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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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87
very good

4,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,312
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 261 | 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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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-21-2012 08:42:28 | More by Pecan
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours a dark copper body, with a fairly thick and fluffy beige head. Really good head retention and some decent lacing. This beer looks quite similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo.

S - The aroma is very citrusy (orange, grapefruit), with hints of caramel and bread.

T - First I get that signature Sierra Nevada hop bite, with zesty grapefruit and orange notes. Then come some apparent pepper notes, a slight sweetness, and a nice rye breadiness. The finish is fairy dry and bitter, with some lingering resinous qualities to it. As it was warms up, I'm starting to get even more rye bread and more sweetness, with a pronounced caramel taste.

M - Medium-bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Quite peppery, especially right after it's poured. Not boozy, but if you let it warm up enough, you might feel some alcohol esters.

O - This is my first Rye IPA, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. It's quite similar to their Torpedo Extra IPA, but with a more peppery and bready side to it. I hope they make it a regular seasonal release.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:58:01 | More by NightINgale
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a rusty, coppery brown color. Pretty much what you'd expect from a Rye IPA. It's very clear, very much a filtered beer. 1.5 fingers of offwhite foam leave lacing that sort of clings and drags like a person dangling from some precipice.

This beer's got a pretty nice nose on it. Spicy rye is upfront and bready, sure. But there's a good hop profile here that presents aromas of grape and passionfruit. Some general grassiness backs this up nicely. This doesn't really smell like an IPA too much, but it's a more subtle rye beer that works.

Unfortunately, that subtle nuance of the nose doesn't carry over to the palate. It's still a bit underflavored for an IPA, but there isn't much complexity to make up for it. Grassiness and rye grain spicy flavor abound. There's a small flush of grapeseed (and a trace, trace amount of like POM brand juice) but that's all the fruit that I really get. It's blunt but restrained.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, perhaps even undercarbonated but smooth nonetheless. It works well with the session-candidate flavor profile. Overall, this is a fine beer. It pales in comparison to Founders Red's Rye when it comes to a hoppy rye beer in six-packs, but it is a tasty option that is distributed all over the country. You can't do wrong by picking up a six-pack or a 12-pack of Ruthless Rye for your next gathering. This might just be my Super Bowl beer next weekend.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 04:33:51 | More by Reaper16
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-18-2013 01:45:35 | More by LotsofLupulin
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Sweffin

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-27-2013 03:31:48 | More by Sweffin
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riversider76

New York

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

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:05:00 | More by riversider76
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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

Into tulip.

A- Copper pour, three finger egg shell head that leaves cobwebs of sticky lacing everywhere.

S- Rye adds a slight sour note with spicy pepper. Hops are bright and floral.

T- Spicy rye with floral hops with a touch of citrus.

M- Light bodied, bitter with spice and carbonation dancing on the tongue.

O- Rye beers aren't really my thing but this is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:32:21 | More by korguy123
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear, rich, dark amber color with big soapy off-white head with big bubbles that left glass coating and dense lace. Lots of visible carbonations. Sierra Nevada makes the most incredible looking IPAs.

S- Big peppery, floral, and earthy hop aroma. Definitely get the rye character more than other RyePA's I have had, some citrus hops as well.

T- Big spicy and peppery character from the rye, lots of floral and earthy hop flavor, some citrus hop character, quite a bit of graininess and caramel malt. Pretty high bitterness, especially on the finish

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, smooth, medium body. Very effervescent and quite refreshing.

O- A really nice RyePA with tons of that spicy rye character and nice floral hop character.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 04:16:31 | More by Hoptometrist
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e30todamax

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-10-2013 20:46:38 | More by e30todamax
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Pahn

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Just released, so not bothering with bottled on info (it's fresh).

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily and (like the beer) leaves lots of streaky lacing. Pours a translucent copper.

Smell: Tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), with some pungent onion / marijuana hops. Fresh whole grain bread malt aroma in the background. Awesome.

Taste: Spicy, assertive rye malt up front, leading to a slight greenhouse hop flavor, with a bread and cracker finish and piny aftertaste. Very bitter, but it works.

Love the rye, the resinous hops, and the malt backbone. However, the aroma is making hop promises that the taste fails to keep in a big way. I like both the taste and the smell, and I can be okay with them being very different in a beer, but it's hard to take when the smell is much better than the taste.

While the flavor gets a bit more pungent and weed-like (this is a good thing), along with a slight kind of "earthy tropical fruit" flavor devoid of sweetness (hard to describe, but it's an echo of a note in the aroma and reminds me slightly of Nelson Sauvin hops), there's never enough citrus / sweet fruit / flowery / herbal / etc hop flavor to stand up to deeply characterful malt background and heavy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nice and bitter, with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A good beer that could be a great beer. The flavors that are present are masterful, and the aroma is excellent, but there's something missing in the taste that keeps it from really singing.

That said, I could drink a fair amount of these. Also, it's nice to drink an IPA with such well developed and delicious malt character. Honestly, I would rather drink the Sierra Nevada seasonal that this beer replaced (Glissade), but I wouldn't turn this one down.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:48:46 | More by Pahn
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-01-2013 17:19:15 | More by powdersoldier
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is a savior after a terrible bottle of SA Alpine Spring. Poured in a SN tumbler.

Dark amber body with a frothy slightly off-white head. steady stream of bubbles rising from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom.

Smells like pine needles. spicy pine needles.

Not as spicy as i expected, but still spicy. Decent malt body that really balances out everything. Its got this quality I cant really pin down. The spicy rye is balanced by slightly slick hop extract oil. Feels like a more interesting Torpedo.

Ill take this over Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:43:35 | More by VncentLIFE
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Troville1990

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-20-2013 05:35:44 | More by Troville1990
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appeared a nice, clear darkish orange with a huge off white, dense head, which settled into a rocky head that hung around for a long time. Some nice lacing. The beer gave off a good aroma, mainly with a very strong pine hop aroma with the rye in the background. There also appeared to be a hint of spice as well. The taste of the beer was more balanced than I thought it would be. A nice bready and rye with a slightly more dominate pine and citrus hop taste. The beer had a moderate feel to it, it was clean, creamy, and it left a nice dry and refreshing finish. Overall, another quality beer from this quality brewer.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2013 03:51:16 | More by PhillyStyle
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2013 19:27:22 | More by NooseJustice
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 19:08:59 | More by alamode
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CloudStrife

New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:18:57 | More by CloudStrife
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from SN, bottled just under 3 weeks from consumption.

If you're looking to be blown away with all the beer craze as of late, you're in for a dissapointment. If you're a fan of SN, and enjoy their signature "profile" you're in for a treat.

A - solid dark copper in color, very active and great lacing but my only surprise was the lack of head that most all other SN brews produce. Still impressive nevertheless.

S - Grapefruit, bitter pine, rye of course, followed by the typical SN nose.

T - Much the same as the nose. Think a combination of the Pale Ale and Torpedo with a nice dose of Rye thrown into the mix. I do like the Grapefruit that compliments the rye in here reminding you that this is a nice west coast IPA as well. Yum!

M - Creamy, dry, bitter and light all at the same time. Very sessionable.

O - Just another solid SN brew. After geeking out on highly sought after brews and whales for 3-4 years now, I can honestly say that SN is UNDER-RATED. Yeah...I said it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 21:07:04 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2014 00:35:21 | More by Dizzy242
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-19-2014 05:49:24 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 05:50:28 | More by JackieTH
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

07-29-2014 22:11:54 | More by Doomcifer
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-09-2012 04:45:23 | More by Beerbuddy21
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-25-2014 01:58:17 | More by PappyVans
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deadliest

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-11-2013 02:39:08 | More by deadliest
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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