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 BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dansmcd
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber beneath a finger of flimsy head and drools of lacing.

S - Big citrusy hops, grapefruit central, fresh warm rye bread.

T - Citrus and piney hop flavours, peppery rye bread, sweet caramel malt, solid but not overpowering bitterness. Great balance, beautiful flavours.

M - Smooth medium body, great carbonation.

O - Certainly lived up to my hopes, fresh straight from Chico refridgerated all the way to Australia. Sublime. I love rye IPAs and this one is pretty faultless.

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Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of slim24
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dianaelaine
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a mostly clear, copper appearance, with lacing, streaming bubbles, and some fine particulate matter (I’m guessing it’s yeast) floating about at the bottom. The aroma is strong, and one gets heavy citrus (grape fruit), sweetness, and some bread, and the taste is mostly citrus, sweetness, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and the finish is easy-going and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of StaindProject86
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FrankK
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bootsandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +2%

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

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a clear red copper. Nice large white head. Good retention but even better lacing.

S: Powerful aroma of citrus, hops and rye. Hints of pine and possible pepper.

T/M: A burst of hops and spicey Rye domnate the beer. Not extreme like other IPA's, but just right. The rye creates a good balance. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

O: Another solid IPA from SN. Abv% might sneek up on you. A great balanced beer and tasty all around.


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

Overall this beer (Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company) a pretty good beer.

Look/Smell is OK. Taste is smooth... The aftertaste makes the beer.

I would pair it with a cubs game from the bleachers with a wrigley hot dog.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doing a rerate here, must have had a bad bottle last time. Pours a deep red amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of rye spice and lots of piney hops, with maybe a hint of grapefruit in the background. Flavor has hop bitter up front, with a spicy dry finish and lots of caramel malt. Pretty easy drinking and a nice changeup with the additional spice from the rye. Medium high carbonation is a bit prickly.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

First off let me say this. This beer is rediculously awesome. It isn't world class, but SN did something amazing here.

Pours a finger of beige head. Nice retention and lace walls down the glass. Color is a clear autumn copper.

Aroma: Rye Spice, Floral hops, and grapefruit citrus. Pretty legit nose. The rye is provides a nice backbone to the hops.

Taste: Rye up front flowed by floral hops, then some spice, and finally the citrus flavors. It ends with a hop resiny flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a touch of bitterness and stickiness to it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this beer is legit. It drinks incredibly well and for $1 a bottle you can't go wrong. Please SN, keep this fresh and keep this year round. This is a beer that will be seen in my fridge a lot.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA: This brew was sampled on tap with friends and food. Copper in color, decent hoppy aroma and a thin head that laces well get things going. Smooth malt start and a bright hoppy finish make for a top notch IPA. The rye flavor makes its way into the middle, and works very well. I was skeptical, but give this Sierra Nevada product good marks. They make a high quality suite of IPA’s, the this rye offering is no exception.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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