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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
87
very good

4,726 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,726
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 482 | 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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 4,726 | Reviews: 1,074 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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
1.65/5  rDev -57.5%
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%

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
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,726 ratings.