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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

4,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,608
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 374 | 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 CloudStrife
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into stella tulip

A: Deep amber color with a blend of red. 1" creamy white head that dissipates to a film with a few large chunks. Already starting to lace the glass. Slightly hazy.

S: Initial smell of hops with hints of bread. Herbal and earthy qualities from the hops. Rye is pronounced. Peppery bit of spiciness.

T: What you would expect from Sierra Nevada in regards to hops. Which I happen to like. With a peppery twist of rye at the end. An unique malt balance that has a great finish. Leaves you wanting another sip. Similar to the aroma there is an herbal hop overtone to the most of this beer. Well balanced with a blend of the rye and malt, not overly hoppy.

M: Average carbonation and body. A nice crisp finish bumps it up a bit. Not too sticky from the amount of hops.

Overall I am a fan and will continue to drink it. However I have always enjoyed rye bread so that might explain my favorability. Wish it was year round.

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear bright orange red, with a fluffy off white head, with amazing retention, and bountiful lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, and some carmel. Taste is all of those, a little sweeter than the nose would let on. Body is on the large side for it's abv, a little dryer than I expected, and easy enough to drink. I must admit, I really was looking forward to this and it didn't blow my mind, but is a beautiful well crafts brew. Still I plan to drink many of these the next couple months. I was hoping it be equal to Founders Rye, that is the pinnacle in this style for me.

Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a small khaki head that recedes quickly, leaving fits of lace. Smell overall is rather faint but there are citrus and tropical elements noted. Taste opens up bitter with grapefruit elements, bitterness fades into a base of lightly sweet and biscuity malt with some bitterness lingering on the edges of the palate.  Mouthfeel is medium and holds together well. Carbonation is ample. Bitterness of grapefruit pith lingers on the finish, but isn't overpowering.  Solid offering.  Not at all fantastic and frankly not a great Rye beer, it's essentially one dimensional...but enjoyable.

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of udubdawg
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with orange hues beneath the generous, foamy, off-white head that is very slow to dissipate leaving a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Aromas of earthy and pine hops mixed with rye float from the glass. The hops are resiny and spicy at the same time. The spice is earthy or wood-like and may also be from the rye as well.

The flavor offers similar hop character with pine resin and a more subdued spice, but again with a very nice rye finish. A bread-like malt is also more relevant on the palate. The hop and rye are fairly generous in this tasty brew.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice drying, resiny finish.

A very consistent beer and a fine example of a rye IPA. Just what one may expect from SN.

Photo of Giggy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one from Sierra Nevada.

A: copper coloring with a tan 2 finger head. The label is awesome and classy.

S: spicy, grassy, earthy, and rich.

T: a citrus hoppy beginning with a pine finish. Peppery, bitter, and deep rye flavors.

M: rich in flavor, tingling carbonation

O: very enjoyable. Nice addition to the Sierra Nevada family.

Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown red with good head/lacing.

Smell is initially like Tumbler. Good old SN house yeast. Then some subtle floral, distinctive smells come through.

Taste and mouthfeel is flowers, shampoo. Big dose of shampoo in this. Must be the rye.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick with good but subtle carb.

Overall not an unpleasant beer but the shampoo similarities are more than subtle and I'm not in a hurry to drink another.

Edit: Have been enjoying more while getting through the six-pack.

Photo of mscudder
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep beautiful amber. Fair head with decent lacing.

S - Hops, citrus and grapefruit

T- Follows the smell nicely with a hoppy grapefruit taste. Levels out into a dry finish with a bit of spices. Pleasant.

M - A light to medium body on this one, I believe it could use a bit more. The carbonation is on point and makes it very drinkable.

O - This is a fine example of sipping on a well tamed grapefruit! Any IPA lover should certainly give this one a try.

Photo of weonfire
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Patrick Osheas in Louisville, KY poured into a Irish Pint Glass.

A - Very frothy tremendous head. Head lasted a full 10-15 minutes which i found to be a negative. Copper color.
S - Smells like a lot of hops Not sure of the IBU but I think it would be high. Very good dose of citrus and pepper.
T - Taste of carmel. I may be off but I don't taste any rye. I may be confusing the bitterness in for some of the rye taste. Again tastes like high IBU.
M - The bitter taste stays with you all the way down your throat and into the proceeding nest few minutes.
O - Descent IPA. I wish I could decipher the rye more- but that might be my own fault. I would order this again.

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep copper color with a thick cap of foam above. The aroma is floral hops, not much from the malt. On the palate, the malt, the bite of the rye and the bitterness of the hops meld to form a smooth drinking, balanced beer. The mouthfeel is thick from the grains. There is nothing ruthless about it, but it is a smooth drinkable brew.

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of moarmare
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on tap 25 oz
Glass: Oversized mug
From: R.U.B. Pub in Ann Arbor
Price: $7

Appearance: a light brown/orange color. perfect clarity. not much foam or retention

Smell: rye and hops all day

Taste: citrus hops and spicy rye. i was hoping for a bit more complexity

Mouthfeel: not quite as sticky and bitter as I would have expected. good slightly fuller character

Overall: this beer is good and well done. i just wanted a bit more complexity out of it

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,608 ratings.