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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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4,304 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of Bookseeb


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a clear reddish brown color supporting a steady healthy head leaving nice lace. Smell of citric, malt and spicey hint of rye. Taste has a nice hit of the hops balanced with the sweetness of the malt and hint of rye. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall a nice twist on a IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:02:42 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Pensacola Bay Brewery branded tumbler glass.

Appearance: Caramel color with an orangish/amber hue. Large yellowed head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind plentiful lacing.

Smell: West coast hops with rye spiciness dominate. There is a touch of citrus and a bit of biscuit as well.

Taste: Begins with sour lemon and sweet orange, before rounding out to biscuity goodness. Finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness highlighted by the spiciness of rye.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: While the aroma of this beer left me thinking "this is going to be another good rye beer, not much more and nothing less." However, I tasted an excellent one- this is a beer where the rye and hops play off one another very well, while most ryes have one dominating the other (even if only slightly so). The true beauty of this beer lies in its balance.

Would give this a five overall, but it may just be that it's only the best rye I have had recently- and i haven't had many in close to a year.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 04:59:57 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of WritersBlock


5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-14-2012 22:53:35 | More by WritersBlock
Photo of FanofHefe


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip; dated as 2012 on the label. Clear copper colored body with a creamy two-finger off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citrus hop notes take the lead in the aroma. The rye comes along nicely with some very light sweetness.

Again, the hops are foremost in the flavor. Tastes like Summit hops are in there for sure to me. The hops produce a slightly grapefruit citrus flavor which binds to the spicy rye flavor nicely. Only a little sweetness in the end.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol at all. This is another excellent offering from SN. Not sure is this will be a regular, but I hope so. I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:02:02 | More by FanofHefe
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-29-2013 04:17:27 | More by comfortablynirm
Photo of CarolinaKev

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-09-2012 09:25:15 | More by CarolinaKev
Photo of BeerBeast


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2014 22:15:22 | More by BeerBeast
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange color. The tall, densely frothy head has a light orange tint. Retention is very nice, and some sticky splotches of lacing cling to the glass immediately.

S: Some light caramel, with moderate bready/crusty notes. Rye definitely adds some breadiness to the aroma. Hop aromas are vibrant, with citric, spicy, and grassy notes. Faintly fruity and lightly earthy notes also open up after a few minutes.

T: Bready, toasty malt flavors up front, with some mild caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is firm. Bright hop flavors of grapefruit and orange oil, with some lesser spicy and grassy character. A soft earthiness is present in an otherwise clean finish.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel. A touch firmer than medium in body. Carbonation is supple and tingly. Hop bitterness gradually builds into a dry finish.

D: Not that there was ever any doubt, but this is a really nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada. In many ways, it's similar to its other IPAs (which are excellent), but the rye does add a nice bready dimension to this beer. To my palate, rye really fits well with hoppy American styles. It's great to see it becoming more popular.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:48:29 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2013 22:08:03 | More by csmartin6
Photo of closisinthehouse


3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2014 18:20:01 | More by closisinthehouse
Photo of Kyrojack


3/5  rDev -22.9%

08-07-2013 14:19:05 | More by Kyrojack
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-19-2014 00:50:04 | More by kodt
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2014 23:41:13 | More by mkennedy119
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-21-2012 13:25:23 | More by JakeDebus
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-20-2012 04:31:57 | More by Unchi
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is orange red and clear. There is a quarter inch white head; lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma is sweet melon.

The taste has some nice rye malt twang, but is predominantly hoppy with pine mostly. There is a nice dry bitter finish.

The body is medium; there is a high amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

I like this one; it's not super hoppy, but it allows the malt to show itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 05:07:42 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixtel at Lukas after hearing good things. I've had about the half the keg and feel comfortable reviewing now. Poured from my system to a pint glass the beer pours a perfectly clear dark copper color with a 2 finger white/cream colored head with excellent retention with lots of lacing remaining. The aroma is big with a lot of peppery spice, rye, citrus, and piney hop character. I enjoy the blend of spice from the rye and west coast hop tones. The flavor starts with the same intense rye pepper spice on the tongue. The hop character found in the nose comes through and again melds well with the spice. A foundation of caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering pepper hop on the tongue. Upper end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a really good representation of a Rye IPA. I'm enjoying it very much and would easily recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 14:32:23 | More by hopfacebrew
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruthless Rye IPA opens to a nicely hoppy nose, pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind dominating, but supported by a nice mélange of pine, eucalyptus, mint, dandelion stem, and a touch of anise. The emphasis is clearly on hops here, and those aromas make up the greater part of the nose. There are still, however, nice aromas underneath, including an incredibly sweet candi sugar-like blast that mixes with orange, cherry, berry, and apricot fruit esters to form an almost crystallized fruit sugar extract sensation. The nose also brings a nice peppery undertone from the rye, adding a welcome layer of spice to the sugars and bitter hops. Finally, deep beneath lies a bed of toast crust, wheat bread, and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bearing enough hoppy and sugary notes to make the salivary glands start flowing, and the flavors themselves nicely balanced (even if geared heavily towards the sugars and hops), and containing a fine variety of notes. This is especially impressive considering the 6.6% ABV, which would normally indicate a far lesser quality and strength of aromas.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a spicy, hoppy blast, the hops and rye fighting for attention. The hops win in the initial moments, bringing pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, with mint, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, and pine, but the peppery rye notes keep excellent pace, coming in a close second. Sugars kick in after a second or so, adding the nice and surprisingly strong crystallized fruit extracts noted in the nose, and in the same flavors. Good touches of toast crust, wheat bread, and biscuit form an earthy layer at the bottom. In subsequent sips there is a lessening of sugary notes, the hops simply too powerful in competition, and the hops themselves lose some of their nuance as the tongue numbs under their blast, but the beer still remains tasty. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with faint lingering sugars and breads, and stays on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice rye IPA, and for the low ABV, it’s surprising how much flavor is in here. The notes are very nicely balanced, and the beer as a whole is surprisingly tasty and smooth, even over the course of several mouthfuls. The hops are especially nice, being full and rounded and heavy in oils, which helps boost the mouthfeel. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 20:52:20 | More by jondeelee
Photo of innominat


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-27-2014 18:22:31 | More by innominat
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-19-2012 02:09:49 | More by tedho21
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 00:58:01 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-14-2013 01:46:27 | More by AJ01923
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-30-2013 22:24:27 | More by craftbeerasian
Photo of gpblackgt


3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-17-2013 20:25:16 | More by gpblackgt
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-08-2014 13:46:05 | More by BColton1
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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