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:
5,091
Reviews:
1,121
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
784
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Ratings: 5,091 |  Reviews: 1,121
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 12/4/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, spicy rye, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, spicy rye, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, spicy rye, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

First off let me say this. This beer is rediculously awesome. It isn't world class, but SN did something amazing here.

Pours a finger of beige head. Nice retention and lace walls down the glass. Color is a clear autumn copper.

Aroma: Rye Spice, Floral hops, and grapefruit citrus. Pretty legit nose. The rye is provides a nice backbone to the hops.

Taste: Rye up front flowed by floral hops, then some spice, and finally the citrus flavors. It ends with a hop resiny flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a touch of bitterness and stickiness to it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this beer is legit. It drinks incredibly well and for $1 a bottle you can't go wrong. Please SN, keep this fresh and keep this year round. This is a beer that will be seen in my fridge a lot.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixer picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours a clear copper-garnet color with a very long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Very dense and impressive. Heavy lacing as it goes down the edges of the glass. The nose carries a good bit of rye and spice with some earthy hops in the background. Slight resin there as well.

The flavor focuses a bit too much on the rye and accompanying spice. Hop flavor is there, but comes through more as bitterness in the finish. Medium body and just a bit chewy. Dry and bitter. Drinkable, but probably not in large quantities. While I enjoy this one, it's not something I'd want to drink a bunch of, a la SNPA.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear rich copper/bronze with a large blooming head that left a few broken rings of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not as assertive in the nose as I expected,it does have a decent shot of grapefruit-like hop aromas with some mild rye spice.Much fuller flavors with a nice mix of nutty malt mixed with spicy rye and a healthy dose of citric hops,well rounded.A very solid rye offering from SN wich frakly I expected,I could drink this all day.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. 2012 vintage

Pours a dark amber with a creamy tan head and visible carbonation. Ample sticky lacing left on the glass.

Excellent carbonation level; medium body; semi-dry to dry finish.

There's plenty of spicy rye and hops in the nose, with a bit of toasted grain in the background. The aroma is also moderately fruity weedy, as well as very slightly earthy. Any lingering doubts about balance are laid to rest upon tasting: The flavor has an excellent balance of peppery rye, hops and toasted malt. The hops are a bit more spicy and less citrusy in tasting than smelling.

O: Almost everything about this beer seems beyond criticism. The only thing I found slightly objectionable was the high amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in relation to hoppy flavor in the aftertaste. It looks great and has exactly the mouthfeel, aroma and taste one should expect in a true rye IPA. A great choice for IPA lovers who want something a bit out of the main stream.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy 1 finger white head that fades at a med pace with some soapy lacing, over mostly clear copper orange color with some bubbles floating from the bottom of a tulip glass (with no etch).

Nose has some fresh hops, light floral, bit of candy hops, light earthy and light spicy with slightest hint of citrus. Then some rye, a light spicy and fruity rye, and a semi sweet caramel malt base. A light fruity hop comes out as it warms.

Taste starts a bit sweet and syrupy, the malt makes it seem bigger than it actually is, syrupy sweet malts, caramel malts, molasses, toffee, chewy almost, and light toasty malts. Rye is also prevalent but not as much as I expected, some light spicy but more fruity rye tones. Then the hops really dominate, fairly bitter at first, with an earthy spicy hop kick, bit floral and hint citrusy orange rind like. A bit of fruit, with hints of candied raisins or dried nuts and fruits. The hops build and get quite bitter and slightly astringent on the finish, as it dries with more spicy hops, little syrupy malt lingering, and a little earthy herbal briny quality.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, syrupy, good carb.

Overall not bad, closer to American Rye Barleywine than an IPA, or more like DIPA without the abv although the amount if malts and syrupy sweetness make you think it is. The rye is OK but not as much as I was expecting, and the hops are good but get a bit heavy, as they were probably planning, but balanced with the big malts and sweetness so not too bad.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose of roasted malts, caramel, Rye, faint earthiness, spice. Taste Rye, spice, resin, citrus, sweet malt.

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

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Shannon View Inn in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery red color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and rye spiciness. Then a nice hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this beer seems to be just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with the extra rye IPA bitter bite to it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass only. No lacing is observed.

S: Some spicy aromas from the rye (like hints of pepper) along with pine resin and citrus hops.

T: Slightly malty sweet (maybe caramel and pale) upfront that is quickly followed by the rye spiciness. There is some hint of pine resin from the hops but this beer has a nice lingering bitterness and spiciness.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.

O: Really a very nice beer and one that I will enjoy a few more times this year while it is available in the area. I'm a fan of the rye spiciness with the IPA hops.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass, drenching the sides with a heavy latticework of sticky lace. This has quite the robust look to it. Wow, the rye has a huge presence here, with a bold spicy graininess that just drives the nose forward. This mixes with underlying notes of caramel and citrus to really impart a rich spicy twang, with some leafy floral edges that lend this a bit of airiness in the nostrils as well.

The taste really had some kick to it, with that rye being just as bold here and sticking to a fresh citric bitterness, propelling spice and pith out into the mouth. A caramel sweetness hangs on the edges, barely getting the hops balanced out before a final wave of rye swoops in to finish this dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels equal parts crisp and smooth in the mouth, thanks to a good bit of oily slickness to the carbonation that really keeps this sleek feeling.

This is about as good of a Rye beer as I’ve had in a while. This just has a perfect amount of rye here, working with that bright feeling IPA base to really give this a crisp and flavorful bite. This was so easy drinking as well, especially considering the higher ABV and the overall intensity of the flavors. SN really nailed this. I think I’m going to go have another…

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color in the big tulip. SN was not at all shy about the hops in this one, and it could certainly be called an IPA. Quite bitter in mid taste and all the way through the aftertaste. Very distinctive flavor with the aromatic and grainy rye notes. The perfumey smell is quite remarkable. The sweet malty flavor, familiar from the bigger IPAs, is also notable.

If they keep this one around it should introduce new generations to rye beers. This is interesting enough to be a must-try beer, whether or not it turns out to be your idea of a rye. I think the mark of a good beer is one that reveals complexity as you savor it. I found myself raising the score as I sipped.

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

First had: bottle from Capone's bottle shop, Norristown, PA

Broke one of these open to enjoy whilst producing a homebrew of my own. Pouring into a pint glass reveals a darker amber liquid, perfectly clear, with a small bubbly off-white head that recedes to a small ringlet. Very little carbonation to be seen. Aroma is grainy with a pronounced crisp hop scent. Taste is grainy, a bit skunky I think, but well within the threshold of tolerance, hop bitterness--pine and citrus notes--subdued malts, and a definite bready rye quality that comes in at least mid-palate. Quite bitter in the aftertaste; grapefruit pith. Fairly easy to drink. Pretty nice overall.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of billab914
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured a dark copper color with a huge, fluffy, off white colored head filling the top third of the glass. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Fantastic looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of the spicy, bready, rye flavors. I get a pretty big bitter, resiny, citrus rind like hoppiness to it as well. In the finish it shows a little bit of a sweeter, malty, caramel flavor to it. Nice mix of hoppy and rye overall, I really liked how much the rye stands out in it.

The rye is what really stands out to me in the taste as well. It gives it a nice spicy, bready flavor throughout. I get more of a grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness to the hops in it. The rye compliments the hops well. The hoppiness does seem a little more reserved than I would have liked though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a good beer that really showcased the rye flavors nicely. The hoppiness in it was good, but not outstanding. It was very drinkable and flavorful overall, and I really liked that the rye was a little bolder then most other Rye Ipa's. I really like rye flavors so this one worked pretty well for me.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,091 ratings.
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