1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

4,317 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,317
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 263 | FT: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,317 | Reviews: 1,038 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper pour with a mild soapy, white looking head.

S - Grapefruit, grassy, earthy, and spiciness all wrapped in with a little pungency. The aroma is unique and pushes toward bold.

T - The taste follows the nose: pepper spice, grapefruit bitterness, pine, floral, some grassy/earthiness, and a little bit of alcohol at the end of the sip. Leaves the mouth with a coating of rye, citrus/pine, and floral bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body.

O - Unique and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:02:21 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh I kind of hate rye IPA's since they leave the palate so dry but this one was pretty nice.

A - Looks pretty dark, darker than a normal IPA with a good amount of sticky foam. Lacing is good too.

S - Rye really didn't stand out much in the smell maybe as a peppery aspect, strong earthy hops, good amount of bread malts too.

T - Not as bad as I expected they got the finish down without too much drying. Taste is hoppy at first then the rye clocks you pretty hard then the bread finish smooths it out.

M - Medium bodied even though balanced I still am not a huge fan.

Overall defiantly a good beer but not something I would seek out again. Was like the rye version of the "northern hemisphere IPA" which I liked a lot too. Good if you love the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:28:38 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of kawilliams81
kawilliams81

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours caramel colored with a 2" light tan head. Lacing rims and remains at the top of the glass.

S- Spicy/earth notes from the rye and also pine hops.

T- Semi-sweet spicy malts, slight citrus flavor but earthy/spicy notes dominate this beer. Nice pine hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation, slight oily feel and creaminess in this beer.

O- This is a good beer but would classify it as more of a rye than a ipa. Definitely woudn't be a go to ipa for me but I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:24:38 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of sagefool
sagefool

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just saw this at the grocery, in between my standby Torpedo IPA and a shelf down from the Ranger.

My. Lord.

I'm a Hophead by definition. My other non-hoppy "go-tos" are Spaten Optimator and Negro Modelo, mainly because it's a long drive to anything better. I used to be DFH all the way, but the price tends to get in the way.

I thought Torpedo was the best thing Sierra Nevada had going (big fan of their Kellerweizen, as well).

This is the IPA I have been searching for. It's just incredible. Great pour into a pilsner glass with a 2" head that slowly dissipated.

Strong hops up front, with a peppery finish on the back end. Doesn't leave you with that bloated feel you get when you've had too many of the Torpedo.

Malts are in the background, where I like them. Haven't had any spicy food with this yet, but I believe this beer can hold its own.

My new "King of the IPAs".

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:00:03 | More by sagefool
Photo of NODAK
NODAK

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, there was a definite pine aroma to this one....very west coast IPA-like. As it opened up, the spicy character of the rye was more obvious.

At first, I definitely got the floral hops that SN is quite famed for. Very nice...much like Celebration. However, clearly soon thereafter the nice, spicy rye bread taste undercurrent was clearly noticeable as well and paired quite nicely with the hops. The finish had a little grain on it along with a resinous bitterness that finishes the beer out quite dryly.

Pretty solid IPA all around. The rye gives it a different kick that is quite welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:26:20 | More by NODAK
Photo of Monkeyknife
Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark copper color with two fingers of off-white head. Sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of rye, grassy hops and black pepper.

Tasted of grassy hops and rye with a warming black pepper note.

Medium bodied and smooth with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

This is one tasty rye from SN and definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:25:13 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of greenmonstah
greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lovely amber hue with continuous bubbles. Nice half finger white head dissipating into a wisp.

S - Spicy rye, earthy hops, bitter. Grassy hops and some caramel malt.

T - Bitter earth and grass hops, rye sharpness. Caramel provides some balance. This is about the rye.

M - Medium body, crisp and sharp. Drying finish. Suits the beer wonderfully.

O - Overall a very good beer. Tasty and aromatic, with a body perfectly matched to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:58:22 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of 9InchNails
9InchNails

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, sporadic tiny bubbles, foamy off white head that leaves some soap like lacing.

Pepper, rye, citrus and pine. It's pretty in your face.

Pepper, floral, pine, citrus, grapefruit, rye, dough and some dry alcohol at the end.

Light carbonation, I consider this almost a sipper since its so dry.

I was looking forward to this brew for quite sometime. A definitely a solid beer and shouldn't be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:43:52 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of Lucasrj
Lucasrj

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-02-2012 01:22:28 | More by Lucasrj
Photo of hooliganlife
hooliganlife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was bright copper with a 1/2 inch creamy head.

big grapefruit and citrus on the nose, light spice

hop dominating through and through with some light rye spice and light malt backbone. complex mix of citrus and pine hops with light resin.

very moderate carbonation, lightly aggressive.

amazing, this is my new go to beer

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:14:16 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of onedogtwodog
onedogtwodog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 23:58:20 | More by onedogtwodog
Photo of JayQue
JayQue

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hoppy winner from Sierra Nevada. Pours an almost completely clear amber color from a stubby SN 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good color and nice light tan/very off white head. Good bands of lacing. Head retention could be a bit better.

Rye beer and hoppy aroma is very nice. Bready, spicy rye and heavy duty hops are present. Taste is good also. The rye adds a sour spicy taste to a solidly hoppy beer. Nicely blended flavors

Mouthfeel is crisp and just right for this type of beer. Overall a good year round brew. Would be a nice addition to the permanent lineup or as a regular seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 22:03:54 | More by JayQue
Photo of Pencible
Pencible

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled possibly skunked, with prominent sour (lager?) yeast, followed by some herbal and copper hops and earthy rye.
T: It tasted like sour lager yeast and bitter herbal and copper hops, with a little spicy rye and barley. It had a sour and bitter aftertaste that didn't seem very clean.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This beer seems to be getting pretty good press, so maybe my bottle just wasn't good. But it really seemed to me like nothing other than the standard SNPA using a lager yeast instead of their standard ale yeast. I really had to try to search for the rye character, and the scent and taste weren't very appealing to me otherwise. The body was ok, but not great. The finish wasn't great either, but it wasn't difficult to put back. I'll have to try this again to confirm my opinion, but it really wasn't enjoyable the first time around.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:29:12 | More by Pencible
Photo of asafarc2
asafarc2

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 19:26:40 | More by asafarc2
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 18:49:08 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of rtaps
rtaps

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear deep orange (carmel like) to and amber in color. nice 1.5 finger off white head pretty good retention barly leaving any lacing behind.

nice on the nose, some citrus from the hops. but seems pretty malty, and fruity and i'm able to find a little rye spice.

up front i get citrus but not very hoppy. some grapefuit and finishes/leaves the rye spice all over you tounge.

very smooth mouthfeel, light bodied and high carbonation, leaving the mouth watery

overall it's a soild rye ipa another good serra nevada beer

EDIT: second bottle i opened was a bit more to what i was looking for. more lacing was left on the glass with a better head, and there was a much better hop presence

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 16:43:10 | More by rtaps
Photo of BHopp12
BHopp12

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Poured an amber color that was very clear with a fluffy white head that leaves a very nice lacing behind.

S: A strong hop presences with a little bit of the rye behind it. Very hoppy presences though!

T: Very hoppy taste to it, almost like candy! Then the rye hits you with a bitter finish

M: Carbonation was medium to little very good in my opinion, bitter with a mild alcohol feel to it

O: Very good beer, definitly one I will have again and highly recommend like all Sierra offerings

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 16:30:43 | More by BHopp12
Photo of JizackFH
JizackFH

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color that has nice clarity. There is a big fluffy 2-finger head resting on top. The head has excellent retention, and it leaves a thick sheet of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and spicy rye. There are also some aromas toffee, fruit, and there is a nice piney hop presence as well. A little bit of citrus on the back end too.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malt sweetness and some rye spiciness. Then there is a nice piney hop presence that comes through and adds some nice bitterness. There are also some flavors of toffee and citrus. the finish leaves some lingering rye and piney hop flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation.It goes down easy, and it has a nice feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, as well as some spiciness from the rye. There is a nice piney hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

O - This has really good drinkability. The flavor is nice and it goes down really easily. I could have a few of these no problem. Overall, I think it is a really nice beer. The rye and hops compliment each other really well. I recommend trying this one out. I would definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 11:32:52 | More by JizackFH
Photo of divineaudio
divineaudio

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass.

a - pours copper in color with a finger of coarse, off white head. retention is good, calming very slowly to a thin cap. leaves thick swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - toffee, grassy hops, orange, grapefruit, faint earthiness.

t - peppery rye spiciness right upfront with a little carmel malt underneath. faint citrus notes, big herbal hop character. bitterness comes in quick and rides the rye spice all the to the finish.

m - medium in body with a sticky, mouth coating quality. adequate carbonation, though the coarse co2 profile feels prickly on the tongue.

o - pretty good overall and enjoyable, though not my first pick in rye beers. definitely geared toward west coast ipa fans.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:51:47 | More by divineaudio
Photo of howard12
howard12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 05:43:12 | More by howard12
Photo of ejw127
ejw127

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-01-2012 04:57:15 | More by ejw127
Photo of Gyle41386
Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I was totally unaware of this beer until a friend gifted me a six pack.

Pours a copper color with a rich, fluffy off-white head that reaches about two fingers. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout. Retention is great, and there's tons of sticky lacing all over the inside of the glass. Can't look much better than that.

The aroma features plenty of peppery spice from the rye along with bready malt, and piney/citric hops. It's got that classic smell (plus the rye) that I've come to expect from hoppy Sierra Nevada offerings.

The flavor is similar in that I'm getting a lot of rye. It's spicy and peppery and mostly dominant until a bitter finish that's either citrus rind or pine, or both. There is a very light initial citrus sweetness as well as some caramel.

Body is medium with an oily, slick texture. Carbonation level is probably right at medium as well, maybe less, but appropriate. Finish is quite dry, and the alcohol begins to show itself as it warms. This beer is drinkable enough, though, that warmth probably shouldn't be something to worry about. The rye + hops were right in my wheelhouse, so my glass will empty quickly when I drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:39:23 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of Chaney
Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I've been in Florida for the last few weeks, then finally decided to walk into a beers store. Low and behold though, I saw Sierra Nevada had released a new beer! I guess this one is in place of Glissade.

A: Poured a clear, darker than amber color, with a massively clinging solid white head that clung, and clung, and clung, etc.

S: I got Sierra's hop profile upfront, along with sort of a "Rye Crisp" cracker profile that just screamed, "beer me!" Lots of hops.... maybe too much at times for some palates.

T: This was WAY too bitter to be extremely drinkable. Most of the great West Coaster I know have at least some semblance of "man-candiness" to them, but this is just a flat out rye hop bomb.

M: The lacing was used car wash material, the bitterness is... well... extremely bitter, but the carbonation was fine (as with all SN brews).

O: I'm not a fan of Torpedo, but am a big fan of the PA and Celebration. This was more on the offensive, Torpedo side IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:25:49 | More by Chaney
Photo of NoLeafClover44
NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaped Dogfish pint glass.

A - Perfect white head that dies down into a fluffy island in the center. Leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. Brownish amber color with perfect clarity. Looks good!

S - I get some dank hops with a definite rye addition. A bit musty. I usually like the smell of rye beers but there is something a bit off with this one.

T - Pine and hops up front. A bit metallic, mid-palate. The rye is very apparent in the finish and the aftertaste. Average.

M - Very good carbonation giving this beer a twang on the tongue. A mildly dry alcohol finish. Mediun bodied.

O - I was excited to see a new seasonal offering from SN, as I usually enjoy their beers. It wasn't bad, but wasn't great. An average rye beer that I will probably give another chance to see if my opinion improves. I like that Sierra Nevada is exploring new styles for large scale release, and hope that trend continues.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:48:07 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker copper hue with a one and a halt finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant and balmy peppery hop with a healthy dose of rye.

The taste consisted of waves of spiciness as between the prominent rye and herbal/peppery hop elements. A nice doughy caramel rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was full with a lingering spice.

Overall a very tasty spicy rye beer. Yet another winner from SN.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:33:20 | More by plaid75
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,317 ratings.