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: 5,094 |  Reviews: 1,122
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: deep reddish gold with 3 fingers of beautiful rocky pale orange head. Decent lacing and very slow to recede. Looks great.

S: Big hops on the nose, biter citrus like a grapefruit or pomello, and a tad heavy smelling. Touch of rye on the nose but not much.

T: Opens with a touch of medium malt like a red and fades into citrusy hops. Hop bitterness comes in last and leaves a grapefruit-like bitterness on the back of the tongue or like biting into the pith of an orange that persists for a long time after.. A little alcohol warmth but not much.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Drinks alright but not as easy as some beers.

O: Not a bad brew, considering I don't really like IPA style and I have come back to this a second time says something at least.

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Photo of Jhatwig
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mfarkas2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dwduncan2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of harrylee773
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerCigar
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of pastafarian
4/5  rDev +2%

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

poured a nice clean amber with about an inch of foamy off white head. very hop heavy aroma full of scents of grass, pine, citrus (grapefruit), and a grape like smell to it. the taste is very bold! bitter up front from the hops and very roasted taste from the rye, a chocolatey hint to it, and a bit of a raspberry/honey overtone in the roof of the mouth. medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. this is a nice session ale for any season.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jeffreywhite22
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Neorebel
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look with an orange amber hue and a thick foamy head. Extremely frothy lacing as the beer goes down. Aroma is welcoming, with grapefruit and resinous hop elements, and spicy rye. While I expected this beer to be more bitter, I was surprised to be greeted by a sweet and noticeably malty start to the flavor, with a sweet citrus aspect too, but it did fade out with a good bitter hop finish. Although I do detect the 'graininess' of the Rye, I would like it to be more pronounced. The beer is a little sticky, coating the mouth well but it is rather light bodied. Overall, this is good but Founders is still the reigning champion of Rye-P-As in my book.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JstnP
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of afordney
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear and amber with little carbonation bubbles, the head was thick with very small tight foam, just slightly off-white.

smells very strong of rye and hops.

rye spiciness followed by a hoppy bitterness with just a touch of alcohol in the finish, despite the strong flavor it was very refreshing on a warm day.

hoppy bitterness lingers on the pallet, a very clean refreshing beer, not too carbonated or syrupy thick.

A great beer for summer, was delicious with a plate of pulled pork BBQ. clean, light and grassy with a distinct flavor of rye.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DaveWhite
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of coopsta12p
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into my etched tulip glass.

A - The color of honey or amber. Good looking beer. Retains a thin layer of head and the lacing retains real nice on the side of the glass.

S - Has a slight grainy aroma with floral highlights. The hops seem masked and only a slight citric note comes to the nose.

T - Very grainy. A real crisp sweetness from the malts seem to hit the tongue first but quickly you are left with the bitter explosion of the hops. A real palate buster.

M - This beer seems to be real sticky or chewy and is going to hang around for a good amount of time. The bitter flavor left behind from the hops is here to stay!

O - This is a real delicious beer that presents itself nicely and has a nice balance of sweetness up front leaving behind bitter remants. This was recommended to me by my local beer guy and I now recommend it to anybody reading this review.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,094 ratings.
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