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%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Pours orangish deep amber in color & quite crystal clear appearance. White, close & creamy, lasting crown. Moderate mildy malt to the nose while intense citric hop with piney touch completes underneath the aroma profile. Slightly grainy & spicy flavor, subtle resiny notes.Gentle bitterness. Flavorful medium body, soft carbonation. Rye provides a funny dry finish rounded by smooth hoppiness .Fruity hues on the aftertaste. Well balanced, refreshing & drinkable. Expect an odd beer not just a regular American IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of phishsihq
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA pours a deep copper color, topped by a big off-colored white head and decent lacing. Soft citrus notes quickly give way to peppery aromas and hints of rye. As with the nose, citrus hop flavors open up the pallet before being overtaken by spicy rye flavors. The rye starts mellow at first but slowly rises throughout the finish. Medium bodied and carbonated, Ruthless Rye is an interesting take on an IPA, and was much better then we were expecting (we are not the biggest rye fans)!


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Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Draft at Bj's Escondido.

A: Amber with a finger of beige foam. Lots of lacing is left behind. Nice color.

S: Pronounced rye bread with some biscuit. Hops impart a pleasant blend of pine, grapefruit, and orange with light floral notes. The aroma gives the impression of balance with a strong showing from both the hop and malt sides of the ledger.

T: Rye bread blends with biscuit and a balancing citrus hop presence. Lightly spicy. There's a little orange flesh with stronger grapefruit rind notes. The beer is almost balanced, but the hops have a slight edge, imparting a moderate bitter.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A well crafted rye IPA.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a clear burnt orange placid body with minimal head that fades quick. 

S:  Heavy dose of rye, spices, pine resin, lemon and a faint grapefruit aroma. 

T/M:  Hearty rye, bready malts, with a refreshing background of lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Nice effervescent tingle with a dry finish of fruit rind and pine that is quite tongue numbing.  

O:  This really showcases the rye with a combination of well meshed flavor profiles. Nice and hoppy but smooth and easy to drink. Leaves your mouth wanting more. 

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz American pint during happy hour in central Kona on the Big Island.

This beer appears a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid meshed wall of lace as it lolls about before sinking out of sight.

It smells of mild citrusy and piney accented hops, some spicy, grainy malt, and a faint floral fruitiness. The taste is patently bitter citrus rind, pine resin, a bit of lemon/lime fruitiness, and the bready (a blend of rye and sourdough) kind of biscuity malt.

The bubbles are fairly zippy, but play along well, the body a tremulous middleweight, and a bit too internally assaulted to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes still in the edgy, bitter hop universe, the titular malt features rendering much less of a lasting impression.

A good (rye) IPA, sure, but it 'suffers' from that Sierra Nevada affliction - that of characteristically damned (and equally heavenly) hoppy offsets. While it's a shame that it overrides the rye adjunct here, somehow that just doesn't bother me all that much right now, go figure.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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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 Deconstructionis
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. the only other Rye ale I've had is Hop Rod which I also like but have not seen in ages.

It's a coppery light brown with a nice head and an orange cast if held to light. There is a hint of rye in the smell but not as much as in the taste; a pleasant clean hop aroma is more pronounced. It tastes amazingly like a slice of good rye bread. If you like rye and american pale ales you can't go wrong with this beer. I would warn that if you're not a fan of rye you probably won't like this. It's a great beer with food but eminently drinkable on its own.

Overall, I give it very high marks but, again, it's probably not for everyone.

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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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