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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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5,100 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: 5,100 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of JesteR14
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark amber color, full of tiny bubbles that keel coming like champagne. The head is thick and has a slight tannish color that grips the glass and laces excellently.

S- I get a rye and pine, and some sort of spice making it's way through. This is a great smelling beer and something unique than any ipa I've had before this.

T- this is great. Comes in hoppy and strong, but rye and some spice come through making this a very interesting drink. I love ipas and this one is in a category of it's own.

M- great carbonation and very easy on the pallet. Comes in strong like you would expect but finishes very nicley

Good job as always Sierra Nevada

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Photo of StoutishDan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Chugga06
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of smi
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of rye. Piney hops. The two combine for a funky smell. Some sweet malt, smells somewhat bitter, not sure that Munich would be present in an IPA. Overall lots of bitter hops, some rye, and just a bit of sweet malt.

Appearance: Copper. Very clear. Pours a tall white head with moderate retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: More rye than hops, which comes as a relief. The rye is quite sweet, with some bitter and spice. Hops are citrus and a little pine. I was expecting all pine. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Watery. Low carbonation.

Overall: I've been on a Belgian kick, so this is a nice change-up. Mild hops for an IPA. Per usual, the rye does a nice job of blending together with the citrus and pine hops. Definitely a nice refreshing spring seasonal.

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Photo of goldie2828
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of AltraSeckz
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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

Burnt sienna with lumpy eggshell head that rims instantly and trails plenty. Big candied mandarin nose - gorgeous.
Mango on wheat toast, a dose of rye spice and resiny, piney, orange rind hops.
Tropical fruit hit to end and bitter orange rind linger. Medium, round, plenty of chew.

I've had more rye in beers, and it is a bit syrupy, but still a lovely dose of juicy sappy hops. Do SN ever put a foot wrong?

2nd tasting from bottle dated 58 days ago reveals big cracked pepper spice and pungent Seville orange. Much punchier, almost harsh, compared to first impressions.

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Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ThePortlander
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, I normally love Ruthless. As far as I'm concerned this is a brilliant addition to the SN lineup, and a classic in its own right. In the cask, however, I LOVE this IPA! I had it at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, and was simply blown away by everything from the appearance to the taste. The light carbonation enhanced the malt flavors, and boosted the mouthfeel giving this Ruthless a bigger presence. Amazing.

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Photo of rudy0908
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of iskeptopotamus
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jasonvorhz
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Anything
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Katmando64
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly impressed with this beer. I generally think of Sierra Nevada as the standard "I just need a descent beer" beer. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Nice malt and hop balance, and a great finish. I actually ended up buying a second 6pack, which is extremely uncommon for me. I think this might be my new "everyday pale"

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Photo of brownwc2
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beer4MyBrajs
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dac0152
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$3.50 single from Wegman's.

Slightly hazy orange body, topped by a four fingers plus of just slightly off-white micro-bubbly rocky foam. Excellent lacing quickly evident.

Aroma mixes pine and grapefruit with rye, just as the name implies it would. Not huge, but clean, fresh, and inviting.

Taste begins with rye coming out strong and laying down a dominating foundation. Some citrus, some pine, then a lot more rye as it rides toward the finish.

Medium body with lively, almost prickly mouthfeel.

Overall, a quality beer, but not my personal choice when it comes to SN hoppy beers. If you're looking for a rye IPA though, or just curious, give it a shot.

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Photo of MatJones
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Like all their beers this is perfectly carbonated and a lovely dark Amber colour. 

S. Sweet piney smell but not as pronounced as an ipa. Hint of almonds and hay

T. This is my first 'ryepa'. Drunk from a half pint glass and first impressions were excellent. Definate taste of rye, malty biscuit, herbs and sweet pine. Noticed within five minutes though, that the taste lost a lot of it's complexity and the alcohol taste became a little overpowering which I was surprised with as this is only 6.6 abv.

M. A little to heavy for me. Felt the alcohol taste ruined this beer for me a little and ended up tasting like a stronger version of their excellent pale ale.

O.  Definatley an interesting beer and has done enough to make me try some other rye ipas, but felt overall this beer was a little unbalanced, alcohol taste a little overbearing. I will probably try thus beer again at some point as sierras beers are more affordable than a lot of USA to UK imports but wouldnt go out of my way to buy it over some of their other excellent beers

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Photo of JCanarecci
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear crimson color with a dense cap of tan head. Excellent retention and lacing...a damn fine looking brew.

Earthy rye and bright, citric hops are simplistic but manage not to clash as so many hoppy rye beers that have come before. Impressive.

The rye manages a smooth, even keel while the hops drive the majority of the flavor impact...from an initial floral blast to a clean, herbal bitterness. Malts probably dont get enough credit in this beer and help provide a lightly sweet, toffee-ish backdrop that is both neutral and productive at the same time. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and a tad soapy, but those are mild complaints. One of the better rye beers I have had and a sixer didnt last too long in the fridge, another one might be soon to follow.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,100 ratings
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