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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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87
very good

4,448 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,448
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 320 | FT: 1
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the Pizza Port bottle store. Hoppy aroma. Copper body with three-eighths of an inch of retained white head. An ale with rye that hits the spot. Lacy, fresh, session-able, citrus, pepper, fruit and lots of rye. A good hoppiness and edgy. Good drinkability.

Sammy, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal/pine hops. Taste is of malt and spicy/peppery rye up front with some very herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is an assertive spicy rye and herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with a very nice spicy and peppery flavor that I am enjoying. An awesome label to boot.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

djrn2, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixer picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours a clear copper-garnet color with a very long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Very dense and impressive. Heavy lacing as it goes down the edges of the glass. The nose carries a good bit of rye and spice with some earthy hops in the background. Slight resin there as well.

The flavor focuses a bit too much on the rye and accompanying spice. Hop flavor is there, but comes through more as bitterness in the finish. Medium body and just a bit chewy. Dry and bitter. Drinkable, but probably not in large quantities. While I enjoy this one, it's not something I'd want to drink a bunch of, a la SNPA.

Thorpe429, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +16%

nmann08, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy and dense light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with notes of citrus hops and hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is rather bitter with spicy flavors from the rye and pine resin flavors from the hops. There are also hints of the underlying caramel and pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very tasty has an interesting mix of piney, spicy and citrusy flavors.

metter98, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of medium spicy rye malt notes with some bitter and light citrusy hoppy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix between some peppery and spicy rye malt notes with a bitter and light citrus hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with no flaws though not as powerful as expected.

Phyl21ca, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ever-classy Sierra Nevada brewery continues to knock'em out of the park, this time with the Ruthless Rye IPA that replaces Glissades on the seasonal rotation.

Ruthless Rye IPA begins with a deeper amber color that shows low lights of brown and bronze. A creamy froath of off white shade caps the beer and retains with the stubborn fashion that we've come to expect from well-made hop-forward ales.

Rich and vibrant aromas of toffee-laden malts balance with citrusy and sprucy hops for an even and appetizing scent. Low on fruitiness or spice, the neutral yeast character allows the interplay of malt and hops to shine. Mild earthy character from the supposed rye gives a glimpse into the added layers of complexities and spice that the grain delivers.

Flavors first come alive with a depth and complexity of malts that's uncommon in standard IPAs. Caramel, toffee, and dry malt carry the base while the earthy and nearly pungent spice of rye with grain provide a strong bridge into the mid palate that turns drier and hoppier. Citrusy with grapefruit and orange zest, then piney with elements of spruce, resin, and fragrant grasses all conclude with a fleeting sweet taste and a linger of hops and earthy spice in aftertaste. Again, no room for pronounces yeasty esters or phenols- the neutral yeast provides strong dryness without yeasty spice or fruitiness.

Medium bodied to start the beer quickly sheads the early carbonation and dives head first into the quickly drying finish that reveals a clean bitterness, grainy spice, and alcohol warmth and flavor that reminds me somewhat of nail polish remover.

Ruthless Rye is a fantastic IPA that hits the stride on the style while introducing the rye grains that seem to reinforce hop bitterness and flavor- each elevating the other. Moderate intesity allows for high level of drinkability which could be quite dangerous for an IPA lover like me.

BEERchitect, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Texasfan549, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.7%

GRG1313, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours orange in color with an off-white head. Starts off with a good citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange, just a bit of sweet malt. There is some nice rye and pine aroma, too. The flavor is a bit maltose than expected. Moderate sweetness with lots of rye, pine, and floral hops. Citrus peel adds a touch more bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with decent lacing on a hazy, amber with golden hues body.

S: very hoppy, nice rye note actually which many of these rye beers seem to have poorly represented in the aroma.

T: caramel malty, piney and earthy hops with nice breads and rye throughout.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice offering which well represents the rye in both the aroma and flavor which I find is usually faint in many other rye beers out there.

kylehay2004, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-hued body with a noted clarity and capped by a tall, off-white head. Fair smattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Firmly grassy, citrusy nose with a good pinch of lemon pepper seasoning, rather well ahead of the pale malted barley.

Taste: Bready, pale malts with the expected spicy rye malt character. Lightly sweet upfront, a sweetness that soon fades away as the bitterness accumulates on the tongue. Citrusy flavors of pithy grapefruit and sweet orange zest. A bit more grainy on the back half. Fairly peppery throughout. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Another Sierra Nevada IPA with a twist of rye.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has some nice hop aromas with the addition of the rye in there too. The taste of the beer had a pretty good balance of spicy rye with the fresh hop flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was good, nice carbonation and drinkablity to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I'd drink it again if I came across it and was in the mood to have it again.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear rich copper/bronze with a large blooming head that left a few broken rings of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not as assertive in the nose as I expected,it does have a decent shot of grapefruit-like hop aromas with some mild rye spice.Much fuller flavors with a nice mix of nutty malt mixed with spicy rye and a healthy dose of citric hops,well rounded.A very solid rye offering from SN wich frakly I expected,I could drink this all day.

oberon, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Can one be considered "ruthful"? And, if so, what would one have to do to be so considered? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep amber topped by over a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, lemon peel, rye spice, grass, and light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spice really standing out quite nicely against the backdrop of grasses and citrus fruits (rinds and all, baby). It's similar to a rye-d-up version of SNPA. Nice. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice rye IPA, one that I wouldn't mind seeing year-round (though, 'til then, I'm more than happy to see this one in the Spring instead of that Glissade nonsense).

TMoney2591, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Down to the last couple in the sixer, figured it was time to get a review in. Dated '1362' 111:24, guessing end of Dec production date from the Julian code. Served in a pint glass.

Creamy meringue surface texture, spotty halo of frothy lacing. Lasting head retention, skim never really breaks and forms an irregular topography that looks nice. Dull copper, bright clarity, rising trails of carbonation visible.

Spicy herbal pine resin, bready rye, very light and mellow pastry sweetness emerges as it sits for a bit.

Similar flavors, ample hop bitterness and complex bready malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, almost a little bit chalky. Hint of citrus rind in there, that somehow seemed more prevalent in bottles sampled last week. It's got some nice malt complexity, and light lingering hop flavors of citrus and greenery. Overall it's good, would drink again but haven't seen it around on tap anywhere yet.

emerge077, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -22.7%

largadeer, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear golden, amber color with a high level of carbonation. It had a two-finger head of bubbly foam that left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some nice rye notes.

T - It tasted spicy and bready with some nice rye flavor. Good toffee flavor with a strong piney bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice rye IPA. Sierra Nevada does another good IPA.

zeff80, Feb 10, 2012
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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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