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 station815
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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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%

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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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Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange color. The tall, densely frothy head has a light orange tint. Retention is very nice, and some sticky splotches of lacing cling to the glass immediately.

S: Some light caramel, with moderate bready/crusty notes. Rye definitely adds some breadiness to the aroma. Hop aromas are vibrant, with citric, spicy, and grassy notes. Faintly fruity and lightly earthy notes also open up after a few minutes.

T: Bready, toasty malt flavors up front, with some mild caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is firm. Bright hop flavors of grapefruit and orange oil, with some lesser spicy and grassy character. A soft earthiness is present in an otherwise clean finish.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel. A touch firmer than medium in body. Carbonation is supple and tingly. Hop bitterness gradually builds into a dry finish.

D: Not that there was ever any doubt, but this is a really nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada. In many ways, it's similar to its other IPAs (which are excellent), but the rye does add a nice bready dimension to this beer. To my palate, rye really fits well with hoppy American styles. It's great to see it becoming more popular.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of adman08
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear copperish amber with plenty of thick white foam that leaves excellent lacing on the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong citrus hop aroma, specifically grapefruit. There is some earthy, malt aroma as well with some sweetness.
T-Strong hop flavor some grapefruit but not as much as the aroma suggests. A very earthy, slightly spicy rye flavor and more herbal hop flavor than the aroma.
M-Medium body and dry overall. Good carbonation.
Overall, a good rye IPA. I could go for more citrus/grapefruit hop flavor to balance with the malt and rye.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerRoach
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, medium head fades into a thin head which sticks around for the long haul.

S: Floral notes combined with grapefruit and citrus make this aroma fresh and inviting!

T: Heavy on the hops, but more tart than bitter. The hops are nicely balanced with citrus flavors which linger in the mouth.

M: Refreshing and easy on the mouth.

O: One of my new favorite brews. The hops take the spotlight, but are perfectly balanced with the citrus flavors. It may be too bitter for some, but for others it will really hit the spot.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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