Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
5,108 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:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,617
Reviews:
1,124
Ratings:
5,108
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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106
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Ratings: 5,108 |  Reviews: 1,124
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, clean, copper penny color with a 1/3" off white head on top. Falls to a 1/4" and retention there is great. Thick lacing left behind.
Sweet malt, light orange peel/orange candy.
Medium to full body, low to mid carbonation.
Malt driven, spiciness comes thru mid to late, bittering hops are intense and linger on with the spiciness of the malt.
Really good, part of a variety 12pk -- I would buy it on it's own.

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Photo of Sech
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of austinwise
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vonSchulze
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopintheSouth
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NilocRellim
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear rust/copper color. Citrusy hops and sweet rye. Sweet and rye upfront, earthy hops, citrus hops, pithy grapefruit finish that lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of seakayak
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper body with big frothy beige head, long lasting, decent lacing; lightly effervescent

Smell: sweet malts dominated by hops; some pine, mostly citrus

Taste: creamy, sweet malts well balanced by hops; good peppery spice from the rye; decent beer overall

Mouthfeel: creamy throughout

Remarks: drinking it while homebrewing. Relax, don't worry, have a commercial brew.

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Photo of jimbo789
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hints of pepper, but could use more hops and a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, maybe reddish copper; head minimal and off white. Nose, a balanced hops blend, calm floral notes over some toasty maltiness. Taste: this is nicely balanced between hops and malts. Grows smoothly; the multiple malts and hops involved are so nicely balanced. Mouthfeel quite creamy for the style, also grows and subsides smoothly. For an IPA with the word "ruthless" in the name, this is so smooth & balanced. The hops are obvious yet somehow are never overwhelming. Given that the rye is significant to the identity of this beer, its unique aspects are nicely blended with the other ingredients & flavors. Well done.

Bottle poured into a nonic glass.

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Photo of anon
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmyoung0097
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of echris
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlennWB
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank a 2013 bottle in 2017. Ages well. Nice malty flavor after aging.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclerob
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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