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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:
#7,273
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
5,098
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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105
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Ratings: 5,098 |  Reviews: 1,123
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

A: Finger and a half, very light tan head, copper color with some carbonation, nice lacing

S: Different kinds of hops, bready rye, earthy

T: Hops, spicy rye, dry finish

M: Nice carbonation, creamy/oily, feels less than 6.6% ABV

O: Good rye ipa, but I've had better, the appearance maybe put my expectations a touch higher, still good

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Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Glad that I remembered I hadn't reviewed this yet, I was working through my last bottle from the 12-pack I bought, and realized I was about to do something awful. It pours a beautifully hazy red-copper color with a large head. The aroma is fantastic, there's a great amount of spicy rye balanced with a very unique herbal, yet aggressive hop that works fantastically with the rye. The taste is also fantastic, the rye contributes such a great spiciness and just a touch of sweetness. Those flavors blend perfectly with the very unique hop flavor this beer has - it's hop forward, but not the typical citrus or pine hop you'll find in an IPA. It's a bizarre, yet delicious very strong herbal and earthy hop that blends fantastically with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is spot-on, and the drinkability is fantastic. It's probably the best rye beer I've had, hands-down. For this beer to be this affordable is just about unfair for the other beers on the shelf. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dental
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of petewheeler
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice clean amber with about an inch of foamy off white head. very hop heavy aroma full of scents of grass, pine, citrus (grapefruit), and a grape like smell to it. the taste is very bold! bitter up front from the hops and very roasted taste from the rye, a chocolatey hint to it, and a bit of a raspberry/honey overtone in the roof of the mouth. medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. this is a nice session ale for any season.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange color. A bit thin for something from SN. The head is thick and bright white. Good retention, it's got that classic IPA look where the top falls in on itself leaving a sticky lace in its wake.

You can smell it from across the room. It's all rye. Smells like a piece of rye bread is in a toaster.

I'll start by saying I'm not a fan of rye. I don't care for it in beer and I don't have the tongue for Scottish style beers. I love this. You can taste the chocolate and caramel malts working in conjunction with the rye for a nice balance. It's very balanced until the finish where the hop flavors win out.

Early on it's not much of an IPA. It's got a heavy feel. Then towards the finish, the bitterness kicks in, it becomes lighter, and leaves a sticky coat of hops on the tongue.

Another classic from Sierra Nevada. It's easy to drink, it's got decent alcohol, it's not very expensive. There's nothing not to like.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A brown color with a decent haze on it. Head is about two fingers, and stays at one throughout most of the glass. Lacing, at least at the start, is very nice.

Smell: Holy interest. The rye with the citrus creates this fantastic aroma that I'll have a hard time trying to describe. Really, in order of the prominence, it's a dirty, woody, piney, citrus aroma.

Taste: Not too unlike the smell, to be honest. For an IPA, I'm getting loads of malts on the front and back end of each sip. This screams Spring or Fall beer, for me. It's definitely a rye beer, but it's hard to say this is an IPA. There are some bitter hops on the finish, though, so I guess it's not completely far off. The finish is dry, and, as I said, bitter on Ruthless Rye. Despite its dry finish, Ruthless Rye remains super drinkable, and somehow refreshing. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor at all either. The feel on this one is right where it ought to be. It's carbonated quite well, but it's not carbonated to the point that it feels harsh on the tongue.

Ruthless Rye is just a great beer. To be honest, I'm surprised it "only" has an 88 rating. I really think I like this beer better than my hometown Red's Rye by Founders, though I haven't had it for quite some time. Definitely pick this one up.

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

When I poured this beer, it has a nice copper body with not a lot of head to it. The smell has a nice hop and citrus smell to it. The taste has a nice bitter hop flavor up front. Also has a nice peppery taste to it, with a hint of rye. The mouth feel is nice with a weird after taste to it. Overall this is a really good beer and i would buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque burnt orange (or as my wife called it, "smokey amber." a tan half-finger head; some bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus, piney hops, grapefruit.

T: A rye/ hop mix that doesn't offend. Grapefruit, peppery. A dry finish.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Tangy.

O: Very enjoyable. Hops are not over the top. The rye addition really smooths out the taste. Recommended.

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Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep orange with copper leanings. Head is a dirty white, rocky and drops to a thin cap in short order. Nice clumps of lacing and notches as the beer goes down. Perfectly clear.

Smell: Spicy rye is up front. Grainy. Hops are citrus and more citrus, but offer a nice balance to the in your face rye explosion. Some hints of caramel in the back, but the rye
doesn't let it through easily. Malts are heavy, but they have to be.

Taste: Grapefruit rind mixes with rye. Citrus and rye make an interesting compliment. Spiciness from the rye is aggressive, but not overpowering. Malts bring a nice sweetness to the finish and round it all out with a clean biscuit flavor. As it warms, the rye and hops blend together and create a unique flavor dynamic. It almost comes across as earthy at times. Mint.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. Delightfully middle of the road.

Overall: One of the most in your face uses of rye I've ever encountered. It's the deft IPA I would expect from Sierra Nevada slammed with a solid helping of spicy rye for added
character. Drinkability runs a little on the low side.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition. 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: very bright, very orange hue. head is frothy and bright white. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: piney hop aromas intermingle with a very obvious rye malt. aroma leads me to believe either cascade or centennial hops were used. *just checked online, i was wrong.

T: assertive hop bitterness up front. a little bit of honey. tons of spicy rye right after and long into the finish. a little bit of pine/citrus bitterness combines with that rye spice.

M: moderate/vivid carbonation level on a very medium body.

D: chewy and flavorful, this brew really combines the right amount of balance between rye and hops. definitely a welcomed addition to the SN seasonal lineup.

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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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