1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

4,446 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,446
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 320 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,446 | Reviews: 1,045 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Giantspace, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Hendrick24, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 18, 2013
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!

utopiajane, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Celtics76, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DerwinWentworth, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

gpawned, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ccozzi, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, there was a definite pine aroma to this one....very west coast IPA-like. As it opened up, the spicy character of the rye was more obvious.

At first, I definitely got the floral hops that SN is quite famed for. Very nice...much like Celebration. However, clearly soon thereafter the nice, spicy rye bread taste undercurrent was clearly noticeable as well and paired quite nicely with the hops. The finish had a little grain on it along with a resinous bitterness that finishes the beer out quite dryly.

Pretty solid IPA all around. The rye gives it a different kick that is quite welcomed.

NODAK, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

scottwurst, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +16%

fox227, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BUNZILLA, Dec 23, 2013
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.

weonfire, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BigMike, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jk3, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

abcdefghijkyle, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly light amber. Much lighter than I was expecting. Thought it was a black rye. Guess not. Clear, low carbonation. Lightly tanned thin head. Looks very quaffable.

Not a hop bomb by any stretch but nicely balanced; perfume hop character, some gentle rye spice. Very nice, but certainly not ruthless.

A bit more aggressive taste. Nice sharp hop bitterness and good peppery rye character. Seems to come on in a wave rather than a quick jab which makes it very approachable or what it is.

Well, hardly surprising this is a well made beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. Enough so that it's not watery but not too much that it gets heavy by the end. As for drinkability, it finishes clean enough that the rye doesn't build up and overload the palate with that spicy character. Drink it at a reasonable pace and just keep on drinking.

joecast, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a darker orange amber color, quite clear looking. One finger light brown head. Holds it's shape and body quite well. Settled down to a good layer of film leaving a nice looking ring of lacing in the glass.

S-- Rye really stands out in this. Lots of spiciness in the nose. Bits of orange and grapefruit compliment the nose along with a decent malt sweetness backbone.

T-- Spicy and earthy orange followed by a bit of earthy grapefruit. It is the rye that stands out in this. Just enough bitterness that makes this interesting and gives it a ZING.

M-- Creamy with medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly metallic and pine bitterness in the mid and back but not all that bad really.

O-- Pretty much beer my stand by beer for the last two months. Quite enjoy the beer as the rye really makes this work. Holds up better than other US IPA's that make the trip here. Good beer to have several of in a night.

mulder1010, May 06, 2012
Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

JakeDebus, May 21, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Rye has been a staple grain for milennia-sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor, Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors- combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring." Sierra Nevada's spring seasonal returns for 2013, released annually around January-February. Brewed in the style of an American Rye IPA.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint snifter. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a frothy caramel-tinged white head of a fluffy cream consistency. Body color is a copper orange with mild sediment, a light haze and very low visible carbonation. Lacing is consistently light and curtained, retention is slightly above average. Head quality could improve a notch but otherwise this beer delivers well in appearance. 3.75

(Smell) Most noticeable is a moderate peppery bread note of rye for a full sweetness. Light citrus and floral hop notes compliment the malt profile, although they do not provide enough potency to challenge the specialty malt-centered beer. Additional notes of lightly toasted caramel, cracker malt for lightness, and a touch of fruity and spicy yeast esters, like raisin and nutmeg peek through as the beer warms. The potency is medium. Pleasant aroma overall, despite not being overly confident in the hop department. 3.25

(Taste) A nip of biscuity grain malt and citrus pith up front with a proceeding peppery rye midsection and a peppered, dry and boldly bitter finish with a dragging faint viscosity of rye sweetness to compliment. Although the hop flavor diversity has waned, this beer has otherwise held up remarkably well through the year. There's substantial bitterness and malt complexity to enjoy, yet the profile is quaffable enough to enjoy several in a single session. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mild slickness and a mellow stickiness build a subtle malt texture. Carbonation is busy, sharp and excited, very prickly on the tongue. Alcohol presence is low. Body is a medium for an American Rye IPA, and medium overall. The carbonation seems too aggressive for this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Sierra Nevada puts out a very tasty and flavorful, yet clean and easy drinking Rye IPA in Ruthless Rye. Chock full of clean, flavorful rye and a moderate thickness, this is a worthy drink for your IPA money, and a fair representative for the rapidly growing Rye IPA trend . 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Ruthless Rye IPA
3.63/5.00

Jadjunk, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" off-white head which took a while to dissipate. The body is a clear gold verging on amber. It smells like a medium IPA. Taste has slightly grapefruity hops and yes you do taste the slightly odd pepper and spice of rye. Seems a little salty to me, but all in all pretty good.

MoreThanWine, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is a rye IPA that tastes of weed and urine.

A: Red orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades slowly to good lacing. 4

S: Strong grasses hops smell like weed and urine. 3

T: Crisp maltiness into an earthy and grassy finish. There are still hints of urine. Weird. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

vandemonian, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +16%

comfortablynirm, Jan 29, 2013
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,446 ratings.