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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,564
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 358 | 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 kbuzz
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
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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

switzer, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

KevlarBrewing, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jenray
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
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Shilt, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of dannymo24
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dannymo24, Feb 04, 2012
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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jk3, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Joshgonzales79, Feb 04, 2012
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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
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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
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,564 ratings.