comes with a kick of rye and spice. I remember it being cleaner on tap, but it gets there with warmth.

Medium bodied and crisp, and overall fantastic. It really is a no brainer at 7.99/6-pack. I am going back to the store when I am done with this sixer.

5, 3.5, 4, 4, 4.5

Photo of output01x
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades over a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear copper amber with a good number of carbonation bubbles. Some good lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple give the nose a very citrusy appeal. A good resinous pine hop aroma and a slight spiciness are also noticeable.

Just like the nose, the citrus really comes out at first in the flavor. Light notes of orange and pineapple are present along with a peppery spiciness. As the beer is swallowed, a quick rush of pine hits the taste buds. Just a little rye flavor comes through before a mineral finish. Then, a good hop bitterness lingers on the front of the tongue as a black peppery spiciness rests in the throat.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes clean and quells one's thirst. The body is just full enough to allow the flavors to come out without becoming sticky, which really helps the drinkability. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and does not detract from either the flavors or the experience.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown color with a two finger slightly off white head. The head gives way to decent lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of rye along with some citrus notes at the back end. The taste has a sweet malt backbone which gives way to a dry rye spiciness. The back end has a citrus up bite to it. Well balanced and round. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was a solid ipa. It was nicely blended and well put together, an easy drink.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Understated herbaceous notes give way to significant spicy rye grain. A thread of pineapple is also apparent.

T: Begins off-dry, with balanced bready malt and citric acidity that suggests tropical fruit. Malt becomes more crisp, rye-like, in the middle as dryness surges. Bitterness is pronounced in the finish, herbaceous in character, as some of the early bready qualities return.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a predominantly malt-focused pale ale, and its range is enhanced or extended by the strong rye presence. While rye seems to be emerging as the defining beer fad of 2012, its effective and fearless handling cannot be overstated here. Unlike most modern IPAs that rely on delicate and aromatic dry-hopped qualities to defile their sensory profile, this beer's malty focus pairs much more companionably with spicy foods.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of PorterPig
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour into pint glass.

A: amber, abundant ivory head & light lacing.

S: hops are in front, citrus, resin.

T: on the initial taste hops are more restrained than expected, alcohol is forward, hint of wood/earthiness (is this rye coming through?), subtle malt, hop bitterness surrounds the tongue.

M: clean yet with a slight and pleasant buttery smoothness. A real suprise.

O: To be truly ruthless perhaps you have to be this smooth. Great balance. A nice suprise of an IPA.

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

A: Auburn brew with a 2 finger head from an aggressive pour, which dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer on the top of the beer and quite a bit of lacing on the side. The head also collects at the edges of the glass, but leaves very little head.

S: Sweet malts blend with the spiciness of the rye on the nose, and it finishes with a hefty hit of the citrusy-floral cascade hops.

T: Follows the smell, but is significantly better. A tasty brew from start to finish. As I said with the nose, the sweet malts blend with the peppery rye right up front, and then grudgingly give way to the citrus, floral notes of the hops. The hops blend well with the rye, giving an aftertaste of bitter hops and rye.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. It also is rather, well the best word that I have is "tingly" from the rye.

O: A solid offering from Sierra Nevada to be sure. The beer is well balanced, some sweetness, more bitterness. Nice and spicy, and worth a look

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of troysoy2
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. I only got a half finger of head, so I could have been a bit more aggressive with the pour. Otherwise, the off-white eggshell head had decent retention, and a decent, if splotchy, lacing. The body is a nice, deeper copper, probably thanks to the rye and chocolate malts in here.

Whoa, the smell is funky. Spicy, sharp, hemp, with a funky fruitiness. A little bit of piney hop, and just a hint of darkness from the malt.

The first thing I noticed is the mouthfeel, actually. This beer really wants to go down quick. It's a little thinner than I was expecting, but on the upside, it is nicely carbonated and has a nice, dry finish.

It has a nice grapefruit taste to it, and the rye spiciness helps augment the dry, grassy finish. And yet, the aftertaste develops an interesting sweetness to it. Just a touch of alcohol peaks through as well. Strangely, the front end of the taste really gets overshadowed by the finish in this beer.

Maybe a tad unbalanced, but interesting and good for a little variety within the IPA world. I will probably be in the mood for another Ruthless Rye every so often.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JackieTH
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a small khaki head that recedes quickly, leaving fits of lace. Smell overall is rather faint but there are citrus and tropical elements noted. Taste opens up bitter with grapefruit elements, bitterness fades into a base of lightly sweet and biscuity malt with some bitterness lingering on the edges of the palate.  Mouthfeel is medium and holds together well. Carbonation is ample. Bitterness of grapefruit pith lingers on the finish, but isn't overpowering.  Solid offering.  Not at all fantastic and frankly not a great Rye beer, it's essentially one dimensional...but enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

A: Clean copper in color. A good pour yields a big and white three finger head, which sticks aound for quite a while. Gobs of lacing rim the glass.

S: The rye really stand out, front and center. There's also a surprising lavender quality to it. The hops are somewhat muted here, and take on more of a supporting role in the bouquet.

T: Rather dry and bready up front. Lots of rye all over this, yet it's not cloying or overdone. The mid reveals a layer of slightly bitter hop oil, and the finish is decidedly "Sierra Nevada".

M: What a thick AIPA. The quality of the mouthfeel is the beer's standout. Just a dense and complex brew that really comes together in the mouth.

O: What a lovely surprise. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot out of SN's Ruthless Rye. And wouldn't you know that they go and put together a solid, easy drinking AIPA. Hats off for another winner from one of the founding fathers of the craft movement.


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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 600th review. Deep mahogany color with a decent one finger heading that leaves some lacing throughout.

Good rye and spice in the nose, some subtle earthy notes with a decent pine almost smokey touch to it.

Taste is the same as the nose. Good bit of rye malts, a solid lingering of spice and pepper. A good bite of medicinal hops. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, a little on the thicker side, not so watery.

This one took me by surprise. Not to many rye beers that have as much depth as this.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent orange-brown color with a bubbly white head that leaves good lacing behind.

S: Not very strong on the nose: some earthy, hoppy aromas mostly, pine and citrus and a hint of malty sweetness underneath.

T/M: Spicy, peppery rye blended with a lot of hop bitterness. Some citrus notes, earthy flavors, the spice of the rye, and a strong hit of bitterness on the way down. Very bitter, but not in a one-dimensional way, there's some nice layering in the multiple characteristics of the hops and the way the rye spiciness interacts with them.

O: A real solid new IPA, very tasty, very bitter but not overwhelmingly so.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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