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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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Ratings: 4,314
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 261 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Bung


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Macs Steel Creek. Light orangey/amber pour. Sticky white bubbles.

Aroma, I'm not getting that much to be honest. Maybe some pine and grainy spice.

Taste, great mix if the malt, spicey rye, mostly piney hops.

Love how the rye adds a creaminess too it. To the right of light, a nice carbonation, drinks fairly smoothly.

Almost like a hoppy amber, but the best rye pale U think I've had. Score one for the old guys. Very balanced, so many will not like, but I did.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 03:46:47 | More by Bung
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Pours an amber color with a perfect sized head, fades at a slow rate with good retention, pretty fluffy looking, lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a piney floral aroma, good amount of citrus in the nose, picking up grapefruit and some other fruity esters, maybe even orange which is odd but probably mixing it up with the strong citrus presence.

Taste has a more malty presence than the nose would indicate, the rye definitely lends a bit more body to the beer, hop flavors are still quite evident with the citrus pine being the most prominent, light bitterness that doesn't overstay its welcome, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 21:20:25 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of RustyTide


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tried a 12 oz. bottle...ok a couple...and poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Beautiful clear dark copper color with a medium off-white or tan head. Good head retention and decent amount of lacing.

S- Pleasantly strong piny hops as well as rye, pepper like spice and citrus. Images of fresh whole-cones popped into my head every sip.

T- Nice Heavy hops/spice/bitterness, malty rye bread taste. Refreshing.

M- Crisp medium-bodied,balanced carbonation.

Overall- Gotta say I really liked this beer, pleasantly surprised how much I liked it, very refreshing unique IPA style. Well done Sierra Nevada, well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 09:08:46 | More by RustyTide
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep semi-clear copper color. A sea-foam cream colored head sits on too and doesn't want to recede. Nice webby lacing.

The aroma is both citric and fruity. Some spicy cedar-like woodiness as well.

The beer tastes like it smells. A nice spicy, woody rye body in the beginning. Some citrus rinds blend with faint tropical sweetness afterwards, with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium weight.

Overall, I hesitated to buy this. As usual, Sierra Nevada made a great beer in this.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 21:52:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of bstave


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint.

A- Pours a nice 1-2 finger white head that forms SN typical nice lacing. The body is a translucent mahogany. Very nice looking typical of a SN beer.

S- Nice earthy hops and a spicy rye backbone.

T- Taste follows nose. Nice earthy hops up front and spicy rye really balances this beer out nice.

M- Nice carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- A really nice offering from a brewery that fails to make a bad beer in my opinion. I much prefer this over Glissade. I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:38:48 | More by bstave
Photo of brewmudgeon


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SN ruthless rye

a 4 clear orangey copper. a high pour is capable of raising a three finger head quite easily, which contributes a creamy feel to the resultingly less carbonated body. random lacework. nice, though i would have expected some cloudiness.

s 3.5-4 smells pretty similar to red's rye, ii recall correctly. the rye is obvious in the nose, along with c hops. but the aroma is a little muted.

t 4.5 this is where the beer shines, a good category in which to do so. again the rye is obvious, lending a dry spiciness and a certain powdery quality to the mouthfeel. underneath is an ipa along the lines of celebration mixed with the retired anniversary ipa. this is really good--having heard complaints that this beer is too similar to torpedo and the rye is hardly noticeable, i must say i strongly disagree. on the sweetmeter, this one is about midway between red's rye (dryish) and hop rod (wet), so about perfect.

m 4-4.5 while the medium body could be a touch more lush, this is a fine vehicle for transporting this brew down the old hatch. much rather have it this way than having a touch too much body, which would get annoying quickly. instead, this beer lends itself to having more than one class--practically begs to let it be so lent.

o 4-4.5 very surprised at how much i like this beer, so far. two bottles. two great experiences. this has to be one of my three favorite SN beers of all time, along with bigfoot and northern hemisphere.
on second session, seemed a tad drier than wanted it, still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 06:41:10 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of dorianmarley


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is red-brown amber, with a massive, off-white head. Lacing is great.

Nose is peppery from the rye, with plenty of biting hops.

Taste is caramel malt, with black pepper and medium hops. It also has a whole-grain flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium-large carbonation.

Overall, this is a grain-lover's beer, with great balance and some real bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:50:23 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of soju6


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty/ copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of hops citrus and grain, primarily rye. There is also a bit of fruit sweetness in the background.

T: Starts with a nice bitterness with a nice touch of rye. There is a bit of fruit and spice that lurks in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and refreshing. the blend of the rye and hops is not overpowering and balanced very well.

O: Easy drinker, much better than I expected. Another solid offering from the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 21:35:27 | More by soju6
Photo of yuenglings


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firstoff It took me a mounth of waiting to get a case of this.
Ya gotta love the label on it. The beer has a dark copper color with good head and laceing.
It tastes sweet right off the bat then a citrisyness and peperyness kickin with a bite at the end. The smell is about the same even down to the bite at the end.
Overall a really good beer would buy agian fore sure if i can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:43:01 | More by yuenglings
Photo of sansimeon


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm new at this, so here goes. I liked the beer in general. I compared this beer with a Coastal Fog IPA and suddenly realized what the "body" of the beer refers to. Before, I either liked a beer or didn't, without regard for why. The first word that popped into my head after a couple of sips of the Rye was "round", and the Coastal Fog was "flat" (not flat as in, no carbonation, just lacking complexity). Ruthless had a nice malt taste, which I'm still figuring out how to articulate, and just enough hops to keep me drinking it. I will say this; I don't know if it was the beer, but I had some pretty messed up dreams for the two nights I drank this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 18:37:33 | More by sansimeon
Photo of jifigz


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance on this beer is a rich brownish red with a wonderful lingering head. The head is full of nooks and crannies and looks very, very fluffy. The beer and head left nice lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is citrusy and hoppy with a nice spicy like bite to it. The spicy bite is almost pepper like and very appetizing-that smell makes my mouth water and my nose ache with joy.

T: The taste is crisp and clean at first and then the spiciness hits and mingles with a sudden burst of hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly refreshing for being so bitter before leaving my mouth feeling dry and craving another sip.

MF: The mouthfeel is good and very creamy for this beer. It goes down extremely smooth and the carbonation is light and delicate.

O: This is a fine American IPA and I like the spiciness that the rye lends to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 16:45:31 | More by jifigz
Photo of homebrew311


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Sierra Nevada IPA in a 12 pack for 12.99? Score! This time with the addition of rye...

Poured into nonic pint glass.

A: pours a clear auburn with soapy white head, heavy lacing, moderate head retention

S: nose starts with waves of spicy rye and dank piney hops, there are resinous notes as well as a slightly roasted accent. The smell is somewhere in between Torpedo and SNPA with the additional quality of rye.

T: starts out with lots of bittering hop character, notes of pine wood and resin, this is followed by a sturdy rye profile which bring a savory quality to the surface. Finish is dry and bready. Nice flavors, the balance is skewed in the direction of bitter, I'm okay with that

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: another winner from Sierra Nevada. For the value, you can't really do much better if you are shopping for a hearty rye brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:51:38 | More by homebrew311
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint

A – Pours a clear deep copper with a small half-finger head of tiny bubbles, which disappeared after a minute, leaving patchy lacing.

S – Clean aroma of grassy hops with a hint of black pepper.

T – West coast hops are definitely assertive, but this beer also has a nice Ritz cracker-like malt backbone. Some caramel esters present in the malt. The rye adds a spicy element matching the black pepper in the nose that becomes noticeable in the finish. Everything really nicely balanced here. Tasty.

M – Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Has a slightly creamy feel to it as well, which is amazing. Finishes clean and dry.

O – Outstanding in all categories except maybe appearance, (could have used more head/lacing) I really enjoyed this. So well balanced that the taste buds don’t become bored or tired. I don’t personally find a lot of rye inspired ales, so this was a refreshing change. I wanted another when I was done, and I’ll be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:37:46 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of bareju


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful orange amber with creamy white head.

Floral and citrus aroma.

Rye is strong in the taste, along with sweet citrus and floral hops. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, bitterness lingers, slightly creamy.

Best rye IPA I've had. Refreshing, tasty, and easy-drinking. Will definitely be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 20:49:27 | More by bareju
Photo of heelsn02

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into New Belgium snifter

pours a really nice deep amber color... off white 1 finger head. lots of bubbles coming up from the carbonation. awesome lacing.

smells nice and sweet, a bit of citrusy hops coming thru. caramel and bready malts. not a big pungent smell though

really good taste. nice balance b/t the hops and malt, and the light peppery spice from the rye flavor pulls thru really nicely.

mouthfeel is a little bitter, medium bodied; nice amount of carbonation.

overall I'm really liking this rye IPA... about to have 3 or 4 more and watch the brady/tebow bowl tonight :) super easy to drink for sure. similar to the "rye hopper" I tried from french broad a few weeks ago, but not as sweet... both excellent brews though. this is priced very reasonably here in NC ($8.99 for a 6er). I'll definitely buy this one again. well done Sierra.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:53:30 | More by heelsn02
Photo of JPlo


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper-honey color, hazy. Head above avg lasting and very good lacing.

Taste: Peppery rye, citrus, earthy, slightly herbal, grainy, sweet. Good hop bitterness, about avg for an ipa.

Feel: Smooth medium body. Light carbonation and a long finish.

Rye flavor brings tremendous balance for an IPA. Very drinkable for the non-hophead.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 02:25:31 | More by JPlo
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: crystal clear light amber with carbonation bubbles and a three finger frothy off whiye head that lingers nice and leaves a ton of lacing
S: citrus hop front with nice malty back end
T: wow, citrus hops up front then slides in a slight sweetness which is backed up by a real nice depth
M: smooth creamy, a little thick, leavea the mouth just slightly dry
O: a really nice beer that I could honestly drink all day everyday, really happy with this switch up for sierra nevadas seasonal brew

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:24:31 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of chimaylvr

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange almost mahogany but not quite 'bock-like'; wonderful, thin and continuous lacing throughout which compliments the exceptional mouthfeel

S: rush of piney resin; underlying rye aroma balances hop aroma. Just a quietly pleasant smell

T: as I'm drinking I enjoy a whiff of that aroma to accent that mildly bitter hop note. Reminiscent of that woody, scotch taste.

M: excellent level of carbonation, sneaky maltiness; if it were more complex this # would be higher

O: While I like certain elements very much, there's just that elusive spot-on, unmistakable home run that, well, Chimay (blue) or La Fin Du Monde provide for its style. That being said, this is an above average beer. No, its bona fide.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:30:28 | More by chimaylvr
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger pearl white head. Really nice lacing throughout. Aroma of pine, faint grapefruit and rye makes a late appearance. This is a perfectly drinkable IPA while maintaining a good level of bitterness. The flavor starts off with a bit of bready sweetness and some semi-sweet, but muted citrus notes. The spicy and bitter portion of this beer is next. Notes of pine, grass, spice, pepper and rye finish this one out. Quick bitter hop bursts, but the spicy rye kills the bitterness while adding a hint more sweetness before the finish and it ends clean and dry. Good use of the rye which makes this one a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:29:42 | More by uustal
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a reddish amber with an off-white head that holds and leaves rings of very pretty lace. nose is flowery whole-cone hops that smell to me like lemon flowers (if there was such a thing), a touch of rye and a hint of caramel. can't get over how real, pretty and lemony/citrusy the hop character is. taste is just what the nose led me to believe. citrusy hops with a bit of peppery rye flavor riding on a backbone of soft caramel. very well balanced and nicely done. medium body that isn't sweet and had no abd aftertastes, just maybe wished it was a tad drier. overall, another very very fine, accessible brew from sierra nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:24:12 | More by timtim
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma has a decided overtone of rye with hints of malt and hops and a subtle note of apple. It pours a clear, dark copper with a thick, fluffy, pale cream head that hangs around for a while. Rye flavor has a strong hoppy note and hints of malt and fruit, both apple and grapefruit. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a good tingle to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:44:51 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Retroman40


4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - A deep copper/amber color with a strong and lasting head.

S - Citrus with some malt in the background.

T - Citrus, mostly grapefruit with a good malt finish.

M - Rich with good carbonation and a nice medium finish.

O - I was expecting more sharpness due to the rye but it was balanced out perfectly resulting in just a great IPA. At under 8 bucks a six pack at my Walmart this is a "best buy" for sure that I will be stocking up on.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 09:41:28 | More by Retroman40
Photo of thegodfather1076


4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome label with great graphics and color scheme. Neck label states 2013 and gives a small description of the beer. Back label gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, and web info.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 13oz tulip glass. Pours out a clear copper orange color with a 1½ finger golden cream foam head of medium density. Head retention was 2min 37sec before fading into a frothy coating. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of grapefruit and floral hops. Also has a spiciness in the nose and has hints of sweet malts. Very interesting.

Flavor/Taste: Has a large rye spiciness on the front end with a good deal of biscuit-like malt flavors. This is followed by a bitter fruity citrus hop bite that turns a bit sweet before fading to a back end dominated by toasted malts. Excellent.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with an above average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Extremely tasty brew that any hop head will love! I really like the spice character the rye imparts on this IPA. Excellent!! Classified as an American IPA at 6.6%. Consumed 2-16-13.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 10:30:38 | More by thegodfather1076
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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at cellar-fridge temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy, foamy, creamy colored head. Nice retention with that characteristic awesome Sierra Nevada lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles.

S – Caramel malt, grainy and peppery rye, and a nice hop bouquet with pine, floral, and grapefruit notes. There is a great balance between the malt and hops with the prominent addition of spicy rye.

T – Grainy and spicy rye is apparent up front with sweet caramel, toffee, and bready malt shining through once the peppery spice of the rye mellows. Smooth but prevalent hop bitterness comes forward at the finish with grapefruit, mango, pine, and some floral notes. Like the nose, the taste is nicely balanced.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky, creamy, and mouth-coating feel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Bitter citrus hop and spicy rye flavors linger on the tongue for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a tasty beer. Nothing really sticks out in particular that sets this apart from the pack, but it’s a great example of the style. Actually if I had to pick a thing that could set it apart, it would be the great balance between the malt and hops in both the aroma and the taste. This is a tasty and very drinkable beer, and I think Sierra Nevada picks the perfect time of year to release a beer like this. The little bit of spice from the rye is reminiscent of some holiday beers, but its grainy nature mixed with the nice hop bouquet has me feeling like spring is coming. Another nice beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:10:57 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured brownish amber. Slight murkiness and moderate carbonation. Foamy tan head that leaves a soapy ring and good lacing.

Aroma: Crisp rye notes and very light citrus hops. Clean.

Taste: Rye malt crispness, with a smooth citrus hop that rides throught the finish. Hops flavor and bitterness, but leaves a clean taste.

Mouth: Slightly dry with nice carbonation.

Overall: It's easy to take Sierra Nevada for granted in favor of the latest and greatest, but they just keep making excellent beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 05:27:53 | More by MrBoz21
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