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:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,091
Reviews:
1,121
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
784
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,091 |  Reviews: 1,121
Photo of chilly460
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice looking beer, pours a darker amber, quite clear with a full inch of off-white head. Fluffy head dissipates slightly but sticks around, heavy rings of lacing ring the glass.

S - The rye is quite apparent, comes in as some spiciness. Complimented well with the citrus, and bigger floral hop aroma coming through. Get a nice caramel background, malt is big in the overall profile.

T - Follows the nose pretty well, initial hit is the very floral hop taste, light tasting. The cleaner, somewhat spicy rye comes in here as well, distinct. Surprising was the big malts coming in, plenty of caramel sweetness, this beer is quite sweet overall.

M - A fairly plain mouthfeel, bit less then medium body and standard mid-carbonation.

O - I enjoyed the floral hops on this one, but to be honest the sweetness throws it off a bit as you continue working on the glass.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is nice and malty with a little bit of pepperiness. It actually smells like hot cereal, or a mash when making beer. Very fresh, very raw, it does not smell like an IPA though, and that is what I would expect.

This is a great looking beer, it's a really nice amber color with a very fluffy light tan head that hangs around indefinitely. Visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the etched glass just adds to the gorgeous look. This is how beer should look.

Ruthless Rye is very floral on the palate which adds to that distinct rye flavor that accompanies it. The maltiness from the nose comes out as bread and biscuits. The bitterness is well hidden, and I didn't really feel it until the finish.

Overall this is an above average beer. The carbonation comes out on the moderate side, and the body is medium-light. It is actually extremely drinkable, though I still wouldn't call it session able. A nice beer though.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stephens101
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in color with an off-white, static, generous and fully froth. Citrus, vegetable oil and toasted grain to the nose. Tasted of rye, wheat, lemon oil and caramel. The balancing act is near perfect. Medium bodied with a smoothness that makes it feel lighter than it actually is. More consistent quality from the folks that have a lot of experience in that department.

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Photo of CarpalTunnell
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wnh
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, brilliant clear copper topped with a huge rocky of-white head that lasts. Looks like a Sierra Nevada IPA ought to look. Nice lasting lace.

Really nice on the nose. Juicy, resinous hops with notes of pine needles, lemon zest, and grapefruit zest. Solid grainy malt backbone, biscuity and a bit peppery.

Definitely more rustic on the palate as a result of the rye. Grainy malt with a peppery bite and some balancing chewy caramel. Bitter hops show a bit of pungent grapefruit zest. Finishes dry with a balance of raw grain and bitter hops.

Medium bodied, very firm. Well balanced and moderately complex. Tasty and well made, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JustinQ
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper brew with a large beige head and copious amounts of lacing.

S - White pepper and wild grass pollen.

T - Spicy white peppercorn with mild floral notes. A complex malty backbone that is both spicy and biscuity with just a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is a lingering peppery spice that overshadows the bit of grassy bitterness and malt presence.

M - Medium bodied, a little harsh, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mdimeglio
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory goblet

A- pours a dark, cloudy shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. Not a good start

S- getting some spiciness from the rye, and a little bit of hoppiness. Overall, pretty minimal aromas

T- nice punch of rye to begin, and a good bit of bitterness at the back

M- medium bodied

O- it's fine, but I don't know why Sierra Nevada decided they needed ANOTHER IPA in their lineup

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Photo of lwillitz
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent dark amber body under 3 fingers of off-white foamy head; moderate carbonation bubbles; head sticks around a while and leaves a decent trail of lace

S - citrusy hops and rye bread; weaker than expected

T - pine, citrus, and rye lead in; honey sweetness in the background keeps things interesting; lemon with a touch of honey for a bittersweet finish

M - thick, slick medium/full body; medium carbonation; smooth and oily

O - Ruthless is an excellent American IPA. The rye compliments the hops nicely for a well-balanced and flavorful experience.

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Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bushwack
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear light caramel amber color. Has a thick off white fluffy finger depth head. Massive lace. Great chunky island. Great looking brew, as usual from SN.

Brew smells of sweet citrus and malted rye. Great balance in the nose here. Malts and hops perfectly represented. Good nose.

Brew is balanced, malts and hops are intertwined perfectly. Great hops; citrus, earthy, oily resin. Great rye represented; spicy and malty. Perfect balance here. Great IPA twist with the malty spicy rye. Very good stuff.

This is yet again another top notch offering from Sierra Nevada. Love the mix here; case worthy.

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Photo of ponbon63
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start I'm a big fan of rye IPA's. As long as they're decent, they almost always look and smell amazing.

T: I thought this was a fairly mild flavored rye. Not nearly as bitter as some i've had and not quite as fulfilling. Although I've had rye's with slightly better flavor than this beer, it definitely works well as a session beer.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is not the most memorable rye you could have, but is by no means bad in any way. This beer lands somewhere tasty slightly above average for the category.

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Photo of ChocolateJesus
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beardownaz
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,091 ratings.
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