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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: sweet caramel start, big time rye breadiness in the middle, citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter middle and slightly less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice dry rye ipa. Of the Sierra Nevada bitter ipas, this one is my favorite. Similar to other SN beers, but the rye shines here. Granted there are other rye IPAs and rye beers I would go to first, but I could see myself sipping on a couple of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I don't usually trust Sierra Nevada, but I think they can pull off a rye ipa.

Served refrigerator cold. Side poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticiipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper-amber. Not unique or special for the style. Appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Light pepper, amber hops, some cream, very light toasted malts, and some caramel. Vaguely evocative of an English winter warmer. Strange for an IPA. A mild strength offer.

T: Some pepper - especially in the third act. Some toasted malts, plentiful amber hops, and a bit of caramel. I get rye as the foundation - but only when I look for it - and barely. Poorly balanced. Built okay. The flavours compete rather than cooperate. The untamed hop bitterness is problematic.

Mf: A bit too coarse and wet, with a bit of cream. Too thick for the (lack of) flavours. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't actually suit the flavours horribly well.

Dr: Kind of drinkable, but largely a scattered mess. Doesn't feel focused. The untamed hop bitterness ruins the balance. I don't know that the rye is doing much for it. The ABV is decently hidden.

Wouldn't be a good candidate for aging at all. I might have it again if it were on draught and recommended.


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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always happy to pick something up from Sierra Nevada, and they do hops right so this should be a fine offering. Review is from notes taken on 3/4/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep copper color with hues of ruby; starts with a big 1 and 1/2 finger, slightly off-white head with solid retention -- seems like it takes forever to fade; body has very good clarity, with just a touch of haze to it; very strong carbonation bubbles up throughout the drink; big swaths and patches of pillowy lacing.

Smell: Plenty of earthy and bitter hops, and the neck label alludes to some spice to it, and there is certainly a very strong peppery scent from the rye

Taste: Super solid -- once again, SN comes through and delivers; plenty of bitter happiness that has a touch of citrus to it, but the rye is what shines and it comes with a strong, herbal and peppery aspect that lasts and lasts throughout the drink; grainy and husky kind of flavor lingers in the back, brings about a rustic sensibility.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect for the style -- not too heavy at all and plenty of carbonation to keep it lively; a resinous sticky coating is left all over the palate and it holds the bitter flavors.

Overall: This is an all day kind of beer; plenty of flavor, moderately low ABV and a weight that won't bog you down; this would be fantastic for a warm spring night.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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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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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,111 ratings