Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4,375 | Reviews: 1,043 | Display Reviews Only:
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/23/2011. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, grass, herbal, and rye spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, grass, and spicy rye. Nice amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, rye, citrus, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of bitterness and malts make this quite smooth. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Great flavor balance and smoothness. Very enjoyable with nice hop flavors.
03-29-2012 01:28:06 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is clear and copper hued with a thick, lasting off white head that coats the pint glass with lacing. The aroma brings hops, pine, bread. Very bitter with lots of pine flavor. Hops are the initial flavor, followed by a robust malt bill. This is what I would consider to be a balanced IPA. This is typically not my preference for the style, but this brew is well done. Medium bodied. The aftertaste offers pine and rye bread. Overall, pretty good. Worth a try.
01-15-2012 21:37:02 | More by Huhzubendah
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Well, this is a darn good beer. I think it fits the category well, with a bit of a twist.
Nice looking beer. Amber, hazel nut, dark copper. Nice white foam, soft and fluffy, even. Great foamy lacing, coats the glass.
Aroma has all the IPA-ness. Malt, hops, spice. Some citrus. The rye is noticeable but not dominant. It gives the beer more of an earthy characteristic.
The flavors are good. Nothing "wow" comes out, but it's solid with nothing off. Dark breadiness throughout provides some earth spice. The hops are citrusy without being juicy. The spice really blends well to give a "warmer" feel to it. Pine needles and some metallic towards the end.
The bite is nice, but it does thin out a bit. Nice without all that resin of some IPAs.
Very solid beer right here.
02-11-2012 07:34:49 | More by Mebuzzard
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
On tap at Max's.
The beer pours the prototypical SN copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I do get is intriguing. There's some noticeable rye and dry citrus, which is attractive... just wish there was a bit more there. OK. On the palate, SN has really hit a homerun with this beer. The rye is very prominent on the palate, and it blends very, very well with the light malt and considerable hoppy bitterness. The finish is quite dry and bitter, with just a kiss of rye on the long finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, clean, slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and drinkability is just exceptional.
I'll be ordering this one again for sure. So nice to see such a flavorful, hoppy beer in such a (relatively) low alcohol beer.
01-14-2012 20:13:59 | More by John_M
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 listed on the bottle.
An off white head, a little styrofoamy, but makes a good three fingers with some retention. Body color is a dark amber brown, crystal clear, not much rising carbonation if any.
Nose is a nice toasted grainy malt. Slightly spicy, almost Oktoberfest Marzen like. A little subdued, but fairly solid.
Real interesting taste profile. Sweetening grapefruit at first in the palate, followed by the toasty malts matched on the nose. Hop citrus bitter follows on the afterfinish, with an airy spicy feeling. Great tasting. Mouthfeel seems fine and solid nothing to complain or get excited about.
Overall pretty good tasting beer here.
01-15-2012 23:26:57 | More by smakawhat
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured a darker copper hue with a one and a halt finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.
The smell featured a vibrant and balmy peppery hop with a healthy dose of rye.
The taste consisted of waves of spiciness as between the prominent rye and herbal/peppery hop elements. A nice doughy caramel rounded out the experience.
The mouthfeel was full with a lingering spice.
Overall a very tasty spicy rye beer. Yet another winner from SN.
02-01-2012 02:33:20 | More by plaid75
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
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 .
04-10-2012 22:26:55 | More by LXIXME
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
A: Deep orange with a touch of cardinal tint. A flat buff head quickly turns to a thin skim coating. Small speckled lace. Inside a fine misty effervesce.
S: Small presence of pepper and flowery citrus. Some light dry toasted grains, not much rye spiciness or strength overall.
T: Peppery toasted grains for flavor. Dry bittering citrus, with a strong peppercorn sense. Dry hopped really well, very pronounced, with some caraway seed and solvent alcohol character that seems to distract at times. Pungent bitterness upon the swallow.
M: The mouthful is tight with a bubbly sense of carbonation. Spicy dry peppercorns and alcohol dominate with a medium body.
O: Overall a rye that delivers a strong and pronounced peppery punch, but the other rye aspects seem to be masked by the strong peppery nature and solvent like alcohol tones. Abv% feels a bit higher with a spicy dry drinkability that no doubt will limit this in numbers. 1-2 is fine with me.
08-21-2012 00:45:06 | More by beerthulhu
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.
A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small off-white foamy head on top. Settles down to a small layer of bubbles on top. Moderate lacing.
S: Lots of rye, more so than most rye IPAs. Lots of spice and some bread mixed with some herbal hops and little bit of pine.
T: Very spicy again, lots of pepper and rye mixed with some pien. There is some bready and caramel malt towards the end.
The rye comes through on the aftertaste very strong.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.
O: Very heavy in the rye, which I appreciate, but would have liked a little more of the IPA to shine through. Still a solid beer from SN.
02-20-2012 16:54:11 | More by mdaschaf
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a very dark copper with a mountain of dense, white, foamy head that has great retention. The nose is citrusy with grapefruit aromas and the rye is faintly noticeable. The malt content is mild in flavor but strong enough to hold up to the intense hop character. There are faint bready notes and faint spicy rye characteristics. The hops are citrusy, slightly piny, and finish bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and it's well carbonated.
This is just another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. The rye doesn't add much but enough to be noticeable. I prefer this as the spring beer versus their previous offerings, but I don't think it holds up to the other IPA offerings they have throughout the year.
01-19-2012 20:14:13 | More by tdm168
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours out a brown beer pretty much with good clarity for it being that color and a good 1.25" head consisting of tight light tan bubbles. Aroma was indeed heavy on the rye bread and with cascade hops probably.
Taste, wow, this really gets the rye content across to the drinker. Hops are there, not over the top, but definitely could be described as hoppy with mild citrus undercurrent. Pretty easy to drink, another good addition to the already hoppy SN universe, but this isn't simply a retread, it has a legitimate place, as this beer truly exhibits the rye and its customary mild spiciness, with the trademark Sierra Nevada hoppiness and earthiness.
Another good beer at a great price.
01-10-2012 17:43:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Clear and coppery with a thick yellow/beige cap. Good head retention, foamy lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, grassy and a bit spicy, slightly nutty and sugary malts. Sturdy pine resin bitterness, dry nuttiness, spicy and citrusy, a bit oily and grassy with some burnt sugar in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation was a little creamy, light dryness from the grains, nice texture overall. A solid offering that's full of rye and hops. Recommended.
01-29-2012 23:15:52 | More by DrJay
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured a dark copper color with a huge, fluffy, off white colored head filling the top third of the glass. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Fantastic looking beer overall.
The aroma shows a lot of the spicy, bready, rye flavors. I get a pretty big bitter, resiny, citrus rind like hoppiness to it as well. In the finish it shows a little bit of a sweeter, malty, caramel flavor to it. Nice mix of hoppy and rye overall, I really liked how much the rye stands out in it.
The rye is what really stands out to me in the taste as well. It gives it a nice spicy, bready flavor throughout. I get more of a grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness to the hops in it. The rye compliments the hops well. The hoppiness does seem a little more reserved than I would have liked though.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a good beer that really showcased the rye flavors nicely. The hoppiness in it was good, but not outstanding. It was very drinkable and flavorful overall, and I really liked that the rye was a little bolder then most other Rye Ipa's. I really like rye flavors so this one worked pretty well for me.
01-28-2012 22:49:57 | More by billab914
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours a clear orange amber with a good tannish head... nice sheets of lace.
The nose on this one seems pretty mild... pale malts... a bit bready.. grassy hops... no yeastiness to speak of... pretty clean and again, mild.
Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit of minerally fruitiness on finish that I am having a hard time pinning down... earthy and grassy hoppiness...
Medium body with smooth everpresent small bubble carbonation.. very drinkable given the ABV... I would probably get bored after a bottle or three, but I will pick this one up again.
01-08-2012 02:42:58 | More by JohnGalt1
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. 2012 vintage
Pours a dark amber with a creamy tan head and visible carbonation. Ample sticky lacing left on the glass.
Excellent carbonation level; medium body; semi-dry to dry finish.
There's plenty of spicy rye and hops in the nose, with a bit of toasted grain in the background. The aroma is also moderately fruity weedy, as well as very slightly earthy. Any lingering doubts about balance are laid to rest upon tasting: The flavor has an excellent balance of peppery rye, hops and toasted malt. The hops are a bit more spicy and less citrusy in tasting than smelling.
O: Almost everything about this beer seems beyond criticism. The only thing I found slightly objectionable was the high amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in relation to hoppy flavor in the aftertaste. It looks great and has exactly the mouthfeel, aroma and taste one should expect in a true rye IPA. A great choice for IPA lovers who want something a bit out of the main stream.
01-06-2012 22:35:14 | More by chinchill
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
The clarity of this beer was astonishing, and with its copper-orange color, it was truly eye pleasing. The one-finger head was very bubbly leaving excellent lacing and a thin film along the outside of the glass.
The nose of this beer is very earthy. A grassiness resonates throughout the smell with a subtle citrus backbone. The addition of rye provides a spiciness that is quite pleasant and aromatic. Underneath the rye and hop character a sweet malt backbone creates a well-balanced aroma.
The taste profile is quite short and somewhat uneventful. There was a burst of grassy hops along with the spiciness of the rye, which was excellent, but this mouth party almost immediately ended with a very dry finish. I was hoping for the rye to play a greater role in the taste profile, but it was overpowered by the hops.
The mouthfeel was quite light, and coupled with minimal carbonation, was somewhat disappointing.
This a good beer, but not a great beer. I wanted it to excel in every way, but it just measured up to other rye beers out there.
01-20-2012 20:39:02 | More by PEIhop
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, rye, hint of roasted malt, slight caramel malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rye, hint of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, hops, and slight caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, good feel, and good blend.
04-30-2012 14:02:07 | More by Tone
3.48/5 rDev -10.5%
A complimentary sample bottle at a local bar courtesy of the local distributor. Poured into tulip. Poured an attractive reddish light mahogany (kinda copperish) with an inch and half of tan head that had good retention and very good lacing.
The aroma was very hop forward with a nice shot of Rye backing it up. Underneath, the base grains provided a solid foundation. On the tongue, The sharpness of the Rye provided a nice counter-point to SN's typical bold hoppiness.
The body was nicely full, fuller than typical for an IPA, but still wasn't heavy or filling. Drinkability was good, I'll be having a couple when it goes on tap tomorrow. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Worth trying when you see it.
01-16-2012 22:14:34 | More by beertunes
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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