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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
87
very good

4,446 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,446
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 320 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of godlessape
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my newly acquired Cigar City Brewing pint glass.
This is quite possibly the most gorgeous looking brew I've encountered in some time.
The two finger tan head sinks down to a respectable skim leaving some impressive lacing, and what it sinks down into is the most inviting copper and plum colored body one could imagine.
As far as the nose goes, you get a lot of citrus and pine one would expect from a West Coast IPA, but lurking not far behind is a earthy moist wood-chip aroma that demands attention and respect.
The rye is spicy, almost peppery and blends in well the the West Coast hops and mellow--low key caramel malt flavor. Lot's of good bite to this one.
The mouthfeel is close to perfect.
Overall this is a great example of a rye IPA. You cannot go wrong with this beer. Works great with spicy food. I just downed 3 with a bowl of Buffalo wings. A perfect pairing.

godlessape, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -22.7%

nathanjohnson, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +3.1%

pokesbeerdude, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wzrds3
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

wzrds3, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +3.1%

I2uss, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with three fingers of off-white head. Head has great retention and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Spicy rye and bitter citrus really stand out. Nice bread malt aroma as well.

T - Nice peppery rye up front, quickly followed by bitter grapefruit zest. Both tastes are quite prominent, but not overpowering in the least. Bread malts and a bit of sweeter citrus come in midway, with the finish being more bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel is somewhat resiny and finishes with a lingering dry bitterness.

O - A very tasty beer, though I prefer Founders Red's Rye by a significant margin. Still, I would have this again.

warnerry, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market. There's a huge spicy aroma with both cracked rye and herbal citrus hops. The flavor and body are a little too light, but there's a rich grapefruit taste that comes out in the finish over mild rye bread. While I want a little more malt, Sierra Nevada did a great job balancing the rye flavor so that it's highlighted, but not too strong. Not perfect, but a pretty great rye beer.

tempest, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of JOEnobody001
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JOEnobody001, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured a dark copper color with a huge, fluffy, off white colored head filling the top third of the glass. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Fantastic looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of the spicy, bready, rye flavors. I get a pretty big bitter, resiny, citrus rind like hoppiness to it as well. In the finish it shows a little bit of a sweeter, malty, caramel flavor to it. Nice mix of hoppy and rye overall, I really liked how much the rye stands out in it.

The rye is what really stands out to me in the taste as well. It gives it a nice spicy, bready flavor throughout. I get more of a grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness to the hops in it. The rye compliments the hops well. The hoppiness does seem a little more reserved than I would have liked though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a good beer that really showcased the rye flavors nicely. The hoppiness in it was good, but not outstanding. It was very drinkable and flavorful overall, and I really liked that the rye was a little bolder then most other Rye Ipa's. I really like rye flavors so this one worked pretty well for me.

billab914, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hessian257, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ninner00, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MuscleConfusion, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. Dates 1353. December 19/11. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium copper colour with a half finger of cream coloured head.

S - Grapefruit and pine aromas up front that accompany a nice hop bitterness. Some floral and spicy/peppery notes are evident in the background along with a slight caramel sweetness.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with big spicy/peppery malt flavours. Some citrus and pine flavours are evident, but not to the degree that I expected given the nose. The spicy rye flaovurs really steal the show here.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of icepik
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Darker amber color, very slight chill haze, light head, OK lacing.

S: Fairly light hops in the nose and about equal to the rye malt aroma.

T: Very nice nutty rye malt flavor, a bit bready, fairly strong bite of hops/rye on the finish. Bitterness lingers.

M: Solid mouth feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

O: Another nice offering from SN. While I feel it lacks a bit in the aroma and flavoring hops (for an IPA), it does have a strong bitterness on the finish that goes with the rye malt, which is the center of the flavor for this beer. It might even be a bit too much, depending on how much you like a pepper/bitterness finish (I like it). Its worth a try!

icepik, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Casterbridge
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Casterbridge, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-brown in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a stiff, rocky foam that never disappeared (do I drink too fast?) and left chunks of sticky foam on the glass. An interesting and complex combination of rye bread, tangy citrus and light pine hop aromas that allow just a touch of maltiness to sneak through. Medium bodied with a thick smooth feel. Much like the aromas the flavors are complex and very unique. The first flavor that hit was like the first time I bit into a rye bread seed, a bit spicy and grainy. A combination of ripe citrus and light pine hop flavors followed with a sweet caramel malt backbone fighting through. The more I try beers with rye malt the more I wonder why it isn’t more common. Finished semi-dry with a light spicy, pine hop bitterness.

IronLover, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.5/5  rDev +16%

minneapolitanjim, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a shiny transparent copper, huge frosty white head, extremely sticky lacing and nice retention. The addition of rye really makes this a gorgeous brew. It doesn't really get much better as far as appearance goes. The aromas are spicy and a little on the faint side. There's also a slight breadiness. Tastes like Sierra Nevada. There's a nice fruity bitterness with a minor touch of citrus. Hints of lemon and pine are present. Slightly spicy from the rye with a touch of pepper. Finished kinda dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side, real nice carbonation.

Nice beer from SN, but I'd take Torpedo and/or Celebration over this any day.

BB1313, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Tee76
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:. Pours a deep amber color with a decent creamy white head. Heavy lacing sticks to the glass and stays around. Nice looking beer

S: The Spicey rye is is upfront and in your face, followed by earthy hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Dominate peppery taste followed by a faint pine bite.

M: Nice and creamy up front followed by a smooth rye aftertaste. Nice carbonation as well.

D: Quite drinkable, though they could have toned down the peppery flavor to allow the hops to really come through more. Not to different from Sierra Nevada's other hoppy brews.

Tee76, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of FredCat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

FredCat, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rootbeerman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear light reddish brown, with a light tan two finger head. The head leaves chunky lacing, also the head lingers for awhile as well.
S: peppery rye is first thing I get, followed by pine hop. Aroma reminds me of torpedo with strong pepper note.
T: peppery rye, which I like, something new but not to far left field. Hops are potent but not overly, pine mostly which blends well with the rye black pepper flavor. The rye is even noticeable when breathing across the tongue.
M: flavor lingers around for a good while making it seem heavier than it is.
O: I really like this especially after a month on mostly only drinking torpedo

rootbeerman, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of olmane
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

olmane, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

A: Finger and a half, very light tan head, copper color with some carbonation, nice lacing

S: Different kinds of hops, bready rye, earthy

T: Hops, spicy rye, dry finish

M: Nice carbonation, creamy/oily, feels less than 6.6% ABV

O: Good rye ipa, but I've had better, the appearance maybe put my expectations a touch higher, still good

derkfromwi, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev +3.1%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mcphish22, Jan 28, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,446 ratings.