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

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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a brown color with red tones, the off-white colored, 1-plus finger head leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Carbonation is evident in this sturdy looking beer.

S- To me, the citrus hop aroma takes a big back seat to the pale and rye malts and the peppery spices. Some breadiness, woodiness, sweet fruit.

T- Big rye and pale malt profile, some caramel sweetness and lots of peppery spice. Citrus hop notes offer balance to the maltiness.

M- An agressive, full body. Good carbonation, some hop zing and a long spicy finish. This is a 'big beer' in flavor and feel.

O- More of a rye pale ale to me than an IPA, but that's no knock on this beer, I like it a lot. The malts and rye and pepper flavors trump the 55 ibus to my taste, the abv is also just right for drinkability.

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Photo of Ankur
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of purdueracer
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible beer. It has a unique flavor profile. It hits you hard with the hops and the rye. It finishes with a really nice dry aftertaste. It's a beer that you enjoy for a minute when you're done drinking. It is one of my favorite beers.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of katybee
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I chose this beer style based on previously trying another brand, Bear Republic's "Hop Rod Rye". I'd have to say I prefered the other version which was a bit more malty and sweet.

But Ruthless was definitely strong and flavorful, with perhaps more of a citrus hop punch, and a kick like Lagunitas' Hop Czar. Peppery, medium-bodied, a little chewy on the palate. It actually seemed a bit stronger than the abv shown here. Plenty to savor through an evening, with much more character than an ordinary Pilsner. Just not the sweetness or maltiness I detected in the other brand.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper/clear. Pinky's worth of head that sticks around. Nice amount of lacing.

S-Citrus and malts. Smells like a West Coast IPA, with a slight bready note.

T- Citrusy, with that classic Sierra Nevada piney flavor. Spicy hop presence is unmistaken here! The rye has this toasted quality to it. Hop bitterness is strong on the initial sip, with a dry aftertaste after a while. I think the finish could be less! That's my main gripe. The flavor are quite good, but they mingle in the mouth for too long.

M- A very easy drinking IPA, although it's not a light mouthfeel. Smooth and clean. Very refreshing. Carbination is on the light side.

*-Overall this is a very good IPA. Is it anywhere near my favorite, no. To me, this would work better as a fall IPA, not spring. I'd like something lighter in body and not quite as hop forward. I don't think this beer has a good malt-hop balance. But still, nice beer overall.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a somewhat cloudy copper with a hazy straw hue on the edges. There was a relatively thin layer of head that did not retain well, but left nice lacing anyway. I really didn't get rye notes in the nose; rather, mild hops come across. The spice of the rye really comes out front in the flavor profile. Dry bitterness provides a very enjoyable finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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