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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

bcunning82, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bsekol, Feb 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

mjrex77, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

MammothTarantula, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Shibby38, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been trying quite a few IPA's lately and although many of them are seriously great beers, I know I can always count on Sierra Nevada to give me what I am looking for. I am a huge Torpedo fan and I must say that I find the Ruthless Rye to be right up there with it and could definitely drink gallon after gallon of this stuff and be quite content, without the need to look elsewhere. Now, in my book, that is an excellent beer !!

Whitley, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Theoboley, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Scrapss
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the two bottles into a monstrous Ball jar with a huge mouth

A: Clear deep brown/orange with a hint of rouge. Huge, rocky 4 finger head that settles to a slender girls pinky. Some lacing falls from the top down, some carbonation wells up from the depths of the glass.

S: Sierra Nevada yeast is buried behind that huge spicy malty rye nose. There's that slight skunky hop, like a pale Euro, that peeks around the malt. Peppery, hint-o-lemon.

T: This is gorgeous. The experience is so different with heavy rye brews, since the heat and spice comes from the rye and dominates all gentle components. But, when that initial rye spike subsides, a cascade of bitters and floral notes rushes in like a tsunami, backed up with a citrus hop note.

M: Smooth and spritely and then puckery sweet/spicy/sourness at the very edges. Creamy carbo hit with a medium body.

O: When this comes to town, better believe I'll grab a 6'er. So good, I love rye anything and this does not disappoint.

Scrapss, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

wonothesane42, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

superdoopersauce, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Inglewood, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing Rye IPA! The color, smell, look...all say drink me. And then you do, greatness. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Perfect head that last most way throughout drinking, along with nice white bubble lacing. Great beer all around. Cheers! Side note, an odd but amazing food pairing is a nice cinnamon roll!

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ananddullabh, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

deansellers, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

beerkraft, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

CCory, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

meigs3, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Miles228, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage Bottle code 3351204 33 at 40 degrees into pint glass
Aroma light citrus
Head large (6.5 cm), white, creamy with a few large bubbles, slowly diminishing
Lacing good
Body light orange, clear
Flavor light citrus and spicey from the rye. Short lived. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, on the dry side, soft carbonation

A pleasant rye IPA, easy drinking

Ozzylizard, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

digitalflood, Feb 22, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packaged (12/12/13) Poured into a tulip glass, a medium red crimson colour, plentiful head, and tons of lacing, outstanding looking. 4.25
S – lightly acidic, some caramel, black pepper, lemony citrus, some licorice, lemongrass, interesting funkiness and spice. The rye really takes it into unfamiliar territory but the ipa character is there with some piney and citrusy hops. 4
T – a complex malt bill is evident by the range of flavours going on here, lots of spicy rye character, mixing with spicy hops, initial touch of sweetness then goes to lots of fruity notes, lemon, orange, biscuit, pepper. A bit of sourness but the bitterness from the (cascade I assume) really helps keep this balanced. Not an overly hoppy IPA but some nice grapefruit mixed with the pepper goes quite well.
M – creamy and balanced, moderate body and fair amount of carbonation, lots of malty notes and a fair peppery feel, tart dryness on the finish keeps it light and refreshing.
--- Smell develops really nicely, taste is smooth, with complex rye spiciness, I took awhile to warm to this, the acidity initially is quite dominant, but it really lives up to the typical SN complexity, balance and depth. A lot of thought went into this and it shows well. Worth trying out, good showcase of the rye malt here. Refreshing as well as intriguing, one of the better rye beers i can remember having. Tart and spicy on the nose, flavourful and balanced body with a strong malt base, again more spicy than bitter, with a good finish to tie it together.

mick303, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Oidmoe, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

drdiesel9483, Feb 21, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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