Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
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76.2%
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,878
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
5,096
Liked:
3,881
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
11.31%
Alströms:
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Wants:
105
Gots:
787
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,096 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the Pizza Port bottle store. Hoppy aroma. Copper body with three-eighths of an inch of retained white head. An ale with rye that hits the spot. Lacy, fresh, session-able, citrus, pepper, fruit and lots of rye. A good hoppiness and edgy. Good drinkability.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with decent lacing on a hazy, amber with golden hues body.

S: very hoppy, nice rye note actually which many of these rye beers seem to have poorly represented in the aroma.

T: caramel malty, piney and earthy hops with nice breads and rye throughout.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice offering which well represents the rye in both the aroma and flavor which I find is usually faint in many other rye beers out there.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal/pine hops. Taste is of malt and spicy/peppery rye up front with some very herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is an assertive spicy rye and herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with a very nice spicy and peppery flavor that I am enjoying. An awesome label to boot.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

another great sierra seasonal. pours a gorgeous deep copper color with a lively white head fluffy as can be. smells fresh hops and spicy pumpernickel bread. flavor is quite hoppy, but its butter and sweet. resiny hops. also theres the rye coming in after the hops, sturdy but light on the tongue. mouthfeel is nice too, most rye beers turn my off by sitting in my gut, but this one is down easy, mucho sessionable. love the finish here, stands up well to pickled garlic and asiogo flatbread. even though sierra is expanding, their beer is still as good as any micro operation in the country. i pray it stays that way

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has some nice hop aromas with the addition of the rye in there too. The taste of the beer had a pretty good balance of spicy rye with the fresh hop flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was good, nice carbonation and drinkablity to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I'd drink it again if I came across it and was in the mood to have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sierra Nevada, always coming out with new beers and never letting me down. Always been a fan of the Rye style in beers so I was eager to try this one. A considerable amount of spiciness in the taste and a nice well balanced IPA. Packs quite a punch with a high ABV but the beer remains fairly smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. I'm usually a fan of most IPA's, and the rye is a nice touch.. really good beer and definitely worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy and dense light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with notes of citrus hops and hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is rather bitter with spicy flavors from the rye and pine resin flavors from the hops. There are also hints of the underlying caramel and pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very tasty has an interesting mix of piney, spicy and citrusy flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ever-classy Sierra Nevada brewery continues to knock'em out of the park, this time with the Ruthless Rye IPA that replaces Glissades on the seasonal rotation.

Ruthless Rye IPA begins with a deeper amber color that shows low lights of brown and bronze. A creamy froath of off white shade caps the beer and retains with the stubborn fashion that we've come to expect from well-made hop-forward ales.

Rich and vibrant aromas of toffee-laden malts balance with citrusy and sprucy hops for an even and appetizing scent. Low on fruitiness or spice, the neutral yeast character allows the interplay of malt and hops to shine. Mild earthy character from the supposed rye gives a glimpse into the added layers of complexities and spice that the grain delivers.

Flavors first come alive with a depth and complexity of malts that's uncommon in standard IPAs. Caramel, toffee, and dry malt carry the base while the earthy and nearly pungent spice of rye with grain provide a strong bridge into the mid palate that turns drier and hoppier. Citrusy with grapefruit and orange zest, then piney with elements of spruce, resin, and fragrant grasses all conclude with a fleeting sweet taste and a linger of hops and earthy spice in aftertaste. Again, no room for pronounces yeasty esters or phenols- the neutral yeast provides strong dryness without yeasty spice or fruitiness.

Medium bodied to start the beer quickly sheads the early carbonation and dives head first into the quickly drying finish that reveals a clean bitterness, grainy spice, and alcohol warmth and flavor that reminds me somewhat of nail polish remover.

Ruthless Rye is a fantastic IPA that hits the stride on the style while introducing the rye grains that seem to reinforce hop bitterness and flavor- each elevating the other. Moderate intesity allows for high level of drinkability which could be quite dangerous for an IPA lover like me.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz American pint during happy hour in central Kona on the Big Island.

This beer appears a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid meshed wall of lace as it lolls about before sinking out of sight.

It smells of mild citrusy and piney accented hops, some spicy, grainy malt, and a faint floral fruitiness. The taste is patently bitter citrus rind, pine resin, a bit of lemon/lime fruitiness, and the bready (a blend of rye and sourdough) kind of biscuity malt.

The bubbles are fairly zippy, but play along well, the body a tremulous middleweight, and a bit too internally assaulted to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes still in the edgy, bitter hop universe, the titular malt features rendering much less of a lasting impression.

A good (rye) IPA, sure, but it 'suffers' from that Sierra Nevada affliction - that of characteristically damned (and equally heavenly) hoppy offsets. While it's a shame that it overrides the rye adjunct here, somehow that just doesn't bother me all that much right now, go figure.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I don't usually trust Sierra Nevada, but I think they can pull off a rye ipa.

Served refrigerator cold. Side poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticiipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper-amber. Not unique or special for the style. Appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Light pepper, amber hops, some cream, very light toasted malts, and some caramel. Vaguely evocative of an English winter warmer. Strange for an IPA. A mild strength offer.

T: Some pepper - especially in the third act. Some toasted malts, plentiful amber hops, and a bit of caramel. I get rye as the foundation - but only when I look for it - and barely. Poorly balanced. Built okay. The flavours compete rather than cooperate. The untamed hop bitterness is problematic.

Mf: A bit too coarse and wet, with a bit of cream. Too thick for the (lack of) flavours. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't actually suit the flavours horribly well.

Dr: Kind of drinkable, but largely a scattered mess. Doesn't feel focused. The untamed hop bitterness ruins the balance. I don't know that the rye is doing much for it. The ABV is decently hidden.

Wouldn't be a good candidate for aging at all. I might have it again if it were on draught and recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Down to the last couple in the sixer, figured it was time to get a review in. Dated '1362' 111:24, guessing end of Dec production date from the Julian code. Served in a pint glass.

Creamy meringue surface texture, spotty halo of frothy lacing. Lasting head retention, skim never really breaks and forms an irregular topography that looks nice. Dull copper, bright clarity, rising trails of carbonation visible.

Spicy herbal pine resin, bready rye, very light and mellow pastry sweetness emerges as it sits for a bit.

Similar flavors, ample hop bitterness and complex bready malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, almost a little bit chalky. Hint of citrus rind in there, that somehow seemed more prevalent in bottles sampled last week. It's got some nice malt complexity, and light lingering hop flavors of citrus and greenery. Overall it's good, would drink again but haven't seen it around on tap anywhere yet.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy off white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lacing as well as a solid layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some bready malt with a lot of rye spice and a citrus peel hop presence.

Taste: More assertive than the smell. Definitely getting the rye up front. Once you're used to the rye, the citrus peel hops show up. The finish is bitter, but there is a nice malt presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good rye beer. The spice, hops, and malt work together very well. I hope they continue to make this beer. I would definitely have more.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear golden, amber color with a high level of carbonation. It had a two-finger head of bubbly foam that left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some nice rye notes.

T - It tasted spicy and bready with some nice rye flavor. Good toffee flavor with a strong piney bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice rye IPA. Sierra Nevada does another good IPA.

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