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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
Photo of alwaysanswerb
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

medium dark amber color with some lacing. Body is clear.
The nose is not as hoppy as i was expecting really, there is more spice notes and rye character then anything else going on.
The flavors taste more like a malty rye pale ale then an IPA, and this can not be old. Bready is a strong description, earthy hops, and rye spice.
mouthfeel is medium full with a low amount of carbonation.

I have to say, i was excited for this one, but it is probably one of my less favorite of the SN beers.

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Photo of DerikC
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dmfrench
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Potent but flawed Rye.

A: Clear, dark amber body with a fairly persistent, sudsy, yellowed two finger white head

S: Big noseful of resinous hops, rye spice, and buttery caramel malt. Very inviting.

T: Quite a lot of flavor, with sweet caramel malt dominating up front, passing through a nice helping of rye spice on the way to a drying, resinous hops finish, yet somehow, all is not perfect. There's a certain metallic holowness that's preventing the very nice flavors from shining.

M: Highly carbonated with a drying finish.

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Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of djbreezy
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - amber, transparent, generous off white head, good retention, medium lacing

smell - rye, malt, grass, hops

taste - nice hop profile mixed with some rye/wheat/grass notes, some citrus in there as well

mouthfeel - medium body, full carbonation, slightly dry finish

overall - could use a bit more hops to balance out the rye but it does well once it warms up especially

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap with some spotty lacing.

Aroma: A strong grain aroma is detectable without even picking up the glass. Upon closer inspection, piney hop oils are the big contributor. There's also a slight breadyness with some grain husk mixed in.

Taste: A nice, medium, toasted malt body is present right from the get go, with a fair amount of bitterenss that gets more resinous and phenolic as it goes down. Decent carbonaton helps break-up some of the bitterness towards the back end, but then it comes right back on the finish, which is mildly lingering with fading bitterness. The malt profile isn't is sweet as I would typically expect, which I'm going to put on the account of the rye. It definately has a unique flavor.

The Rest: Lots o'hops and a unique malt profile make this one to check out. I don't think I'll have any issue finishing the sixer that I bought.

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, golden caramel color. It poured with a large, sticky, very creamy head.

s: Plenty of citrusy pine with a surprisingly noticeable spicy rye backbone.

t: There is a hint of caramel sweetness up front that is quickly pushed aside by a wave biting rye and earthy, pungent hoppiness.

m: Thick and chewy.

o: Another reasonably priced, excellent IPA from SN. Love those guys.

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Photo of minterro
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixtel at Lukas after hearing good things. I've had about the half the keg and feel comfortable reviewing now. Poured from my system to a pint glass the beer pours a perfectly clear dark copper color with a 2 finger white/cream colored head with excellent retention with lots of lacing remaining. The aroma is big with a lot of peppery spice, rye, citrus, and piney hop character. I enjoy the blend of spice from the rye and west coast hop tones. The flavor starts with the same intense rye pepper spice on the tongue. The hop character found in the nose comes through and again melds well with the spice. A foundation of caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering pepper hop on the tongue. Upper end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a really good representation of a Rye IPA. I'm enjoying it very much and would easily recommend.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of billshmeinke
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Darker golden, almost a touch amber, great clarity. Three fingers of off white head. Fantastic lacing. Solid cap of foam is retained pretty much throughout.

Aromas of grain and spicy rye grab me at first. I find the rye surprisingly noticeable as I often can't pick up any rye aroma in a beer even if I know it is supposed to contain rye as an ingredient. Citrusy and zesty notes are there with hint of fruitiness that reminds me of papaya. There's something that makes me think of Sierra Nevada's pale ale as well, I'm guessing it's the yeast/hop combo.

Hearty biscuit and grain notes up front. Punchy bitterness, same papaya like fruitiness as in the nose, and mild hoppy/zesty notes jump in only to give way to rye spice and a lingering resin like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on point. Medium body. Perfect carbonation. Medium acidity. Fairly dry. Bit tongue coating in a resin like way.

Overall, a really solid effort from Sierra Nevada. Kinda like a more resinous and slightly less zesty cousin of Torpedo with a spicy rye element that makes itself known quite a bit more than many other rye beers.

Definitely gonna buy at least another six pack of Ruthless Rye this season.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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