Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
BA SCORE
76.2%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 5,096 ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,929
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
5,096
Liked:
3,881
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
11.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
788
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,096 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of BeRanger
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours copper - about 2 fingers of white/off-white head which disapates rather quickly.

S - Certainly unique. Smells rather earthy, spices, with a little bit of citrus zest.

T - Unique taste - a lot of the earthy tones, hops, a little rye - finishes rather dry.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Certainly interesting - not the biggest fan of it, but I've only had a handful of rye beers. Unique though

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Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one from Sierra Nevada.

A: copper coloring with a tan 2 finger head. The label is awesome and classy.

S: spicy, grassy, earthy, and rich.

T: a citrus hoppy beginning with a pine finish. Peppery, bitter, and deep rye flavors.

M: rich in flavor, tingling carbonation

O: very enjoyable. Nice addition to the Sierra Nevada family.

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Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mrfreakybig
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a fluffy white head that left lots of stcky lacing behind.

S - tropical citrus aroma is nice.

T - good balance of hops and malts with a good does of rye.

F - medium bodied it goes down smooth and easy.

O - Rye Pee Ay!

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Photo of BHansen214
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Nice looking amber, clean and clear. There was a finger of head that settled to a dusting. Decent lacing.

S) Floral and citrus aroma. There is also some rye and peppercorn. I picked up a hint of alcohol as it warmed.

T) Good balance of malt/hops. There was a nice sweetness upfront, with some citrus and light pine following. I didn't pickup the rye until the finish.

M) Medium body with about the same as far as carbonation is concerned. Goes down pretty smooth with a somewhat bitter rye aftertaste.

O) My rye IPA experience is limited, but I found this to be an enjoyable experience. I shouldn't be surprised, SN rarely disappoints.

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Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jnaustxdom
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" off-white head which took a while to dissipate. The body is a clear gold verging on amber. It smells like a medium IPA. Taste has slightly grapefruity hops and yes you do taste the slightly odd pepper and spice of rye. Seems a little salty to me, but all in all pretty good.

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Photo of sobeleg
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a copper color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well until retreating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass leaving frost-like lacing behind it. Plenty of surface foam in a mold-type formation that indicates healthy yeast.

S- A sharp, hoppy nose that's grassy and fresh.

T- Solid bitterness that's backed up by the rye very well. Celery and green onion come to mind. Drinkability is right on point. The hop bite evens out with every sip bringing the drink as a whole to a smooth ride.

M- Soft considering how bitter it is. Dry afterfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

O- SN continues to uphold their reputation of producing quality brews that anyone can appreciate.

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

I had this IPA in a ruthless nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Two-fingers of off-white, beige and puffy foam, It dies slowly and leaves behind a great deal of sticky sheet lace full of popped bubbles.

The body is a transparent amber-copper. There is absolutely no carbonation in the glass.

Smell- A spicy wheat scent greets me immediately. There is also a piney flavor hop adding a degree of complexity.

Taste- The start of the drink has some of the peppery and smooth rye. Bitterness quickly follows up and gives a grassy and piney flavor. There is some earthiness in the finish. The flavors are distinct, and maybe slightly simple, but they work well together.

Mouth feel- Great smooth body that has a big and medium feel. So easy to drink, it is kind of silly.

Overall- The rye adds a spicy quality to the front of the beer. Otherwise, the flavors of the hops are piney and grassy. I think they are complimentary, and the bitterness of the IPA is nice.

The feel is also impressive. This fits Sierra Nevada's Modus Operandi of being a solid beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Swim424
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured bottle into great divide pint glass

A-sort of a copper amber color. nice head that fell slow leaving a thin layer on top.

S-a bit piny. a little caramel malt smell. pretty weak scent

T-seems mostly hops. not enough malt. the hops flavor is overpowering.

MF-thin-medium body. Average carbonation.

O-nothing special. Love the hops but needs a bit more malt to it. Not to bitter but the hop flavor doesn't seem right for this one.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of nrs207
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass, drenching the sides with a heavy latticework of sticky lace. This has quite the robust look to it. Wow, the rye has a huge presence here, with a bold spicy graininess that just drives the nose forward. This mixes with underlying notes of caramel and citrus to really impart a rich spicy twang, with some leafy floral edges that lend this a bit of airiness in the nostrils as well.

The taste really had some kick to it, with that rye being just as bold here and sticking to a fresh citric bitterness, propelling spice and pith out into the mouth. A caramel sweetness hangs on the edges, barely getting the hops balanced out before a final wave of rye swoops in to finish this dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels equal parts crisp and smooth in the mouth, thanks to a good bit of oily slickness to the carbonation that really keeps this sleek feeling.

This is about as good of a Rye beer as I’ve had in a while. This just has a perfect amount of rye here, working with that bright feeling IPA base to really give this a crisp and flavorful bite. This was so easy drinking as well, especially considering the higher ABV and the overall intensity of the flavors. SN really nailed this. I think I’m going to go have another…

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Photo of waltonc
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.2% out of 100 with 5,096 ratings
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