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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
5,098 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,292
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
5,098
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,098 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mbacon3227
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of iSip
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +9.3%

Photo of KarlKarl
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Glad that I remembered I hadn't reviewed this yet, I was working through my last bottle from the 12-pack I bought, and realized I was about to do something awful. It pours a beautifully hazy red-copper color with a large head. The aroma is fantastic, there's a great amount of spicy rye balanced with a very unique herbal, yet aggressive hop that works fantastically with the rye. The taste is also fantastic, the rye contributes such a great spiciness and just a touch of sweetness. Those flavors blend perfectly with the very unique hop flavor this beer has - it's hop forward, but not the typical citrus or pine hop you'll find in an IPA. It's a bizarre, yet delicious very strong herbal and earthy hop that blends fantastically with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is spot-on, and the drinkability is fantastic. It's probably the best rye beer I've had, hands-down. For this beer to be this affordable is just about unfair for the other beers on the shelf. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker at Tops.

Texas orange, mostly clear. One finger of head is frothy and very sticky, depositing thick walls of lace.

I smell armpit — but in a good way. Some dankness, orange peel, a touch of grass, some caramel and sharp rye spice.

In the flavor: orange peel, a touch of dank and alcohol stickiness, some grass, a very small amount of rye. Some toasted biscuits and crackers also emerge, along with a touch of burnt sugar at the swallow. Super clean, slightly drying finish.

Medium high, pinching carbonation. The body’s a a nice, smooth medium. Soft fizz, no booze. Like I said, clean and snappy.

Ruthless Rye is tasty, but far from the unmerciful hop and rye bomb the name implies. In fact, it could use a little more of both.

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Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Very dank smelling, rye apparent, some grapefruit and some pine.

L: Crystal clear mahogeny, off-white head that dissipates. Good lacing.

T: Spicy and quite bitter overall. Medium high bitterness leading to a dry spiciness. Lots of grassy and citrus notes. Finishes quite dry with lots of hops.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation.

Solid. Almost like torpedo with rye added. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish-copper body with a thick, creamy white head. Fair lacing...

Spicy rye notes dominate the aroma. There are hints of pine in there, too. A bit of light malt notes...

Taste is fairly complex: light malt (biscuit and unsalted cracker) readily combined with rye sharpness and spice, all tied together with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is between light and medium in body. Clean on the palate and soft on the tongue.

A really decent rye beer. I find the rye really shining through in the aroma department, but it also does a fine job mixing with the more traditional malt and hop components in this brew. Refreshing with a nice touch of rye complexity to keep this beer interesting and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of fizzy
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like everybody else I could go on and on about this ale. It's great, no doubt about it. My only question is, "How do I really know what rye tastes like"? It would be nice if somebody brought out a "simple" rye beer or ale without all the hops just to let's know.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clear amber with a nice lasting beige head with good lacing on the pour. Aroma of caramel malt, earthy piney hops, rye, grains fills the senses with some subtle fruity citrus notes as it warms up. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some earthy, citrus hops, some spicy rye and grain notes. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, rye, with some citrus notes ending with a lingering sweet bitter earthy rye hops taste. Not overly bitter a nice balance of bitter sweetness. Overall a very good and balanced any tasty brew.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass
03/06/12 notes

A: Pours a dark amber color with some really great clarity. Thick two fingers of soapy tan head displays decent retention and leaves some chunky globs of lace down the glass.

S: The nose opens up very herbal and grassy with a predominant spiced bread aroma. Light caramelly pale malts and some fruity yeast esters.

T: Taste has a light citrus and floral hop character with a nice upper-moderate bitterness level. Bready caramel malt and a good amount of peppery rye spice. Some hempy herbals in there. Hops are a little soapy at times. I imagine they dry-hopped the hell out of this one. Nice offering but does dance the line of being a touch harsh with the hop and spice combo.

M: Creamy texture with a light frothiness is real nice. Light to med. body. Upper levels of carbonation. Real dry crisp finish to it.

D: I appreciate the fact that SN was not candid with the Rye here unlike some other RyePA's that have you searching. Might be a bit much for others I think. The rest is that signature citrus hop and bready malt combo not much unlike Torpedo.
I liked but will probably stick with the Torps.

Cheers to SN for keeping it hoppy!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mecmd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Supergenious
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakasfan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of nsabo
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While this may be my least favorite of SN’s IPAs, I have yet to be disappointed by their IPAs. Ruthless doesn’t have the smooth, malty mouthfeel of Celebration or Torpedo, and the hops here taste more citrusy than grassy and piney. The bottle label touts the rye’s peppery quality, a spot on description and the pepper transitions into hop bitterness nicely.
It’s a bit odd to me that instead of a winter warmer, SN makes a seasonal winter IPA, only to be followed by a spring seasonal IPA. Ruthless is good, but with the brewery’s focus on IPAs, it better be.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,098 ratings
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