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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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%

Photo of csiewert
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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Photo of beer348
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice color - reddish. Also enjoyed the label design.
S: very nice smell, probably my favorite thing about this beer
T: tastes good, crisp; what I would expect from an IPA.
M: It's great to try a new kind of beer (rye). But this tastes very much like a regular IPA.
O: For IPA fans you will like this beer. Lots of hoppy flavor. A clean , crisp drink.

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Photo of KyleBatten
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a coppery orange color with a thick head. Foam is off-white. Leaves very thick lacing.

S - an intense cerial grain herbal fest. Bitter orange peel jumps out quickly as the rye blends with barely to create the enticing grainy notes while floral and citrus aromas round out the nose.

T - dry on the front of the tounge. Notes of bitter citrus enter mid palate along with ceral grain notes and a peppery spice finish.

M - full bodied. Medium carb.

O - an excellent take on a rye/IPA.

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Photo of iammatt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma has a decided overtone of rye with hints of malt and hops and a subtle note of apple. It pours a clear, dark copper with a thick, fluffy, pale cream head that hangs around for a while. Rye flavor has a strong hoppy note and hints of malt and fruit, both apple and grapefruit. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a good tingle to it.

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Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruthless Rye pours crystal clear amber with a thick bone colored and fluffy head. A pretty product that leaves a lovely sticky lace on the side of the glass.

The nose is predominately a nutty dull citrus with hints of caramelization and lemon peels. The rye is also very fragrant here and a nice touch.

The taste is good but not great. Flavorful grain roasted elements with an iced tea like hop presence. I wish the hops were more available in the flavor department but they do show up in the mouthfeel and finish.

A damn decent hop bitterness that really compliments the sweet grains happens in the mouthfeel. There is also an exclamation point of rye dryness. A solid beer but not the best rye brew or IPA but that shouldn't stop you from trying it.

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Photo of donunrue
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of merryjoulton
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a Duvel tulip.

This is a great beer. Color is a bit copper and a bit golden. Head is medium with pale and tan hues. Nose is an impeccable selection of hops and effervescent hints of roasted barley. Taste is straightforward hops. Very bitter, very dry, very good. Not much residual malt on the tongue. Mouthfeel is extremely crisp. Overall great brew, didn't expect any less from SN.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with about two fingers worth of frothy off-white head, that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of nice earthy hop aromas dominate the nose. Has a nice pepperyness from the rye.

Taste: Huge hop presence, very earthy in taste, with a bit of spice again from the rye.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very crisp. This is an amazingly easy to drink beer.

Overall: Very good IPA, and an excellent example if a Rye IPA. This has become one of my favorite spring seasonals.

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Photo of chuckgfk
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Briken
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear, fairly red amber and big tan frothy head with great retention and lacing. Rye spice and citrus hop aroma. Big rye spice up front tapers off to a relatively balanced citrus hop character and light sweetness. A light hop lingers on the palate. Lightly tacky and dry in the finish.

Big rye flavor, just the way I like it with a good balance only hinting at its IPA character. The mouthfeel is a bit distracting in the drying linger. The rye, however is the star and stays around in only slightly diminishing strength throughout the entire glass.

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Photo of fuzzbalz
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of datphoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Chitlons
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jamesrange62
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of danieelol
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown red with good head/lacing.

Smell is initially like Tumbler. Good old SN house yeast. Then some subtle floral, distinctive smells come through.

Taste and mouthfeel is flowers, shampoo. Big dose of shampoo in this. Must be the rye.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick with good but subtle carb.

Overall not an unpleasant beer but the shampoo similarities are more than subtle and I'm not in a hurry to drink another.

Edit: Have been enjoying more while getting through the six-pack.

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Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of randomjazzr
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gobseulmuhri
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saw it at the local store and had to have it being that I am a huge fan of their Torpedo IPA.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. What came out was opaque and dark honey/mahogany in color with a 1/2'' of head that kept retention pretty well.

The nose was a bit muted, but it had the typical IPA scents - peppery spices, fruit, and hops. The taste is what impressed me. The flavors that were muted on the nose came out strong in the mouth. However, it's noticeably mellower than the Torpedo IPA (is it the color?) without losing the signature IPA flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium as a good IPA should be with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish that definitely reminds me of the lightly bitter and pungent flavors of rye bread.

I was a bit skeptical about this one, but I'm glad I got it. Cheers!

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,092 ratings.
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