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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

gkangas, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of modernartblues
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Tulip, Date Code 1362

A: Dark amber red, clear body, huge off white head on an aggressive pour, recedes to a more than adequate cap, retention is impressive, as is the lacing

N: more of a straight forward IPA nose. citrusy, grapefruit, pine, not as in your face as Torpedo, but nice

T: this is where the spicy rye comes in, but the rye doesn't overtake the hop profile, which is how I like my Rye PAs

M: SN SOP, excellence

O: another great seasonal from SN. they remain one of my favorite breweries and this is an excellent addition to their seasonal line-up

modernartblues, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of hurstja
3/5  rDev -22.7%

hurstja, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of xxcarpxx
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

xxcarpxx, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of OlieIPA
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into wide-based flute glass.

A: Dark copper colored body underlying a off-white two-finger head. Clean and illuminating at times; beautiful!

S: The sharp and quick cutting rye malt character comes through in the initial whiff as does the hop aroma. The hop characteristics include a mix between "piney" and "musky" smells, and seems to be more subtle than other Sierra Nevada IPA's I've had in the past. Not sure if this can be attributed to how distinct rye flavor and aroma can be, but I believe this may be a main culprit.

T: The rye immediately highlights and heightens the hop bitterness. There is some malt sweetness to balance off the abundance of hop flavor and bitterness, but not enough to say this is a "well-balanced" IPA.

M: Standard; what I have come to expect from a solid IPA.

O: Rye IPA's are usually a hit or miss with me. With that said, this hits me right in the middle. Nothing too bold, but does deliver some distinct flavors not commonly found in hoppy beers (which I like). A try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +3.1%

TheRealDBCooper, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of HopNelius
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap and into a pint glass.
Apperance-amber color, medium carbonation, 2 finger head.
Smell-notes of bread, pine, spice, citrus.
Taste-hit with the rye first, bread and spice, pepper, almost tasted like really good rye toast, then a nice hop finish a mixture of more pine than citrus but both present.
Mouthfeel-nice, slightly spicy with the rye.
Overall-whenever a rye beer is on a beer list, I gravitate towards it, I like this beer and will seek it out again, real drinability, with the quality I have come to expect from a SN, very simalar to their pale ale but with the rye flavor coming through.

HopNelius, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours dark amber in color. It has about two inches of beige head.

S - I can definitely tell there is rye in there. It almost comes across as skunky.

T - The rye really stands out. I get some breadiness in the middle, and it finishes with rye and some bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I'm not sold on this one. I'm usually a fan of Sierra Nevada. It doesn't quite stack up to the other rye beers I have had.

buschbeer, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Before anything else is said, I'd just like to comment on how phenomenal the label design is. Bravo to Sierra Nevada for commissioning such a fantastic piece of art to serve as their label for this beer. Definitely keeping this bottle around afterwards!

Pours a burnished orange hue into the glass with a good-sized head of frothy white bubbles. The head leaves waves of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass. The first whiff yields a nose that possesses the hoppy notes typical of pale ale style, but it is quickly followed up with a bready, almost funky sourness that is unmistakably the rye component. Pale malts also come through, lending the smell of this beer a little bit of everything.

Mild bitter kick to start things, leading into a malty base full of different flavors, including notes of caramel and toffee. Hops come through next, lending their floral and pine essences to the flavor bill. There's a subdued overall spiciness that permeates the taste as well. The rye makes another appearance as a souring yeasty quality on the back end. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all, and at 6.6% doesn't really play much into the enjoyment of the brew. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a drying finish. The rye provides an interesting chewiness that is subtle, but present.

Another solid pale ale offering from Sierra Nevada. They really know what they do best and it shows in their brews.

r0nyn, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DocBrass, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

eorwar, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy and floral hop aromas up front. Dark bread aromatics that provide a nice balance. Classically clean SN fermentation character that allows the floral hop notes to shine.

Appearance: Brick red pour with sticky off white head. Pillowy head that retains well.

Flavor: Spicy assertive hop notes up front. Earthy and leafy hop bitterness provides a good flavorful base. Some bread crust-like malt character serves as the foundation and provides a little balance. Balance is decidedly bitter but the crusty malt notes provide an interesting character that offsets all the hop character. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A nicely done, classically SN rye IPA. All I would expect from SN's version of a rye beer. Plenty hoppy with nice malt accents to keep it interesting and round out the flavor profile. Well done.

mattcrill, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

shockrocker65, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark copper with a nice sturdy cap and great lacing. Darker than expected but looks great, as SN beers always do.

Smell: Spicy, earthy and bready, with some orange-driven citrus.

Taste: Semi-sweet bread and toast backbone. Fairly earthy and citrusy (a little tangier than the aroma indicated), with a long pine and spice finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: While not quite the taste onslaught of some other Rye IPAs (such as Founders Red Rye and the Summit India Rye Ale from two years back), this is extremely well balanced and immensely drinkable. The best "Spring" seasonal from Sierra Nevada yet.

bsp77, Jan 22, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours a mostly translucent mahogany. Two to three finger width off white head with an aggressive pour. Dissipates into a moderate layer of foam with a fairly thick collar around the edges. Can't see much in the way of carbonation.

S - The aroma smells kind of...sticky, I would say. There is a nice fruity/juicy hop aroma that I really enjoy, and that blends back into the underlying malt backbone. The rye is present as well, but is not in the driver's seat. I'm not sure I would pick that out if I wasn't looking for it.

T - The flavor is not quite as bold as I anticipated. There is a hop presence here, but it is certainly not in your face. The rye is much more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma; it provides a nice herbally, peppery counterpoint to the hops and bready malt. It has a crisp, dry finish.

M - Feels on the full side of medium bodied. Almost creamy. The carbonation is just right.

O - Overall, this was a very nice brew. If I understand correctly, this replaces Glissade as their spring seasonal, which is fine with me. Also, the artwork on the bottle is killer.

lawlerj, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Rantingfury
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened up the bottle and poured into my favorite truncated cone shaped glass. It has a nice rich amber color with a nice thick tan head. The beer showed a bit of lacing. I took in a nose full of aroma, detecting the piney and citrus notes of the hops. The aroma wasn't strong like other ipas, but pleasing none the less. The peppery notes of the rye come out in the flavor nicely at first, then fade to the citrus and pine of the hops. As for mouthfeel, this is a good full body brew. The carbonation gave a nice impression to the bready feel.
I was reluctant to buy this at first as rye isn't too popular in the south for brew, bread, or liqueurs, but an inner voice kept up and I decided to try it. This beer broke my expectations. I expected the hops bitterness and the sourness of the rye to clash, but it didn't. I like IPA, and this beer doesn't quite deserve the moniker. I do like and recommend this beer. It's a cold day and this spicy beer made it more tolerable.

Rantingfury, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 6.6% abv. Clear amber color, with fine carbonation. Off-white, rocky head looks good and stays around for a long time. Awesome patches of sticky lace.

Smell is very similar to other SN beers, caramel malt and hops. Citrusy, and maybe a hint of spicy, peppery rye, but not a great deal.

Loaded with caramel malt, but not overly sweet. Good hop bitterness, with a slight citrus edge. A hint of earthy bitterness. Maybe some spicy notes, but not real peppery. Dries at the finish like several SN beers.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Not a great deal of rye character. While this beer is good, it is very similar to several other SN beers.

Bierguy5, Jan 22, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with dense off-white head, lots of carbonation and decent head retention. Spicy, pine sap hops aroma with the characteristic sharpness of rye. Rather tame hoppiness for an IPA. Thankfully much more hops come through in the flavor with much stronger, more bitter pine notes and a medium to full body with moderate sweetness. It leaves a lingering, savory rye flavor on the tongue.

goldbot, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beerman999999, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Amyliz4, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is a savior after a terrible bottle of SA Alpine Spring. Poured in a SN tumbler.

Dark amber body with a frothy slightly off-white head. steady stream of bubbles rising from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom.

Smells like pine needles. spicy pine needles.

Not as spicy as i expected, but still spicy. Decent malt body that really balances out everything. Its got this quality I cant really pin down. The spicy rye is balanced by slightly slick hop extract oil. Feels like a more interesting Torpedo.

Ill take this over Torpedo.

VncentLIFE, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

nicholas527, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kk73, Jan 22, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,446 ratings.