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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
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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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Ratings: 5,100 |  Reviews: 1,123
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Pours orangish deep amber in color & quite crystal clear appearance. White, close & creamy, lasting crown. Moderate mildy malt to the nose while intense citric hop with piney touch completes underneath the aroma profile. Slightly grainy & spicy flavor, subtle resiny notes.Gentle bitterness. Flavorful medium body, soft carbonation. Rye provides a funny dry finish rounded by smooth hoppiness .Fruity hues on the aftertaste. Well balanced, refreshing & drinkable. Expect an odd beer not just a regular American IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Still in Lincoln, NE
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye ale offers a strongly bitter IPA that hits all the right notes for me, from its attractive, dark body to its deep and bitter hop aroma and flavor. The addition of rye, while not solely propelling this beer forward, is noticeable and a welcome flavor.

Body is amber brown with burnt orange highlights around the perimeter and very active carbonation.. Head is off-white, tall, of mixed small and medium bubbles, very pillowy. Fades in a minute or two, leaving some good lacing and a thin perpetual cap atop the body.

Aroma is hop-intense, with notable grapefruit and spicy hop additions. Also can detect a peppery, slightly grainy, and mineral component.

Begins with taste of mild wort sweetness on tip of tongue, which is quickly extinguished by waves of bittering hops, notably pine and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit, rye, and barley malt flavors influence the mid-palate, then a flash of bitterness in closing. Aftertaste is driven by residual hop bitterness and grapefruit flavors. I really enjoy bitterness, and this provided some satisfying characters towards that quality.

Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours a dark copper body, with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Really good head retention and some decent lacing. This beer looks quite similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo.

S - The aroma is very citrusy (orange, grapefruit), with hints of caramel and bread.

T - First I get that signature Sierra Nevada hop bite, with zesty grapefruit and orange notes. Then come some apparent pepper notes, a slight sweetness, and a nice rye breadiness. The finish is fairy dry and bitter, with some lingering resinous qualities to it. As it was warms up, I'm starting to get even more rye bread and more sweetness, with a pronounced caramel taste.

M - Medium-bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Quite peppery, especially right after it's poured. Not boozy, but if you let it warm up enough, you might feel some alcohol esters.

O - This is my first Rye IPA, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. It's quite similar to their Torpedo Extra IPA, but with a more peppery and bready side to it. I hope they make it a regular seasonal release.

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

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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Ithaca, NY. A brightly coloured orange amber without any sign of head. Surprisingly the mouthfeel is still pleasant, as the hop bitterness must be making up for the lack of carbonation.

Aroma is hop-forward with a surprising honey element, along with the caramelized rye malts. The flavour is well balanced with a pleasantly bitter finish. The rye elements aren't overwhelming, which is ideal for my own personal preference, if not necessarily for the style...

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - a blood orange with lots of carbonation bubbles that builds a thick, frothy white head. Retention is great, lacing is adequate.
Smell - balanced hops and malts. Pine is the most noticeable in the nose.
Taste - slightly more hop forward than the nose; yet still well balanced on the palate.
Feel - hop bitterness, a nice malt presence, but not noticeably rye in nature.
Overall - as always, excellent price point from Sierra Nevada, and a nice Winter seasonal IPA!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great. Lacing is extremely good.

S: Spicy rye is the strongest aroma - behind it, I get a nice amount of bready malts. Behind that, I get some hops, though they are a bit faint. Hops come in as slightly minty and dank.

T: Spicy rye is also very apparent in the flavor. Hops come in after that as piney and slightly herbal with a hint of mint.

M: On the thick side with strong carbonation.

O: I could use a bit more hop character for an IPA, but the malt bill is really nice. The hops I get in this are interesting, but I wish the aroma and flavor were a bit stronger.

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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the Wooden Sierra Nevada Handle w/ a old timed scene w/ a woman on a farm into a 16oz Ska Brewing Co Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very pleasant mixture between American hops and Rye. Very normal for Sierra Nevada. Has a bit of mango/citrus in the background also.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that only has bubbles and dies quickly. Has a dark amber colored body with good clarity. Leaves light suds behind.

Flavor- Rye flavors hit upfront and then has a great heap of hops included. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Bites with hop and rye on the palate.

Overall Impression- A Sierra Nevada classic! I knew exactly what was coming to me before I even ordered it. Great amount of rye and hops with nothing overpowering the other. I hope to see this out in bottle soon to enjoy!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,100 ratings
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