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:
5,094
Reviews:
1,122
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
787
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Clear coppery liquid with a thin smattering of beige that slowly dissipates to a minute collar.

Sour-mash aroma of rye is offset by a slightly floral note as well as hints of grassy hops and faint white pepper.

Tart citrus-laden palate entry with a second wave of rye crackers and a distinctive (two row pale maybe?) signature malt base. Moderate bitterness throughout which crescendos into the dry husky (slightly grainy) finish.

Light-bodied, prickly, yet a touch flat.

Less refined and more potent than I was expectiving from Sierra Nevada. The rye is allowed to shine through in an unadulterated manner. Surprised to see purity of ingredients win out (if only slightly) over balance, making for a more novel if not daring brew than you might anticipate.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

12oz bottle (code 1351105:57) into a tulip. Pours a beautiful copper/amber color w/ a thick dense off-white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is floral, citrusy hops and slightly biscuity malt.

Taste is hoppy, a little spicy with a dry, bitter finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel, medium body.

Overall a nice refreshing IPA, another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper color with a tan head that lingers leaving strings of lace as it settles.

S - Piney hop aroma with a good kick of spicy rye mixed and caramel malt background.

T - Citrus pith and pine with spicy rye and a caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy.

D - One of the better rye beers I have had. The rye is dominant but not overwhelming with a big hop kick.

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Photo of FBarber
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rudy crisp brown with a thin tan head that dissipated somewhat but left lots of lacing and a thin tan film on the beer.

Smell has some aromas of orange, peach and mango with an undertone of spicy rye and pepper. The rye and malts become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste has notes of orange, mango, and a fruit like character initially giving way to a strong malt flavor with lots of spicy rye notes. As the beer warms the malts and rye become more pronounced. Overall the spicy pepper and rye notes tend to overpower the hops. I would have appreciated a bit more balance.

Feel had medium carbonation, but heavy, sort of sweet.

Overall a solid rye IPA. The balance skewed towards the malts/rye flavors at the expense of the hop, but it was still a decent tasting brew.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mick303
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packaged (12/12/13) Poured into a tulip glass, a medium red crimson colour, plentiful head, and tons of lacing, outstanding looking. 4.25
S – lightly acidic, some caramel, black pepper, lemony citrus, some licorice, lemongrass, interesting funkiness and spice. The rye really takes it into unfamiliar territory but the ipa character is there with some piney and citrusy hops. 4
T – a complex malt bill is evident by the range of flavours going on here, lots of spicy rye character, mixing with spicy hops, initial touch of sweetness then goes to lots of fruity notes, lemon, orange, biscuit, pepper. A bit of sourness but the bitterness from the (cascade I assume) really helps keep this balanced. Not an overly hoppy IPA but some nice grapefruit mixed with the pepper goes quite well.
M – creamy and balanced, moderate body and fair amount of carbonation, lots of malty notes and a fair peppery feel, tart dryness on the finish keeps it light and refreshing.
--- Smell develops really nicely, taste is smooth, with complex rye spiciness, I took awhile to warm to this, the acidity initially is quite dominant, but it really lives up to the typical SN complexity, balance and depth. A lot of thought went into this and it shows well. Worth trying out, good showcase of the rye malt here. Refreshing as well as intriguing, one of the better rye beers i can remember having. Tart and spicy on the nose, flavourful and balanced body with a strong malt base, again more spicy than bitter, with a good finish to tie it together.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was pumpkin colored, clear, and formed a two plus finger thick head, domed above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was typical West Coast IPA with grapefruit, and pine, but with a touch of earthy mustiness. The taste was very citric off the bat, providing a grapefruit and tangerine blast. The rye touch was light and presented itself as a minty, herbal presence. The body was medium dense, and the finish was creamy, with a lingering herbal note. Very easy to drink beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 5,094 ratings.
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