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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: 4,725
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 481 | 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 DJED69
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jifigz
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance on this beer is a rich brownish red with a wonderful lingering head. The head is full of nooks and crannies and looks very, very fluffy. The beer and head left nice lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is citrusy and hoppy with a nice spicy like bite to it. The spicy bite is almost pepper like and very appetizing-that smell makes my mouth water and my nose ache with joy.

T: The taste is crisp and clean at first and then the spiciness hits and mingles with a sudden burst of hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly refreshing for being so bitter before leaving my mouth feeling dry and craving another sip.

MF: The mouthfeel is good and very creamy for this beer. It goes down extremely smooth and the carbonation is light and delicate.

O: This is a fine American IPA and I like the spiciness that the rye lends to the flavor.

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Shannon View Inn in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery red color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and rye spiciness. Then a nice hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this beer seems to be just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with the extra rye IPA bitter bite to it.

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Ithaca, NY. A brightly coloured orange amber without any sign of head. Surprisingly the mouthfeel is still pleasant, as the hop bitterness must be making up for the lack of carbonation.

Aroma is hop-forward with a surprising honey element, along with the caramelized rye malts. The flavour is well balanced with a pleasantly bitter finish. The rye elements aren't overwhelming, which is ideal for my own personal preference, if not necessarily for the style...

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good reddish brown concoction lets a creamy head build and lace...Nice aromas of dandelions and cut grass. On the tongue it is mostly Weedy/piney hop esters. Leaves a nice bitter bite in the back of the mouth, a little spice from the alcohol lets you know the night is getting better. During the bitter onslaught there is an actual balance balance going on, with some rye pumpernickel malt flavors. Just something more to love about rye, it compliments both ends of the spectrum. Full bodied with a slick, stickiness. Hoppy, balanced and thick, quite enjoyable.

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

12oz bottle, fridge temp, darkness snifter, 2012.

pours out a nice light copper, almost a touch brown and red. very nice thick creamy off white head. kept some really amazing looking retention and left some super thick lacing. lots of carbonation bubbles as well.

at first i got big doses of that classic SN sharp, dry citrus and pine. after a minute or two, the grains balance things out and mute out the hops a bit, slightly spicey rye and bready, grainy malts.

slightly dry, slightly sharp citrus, resinous pine balanced very nicely by a light caramel, slightly pungent spicey rye bready grain. just the right amount of sweetness is cut by a nice bitterness. a dry bitterness lingers.

medium bodied, super drinkable. hops are mostly felt on the palate, but there is a bit of lingering spice from the rye.

this is definatly one of the better ryPA's ive had in awhile. maybe not as good as hop rod rye but still very enjoyable. the rye is right up front, which i like, still pretty hoppy. ill be buying this again.

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of electtodefer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,725 ratings.