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:
No notes at this time.

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 lochef81
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's start by saying "I love rye ipas" and this is no exception. This pours a beautiful deep red color with a finger and a half of tan head that lasts throughout the drinking of the ale. The aroma is slightly hoppy but mostly strong with rye and malt. It Sips smooth and gloriously bitter but very dry. Possibly too dry for some. The flavor is earthy and heavy on the rye. Hops are present but not super forward. The finish is hoppier with pine and citrus present but still with a healthy amount of rye and malt underneath. Overall this is an excellent rye ipa and at a phenomenal cost. Pick one up while it's available. I'll look forward to trying again next year.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper which is nearly red with a finger of off white head that recedes to a small pool with some lacing
S: Smells of resinous and dank hop aroma and some spicy rye character
T: caramel malt sweetness, resinous hop flavor(tobacco?) and rye. floral hop flavor on the swallow with some sweet caramel malt and spicy rye
M: typical mouthfeel for the style with slightly prickly carbonation
O: A tasty IPA and a very nice rye beer.

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Photo of kew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass
03/06/12 notes

A: Pours a dark amber color with some really great clarity. Thick two fingers of soapy tan head displays decent retention and leaves some chunky globs of lace down the glass.

S: The nose opens up very herbal and grassy with a predominant spiced bread aroma. Light caramelly pale malts and some fruity yeast esters.

T: Taste has a light citrus and floral hop character with a nice upper-moderate bitterness level. Bready caramel malt and a good amount of peppery rye spice. Some hempy herbals in there. Hops are a little soapy at times. I imagine they dry-hopped the hell out of this one. Nice offering but does dance the line of being a touch harsh with the hop and spice combo.

M: Creamy texture with a light frothiness is real nice. Light to med. body. Upper levels of carbonation. Real dry crisp finish to it.

D: I appreciate the fact that SN was not candid with the Rye here unlike some other RyePA's that have you searching. Might be a bit much for others I think. The rest is that signature citrus hop and bready malt combo not much unlike Torpedo.
I liked but will probably stick with the Torps.

Cheers to SN for keeping it hoppy!

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of leftoverburrito
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours a dark copper body, with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Really good head retention and some decent lacing. This beer looks quite similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo.

S - The aroma is very citrusy (orange, grapefruit), with hints of caramel and bread.

T - First I get that signature Sierra Nevada hop bite, with zesty grapefruit and orange notes. Then come some apparent pepper notes, a slight sweetness, and a nice rye breadiness. The finish is fairy dry and bitter, with some lingering resinous qualities to it. As it was warms up, I'm starting to get even more rye bread and more sweetness, with a pronounced caramel taste.

M - Medium-bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Quite peppery, especially right after it's poured. Not boozy, but if you let it warm up enough, you might feel some alcohol esters.

O - This is my first Rye IPA, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. It's quite similar to their Torpedo Extra IPA, but with a more peppery and bready side to it. I hope they make it a regular seasonal release.

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

Pours an almost-clear, dark amber color with a medium, white head. Scent is that typical SN hop aroma with some grassy notes and spicy rye aromas. Light malt aroma as well. Taste is initially earthy with some lovely bitter hop flavors. Then there's some nice rye spiciness and grassy, floral flavors. Finishes slightly malty with some hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly chewy, with a dry finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is another solid, highly drinkable beer from SN.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Read about this beer at the end of last year (2011) and have been anticipating its release ever since. I was shocked to see the price on these - $14.99 at Vons for a twelver and $7.99 a sixer at most super markets and liquor stores (damn cheap).

A: Got into these at a buddies pad during the AFC championship game - just crushing em from the bottle, so I can't really give an accurate grade on appearance. I just averaged the score based on the other aspects of this brew.

S: Big time floral hoppiness (Cascade I think ???) with tons of earthy goodness, bran flakes or grape nut cereal, plum like esters and bready yeast.

T: Taste is hoppy as the nose insinuated - grassy citrus rinds with that classic malt character that Sierra so consistently replicates with each of their brews - toasted grain and sweet carmel nougat round this one out nicely.

M: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation for the style that lends a creamy aspect to the overall body, hop oils linger a while with an enjoyable bitterness after each sip.

Overall very tasty and extremely sessionable for a beer nearing the 7% mark. The rye is slightly less noticeable than say Nelson IPA (Alpine Brewing) or Reef Rye (Ballast Point), but still there and tasty, pushing this IPA into a different class than a standard West Coast IPA. Definitely something different yet still carrying that signature flavor that makes Sierra Nevada one of the most consistently quality produced ales in the game.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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