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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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4,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,210
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 60
Gots: 225 | 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 CamuMahubah


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POurs orange amber like your typical IPA...

Wow! I taste some kind of plant that I have smelled in Florida perhaps...some type of garden flower...

I was so afraid of the rye spiciness biting me in the back of the throat...don't even worry! It's all on top of the tongue and quite refreshing...don't be afraid of this beer like I was...

Hops for days!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:10:00 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of spark3148857


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 19:56:19 | More by spark3148857
Photo of mrzazz

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 19:22:28 | More by mrzazz
Photo of FosterJM


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1102nd Review on BA
Draft to Guinness Pint

On tap @Chaparral300 Chino Hills, CA

App- A good and deep amber with some lighter golden highlights on the bottom. A very panacake on the griddle looking 1/2 in head that feel to a ton of cling and lace.

Smell- It had a nice opening hop bitter note with a fair amount of flaky rye behind it. Smelled a fair thick and malty. Was okay aromatically but not out the world.

Drink- I was fairly let down by this one. The rye seemed to fade off of the nose and was just a fairly malty beer with only a small amount of bitter behind it. Not very layered or balanced IMO.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a good medium low carbonation. A bit creamy and full. Residual rye and bitter were remaining.

Drink- It's a fair offering. A bit thicker than most and a little one sided but it's a valid option for an intro Rye beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 16:22:22 | More by FosterJM
Photo of goalie33

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 16:19:50 | More by goalie33
Photo of Brent


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit to passing this by quite a few times before finally picking up a six. I'm a card-carrying member of the Church of Celebration Ale, but most of Sierra Nevada's big releases have generally underwhelmed me. I was pretty impressed with the deft use of rye in this beer, when so many other rye beers fail to deliver on the promise. Poured a amber with an active head. Touch of sweetness balanced with firm hops bittering. The rye lends a distinctive peppery bite to the malt that is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 14:33:22 | More by Brent
Photo of beermaned


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 14:31:06 | More by beermaned
Photo of badboyrsl84


3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-10-2012 05:51:15 | More by badboyrsl84
Photo of grittybrews


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark orange amber with a finger of off-white head. Nice aroma of spicy bread, pine, and grapefruit.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Mild toffee and toasty bread up front with grapefruit, pepper, and lingering pine on the finish.

The rye is subtle but definitely present; this one is really well-balanced, relatively dry, and pleasant to sip. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:22:27 | More by grittybrews
Photo of mattfungus


2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

During this time of year (winter) there are a lot of heavy hitters, winter brews, double ipas and everything seems to be a bit overdone. i start longing for something that doesn't taste like malted brandy.

Finally, here is something that has its own unique flavor. This RyePA has a nice sea foam colored head and dark amber color. The foam quickly dissipates, however each time it lands on your tongue another blanket of foam is formed on it and it effervesces off of it.

It has that pepperiness of rye, but something different too. The malt swirls across your tongue and there is a heavy bitter finish that lingers in your mouth like their celebration's bitter, and it just keeps sitting there.

Easiest way to get rid of it is to have another mouthful and enjoy the wave of savory flavor that hits.

I think that it would go good with a jack, brick, asiago, pecorino romano or parmesean cheese, especially the jack or pecorino. I also think something sweet like figs, raisins or grapes might be good to wash off the bitterness.

On second review and on the third bottle I had to re-rate it. It is so bitter at the end that I had to give it away. The bitterness would just not go away. blah

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:09:27 | More by mattfungus
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is honey/copper. Two fingers of thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy cap and trails of foam along the sides.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus. (Surprise, surprise.) There is also orange and a little lemon, but the grapefruit stands out. Below are English bitter-esque hops, caramel malts, and, shockingly, rye. It all comes together nicely, but the citrus scents, especially the grapefruit, dominate.

Taste: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the flavor offers a nice jab of bitterness and citrus. The hops linger on the tongue with a grainy texture and, at moments, become metallic in taste. Each sip keeps the roof of the mouth tingling, and the tongue and back of the cheeks feel the effects of the aftertaste. The caramel, bitter-esque flavor, and rye are in the background and provide a little balance, but they are overshadowed by the hops.

Drinkability: Solid stuff, and it does get me jonesing for spring. I am not sure if it makes for an ideal spring seasonal, though. IPA, it seems, is in season all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:03:50 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of pixieskid


3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-10-2012 04:36:52 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Thurston


3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-10-2012 04:17:42 | More by Thurston
Photo of nickthetick


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an clear amber orange into a DFH off centered glass a light khaki head that hangs around for a while and clings to the glass and leaves a lovely lacing.

S: Orange and lemon aromas are heavy along with the moderate pine notes and the rye is noticeable in the form of a marble rye. Both the rye and wheat are present.

T: Much of the the flavors are oranges and and dark citrus. Pine is larger in the taste than in the nose. There are the rye bread and wheat notes, light caramel. There is actually a lot of the rye, but is not to be outdone by the citrus flavors.

MF: A solid medium body with some great effervescence, and very dry on the end.

O: Wonderful rye and a wonderful IPA that when put together make a great beer. A bit too dry and and the rye can subtract a bit from the classic pine and citrus IPA players but other than that just great.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:18:01 | More by nickthetick
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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

Ruthless rye IPA pours a dark copper color, with a nice sized lacy head. There is a very nice dry hoppy aroma. There is a very nice hoppy taste, that finishes with a strong dry bitter flavor. The taste is very strong, but I would want another one of these. Overall this is a very good beer, a nice hoppy dry taste, there is something else in there that I cant put my finger on it, but a fantastic winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:10:52 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of bnes09


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the artwork on the bottle. Pours a deep copper color with ivory head that sticks around. Foamy layers of lace with each sip.

Spicy rye, malt, and American hops in the aroma.

Solid malt backbone with plenty of rye flavor. Piney, soapy hop character. Fully loaded in the hops department and quite drying.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Coarse texture and dry finish.

Descent brew. Could use more balance. I think this style has been overdone and is losing its wow factor. Still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:43:33 | More by bnes09
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear golden, amber color with a high level of carbonation. It had a two-finger head of bubbly foam that left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some nice rye notes.

T - It tasted spicy and bready with some nice rye flavor. Good toffee flavor with a strong piney bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice rye IPA. Sierra Nevada does another good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:34:13 | More by zeff80
Photo of rusty3335


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 02:28:17 | More by rusty3335
Photo of TheHoppiest


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep copper color, alomst russet in fact, with a two inch cream colored head that slowly reduces with tons of sticky lacing.

Has a fragrant smell, with pear, vanilla, malt,and citrus. Despite its dark look, it has a very light and crisp smell, with a hint of creaminess underneath.

Starts with a crisp grassy bitter bite, with creamy malt, dry rye, and a bare hint of citrus before finishing with plenty of hop bitter. As I get further into the beer, it is a bit like a hoppy creamsicle, with the citrus becoming more pronounced.

Medium bodied, this beer manages to have both a creamy mouth feel that nonetheless leaves your tongue feeling dry, but never tacky.

A very nice brew, one that, quality-wise, I'd stack up against SN's Bigfoot or Torpedo for the title of SN's best 12 oz brew they put out. A definite one to try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:25:44 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 02:03:39 | More by rcatalano
Photo of DiscGolfRobot


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 02:00:31 | More by DiscGolfRobot
Photo of PintPal


4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-10-2012 01:47:30 | More by PintPal
Photo of CowsCanBark


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear whiskey brown hue, with a big three-finger off-white head that seems to never dissipate. Great amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Spiceyness is what first comes to mind. You can definitely note citrus hops and hoppyness in general, but you can also smell the spicyness of the rye, with a bit of sweet malts lingering in the back.

Taste: This is really good! The mixture of citrus hops and spicy rye mix incredibly well and are very well-balanced throughout. There is definitely an earthy undertone here, mineral-like. A nice spicey bitterness lingers throughout, but it isn't a huge bitterness, just mild. The spice does linger for a bit afterwards though.

Mouthfeel: It fits the taste profile well. Moderate body with moderate carbonation, and it is damn smooth and pretty creamy as well. Not Boddington's creamy, but fairly creamy. Nice.

Overall: As my first rye beer, this one is just great. It has the noticeable hoppyness of an IPA, but enough spicey rye to let you know that it's there. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:47:13 | More by CowsCanBark
Photo of Docer


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Clear dark amber, close to a brown. Fluffy fingers of off-white head settle to a white thin pillow and bubbly lace around the glass. Brew bubbles well.

Smell: (4.0)
- Very nice pine, floral, grassy, and earthy hops. One of the reasons I like Sierra Nevada so much is how they hop their beers. Always zingy, and always fresh smelling. Smooth semi-sweet malt backing, bit bready, and caramel infused.

Taste: (4.5)
- Great bittering hops. Nice pine and zesty hop bite rides along a mild bready malt backing. Rye isn't too present, but has sneaked in there a little bit. Wonderful earthy herbal and citrusy mouth puckering finish. Certainly a balanced, and great beer.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Little drying from the bitterness, and a medium bodied brew which is nicely carbonated to perfection. Little cloying and chewy, and is an easy drinker.

Overall: (4.0)
- This beer kind of brings me back to their Anniversary Ale, which frankly pissed me off when they pulled it. This just seems to have a different sweetness and malt balance to it, but the hops are what brings me back. I read a bit of this beer before I finally purchased a bottle.. and am now surprised at some of the more negative reviews. This beer is damn good, and solid. I will be buying more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:11:20 | More by Docer
Photo of chickenflea


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body and a large, lasting, just off-white head. Pretty decent retention with good lacing. Aromas are of spicy and citrusy. Lightly bready malt sweetness as well in the forefront. Floral and flowery with light esters. Medium grassy. Flavors are bready, grainy, lightly spicy with apricot notes. Notable rye rustic character. Crisp finish. Hops are strong, but mellowed by the rye and the sweetness of the malt. Hop flavors are piney and herbal. Good carbonation, medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:12:22 | More by chickenflea
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