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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
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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: 5,099 |  Reviews: 1,123
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a glass with a nice brownish tint. Amber in hue, with a hint of citrus and grainy malts for the aroma. Also a sweet, sugary sense to the aroma as well. Minimal frothy head, and sweet, but not bitter citrus and malts taste. The beer tastes very clean and refreshing. Not too heavy for a rye, and goes great with a steak. A very worthy effort from a mainstream brewer. This is outstanding.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours red copper with an offwhite head leaving some lace. On the nose there is earthy pine backed up behind by general spice and a little dough. On the tongue the rye sits heavily with the earthy hops filling in around it. The body is medium, very drinkable with a pleasant buzz from the combination of hops, rye, and carbonation. The finish is long on spice.

Overall, I like this beer a good deal. It's a welcome variation on the SNPA/Torpedo theme.

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Photo of horshack7
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours an amber red with some copper hues. The head is off white with a light frothy texture.

Aroma: Piney, only a touch of grapefruit, lots of rye in the nose. Bready malts, touches of toffee.

Taste: Fairly sweet in the front mostly from the rye. Grapefruit notes are there but are not over powering. The mouthfeel is smooth with light sticky texxture. Solid breadiness from the malts.

Notes: This is not a typical I.P.A the breadiness sets it apart it's very tasty. Cheers.

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

I have to say first that I do like a rye malt beer. Others have stated that it's not for them.

This beer pours very nice with big frothy head and nice lacing.

Floral notes, piney, hoppy nose

The taste is definitely IPA. It is hop forward with nice citrus and spicy notes, with peppery rye flavor.

Excellent carbonation and mouthfeel. It is light yet complex.

This is a great American IPA and will rise in popularity IMHO.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Dark brown, almost a dirty, reddish-brown. A white and half-inch thick head tops it and hangs in fairly well. Lots of bubbles quickly shooting to the surface from the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing.

SMELL: When I first stuck my nose in I got a lot more rye, but upon my second smell the roasted (and burnt) malt dominated. The roasted smell also gives it a coffee quality.

TASTE: Roasted malt and a rye breadiness dominate. I don't get much in terms of hops, maybe a touch of lemon and maybe grapefruit, but no pine or resin. The malt and rye remain at a fairly constant level throughout the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: The Ruthless has a pretty solid sparkle and it is clearly well carbonated. That said, it should cleanse the palate a little better than it does. Instead, there is a sticky, but dry film left that doesn't do much for me.

OVERALL: I love Sierra Nevada and maybe I am grading this one on an unfair curve because of the high bar they have already set for themselves, but I was excited about this one and I am finding myself underwhelmed. Maybe since this was the first year there is still room for improvement in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter. Bottled 1/31/12. 

Pours hazy chestnut with about 1 finger head that leaves occasional small dots of lacing. 

Dank hop aromas up front. Pine, sugar and some sort of malty/ bready smell I can't put my finger on. 

Tastes like piney hops and spicy roast bread. Kind of doughy with a long bitter finish. The hops are present the whole way through but never really dominate the flavor how I prefer in an IPA. 

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall not a beer I'll be going to in the future but I'm glad I tried it. The hops are there but seem to play second fiddle to that bold peppery malt thing it has going on. 

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a six-pack of this brew: really excited to have a (potentially) good year-round rye available in these parts in addition to Red's Rye. Here's to hoping this one fits the bill.

Pour is light copper, scattered carbonation & a healthy baby head. Nose promises good things. Light rye & accompanying spiciness, wry hops, slight breadiness. Not a bad way to start an experience.

Ruthless Rye is on the doughy end of the rye spectrum. Rye bread knots dominate the taste, with a dusting of light spices in the flour. Bitter hops that slip from earthy to piney light up the middle of a pull, then an unexpected slap of roast & pepper mixes with the other stuff to form a nice, lively back-end. Very lively, & a pleasure to sip. Quickly.

This isn't the grand slam I was hoping for, but I'll take a rye double into the corner any time. Very good rye that really pulls all the ingredients together into a spicy, hoppy, tasty whole. I'll come back to this one again, my favorite Sierra Nevada regular offering to date.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy and dense light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with notes of citrus hops and hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is rather bitter with spicy flavors from the rye and pine resin flavors from the hops. There are also hints of the underlying caramel and pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very tasty has an interesting mix of piney, spicy and citrusy flavors.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Photo of BigCheese
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty excited to try this. Heard good things. 12 oz bottle. Bottled on Jan 3rd.

A: Pours a big light beige frothy head, huge head. Appearance is a clear light brown/deep copper. Leaves excellent lacing, almost a sheet. SN always nails this aspect of a brew.

S: Very hoppy, like an IPA, mix of citrus and tropical, pineapple, a touch of maltiness/bread. Aromatic for ABV.

T: Taste is a peppery, citrus hoppyness up front. Some lemon, pine, grapefruit all come through. Then get hit with the rye/malts. Finishes with a leathery/rye/spiceness. Must be the rye flavor. Finish is a bit rough with hints of dark cocoa. Not digging the finish. Flavors seem to mellow out as beer warms, seems backwards.

M: Well carbonated, slightly thin and seems rough on the mouth. Does have a hop oily-ness to it. Leaves the palate quite dry.

O: Definitely interesting, seems well crafted in that there's a lot of different flavors/notes going on. I just don't like the rye flavor I feel. The IPA part of it seems spot on. If you want a Rye IPA you wont be disappointed, even though I don't like it, I recommenced it, if that makes sense.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,099 ratings
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