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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

1,092 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,092
Hads: 4,949
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.98%
Wants: 91
Gots: 674 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,092 | Hads: 4,949
Photo of CTbeerboy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Ruthless Rye pours a beautiful dark brown (amber when held directly in the light). With a finger and a half of a beige or off-white head full of tiny bubbles (key in the song).
S- This is one really complex combination. I get plenty of wonderful west coast hops up front coupled with piny and resiny smells associated pales. I also get plenty of pepper, grapefruit, passion fruit and other citrus fruits thrown in as well. Very, very dank smelling on the end of the nose as well.
T- Im getting alot of the same flavors on the tongue as I got in the aroma. Plenty of west coast hops (Citra and Simcoe most likely). Lots of grapefruit and passion fruit notes as well as an almost grassy bitterness that coats the tongue well.
M- This one coats the tongue pretty well. I get it on all parts of the tongue and it really leaves a great lingering bitterness.
O- Overall Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada is a great addition to their seasonal line up. It conjures up some great flavors and scents that remind me of some of my favorite IPA's, while it has a kicked up spice profile from the rye that makes it just this side of mysterious.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful copper/amber/orange body with 2 fingers of heavy white foam and very active carbonation flying around. Lacing is solid and the head hangs out.

S- the peppery, spicy, bready character comes out with some citrusy hop notes and some yeast but it's faint. the overall aroma is pungent and inviting.

T- total herbal hops. it's floral yet spicy and mean. it's very cool. challenging, in a good way. you get a bit of that rye malt when the hop bomb fades.

M- very hard carbonation bite on the tongue. it's dry, medium bodied, and clean.

O- holy cow. this is ruthless rye 2013. it's spicy, hoppy, bitter, complex, and everything that makes the american IPA a neverending adventure in beer. I'll keep this around for brewing sessions. Skol.

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Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super awesome dark golden color with a creamy, off-white topping which is still hanging around. without light shining through it directly, it is a dark apple juice color.
not getting much smell but my sniffer is a little locked up with the pre-spring heat we're having today. but there definitely isn't much on the nose. taste is peppery and rye-like, indeed. an edgy bitterness and slightly dry. some citrus but I like the rye in this one compared to other rye brews. no carbonation to speak of and medium feel to it. very nice. probably one of my more favorite sierra Nevada offerings....

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep copper color, alomst russet in fact, with a two inch cream colored head that slowly reduces with tons of sticky lacing.

Has a fragrant smell, with pear, vanilla, malt,and citrus. Despite its dark look, it has a very light and crisp smell, with a hint of creaminess underneath.

Starts with a crisp grassy bitter bite, with creamy malt, dry rye, and a bare hint of citrus before finishing with plenty of hop bitter. As I get further into the beer, it is a bit like a hoppy creamsicle, with the citrus becoming more pronounced.

Medium bodied, this beer manages to have both a creamy mouth feel that nonetheless leaves your tongue feeling dry, but never tacky.

A very nice brew, one that, quality-wise, I'd stack up against SN's Bigfoot or Torpedo for the title of SN's best 12 oz brew they put out. A definite one to try if you can.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange color. The tall, densely frothy head has a light orange tint. Retention is very nice, and some sticky splotches of lacing cling to the glass immediately.

S: Some light caramel, with moderate bready/crusty notes. Rye definitely adds some breadiness to the aroma. Hop aromas are vibrant, with citric, spicy, and grassy notes. Faintly fruity and lightly earthy notes also open up after a few minutes.

T: Bready, toasty malt flavors up front, with some mild caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is firm. Bright hop flavors of grapefruit and orange oil, with some lesser spicy and grassy character. A soft earthiness is present in an otherwise clean finish.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel. A touch firmer than medium in body. Carbonation is supple and tingly. Hop bitterness gradually builds into a dry finish.

D: Not that there was ever any doubt, but this is a really nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada. In many ways, it's similar to its other IPAs (which are excellent), but the rye does add a nice bready dimension to this beer. To my palate, rye really fits well with hoppy American styles. It's great to see it becoming more popular.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of John1985
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers back when it was the spring seasonal. Outstanding appearance, smell, taste and feel. Recent recipe changes may have weakened it.

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Photo of billybob
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of YardmanFTB
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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?

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Photo of Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of gbgreg1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of salvo
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.