Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,092
Reviews:
1,122
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
784
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release

Appearance: A nice amber color with a decent light tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving good lacing

Smell: A very aromatic brew, consisting of spicy rye and piney, resinous hops

Taste: Starts off with some resinous hops, then moves to some rye spice, then a little pine hops, finishing with a little bit of malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, light to medium body

Overall: An excellent brew from Sierra Nevada. I'm rather happy to have it in my fridge right now!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat murky amber color but when held to the light it glows a bright orange, which is kinda neat. One finger off white head that faded quickly to a ring. Sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Pretty badass label too.

Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruit hops. Some piney resin like notes as well. Spicy.

Taste: Piney and citrusy hops bitterness. Spicy, bready malt. I like the way the rye malt works here, making it slightly sweet but adding some peppery spice characteristic. Also, a little soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Fruity, spicy, grainy, good bitterness and a pretty good mix of flavors. The rye works pretty well and adds a little bit of unexpected depth.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $1.54. Label art is sort of a cross between vintage breweriana and Children of the Corn.

Pours a dark shade of amber, taking on a more orangey hue when held up to light. Big, fluffy off-white head tht took it’s time dropping, leaving lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Hoppy, and yet surprisingly malty in the nose. I suppose that’s the rye malt making its presence felt.

The flavor of piney hops is perfectly matched by the rye malt’s sweet yet spicy, bready taste. In fact the hops are so closely matched by the malts, this could almost be considered a pale ale by my taste buds, were it not for the richness of the flavor.

Medium bodied, with a resiny yet slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A very drinkable beer, and one I wish I had more of right now. Tastiest beer I’ve drank all week

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruthless Rye IPA pours a Copper-to-burgundy colour along with a beige crown which doesn't stay for long but rather dissolves into the brew below.

Smell: Upfront acridity, pine, resin, you name it -- it's got it! For those familiar with Surströmming (fermented herring), it's got that sour smell to it, despised by a many, but loved stronger by the few! Local patriotism beside, vinegar could be a fitting description as well. Obviously some rye bread springs to mind, that somewhat sweet, yet sturdy characteristic with an almost apple-like sweet 'n' s' sourness to it.

Taste: A raisin-like sweetness is the first thing to strike the taste buds, furthermore a bready maltiness comes forth. Yet, they are both overpowered by a poignant and spiky zestfulness- accompanied by spicy bombardments. However, the last thing to strike the tongue is a metallic taste, and that's never a good thing in my book.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, medium full body with an alert carbonation.

Overall: Nice, and a bit more rustic than your average AIPA. Other than that, above the cut, but not cream of the crop.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's to a four day weekend. I feel like a picked a very good beer to kick it off.

The reddish brown color is perfect for this rye-PA. The foam on top was very light with big bubbles. It died down pretty quickly.

I like the hoppy top on this beer. It blends perfectly well. There is a great dose of flowery and grapefruit.

The flavor wasn't as balanced as the nose. The rye is very present, but it doesn't work very well with the hop flavor. And the bitterness makes sense based on the style, but it doesn't exactly play well.

This is a good beer. I like that Sierra Nevada took a risk with rye.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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