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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Photo of rmargeson
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ScreamInJava
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is a beauty: deep amber with hues of mahogany and red beneath a huge, tight, white head. Sweet aroma of honeyed fruit, grapefruit and pine noticeable; very enticing aroma. taste begins sweet with a burst of hops bringing the palate to life; finishes with a spicy, peppery note. smooth mouthfeel with a substantial body, alcohol warmth comes through, especially as the beer warms.

this is a very fine IPA; I think I prefer it to SN torpedo IPA, because of the complexity. cheers!

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Photo of RayUF07
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jnance34
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear golden brown. Sudsy yellowish head retains as a film.

Smells of mild piney hops, rye and hemp.

Tastes of mild piney hops and rye. The rye is fairly mild.

Medium body with a light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good IPA and the rye is a nice touch, but it could stand to have more rye to it. You could be forgiven for not knowing the rye is there at all in the taste. That aside, solid IPA and worth trying.

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Photo of JohnF51
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mooseo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Clear deep amber with a massive frothy white head.

S - Earthy and piney hops, light citrus, a touch of sweet malt. A bit too subtle.

T - Fortunately, the taste is much more pronounced than the aroma. Strong pine, citrus, and spicy hops. Sweet grainy malt and rye blend in to lend balance. Finish is earthy with a slight bitterness and lingering bready flavor.

M - Creamy, medium bodied. Crisp, clean, slightly dry finish.

O - A nice, above average IPA. Super easy to drink with a solid hop profile and full malt body.

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Photo of BadgerRedAl
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jovo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jlipin8622
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kerrie
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must say, I missed the "IPA" part of the label since it was so small, and expected more of a red beer. That said, this is still pretty good.

A- A nice reddish/copper color. I got very minimal head, unlike the reviewer below me, and no lacing. Weird.

S- Has a slight IPA hop smell, but nothing too strong.

T- Tastes great and is very drinkable. Slightly hoppy but again, not too strong.

M- Very drinkable, not too thick or thin.

Overall I'm enjoying this but it's nothing special. I'd probably buy a single again if the mood struck but wouldn't commit to a whole 6-pack.

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Photo of rgille2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Trish
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BWH999
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of g_jenkins
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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