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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: 4,728
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 482 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Bfarr
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of fuzzbalz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of datphoo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Chitlons
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jamesrange62
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of danieelol
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of randomjazzr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gobseulmuhri
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of cycoduck
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beer2day
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Winslow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Norsican
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RossCain
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz (dated 2012) into a pint glass:

A: Pours a semi-translucent, rustic orange color with a puffy and foamy off-white head. Great retention and the big splotches of the head clinging to the glass upon each quaff is attractive.

S: Bready and spicey with a background of citrus sweet notes playing second fiddle. Smells like a fresh baked croissant with honey.

T: Bold flavors of malty goodness hit the palate initially followed by a big rush of a fresh bite of grapefruit with sugar on top. Slightly peppery in the middle. Propped up in the finish by a giant bready background graced with the enduring flavors of the whole-cone hops, the beer finishes with an assertive bittersweet finish (erring more on the side of bitter).

M: Big full body with a creamy character and a slick feel as it passes over the palate. Finishes sweet with a lingering pucker of bitterness.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed Sierra Nevada's take on the Rye-IPA. Definitely a hearty brew which is packed full of well-married flavors. I wouldn't bat an eyelash at buying a sixer.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass only. No lacing is observed.

S: Some spicy aromas from the rye (like hints of pepper) along with pine resin and citrus hops.

T: Slightly malty sweet (maybe caramel and pale) upfront that is quickly followed by the rye spiciness. There is some hint of pine resin from the hops but this beer has a nice lingering bitterness and spiciness.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.

O: Really a very nice beer and one that I will enjoy a few more times this year while it is available in the area. I'm a fan of the rye spiciness with the IPA hops.

Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sierra Nevada, always coming out with new beers and never letting me down. Always been a fan of the Rye style in beers so I was eager to try this one. A considerable amount of spiciness in the taste and a nice well balanced IPA. Packs quite a punch with a high ABV but the beer remains fairly smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. I'm usually a fan of most IPA's, and the rye is a nice touch.. really good beer and definitely worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,728 ratings.