Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -10.7%

Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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%
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 -21.9%
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%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of whatthehull
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - nice amber/burnt sienna, one finger white decipating head and some lacing

S - very yeasty, nice spice, huge sweet malt, nice huge earthy hop, citrus, flowers, earth, sugar, nice fruit and more hops

T - spice, nice fruit, citrus, great malts, funky but very nice yeast, wood, soil, sugar and just great hops

M - medium plus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity and long finish

D/O - SN makes nice beer. Always easy to drink and always clean, crisp and refreshing! I hope this one sticks around! If you like craft ale at all, you will love this shit

Final thought - nice 6+% abv and around $12 a 12, great price! One of my favorite everyday'ers!

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

A - Deep copper pour with a mild soapy, white looking head.

S - Grapefruit, grassy, earthy, and spiciness all wrapped in with a little pungency. The aroma is unique and pushes toward bold.

T - The taste follows the nose: pepper spice, grapefruit bitterness, pine, floral, some grassy/earthiness, and a little bit of alcohol at the end of the sip. Leaves the mouth with a coating of rye, citrus/pine, and floral bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body.

O - Unique and worth a try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh I kind of hate rye IPA's since they leave the palate so dry but this one was pretty nice.

A - Looks pretty dark, darker than a normal IPA with a good amount of sticky foam. Lacing is good too.

S - Rye really didn't stand out much in the smell maybe as a peppery aspect, strong earthy hops, good amount of bread malts too.

T - Not as bad as I expected they got the finish down without too much drying. Taste is hoppy at first then the rye clocks you pretty hard then the bread finish smooths it out.

M - Medium bodied even though balanced I still am not a huge fan.

Overall defiantly a good beer but not something I would seek out again. Was like the rye version of the "northern hemisphere IPA" which I liked a lot too. Good if you love the style.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours caramel colored with a 2" light tan head. Lacing rims and remains at the top of the glass.

S- Spicy/earth notes from the rye and also pine hops.

T- Semi-sweet spicy malts, slight citrus flavor but earthy/spicy notes dominate this beer. Nice pine hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation, slight oily feel and creaminess in this beer.

O- This is a good beer but would classify it as more of a rye than a ipa. Definitely woudn't be a go to ipa for me but I will buy this again.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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