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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

1,078 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 4,891
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 85
Gots: 634 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 1,078 | Hads: 4,891
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great sierra seasonal. pours a gorgeous deep copper color with a lively white head fluffy as can be. smells fresh hops and spicy pumpernickel bread. flavor is quite hoppy, but its butter and sweet. resiny hops. also theres the rye coming in after the hops, sturdy but light on the tongue. mouthfeel is nice too, most rye beers turn my off by sitting in my gut, but this one is down easy, mucho sessionable. love the finish here, stands up well to pickled garlic and asiogo flatbread. even though sierra is expanding, their beer is still as good as any micro operation in the country. i pray it stays that way (616 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,903 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint during happy hour in central Kona.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid mesh wall of lace as it lolls about before sinking out of sight.

It smells of mild citrus and pine hops, some spicy, grainy malt, and a faint floral fruitiness. The taste is patently bitter citrus rind, pine resin, a bit of lemon/lime fruitiness, and bready (a blend of rye and sourdough) kind of biscuity malt.

The bubbles are fairly zippy, but play along well, the body a tremulous medium weight, and a bit too assaulted to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes still in the edgy, bitter hop universe, the titular malt features rendering much less of an impression.

A good (rye) IPA, but it 'suffers' from that Sierra Nevada affliction - that of characteristically damned (and equally heavenly) hoppy offerings. While it's a shame that it overrides the rye adjunct here, somehow that just doesn't bother me right now. (1,000 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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). (786 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy off white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lacing as well as a solid layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some bready malt with a lot of rye spice and a citrus peel hop presence.

Taste: More assertive than the smell. Definitely getting the rye up front. Once you're used to the rye, the citrus peel hops show up. The finish is bitter, but there is a nice malt presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good rye beer. The spice, hops, and malt work together very well. I hope they continue to make this beer. I would definitely have more. (771 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass, drenching the sides with a heavy latticework of sticky lace. This has quite the robust look to it. Wow, the rye has a huge presence here, with a bold spicy graininess that just drives the nose forward. This mixes with underlying notes of caramel and citrus to really impart a rich spicy twang, with some leafy floral edges that lend this a bit of airiness in the nostrils as well.

The taste really had some kick to it, with that rye being just as bold here and sticking to a fresh citric bitterness, propelling spice and pith out into the mouth. A caramel sweetness hangs on the edges, barely getting the hops balanced out before a final wave of rye swoops in to finish this dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels equal parts crisp and smooth in the mouth, thanks to a good bit of oily slickness to the carbonation that really keeps this sleek feeling.

This is about as good of a Rye beer as I’ve had in a while. This just has a perfect amount of rye here, working with that bright feeling IPA base to really give this a crisp and flavorful bite. This was so easy drinking as well, especially considering the higher ABV and the overall intensity of the flavors. SN really nailed this. I think I’m going to go have another… (1,427 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy 1 finger white head that fades at a med pace with some soapy lacing, over mostly clear copper orange color with some bubbles floating from the bottom of a tulip glass (with no etch).

Nose has some fresh hops, light floral, bit of candy hops, light earthy and light spicy with slightest hint of citrus. Then some rye, a light spicy and fruity rye, and a semi sweet caramel malt base. A light fruity hop comes out as it warms.

Taste starts a bit sweet and syrupy, the malt makes it seem bigger than it actually is, syrupy sweet malts, caramel malts, molasses, toffee, chewy almost, and light toasty malts. Rye is also prevalent but not as much as I expected, some light spicy but more fruity rye tones. Then the hops really dominate, fairly bitter at first, with an earthy spicy hop kick, bit floral and hint citrusy orange rind like. A bit of fruit, with hints of candied raisins or dried nuts and fruits. The hops build and get quite bitter and slightly astringent on the finish, as it dries with more spicy hops, little syrupy malt lingering, and a little earthy herbal briny quality.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, syrupy, good carb.

Overall not bad, closer to American Rye Barleywine than an IPA, or more like DIPA without the abv although the amount if malts and syrupy sweetness make you think it is. The rye is OK but not as much as I was expecting, and the hops are good but get a bit heavy, as they were probably planning, but balanced with the big malts and sweetness so not too bad. (1,516 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Shannon View Inn in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery red color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and rye spiciness. Then a nice hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this beer seems to be just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with the extra rye IPA bitter bite to it. (758 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color in the big tulip. SN was not at all shy about the hops in this one, and it could certainly be called an IPA. Quite bitter in mid taste and all the way through the aftertaste. Very distinctive flavor with the aromatic and grainy rye notes. The perfumey smell is quite remarkable. The sweet malty flavor, familiar from the bigger IPAs, is also notable.

If they keep this one around it should introduce new generations to rye beers. This is interesting enough to be a must-try beer, whether or not it turns out to be your idea of a rye. I think the mark of a good beer is one that reveals complexity as you savor it. I found myself raising the score as I sipped. (685 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown -served in a standard pint.

The color is resplendent shade of deep copper with great clarity and visibly carbonated with rapidly rising fine bubbles and pale tan cap w/ ultra fine bead. The lace is sticky and it is a pleasure to look upon in the glass. The smell has a fruity tangy yeast ester with a citrusy hop smell that is very pleasant and mild caramel odor from the malt with light pine accent from the hops. the feel is a true west coast IPA in that it has a nice malt backbone but the rye is giving a toasty edge which absorbs some of the hop acidity - the balance is toward the hop with a nice bite yet there is some oily texture and a nice dry spicy finish with mild sweet accents.

The flavor is toasty and fruity with a light sweet taste up front w/ rye giving a light nuttiness and slight caramel leads to an orange and tangerine citrus flavor w/ light pine notes adding depth to the hop character. the pine takes the wheel and steers into hoppy rye territory fast with a spicy/fruity and mildly earthy hop flavor which pairs well with the rye. There is a lot of different flavor components overlapping which I really enjoy with juicy tangy citrus a focal point that blends very nicely with the toasted grain elements. The malt doesn't really distract from the tropical fruit notes which come forward mildly as it warms. There is an ample amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall I love a good rye and this has it all -the finesse and flavor that coexist in a hoppy rye beer. It is smooth enough to be drinkable and bold enough to excite the palate, Kudos to Sierra Nevada. (1,648 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this a big light brown head above a clear red amber honey colored beer.

The aroma is bready rye malt blended nicely with west coast hops.

The taste is a dry west coast hops mixed with a bready rye malt.

This medium bodied ale has a light malt and citrusy dry aftertaste . (322 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sierra Nevada, always coming out with new beers and never letting me down. Always been a fan of the Rye style in beers so I was eager to try this one. A considerable amount of spiciness in the taste and a nice well balanced IPA. Packs quite a punch with a high ABV but the beer remains fairly smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. I'm usually a fan of most IPA's, and the rye is a nice touch.. really good beer and definitely worth trying. (437 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm naturally interested in seeing just how ruthless this rye is. It's a nice hearty ale, yes. Good spiced tones (from the the I assume). Overall, this is a good beer, which I expect from Sierra Nevada. It's not blowing me away with some out there and unusual character, but it's a mighty tasty brew. (300 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.