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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

4,659 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 79
Gots: 423 | 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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy and floral hop aromas up front. Dark bread aromatics that provide a nice balance. Classically clean SN fermentation character that allows the floral hop notes to shine.

Appearance: Brick red pour with sticky off white head. Pillowy head that retains well.

Flavor: Spicy assertive hop notes up front. Earthy and leafy hop bitterness provides a good flavorful base. Some bread crust-like malt character serves as the foundation and provides a little balance. Balance is decidedly bitter but the crusty malt notes provide an interesting character that offsets all the hop character. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A nicely done, classically SN rye IPA. All I would expect from SN's version of a rye beer. Plenty hoppy with nice malt accents to keep it interesting and round out the flavor profile. Well done.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear copper/amber with a three finger off-white head.

S- Rye, citrus hops, pine hops, some nice earthy spice.

T- Follows the nose, rye and piney hops stand out, some citrus, bready malts.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A really nice beer, very happy I picked up a six pack. Pretty much what you would expect from Sierra Nevada, definitely will pick this up again.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: into a nonic pint, a patient center-pour produced a few fingers of tan head over a gorgeous crystal-clear medium amber beer with copper-orange highlights; excellent head retention allowed great lacing to follow the beer down

S: sweet chewy rye spiciness and herbal hops

T: great rye flavors suffused into the IPA hop profile - bitterness and rye bread, some sweet caramel-like hints, biscuits and spice, pine and resin hop notes

M: medium-to-light weight, sharp and clean on the palate and tongue, slight chew

O: seems to have gotten some middling reviews, but I felt that the goal here was to brew a rye IPA, and I don't see any fail points - you can clearly and cleanly taste the rye grain and all its flavors, while the bittering piney hops of an IPA also present themselves well - I'd call it a win, and i hope my review reflects that...

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my usual glass. Got a nice white frothy head on a medium rusty orange clear body.

Nose is IPA all the way. Hops and citrus with some spice.

Taste is quite hoppy with some malt, citrus and astringency. Pretty nice beer. The field is so crowded with the IPA offerings it is good but just does not stand out. Good drink though. Carbonation and mouth feel are quite good and overall worth stocking.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into tulip.

A- Clear amber orange with a two finger white head.
S- Skunky dry hopping is this beers game. Huge dry hopped aromas, somewhat bitter but very astringent. Some citrus flavors such as grapefruit and lime.
T- A pretty bold taste from this one. Lots of dark citrus flavors from the hops. Very astringent, you can tell this is a rye IPA but had I not seen what it was I probably wouldn't have guessed. A red ale backbone, pretty sugary.
M- This beer is not the easiest to drink but isnt going to fight you either. A bitter aftertaste for sure. Good carbonation.
O- Another excellent seasonal from SN, This is similar to their Torpedo but with a darker feel to it.

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3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear copper orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really excellent sheets of lace that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was pretty straight forward with a toasted light bread malt, a pine hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, rye and a bit of a peppery spice.

The taste was bold and powerful with a strong malty rye flavor and a touch of caramel in the beginning and the progressed into a malty, hoppy, peppery taste with a nice dose of rye at the end. The flavor lingered for a really long time with a good hoppy rye taste left behind well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a hoppy dry texture and a strong carbonation.

Overall a nice and strong spicy brew with a great hop overtone...

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,659 ratings.