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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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4,446 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,446
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 320 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

csmartin6, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

prisdefer, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A brown color with a decent haze on it. Head is about two fingers, and stays at one throughout most of the glass. Lacing, at least at the start, is very nice.

Smell: Holy interest. The rye with the citrus creates this fantastic aroma that I'll have a hard time trying to describe. Really, in order of the prominence, it's a dirty, woody, piney, citrus aroma.

Taste: Not too unlike the smell, to be honest. For an IPA, I'm getting loads of malts on the front and back end of each sip. This screams Spring or Fall beer, for me. It's definitely a rye beer, but it's hard to say this is an IPA. There are some bitter hops on the finish, though, so I guess it's not completely far off. The finish is dry, and, as I said, bitter on Ruthless Rye. Despite its dry finish, Ruthless Rye remains super drinkable, and somehow refreshing. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor at all either. The feel on this one is right where it ought to be. It's carbonated quite well, but it's not carbonated to the point that it feels harsh on the tongue.

Ruthless Rye is just a great beer. To be honest, I'm surprised it "only" has an 88 rating. I really think I like this beer better than my hometown Red's Rye by Founders, though I haven't had it for quite some time. Definitely pick this one up.

Alextricity, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased two bottles in a mixed sixpack to try before sinking more money into a reasonably-priced twelvepack.

Nice graphic of hooded woman overlooking pastoral grain and floral scene.

2014 on the neck label. Bottled 12/17/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear copper with an enormous multi-inch tall white head which receded excruciatingly slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Slight fruit.

t: Moderate strength hops forward over spicy malt base. Dry finish.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: Excellent rye IPA, drinks so fast you are surprised when it's all gone. Will be looking for a twelvepack.

UPDATE !/21/14: Had the second bottle with dinner tonight and afterwards as I was finishing it was struck by the peppery spice flavor from the rye, which was more pronounced than on any other rye beer I have had yet. Definitely will buy a twelvepack next time I see it, which hopefully will be tomorrow. Already made room for it in the basement beer storage shelves.

scotorum, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

510a, Apr 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

psmith161, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

BJasny, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mkennedy119, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

MaddDogg84, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

tclipse, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KalanM, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer, it has a nice copper body with not a lot of head to it. The smell has a nice hop and citrus smell to it. The taste has a nice bitter hop flavor up front. Also has a nice peppery taste to it, with a hint of rye. The mouth feel is nice with a weird after taste to it. Overall this is a really good beer and i would buy again.

chefhatt, Mar 30, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is orange red and clear. There is a quarter inch white head; lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma is sweet melon.

The taste has some nice rye malt twang, but is predominantly hoppy with pine mostly. There is a nice dry bitter finish.

The body is medium; there is a high amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

I like this one; it's not super hoppy, but it allows the malt to show itself.

andrewinski1, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

hopfacebrew, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruthless Rye IPA opens to a nicely hoppy nose, pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind dominating, but supported by a nice mélange of pine, eucalyptus, mint, dandelion stem, and a touch of anise. The emphasis is clearly on hops here, and those aromas make up the greater part of the nose. There are still, however, nice aromas underneath, including an incredibly sweet candi sugar-like blast that mixes with orange, cherry, berry, and apricot fruit esters to form an almost crystallized fruit sugar extract sensation. The nose also brings a nice peppery undertone from the rye, adding a welcome layer of spice to the sugars and bitter hops. Finally, deep beneath lies a bed of toast crust, wheat bread, and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bearing enough hoppy and sugary notes to make the salivary glands start flowing, and the flavors themselves nicely balanced (even if geared heavily towards the sugars and hops), and containing a fine variety of notes. This is especially impressive considering the 6.6% ABV, which would normally indicate a far lesser quality and strength of aromas.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a spicy, hoppy blast, the hops and rye fighting for attention. The hops win in the initial moments, bringing pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, with mint, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, and pine, but the peppery rye notes keep excellent pace, coming in a close second. Sugars kick in after a second or so, adding the nice and surprisingly strong crystallized fruit extracts noted in the nose, and in the same flavors. Good touches of toast crust, wheat bread, and biscuit form an earthy layer at the bottom. In subsequent sips there is a lessening of sugary notes, the hops simply too powerful in competition, and the hops themselves lose some of their nuance as the tongue numbs under their blast, but the beer still remains tasty. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with faint lingering sugars and breads, and stays on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice rye IPA, and for the low ABV, it’s surprising how much flavor is in here. The notes are very nicely balanced, and the beer as a whole is surprisingly tasty and smooth, even over the course of several mouthfuls. The hops are especially nice, being full and rounded and heavy in oils, which helps boost the mouthfeel. Worth trying.

jondeelee, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

BigGingDrinker, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ColdPoncho, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2012 bottling (136211657 is date stamp) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy coppery amber with a light tan (hint of orange) 1/4" persistent thick head. Plenty of persistent strands of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine well blended together.

Taste: Well blended again. Malt, hops all come together nicely. Rye is just barely there at the end of the taste - it's not strong. If the bottle hadn't said it had rye in it I probably would have missed it. So the Rye is not as pronounced, but that being said, it's a very smooth and well blended AIPA flavor - just right amounts of hop flavors and bitterness balanced out by the malt with the rye at the end being a nice addition at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness and it has a creamy smoothness to it at first. The carbonation is light and goes away rather quickly unfortunately making the beer go from creamy and smooth to watery and sticky on the teeth. If the carbonation had stayed around longer I think it would have been a great beer.

Overall / Drinkability: Other than the mouthfeel starting out good and ending up not so good, this is a pretty good AIPA. The rye doesn't stick out so much for me and as the beer warms up it loses a few things, but when first poured and still a bit cold, it's a very drinkable and smooth AIPA - hop forward with a good malt backbone. I wonder how this would be on tap....anyway, a good beer and worth trying.

damndirtyape, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish orange in body with off-white head that leaves great lacing. Smells of sharp rye, citrus rind, evergreen, and a hint of nuttiness. Impact: rye, citrus, slightly nutty, mint leaves, pepper and hop bitterness through it all. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavorful and warms the belly. An assault on the palate that works.

JRed, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange with a big white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smells like fresh citrus fruit peel, mainly grapefruit. Some bready, musty rye and interesting sourness.

Taste is also very citrusy with lots of bitterness. Rye comes through in pungent yet welcomed tang. Not much sweetness or backbone to speak of.

Fairly light body with biting carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

Pretty good overall. Decent release from SN.

TheMultiYeast, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

ScaryEd, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BColton1, Jun 08, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,446 ratings.