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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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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: 375 | 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 legalpete19340
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice burnt copper color with a big thick two plus finger head. It stuck to everything and laced the entire drink.

S: Spicy, spicy with giant herbal and piney hops jumping out. The rye kick is noticeable even here. Maybe even a hint of pineapple hiding in there.

T: Immediately the rye hits with a spicy smack. Layers of malt back it up going from light toast to a quick hint of burnt grain cracker. But you gotta be fast to catch it because the hops come in fast with huge amounts of pine and herbal flavors. I get the pineapple again here in the back before everything ties up with a serious bitter smack in the face that almost makes me pucker.

M: Medium with a syrupy quality and a slight bit of fizz that accent the spice.

O: Great beer. Just loved this one. Had two more on separate occasions and felt the same. The spicy kick of rye and piney/herbal hops combo just kills it for me. I am buying more and hoping it becomes a regular offering. I can see how this flavor combo is too much for some but for me it works.

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just so we're clear, I dont like rye beers, but a lot of people have been telling me the rye profile is small in this one and drinks more like a really good IPA. So here goes.

Pours a clear vibrant copper color with a deep auburn center. Big fluffy off white head. Lots of rye on the nose along with citric and piney hops. Hop and rye presence blend together well on the nose.

Rye flavor is dominant but not overly dominant like other rye beers I've had. The hops really do a good part of keeping the malt body from being the star of the show by blending the flavors of the beer together quite nicely. The beer however tries to have a bright finish with it's citric hop profile but is weighed down by the peppery spiciness of the rye.

Slightly thin body upfront which thickens up once it reaches the rest of the tongue. Flavors are well blended but I'm not sure if they're meant to be blended together.

I could definitely see some people really loving this and it is a unique brew but it's just not for me.

Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Rye beers, just add rye to anything and I typically love it. I had this on tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark reddish color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Resinous, piny, soapy, and oily hops. A strong lingering bitterness. That is it.
T: Follows the nose. Strong on t he pine and resin. Syrupy, oily, and slick. Lingering bitterness. No balance and no rye to speak of.
M/D: A medium body. Syrupy, slick, and oily. To much bitterness, and no balance for me to enjoy this.

I was looking forward to this because I think rye is such a great compliment to many styles. Though there is none here. Just over barring bitterness. Good for the hop heads, but to me it feels a bit empty.

Photo of wabritton
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Hophed102
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with a big Tan head that lasts forever and leaves a lot of lacing all the way to the end. A solid dose of hops in the aroma, fruity and citrusy with a nice amount of carbonation. Bold fruity hop flavor as well with citrus hop bitterness, light caramel sweetness especially when warmed up a bit, and a bigger hit of the spicy rye on the finish. Tasty!

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label states "2012". Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a finger of slightly off-white head that slowly falls to a thin layer laving a nice crusty lace on the glass. The body is crystal clear and shows an awesome arterial blood-tinged orange body. Fantastic color and clarity.

The nose is interesting, with an earthy hoppiness and a distinct green peppercorn/rye aroma which manifests as raw and almost stinky; like hot tire rubber or latex. This doesn't smell like stinky rubber, it smells like potent rye, it just brings to mind the rubber. Anyway, on to the flavor.

The flavor is a marriage of American hops and rye. First off, the rye is actually present, not just hinted at. This results in a brash smattering of green peppercorn, a hot pop of cracked roasted rye, and very dark unsweetened bread. The hops have staying power as well, and knock around with confidence in their citrus dominant flavor. There is a pleasing and rich malty flavor at the end of the overall flavor experience as well.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and bitter. I have often found that rye lends a smoothness to beer, and this is no exception.

Conclusion: This beer is aggressive and full flavored. Even at fridge temp it smacks with mouth with bold and untamed flavors. I can see people not being able to handle this as it doesn't taste like the thousands of other IPAs that have flooded the market, but in my opinion it is excellent. I love to see one of the rising "craft giants" (if there is such a thing) still turning out daring beers that risk criticism from the less courageous craft drinkers who can't think outside the box of "West Coast IPA with minimal malt profile".

Photo of DocAJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Still in Lincoln, NE
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye ale offers a strongly bitter IPA that hits all the right notes for me, from its attractive, dark body to its deep and bitter hop aroma and flavor. The addition of rye, while not solely propelling this beer forward, is noticeable and a welcome flavor.

Body is amber brown with burnt orange highlights around the perimeter and very active carbonation.. Head is off-white, tall, of mixed small and medium bubbles, very pillowy. Fades in a minute or two, leaving some good lacing and a thin perpetual cap atop the body.

Aroma is hop-intense, with notable grapefruit and spicy hop additions. Also can detect a peppery, slightly grainy, and mineral component.

Begins with taste of mild wort sweetness on tip of tongue, which is quickly extinguished by waves of bittering hops, notably pine and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit, rye, and barley malt flavors influence the mid-palate, then a flash of bitterness in closing. Aftertaste is driven by residual hop bitterness and grapefruit flavors. I really enjoy bitterness, and this provided some satisfying characters towards that quality.

Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Photo of Eriogonum
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with reddish highlights and a nice, white foamy head that linger, sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Typical American hop aromas of pine and grapefruit/citrus are present, as well as an underlying spiciness from the rye.

T: The spicy rye flavors are in full force from the beginning to the end of the sip. On top of the rye base you get those same hop flavors of pine and grapefruit initially, but fading to a mild bitterness at the end.

M: The high level of carbonation in this beer definitely adds to the perceived crispness of both the hops and the rye spiciness, but also makes the beer seem somewhat lighter and more drinkable.

O: The hops chosen and the rye character mix well. I'm almost sad that this is a winter seasonal because I'm sure it would be great on an early summer evening after a long day outside.

Photo of omegaman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mbarnes0
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Giovacchini
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- dark amber with a thin head that disapates.

S- citrusy aromas, grass, pine, rye.

T- rye is present along with a nice maltiness. The malt is balanced by a strong citrusy bitterness. This beer tastes like a lot of SN other beers with a hint of rye.

M- good amount of carbonation like other SN beers. The mouthfeel is dry with a bitter finish.

O- I liked the fact at SN tried to market this beer with cool graphics. This beer is not very ruthless at all. The flavors are dull and this beer doesn't stand out to me as a good one from SN.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Slightly lighter than copper in color with excellent clarity. Slightly off-white colored head that erupts pretty quickly on an only moderately agresive pour; the whole bottle couldn't be poured in on the first try and it still almost overflowed...I like that.

Smell is good. Like most IPA's it's nice and hoppy, primarlily citrus with lemon zest. Floral, grassey, earthy, and herbal. Something about it is a little unique, quite interesting, good though.

Taste is on par with the smell. I can tell this is a pretty fresh bottle. The rye malt grass stands out a litle more in the flavor profile than the smell. Other than that it's not really a whole lot different.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium in body with a good carbonation level. Pretty smooth, starts off only reasaonbably sweet, with a nice dry bitter finish. Really drinkable and solid like many Sierra Nevada brews.

I got a sixer of this when I got the last of the Celebration that I could, not a bad substitue I guess but with the exeption of the added rye, I don't find it all that different from a regular Sierra Nevada IPA.

Photo of jhighlandbrewing
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep copper with great head retention. Great clarity, the head is really really damn good and foamy, love it.

S: Light citrus hops mixed with a good peppery zest. Piny earthy hops come through after the pepper subsides.

T: First taste is of bread/doughy notes that come through along with a good pepper flavor from the rye. Hops are gentle on the flavor but mix well with the rye. They complement each other extremely well. Bitterness is moderate but enough for this style.

M: A great brew that is very frothy and dry that makes you want more. Taste buds tingle after first sip.

O: Wonderful variation on the IPA style that includes just the right amount of rye that i enjoy without dominating the entire flavor spectrum. 

Photo of plumlmr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Another solid beer from Chico. A nice flavor profile and an ideal balance of hops and malt make this very drinkable. The rye really fills out the palate and mouthfeel giving this IPA a fair amount of complexity and presence. Finishes clean with a soft bitterness. Great choice at a good price.

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