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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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87
very good

4,666 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,666
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 79
Gots: 426 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/23/2011. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, grass, herbal, and rye spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, grass, and spicy rye. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, rye, citrus, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of bitterness and malts make this quite smooth. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Great flavor balance and smoothness. Very enjoyable with nice hop flavors.

Photo of DannyBuckets
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Drwpiersonindy
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BearslikeBeers
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a rich amber with a large head that left a thick lace along the glass. The smell is very faint and hoppy. The flavor is bitter and dry throughout the rye provides a bitter starch(and peppery) taste that lingers. The hops are not very fruity or floral but dry and bitter and complement the rye nicely. Overall the beer came together very nicely and has a more pronounced rye presence than I've seen in the brews of some others breweries starting to use rye.

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a nonic-style pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small ivory head that leaves behind good streaks of lacing.

S: I get the rye spiciness in the nose, along with piney or sprucey hops. A touch earthy.

T: Good stuff. Rye spice is again noted, pretty clearly and right away. Good malt profile - some caramel malt and toffee flavors provide a nice foundation. It's followed by that rye spiciness. It finishes with resiny pine and spruce that at times seems grassy. Earthy spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, which comes across as quite dry. Burps remind me of Celebration a little.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest, giving this a fairly creamy feel.

O: This is good stuff; it grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. I think I like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye a little better, but for the price ($8.89 a sixer at Olivers), this is real solid. And I think the rye makes this an appropriate Spring offering.

Photo of Hoptimus_prime78
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RossCain
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz (dated 2012) into a pint glass:

A: Pours a semi-translucent, rustic orange color with a puffy and foamy off-white head. Great retention and the big splotches of the head clinging to the glass upon each quaff is attractive.

S: Bready and spicey with a background of citrus sweet notes playing second fiddle. Smells like a fresh baked croissant with honey.

T: Bold flavors of malty goodness hit the palate initially followed by a big rush of a fresh bite of grapefruit with sugar on top. Slightly peppery in the middle. Propped up in the finish by a giant bready background graced with the enduring flavors of the whole-cone hops, the beer finishes with an assertive bittersweet finish (erring more on the side of bitter).

M: Big full body with a creamy character and a slick feel as it passes over the palate. Finishes sweet with a lingering pucker of bitterness.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed Sierra Nevada's take on the Rye-IPA. Definitely a hearty brew which is packed full of well-married flavors. I wouldn't bat an eyelash at buying a sixer.

Photo of BaronRogue
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dollar a bottle at the pharmacy, couldn't resist a cheap Sierra Seasonal.

Deep red with a decent head that stuck around for a minute or two. Little bit of lace on the glass which is always nice.

Smells like peppery grapefruit. Breads and hops mixing together nicely.

Taste is exceptional for me, since I'm not the biggest rye beer fan. Nicely hoppy, slightly bitter and a great aftertaste. I can't smell or taste any alcohol at all, which is interesting since it's 6.6%.

Feels great, you'll like this if you enjoy hops but don't like the bitterness sticking around in the back of your throat for too long.

Another good mass beer from Sierra Nevada, give it a try if you see it at a decent price.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny that there is another Ruthless Rye IPA made by Barrier Brewing Company, this is the Sierra Nevada version I am reviewing. Saw some Sierra reviews for the other beer, uh oh! Been wanting to try this since it was released.

A - Pours a pretty clear brownish amber with a good finger of light tan, almost light brown head. Great retention on the head and some exceptionally sticky lacing!

S - Lots of citrus (mainly grapefruit) with some peppery, bready malt. Very earthy and spicy.

T - Citrus and piney hops blend well with the breadiness and spices. There are some really nice grapefruit flavors in here that remind me of a West Coast IPA, but at the same time it is darker and earthier than most West Coast IPAs. A little dry and boozy in the finish. Really nice peppery rye finger lingers on the tongue along with some piney notes.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Fairly sticky and coating but not overly so.

O - This is quite a decent IPA and a huge step up from boring Glissade Golden Bock. A nice, spicy, hoppy beer that is perfect for the upcoming rainy trainsition to spring (what we mountain people call the "mud season"). I'll definitely be getting more of this, very unique while being completely in the Sierra Nevada style.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep dark copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Towering head from a not-so-aggressive pour that dissipated very, very slowly.
Aroma was just a little malty when the head was around. Once the head subsided the hop and spicy rye aroma kicked in. Pine, citrus notes blending very well with spicy rye notes.
Taste compliments the aroma very well. The spice from the rye hits the palate straight up on the tongue. In the middle the hop bitterness takes over all the way to the finish. The bitterness in the finish doesn't linger around too much though. Very well balanced and easy to drink brew. The rye definitely makes its presence felt. Not sure if I would call it "ruthless" though, it is definitely a solid and robust beer, but ruthless ? Not sure about that. Very good lacing around the insides of the glass.
Overall, a very drinkable and tasty beer from Sierra Nevada.
Definitely worth a try.

Photo of HopNelius
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap and into a pint glass.
Apperance-amber color, medium carbonation, 2 finger head.
Smell-notes of bread, pine, spice, citrus.
Taste-hit with the rye first, bread and spice, pepper, almost tasted like really good rye toast, then a nice hop finish a mixture of more pine than citrus but both present.
Mouthfeel-nice, slightly spicy with the rye.
Overall-whenever a rye beer is on a beer list, I gravitate towards it, I like this beer and will seek it out again, real drinability, with the quality I have come to expect from a SN, very simalar to their pale ale but with the rye flavor coming through.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is a savior after a terrible bottle of SA Alpine Spring. Poured in a SN tumbler.

Dark amber body with a frothy slightly off-white head. steady stream of bubbles rising from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom.

Smells like pine needles. spicy pine needles.

Not as spicy as i expected, but still spicy. Decent malt body that really balances out everything. Its got this quality I cant really pin down. The spicy rye is balanced by slightly slick hop extract oil. Feels like a more interesting Torpedo.

Ill take this over Torpedo.

Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a big cloud deck of off-white foam,
Aroma-Juicy hops, faint spiciness
Taste-Spicy rye, big, bold hops, rather clean, dry finish. Nice flavor and balance, cries out for a spicy food match. Pepper steak or Teriaki would do nicely. Hop-head recommended.

Photo of MichPaul
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had great anticipation for this beer, from hearing the ravings on the forum. So my expectations were very high. I was only slightly disappointed. I guess I just expected a big, almost Barleywine taste to it, but it was a little bit more tame than I was hoping especially with the word "Ruthless" in the title. Don't get me wrong I was only slightly let down. This beer actually drank spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Poured a nice clear, dark amber color with a nice thick head. Lots of lacing was apparent all the way down the glass to the very end.
This was not a big bitter beer and went down really easy. I would easily pick up a six pack of this next time it is in season.

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber colour with a fluffy, light tan head. Great lacing.

Floral, citrussy hops. No pine. Mild spicy rye. Sweet. Interesting but the sweetness is a little much.

Bright, tropical and floral hops dominate again with a smooth, caramel malt profile. The sweetness is quite high as is the bitterness so it ain't bad. Gets increasingly bitter in the glass.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I like this beer as a sessionable IPA. The sweetness counteracts enough bitterness to make this eminently drinkable though that sweetness is not quite what I want in an IPA.

Photo of CamelBackNotation
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

There is no strong bite at the beginning of the sip. The beer gently transitions into a smooth, soft feel with no real offensive tastes. It's just plain pleasant. Great beer! Not really what I would associate with IPA

Photo of tone77
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is delicious. Citrus and hops up front, some rye and malts at the finish, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 listed on the bottle.

An off white head, a little styrofoamy, but makes a good three fingers with some retention. Body color is a dark amber brown, crystal clear, not much rising carbonation if any.

Nose is a nice toasted grainy malt. Slightly spicy, almost Oktoberfest Marzen like. A little subdued, but fairly solid.

Real interesting taste profile. Sweetening grapefruit at first in the palate, followed by the toasty malts matched on the nose. Hop citrus bitter follows on the afterfinish, with an airy spicy feeling. Great tasting. Mouthfeel seems fine and solid nothing to complain or get excited about.

Overall pretty good tasting beer here.

Photo of msondel
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a big fan of Sierra Nevada and haven't tasted one I wouldn't buy again. I don't taste much of the pepper they describe in this one or know why this would be considered a "transition to Spring" as it says on the bottle. It tastes similar to their normal IPA, but with a little less flavor. Still a great beer (great head, color, smell), but wouldn't put it in front of their other IPAs because it doesn't have the same level of taste.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The artwork on this one is great.

Pours a bright and crystal clear amber color with a huge off white head. Looks wonderful in the glass.

Aromas are typical for Sierra IPAs. Grassy, resin like, with some hard candies, and is quite floral. Smells like a fresh hop beer.

Taste is malty sweet up front, notes of hard candies, tea, and some grainy spice. Finish is resiny, earthy, pine like, lightly bitter, with some citrus, and fresh floral hops. People that want hoppy citrus flavors in their IPA might not care for this, but I like the raw earthy hop and rye notes.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and very well carbonated.

Overall, an excellent new offering from Sierra. I know it's another "IPA", but this is different. Reminds me of some of the Harvest beers, but with more graininess, and nice spicy rye notes. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown -served in a standard pint.

The color is resplendent shade of deep copper with great clarity and visibly carbonated with rapidly rising fine bubbles and pale tan cap w/ ultra fine bead. The lace is sticky and it is a pleasure to look upon in the glass. The smell has a fruity tangy yeast ester with a citrusy hop smell that is very pleasant and mild caramel odor from the malt with light pine accent from the hops. the feel is a true west coast IPA in that it has a nice malt backbone but the rye is giving a toasty edge which absorbs some of the hop acidity - the balance is toward the hop with a nice bite yet there is some oily texture and a nice dry spicy finish with mild sweet accents.

The flavor is toasty and fruity with a light sweet taste up front w/ rye giving a light nuttiness and slight caramel leads to an orange and tangerine citrus flavor w/ light pine notes adding depth to the hop character. the pine takes the wheel and steers into hoppy rye territory fast with a spicy/fruity and mildly earthy hop flavor which pairs well with the rye. There is a lot of different flavor components overlapping which I really enjoy with juicy tangy citrus a focal point that blends very nicely with the toasted grain elements. The malt doesn't really distract from the tropical fruit notes which come forward mildly as it warms. There is an ample amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall I love a good rye and this has it all -the finesse and flavor that coexist in a hoppy rye beer. It is smooth enough to be drinkable and bold enough to excite the palate, Kudos to Sierra Nevada.

Photo of ahq514
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface, seems to have a higher amount of carbonation. Solid two finger head, that is a fluffy off white. Good lacing throughout the glass.

Fairly straight forward aroma. Lots of rye and a healthy dash of citrusy and floral hops. Reminds of a less intense, more malt focused Founders reds rye.

Very nice. Right up front is a malty sweetness followed by a moderate amount of rye, with a light spicy character. Then the hops come through, a bitter herbal quality with some bright citrus undertones. I want to know what the experimental hops they used were, because I dig it. Definitely a more malt focused ipa, but I like it. A good hop character that doesn't outshine the malt. Lingering dry bitterness.

Good medium body. A little high on the carbonation. Very drinkable.

A great beer from SN. So glad they replaced Glissade with this. Not as hoppy as the top Rye Beers, but just as good IMO. Glad I invested in a 6 pack. If it was year round I would definitely keep this regularly stocked in my fridge.

Photo of Topher78
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring this beer left a fingers worth of a off white head and had reasonably good lacing. The color of this beer was perplexing, from different angles it had very different and unique colors. From table level it looked mahogany, from over top it looked slightly red and from an angle it looked more amber in color. Well, whatever color is was it had a beautiful aroma to it. Strong peppery notes mixed very well with sweet citrusy hop notes. From the first sip you can tell you're drinking a rye beer; the spiciness of the rye added a big kick to the malt and worked very well with this beers hop imparted bitterness. This beer finished very clean and dry on the palate, which left you wanting more.

Photo of Kromes
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thin off-white head.

S: There's a nice toasted rye and citrusy pacific hop aroma.

T: A good mixture of sweet malt, spicy rye and citrus hop. The flavors blend well and complement one another. Just enough bitterness in the finish to balance everything out with a lingering citrus and toasted grain flavor.

M: Good all around mouthfeel. Medium body and a higher carbonation add to the spice.

O: One of my favorite styles, I haven't had a bad rye beer...yet. Recommend picking this up.

Photo of david18
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking a lot of this while it was on tap at my local beer bar. Sierra Nevada has not been known for IPA's, I guess since they're so well known for the pale. Then came the Torpedo, which was good but I think this is one of their best beers.

Appearance was typical of an IPA. Dark pale, good carbonation, very inviting looking.

Aroma was almost perfect. Great hops balanced with the malt and alcohol.

Flavor as well was a great balance of bitterness, hop flavor, malt and alcohol.

Great IPA, that I highly recommend.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,666 ratings.