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

4,612 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,612
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 382 | 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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at for Pete's sake...
Poured in a pint, nice white head, laces well, color is nice amber very transparent.

Scent is mild malt, followed by a nice spices rye mixed with some citrusy hops.

Taste is very well done, clean, crisp, nice malt then overcome by the rye spice; hops and bitterness are there enough to make it feel like an ipa but the rye really comes through.

Mouthfeel is on the cloudy side, a little lingering bitter and rye spice, but expected.

Very nice rye beer, and even a nice ipa while it's at it

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GuttaMane138
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

32oz Growler. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a large rocky off-white head that leaves clumpy drippy rings of lacing and holds a very nice foamy cap.

Aroma is dank hops, marijuana, pine & grass, a bit of citrus, a lot of spicy rye notes, bread, a bit of caramel. Very good strength.

Flavor is grassy, citrusy, dank and resinous hops, strong rye notes, dark bread & toast, a bit of toffee & caramel, light sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very nice Rye IPA. Has a bigger Rye presence than any I’ve had before with a nice dank hop note. Tasty stuff.

Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and copper with a half finger head that fell off to to a thin skin on top. Some lacing. Nose is mellow but distinct with rye and while the malt is light on the nose they seem to be put together well. Some floral hops come up lightly like straw. As it warmed there was a little honey quality to the hops. Taste is delectable. Grainy malt, spicy rye, some grapefruit, and piney hops. Everything in balance with a creamy, smooth, sticky, piney, bitter hop finish. This was a substantial rye IPA , easy to drink and a vigorous tonic at that!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter. Bottled 1/31/12. 

Pours hazy chestnut with about 1 finger head that leaves occasional small dots of lacing. 

Dank hop aromas up front. Pine, sugar and some sort of malty/ bready smell I can't put my finger on. 

Tastes like piney hops and spicy roast bread. Kind of doughy with a long bitter finish. The hops are present the whole way through but never really dominate the flavor how I prefer in an IPA. 

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall not a beer I'll be going to in the future but I'm glad I tried it. The hops are there but seem to play second fiddle to that bold peppery malt thing it has going on. 

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One and a half inches of light tan colored and frothy head. The body is a transparent deep reddish brown.

S - Citrusy aroma with an earthy and subtle yeast accent.

T - Sharp and edgy hops with flavors of citrus, pine and grass nicely balanced against one another.

M - Coarse and abrasive throughout each pull.

~ I like this beer. It offers a slight dirtiness to a a great style. And I mean that in the most complimentary manner.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Beautiful light amber with a lumpy, off-white head that settles into a good lace but little head retention.

S: Malt and rye with a bit of hops. Nothing crazy.

T: Awesome. The spicy rye is a perfect complement to the amount of hops in this brew. Fantastic pairing with the Thai green curry I was enjoying. Malt presence is great and makes this beer very balanced.

M: Creamy, balanced goodness. Incredibly drinkable. Light carbonation.

O: SN hit the nail on the head. Amazing beer. What the style should be.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Tasted On: 03-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Gift from a friend

A: Clear, dark amber in color, with an off-white head 2 fingers high. Good head retention and very good lacing.

S: Big hop aromas of citrus and grapefruits, plus spicy and peppery smells from the rye malt.

T: Taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness, with citrus/grapefruit flavors and spicy rye. Caramel malts form a backbone to help balance the hops.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation. Aftertastes are spicy and bitter from the rye and hops.

O: Very good, thirst-quenching IPA from Sierra Nevada

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.