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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperarance: Amber, big head.

Smell: Citrus, mint.

Taste: Dry citrus, spicy bread, a little pepper and mint flavor too.

Drinkability: Tasty IPA and good price as usual from Sierra Nevada.

Another good hoppy beer from SN, the rye does make its presence known with minty and spicy aromas and flavors. Put it on the list of good IPAs for future reference.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Rye IPA and while it is very good, it is still very different from what I'm used to. Very nice hops characteristics and mouthfeel. The rye definitely has a very different aftertaste to it than a more commonly brewed IPA. Overall, a very good beer that I will drink again.

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

This is the first rye ipa I have had.
Great hop flavor, very smooth and ballanced. With some spice notes thats a little different from other ipa's I have had.
Nice copper color, and the carbonation is just right. I will be looking foward to this realease every year now, very good.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear light copper, tall off white head retained forever with loads of sticking lacing
S - big dominant aroma of rye grain, maybe a little much, peppery and earthy aromas round it out
T - a very interesting mix of citrus, earthy, and peppery hop notes with the rye grain adding an interesting and complementary flavour, it is very raw and robust
M - medium to light and lightly creamy to start, quickly moves to an oily bitter feel
O - complex, robust, and generously hoppy, it's a hard one to pin down but that is a plus in this case, a very unique and tasty IPA

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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into a pint glass. It was a nice sight indeed, pleasant copper/amber color, a little hazy, with an inch thick, fluffy head. It smells quite good too, some rye (I compared the scent to a loaf of rye bread, just to see how it compared), and a lot of spice, floral and citrus. The taste was really similar to the smell, a lil' spiciness with more of a hoppy taste, didn't get the rye quite as much in the nose. The hops were the predominate taste at first, with a bitter finish. It was mildly carbonated and surprising really drinkable and smooth.
This was my first Rye IPA and because of this, I'm definitely gonna check out some more!

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-poured into a pint glass, nice soft orange/amber color with an off white head that it frothy and has very good retention
S-rye, pine, citrus
T-more pine up front with lots of bitterness, finishes with a bit of citrus, and the rye lingers throughout the entire taste
M-medium bodied fair amount of carbonation
O-Very well balanced IPA. The rye is evident but not overwhelming, nice drinkable IPA

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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Cooper with an impressive off white head that slowly fades into a quarter inch cap. Lovely citrus aroma. Alternating citrus and pine flavors. Finishes with an unappealing roughness that is no doubt imparted by the rye. This is such a delightful beer! Probably would never have bought this beer, but had been curious about how it tastes. My neighbor brought some over and I'm pleased he did.

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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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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,111 ratings