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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 307 | FT: 2
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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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ponbon63

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9%

To start I'm a big fan of rye IPA's. As long as they're decent, they almost always look and smell amazing.

T: I thought this was a fairly mild flavored rye. Not nearly as bitter as some i've had and not quite as fulfilling. Although I've had rye's with slightly better flavor than this beer, it definitely works well as a session beer.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is not the most memorable rye you could have, but is by no means bad in any way. This beer lands somewhere tasty slightly above average for the category.

02-19-2012 18:41:16 | More by ponbon63
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Beejay

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

A: A beautiful orange amber, although it is hinting at red, crystal clear. Very large cream colored head.

S: Certainly a strong American hop scent. Strong pine, and grapefruit aromas, behind that there is a little juniper, and some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of black pepper in the finish.

T: A lot more of the rye comes out in the taste than in the flavor. Definitely a hint of rye bread, and a certain spiciness that says rye. I almost wish that the hop scent carried over into the flavor more, but it seems like the hops are more focused on the bittering. Peppery with some resiny pine and grapefruit, but not the punch I though I would get from the smell. There is a solid earthiness to the finish.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is higher than some, but it seems appropriate. There is almost a softness to it, but the finish comes in with an almost oily, or resinous feel.

O: Overall I think that the focus was a bit too much on the bittering hops, and that the rye almost takes a bit of a backseat. But it is new, and interesting, and tastes good!

01-28-2012 03:49:53 | More by Beejay
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Thanks to Rtaps for letting me steal one of these

Look: Caramel in color with a 1/4 inch white head and no retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Piney hops and rye

Taste: Similar to the nose. It's piney and resiny with a touch of citrus not bad at all

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body and medium carbonation and a bit dry and bitter

Overall: Pretty darn good rye IPA

02-11-2012 07:01:37 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

A- Red-brown, relatively clear with a thin white head.

S- Hoppy with a noticeable rye-grain scent. Like other SN beers the hops have a citrus smell to them.

T- Toasted rye is the main flavor with hops as the secondary, more of an herbal hop flavor but there is some of the citrus-grapefruit flavor present. Not the most bitter of IPAs

M- Clean beer with a pretty crisp finish. Moderate body with medium-high carbonation.

O- Decent for a rye IPA but nothing exceptional. This is what I have come to expect from SN...beers that are good but nothing special and don't tend to push the envelope, not that that is a bad thing but it just doesn't set them apart

01-18-2012 00:09:19 | More by Spiekerbox
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theteleman

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Pretty darn hoppy with a nice rye bite to it. If you like west coast style IPA's(very prevalent hop flavors) you'll enjoy this brew. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but leaves the palate with a nice rye taste, real crisp. Enjoyed this brew with some spicy shrimp and veggies and it tasted great.

01-21-2014 02:51:15 | More by theteleman
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange. Foamy, rocky bone-white head does not budge one inch. Clumpy lacing clings doggedly to everything it touches.

S: A hefty dose of rye. Earthy and spicy with a crusty, toasted pumpernickel rye bread scent. Hop scents are pithy, dank, and weed-like with citrus notes underneath.

T: Grapefruit hop bitterness opens, followed closely by a blanket of rye tastes. As in the nose, it tends toward strong spicy and crusty bread tastes. Citrus notes come mid-palate, and linger for only an instant. Hop flavors then shift to pithy, dank, and oily. Finishes with dank, pithy hops and grainy rye.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and oily from the rye. Fluffy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation further enhances the bite of the rye.

O: A bit heavy-handed with the rye. It has quite a bite. A little more balance would help. Not bad though. If you like rye, you won't have a problem. For those who aren't used to it, it may be a bit of a shock.

Notes: It's not a bad beer, though not anywhere close to the best rye beers. To tell the truth, I'd much prefer to have glissade back as the spring seasonal. Not sure why they made the decision to replace it, especially with something more on the radical side. I'm not sure this beer will be as widely appealing.

01-18-2012 02:50:32 | More by ryan1788a5
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Giovacchini

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- dark amber with a thin head that disapates.

S- citrusy aromas, grass, pine, rye.

T- rye is present along with a nice maltiness. The malt is balanced by a strong citrusy bitterness. This beer tastes like a lot of SN other beers with a hint of rye.

M- good amount of carbonation like other SN beers. The mouthfeel is dry with a bitter finish.

O- I liked the fact at SN tried to market this beer with cool graphics. This beer is not very ruthless at all. The flavors are dull and this beer doesn't stand out to me as a good one from SN.

02-15-2012 04:05:04 | More by Giovacchini
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Enjoyed the dark amber body/head along with the malt backbone, and rye presence, but hated the yeast profile. Tastes like a hopped up English lager, not an American ale. Think of Sam Smith's Organic Lager with more bitterness and way more toasty malt presence. The grassy hops here provide some bitterness and brightness, but they aren't really reminiscent of a characterful hop forward American IPA.

Good beer, but I prefer Northern Hemi, Estate, and Celebration a bit more.

01-14-2012 00:27:49 | More by aficionado
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a caramel amber hue with an off-white, creamy head.

S: Earthy hops conquer the nose along with a touch of pine, citrus, and some floral notes mingled throughout.

T/M: Hops are blatant up front, thick on the tongue and coating the mouth. It’s really one of the thicker IPA’s I’ve had. More strong earthiness and a bitter punch about halfway through that lingers long afterwards.

This is a good, thick IPA if you prefer the earthier hop varietal. Which I don’t.

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01-09-2012 22:47:38 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance: Ruby red with excellent foam and lacing.

Smell: Rye and black pepper. It could have been a bit stronger for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rye and a hint of licorice. Thick mouthfeel that falls flat. Very syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favoriate rye, nor my favorite Sierra Nevada.

04-28-2013 02:39:16 | More by tjsdomer2
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

POurs orange amber like your typical IPA...

Wow! I taste some kind of plant that I have smelled in Florida perhaps...some type of garden flower...

I was so afraid of the rye spiciness biting me in the back of the throat...don't even worry! It's all on top of the tongue and quite refreshing...don't be afraid of this beer like I was...

Hops for days!

02-10-2012 20:10:00 | More by CamuMahubah
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Hazy dark copper color with decent head and spotty lacing.

Toasty, grainy, and spicey malt dominate the scent with only the slightest trace of citrus hops.

The hops pop a little more in the taste and there is some pine resin in addition to the citrus. Peppery rye finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, if not a little thin.

It's an ok rye pa. SN has done much better, though.

05-09-2012 01:31:42 | More by Vonerichs
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bbkd3b

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

Great, amber-colored body that's complemented by a creamy, beige head with nice retention. The more I drink, the more the lacing sticks to the glass - just a classy looking brew. It's complimented by a fairly strong scent. Heavy on rye, which isn't surprising, but there's more to it than that. A soft undertone of citrus and earthy hops creates a nice layer of pleasantness. Inviting.

A smooth-as-silk body carries a very piney flavor on to the tongue. Along the way I get a mixture of rye, grapefruit, and an almost nonexistent dash of sweeter malts. Bitter flavor lingers for a long time after a sip. Solid, if unexciting mixture. Carbonation was spot-on for this style.

While this represents neither the best of rye or IPAs, it does do all of the big things right. I would have preferred a more explosive amount of rye, but as-is, this is just a solid, drinkable beer.

02-12-2012 07:03:33 | More by bbkd3b
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jsh420

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

pours clear dark copper with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention and left some lacing

smell is faint - some spice from the rye and some tangy hops

taste was more malt the hop for this ipa - semi sweet tangy spice rye malt next to juicy herbal and a little citrus hops

mouthfeel was a medium body low carbonation very slick

overall - while i did enjoy this offering over SN last couple spring offerings(esb & glissade) i just do not see this sticking around more then maybe another year or two - there just isnt enough difference from their other ipas

01-24-2012 05:11:37 | More by jsh420
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Pegasus

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber body, with a huge, dense and fine-beaded cream-colored head, which retains quite well. The ethereal carbonation drifts slowly to the surface.

Aroma: Prominent, spicy rye and grapefruit hops utterly dominate the aroma. There are grassy notes as well, which are rather understated.

Taste: Opens with a surge of strong citrus hops and spicy rye. Mild pepper notes are present as well. As the taste progresses, some bread flavors appear. Finishes with a lingering, strong medicinal bitterness at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: The citrus hops utterly dominate this beer, overshadowing the spicy qualities of the rye. Would be more interesting with a slightly less heavy-handed approach to the hops.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99.

04-11-2013 23:53:11 | More by Pegasus
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

A: Pours out a perfectly clear coppery caramel body with some scarlet red thrown in for good measure. Billowy two finger head of cotton white is typical of rye beers, but always impressive. Doesn’t really face, just dissipates and resembles a cappuccino.

S: Head long dive right into citrus hops – orange and lemony with pine overlaying the whole aroma. Underneath there is a peppery earthiness, arugula(?) and then a sweetness like cupcake frosting.

T: Flavor is much more restrained than the aroma. Mildly spicy with a moderate bitterness – again, a little earthy up front with mild pine flavors trailing. If the way soil smells after an April rain storm could have a taste - -this would be it.

M: Medium moving more to light bodied with an almost dry finish. Mouth fee is generally flat.

O: Not as much of a peppery kick as I was hoping nor as hoppy as I was expecting. Nice first go around, Sierra Nevada, but next time add a dash more of everything.

01-16-2012 23:16:23 | More by phantomwyse
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz Bottle Poured into a pint glass

A: A Light copper in color, almost brown, a nice finger of head at the top that goes away pretty quickly, nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Spice, malts, hops, slight hint of brown sugar, and rye on the tail end.

T: An odd taste, not to hoppy, big up front taste of malts and spice, well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of dryness, slight carbonation

O: Not bad for a rye IPA, I was expecting a lot more from Sierra Nevada with this brew.

02-29-2012 14:43:33 | More by thedoubler55
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Hoppedup616

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

I love SN seasonal brews, especially Celebration. So, I saw this on the shelve at a local beer store and picked up a six-pack. Didn't know what to expect, since I've never seen or had a rye from SN. The appearance was a nice light copper, decent half inch tan foam head. Minimal lacing around the glass, but you can for sure see the hop oil drizzling down from time to time. The smell was citrusy, not as much rye as some of the others I've had (Red's Rye, Hop Rod, etc.) but it was still there. Taste was of an average IPA for me, not much alcohol bite (6.60%) decent carbonation on this one. Overall it was more of an IPA with a hint of rye, but enjoyable and worth trying none the less. When it comes to SN seasonal brews, I'll stick with the Celebration.

01-30-2012 16:03:48 | More by Hoppedup616
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA pours a deep copper color, topped by a big off-colored white head and decent lacing. Soft citrus notes quickly give way to peppery aromas and hints of rye. As with the nose, citrus hop flavors open up the pallet before being overtaken by spicy rye flavors. The rye starts mellow at first but slowly rises throughout the finish. Medium bodied and carbonated, Ruthless Rye is an interesting take on an IPA, and was much better then we were expecting (we are not the biggest rye fans)!

Cheers!

05-22-2012 00:01:18 | More by phishsihq
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with billowing foam that overflows the glass with a vigorous pour. Foam lingers and coats the glass as it recedes. Aroma is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, with a touch of rye spiciness detectable on the nose.

First sip is... dominated by rye flavor, with a sharp bitterness in the finish. The rye imparts a very distinct spicy flavor, which is mixed with a substantial hoppy flavor of citrus, grapefruit, American hop taste.

Honestly, this is probably my least favorite SN IPA. I'd rather have Celebration, Anniversary, Torpedo, even SNPA over this. The rye flavor just doesn't click with me as much.

That being said, this is not bad by any means. It is still a very good IPA - I just don't care for the rye flavor. Will pass in the future.

02-11-2012 05:00:36 | More by FickleBeast
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pperrecone

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a deep copper orange with a nice head that last for about ten min. With nice lacing.

smells of sweet malt with a little spice not a ton of rye. some citrus hops but not overwhelming like most ipas i love to drink. still a nice beer.

Tast is malty up front with some rye but not much different then their pale ale for a malt bill. not as dry or asbitter as the pale ale, but not quite the ipa i like to drink.

Body is right on i can drink this beer all day and still be thirsty for more the way it feels on the palette.

Overall I think this beer stands up to what ever this brewery has to offer. Drink it while you can.

01-19-2012 06:13:49 | More by pperrecone
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

A: Somewhere between amber and copper. Nice clarity. Moderate sized white head. Spotty Lacing.

S: Spicy, grassy, piney hops. Strong component of grain and rye.

T: The hops wash out a bit, leaving mostly a spicy character. This combined with the strong presence of rye gives this beer a harsh/raw vibe.

M: Assertive carbonation + rye + spicy hops = prickly mouthfeel.

O: Can't say I "love" rye beers, but this is no Hop Rod Rye.

02-04-2012 12:43:10 | More by callmemickey
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JDFish

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

I was not expecting to find this at the local grocery store, but there it was. I had never heard of it before, but I deeply appreciate the drinkability of Sierra Nevada's offerings.

Poured a deep, beautiful amber into a S.A. anniversary glass. A nice head and thick rings of lacing down the entire length of the glass.

Tons of rye to the nose. Immediately, I got hops on the palate. Then the rye followed through, lots of it, by the bottom of the glass thats what I was getting. The mouthfeel felt really good to me, with ample carbonation. A little too much rye for me by the end, but overall a very good offering from Sierra Nevada.

01-16-2012 04:24:03 | More by JDFish
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours caramel colored with a 2" light tan head. Lacing rims and remains at the top of the glass.

S- Spicy/earth notes from the rye and also pine hops.

T- Semi-sweet spicy malts, slight citrus flavor but earthy/spicy notes dominate this beer. Nice pine hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation, slight oily feel and creaminess in this beer.

O- This is a good beer but would classify it as more of a rye than a ipa. Definitely woudn't be a go to ipa for me but I will buy this again.

02-02-2012 03:24:38 | More by kawilliams81
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle, not sure why I did not review this last year. Amber orange color, good head which is typical of Sierra Nevada beers, good lace. Smells slightly grainy with hints of citrus. More citrus in the flavor and the rye is distinct. Overall the flavors are solid yet subtle. This isn't a punch you in the face IPA. Not whole lot of bitterness, leans much more towards citrus with the hops. A solid beer but for my money I'd rather have Celebration.

01-14-2013 02:29:34 | More by ArrogantB
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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