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

4,872 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,872
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 83
Gots: 611 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,872 | Reviews: 1,095
Photo of Ryan011235
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 2/12/12

What a nice looking beer. Utmost clarity. Gorgeous, honey brown color. Two finger head drops to a thin layer and a large island of bubbles. Good lace; not a solid wall, but caked across the glass.

Ah, the aroma is quite dry. Pine is in no shortage and there are pepperings of rye and orange pith. There is a solid bready malt aroma and a hint of yeast way in the back.

Ooh... This is a good'un. No surprise here, this is just like the nose - pungent, soapy hops. Mostly pine with a slight citrus nip. The rye blends in excellently; subtle upfront and building toward the finish. Quite dry, too.

Medium feel. Smooth, with a softly rolling layer of carbonation. Lingering rye notes with a moderate bitterness, too.

Yeah, this is really good. It has all the choice aspects of SNPA without all the "meh" of Torpedo.

Photo of John1985
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale pours a dark gold with an inch head that laces beautifully down the pint glass. Aroma of rye with citrus. Taste starts out with a mildly spicy rye flavor balanced with citrus hops. Medium body makes this very sessionable and finishes very smooth for IPA. Wow I never knew rye beers could be so flavorful.

Another home run by Sierra Nevada. I enjoyed this much more than last year's bock. This was affordable and full of flavor!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The code looks like 2006th day but the 2 looks to be crossed out so I'll go with the 6th day...Jan 6, 2012.

It pours a deep golden red with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing.

The smell has some citrus hops going on with a mild rye spiciness and an ample malt backbone.

The taste has the rye at the forefront; why not, it's in the name after all. Quite spicy/peppery with citrus backing it up to the hilt. Mild use of malty backbone keeps it from being too bitter but make no mistake about it; it claims to be an IPA and an IPA it is! Delicious!

A great mouthfeel and very easy to drink, I like this one muchly and I'll be drinking this often. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, has a good sized white head that holds for quite a while and leaves heavy lace. Color is a transparent copper.

S: Very strong spicy, citrusy hop smell with a slight rye bread and sweet caramel smell.

T: A nice spicy kind of rye bread taste with very light sweetness and a strong piney and citrus hop flavor ending.

M: Medium body with good carbonation, this beer is very very smooth.

O: This is a very dynamic and smooth beer that I thoroughly enjoyed and will enjoy again. Would definitely recommend trying this beer if you haven't.

Photo of billybob
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark copper color with about a two finger tightly formed head and good amount of sticky lace. you can smell the hops there and there is a nice freshness to it. medium mouth feel and a crispy carbonation. strong hop taste some citric and spice notes but its all about the balance there are some bready and sweet notes also. i'm not a big hop head fan but enjoyed this beer a lot and would buy again.

Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

A- deep copper-brown color with a fluffy, white head that retained two fingers for several minutes.

S- Maybe it's just me but I didn't pick up a lot in the smell department. A bit of spicy bread perhaps.

T- One of the best-tasting beers I've had out of a bottle. Wonderful semi-sweet malts at the front remind of chocolate-chip pancakes. Peppery spice emerges, then the piney hops come in at the end with notes of fruit (black cherry?).

M- On the thick side, it hangs on to your tongue, which helps to release the complex taste at a moderate pace. Lingers. Not highly carbonated.

O- Very good beer. Big and complex, yet drinkable. Bargain at $14.99 for 12.

Photo of dertyd
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pourd out of a 12 oz bottle a orange auburn color with a thin head that lasted a wile

S-a verry bitter skunky smell not to much hops more of a sour grainy smell

T-wow!!! Was not exspecting that at first it tasted like a light hoppy ipa and then all of a sudden boom I got hit with the rye this is my first rye beer and I think I am in love lol

M-mouthfill was nice long lasting taste in mouth kinda dry filling but its not bad at all

Overall this is a really goood beer I will buy plenty more of this and the lable has got to b one of the coolest I've seen

Photo of YardmanFTB
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruthless Rye IPA is different than the typical IPA. It still has the all of the alcohol percentage and IBUs of a regular IPA but it finishes extremely dry, in a good way. Many people I've shared this beer with feel that it exudes a strong hint of Marijuana. Marijuana is the cousin of the hop so it is not that crazy of a description.

Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

  Pours a pretty golden amber color that's a shade usually seen around sunset. Not much in the way of head, but the carbonation is lively. Aroma of spicy rye malt and sharp, floral hops, with notes of grass and a light caramel sweetness. Palate is hop forward with a nice sharp, spicy note from the rye. The flavors become more balanced and mellow on the swallow, with a hint of orange peel and caramel malt helping to offset the considerable bitterness, which lingers for a while on the finish. Body is lively and a touch creamy, a great vehicle for the flavors on display here.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a mostly clear, copper appearance, with lacing, streaming bubbles, and some fine particulate matter (I’m guessing it’s yeast) floating about at the bottom. The aroma is strong, and one gets heavy citrus (grape fruit), sweetness, and some bread, and the taste is mostly citrus, sweetness, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and the finish is easy-going and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

Photo of Deconstructionis
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. the only other Rye ale I've had is Hop Rod which I also like but have not seen in ages.

It's a coppery light brown with a nice head and an orange cast if held to light. There is a hint of rye in the smell but not as much as in the taste; a pleasant clean hop aroma is more pronounced. It tastes amazingly like a slice of good rye bread. If you like rye and american pale ales you can't go wrong with this beer. I would warn that if you're not a fan of rye you probably won't like this. It's a great beer with food but eminently drinkable on its own.

Overall, I give it very high marks but, again, it's probably not for everyone.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 135011147. Taste is slightly spicy with a nice hop citrus presence. Pretty much delivers completely on the promise that is made on the bottle. Normally I don't put too much attention to the label as it is normally the liquid that matters the most but I really, really love the way that this label (and Celebration does this for me too) puts you in another place and transcends you before you even take the first sip. Genius. As for the liquid...crisp, clean, hoppy, spicy, delicious. It's from Sierra Nevada, what did you expect?

Photo of Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was the color of a bright penny. The head was pillowy and light tan leaving moderate lacing.

The smell was earthy and spicy. Organic, weedy aroma. Rotting leaves (in a good way). Aroma blooms as it warms, very nice.

The taste was peppery with a light sweetness. Grassy, hops bitterness and rye spiciness. Tobacco leaf. Finishes dry. Allowing this beer to warm a bit really benefits both the aroma and flavor.

The mouthfeel was softly prickly with a medium body. Finishes rather smoothly. Incredibly drinkable beer.

Photo of gbgreg1
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a nice caramel color out of a bottle. It had great head retention and the lacing went down the whole glass.

S - This is a nice spicy beer. It had notes of rye, grapefruit, and caramel.

T - Great mouthful feeling with a full taste. The rye is noticeable and backed up with grapefruit hops.

M - Great consistency.

O - Great beer highly recommend

Photo of salvo
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours filtered crystal clear into a pint glass with a full inch of foamy off-white head; beautiful red-brown beer with enough carbonation to replenish the head. Strong lacing on the glass. Rich spicy aroma from the rye; piny hops with hints of floral and tropical fruit notes. Guava smells more prevalent as it warms.

Rich spicy malt flavor is first as piny hops fill the nose. Then the hops are on the tstebuds: pine and citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with hints of musty guava skin and flesh. Ends dry and sightly astringent. Long drying hop finish.

This is a wonderfully tasty, spicy, hoppy new beer from Sierra Nevada, and one of few that has really lived up to the hype from the first-gen independents for me in a while. Can't wait to try it on tap.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruthless rye IPA pours a dark copper color, with a nice sized lacy head. There is a very nice dry hoppy aroma. There is a very nice hoppy taste, that finishes with a strong dry bitter flavor. The taste is very strong, but I would want another one of these. Overall this is a very good beer, a nice hoppy dry taste, there is something else in there that I cant put my finger on it, but a fantastic winter beer.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixtel at Lukas after hearing good things. I've had about the half the keg and feel comfortable reviewing now. Poured from my system to a pint glass the beer pours a perfectly clear dark copper color with a 2 finger white/cream colored head with excellent retention with lots of lacing remaining. The aroma is big with a lot of peppery spice, rye, citrus, and piney hop character. I enjoy the blend of spice from the rye and west coast hop tones. The flavor starts with the same intense rye pepper spice on the tongue. The hop character found in the nose comes through and again melds well with the spice. A foundation of caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering pepper hop on the tongue. Upper end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a really good representation of a Rye IPA. I'm enjoying it very much and would easily recommend.

Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden copper color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. Rye is very nice and the flavor is very smooth.

One of the best IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend.

Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of madeofsteel
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a coppery color with a cream colored head about half an inch high. Nice retention and gorgeous patchy lacing make this one a looker.

S - The first thing I notice isn't rye, but pine resin and citrus zest. Rye is further back, pleasantly fruity and prickly.

T - The rye is much more noticeable in the flavor, but not to be understated is a certain bready malt quality. Very bitter, intimidating hop character, but I love that kind of stuff.

M - Sorta dry, very fine carb.

O - I think I may have found a new favorite from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of MrOH
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper with two fingers of off-white head, great retention. Lots of lacing.

Apples, citrus, bread, caramel, some slight tropical notes. Kinda reminds me of sticky buns.

Sweet breadiness upfront, then citrus hop flavors with a long firm bitterness that transitions to a dryness that I attribute to the rye. Quite tasty.

Definitely on the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation. Just right and it accentuates the flavors.

Pretty damn good, one of the better rye beers out there.

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- THis beer puors with a nice, deep amber body with a crisp line of white head that leaves somewhat quickly

S- Lots of spice a pepper on the nose with a big burst of hop aroma

T- Just like the nose, lots of robust pepper. This has a earthy taste as well coming from the rye grains and a clean, somewhat smooth hope finish on the end.

M- Crazy mouthfeel on this is one! It's medium bodied and ver tingly which lasts as long as it's in your mouth.

O- Totally love this beer. I liked it last year and it just keeps getting better. Wonderful taste. Fairly sessionable. Fantastic IPA.

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear and deep copper amber orange with lots of fast rising bubbles. Huge white head giving about five fingers. Very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass. Looks great.

Smell: Big aroma of pine resin hops leap out. Very dank. Also a good amount of rye adding to the spice. Some good hints of citrus hops and sweet bready malts lingering in the background. The spicy pine and rye stand out the most here. Smells very fresh and good.

Taste: A big taste of very nice spice and bitterness. Oily pine resin hops up front with a nice kick of spicy rye. Good notes of citrus grapefuit and orange. A sweet bready presence of malts emerges towards the finish to balance out the bitterness. Very good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, chewy, and finishes dry from the big hop presence.

Overall: A very good new add to Sierra Nevada's lineup. Very spicy and bitter, so much so that it seems like a double IPA. That is a good thing to me.

Photo of LukeD23
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never heard of this beer and cant find any info on it. I am really suprised and excited about this new release from SN.

It pours a really pretty sunset amber with almost no head lingering. As I smell the beer the first thing I notice is how crisp the hop smell is, lots of zesty citrus aromas with a similar to sprite aroma. I love the hop combination on this beer, not sure what the hops are but they are great. The rye is a great spicy backround note and lends a nice fresh loaf of bread note. The mouthfeel is the classic sierra nevada mouthfeel, chewy but not long lasting on the bitterness. Overall I really like this beer, it is crisp and clean while still intriguing to the palate. Cheers.

Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release

Appearance: A nice amber color with a decent light tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving good lacing

Smell: A very aromatic brew, consisting of spicy rye and piney, resinous hops

Taste: Starts off with some resinous hops, then moves to some rye spice, then a little pine hops, finishing with a little bit of malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, light to medium body

Overall: An excellent brew from Sierra Nevada. I'm rather happy to have it in my fridge right now!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,872 ratings.