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:
5,089
Reviews:
1,121
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
782
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,089 |  Reviews: 1,121
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany clear body with fluffy off-white head, fine carbonation. Smell is robust spice, citrus, pine. Taste is bitter, powerful pepper and equal parts orange rind and pine. The rye is apparent, taking on a rye whiskey-like intensity, emboldened by the bitterness of the hops. Body is medium-full.
Ruthless is the very limit of how I would describe this. It was intense, but only slightly more than others in the rye category. Furthermore, for all its intensity, it failed to deliver on tastiness, rather being a middle of the road offering.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclerob
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of castortroy89
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pens1967
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Umdrunner
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured nearly clear light amber with thick white head that laced well. Scent was subtle, mostly malty, with light pine from the hops. Flavor was rye forward with spicy/peppery notes, hops contribute to pretty strong bitterness with malt backbone. Carbonation and mouthfeel is strong.

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Photo of lost_sailor
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of petewheeler
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tem3175
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of belgianvan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 96gpse
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoda22
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gamesjunkie
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wer34truh
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yet relatively dark, amber color with a large bubbly white head.

Smells prominently of malt and rye, with some hops and general sweet undertones.

Taste is surprisingly gentle, and this very much feels like an incredibly drinkable, yet fairly unsubstantiated, malt-heavy session IPA. With that said, there are some subtle and quite delightful notes of spices and herbs in the aftertaste.

I haven't had that many rye IPA's in the past, but the one's I've had I have not enjoyed. I'm certainly not blown away by this, but it surprised me by its accessibility.

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Photo of johnarush
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sensei04
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A= clear, brown, tinge of red, nice slightly off white head with decent retention
S= heavy hops, some sweetness from the malt and rye
T= this is where Rye IPAs really shine for me. I love the pepper notes in the finish with Rye IPAs
M= a great balance, sweet, but not too much, matches with the hops profile and the spiciness of the rye
O= 4.3

i really enjoy rye IPAs and this is a great example. The rye gives a beer a complexity and depth I feel that results in wanting another. I did a side by side with Ruthless and River Ryed from Sierra Nev. last spring and they were very close, color very close, ruthless with maybe slightly more red tinge on the edges, the smell and taste were also close but there was a distinction in the Ruthless, just something a bit more in the layering. They use overlapping but different hops with Ruthless I think having 1 extra variety, maybe this is the difference.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Anchor Steam glass.Smell of Hops.Taste is Hoppy goodness.Maybe a hint of grapefruit.A little bitterness.Overall I liked it.I would buy it again.

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Photo of florisj135
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a hop pak from SN that included Torpedo, HopHunter, Five Hops and this, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of almost brown sugar malt. Pours to a bronze color with a three finger micro bubble head. On the taste the brew is like a hopped up brown ale. Sweet and sugary but with a nice hop bite. Very smooth, not as grapefruit- like as most IPAs but deep in darker Rye malt and quite complex. A sneaky brew at 6.6 ABV, very tasty. Another winner from SN who never disappoints.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,089 ratings.
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