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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
88
very good

4,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,564
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 358 | FT: 1
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%

SellaBro1, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of adamf880
5/5  rDev +28.9%

adamf880, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of RustyTide
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RustyTide, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

gkunkle, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

gtermi, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MattyG85, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

tat2dhllblly, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ng85
4.5/5  rDev +16%

ng85, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of IlludiumQ36
4/5  rDev +3.1%

IlludiumQ36, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cbutova, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Satchboogie, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

infi, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

drewone, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of nukem5
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 .

nukem5, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

BeerDawgs, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jwale73, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden copper color with a good sized white head that persists and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of garlic, green onion, and pepper mostly. There's a faint bready malt down there somewhere, but this one is all hops. Taste is more garlic and onion with a bit of spice and pepper. Little to no malt to be found. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice rye IPA but a bit vegetative for my tastes. I could drink these, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek these.

johnnnniee, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a foamy cream colored head.

Aroma gets off to a loust start with a rubber cement character that subtly mellows into an herbal leafy hop smell. Saved.

The flavor is decidedly herbal, leafy, soapy, earthy hops with some rye spiciness poking through on the mid - palette and finish - beneath all those herbal hops.

Medium body with a bitter hop finish that reprises all or most of the previous aromas and flavors - even the rubber cement.

My crystal ball is cloudy on whether this will go over big or not, so maybe spring 2012 will be your only chance to try this. I enjoyed mine with Wildspitz cheese, green olives and a baguette. I took a gamble and it worked out.

dedrinker, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SammyB, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of wrycon
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very clear amber. Really clear - like the lovechild of an amber and a West coast IPA. A lot of rye in the nose. Smells similarly to their Northern Harvest, but with some lighter pine undertones. You can catch some citrus on the top, as well. Hmm, this is interesting. Quite thick to start with no real identity. Then the rye, grain and bread notes explode and make it taste almost like an American lager. The pine notes push their way forward on the back end and try to substantiate the IPA claim. I'm not catching much citrus, just a lot of pine and rye. It's ok, but nothing I'd regularly drink.

Like it? It's OK

wrycon, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

awdturboiv, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

tfidler, Jan 21, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,564 ratings.