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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5,108 Ratings
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: 5,108 |  Reviews: 1,124
Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger pearl white head. Really nice lacing throughout. Aroma of pine, faint grapefruit and rye makes a late appearance. This is a perfectly drinkable IPA while maintaining a good level of bitterness. The flavor starts off with a bit of bready sweetness and some semi-sweet, but muted citrus notes. The spicy and bitter portion of this beer is next. Notes of pine, grass, spice, pepper and rye finish this one out. Quick bitter hop bursts, but the spicy rye kills the bitterness while adding a hint more sweetness before the finish and it ends clean and dry. Good use of the rye which makes this one a keeper.

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Photo of pavpav12
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, a big thank you to output01x for providing this beer.

An average pour netted a finger and a half of vanilla colored, creamy head. Body is a nice copper color, with a light stream of bubbles rushing upward. Lacing tries and fails to hang on to the side of the glass.

Good smell. Pine and grapefruit are first up, with rye bread, pepper and a hint of wood following up.

Rye sits on your tongue and stews until pine explodes in your mouth. The bitterness from this sticks around until rye comes back in and finishes off with a spiced bread flavor. Was hoping for a little grapefruit in there, but nothing doing.

THis one is medium bodied and a little sticky. Leaves a lasting mild bitter.

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Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of alkemy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the twelve ouncer...

A- Clear deep amber color. Cream tinted head fades to a thin cover, but laces the glass pretty efficiently.

s- Floral hop profile. There's also pepper mixed in. The rye is pretty faint.

T- There's a slight touch of sweet cereal grain right off the bat, and then the hops takes over. It's a peppery/floral hop taste. Bitter orange and caramel finish with some lingering rye.

M- Medium/lightish body with plenty of carbonation. Higher carbonation matches with the lack of a resiny/syrupy feel.

D- This is a really good drinkable beer. I still have Red's as the best, but this is very enjoyable. I'd like the rye to be a bit more prominent.

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Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JNewbs
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jocain916
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Jwren5
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of chrispassarelli
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Loose, yellow-tan two-finger head. Poured into a pint glass. Head is coarse, and halfway gone by the time I've written this far, leaving little lacing. Perfect clarity, with a dark honey/amber color tinted a bit on the yellow side.

S: Confusion up front. I get herbal hops with a sharp, musty surrounding... almost like weathered wood, an attic, or antiques. ...I guess this is rye.

T: First volley of bitterness is a combination of a flash of citrus hops, which quickly succumbs to the peppery rye. I'm sad to see the former go so quickly. What remains is a persistent sharpness, "stout-like" if I'm being generous and musty or burnt otherwise. The hops return to balance things out on the finish.

M: Great. Good texture, just enough carbonation to keep it from sticking to the tongue.

O: While I'm personally not a fan, I could see some folks getting into this. It's very well constructed, with a great spectrum of flavors involved, but I just don't happen to LIKE many of them. I couldn't get the smell of my Grandma's antique room out of my head.
But hey, I'm not complaining about the other 5 bottles waiting to be consumed.

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Photo of Kornoms
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of hippityhophead24
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Growler from CBX... poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber - one of the darkest IPA’s I think I’ve seen; almond, 1.5-finger head leaves thick rings and sheets of lace... typical Sierra Nevada look.

S: Resinous hops; spicy rye; ganja; really big aroma.

T: Heavy citrus rind and earthy / spicy notes; rye twang; not super bitter, though.

M: Full-bodied and moderate carbonation; a tad oily; bitterness is in check and not too dry; maybe a tad flat... regular carbo may be a little higher (4.5ish).

O: Pretty darn drinkable for a 6.6% rye IPA; nice hop flavor and aroma but bitterness doesn’t kill; another good one from Sierra Nevada... they can’t get to NC fast enough!

PS... Even though this is tasty, I’ll kind of miss Glissade, which I guess this is taking the place of...

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Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MNJR
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. Thick, foamy white head that lasts. Smells: a little smoky, spicy, hoppy, pine. Tastes: caramel, spice, vanilla, malt, orange, hops. A very mellow flavor. Quite enjoyable. I guess the antecedent for this is Red's Rye PA from Founders, or maybe SN had done this first. I'd say in terms of quality they are dead even, with this beer being a bit less in terms of strong flavor. I liked this quite a bit and am actually glad it doesn't wallop you over the head with hops power. The "IPA" part is under-expressed here, and again I'm glad this is not a hop bomb. Hops are present and slightly strong, but blended with the rye and the woodsy malt flavors the overall feel is more warm and spicy than the typical citrus/pine IPA onslaught. Goes down very smooth and warming with a creamy mouthfeel. Could easily become a go-to medium bodied micro for me. Very nice beer.

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Photo of eaphikap
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ChefHopMeister
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jerichobear
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MrJolly
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a bottle with a label reading 2013. Not enough is made of labels--I do judge books by their covers sometiems, and this beer seems marketed to recvovering D&D addicts whose early childhood fantasies were born of warrior goddesses. I was intrigued in 2012, when I first encoountered it.

Appearance: This beer looks like a disco snowstorm. There's a ton of carbonation and it is rising quickly to the one-inch white head which dissipates by half over a two-minute period of time. The color is orange-blond. Exciting.

Smell: Well, not much. It smells sweet and warm and earthy--good smells, but suppressed.

Taste: On the tongue, citrus, but very tart as it moves back to the throat where it becomes a combination of pepper and bitterness; here is a love-lorn beer. And its dark disposition lingers for a long while, espeically on the back of the tongue where it sucks the juice from my tongue.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great for the beer's appearance, but in the mouth it feels like I can't quite sink my teeth into it. Sometimes the foamyness overwhelms.

Overall: I like this beer's temperment. It's windy here in AZ, and cooler than average, and this beer fits the mood of the day. Tumultuous is a good word.

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Photo of thatdavegy
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of hays99
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Lang44
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,108 ratings
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