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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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very good

4,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,310
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 259 | 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 Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 15:49:56 | More by verdict603
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -48.6%

01-15-2012 14:20:57 | More by 11millsown113
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4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A..A relatively dark golden pour with minimal to no head; no lacing present.

(As a side note, the label on this beer is one of the best I have seen. A robed maiden stands with a large sickle in a field of rye, while an old farmhouse stands in the background. The colors are gorgeous.)

S..This one smells fresh. Then again, most SN brews do (this one is reminiscent of Torpedo IPA).

T..Sierra Nevada created a terrific beer yet again! The rye here is original and wonderful. Some malt present, but not in an overpowering way. The combination of grains (which are great...did I mention that yet?) make me think I am drinking a glass of kind bud.

M..Easy to drink a couple, though I would not call this a session beer. Medium bodied, but it is a strong presence on the palette.

O..Looking forward to this one again, but already unhappy it won't be available all year. Awesome spring beer that SN should continue with each year.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 13:53:48 | More by bbeerman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 13:42:00 | More by thedoer
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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

01-15-2012 12:45:59 | More by WeckBrew

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-15-2012 11:38:25 | More by TEAMHOLT
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy pour rate into a plain pint glass gives about a 2 and 1/2 finger foamy/creamy off-white head. The head starts receding and turns into a bit of a rocky formation. Sticks around for some time and the lace is pretty nice. The beer is a brilliantly clear and deep orange/copper color.

The aroma is of mild malt and sweetness, nice spicey rye characteristics, bitter and citrus hops, maybe even some tropical fruits.

The taste here is again of malts and grains (more malty than I was expecting but not super malty/bready/etc), sweetness, nice rye spice and hints of pepper (not overpowering, though), and the good showing of citrus and bitter hops complimenting the rye.

The consistency is smooth, the carbonation medium (and appropriate), the body is medium as well, and the finish is a bit dry and lingering (nothing bad about that though).

This beer just seems to embody all the Sierra Nevada is - A damn damn fine, super solid brewery in (almost) every beer they put out. I say almost because I haven't tried them all, like the Ovila offerings, but I have tasted most of their other beers. Sierra Nevada just seems to put out quality beers that are their own take on the style. I can easily say this is another one of their beers that I will buy again if it is released more than once (not sure if it is or isn't

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:33:20 | More by matttttYCE
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-15-2012 06:32:29 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 05:54:48 | More by Billakowski
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color in the big tulip. SN was not at all shy about the hops in this one, and it could certainly be called an IPA. Quite bitter in mid taste and all the way through the aftertaste. Very distinctive flavor with the aromatic and grainy rye notes. The perfumey smell is quite remarkable. The sweet malty flavor, familiar from the bigger IPAs, is also notable.

If they keep this one around it should introduce new generations to rye beers. This is interesting enough to be a must-try beer, whether or not it turns out to be your idea of a rye. I think the mark of a good beer is one that reveals complexity as you savor it. I found myself raising the score as I sipped.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:38:52 | More by mactrail
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2012 04:36:59 | More by N8DAGR8
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical Sierra Nevada in the sense that it is beautifully executed, satisfying, perfectly to style, but not extreme or edgy in any way.

Pours a clear golden with a fizzy white head that drops quickly. The aroma is woody and sharp, with a subtle rye edge and perhaps more toasty malt than I might have expected. The flavor is malty - bready, a little caramel, nutty, but with that wry rye edge behind it. There is a solid, somewhat citrusy bitterness, but I don't find hops in the forefront on the flavor.

Tasty, sessionable, and solid, but not a mindblower.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:10:32 | More by Seanibus
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper in color with nice pillowy head.

Plenty of malt and spice in the nose. Some bready notes with a citrus and piney character.

Right off the bat I get a bold spicy character from the rye. This really comes off as a Sierra IPA with rye added. Not that I am complaining because this is a damn good beer. The peppery note adds some depth and a different dimension to Sierra Nevada. Medium caramel and plenty of toasted bread.

Good overall hop bill with some spicy hops or what adds well to the spice from the rye and a general Sierra Nevada feel. Some citrus and grapefruit characters but nothing that takes away from the malts.

Medium bodied with a good feel for carbonation. Very easy to drink and the alcohol doesn't come off as being harsh. Another great selection to Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:56:12 | More by stewart124
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2012 03:36:04 | More by freduardo
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

01-15-2012 03:02:46 | More by JohnWaynes44
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 02:18:59 | More by RandyBoBandy
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-15-2012 02:10:21 | More by SquidVicious
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at for Pete's sake...
Poured in a pint, nice white head, laces well, color is nice amber very transparent.

Scent is mild malt, followed by a nice spices rye mixed with some citrusy hops.

Taste is very well done, clean, crisp, nice malt then overcome by the rye spice; hops and bitterness are there enough to make it feel like an ipa but the rye really comes through.

Mouthfeel is on the cloudy side, a little lingering bitter and rye spice, but expected.

Very nice rye beer, and even a nice ipa while it's at it

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 02:01:10 | More by mvanaskie13
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, bright and clear,deep red with orange highlights with a foamy, slowly dissipating beige head.

This is quite aromatic with a bouquet of spicy, rye and citrusy hop.

The initial flavor highlights much of the sharp and zesty rye character with a very nice bitter hop profile following through on palate. The end result is a soft and inviting bittersweet ale.

The ale leads to an almost abrasive mouthfeel but quickly retreats to a rounded, malty mouthfeel. The body is solidly medium with restrained carbonation.

Often with rye beers I have tried, the rye is not well represented, almost as if an after thought by the brewer. In this instance, the rye is prominently displayed in the flavor without becoming overbalanced. This dry and refreshing ale is dangerously drinkable at 6.6 ABV. I miss Glissade Bock, but I am very pleased with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:39:56 | More by jkrich
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-15-2012 01:37:20 | More by marct
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first rye IPA, it may grow on me (I hope it does I bought a 12 pack).
Apperance: Nice red clear color.
Smell: It must be the rye smell which I am not used to, but it smelled like it was skunked beer to me at first and I can't say I like the smell as times goes on.
Taste: Similar to the smell above, I don't have a taste for it yet and may never develop it (I will have to have a party to get rid of the 11 I have left?)
Mouthfeel: Not bad not too heavy, not too light.
Overall: This is my first 12 oz. bottle from a 12 pack. I have great respect for SN, but not sure this rye IPA is for me. I hope it grows on me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:33:13 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 00:35:51 | More by richbrew
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 00:11:32 | More by bigjohn
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 00:06:22 | More by Beertracker
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled late December 2011.

Pours a clear, attractive reddish amber, very brilliant. Head is creamy, with great retention all the way down.

Aroma is of spicy, earthy hops.

The flavor is full and malty, with a solid dose of bitterness and hops. Oily on the palate, with some rustic, tangy Rye notes that complement the spicy and woody hop flavor. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and smooth. Man, has Sierra Nevada perfected their bottle conditioning. Drinkability is above average for an IPA-style specialty grain beer.

Definitely an interesting IPA, though I think there could be even more hop flavor while still retaining the rye character.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:24:20 | More by dasenebler
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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