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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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Ratings: 4,304
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 256 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of aorloski


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one pours a very dark orange lingering on a nice brown hue with a very tiny head. Not a lot of lacing or alcohol legs. Color is great but a little weirded out about how little of a head mine poured.

Smell - Spice right up front followed by that classic columbus hop sierra nevada profile.

Taste - I was expecting a little more IPA than rye beer in this one but it may be the other way around for me. Its a great tasting beer, the spice is right up front wrapped up in nice pacific hops with a hint of a maltyness which brings it all together. Dont come looking for tropical fruits or extreme pine in this one, rather a hoppy beer with a spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and leaves a nice sugary aftertaste in my mouth.

Overall - A good, not great beer. I really enjoy it and glad i picked up a 12 pack and easily would do it again, i love sierra nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:58:15 | More by aorloski
Photo of browniewithnuts


4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-22-2013 10:15:46 | More by browniewithnuts
Photo of MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-03-2013 07:06:59 | More by MarvinSnyder
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on: Dec 11th 2013

A: Pours a clear dark amber with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Sweetness, spicy rye, citrus, subtle piney bitterness.

T: Lots of rye spiciness and hop bitterness right from the start. I also get some citrus rind flavors. Nice balance of hops with the rye base.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, average drinkability.

O: Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Better than most massively produced IPAs for sure, but Id prefer regular SN Pale, Torpedo, and Celebration all to this one. Very much worth a try though if you want to mix things up.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:05:19 | More by zac16125
Photo of Sazz9


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 20:10:47 | More by Sazz9
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-15-2012 02:52:11 | More by johnyb
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-27-2012 21:23:15 | More by xdefeatsy
Photo of fionn13


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-09-2013 13:23:51 | More by fionn13
Photo of MaddDogg84


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-25-2012 01:53:42 | More by MaddDogg84
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: deep copper hue with brilliant clarity and a finger-thick off-white head that quickly settles. Some lacing clings to the glass, but carbonation seems subtle.

S: spicy rye up front, with very piney hop character. Some caramel malt undertones lie in back.

T: caramel malt notes, along with some fruity esters at first, followed by a huge spicy, peppery rye profile. Hops lend hints of pine and grapefruit on the finish.

Notes: moderate body and full of flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but flavor makes up for it. Quite drinkable, and makes for a good Spring offering. I'm very happy they did away with Glissade and brewed a more exciting style. Not my favorite rye beer, but pretty solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:21:40 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of tykechandler


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-19-2014 03:41:15 | More by tykechandler
Photo of scotorum


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:53:46 | More by scotorum
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-19-2014 22:05:20 | More by cbcrunch
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and copper with a half finger head that fell off to to a thin skin on top. Some lacing. Nose is mellow but distinct with rye and while the malt is light on the nose they seem to be put together well. Some floral hops come up lightly like straw. As it warmed there was a little honey quality to the hops. Taste is delectable. Grainy malt, spicy rye, some grapefruit, and piney hops. Everything in balance with a creamy, smooth, sticky, piney, bitter hop finish. This was a substantial rye IPA , easy to drink and a vigorous tonic at that!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:05:17 | More by utopiajane
Photo of ZachKelly


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-27-2014 04:20:22 | More by ZachKelly
Photo of Kadonny


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass.

A: A darker amber orange color with some reddish tones. A large 3 finger head. This was a little warmer thus the larger amount of head.

S: Wow, damn I'm loving this smell. I get a large amount of citrus on the nose first mixed with some pine notes. The rye comes out too but after the citrus and alongside a baked bread and pepper notes. I can also pick up the distinct SN yeast smell.

T: This really does follow the nose. The citrus flavors come out first and heavy mixed with some pine that lead into the bready biscuit malt. The malt then gets tramped down by the spicy rye and pepper flavors that finish the beer out with some bitterness. Clean finish. The rye in this is however not overly done, it seem seems just right.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is resiny, prickly and very crisp on the finish. No hints of alcohol at all and carbonation seems fine.

Overall this is a quality beer that seems to be the perfect blend of spicy rye with the bright citrus IPA type flavors. What I really loved on this beer was the nose when it warmed, just fantastic.

This is the perfect spring seasonal for SN. You still get the dark spicy rye flavors, but you get mixed in the bright citrus spring like flavors. This is a total upgrade compared to the Glissdale and a beer I will enjoy each and every year. Watch for my tap review as I have a keg of it coming home soon.

Nice job SN, you done good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:43:07 | More by Kadonny
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-01-2013 15:56:06 | More by lonewolfcry
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-25-2013 00:28:55 | More by brheuer
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

10-02-2013 19:24:06 | More by zbooks
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-13-2013 16:04:59 | More by Mersh
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-06-2013 01:38:23 | More by Kenai4
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2014 22:35:25 | More by fehrminator
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:36:08 | More by TheMultiYeast
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-21-2012 12:15:28 | More by ambruns1979
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2014 20:51:10 | More by jroberts8811
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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