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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87
very good

4,612 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,612
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 382 | 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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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours an amber color and produced a good cap of white froth. Good lacing.

(S)- A nice mildly spicy(the rye?) piney citrus with a subtle malty backbone.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice mildly spicy pine citrus body with subtle malt.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mild rye spice with a classic IPA hop and malt profile.

(D)- Overall, another solid new IPA to the Sierra Nevada portfolio

Photo of craftbeer31
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metmorg
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass. Medium Caramel color with a hint of orange. Half a pinky head that dissipated quickly.

S: Grain, spice, hops smell. Lets me know it is going to be dry

T: Good Full taste. Dry as expected, with nice background of malts. A touch of citrus & sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

M: Medium amount of dryness, with medium-high amount of bitterness. Would have never guessed the 6.6 ABV off taste, it is well hidden.

O: Great rye tones and an excellent American IPA's if you want some boldness without being overwhelmed by too much hops and bitterness. Good balance of flavor for a combination of having to pace myself while drinking & still being very drinkable.

Photo of gregoz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of burnerfinger
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: dark oragnish hue - maxi head with sticky generous lacing. head settles to a thick tocky layer:

S: pure HOPS. very nice indeed.

T: malt takes a backseat to the piney hopiness. LOVE this

M good body, generous ABV well hidden. medium carbonation

D: low score here, this rich and thick brew is NOT to be guzzled. but it's GREAT!!!

Photo of Chad
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Truly ruthless this beer needs to mellow out a little for me to enjoy it. I am all for complex beers with many different ingredient lending themselves to a well put together final product, but this beer is a bit too much. Pours Beautifully with a nice lasting two finger head. The aroma is very strong, smelling of pine and rye. The flavor is surprisingly potent for an amber beer, it would seem more suited to a darker beer. All in all this beer is like pouring half a bottle of cumin on your taco, Cumin is great but don't over do it.

Photo of Kitt
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a weak < 1 finger head, that miraculously grew to about a two finger head in about 120 sec. Appearance, a rich, filtered, mahogany, not unlike a heavy red ale.

Aroma rather unpleasing: A spicy almost (hate to say it) feline-like odor. It must by the emphasis on rye which I guess I am not quite used to.

Taste,an initial bombardment of bitter spice hops and eclectic malts. Better than the aroma, but I still get that feeling of a nearby cat. Not like anything I have ever encountered in a brew before. The rye must be what is different to me and I have to admit - despite my colorful description - I find it somewhat pleasing. Very different. A light lingering bitter hop burning sensation brings this home as an IPA about six seconds after the initial taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a slight oily after-feel.

Drinkibility: The alcohol is upfront and in your face; seems more than 6.8%.

Overall, this is an interesting IPA. I like the daring ingredients. Risk takers deserve some credit for ingenuity. It won't be among my favorites but I would be willing to try it again. Just slightly above average overall. Perhaps it will grow on me as I move through the six pack but I have a funny feeling many reviewers have "brewery goggles" on this one - let's face it, if this was brewed by some rinky-dink Rhode Island brewery, well, you know what I am thinking...

Photo of Pugsly
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Shooter1960
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Poured a deep copper with 2-3 fingers of head. Good lacing on the glass.

Nothing particularly distinct about the smell.

I expected a stronger flavor but it was a mild IPA. Would be good for a hot summer day but a little light for this time of year and really does not give you the IBU fix for an IPA.

Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of tjeppaint
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DJED69
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra did it again. This is an excellent IPA or RyePA.

Don't be too freaked by the spicy notes. It's subtle. Terrific balance of bitter hops and sweet, spicy malt/grain. Smells very nice, but taste is the thing here. Very fresh and refreshing brew. Not overly heavy or cloying. Again, very balanced profile. Alcohol is well hidden and after a few sneaks up on you.

Enjoying one now with a roast beef, cheddar, horseradish on rye. Very good beer with bold flavored food.

My highest compliments to a beer well done!

Photo of birtsbrew
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of dvanhandel
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz beer. Pours a clear copper with a big frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is rye grains with some piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet bready malt with a big piney hop bitterness and rye spices. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I like it. It's a solid IPA and I like what the rye adds.

Photo of Jsmitty1967
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of elshaggy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Amber with a surprisingly clear and clean appearance. Head width is about a 2 finger width with some nice sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell - Very pungent citrus hops aroma hits you right away, followed by a very spicy/cracked pepper smell which I assume is the rye. I can smell some malts in here, but they're overshadowed by the Hops and Rye.

Taste - Spicy Rye & Pepper followed up by a fairly strong citrusy hop bite. The malts come out after everything has settled down in terms of the flavors upfront. Aftertaste is a bitter piney flavor which I wasn't expecting. Could've been a little more balanced in terms of Rye/Pepper and malts.

Mouthfeel - Body is moderate on the palette and in thickness, as well as the carbonation. Pretty standard for an IPA.

Overall - The Rye/Pepper flavor is definitely a nice idea for IPAs, and it helps make for an interesting brew. With that said, those who don't like spicy flavors in their beers should avoid this. I'll admit I was a little skeptical buying this off a recommendation of a friend, but I'm glad I picked this up and Kudos to Sierra Nevada for making yet another solid beer!

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had a soft spot here lately for Rye IPA's as I have really been enjoying Jester King's - The Wytchmaker. I just learned that it was retired, as was the Black Metal. Weird, because they are both really good beers. Anyway, let's give this offering from Sierra Nevada a shot.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy burnt orange color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was its original height for about 30-40 seconds and then faded to a pretty substantial ring where the beer meets the glass, and it already looks like there will be some lacing. After drinking the beer, there is some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: The aroma is showcasing the fresh hops as much or more so than the Rye, which is a good thing in my opinion. Second sniffs are giving a little more earthy tones to the aroma that are probably Rye related, but still they are reserved. Overall the aroma is quite nice.

Taste: The flavor is led by some fresh hops and the Rye along with some substantial crystal malt are coming out to support the grain side of the equation. The mouthfeel is medium to light with plenty of carbonation, so it ultimately finishes a little dry. The balance of hops to malt is pretty even with a very slight edge toward the malt. As the beer warms up, it softens up and gets more palatable overall.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer overall. It has a nice balance of malt and hops, and the complexity of the Rye mixed with the freshness of the hops makes the aroma one of the nicer attributes in this beer. All this said, I wouldn't consider it "fantastic", so I won't have a problem drinking the one six-pack that I got, but I seriously doubt that I will be buying this again.

Photo of blameo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. 2012 vintage.

A: Two fingers of head has great retention. Bubbles within golden-clear beer. Good lacing.

S: Strong, citrusy-piny Cascade hops. A touch of dry spice could be rye.

T: Good, but not great. Not nearly as dry or bitter as it smelt. It tastes more like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale than an IPA. Creamy-smooth, almost sweet, with a bit of hoppy bitterness at the end. The rye is not very apparent, save perhaps for a grainy dryness on the distant aftertaste.

M: Moderately full, less than moderate bitterness. Smooth and refreshing.

O: Not what I was expecting from a Rye IPA, but still a very nice beer. Recommended. I might have another one after a period of time, but I wouldn't grab a six-pack unless it were to share.

Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mikeg67
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours amber with an off-white, long lasting, foamy head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and spices. The body is medium, very tangy. Citrusy, spicy hops, bready and caramel malt, some orange fruit fill the mouth. Delicious IPA.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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