Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,094
Reviews:
1,122
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
788
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,094 |  Reviews: 1,122
Photo of oliverwren
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wiegs4life
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of ajanesz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: buckwheat honey
S: floral, spicy (cardamom) but also slightly medicinal/plastic
T: full, rich, noticeable bitterness, not much hop aroma/flavour, clean fresh maltiness; well balanced; bitterness lingers
M: tons or richness
O: a bold direct "masculine" beer that would probably be better enjoyed with food.

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Photo of grantman1
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, bordering between red and brown

S: Some pine resin, grapefruit up front, but sweet, tropical fruit is back there somewhere. Interesting.

T: Bitter hop bite up front reveals what I got in the nose; pungent piney hops with moderate citrus paving the way for bready and caramel malts, finally finishing with a peppery, bitter bite from the rye. A lot going on here.

M: Smooth, medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Despite a heavier mouthfeel than many IPAs, the bitterness lingers enough for me to think I could session this thing beer pretty well.

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Photo of station815
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of amart80
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark orange, almost brown, with a decent tan head. Good retention, nice lacing down the glass.

S: Interesting mix of traditional piney hops with big notes of in your face rye bread. Light floral notes, not much malt.

T: These rye IPA's definitely differ from their standard IPA cousins and almost require their own category. This beer tastes like an exceptional IPA with a little watered down rye whiskey somewhere in there. Hints of biscuit malt and piney hops, with the rye very detectable on the finish.

Value: Great as usual with Sierra Nevada. At less than ten bucks a sixer, you can't go wrong. I like this one a little better than Terrapin Rye Pale Ale.

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Photo of Nstgatr
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber colour with a fluffy, light tan head. Great lacing.

Floral, citrussy hops. No pine. Mild spicy rye. Sweet. Interesting but the sweetness is a little much.

Bright, tropical and floral hops dominate again with a smooth, caramel malt profile. The sweetness is quite high as is the bitterness so it ain't bad. Gets increasingly bitter in the glass.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I like this beer as a sessionable IPA. The sweetness counteracts enough bitterness to make this eminently drinkable though that sweetness is not quite what I want in an IPA.

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Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of terence
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Darles_Chickens
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JHB-510
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Ktmktm01
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson copper with two fingers of white head.

Smells of pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, some caramel, and some spicy pine.

Pineapple, biitter pine, a bit of grapefruit and some caramel to balance it all with a bit of rye.

Medium bodied with light carbonation a drying, slick feel.

Very drinkable and paired well with some deep dish pizza; I would definitely make this a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Pensacola Bay Brewery branded tumbler glass.

Appearance: Caramel color with an orangish/amber hue. Large yellowed head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind plentiful lacing.

Smell: West coast hops with rye spiciness dominate. There is a touch of citrus and a bit of biscuit as well.

Taste: Begins with sour lemon and sweet orange, before rounding out to biscuity goodness. Finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness highlighted by the spiciness of rye.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: While the aroma of this beer left me thinking "this is going to be another good rye beer, not much more and nothing less." However, I tasted an excellent one- this is a beer where the rye and hops play off one another very well, while most ryes have one dominating the other (even if only slightly so). The true beauty of this beer lies in its balance.

Would give this a five overall, but it may just be that it's only the best rye I have had recently- and i haven't had many in close to a year.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt copper hue with a two finger head and some lacing here and there,the smell is toffee,herbal piney hops and a touch of spice,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and has tastes of fruitcake,piney hops that are subdued a little from the rye but you still know your drinking an IPA and also a light touch of pepper and boiled candy with the finish being bitter and a touch spicy and overall its a nice Rye IPA and a nice session beer would drink again.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a coppery color with a cream colored head about half an inch high. Nice retention and gorgeous patchy lacing make this one a looker.

S - The first thing I notice isn't rye, but pine resin and citrus zest. Rye is further back, pleasantly fruity and prickly.

T - The rye is much more noticeable in the flavor, but not to be understated is a certain bready malt quality. Very bitter, intimidating hop character, but I love that kind of stuff.

M - Sorta dry, very fine carb.

O - I think I may have found a new favorite from Sierra Nevada.

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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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