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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

4,564 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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Ratings: 4,564 | Reviews: 1,051 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

chet4, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mattsdenney, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Richard-Carla
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer. While I really like IPAs, I've never had a rye IPA that I've really liked. And, I'm not a big Sierra Nevada fan. But, this beer challenged both of those beliefs.

After having this beer in a bar, I bought a six pack and have been enjoying it at home. The smell is a bit coppery, but the beer itself tastes great--a hoppy, balanced, bread-like taste that is easy to drink and truly enjoyable. It's not the best beer that I've ever had--by far--but it is a solid beer that I'd seek out and have again.

Richard-Carla, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hop_devil, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of nikhilshetty007
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

nikhilshetty007, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerBuzzGuy, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Johnny_Duck, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SD-Alefan, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper with thick lacy head this beer looks great. There's a faint smell of fresh baked bread on the nose so what's not to like there? Full bodied taste for the style there is just enough nuance to keep things interesting. The tug of war between malt / rye "breadiness" and hops is a draw. There is a bit of an aftertaste, but it's not unpleasant. This is an easy drinker and I could go for a couple more. Mouthfeel is spot on....creamy and rich. I picked this up as a single in a "build your own six pack" store and I'm wishing I would have grabbed a full 6 of these. Another good one from SN....not great, but VERY solid!

HarryPotHead, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Gemini6, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ssgunbond, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of JayMartin73
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear dark amber. Nice head with light lacing.
Smell: As expected hops dominate, but taper to a sweet smell of citrus and spice.
Taste: various combinations of malt, hops and spice are most noticeable. Hints of fruit and citrus enter. Rye is not too overpowering, but noticeable in the background.
Mouth: dry feeling with long lasting aftertaste. Good carbonation.
Overall: Good beer I'll look froward to during the season is available.
- Bottled/home tasting.

JayMartin73, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

maviola, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

CSeavey64, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep semi-clear copper color. A sea-foam cream colored head sits on too and doesn't want to recede. Nice webby lacing.

The aroma is both citric and fruity. Some spicy cedar-like woodiness as well.

The beer tastes like it smells. A nice spicy, woody rye body in the beginning. Some citrus rinds blend with faint tropical sweetness afterwards, with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium weight.

Overall, I hesitated to buy this. As usual, Sierra Nevada made a great beer in this.

JuicesFlowing, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

vmdominguez, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruthless Rye – Rye IPA (6.6%) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (California)

App: Pours a solid reddish brown with some golden inclinations to the outside of the glass. Dense, creamy beige head rises one finger and retains strong. A really good looking beer. Slightest hop sediment swirling in the glass. Lacing is impeccable.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma with a nose of grapefruit and earth, with some
slight alcoholic heat on the end. Considerable malt aromas as well come through mostly sweet with a slight toasted character.

Taste: Taste essentially follows nose, although much stronger. Foretaste is pure toasted malt which suddenly gives way to an earthy hops complexity that harmonizes nicely with the malt. Allowed to sit on the palate, the beer transitions to a more aggressive bitterness with hints of pine, and a citrus like astringency. Allowed to warm, hop bitterness mellows slightly, and the beer gains some welcome and balancing sweetness.

Mouth: Rye adds significant body to this brew which holds up well to the aggressive, drying nature of the hop profile. Alcohol is apparent and slightly drying, but heat is overall minimal. Carb is pretty heavy, but does well to compliment overall intensity.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Sifter. 2/18/14.

ZoomanCru, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

KCBeerNerd, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

prock180, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

blbarnett3, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kodt, Feb 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

gigoat, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Brandegee
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour into pint glass...about two fingers of foam that subsides into a persistent layer and lacing. An immediate waft of hop aroma hits during the pour and persists in the first taste. It's accompanied by a strong rye smell and the rye flavor is what dominates the tasting. This is a pretty raucous beer. Sometimes the rye and hop flavors fight a little and the finish is sharply bitter. But it's a pleasant beer and surprisingly drinkable.

If someone were to make a high gravity bitter, only with rye, this is sort of how I would imagine it. The hop aromas and higher ABV give it a nice edge. I would buy this again.

Brandegee, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Wortman1998, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Chiefy770, Feb 18, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,564 ratings.