Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,094
Reviews:
1,122
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
787
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,094 |  Reviews: 1,122
Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hints of pepper, but could use more hops and a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, maybe reddish copper; head minimal and off white. Nose, a balanced hops blend, calm floral notes over some toasty maltiness. Taste: this is nicely balanced between hops and malts. Grows smoothly; the multiple malts and hops involved are so nicely balanced. Mouthfeel quite creamy for the style, also grows and subsides smoothly. For an IPA with the word "ruthless" in the name, this is so smooth & balanced. The hops are obvious yet somehow are never overwhelming. Given that the rye is significant to the identity of this beer, its unique aspects are nicely blended with the other ingredients & flavors. Well done.

Bottle poured into a nonic glass.

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Photo of anon
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmyoung0097
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of echris
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlennWB
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank a 2013 bottle in 2017. Ages well. Nice malty flavor after aging.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany clear body with fluffy off-white head, fine carbonation. Smell is robust spice, citrus, pine. Taste is bitter, powerful pepper and equal parts orange rind and pine. The rye is apparent, taking on a rye whiskey-like intensity, emboldened by the bitterness of the hops. Body is medium-full.
Ruthless is the very limit of how I would describe this. It was intense, but only slightly more than others in the rye category. Furthermore, for all its intensity, it failed to deliver on tastiness, rather being a middle of the road offering.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclerob
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of castortroy89
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pens1967
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Umdrunner
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured nearly clear light amber with thick white head that laced well. Scent was subtle, mostly malty, with light pine from the hops. Flavor was rye forward with spicy/peppery notes, hops contribute to pretty strong bitterness with malt backbone. Carbonation and mouthfeel is strong.

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Photo of lost_sailor
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tem3175
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of belgianvan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 96gpse
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoda22
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gamesjunkie
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wer34truh
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yet relatively dark, amber color with a large bubbly white head.

Smells prominently of malt and rye, with some hops and general sweet undertones.

Taste is surprisingly gentle, and this very much feels like an incredibly drinkable, yet fairly unsubstantiated, malt-heavy session IPA. With that said, there are some subtle and quite delightful notes of spices and herbs in the aftertaste.

I haven't had that many rye IPA's in the past, but the one's I've had I have not enjoyed. I'm certainly not blown away by this, but it surprised me by its accessibility.

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Photo of johnarush
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,094 ratings.
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