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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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Ratings: 4,564
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 358 | 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 beer348
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice color - reddish. Also enjoyed the label design.
S: very nice smell, probably my favorite thing about this beer
T: tastes good, crisp; what I would expect from an IPA.
M: It's great to try a new kind of beer (rye). But this tastes very much like a regular IPA.
O: For IPA fans you will like this beer. Lots of hoppy flavor. A clean , crisp drink.

beer348, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of KyleBatten
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KyleBatten, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a coppery orange color with a thick head. Foam is off-white. Leaves very thick lacing.

S - an intense cerial grain herbal fest. Bitter orange peel jumps out quickly as the rye blends with barely to create the enticing grainy notes while floral and citrus aromas round out the nose.

T - dry on the front of the tounge. Notes of bitter citrus enter mid palate along with ceral grain notes and a peppery spice finish.

M - full bodied. Medium carb.

O - an excellent take on a rye/IPA.

Teleweizen2, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of iammatt
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

iammatt, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma has a decided overtone of rye with hints of malt and hops and a subtle note of apple. It pours a clear, dark copper with a thick, fluffy, pale cream head that hangs around for a while. Rye flavor has a strong hoppy note and hints of malt and fruit, both apple and grapefruit. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a good tingle to it.

Cyberkedi, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev +3.1%

fdig23, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruthless Rye pours crystal clear amber with a thick bone colored and fluffy head. A pretty product that leaves a lovely sticky lace on the side of the glass.

The nose is predominately a nutty dull citrus with hints of caramelization and lemon peels. The rye is also very fragrant here and a nice touch.

The taste is good but not great. Flavorful grain roasted elements with an iced tea like hop presence. I wish the hops were more available in the flavor department but they do show up in the mouthfeel and finish.

A damn decent hop bitterness that really compliments the sweet grains happens in the mouthfeel. There is also an exclamation point of rye dryness. A solid beer but not the best rye brew or IPA but that shouldn't stop you from trying it.

jbphoto88, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of donunrue
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

donunrue, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of merryjoulton
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a Duvel tulip.

This is a great beer. Color is a bit copper and a bit golden. Head is medium with pale and tan hues. Nose is an impeccable selection of hops and effervescent hints of roasted barley. Taste is straightforward hops. Very bitter, very dry, very good. Not much residual malt on the tongue. Mouthfeel is extremely crisp. Overall great brew, didn't expect any less from SN.

merryjoulton, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with about two fingers worth of frothy off-white head, that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of nice earthy hop aromas dominate the nose. Has a nice pepperyness from the rye.

Taste: Huge hop presence, very earthy in taste, with a bit of spice again from the rye.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very crisp. This is an amazingly easy to drink beer.

Overall: Very good IPA, and an excellent example if a Rye IPA. This has become one of my favorite spring seasonals.

RattleheadKV2, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of chuckgfk
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

chuckgfk, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear, fairly red amber and big tan frothy head with great retention and lacing. Rye spice and citrus hop aroma. Big rye spice up front tapers off to a relatively balanced citrus hop character and light sweetness. A light hop lingers on the palate. Lightly tacky and dry in the finish.

Big rye flavor, just the way I like it with a good balance only hinting at its IPA character. The mouthfeel is a bit distracting in the drying linger. The rye, however is the star and stays around in only slightly diminishing strength throughout the entire glass.

Bfarr, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of fuzzbalz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

fuzzbalz, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

datphoo, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev +3.1%

greencovesteve, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Chitlons
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Chitlons, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of jamesrange62
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jamesrange62, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown red with good head/lacing.

Smell is initially like Tumbler. Good old SN house yeast. Then some subtle floral, distinctive smells come through.

Taste and mouthfeel is flowers, shampoo. Big dose of shampoo in this. Must be the rye.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick with good but subtle carb.

Overall not an unpleasant beer but the shampoo similarities are more than subtle and I'm not in a hurry to drink another.

Edit: Have been enjoying more while getting through the six-pack.

danieelol, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nrombes, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of randomjazzr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

randomjazzr, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of gobseulmuhri
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saw it at the local store and had to have it being that I am a huge fan of their Torpedo IPA.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. What came out was opaque and dark honey/mahogany in color with a 1/2'' of head that kept retention pretty well.

The nose was a bit muted, but it had the typical IPA scents - peppery spices, fruit, and hops. The taste is what impressed me. The flavors that were muted on the nose came out strong in the mouth. However, it's noticeably mellower than the Torpedo IPA (is it the color?) without losing the signature IPA flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium as a good IPA should be with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish that definitely reminds me of the lightly bitter and pungent flavors of rye bread.

I was a bit skeptical about this one, but I'm glad I got it. Cheers!

gobseulmuhri, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of cycoduck
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

cycoduck, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark woody, orange pour capped with 2 fingers of close-to-white head. Decent retention and thick lace.

Woody rye grass aroma. Traces of oak and cedar. Rye grass tends to dominate, though.

Rye is very assertive in the flavor. Really strong in the finish. Extremely spicy on the back of the tongue well after the beer clears your throat. They went for ruthless and I think they got it. Just a bit out of balance for me.

Feel seems about right, with a touch of cream and a light fizz.

Overall, the strong rye flavor brings this down a notch for me.

beer2day, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler pint.

A: Poured a solid copper orange color with a slight chilled haze beneath a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that left a slight ring of lace. Carbonation seems ample and the light shines off it nicely.

S: Loads of earthy, husky grain and a slightly grassy, herbal and floral bitterness rises from the brew.

T: Nice, spicy, peppery sweetness up front from the generous rye malt addition. A tangy, herbal, lemongrass enters mid-palate before washing back with a more aggressive, bright, citrusy whole-cone hop flavor. A very nice brew with a good mix of tangy, spicy and bittersweet flavors that play off one another well.

M: Medium-full bodied IPA with ample carbonation, some acidic, tart and herbal hop resins kicking around in the finish.

O: Another well-crafted IPA from SN. The 6.6% ABV Ruthless Rye marries peppery and tangy rye malt sugars with floral, bitter and juicy American hops. More hallmark quality from the brewers in Chico.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bkrbdan, Mar 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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