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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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4,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,376
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 65
Gots: 289 | 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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Photo of scotorum


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Purchased two bottles in a mixed sixpack to try before sinking more money into a reasonably-priced twelvepack.

Nice graphic of hooded woman overlooking pastoral grain and floral scene.

2014 on the neck label. Bottled 12/17/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear copper with an enormous multi-inch tall white head which receded excruciatingly slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Slight fruit.

t: Moderate strength hops forward over spicy malt base. Dry finish.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: Excellent rye IPA, drinks so fast you are surprised when it's all gone. Will be looking for a twelvepack.

UPDATE !/21/14: Had the second bottle with dinner tonight and afterwards as I was finishing it was struck by the peppery spice flavor from the rye, which was more pronounced than on any other rye beer I have had yet. Definitely will buy a twelvepack next time I see it, which hopefully will be tomorrow. Already made room for it in the basement beer storage shelves.

01-18-2014 00:53:46 | More by scotorum
Photo of rapidsequence


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle. Psyched to find at this at Kroger. 8 something a six pack I think.

Appearance: Another total beauty in the looks department from SN. Perfectly clear copper. Thick head of tightly packed, medium sized, off white bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Nice combination of spicy, peppery rye and grassy, citrus hops. Well balanced caramel malt backbone. Good.

Taste: Very assertive rye spice and pepper and a fairly seriously bitter hop bite. Citrus pith and fresh grass. While the aroma is not a sloucher, the flavor is really in your face. Lasting bitterness and pepper. Really good.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, but somehow it feels a little thin. Just a little.

Overall: This is a great beer. Assertive flavor and relatively low alcohol.

01-19-2012 02:00:05 | More by rapidsequence
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2012 00:35:51 | More by richbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-15-2013 18:16:00 | More by rxthree
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 20:10:47 | More by Sazz9
Photo of IronLover


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Orangish-brown in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a stiff, rocky foam that never disappeared (do I drink too fast?) and left chunks of sticky foam on the glass. An interesting and complex combination of rye bread, tangy citrus and light pine hop aromas that allow just a touch of maltiness to sneak through. Medium bodied with a thick smooth feel. Much like the aromas the flavors are complex and very unique. The first flavor that hit was like the first time I bit into a rye bread seed, a bit spicy and grainy. A combination of ripe citrus and light pine hop flavors followed with a sweet caramel malt backbone fighting through. The more I try beers with rye malt the more I wonder why it isn’t more common. Finished semi-dry with a light spicy, pine hop bitterness.

01-28-2012 20:49:03 | More by IronLover
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-24-2012 02:46:44 | More by JSchock7
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-20-2012 01:06:01 | More by illini4x4
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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

07-25-2013 20:18:52 | More by mwar
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2014 20:51:10 | More by jroberts8811
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-13-2013 16:04:59 | More by Mersh
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-08-2014 17:02:16 | More by psmith161
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-06-2013 01:38:23 | More by Kenai4
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-22-2013 10:15:46 | More by browniewithnuts
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2014 22:35:25 | More by fehrminator
Photo of kevanb


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

This rye IPA from Sierra Nevada pours a deep amber color, lots of caramel hues along with some garnet and burgundy colors when held to the light. A nice ivory colored head sits atop the glass, very nice retention and really nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is pleasant, citrusy and grassy, reminiscent of lemongrass, is the first impression. Rye is definitely there complimenting the lemongrass with some earthier spice-like aromas, backed by a nice grainy malt presence that the rye also compliments, very well rounded aroma. Nice earthy flavor profile, a lot less citrus in the hop flavors but replaced with nice coniferous flavors. The rye is again a big player, much stronger, some caramel sweetness that plays off both the rye and the malt comes through at the finish. The body is a bit soapy, a little juicy, but still has a decent dry finish, and amply carbonated.

Verdict: A nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada, not sure I’d say it’s better than Torpedo, but it’s got a nice mix of flavors that makes for a solid hoppy beer with a little something extra.

01-29-2012 22:04:50 | More by kevanb
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-03-2012 20:07:18 | More by briandaube
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on: Dec 11th 2013

A: Pours a clear dark amber with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Sweetness, spicy rye, citrus, subtle piney bitterness.

T: Lots of rye spiciness and hop bitterness right from the start. I also get some citrus rind flavors. Nice balance of hops with the rye base.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, average drinkability.

O: Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Better than most massively produced IPAs for sure, but Id prefer regular SN Pale, Torpedo, and Celebration all to this one. Very much worth a try though if you want to mix things up.

12-28-2013 23:05:19 | More by zac16125
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-05-2012 02:21:37 | More by mattparsons
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

10-02-2013 19:24:06 | More by zbooks
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a clear amber/orange with a big white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smells like fresh citrus fruit peel, mainly grapefruit. Some bready, musty rye and interesting sourness.

Taste is also very citrusy with lots of bitterness. Rye comes through in pungent yet welcomed tang. Not much sweetness or backbone to speak of.

Fairly light body with biting carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

Pretty good overall. Decent release from SN.

01-21-2012 01:36:08 | More by TheMultiYeast
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-26-2014 12:52:16 | More by udubdawg
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-27-2013 04:48:15 | More by BigGingDrinker
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-25-2013 00:28:55 | More by brheuer
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-01-2013 15:56:06 | More by lonewolfcry
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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