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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

4,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,312
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 261 | 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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber, moderate cap of khaki tinted head, decent retention and sticky lacing. Scent brings notes of pine and citrus to the front, followed by a decent spice, notes of lightly sweet malt and a mineral like quality. Taste leads with a moderate splash of pine and citrus, fairly robust spice notes from the rye, minimal notes of malt. Very dry finish, slightly heavy on the palate, fuller side of medium bodied. A decent offering from Sierra that like mostly everything else they make is quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 14:31:25 | More by rfgetz
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

01-16-2012 13:42:42 | More by Rekrule
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into tulip.

A- Clear amber orange with a two finger white head.
S- Skunky dry hopping is this beers game. Huge dry hopped aromas, somewhat bitter but very astringent. Some citrus flavors such as grapefruit and lime.
T- A pretty bold taste from this one. Lots of dark citrus flavors from the hops. Very astringent, you can tell this is a rye IPA but had I not seen what it was I probably wouldn't have guessed. A red ale backbone, pretty sugary.
M- This beer is not the easiest to drink but isnt going to fight you either. A bitter aftertaste for sure. Good carbonation.
O- Another excellent seasonal from SN, This is similar to their Torpedo but with a darker feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 07:27:07 | More by TwelveOunces
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ale207

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-16-2012 05:55:11 | More by ale207
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nycwinter

California

5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-16-2012 05:22:52 | More by nycwinter
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JDFish

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was not expecting to find this at the local grocery store, but there it was. I had never heard of it before, but I deeply appreciate the drinkability of Sierra Nevada's offerings.

Poured a deep, beautiful amber into a S.A. anniversary glass. A nice head and thick rings of lacing down the entire length of the glass.

Tons of rye to the nose. Immediately, I got hops on the palate. Then the rye followed through, lots of it, by the bottom of the glass thats what I was getting. The mouthfeel felt really good to me, with ample carbonation. A little too much rye for me by the end, but overall a very good offering from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 04:24:03 | More by JDFish
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-16-2012 03:24:49 | More by jsurfs82
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33nickadams

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-brown with a slight white head that sticks to the glass. The smell is really piney with slight citrus notes. I also smell spearmint. The taste has piney hops and finishes nice and dry. It is naturally spicy. It passes by quickly. It has that familiar Sierra Nevada taste. Maybe from the yeast? Mouthfeel is light, dry and nicely carbonated. Overall, a tasty brew that finishes nice and clean. Love the label!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 03:02:07 | More by 33nickadams
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-16-2012 02:52:14 | More by jrohrbacher
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Auracom

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have some recent reference for this style with Jester King Wytchmaker, which didn't astound me but was good enough to keep me interested in what else is out there for rye + IPA.

12 oz. bottle poured on January 15th, 2012 into a Bruery tulip.

A - It's a pretty dark, deep caramel/amber color. Typical one finger's worth of a white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Even warmed up a bit, this aroma is muted. Light malt grain, slightly piney hops, lemon peel, and faint spice grounds.

T - Better but not where I anticipated. Initial carbonation and light fruit zest. Black peppercorn, ryebread, and further malts at the middle of the tongue and push through the backend.

M - Light-medium body, fair carbonation. Semi-short finish of rye, bitter hop resin, and a bread-like body.

D - This really pales in comparison to Jester King's offering. The nose is extremely subtle and the taste doesn't offer a whole lot of interesting notes of spice, which was sort of the whole point of rye, right?

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:49:37 | More by Auracom
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cutout

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-16-2012 02:19:58 | More by cutout
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-16-2012 01:48:18 | More by mschofield
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-16-2012 01:47:54 | More by 2dogbrew
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SpenceLillywhite

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-16-2012 00:51:25 | More by SpenceLillywhite
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-16-2012 00:48:22 | More by Eriktheipaman
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FattyJLE

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Pungent and spicy with bready malts.

A - Crystal clear deep reddish-amber with a two-inch, fluffy, off-white head. Sticky, thick lacing.

T - Spicy and peppery right from the start. Earthy, herbal bitterness combines with pepper and spicy flavor (whether from hops or rye, presumably both). Biscuity and toasty malt backbone. The spicy, earthy bitterness lingers on the palate. Little alcohol present.

M - Medium carbonation. Moderate body. No alcohol warming. Pepper and spice produce a pleasant bite on the tongue.

O - A quality rye IPA. Nothing spectacular but certainly representative of the characteristics of rye beers with no flaws to speak of. Definitely very drinkable, but maybe a little undeserving of the name "Ruthless." Still I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:16:02 | More by FattyJLE
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augustgarage

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Clear coppery liquid with a thin smattering of beige that slowly dissipates to a minute collar.

Sour-mash aroma of rye is offset by a slightly floral note as well as hints of grassy hops and faint white pepper.

Tart citrus-laden palate entry with a second wave of rye crackers and a distinctive (two row pale maybe?) signature malt base. Moderate bitterness throughout which crescendos into the dry husky (slightly grainy) finish.

Light-bodied, prickly, yet a touch flat.

Less refined and more potent than I was expectiving from Sierra Nevada. The rye is allowed to shine through in an unadulterated manner. Surprised to see purity of ingredients win out (if only slightly) over balance, making for a more novel if not daring brew than you might anticipate.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:02:41 | More by augustgarage
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, it's a dark amber color, clear with a white head. Not bad looking, but nothing amazing.

The aroma is really strong with rye and not surprising from Sierra Nevada a good many hops. There is a faint caramel malt balance underneath as well.

The flavor profile is quite similar to the aroma except the hops are more pronounced while the malts fade. The rye adds a nice spice to the beer similar to a rye whiskey.

The mouthfeel is very medium bodied beer with a strong rye aftertaste.

overall it's a good beer but not superb.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:41:12 | More by theboozecruise
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 listed on the bottle.

An off white head, a little styrofoamy, but makes a good three fingers with some retention. Body color is a dark amber brown, crystal clear, not much rising carbonation if any.

Nose is a nice toasted grainy malt. Slightly spicy, almost Oktoberfest Marzen like. A little subdued, but fairly solid.

Real interesting taste profile. Sweetening grapefruit at first in the palate, followed by the toasty malts matched on the nose. Hop citrus bitter follows on the afterfinish, with an airy spicy feeling. Great tasting. Mouthfeel seems fine and solid nothing to complain or get excited about.

Overall pretty good tasting beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:26:57 | More by smakawhat
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber/chestnut color with a good two finger tan foam head that receded fairly quickly and left some good sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with a good rye bread aroma. Some slightly sweet caramel malts underneath.

Taste: A big blast of pine hops and a great rye bread flavor. Some good slightly sweet toffee and burnt caramel malts. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finishes semi-dry on the tongue with a slight hops bitterness that doesn't linger long.

Overall: I like rye beers, and this one delivers on the big rye flavor. A good ABV for the style makes this a very easy beer to session with when I'm in the mood for a rye beer. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:52:12 | More by ChopperSmith
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claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber-hued body with a noted clarity and capped by a tall, off-white head. Fair smattering of lace on the way down.

Aromas begin mildly spicy, grassy, citrusy and piney. Grainy pale maltiness with a little underlying rye maltiness. Expected more from the malts given he color.

The tastes begin with grainy, pale malts with the expected spicy rye malt character. Lightly sweet upfront, a sweetness that soon fades away as the bitterness accumulates on the tongue. Citrusy flavors of pithy grapefruit and sweet orange zest. A bit more grainy on the back, with some lesser floral, grassy hop flavors. Dry, lingering finish.

The mouthfeel is mediumt to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite crisp and clean overall.

Overall, this was a nice beer but rather ordinary. I want more rye or more hops or something. It basically tastes like their standard pale ale or IPA with a little rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:01:05 | More by claspada
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is clear and copper hued with a thick, lasting off white head that coats the pint glass with lacing. The aroma brings hops, pine, bread. Very bitter with lots of pine flavor. Hops are the initial flavor, followed by a robust malt bill. This is what I would consider to be a balanced IPA. This is typically not my preference for the style, but this brew is well done. Medium bodied. The aftertaste offers pine and rye bread. Overall, pretty good. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:37:02 | More by Huhzubendah
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Jmamay22

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Rye IPA pours a deep amber with a thick rocky ecru colored head. The foam refuses to to die down no doubt due to the sticky hops. The scent is a piney grapefruit that is expected from a west coast IPA and it is a delightful bouquet.

The taste is similar, but the rye plays a larger part adding a spices finish. It is a great progression of flavor from sweet caramel malt to a resinous piney hop bit punctuated by the rye. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a slight rich creaminess that adds to the character of the brew.

All around great beer, but I was sad to see it replace Glissade. I suppose hops are in.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:30:15 | More by Jmamay22
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden amber color with a large frothy and pillowy white head and good lacing down the glass.

S- fresh citrus and pine hops, spiciness from the rye, some bread and a bit of sweet malt.

T- spices from the rye are noted immediately, also has a slight tanginess to it. Citrus hops follow the nose, Bitterness is controlled by an underlying malt sweetness. finishes dry. Also get a bit of peppery cracker on the back end.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish.

O- I enjoyed this one as a good change up from a typical IPA. I'm a fan of rye whisky and I think the spiciness of this beer makes for an interesting drink. Bitterness is controlled well.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:50:31 | More by Treyliff
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An orange amber body with a thick, foamy off-white cap. Huge chunks of lace coat the interior of the glass.

The aroma is a little muted. Spicy rye, earthy hops, pine resin and sticky caramel. Pretty straightforward aroma, balanced.

Trademark Sierra sticky caramel hits me first, then some spicy notes from the rye through the middle. The finish is a pretty good sized rush of bitterness, infused with pine resin, caramel, and ruby red grapefruit. The bitterness in this guy builds and lingers more with each sip.

Chewy, sticky feel. Medium to full body. Large lingering bitterness.

This is a nice Rye IPA. I have had three of these, and I like it much better with each one. The flavors seemed a little muted in the first bottle, maybe my palate just needed to acclimate. Nice job, Sierra.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:20:40 | More by ColForbinBC
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