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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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4,395 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,395
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 296 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-21-2012 18:30:55 | More by trixdout
Photo of Bitterbill


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

The code looks like 2006th day but the 2 looks to be crossed out so I'll go with the 6th day...Jan 6, 2012.

It pours a deep golden red with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing.

The smell has some citrus hops going on with a mild rye spiciness and an ample malt backbone.

The taste has the rye at the forefront; why not, it's in the name after all. Quite spicy/peppery with citrus backing it up to the hilt. Mild use of malty backbone keeps it from being too bitter but make no mistake about it; it claims to be an IPA and an IPA it is! Delicious!

A great mouthfeel and very easy to drink, I like this one muchly and I'll be drinking this often. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

01-21-2012 18:21:34 | More by Bitterbill
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-21-2012 17:28:19 | More by bobarc
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3.93/5  rDev +1%

Pours a deep and very clear amber, remarkably clear with 1" solid. Very sticky lacing throughout.

Smell is citrus and pine mostly and I pick up a little hint of the rye. Taste is as expected from SN, very well balanced, with more prominent grain, malt flavors and nice bitter finish.

There is a definite sense of something different with the rye, it is reminiscent of a lager in the taste. Very nice actually, if not obviously rye as others I've tried.

Very solid, will keep eye out for twelve packs.

01-21-2012 16:32:02 | More by DAllspaw
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-21-2012 15:51:13 | More by mrhartounian
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 13:59:07 | More by DoctorB2B
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 12:07:48 | More by SellaBro1
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-21-2012 09:28:17 | More by adamf880
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Just tried a 12 oz. bottle...ok a couple...and poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Beautiful clear dark copper color with a medium off-white or tan head. Good head retention and decent amount of lacing.

S- Pleasantly strong piny hops as well as rye, pepper like spice and citrus. Images of fresh whole-cones popped into my head every sip.

T- Nice Heavy hops/spice/bitterness, malty rye bread taste. Refreshing.

M- Crisp medium-bodied,balanced carbonation.

Overall- Gotta say I really liked this beer, pleasantly surprised how much I liked it, very refreshing unique IPA style. Well done Sierra Nevada, well done.

01-21-2012 09:08:46 | More by RustyTide
Photo of gkunkle


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a light brown color, with 3/4 inch of dense head in my Sierra Nevada hop glass. Head recedes to a quarter inch of small dense bubbles. Aroma is of rye, a bit of peppery spice, and pine. Taste starts smooth, with the rye flavor. It glides across the tongue until I get to the strong pine hops. As I taste the pine hops I get a little jolt in my soft palate, a twinge of pepper, then it's back to the hop flavors, notably the citrus hops. Aftertaste is of the rye and pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is passive. This is a really solid beer, the heavy smoothness make it nice for the colder months, but it isn't lacking any hops.

01-21-2012 07:53:06 | More by gkunkle
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: To me this is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen in my life. It's a very clear copper with a nice two finger thick white head. The head quickly fades a leaves a tiny amount of lace on the glass.

S: I am getting a lot of smells in this beer. I am getting wheat, grain and even a little bit of corn. There is a tiny bit of malt and hops, but not as apparent as the others.

T: A lot like the taste, I am getting a good amount of wheat/ grain and malt. As the beer lingers you get a very strong malt flavor that doesn't seem to want to go away. There is a slight hop taste, but it's only apparent for a tiny bit.

M: There is a nice amount of foam created in my mouth and it barely has any crispness on the tongue or the back of the throat.

O: Sierra Nevada has knocked another one out of the part. This beer is so good and I love how different this beer is from their others. The flavors are so unique and just explode on the palate. Just amazing!

01-21-2012 07:42:49 | More by gtermi
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear and deep copper amber orange with lots of fast rising bubbles. Huge white head giving about five fingers. Very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass. Looks great.

Smell: Big aroma of pine resin hops leap out. Very dank. Also a good amount of rye adding to the spice. Some good hints of citrus hops and sweet bready malts lingering in the background. The spicy pine and rye stand out the most here. Smells very fresh and good.

Taste: A big taste of very nice spice and bitterness. Oily pine resin hops up front with a nice kick of spicy rye. Good notes of citrus grapefuit and orange. A sweet bready presence of malts emerges towards the finish to balance out the bitterness. Very good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, chewy, and finishes dry from the big hop presence.

Overall: A very good new add to Sierra Nevada's lineup. Very spicy and bitter, so much so that it seems like a double IPA. That is a good thing to me.

01-21-2012 07:01:40 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 05:27:17 | More by tat2dhllblly
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 05:02:39 | More by ng85
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 05:01:21 | More by IlludiumQ36
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Had a few bottles of this so far.

A- Pours with a dark red body and a frothy white head. About a finger in size with pretty nice retention. Big bubbly ring leaves some decent spots of lace.

S- Rye and IPA. A pretty big rye presence with notes of citrus, pine and floral hops. Some caramel as well.

T- A challenge to describe for some reason. Notes of bread, dark fruit, caramel malts, rye and hops. The hops and rye combine to create a sharp bitter spicy feel. Other hop hints of citrus, floral and quite a bit of pine.

MF- Creamy and highly carbonated body. Sharp bitterness and carbonation hits the palate.

I like this but something about the combination of flavors just doesn't really work. The hops and rye seem bit too spicy or sharp somehow.

01-21-2012 04:58:58 | More by cbutova
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 04:44:47 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of infi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into Duvel tulip.

Dark copper tone with small streams of carbonation. Great pillowy, off-white head with stratified lacing.

Once you open the bottle, the rye aroma just spills out with a nice, peppery tone. Definitely can smell the fresh whole hop cones. Great resiny oils, just a tad bit of sweetness from the malt and some alcohol. Crushed pine needles with some grapefruit citrus.

Mirrors the aroma exactly. Opens with spiciness of the rye, which transitions right into bittering resin from the whole cones. Sweetness from malt just about creates a good flavor balance. Definitely tastes fresh. The hops and rye completely sing on the palate. The rye has huge presence in the beer.

Medium-bodied. Enough carbonation. Solid beer overall.

01-21-2012 04:41:55 | More by infi
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 03:51:30 | More by drewone
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Pours a great ruby copper color. Nice pillow of tan foam topping a very beautiful beer. Tons of lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of citrus hop and well balanced malts.

T: Taste is of rich malts full of flavors, caramel, and sweet rye. Hops are in balance with a nice citrus burst.

M: Mouth feel is a medium bodied nicely carbonated.

O: Overall I would drink this over and over again, very satisfying and refreshing .

01-21-2012 03:50:04 | More by nukem5
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

A - A golden copper with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace all over the glass

S - Very piny hops. Smells like weed!

T - Extremely hoppy, as expected. Piny hops.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, but well balanced.

O - A good rye beer. Too bitter to be a regular for me, but good nonetheless

01-21-2012 03:35:43 | More by BeerDawgs
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head. Great concentric lace.

S: Spicy grain with a lot of pine, classic Sierra Nevada.

T: Heavy hop resin flavour with a clear rye bread taste. A bit alcohol in the finish, but a solid effort.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, resiny, with a medium aftertaste.

O: A good beer from Sierra Nevada, better than Glissade for sure, something to tide one over until Bigfoot hits.

01-21-2012 03:14:18 | More by Halcyondays
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint at 47 degrees. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, 1.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thin consistent skim. Creamy, textured bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat forward - earthy/herbal/peppery/spicy with just a trace of citrus. Taste follows nose - this beer, has a very prominent herbal/spicy character almost akin to a rustic bread and a farmhouse cheese pairing. Once the spice resides, a residual biscuity quality expresses itself, finishing with a slightly bitter/earthy hops presence. Mouthfeel is very pleasant; medium-light in body with a lively, almost bright carbonation and just a touch of acidity. Overall, I think this is an interesting take on the style; something of an American IPA/Rye beer hybrid. Flavors are distinct and complex, albeit there is not much in the way of a hops presence. Also, I find that one in a sitting is enough in that the flavors are a bit too assertive for prolonged consumption. That said, I'm happy to see a major craft brewer take on a Rye beer - nice job SN.

01-21-2012 03:00:00 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 02:59:12 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 02:58:36 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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