Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
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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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Ratings: 5,096 |  Reviews: 1,123
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

smell: piney, malty, resiny, bready... great smelling beer

appearance: amber with a slightly off white 2 finger head

taste: malt seems to take priority over hops, rye is present. I would describe this as a Kölsch meets a west coast IPA. Slight floral notes, with some caramel, but its the rye that creates a bready smooth aftertaste, not all that bitter. very refreshing.

mouthfeel: not overly carbonated, very smooth

overall: This may be one of my favorite Sierra Nevada's, it's very refreshing and smooth. This is a very unique "IPA"; The hops don't overwhelm, but neither does the malt or rye, everything is balanced. I will be buying this again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber body, with a huge, dense and fine-beaded cream-colored head, which retains quite well. The ethereal carbonation drifts slowly to the surface.

Aroma: Prominent, spicy rye and grapefruit hops utterly dominate the aroma. There are grassy notes as well, which are rather understated.

Taste: Opens with a surge of strong citrus hops and spicy rye. Mild pepper notes are present as well. As the taste progresses, some bread flavors appear. Finishes with a lingering, strong medicinal bitterness at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: The citrus hops utterly dominate this beer, overshadowing the spicy qualities of the rye. Would be more interesting with a slightly less heavy-handed approach to the hops.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

single bottle from WF

a: served in a wide belgian snifter, the beer is a medium reddish-amber in color, floating a slight ring and island of carbonation on its surface

s: lovely aroma - fresh hops push the sweet/acid of red grapefruit through a structure of sweet/spicy rye and pale malts with a touch of toast

m: the light-moderate body and refreshingly moderate, smooth carbonation make for a clean, pleasant mouthfeel

t: caramelized malt sugars and sweet/spicy rye contribute to a complex base as citrus peel hops provide a counter of acid and tropical flavors, a bitterness grows from about midway to reach its full potential in the finish, lingering with flavors of hop pulp and toasted rye, delicious

o: your typical SN ipa/pale - featuring a lovely hop/malt balance with a pungent NW hop profile and that almost indescribable, refined crisp-cleanliness that they do oh so well, there’s no waste or excess here - just plain ‘ol great brewing

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.2% out of 100 with 5,096 ratings
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