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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Ratings: 4,870
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 83
Gots: 609 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 4,870 | Reviews: 1,095
Photo of Triple_Seven
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad. Definitely can taste the rye. Had as part of sample pack. Would not buy this separately.

Photo of JohnnyI
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to a New Belgium tulip with a semi-transparent roasted orange color. The thin tan head lingers for a bit, then disappears with minimal retention and little appreciable lacing. The aroma is a balanced assortment of citrus, caramel sweetness and hints of dank earthy spice. The flavors follow suit, with a nice complex mix of delicious caramel, orange zest and peppery, earthy grain. The finish really highlights the inclusion of rye. Fairly balanced, with the bitterness held in check by the flavorful malts. The body of the beer is great. Juicy, moderate and satisfying, with a perfect level of carbonation. Very well done. Overall, the rye really adds some fantastic depth to the style. Carefully selected complimentary flavors and a keen sense of balance make this one a winner. Another score for Sierra Nevada. These guys really can't miss.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose of roasted malts, caramel, Rye, faint earthiness, spice. Taste Rye, spice, resin, citrus, sweet malt.

Photo of timontheroad
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Reddish Amber color, clear, half inch head that faded to a quarter inch, but laced the glass nicely.
Smell: Piney, spicy smell, with some malty notes.
Taste: The malt seems pretty prominent, but there's a nice nice underlying piney bitterness and a spicy flavor from the rye in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty crisp finish.
Overall: I can hardly wait for this beer to come out every year, one of my favorite SN beers. The sum of the parts really add up well to come tougher in a great beer.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass bottled on 12/02/14

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with amble off-white head

Smell: Faint aroma of hops and some grassy grains

Taste: Far better than the aroma with plenty of earthy hop notes balanced by the malt and spicy rye flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium and refreshing

Overall: A nice IPA that balances the rye very well. Hopefully this doesn't go away forever after this year.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise, I enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of Bis4beer70
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

superbowl beer
mmm mmm good
patriots suck!

Photo of MKEtoSF
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer, the peppery kick from the Rye adds another dimension to the IPA style.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red clay color with off white head. Aroma is citrus, slight bread and a bit of sweetness. Taste is citrus, with rye bread and a bit of spice from the rye. Mouthfeel is medium but dry. Overall not my favorite fron SN, I think because the rye dries it out to much for me.

Photo of moundbz
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bold good flavor with a ting from the rye

Photo of BeerDocT
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a deep, coppery red. Decent, 1/2" head. Great lacing.

Smell 3.5: Good bouquet. Very nice, deep and sweet scent predominates. Not much "graininess" or rye scent at all.

Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and very pleasant with a distinct rye taste. Reminds me of biting into rye bread. This taste quickly fades and the Middle hits you with a huge wave of sweet malt and a delicious (and lightly mild for Sierra Nevada) hop blend. Finish is where it all comes together and, like pulling the drain on a sink, swirls around and quickly fades into a very nice dry ending. Rye taste here at the end as well. Aftertaste is long and malty.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Great conditioning on this beer. Hits the mark and accentuates the experience.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Would go great with food and is a wonderful sessioner (trust me!). One of the best -if not the best--rye beer on the market. If you are wondering what a rye is like, start here and work your way down.

Photo of CamelBackNotation
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

There is no strong bite at the beginning of the sip. The beer gently transitions into a smooth, soft feel with no real offensive tastes. It's just plain pleasant. Great beer! Not really what I would associate with IPA

Photo of pnelting
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with full off white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Hoppy with some spice. Just a hint of citrus.

T: Hops with some grain on the back end. Really smooth and easy to drink.

M: Clean mouth feel. A little on the thin side.

O: Really solid beer and well worth finding in the 4 way ipa pack.

Photo of Ipaupaweallpa
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good. Tastes like a peppery Torpedo, although as someone else said, I think last year's ruthless Rye had a bit more flavor profile than this year. Seems a little watery. Still no complains. Excellent.

Photo of CraigP83
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red, you can smell the grains and rye. Earthy, rich and smooth all in one. Black pepper spiciness. Very delicious IPA

Photo of predikit
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark amber, creates a white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smells mostly hoppy, I had this awhile back and a peppery scent tickled my nose, but it doesn't seem to be present in this batch.

Takes like an average IPA, citrus notes up front, malt middle, slight bitter in on the end. The rye aspect is very underwhelming compared to my tasting of this one year ago.

Medium light body, crisp and clean. Alcohol is fairly present for the finish.

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what SN does best. A deeply hoppy is a with bold citrus touches and a hit of rye bitterness. Delicious.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my new favorite beer from SN.

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great great beer for the spring

Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

This is a really nice example of Rye-P-A. The rye is not overwhelming, but it provides a nice spiciness that blends well with the hops.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - a blood orange with lots of carbonation bubbles that builds a thick, frothy white head. Retention is great, lacing is adequate.
Smell - balanced hops and malts. Pine is the most noticeable in the nose.
Taste - slightly more hop forward than the nose; yet still well balanced on the palate.
Feel - hop bitterness, a nice malt presence, but not noticeably rye in nature.
Overall - as always, excellent price point from Sierra Nevada, and a nice Winter seasonal IPA!

Photo of Mikedive21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Good everyday IPA. Nice color and great foamy head

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Spicy rye notes meld with sierras signature grapefruity hop character. One of my favorites from this brewery.

Photo of yarnbomb
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Very good Rye-P-A. Holds up well to cross country shipping. Doesn't hold up well to Quebec Rye beers. Still very enjoyable.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hazy amber copper colored brew with thick tan head. Rye, grain, caramel and spicy hop notes accent aromas and flavors. Medium bodied & smooth.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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