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:
#6,916
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
5,096
Liked:
3,881
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
11.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
787
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,096 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of Wer34truh
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sensei04
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +6.9%
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 -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigdog3838
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkQ617
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long time first time. Had this poured into a pint glass. Color is a beautiful translucent, almost clear, copper with an off-white heard. Aroma is a little light considering the rich flavor. Spicy rye is obvious, with a nice bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit tough, but not terrible for a rye. Big fan.

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle pkgd 01/28/16. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours an orange amber color, clear, but darker than expected for Sierra Nevada, supporting a very large head. I get very little in the way of aroma -- maybe a little bit of malty bread smell. Flavor brings the new-classic combination of rye bitterness and hops, in American Single IPA proportions. Piny, bready, with a slick, cloying mouthfeel. I'm having really mixed feelings about this one. This is clearly not my favorite rye IPA, but is it any good? Is it too simple? Is it simple because that's what its balance demands?

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Photo of williamv0123
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnj21655
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, vibrant Amber in color with a full two fingers of dense very light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very subdued, hints of caramel malt and a touch of breadiness. Taste is equally subdued but has a general underlying sweetness with some caramel and spicy rye with bready undertones and a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium+ mouthfeel with low-moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, easy drinking but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of DCHritz
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElJacobian
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like this rye IPA a lot - very sweet malts on the smell. I like how balanced the flavor is. It has a strong, oaky taste with a hint of straw/wet grass. Great malts and a little bitter on the aftertaste. There's nothing spectacular that stands out, but overall I think it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lpothier
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of msp88
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamstone714
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisoner1572
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrob22278
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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