Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

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

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

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Photo of MikeWard
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of vkv822
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark orange with a foamy, craggy off white head with decent lacing.

The aroma is of piney, peppery hops, with a very faint earthiness perhaps?

Taste follows the nose, piney and spicey notes. Decent, but nothing too exciting.

A medium body, a good bit of prickly carbonation.

A decent beer. I probably wouldn't have guessed that rye was used. I feel it did add a slight peppery spice, but it could also be written off as hops I would think.

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Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out looking like deep UT orange with a slightly off-white head.

The namesake rye is right up there in the aroma. Basically rye bread. Then some citrus and floral going on.

Not really all that bitter at all. Lots of rye character to this. A little piney and citrusy. Medium, smooth, and dry.

If you want to know what rye is like in a beer this will show you.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep hazy amber/ruby color with a small white head along with some light lacing. Nose is earthy and hoppy, there is certain rye astringent bitter as well.

Taste is quite sharp, a nice strong bitterness with a earthy tone and some herbal vegital bits as well. Mouthfeel is a bit light but it's easy drinking and a good spring beer even though it doesn't feel anything like spring.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JDizzle
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

  Pours a pretty golden amber color that's a shade usually seen around sunset. Not much in the way of head, but the carbonation is lively. Aroma of spicy rye malt and sharp, floral hops, with notes of grass and a light caramel sweetness. Palate is hop forward with a nice sharp, spicy note from the rye. The flavors become more balanced and mellow on the swallow, with a hint of orange peel and caramel malt helping to offset the considerable bitterness, which lingers for a while on the finish. Body is lively and a touch creamy, a great vehicle for the flavors on display here.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clean and transparent with lots of bubbles. The color is a dark shade of bronze with a red tint to it. There is a decent sized eggshell-color head that leaves lots of lacing. It looks perfect.

S: Not much scent to it...I get a minor acidic smell to it (hope that makes sense) and a light malt scent.

T: It tastes very good. There's a light rye flavor to the beer which is good, and it is pretty rich on malt and has a light smokey character to the flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is really good. The malty character seems like it would slip this away from being any kind of IPA, but the rye seems to work perfectly with the hops to bring a kind of "pinch" effect on the palate.

O: Overall I liked this beer regardless of what style it might be considered. If you're a fan of foods that have a rich savory flavor, this beer would suit you. I liked it, and I would drink it again.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,092 ratings.
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