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: 5,089 |  Reviews: 1,121
Photo of pentasyllabic
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -6.1%
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%

Photo of goodbeerallday
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of dafizzif
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of Dodt
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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%

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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%

Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Steasy66
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip

A- Deep amber, 3 finger thick head, good staying power.
S- Nice floral hops, a bit herbal, yeast.
T- Sweet, nice hops, not overwhelming, not very big rye notes.
M- Good consistency, good carbonation.
O- Nice beer, not as hoppy as I expected but I don't hold that against it. For the price, pretty hard to beat this beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Pours an amber color with a perfect sized head, fades at a slow rate with good retention, pretty fluffy looking, lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a piney floral aroma, good amount of citrus in the nose, picking up grapefruit and some other fruity esters, maybe even orange which is odd but probably mixing it up with the strong citrus presence.

Taste has a more malty presence than the nose would indicate, the rye definitely lends a bit more body to the beer, hop flavors are still quite evident with the citrus pine being the most prominent, light bitterness that doesn't overstay its welcome, very solid.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of killianf
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle into Duvel tulip

A: Nice coppery amber tone, generous 2-3 finger head that retains a nice film all the way down. Decent lacing too. Carbonation was generated mainly by the etched glass, but it was otherwise medium.

S: Very hoppy, more so than the Pale Ale and Torpedo. The citrus and grapefruit tones are there along with the typical pine you immediately recognize from the above beers. But this has got another layer to it in the form or spice and a definite peppery scent. It's almost hot smelling. Really interesting.

T: Very well balanced, malty right at the front, and nice and hoppy at the back. There's a nice subtle breadiness throughout, as well as the citrus and floral flavours. Pine is in the middle towards the back and there's a strange peppery taste to finish off. The aftertaste is all hops.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable, big enough to carry all those flavours but small enough so as not to be overpowering.

Overall: Very nice beer, really enjoyable. It certainly competes with the Pale Ale and the Torpedo, which are both favourites of mine. It's really well balanced and I'd definitely recommend it.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Insanity55
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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