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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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87
very good

4,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,450
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 321 | 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%

JimmyDean818, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

stacy00killbore, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Aknight90, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of puckee
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can you really review a beer without considering its price?

Most Sierra Nevada beers are an outstanding value. The legendary (and over-hyped) beer in my area is Surly Abrasive. Great beer, but way too expensive. Hopslam? Outrageous.

Ruthless Rye has a ton of flavor. Nice West Coast hops. Earthy. Dare I say umami?

If you want flavor and richness without the high alcohol and without a high price tag, check this out. One of my go-to beers.

puckee, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Okierat
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of grapefruit,/citrus. Spicy/peppery notes from the rye. Pours with a copper color, clear. Off white head laces on glass. First sip is a noticable bitterness along with the grapfruit notes. Spicy chararcter is notiable but plays a background in this beer. Would like to see a little more rye character. Bitterness is upfront malt is light and takes a back seat. First impression was not the best but as I finished the pint the mote I liked it.

Okierat, Feb 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

gofastshoes, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of bsiri85
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a homebrewer and have been debating whether or not to brew up a RyePA. When I decided I was just going to do it, the wife said I wasn't allowed to until I tried one. So I set out to find one. They aren't very common but I was fortunate that Sierra NV's Ruthless just came out.

A-Deep goldeny delicious looking.

S-Confident hops. It's not really the feature of the brew, but its there to support the malt in a strong way.

T-It's a tastation!!! It's tastatic!!! Very addicting. Light but malty, and the rye is a unique twist. Very obviously rye, but it feels right.

M-Smooth and clean. Easy to drink. Very addicting beer. You want to keep sipping it.

O-This is the best seasonal from Sierra NV. I'm really glad they have decided to add this to the lineup. It's a great beer to drink when you just need a good beer. Seasonally, I think it could work year round even.

I am now confident that a homebrew RyePA is in order.

bsiri85, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

SlenderArrow, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

IMHammert, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Jdurfey, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Chad
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Truly ruthless this beer needs to mellow out a little for me to enjoy it. I am all for complex beers with many different ingredient lending themselves to a well put together final product, but this beer is a bit too much. Pours Beautifully with a nice lasting two finger head. The aroma is very strong, smelling of pine and rye. The flavor is surprisingly potent for an amber beer, it would seem more suited to a darker beer. All in all this beer is like pouring half a bottle of cumin on your taco, Cumin is great but don't over do it.

Chad, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Corey, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bluebeer317, Feb 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

gamer201, Aug 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Craig01890, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of akuczero
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Very deep amber/ almost brown with offwhite head

Smells of citrusy hops and some hearty grain

Taste is very balanced being slightly hop forward but fading quickly to a grain aftertaste

Nice full mouthfeel with good carbonation

I really like this beer and will drink quite alot of this over the next few months

akuczero, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of purdueracer
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible beer. It has a unique flavor profile. It hits you hard with the hops and the rye. It finishes with a really nice dry aftertaste. It's a beer that you enjoy for a minute when you're done drinking. It is one of my favorite beers.

purdueracer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mjr5052, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Waddles22, Jan 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Mguerinot, Feb 11, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Rye beer I've tried I think.. But so far so good.

A- considering it's in a bottle and I'm not gonna pour it out just to see it, this makes a this part a little difficult. But... I did pour just a sliver into a glass and it had a nice copper color.

S- the smell was good but there wasn't a lot there. I'm sure if I had a glass I would've enjoyed the smell more. But from what I did pick up, I could tell it was going to be a stronger first taste than I thought.

T- the first taste was spicy (if that's how you use that term). Definitely a little kick. Once that taste starts to leave you get hit simultaneously with a bitter orangey flavor that is just amazing.

M- once I was able to give my mouth a tour, it was just dieing for more! All of the flavors work well together.

O- so far, Sierra Nevada hasn't let me down. This is definitely a very great brew. I would have no problems buying a six pack or suggesting this to friends and family.

RocketRaccoon88, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mistermoosey413, May 12, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Vineyard to start off the weekend. Poured copper coloured with substantial off white head. Didn't really pay too much attention to the aroma as I was too keen to taste it. Great mouthfeel with a good balance of hop and malt. Nice head retention and lacing. Definitely should have bought more!

Dextrose, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mklatsky, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

rm0208, Feb 12, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,450 ratings.