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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

4,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,562
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

ninner00, Jan 28, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

olmane, Jan 28, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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

rhhjr, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

enelson, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful orange amber, although it is hinting at red, crystal clear. Very large cream colored head.

S: Certainly a strong American hop scent. Strong pine, and grapefruit aromas, behind that there is a little juniper, and some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of black pepper in the finish.

T: A lot more of the rye comes out in the taste than in the flavor. Definitely a hint of rye bread, and a certain spiciness that says rye. I almost wish that the hop scent carried over into the flavor more, but it seems like the hops are more focused on the bittering. Peppery with some resiny pine and grapefruit, but not the punch I though I would get from the smell. There is a solid earthiness to the finish.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is higher than some, but it seems appropriate. There is almost a softness to it, but the finish comes in with an almost oily, or resinous feel.

O: Overall I think that the focus was a bit too much on the bittering hops, and that the rye almost takes a bit of a backseat. But it is new, and interesting, and tastes good!

Beejay, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Piotrek, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear dark amber in color with a fairly thick off white head to start which falls somewhat quickly but laces nicely. The smell is typical sierra nevada west coast hops with a touch of something a bit different, a peppery spice likely from the rye. The taste too is much like an IPA but a bit weak in terms of the bitterness. The malt base is relatively solid and again the rye comes through as a bit of extra spice. The body is thick and nicely filling while this beer finishes with a nice lingering spiciness that tends to build as it warms and the session goes on. Overall it is similar to other sierra nevada hop focused beers but as stated earlier a bit weak on the hop bitterness (especially for an IPA). The rye carries throughout which makes it different but I think it could be better.

fank2788, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of 05Harley
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #1362 108 41
Bottled in 2012

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price - $8.40/sixer

An absolutely georgeous looking beer. Pours a deep transparent amber color with a massive three fingered creamy white head. Heavy lacing adorns the glassware and sticks thick. Add a gentle swirl of the glass and bam, another creamy layer appears. Lots of bubbles too.

A soft aroma of earthy hops combined with the spicey rye is dominate. Very faint smell of citrus fruit.

The flavor starts out big with an unmistakeable rye peppery taste followed by a hint of citrus in the middle and ending with a pine hop bite. Sweet caramel malt adds some sweetness but the rye flavor is pretty much in your face from start to finish.

This beer has a medium body with a creamy feel. I really dig the balance between the malt and hops. Finishes slightly dry with a pleasent bitter tingly feel.

Overall quite drinkable for my taste buds. I spent quite a bit of time drinking rye beer in the 90's, so this kind of takes me back. The appearance was the real highlight for me.

05Harley, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of tykees88
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice red colored copper. Two finger rocky off white frothy head. Lacing throughout. Carbonated bubbles continuously coming up.

S- Smells great. A citrus hop aroma followed by the unmistakable rye bread aroma.

T-Taste is great. A malty dry taste up front followed by a citrus purge and a bitter hop bite on the finish.

M-Carbonated perfectly. Medium bodied. Would have no idea this comes in at 6.5.

O-Super nice beer. Make this baby year round please.

tykees88, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

RyanCMcGovern, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can spot a Sierra Nevada head a mile away: always fluffy, always firm, always tons of lace left on the glass. Must be the water they're using. This one is like that, although the foam looks like it rolled around in the dirt before coming to play. The color is a beautiful amber that glistens like a jewel.

Aroma is a nice convergence of the spicy coarseness of rye and the fruitier elements of telltale S.N. citrus-like hops. Not all that bold or intense, more on the subtle side.

Rye can sometimes taste a bit rough, or overly earthy, but here it's mild mannered while the hops pop in a clean citrus peel kind of zing. There's really not much more to it than that, but it's extremely easy to enjoy and is solid all the way around, taste-wise.

At first the feel seemed a little too spritzy/tickling, as with many of this brewer's beers, but then it totally smooths out and brings the flavor on through in a luxurious glide. And that's a cool contrast to the spicy/earthy/husky nature of the rye that tries hard to hang around in the semi-dry finish.

It's funny how similar so many Sierra Nevada beers are, but just tweaked with this hop or that grain...Ruthless Rye is no different. It's got that basic S.N. vibe, but differs just enough from the pack to be worthy of its own name and label. It's hardly ruthless, and it's even a misleading name in that sense, but it is quite good and that's all that really matters, innit?

Metalmonk, Jan 27, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,562 ratings.