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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
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5,098 Ratings
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: 5,098 |  Reviews: 1,123
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly light amber. Much lighter than I was expecting. Thought it was a black rye. Guess not. Clear, low carbonation. Lightly tanned thin head. Looks very quaffable.

Not a hop bomb by any stretch but nicely balanced; perfume hop character, some gentle rye spice. Very nice, but certainly not ruthless.

A bit more aggressive taste. Nice sharp hop bitterness and good peppery rye character. Seems to come on in a wave rather than a quick jab which makes it very approachable or what it is.

Well, hardly surprising this is a well made beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. Enough so that it's not watery but not too much that it gets heavy by the end. As for drinkability, it finishes clean enough that the rye doesn't build up and overload the palate with that spicy character. Drink it at a reasonable pace and just keep on drinking.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unused to style.

Pours dark gold/copper, one finger head hangs around along time. Nice. Great lacing.

Aromas are hop driven. Strong and dry.

Taste is dry and hop driven. Citrus and pine in the mix.

Mouthfeel slightly oily - not a lot of carbonation.

Overall, one of SNs better efforts. May have travelled better than others I have tried.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark haze orange brown colour with thick 3cm fluffy off white head white resides to a 10mm off white covering over the top of the beer. some carbonation present.

S: lots of hay and rye along with peach and apricot in the background.

T: quite bitter this one with some astringent flavouring in the back pallet. peach is the main fruit present here. drinking this a lot is happening, a near over power rye taste but fades into a neat bitterness. allowing this beer to raise in temperature really accentuates the flavours. apricot is a definite feature in this one. not a huge deal in terms of the malt side of beer but enough to make it so it isnt unbalanced in an unreasonable fashion.

M: i found this to be reasonably heavy with a mid strength body but smooth. quite harsh bitterness swarms around the mouth but nothing hugely exaggerated.

O: a really nice beverage and something i could drink more than once. appearance for me was the outstanding factor and looking at it made me want to drink it. nose a little on the average side but definitely not empty and taste is one that lingers. good beer all up.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark copper with creamy white head. Looks delectable, especially the juxtaposition of the deep amber and fluffy, creamy head. Great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hoppy, mainly pine and a bit of citrus, up front, with lots of peppery spiciness and bready malt coming through. Nice. Not just a Pale Ale, the rye actually comes through a good bit.

Taste: Up front there is a good mix of bitter hoppiness and rye spiciness. It is seriously almost like rye bread beer. While there do not seem to be many more flavors than this dynamic going on, it is very enjoyable. Rye really shines more than any other rye beer I have had, which is neat.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, thicker body than usual. Really great feel and carbonation that is very smooth.

Overall: Probably the most rye beer I have had yet. But if classified as an IPA, it seems lacking compared to many others in the style. The good use of rye sets it apart from most, but does not necessarily make it better than them. Still a great beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

A- deep copper-brown color with a fluffy, white head that retained two fingers for several minutes.

S- Maybe it's just me but I didn't pick up a lot in the smell department. A bit of spicy bread perhaps.

T- One of the best-tasting beers I've had out of a bottle. Wonderful semi-sweet malts at the front remind of chocolate-chip pancakes. Peppery spice emerges, then the piney hops come in at the end with notes of fruit (black cherry?).

M- On the thick side, it hangs on to your tongue, which helps to release the complex taste at a moderate pace. Lingers. Not highly carbonated.

O- Very good beer. Big and complex, yet drinkable. Bargain at $14.99 for 12.

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3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the box art work caught my eye thought what the heck. poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
with a nice bouncy head and a nice amber color it isn't to hoppy in smell. i was expecting more rye flavor but this beer doesn't dissapoint . for me this is another wonderful beer from the people at sierra nevada.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,098 ratings
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