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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
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
5,098 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,310
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
5,098
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
788
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,098 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, packaged on Dec. 30th if I'm reading the date code correctly. The pour doesn't yield much of a head, but there is some lasting soapy froth. Dark copper, almost amber in color with high clarity. The smell of signature Sierra Nevada hops are apparent, much like the orignal Pale Ale itself. Sharp, piney notes from the hops are well paired with a grainy, rye cracker character.

The key to the flavor here is good balance. The hops are not over the top, and the bitterness is at a good solid level, building after the finish. This is not a sweet IPA. The rye malt is lightly-dry, with a peppery, biscuity taste, and only touches of fruit in the far background. I like that the alcohol is not even a factor here, and the drinkability is through the roof. The mouthfeel is crisp with a rather zesty carbonation. Not too heavy or too light in body.

This is a top notch ale from a brewery that never lets you down. I'm just wondering, what if this was a hard to find, special release? If Three Floyds was the name on it I bet the rating would be sky high. Just imagine if your local brewery did something like this. You would be pretty amazed. But this is par for the course for Sierra Nevada and I suppose most folks will just think it's decent. As for me, I'm going to drink alot of this while it's available...

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Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jroberts8811
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Nightrain87
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of lucasj82
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Clear coppery liquid with a thin smattering of beige that slowly dissipates to a minute collar.

Sour-mash aroma of rye is offset by a slightly floral note as well as hints of grassy hops and faint white pepper.

Tart citrus-laden palate entry with a second wave of rye crackers and a distinctive (two row pale maybe?) signature malt base. Moderate bitterness throughout which crescendos into the dry husky (slightly grainy) finish.

Light-bodied, prickly, yet a touch flat.

Less refined and more potent than I was expectiving from Sierra Nevada. The rye is allowed to shine through in an unadulterated manner. Surprised to see purity of ingredients win out (if only slightly) over balance, making for a more novel if not daring brew than you might anticipate.

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Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Blaze5445
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Philcassella
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (code 1351105:57) into a tulip. Pours a beautiful copper/amber color w/ a thick dense off-white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is floral, citrusy hops and slightly biscuity malt.

Taste is hoppy, a little spicy with a dry, bitter finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel, medium body.

Overall a nice refreshing IPA, another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was pumpkin colored, clear, and formed a two plus finger thick head, domed above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was typical West Coast IPA with grapefruit, and pine, but with a touch of earthy mustiness. The taste was very citric off the bat, providing a grapefruit and tangerine blast. The rye touch was light and presented itself as a minty, herbal presence. The body was medium dense, and the finish was creamy, with a lingering herbal note. Very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper color with a tan head that lingers leaving strings of lace as it settles.

S - Piney hop aroma with a good kick of spicy rye mixed and caramel malt background.

T - Citrus pith and pine with spicy rye and a caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy.

D - One of the better rye beers I have had. The rye is dominant but not overwhelming with a big hop kick.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,098 ratings
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