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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,565 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,565
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 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
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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
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear light caramel amber color. Has a thick off white fluffy finger depth head. Massive lace. Great chunky island. Great looking brew, as usual from SN.

Brew smells of sweet citrus and malted rye. Great balance in the nose here. Malts and hops perfectly represented. Good nose.

Brew is balanced, malts and hops are intertwined perfectly. Great hops; citrus, earthy, oily resin. Great rye represented; spicy and malty. Perfect balance here. Great IPA twist with the malty spicy rye. Very good stuff.

This is yet again another top notch offering from Sierra Nevada. Love the mix here; case worthy.

magine, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ponbon63
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start I'm a big fan of rye IPA's. As long as they're decent, they almost always look and smell amazing.

T: I thought this was a fairly mild flavored rye. Not nearly as bitter as some i've had and not quite as fulfilling. Although I've had rye's with slightly better flavor than this beer, it definitely works well as a session beer.

O: Overall I'd say this beer is not the most memorable rye you could have, but is by no means bad in any way. This beer lands somewhere tasty slightly above average for the category.

ponbon63, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ChocolateJesus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ChocolateJesus, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

troyvar, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of beardownaz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

beardownaz, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 02/15/12:
Bottled: 01/13/12 at 2:01pm; Poured in a tulip.

A - Two inch off-white fluffy, bubbly head with excellent retention; Dark brownish amber in color and semi-hazy in appearance; Decent lacing left behind

S - The rye is certainly not shy here and is a big part of the aroma; Complimenting the rye aroma are citrus and floral hops, sweet caramel, and overall smoky notes; The more I smell the beer, the more I'm convinced there's distinct notes of cannabis as well

T - The smoky rye is the main feature in the taste as well, but moderately bitter orange and grapefruit hops provide good balance with some sweet caramel and fresh bread in the background; Slight bitterness and oily hops linger

M - Moderate carbonation; Just a touch above medium bodied; Finish is fairly dry

O - I don't remember experiencing the combination of hops and rye until I tried this surprisingly good beer. The flavor is very unique, but also very enjoyable and balanced between the smoky rye, citrus hops, and subtle malts. I think more brewers should experiment with rye in their recipes, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy some more Ruthless Rye.

TechTriumph, Feb 19, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,565 ratings.