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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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4,446 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Can one be considered "ruthful"? And, if so, what would one have to do to be so considered? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep amber topped by over a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, lemon peel, rye spice, grass, and light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spice really standing out quite nicely against the backdrop of grasses and citrus fruits (rinds and all, baby). It's similar to a rye-d-up version of SNPA. Nice. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice rye IPA, one that I wouldn't mind seeing year-round (though, 'til then, I'm more than happy to see this one in the Spring instead of that Glissade nonsense).

TMoney2591, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada is one of the largest and most popular microbreweries in the United States and there is a good reason why. They consistently produce excellent beers. While they may not brew the more experimental and full-flavored beers, I've not had one of theirs that was disappointing. Since their pale ales are their most celebrated beers, I was happy to see a rye variation.

This pours a clear copper-amber color but the head is what makes the Ruthless look good. It forms a bit slowly, a bit over two fingers high, creamy-foamy, and leaves plenty of lacing. It had good retention but fizzed out pretty quickly.

In some ways this reminds me of the Alpha Dog from Laughing Dog Brewery I had one Valentine's Day. Strong earthy hops bring out spice and acidity. Citrus breaks up a bit of pine resin. The malted rye balances this out well, bringing out a sort of woodsy aroma that's moderately spicy. Rye breadiness. Some good aromas but not too strong.

This has some tasty flavors and is very well-balanced. Up front comes spicy and grapefruit citrusy hops as well as pine resin and fruity sweetness. The bready and spicy rye balance things out, making this just a bit more interesting than their regular pale ale offering. Pine resin/sap (is there a difference?) sweetness and earthy hoppiness linger on the tongue.

This is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. It's a decently smooth beer but it is a tad sticky from sweetness. The added spiciness of the rye makes it have a drier finish, however. Like most of Sierra Nevada's beers, this is delightfully drinkable and you could drink these too quickly.

Yet another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. It's a testament to them in their production of flavorful and drinkable beers. Cheers!

BeardedRiker, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Unchi, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruthless pours a deep amber hue, with a slight haze. A dense and creamy cap creates a thick cloud of foam that stays the whole way down the glass. Rocky lace is left in the beer's a wake. It's a most excellent look.

Citrus and pine dominate. Bitterness is at about the level I expect from an American IPA. The rye adds its distinct caraway bite. Its use is restrained, rather than in your face. As the beer warms, the rye bite grows and lingers through the finish. The rest of the picture is filled by toasted grains and a hint of caramel sweetness. The only thing holding this beer back is a light body that feels too thin. The carbonation is about right, but the overall mouthfeel picture just seems off to me. This is the last bottle in my six-pack and all of them have had the same issue.

Fix the body and this is a great beer. Despite its issues, I'm still glad I picked this up.

Rayek, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of M27
4/5  rDev +3.1%

M27, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of chilly460
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice looking beer, pours a darker amber, quite clear with a full inch of off-white head. Fluffy head dissipates slightly but sticks around, heavy rings of lacing ring the glass.

S - The rye is quite apparent, comes in as some spiciness. Complimented well with the citrus, and bigger floral hop aroma coming through. Get a nice caramel background, malt is big in the overall profile.

T - Follows the nose pretty well, initial hit is the very floral hop taste, light tasting. The cleaner, somewhat spicy rye comes in here as well, distinct. Surprising was the big malts coming in, plenty of caramel sweetness, this beer is quite sweet overall.

M - A fairly plain mouthfeel, bit less then medium body and standard mid-carbonation.

O - I enjoyed the floral hops on this one, but to be honest the sweetness throws it off a bit as you continue working on the glass.

chilly460, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of MickeyHops
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MickeyHops, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is nice and malty with a little bit of pepperiness. It actually smells like hot cereal, or a mash when making beer. Very fresh, very raw, it does not smell like an IPA though, and that is what I would expect.

This is a great looking beer, it's a really nice amber color with a very fluffy light tan head that hangs around indefinitely. Visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the etched glass just adds to the gorgeous look. This is how beer should look.

Ruthless Rye is very floral on the palate which adds to that distinct rye flavor that accompanies it. The maltiness from the nose comes out as bread and biscuits. The bitterness is well hidden, and I didn't really feel it until the finish.

Overall this is an above average beer. The carbonation comes out on the moderate side, and the body is medium-light. It is actually extremely drinkable, though I still wouldn't call it session able. A nice beer though.

tlazaroff, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +3.1%

HoistinBrews, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev +3.1%

saxclar123, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in color with an off-white, static, generous and fully froth. Citrus, vegetable oil and toasted grain to the nose. Tasted of rye, wheat, lemon oil and caramel. The balancing act is near perfect. Medium bodied with a smoothness that makes it feel lighter than it actually is. More consistent quality from the folks that have a lot of experience in that department.

stephens101, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CarpalTunnell
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

CarpalTunnell, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of wnh
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, brilliant clear copper topped with a huge rocky of-white head that lasts. Looks like a Sierra Nevada IPA ought to look. Nice lasting lace.

Really nice on the nose. Juicy, resinous hops with notes of pine needles, lemon zest, and grapefruit zest. Solid grainy malt backbone, biscuity and a bit peppery.

Definitely more rustic on the palate as a result of the rye. Grainy malt with a peppery bite and some balancing chewy caramel. Bitter hops show a bit of pungent grapefruit zest. Finishes dry with a balance of raw grain and bitter hops.

Medium bodied, very firm. Well balanced and moderately complex. Tasty and well made, quite enjoyable.

wnh, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Amp, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4.5/5  rDev +16%

JustinQ, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

TheNightwatchman, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper brew with a large beige head and copious amounts of lacing.

S - White pepper and wild grass pollen.

T - Spicy white peppercorn with mild floral notes. A complex malty backbone that is both spicy and biscuity with just a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is a lingering peppery spice that overshadows the bit of grassy bitterness and malt presence.

M - Medium bodied, a little harsh, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of CBlack85
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

CBlack85, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +16%

jriggins6, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mdimeglio
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mdimeglio, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory goblet

A- pours a dark, cloudy shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. Not a good start

S- getting some spiciness from the rye, and a little bit of hoppiness. Overall, pretty minimal aromas

T- nice punch of rye to begin, and a good bit of bitterness at the back

M- medium bodied

O- it's fine, but I don't know why Sierra Nevada decided they needed ANOTHER IPA in their lineup

bigfnjoe, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of lwillitz
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent dark amber body under 3 fingers of off-white foamy head; moderate carbonation bubbles; head sticks around a while and leaves a decent trail of lace

S - citrusy hops and rye bread; weaker than expected

T - pine, citrus, and rye lead in; honey sweetness in the background keeps things interesting; lemon with a touch of honey for a bittersweet finish

M - thick, slick medium/full body; medium carbonation; smooth and oily

O - Ruthless is an excellent American IPA. The rye compliments the hops nicely for a well-balanced and flavorful experience.

lwillitz, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +16%

jongullotti, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Burt, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bushwack
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bushwack, Feb 19, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,446 ratings.