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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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88
very good

4,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,608
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 374 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang flute; bottling date of December 27, 2012 printed in greyish ink on the shoulder of the bottle in a Julian variant (“236210855”), which makes this bottle just over four weeks and just under a month old.

Appearance (4.5): This has a very active, sticky head—it easily rose to three to four fingers on the pour, and takes its sweet-ass time dying down. It’s custard-colored, and very rocky with a big mix of fat bubbles lining the glass and fine foam near the top. The body is a very ruddy, medium-dark amber color, and crystal clear—the body is very, very attractive. There’s some good lacing, with scattered, fat swaths of chunky, foamy lace.

Smell (4.0): Pretty fragrant blast of dank hop resin is most obvious here, mixed with some underripe pineapple flesh (like how it’s super-acidic when it’s still pretty young). There’s some rich, bready malt character like toasted rustic, multigrain bread—rye must be on the light side, because it’s not jumping out at me. Definitely some pine and spice hanging back there, so I’m guessing there’s some Simcoe dry-hopping, especially given that mix of dank, spice, and pine.

Taste (3.75): The hop bitterness is maybe most notable here, coming off as vegetal-herbal with an astringent citrus rind backside; but somehow it kind of works with the moderately spicy rye malt. It’s lightly peppery with a moderately toasted rustic, bready midsection. It smoothes out a little with some light caramel tones coming through as it warms, but this beer is mostly characterized by the moderate spiciness of the rye paired with that astringent (but not so strong that it’s distracting) citrus rind-herbal bitterness, which when it combines with the spicy rye almost comes off as oniony.

Mouthfeel (3.5): This has moderate carbonation that’s subdued at first but then gets just a bit tingly and dries up the palate on the back end, before it goes down. The body is just on the light side of medium-weight, and feels smooth but gives way to a solid drying out towards the finish. Pretty easy to drink, but the dry finish leaves the astringency on the palate to linger for a bit too long.

Overall (4.0): This is a very solid, hop-forward rye beer. It’s got a ton of flavor, and the rye malt offers a different dimension that might hook non-craft drinkers but also adds some nice variety to what most hopheads are probably accustomed to. It’s not the best rye beer I’ve had but it’s a very solid contender, and I’d recommend this to lots of folks. Keep up the good work Sierra Nevada, you guys are really killing it these days (see my reviews for Hoptimum, Narwhal, Torpedo, etc.).

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color, red and orange tones here and there. Nice clarity all around; very small bits of sediment hang in suspension throughout the brew. Creamy, off-white head settles to a quarter-inch quickly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is deep and heavy pine and hop oils, super wet, dark, and dank weed. Citrus notes bring up the rear end; tangerine, grapefruit. A little bit of dryness from the rye but not much in the aroma. The taste, however, is plentiful with rye - the large rye under body is the canvas upon which the rest of the beer lies. Hops go wild but don't overpower nor combat the rye for dominance; oily and resinous pines engulf, along with a slight white pepper spiciness. Some earthy herbal flavors pull through more and more; faint musty dirt, but not in a bad way. The citrus is a little more subdued on the palate than it was in the nose, and it takes on more of a light lemon zest flavor than the nose would lead to believe. Even in the finish, the rye is still popping and meshes with a nice yeast flavor in the aftertaste, along with some fading, dry bitterness. Medium bodied, although the mouth is somewhat thinner than expected and just a touch watery at times. Decent amount of carbonation.

What hasn't been said about Sierra Nevada already? Everything they put out it delicious. Ruthless Rye is a nice "Rye-PA" with a significant amount of rye and a nice hop profile to go along with it. Delicious stuff, here.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ruthless Rye certainly has the look down; a body that mixes brown, orange and red is crowned with a towering head of light tan foam that has ridiculous retention and leaves behind some great lacing.

The aroma has a big dose of citrus, is a little bit spicy and has notes of caramel as well. Ruthless Rye is bright and citrus-flavored immediately, bringing the hop profile that I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Grapefruit, orange, hints of resin and just a touch of pine combine with considerable bitterness. The spicy, almost peppery rye flavors are noticeable without being overwhelming, with a little bit of caramel and even some powdery cocoa to back it up.

Slightly oily on the tongue with a fairly full body for an IPA. Ample carbonation gives a smooth and creamy feel.Ruthless Rye is a hoppy beer with rye in the background. If you like Sierra Nevada's other hoppy beers, then you will dig this one if you like rye.

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aroma: pine and citrus with a hint of pineapple and tropical type aromas. There is some grassy notes with a light malt sweetness. There is moderate rye spiciness to the aroma.

appearance: golden orange and clear with an ivory head that forms a half inch of rocky, longlatsting head.

taste: a good deal of citrus with a lot of that spicy pepper/rye character. There is some mango towards the back mixed in with some pineapple. There is a assertive hops bitterness with just enough malt for support. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with a linger hop bitterness aftertaste.

mouthfeel: dry, medium full bodied with a medium high carbonation

drinkability: A very good IPA with a great rye flavor.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ccapurso
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of wrycon
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very clear amber. Really clear - like the lovechild of an amber and a West coast IPA. A lot of rye in the nose. Smells similarly to their Northern Harvest, but with some lighter pine undertones. You can catch some citrus on the top, as well. Hmm, this is interesting. Quite thick to start with no real identity. Then the rye, grain and bread notes explode and make it taste almost like an American lager. The pine notes push their way forward on the back end and try to substantiate the IPA claim. I'm not catching much citrus, just a lot of pine and rye. It's ok, but nothing I'd regularly drink.

Like it? It's OK

Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber hue, tall tan head, moderate carbonation, very clear.

S - Caramel malts, citrus hops, spicy rye.

T - Much like the smell, caramel malt, some sweetness from botht the malt and rye and some spiciness from the rye and hops. Predominately citrus hops, but a good bit of pine also. Ends with bitter kick.

M - Moderate body, some coating of the mouth from the malt and the resinous hops accentuate this. I think the carbonation is spot on but for the body, I'd like a little more alcohol to dry the palate.

O - Very good rye beer from SN, will definitely have again and I think it is a good rye beer to introduce people to the grain.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of KevlarBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Carissa
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Drunkenass
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was a reddish amber color with a small beige head. There was a little bit of lace.

Spicy rye aroma, some caramel malt. Grassy, herbal hops. A hint of citrus.

Caramel and spicy rye taste. Resinous, piney hops. Grapefruit showed up also.

This was a very crisp, hoppy IPA. Very drinkable.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,608 ratings.