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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Ratings: 5,094 |  Reviews: 1,122
Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WEBBEER
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer didn't disappoint, it poured a deep copper color with a very rich frothy head, long lasting lace clung for the entire 12 oz. serving.Smell of fresh grass, bread and citrus. Nice alchohol viscosity. Super malted, hoppy flavour with a hint of the rye. This I will try again.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FEUO
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dertyd
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pourd out of a 12 oz bottle a orange auburn color with a thin head that lasted a wile

S-a verry bitter skunky smell not to much hops more of a sour grainy smell

T-wow!!! Was not exspecting that at first it tasted like a light hoppy ipa and then all of a sudden boom I got hit with the rye this is my first rye beer and I think I am in love lol

M-mouthfill was nice long lasting taste in mouth kinda dry filling but its not bad at all

Overall this is a really goood beer I will buy plenty more of this and the lable has got to b one of the coolest I've seen

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Photo of Roose13
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Deep, transparent orange. Really cool to look it. One finger head and beautiful lacing all the way down.

S: Rye bread, piney, citrusy

T: Similar to the smell. Rye, pine, pepper. Bitter in the end.

M: Very crisp but dry. A bit chewy.

Overall: I love this beer. SN's winter and spring seasonal brews are amazing

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SerialHiker
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent caramel amber brown color…a thin layer of off white, tiny bubble head formed and remains…nice lacing…(3.75/5)

Smell: Tons of peppery rye up front…floral hops bitterness, citrus, cereal grains, pale malts…very well rounded aroma…(4/5)

Taste: Much like the nose…peppery rye up front and throughout…pale malts, cereal grains and some hops bitterness coming through in the middle phase…finish has subtle citra hops flavor…it’s got a nice sweetness about it…very drinkable and flavorful…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation…watery, crisp, refreshing…finishes with a mild spicy bitter dryness…(3.25/5)

Overall: A very sessionable brew…it’s got nice peppery flavor that’s complimented perfectly by pale malts and cereal grains…I was surprised to see that the citrus flavor involved here comes from citra hops, which seems to be infecting every new or seasonal beer coming out right now…no sign of the 6.6% ABV, a credit to the brew’s dynamic flavor…this beer has grown on me since I opened it and I’m glad I have another in the fridge…I found the flavor to be more abundant and peppery as it warms…yum! (4/5)

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of silverking
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours a slighlty hazy copper with a light tan head. Head retention is excellent and the lacing is very nice after the head flattens out a bit. It smells grainy and spicy with strong notes of pine and citrus. The taste is citrusy, piney and bitter. The finish is bitter with some nice peppery spice from the rye. It has a nice crisp clean mouthfeel with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Highly recommended.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,094 ratings.
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