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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

4,670 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,670
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 433 | 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 rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden copper color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. Rye is very nice and the flavor is very smooth.

One of the best IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of spicy rye with caramel and grassy hops underneath. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I will certainly drink again.

Photo of CreedeSon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kyledg
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Ruthless Rye IPA is a very good beer. The beer poured a amber/copper clear color with thine white head that left a spotty lace. The smell was piny spice and was very nice. The taste had a bit of bite to it, but came off the pallete very clean as most ryes do. The mouthfeel was a medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall a very good Rye IPA!

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear reddish color with a khaki one finger head. Head dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a trace of foam on the surface and some nice streaks of lacing.

Smell is sadly a little bland- a mild rye scent with a hint of citrusy hops. Could definitely be bolder.

Taste is certainly good but not very exciting. It's an IPA with rye! It should be pretty daring. Sharp rye flavor comes through at the beginning and smoothes out with some maltiness and finishes with a SMALL amount of hops.

Mouthfeel is excellent- light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and a little hop oiliness. Definitely a good session beer given the pricetag- not an exceptional rye beer. Red's Rye PA is a better example of the style.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy 1 finger white head that fades at a med pace with some soapy lacing, over mostly clear copper orange color with some bubbles floating from the bottom of a tulip glass (with no etch).

Nose has some fresh hops, light floral, bit of candy hops, light earthy and light spicy with slightest hint of citrus. Then some rye, a light spicy and fruity rye, and a semi sweet caramel malt base. A light fruity hop comes out as it warms.

Taste starts a bit sweet and syrupy, the malt makes it seem bigger than it actually is, syrupy sweet malts, caramel malts, molasses, toffee, chewy almost, and light toasty malts. Rye is also prevalent but not as much as I expected, some light spicy but more fruity rye tones. Then the hops really dominate, fairly bitter at first, with an earthy spicy hop kick, bit floral and hint citrusy orange rind like. A bit of fruit, with hints of candied raisins or dried nuts and fruits. The hops build and get quite bitter and slightly astringent on the finish, as it dries with more spicy hops, little syrupy malt lingering, and a little earthy herbal briny quality.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, syrupy, good carb.

Overall not bad, closer to American Rye Barleywine than an IPA, or more like DIPA without the abv although the amount if malts and syrupy sweetness make you think it is. The rye is OK but not as much as I was expecting, and the hops are good but get a bit heavy, as they were probably planning, but balanced with the big malts and sweetness so not too bad.

Photo of bradcochran1234
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A gorgeous dark amber/orange, shiny/clear, with luscious and elegant creamy white head. Very bubbly and beautiful head. About a finger thick. Good retention, with big lacing around the glass. All the usual great characteristics expected from the great SN.

Heavy doses of rye and lovely hits of hop and citrus feast upon the nose. Well-balanced on the nose, as the rye competes with the hops for the title. Very good.

The rye dominates the flavors, balancing and complimenting the citrus hops, with a good slight malt edge. It is well-done with a medium to heavy body, average carbonation level. The rye can be brutal for those not used to it, but this is a welcome experimental IPA.

I like this a lot, but then again, this is Sierra Nevada here, so I pretty much figured I would. Good to have an IPA that's not just a regular for a change.

Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a very deep amber color with excellent clarity. Two plus fingers of tan rocky head forms and lasts for a long, long time. Sheets of sticky lacing left on the glass as the beer falls to a thick, uneven cap on the surface.

S - No mistaking this as anything but a rye beer. Lots of spicy rye on the nose which is paired well with an assertive hoppiness strong in citrusy aromas, especially grapefruit. Rye is really prominant...smells almost like a fresh loaf of bread.

T - Yep, rye front and center here too. Really is the dominant character in the flavor. Again it works nicely against the hops in here. Grapefruit comes thru a bit less than in the aroma but is still noticeable for sure. Medium level bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a matching carbonation that just tingles enough on the tongue. Spicy rye all the way thru. Probably the most rye-forward beer I've experienced.

O - Rye lovers will definitely find this beer to match their tastes. Really forward in the flavor profile and not at all shy about it. Not quite as easy drinking as other Sierra Nevada IPA offerings, but very enjoyable in a different way. Don't think I'd have this as my everyday/go-to IPA, but now and then...a good beer to have.

Photo of Crazyale
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Slikpitt
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Well, this is a darn good beer. I think it fits the category well, with a bit of a twist.

Nice looking beer. Amber, hazel nut, dark copper. Nice white foam, soft and fluffy, even. Great foamy lacing, coats the glass.

Aroma has all the IPA-ness. Malt, hops, spice. Some citrus. The rye is noticeable but not dominant. It gives the beer more of an earthy characteristic.

The flavors are good. Nothing "wow" comes out, but it's solid with nothing off. Dark breadiness throughout provides some earth spice. The hops are citrusy without being juicy. The spice really blends well to give a "warmer" feel to it. Pine needles and some metallic towards the end.
The bite is nice, but it does thin out a bit. Nice without all that resin of some IPAs.
Very solid beer right here.

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

Thanks to Rtaps for letting me steal one of these

Look: Caramel in color with a 1/4 inch white head and no retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Piney hops and rye

Taste: Similar to the nose. It's piney and resiny with a touch of citrus not bad at all

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body and medium carbonation and a bit dry and bitter

Overall: Pretty darn good rye IPA

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark copper, nice near white head, lots of lace.

S - Pine hoppy, for sure. Malt right in there. Do not really discern the rye in smell.

T - Ah, there it is. My pattimelt bread. Exactly like a IPA that has been dosed with spicy rye.

M - Somewhat creamy, medium body, good balance and carb.

D - Pretty drinkable. I have had red ryes I like better. FUn try.

Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with billowing foam that overflows the glass with a vigorous pour. Foam lingers and coats the glass as it recedes. Aroma is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, with a touch of rye spiciness detectable on the nose.

First sip is... dominated by rye flavor, with a sharp bitterness in the finish. The rye imparts a very distinct spicy flavor, which is mixed with a substantial hoppy flavor of citrus, grapefruit, American hop taste.

Honestly, this is probably my least favorite SN IPA. I'd rather have Celebration, Anniversary, Torpedo, even SNPA over this. The rye flavor just doesn't click with me as much.

That being said, this is not bad by any means. It is still a very good IPA - I just don't care for the rye flavor. Will pass in the future.

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

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Beautiful light amber with a lumpy, off-white head that settles into a good lace but little head retention.

S: Malt and rye with a bit of hops. Nothing crazy.

T: Awesome. The spicy rye is a perfect complement to the amount of hops in this brew. Fantastic pairing with the Thai green curry I was enjoying. Malt presence is great and makes this beer very balanced.

M: Creamy, balanced goodness. Incredibly drinkable. Light carbonation.

O: SN hit the nail on the head. Amazing beer. What the style should be.

Photo of JohannBock
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug, gives a nice off white 2.5 finger head. Color is amber.

S: Spicy hops and some biscuit followed by spicy rye

T: Follows the nose but in a little more complexity. Spicy hops up front: piney and floral. Biscuity in the middle. Ends up with some flowery and bitter hops and then a big rye presence at the end. Not overpowering though, really nice compliment to what is going on.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice and dry finish.

O: Really nice example of a rye beer. I've only had a few but this is a style that has always impressed me. Really nice to drink.

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rabiddawg
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,670 ratings.