Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,094
Reviews:
1,122
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
788
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,094 |  Reviews: 1,122
Photo of ardy007
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of RTEdmunds
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color. About four centimeters of head, left pretty lacing behind. Still a nice head after a few minutes passed.

Strong rye smell right when I opened the bottle. Balanced with some citrusy aromas.

Spicy rye in the face. There's some sweetness to balance it out and notes of orange/citrus fruit zest. I can detect some piney undertones. Interesting combination of flavors, I really dig it.

Moderate carbonation and I definitely would not have guessed that it's 6.6% ABV.

If you're into rye, give this a buy. Especially if you're a fan of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. I didn't expect to enjoy this beer so much, glad I picked it up!

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Immediately reminds you it's a SN beer with a nose of citrus hops, like the Torpedo. I assume this is the Citra. Spice notes from the Rye come through as well.

A-Dark amber pouring brilliantly clear. Slight off white head.

F- Nice complement of the rye spice along with the strong bitter forward IPA character I associate with SN. This IPA, like Torpedo, seems to be more about bitterness with a crispness that you often don't get in other west coast IPAs with their huge charges of hops late or as dry hops. This actually helps make the beer more drinkable for me, which is a good thing.

M- Average carbonation. Plenty of body.

O- A great twist on a hugely trendy style. I really like the spice character the rye adds to this beer. It sets it apart from the hoards of IPAs out there. I'm a fan boy of the brewery and this just ups my love a little bit higher.

From their site:
ALCOHOL CONTENT 6.6% BY VOLUME MALTS PALE, RYE, CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE
BEGINNING GRAVITY 15.2 PLATO YEAST ALE YEAST
ENDING GRAVITY 3.1 PLATO BITTERING HOPS BRAVO
BITTERNESS UNITS 55 AROMA HOPS CHINOOK & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS
COLOR DEEP RED DRY HOPS CHINOOK, CITRA & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on February 8th, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like spicy (rye) and citrusy hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like spicy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, with a bit of caramel and bready malt also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little oily and is well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, at $8.99 a 6-pack I'd certainly buy it again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep orange with copper leanings. Head is a dirty white, rocky and drops to a thin cap in short order. Nice clumps of lacing and notches as the beer goes down. Perfectly clear.

Smell: Spicy rye is up front. Grainy. Hops are citrus and more citrus, but offer a nice balance to the in your face rye explosion. Some hints of caramel in the back, but the rye
doesn't let it through easily. Malts are heavy, but they have to be.

Taste: Grapefruit rind mixes with rye. Citrus and rye make an interesting compliment. Spiciness from the rye is aggressive, but not overpowering. Malts bring a nice sweetness to the finish and round it all out with a clean biscuit flavor. As it warms, the rye and hops blend together and create a unique flavor dynamic. It almost comes across as earthy at times. Mint.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. Delightfully middle of the road.

Overall: One of the most in your face uses of rye I've ever encountered. It's the deft IPA I would expect from Sierra Nevada slammed with a solid helping of spicy rye for added
character. Drinkability runs a little on the low side.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 6demonbag
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date of February 3, 2012) into a 14oz Libbey Snifter...fresh, fresh, fresh!

A- Pours a clear, deep amber color with a 2-3 finger off-white, meringue head.

S- The aroma is pungent with rye spice & pine. As the head subsides and the beer warms (as well as swirl it in the glass), subtle orange and grapefruit notes reveal themselves. Despite a Citra presence in the dry hop bill, the Chinook and "Experimental Hops" dominate with spice and pine.

T- As you exhale, the rye dominates your senses but its (spicy) flavor is kept in check by the hops (grapefruit rind is secondary to the rye spice). It is so well balanced that your palate is left relatively unharmed and left with a lingering piney-ness reminiscent of Torpedo.

M- If familiar with their beers, it is classic Sierra Nevada. Moderate, soft carbonation that supports but never interferes with the flavors.

O- I could have easily given this brew 5's for all categories, as it is simply excellent. However, the Rye IPA style is somewhat of an acquired taste and I don't see it being overly sessionable. What's more, I would prefer a bit more citrus profile in the nose, as the rye and pine aromas tend to dominate. Although Torpedo and Celebration Ale reign supreme, Ruthless Rye is a worthwhile, tertiary offering.

All fans of IPA's and Sierra Nevada (Pale Ale & Torpedo) should not hesitate to pick this up while it's still available.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours an amber color and produced a good cap of white froth. Good lacing.

(S)- A nice mildly spicy(the rye?) piney citrus with a subtle malty backbone.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice mildly spicy pine citrus body with subtle malt.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mild rye spice with a classic IPA hop and malt profile.

(D)- Overall, another solid new IPA to the Sierra Nevada portfolio

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Photo of craftbeer31
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metmorg
4/5  rDev +2%

A: Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass. Medium Caramel color with a hint of orange. Half a pinky head that dissipated quickly.

S: Grain, spice, hops smell. Lets me know it is going to be dry

T: Good Full taste. Dry as expected, with nice background of malts. A touch of citrus & sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

M: Medium amount of dryness, with medium-high amount of bitterness. Would have never guessed the 6.6 ABV off taste, it is well hidden.

O: Great rye tones and an excellent American IPA's if you want some boldness without being overwhelmed by too much hops and bitterness. Good balance of flavor for a combination of having to pace myself while drinking & still being very drinkable.

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Photo of gregoz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of burnerfinger
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: dark oragnish hue - maxi head with sticky generous lacing. head settles to a thick tocky layer:

S: pure HOPS. very nice indeed.

T: malt takes a backseat to the piney hopiness. LOVE this

M good body, generous ABV well hidden. medium carbonation

D: low score here, this rich and thick brew is NOT to be guzzled. but it's GREAT!!!

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Photo of Chad
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Truly ruthless this beer needs to mellow out a little for me to enjoy it. I am all for complex beers with many different ingredient lending themselves to a well put together final product, but this beer is a bit too much. Pours Beautifully with a nice lasting two finger head. The aroma is very strong, smelling of pine and rye. The flavor is surprisingly potent for an amber beer, it would seem more suited to a darker beer. All in all this beer is like pouring half a bottle of cumin on your taco, Cumin is great but don't over do it.

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Photo of Kitt
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a weak < 1 finger head, that miraculously grew to about a two finger head in about 120 sec. Appearance, a rich, filtered, mahogany, not unlike a heavy red ale.

Aroma rather unpleasing: A spicy almost (hate to say it) feline-like odor. It must by the emphasis on rye which I guess I am not quite used to.

Taste,an initial bombardment of bitter spice hops and eclectic malts. Better than the aroma, but I still get that feeling of a nearby cat. Not like anything I have ever encountered in a brew before. The rye must be what is different to me and I have to admit - despite my colorful description - I find it somewhat pleasing. Very different. A light lingering bitter hop burning sensation brings this home as an IPA about six seconds after the initial taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a slight oily after-feel.

Drinkibility: The alcohol is upfront and in your face; seems more than 6.8%.

Overall, this is an interesting IPA. I like the daring ingredients. Risk takers deserve some credit for ingenuity. It won't be among my favorites but I would be willing to try it again. Just slightly above average overall. Perhaps it will grow on me as I move through the six pack but I have a funny feeling many reviewers have "brewery goggles" on this one - let's face it, if this was brewed by some rinky-dink Rhode Island brewery, well, you know what I am thinking...

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Photo of Pugsly
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Shooter1960
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Poured a deep copper with 2-3 fingers of head. Good lacing on the glass.

Nothing particularly distinct about the smell.

I expected a stronger flavor but it was a mild IPA. Would be good for a hot summer day but a little light for this time of year and really does not give you the IBU fix for an IPA.

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Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of tjeppaint
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DJED69
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra did it again. This is an excellent IPA or RyePA.

Don't be too freaked by the spicy notes. It's subtle. Terrific balance of bitter hops and sweet, spicy malt/grain. Smells very nice, but taste is the thing here. Very fresh and refreshing brew. Not overly heavy or cloying. Again, very balanced profile. Alcohol is well hidden and after a few sneaks up on you.

Enjoying one now with a roast beef, cheddar, horseradish on rye. Very good beer with bold flavored food.

My highest compliments to a beer well done!

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Photo of birtsbrew
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of dvanhandel
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz beer. Pours a clear copper with a big frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is rye grains with some piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet bready malt with a big piney hop bitterness and rye spices. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I like it. It's a solid IPA and I like what the rye adds.

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Photo of Jsmitty1967
4/5  rDev +2%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,094 ratings.
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