1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

4,652 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,652
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 78
Gots: 416 | 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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,652 | Reviews: 1,059 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just so we're clear, I dont like rye beers, but a lot of people have been telling me the rye profile is small in this one and drinks more like a really good IPA. So here goes.

Pours a clear vibrant copper color with a deep auburn center. Big fluffy off white head. Lots of rye on the nose along with citric and piney hops. Hop and rye presence blend together well on the nose.

Rye flavor is dominant but not overly dominant like other rye beers I've had. The hops really do a good part of keeping the malt body from being the star of the show by blending the flavors of the beer together quite nicely. The beer however tries to have a bright finish with it's citric hop profile but is weighed down by the peppery spiciness of the rye.

Slightly thin body upfront which thickens up once it reaches the rest of the tongue. Flavors are well blended but I'm not sure if they're meant to be blended together.

I could definitely see some people really loving this and it is a unique brew but it's just not for me.

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

pours a deep brown/copper with a small, one-fingered head that sticks around forever lacing the glass well.

rye definitely is present with its unique peppery spiciness. hops are pungent and a bit dank with citrus, tobacco, herbs, flowers, and a bit of pine/earth/wood.

rye definitely comes through dominantly on the flavor as well. its not like a dark rye bread, but rather a toasted light rye. plenty of herbal hops combine with some citric bitterness and a touch of caramel sweetness. finishes peppery, yet crisp with a clean finish.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly crisp finish for the style. very slight bitterness lingering.

Again, a solid beer from Sierra Nevada. nothing out of line for the style, but a solid (very solid) example of a rye IPA. not as hoppy as many others of the style, with more of a rye flavor that works well.

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless pours a gorgeous shade of copper tinged medium amber. The head is beige in color and while it fades disappointingly fast, it leaves crazy sticky lace and a thin skin of foam sticks around on the surface of the brew.

The aroma is a mix of earthy, spicy rye mixed with with some floral and lightly citrusy hops. This brew has some major rye going on though and it really dominates the nose. Some hints of bread and a slight tropical aroma are also present.

The flavor follows after the nose quite well with the rye being front and center. It is spicy and earthy with a definite rye bread sort of flavor that is accented by the citrusy hop flavors. The beer also carries a nice biscuity sweetness and some floral notes.

The body on this brew is medium in size with a light amount of carbonation that is perfect for style. It finishes fairly dry with the hops and rye lingering on the tongue long after swallowing.

Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable rye beer that goes down easily. It's no Red's Rye, but it is a beer that a would totally pick up a six pack of if I was in the mood for a rye beer.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rrski198
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of biggred1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with brassy highlights and big rocky head of tan foam that slowly melts to soft peaks leaving scraps of lace on the glass. Pine resin and grapefruit rind with a decent whiff of spicy rye and toasted barley. Grainy and spicy malt with rye and a touch of tobacco leaf and mint. The hop flavors are nice and piney with a taste of candied citrus fruit but well balanced in the scheme of flavors going on here. The medium body feels about right for a 6% IPA and the carbonation is bright. A major improvement over the Glissade Bock in my opinion.

Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper brew with a large beige head and copious amounts of lacing.

S - White pepper and wild grass pollen.

T - Spicy white peppercorn with mild floral notes. A complex malty backbone that is both spicy and biscuity with just a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is a lingering peppery spice that overshadows the bit of grassy bitterness and malt presence.

M - Medium bodied, a little harsh, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at for Pete's sake...
Poured in a pint, nice white head, laces well, color is nice amber very transparent.

Scent is mild malt, followed by a nice spices rye mixed with some citrusy hops.

Taste is very well done, clean, crisp, nice malt then overcome by the rye spice; hops and bitterness are there enough to make it feel like an ipa but the rye really comes through.

Mouthfeel is on the cloudy side, a little lingering bitter and rye spice, but expected.

Very nice rye beer, and even a nice ipa while it's at it

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chefduff2
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GuttaMane138
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of t8dd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,652 ratings.