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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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4,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,310
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 259 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of BeRanger


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours copper - about 2 fingers of white/off-white head which disapates rather quickly.

S - Certainly unique. Smells rather earthy, spices, with a little bit of citrus zest.

T - Unique taste - a lot of the earthy tones, hops, a little rye - finishes rather dry.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Certainly interesting - not the biggest fan of it, but I've only had a handful of rye beers. Unique though

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:46:56 | More by BeRanger
Photo of Steasy66


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip

A- Deep amber, 3 finger thick head, good staying power.
S- Nice floral hops, a bit herbal, yeast.
T- Sweet, nice hops, not overwhelming, not very big rye notes.
M- Good consistency, good carbonation.
O- Nice beer, not as hoppy as I expected but I don't hold that against it. For the price, pretty hard to beat this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 03:28:31 | More by Steasy66
Photo of theboozecruise


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, it's a dark amber color, clear with a white head. Not bad looking, but nothing amazing.

The aroma is really strong with rye and not surprising from Sierra Nevada a good many hops. There is a faint caramel malt balance underneath as well.

The flavor profile is quite similar to the aroma except the hops are more pronounced while the malts fade. The rye adds a nice spice to the beer similar to a rye whiskey.

The mouthfeel is very medium bodied beer with a strong rye aftertaste.

overall it's a good beer but not superb.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:41:12 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow:
Copper amber colour with some red tinges throughout. The head is a half cm, foamy white one with nice retention.

Caramel malts and an earthy, slightly spicy aroma. There is some citrus hops and a few touches of pine once the beer opens up some. I could also detect some grapefruit and hints of alcohol.

Citrus and a pine hop taste with some grapefruit and a chalky bitterness. There is also a caramel malt taste and some light earthiness. This is followed by some rye, spice and faint hints of wheat plus some light tropical fruits.

Medium with a tangy citrus feel and plenty of pine bitterness around the middle to the end. There is some hints of alcohol and a bubbly, alcohol laced feel to the beer. Carbonation is mild too.

Bitter and tropical fruit laced beer although it's definitely not a classic from Sierra Nevada.It is still a nice beer, just not their best offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:01:30 | More by flyingpig
Photo of puckee


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can you really review a beer without considering its price?

Most Sierra Nevada beers are an outstanding value. The legendary (and over-hyped) beer in my area is Surly Abrasive. Great beer, but way too expensive. Hopslam? Outrageous.

Ruthless Rye has a ton of flavor. Nice West Coast hops. Earthy. Dare I say umami?

If you want flavor and richness without the high alcohol and without a high price tag, check this out. One of my go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:22:24 | More by puckee
Photo of jamescain


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours a clear dark amber-brown with a creamy off white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing. The aroma is more earthy then I was expecting, but I guess that's what the rye adds. There are notes of pine and citrus with spicy earthy aromas. The taste of the beer is also very earthy and spicy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is medium-high and perhaps bordering on too high, but is still quite drinkable due to its medium body. Good beer, glad I tried it, but wont go out of my way to seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 21:51:56 | More by jamescain
Photo of Averwo


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an IPA glass.

Dark reddish brown appearance. 2 fingers of head.

Smells is light on hops. A little malt. Kind of a light citrus smell.

Taste is very bitter and Hoppy. Grapefruit notes with caramel and a burnt dry after taste. Must be the rye. Very flavorful. You also get whiskey barrel like notes.

Mouth feel is very good. Good carbonation and very drinkable. There is a strong aftertaste of toasted hops.

This is a dark IPA that satisfies. Big on flavor. Very strange. Almost like a burnt whiskey cast IPA. Definitely something you should search out for.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:38:02 | More by Averwo
Photo of icepik

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Darker amber color, very slight chill haze, light head, OK lacing.

S: Fairly light hops in the nose and about equal to the rye malt aroma.

T: Very nice nutty rye malt flavor, a bit bready, fairly strong bite of hops/rye on the finish. Bitterness lingers.

M: Solid mouth feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

O: Another nice offering from SN. While I feel it lacks a bit in the aroma and flavoring hops (for an IPA), it does have a strong bitterness on the finish that goes with the rye malt, which is the center of the flavor for this beer. It might even be a bit too much, depending on how much you like a pepper/bitterness finish (I like it). Its worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:38:29 | More by icepik
Photo of dar482

New York

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear very dark reddish amber with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, sweet citrus, bright herbal and piney hops. There’s a sweet bready malt in there as well.

The flavor follows of spicy and herbal hops. There’s a note of grapefruit and citrus combined with a light sweet bready malt. The finish continues on of pine and notes of pepper from the rye.

The mouthfeel is medium.

The beer is well balanced with a good amount of American hops with a light pepper spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:31:30 | More by dar482
Photo of macrosmatic


3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear burnished copper with a thin white head. Medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Surprisingly low amount of aroma – pine & lemon citrus hops with some toasted bready malt. But not much of either.

T: Follows the nose – citrus, pine, and grassy hops, and lots of bready malt. Moderate bitterness in hang.

M: Almost a chewy mouthfeel, medium body. Alcohol very well-hidden, and a great amount of carbonation.

O: Good, but nothing outstanding. Very drinkable, but I had higher hopes for this one. Needs more hoppiness, especially in the nose. And the rye character could have been more to the forefront as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:16:58 | More by macrosmatic
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New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8 week old bottle. Pours a dark copper color capped with a two-finger head. Retention and lacing are pretty good. Distinct note of rye on the nose, kind of a spicy "twang" that stands out from the barley malt. Earthy, herbal hop notes fill out the aroma, along with a bit of lemon zest.

A moderate bitterness persists throughout. Malt body is fairly understated, but the rye shines through. A clean, competent, and pleasant flavor that's nonetheless perhaps a bit bland. A dry finish caps it off. The texture is definitely the best attribute of Ruthless Rye thanks to an excellently engineered carbonation that finds a great balance between aggressiveness and creamy smoothness.

Celebration is a tough act to follow but Ruthless Rye offers a nice twist that adds another dimension to Sierra Nevada's stable of hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:06:06 | More by gr0g
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2014 15:43:09 | More by SanFranJake
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-11-2012 03:49:25 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2012 08:10:58 | More by Carissa
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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-21-2014 02:39:00 | More by SD-Alefan
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2014 22:15:55 | More by pengs68
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2013 22:08:03 | More by csmartin6
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-21-2013 01:11:13 | More by tim6298
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-10-2014 03:49:01 | More by chip26
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2013 01:41:34 | More by generallee
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-26-2012 11:44:01 | More by tmoreau713
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-12-2013 03:58:42 | More by Jovo
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-16-2012 15:48:20 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-15-2012 21:55:20 | More by donunrue
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-01-2013 02:20:32 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,310 ratings.