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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

4,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,387
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 293 | FT: 2
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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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J23hc

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into strait pint glass. Dark reddish brown with an orange glow. Awesome nose, lots of spice and rye. Taste has an admirable balance, not too bitter, the raw rye flavor shines through, a bit of sourness, cranberry. What a solid, drinkable brew. Not harsh, smooth, incredibly drinkable

01-18-2012 16:49:36 | More by J23hc
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foremdhall

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-18-2012 14:44:36 | More by foremdhall
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-18-2012 12:09:43 | More by BrewtalAlement
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-18-2012 09:10:20 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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tatums1984

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-18-2012 08:45:27 | More by tatums1984
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natemort13

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a transparent rubyish brown. Very strange coloring. Thin, slightly gray head that dissipates quickly.

MMMM, yummy nose. Lots of grapefruit. Pepper, lemon zest. very pungent hops.

Taste--very peppery, some coppery characteristics. Finish is pretty tame compared to the awesome hop character of the nose. Has this nice biting taste to it. Spicy hops, coppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light, seems very carbonated, doesn't stand up well to the big character of a rye beer.

Overall much better than I thought it'd be. I find a lot Sierra Nevada brews to be underwhelming. This one was much more impressive...as far as rye ipas go tho, I still haven't found anything that beats Red's Rye from Founder's and Cane and Ebel from Two Brothers.

01-18-2012 05:59:59 | More by natemort13
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Huntbuc

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-18-2012 05:20:03 | More by Huntbuc
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a clear orange-garnet with a 2 finger off-white head, leaving lace clinging to the top of the glass.

With the rye and the citrussy hoppiness, the nose has a massive fruity character- red grapefruit, black raspberry, baked peach, passion fruit- with hits of pine.

Medium bodied palate seems to be weighted a touch more towards IPA than rye- slick upfront with more ruby red grapefruit that lets the rye through on the finish, toasty, drying out with more spice and bread notes- lingering flavors of pepper and grapefruit.

Overall, a really nicely done rye brew. I think I like the styles that lean a little more to the rye side, but this piney SN take is pretty damn good. The peppery spice mingling with the tart red grapefruit on the finish really makes it for me.

01-18-2012 05:08:10 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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KidRagnarok

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-18-2012 03:55:28 | More by KidRagnarok
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-18-2012 03:51:49 | More by jacewg
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Another Sierra Nevada IPA in a 12 pack for 12.99? Score! This time with the addition of rye...

Poured into nonic pint glass.

A: pours a clear auburn with soapy white head, heavy lacing, moderate head retention

S: nose starts with waves of spicy rye and dank piney hops, there are resinous notes as well as a slightly roasted accent. The smell is somewhere in between Torpedo and SNPA with the additional quality of rye.

T: starts out with lots of bittering hop character, notes of pine wood and resin, this is followed by a sturdy rye profile which bring a savory quality to the surface. Finish is dry and bready. Nice flavors, the balance is skewed in the direction of bitter, I'm okay with that

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: another winner from Sierra Nevada. For the value, you can't really do much better if you are shopping for a hearty rye brew.

01-18-2012 03:51:38 | More by homebrew311
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DavidST

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled late Dec 2011. This pours a slightly dark amber, large foamy tan head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of hops, pine, a little caramel and some rye. The feel Is medium. The taste is great a nice bitterness, an earthy nice after taste, love it.

01-18-2012 03:37:14 | More by DavidST
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-18-2012 03:24:14 | More by SteelCityHops89
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mattbk

New York

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%

A: Dark copper or light brown color. Head is a light rust color. Very light head, although it does appear creamy. Looks fairly carbonated.

S: This had an interesting aroma, was it the rye? Light sweetness in the nose, with some grapefruit hops in the background. When I first smelled this I thought it was off, but after a bit I lost whatever I thought was off about it.

T: Very interesting. First thing that hits you is bitterness, both in the front and the back of the tongue. Then in the middle is the malt sweetness. I think the rye is the front bitterness with hops in the back. I feel that the bitterness is sort of high without a ton of flavor. The flavor I do get is grapefruit and pine. Just a little bit spicy.

M: Light-medium light mouthfeel. A fair amount of carbonation.

O: It is not a bad beer, but I don't feel that it is particularly well balanced. The carbonation is too high and leads to a bloated feeling pretty quick. There are lots of other IPAs I'd prefer.

01-18-2012 02:53:56 | More by mattbk
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange. Foamy, rocky bone-white head does not budge one inch. Clumpy lacing clings doggedly to everything it touches.

S: A hefty dose of rye. Earthy and spicy with a crusty, toasted pumpernickel rye bread scent. Hop scents are pithy, dank, and weed-like with citrus notes underneath.

T: Grapefruit hop bitterness opens, followed closely by a blanket of rye tastes. As in the nose, it tends toward strong spicy and crusty bread tastes. Citrus notes come mid-palate, and linger for only an instant. Hop flavors then shift to pithy, dank, and oily. Finishes with dank, pithy hops and grainy rye.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and oily from the rye. Fluffy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation further enhances the bite of the rye.

O: A bit heavy-handed with the rye. It has quite a bite. A little more balance would help. Not bad though. If you like rye, you won't have a problem. For those who aren't used to it, it may be a bit of a shock.

Notes: It's not a bad beer, though not anywhere close to the best rye beers. To tell the truth, I'd much prefer to have glissade back as the spring seasonal. Not sure why they made the decision to replace it, especially with something more on the radical side. I'm not sure this beer will be as widely appealing.

01-18-2012 02:50:32 | More by ryan1788a5
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%

A= Poured chest-nut brown/copper in color nice foamy white head that stuck around for awhile and left some really nice lacing.

S= Rye comes out of the nose and is pretty strong, I also picked up on some hops and a little bit of citrus notes.

T= Toasted rye is the main flavor in this one. I was surprised on how much hops came out in the flavor it was pretty hoppy which surprised me nicely.

M= Very clean crisp beer, good carbonation

O= Overall I enjoyed this beer wasn't to much to it but it still was a great beer and really enjoyed it.

01-18-2012 02:46:43 | More by LiquidBread219
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-18-2012 02:34:08 | More by GRG1313
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottled on 12/28/11.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal/pine hops. Taste is of malt and spicy/peppery rye up front with some very herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is an assertive spicy rye and herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with a very nice spicy and peppery flavor that I am enjoying. An awesome label to boot.

01-18-2012 02:33:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Florida9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Light brown in color, with a an orange tint. Clear. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces to just a skimming of surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Mild aroma of caramel malts, toast, rye, and a little brown sugar.

T: Taste is actually fairly thin, but it is very clean. Lots of toasty grains with a mild blend of citrus and spicy hops. An appreciable rye pepperiness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A rather mild, but very drinkable, rye beer. Clean and crisp, with a nice balance of caramel malts, rye, and hop bitterness.

01-18-2012 01:14:39 | More by Florida9
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip; dated as 2012 on the label. Clear copper colored body with a creamy two-finger off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citrus hop notes take the lead in the aroma. The rye comes along nicely with some very light sweetness.

Again, the hops are foremost in the flavor. Tastes like Summit hops are in there for sure to me. The hops produce a slightly grapefruit citrus flavor which binds to the spicy rye flavor nicely. Only a little sweetness in the end.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol at all. This is another excellent offering from SN. Not sure is this will be a regular, but I hope so. I'll have it again.

01-18-2012 01:02:02 | More by FanofHefe
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blastyaker

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Nice copper shade, head dissipates rather quickly but leaves lacey skin of foam crisp finish, Rye is definitely there good carbonation didnt finish growlerill next day. Not sure about the "Ruthless" part but would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

01-18-2012 00:27:03 | More by blastyaker
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

A- Red-brown, relatively clear with a thin white head.

S- Hoppy with a noticeable rye-grain scent. Like other SN beers the hops have a citrus smell to them.

T- Toasted rye is the main flavor with hops as the secondary, more of an herbal hop flavor but there is some of the citrus-grapefruit flavor present. Not the most bitter of IPAs

M- Clean beer with a pretty crisp finish. Moderate body with medium-high carbonation.

O- Decent for a rye IPA but nothing exceptional. This is what I have come to expect from SN...beers that are good but nothing special and don't tend to push the envelope, not that that is a bad thing but it just doesn't set them apart

01-18-2012 00:09:19 | More by Spiekerbox
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zoso1967

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Ruthless pours a gorgeous shade of copper tinged medium amber. The head is beige in color and while it fades disappointingly fast, it leaves crazy sticky lace and a thin skin of foam sticks around on the surface of the brew.

The aroma is a mix of earthy, spicy rye mixed with with some floral and lightly citrusy hops. This brew has some major rye going on though and it really dominates the nose. Some hints of bread and a slight tropical aroma are also present.

The flavor follows after the nose quite well with the rye being front and center. It is spicy and earthy with a definite rye bread sort of flavor that is accented by the citrusy hop flavors. The beer also carries a nice biscuity sweetness and some floral notes.

The body on this brew is medium in size with a light amount of carbonation that is perfect for style. It finishes fairly dry with the hops and rye lingering on the tongue long after swallowing.

Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable rye beer that goes down easily. It's no Red's Rye, but it is a beer that a would totally pick up a six pack of if I was in the mood for a rye beer.

01-18-2012 00:07:19 | More by zoso1967
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BelJen

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-17-2012 23:55:25 | More by BelJen
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-17-2012 23:34:25 | More by Kopfschuss
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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