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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

4,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,608
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 374 | 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 lovindahops
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another delicious seasonal from Sierra Nevada. Good change up from them

A- ruthless rye pours a reddish amber with clear vision through the glass. A thin, thin level of white foam floats on the top of the glass with some web like lacing that stayed around the edges of the glass

S- a clear cut blast of rye malt with spicy and peppery blasts of the theme. And these properties are pretty strong. What's even better is there is a fair citric hop presence that really becomes even similar to a pine scent. All these scents blend well. Impressive.

T- The rye is immediately at the forefront with a follow up of simultaneous pine, citric, and mango hop profile. The rye flavors even circle back to make another appearance. Really one of the stronger rye beers that pushes the spicy components with a hop presence

M- great feel from all the properties meshing on the pallet. The feel is smooth but full of flavor

O- Ruthless rye is very rare as far as a rye ipa goes IMO. Great rye flavors that mesh well with the spicy and bitter hop taste. I will always come back for this one

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at a cool 58 or so degrees Fahrenheit
A careful pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-figner thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves some lacing stuck to the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells dominated by hops with notes of pine, earthy citrus, some rose like accents. This is backed by notes of caramelized malt (lots of crystal malt type notes, though this is held well in check by the dominant hops), toasted English biscuit like character, perhaps a hint of sweet tea and a solid, earthy, brown bread character that isn’t quite spicy, but is leaning in that direction. The citrus hop character has a certain “dankness” to it, rough, a little dirty, with a lot of herbaceous character, with a citrus oil character to it. The citrus and pine / herbal character mixes so well in the nose that it is hard to say which one plays the more prominent role.

The beer is fairly effervescent as it rolls across my palate, this accentuates the bitter hop notes and the earthy spiciness from the grain. Despite the dominant hop character, the earthy, brown bread and spicy rye character is really what lingers on the palate in the long finish. The grain character is quite a bit more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the nose. The hop character is still the dominant note here though and it contributes flavors of grapefruit zest, green tangelo, brighter lychee notes as well as a green herbal quality (that has a spicy undercurrent to it), definite pine and perhaps even a touch of a grassy quality (this last is quite subtle though). The spiciness here makes me thing of black pepper some how, but a lot of it is that “dirty” spicy quality that comes from Rye. The beer definitely has a viscous quality to it, and the body is best described as medium, though it is not so much as this beer is still quite quaffable.

As the beer warms up it gets a very earthy, infinitely rye like note and solid, brown-grain-bread character that becomes on par with the hop character. Because of the rye, this is definitely a very “dirty” IPA, and that is not a bad thing at all. It becomes quite a bit more complex. I could wish for some more citrus / fruit hop character, but the rye really accentuates the herbal / pine side of the hop character.

Photo of audrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cld253
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ZSimon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, honeyed amber appearance, with persistent, sticky head. Spice and pine dominate the nose. Bright malt and spicy rye, with a long finish of some citrus and sticky pine sap. Above-average alcohol for a Rye Pale is well hidden, and the body is reasonably light, making this very sessionable.

Sierra Nevada has never failed in my eyes. Ruthless Rye upholds that expectation, but it's not part of the pantheon of SNPA, Bigfoot, and Torpedo.

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an amber-brown color with a thick off-white head. Nice clarity and lace. The aroma is grain and hops...not sure that I get rye in the smell as much as the taste, but it does have a grainy, husk-like scent. The hop aroma is fresh and resiny...pine and fresh-herb more than citric. Earthy, peppery, and very engaging. The rye character comes out more in the taste, which is also very bitter and hoppy. Some malt...toasted, light caramel. The whole package comes together nicely. Fuller in body than expected.

Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A deep copper color, but still almost transparent with a finger of head. Great lacing.

Big malt smell, the rye is there.

Taste starts balanced then malty malt, big rye element so it's not sweet. That's followed by a load of hops that breaks up the rye malt with their bitterness. Ends with the bitter on the back of the tongue.

Crisp and clean texture. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

It's a heavy hitting rye ale. Must enjoy punishing malt bill and hop profile to like it.

Photo of GNWBC
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of IPA's but they are growing on me slowly, picked this over the SA alpine Spring.
P: pours a sexy reddish copper color with a decent head and nice lacing that lasts all the way down.

S: lots of sweet rye, roasty and sweet

T: you get a awesome citrusy hoppy note up front and as it settles the rye spiyness comes out with the sweet malt

MF: for being so hoppy it goes down clean, almost no resin lasting in the mouth.

OA: a good way to bring in spring, nice and refreshing while enjoying some good weather! and a grilled bbq chicken pizza.

Photo of Vec2267
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper with a nice white head that laces well

S - vibrant fragrance, citrus, pepper, spice (rye?)

T - nice toffee background, grapefruit pith, pepper, a heavy rye presence, not over the top, but very intense

F - medium bodied

O - a nice spicy hoppy IPA

Photo of BeerShman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of swh1972
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zhumphrey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of lumpy1126
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of prg1976
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I think I have found one of my favorite IPAs to date. Apparance out of this world more than you expect with caramel color with lots of beautiful lace. Taste has nice citrus kick but with some spice added, the moutheel is perfect very smooth easy to drink. Please purchase this beer!

Photo of KajII
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear copper orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really excellent sheets of lace that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was pretty straight forward with a toasted light bread malt, a pine hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, rye and a bit of a peppery spice.

The taste was bold and powerful with a strong malty rye flavor and a touch of caramel in the beginning and the progressed into a malty, hoppy, peppery taste with a nice dose of rye at the end. The flavor lingered for a really long time with a good hoppy rye taste left behind well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a hoppy dry texture and a strong carbonation.

Overall a nice and strong spicy brew with a great hop overtone...

Photo of Cluker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Fitzmke
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dcloeren
1.63/5  rDev -58%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a deep crisp copper color with 1.5 fingers of soapy off white head.

The nose on this beer is almost repulsive. Every time I go to sniff it, I have to ask myself, "why am I doing this?" Metallic scents with a touch of rye spice. Awful.

Metal spoon taste with a little bit of spice added on top.

Thin and watery.

Overall, this was a severely disappointing beer. Thin, bad smell, bad taste just a poor excuse of a beer. I'm assuming most of the reviews are inflated due to it being an Sierra Nevada beer... Ruthless Rye, meet my drain.

Photo of mingo1968
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jski
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,608 ratings.