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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

4,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,498
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 336 | FT: 1
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 VncentLIFE
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

VncentLIFE, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +3.1%

alamode, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BUNZILLA, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

CloudStrife, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

JackieTH, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of MikeWard
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
Photo of FreshZ
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

FreshZ, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kodt, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Mersh
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Mersh, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BrownAleMale, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BigMike, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Houser
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Houser, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Beer21, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +16%

fox227, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Celtics76, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of kushlash23
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
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 09, 2013
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DerwinWentworth, Feb 02, 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 PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

PappyVans, May 25, 2014
Photo of udubdawg
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

udubdawg, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with orange hues beneath the generous, foamy, off-white head that is very slow to dissipate leaving a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Aromas of earthy and pine hops mixed with rye float from the glass. The hops are resiny and spicy at the same time. The spice is earthy or wood-like and may also be from the rye as well.

The flavor offers similar hop character with pine resin and a more subdued spice, but again with a very nice rye finish. A bread-like malt is also more relevant on the palate. The hop and rye are fairly generous in this tasty brew.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice drying, resiny finish.

A very consistent beer and a fine example of a rye IPA. Just what one may expect from SN.

CHADMC3, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

midlifec, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

scottwurst, Jul 04, 2014
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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