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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: 4,393
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 295 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of kevanb


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

This rye IPA from Sierra Nevada pours a deep amber color, lots of caramel hues along with some garnet and burgundy colors when held to the light. A nice ivory colored head sits atop the glass, very nice retention and really nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is pleasant, citrusy and grassy, reminiscent of lemongrass, is the first impression. Rye is definitely there complimenting the lemongrass with some earthier spice-like aromas, backed by a nice grainy malt presence that the rye also compliments, very well rounded aroma. Nice earthy flavor profile, a lot less citrus in the hop flavors but replaced with nice coniferous flavors. The rye is again a big player, much stronger, some caramel sweetness that plays off both the rye and the malt comes through at the finish. The body is a bit soapy, a little juicy, but still has a decent dry finish, and amply carbonated.

Verdict: A nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada, not sure I’d say it’s better than Torpedo, but it’s got a nice mix of flavors that makes for a solid hoppy beer with a little something extra.

01-29-2012 22:04:50 | More by kevanb
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!

01-29-2012 21:05:00 | More by riversider76
Photo of gatornation


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours an clear amber/orange color with an off white head, nice lacing

S- was citrus,malts, light rye, lemongrass

T-grapefruit hops,citrus notes with spice and pine

M- medium carbonation, crisp with hops and rye

O- tasty ipa with a fair amount of rye,hops

01-29-2012 20:59:01 | More by gatornation
Photo of Beefytits4


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-29-2012 20:20:42 | More by Beefytits4
Photo of tzieser


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

a: clear copper in color with a fluffy two finger thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a good amount of time.

s: lots of citrus and pine hop aroma. there is a subtle malty grain-like aroma too. the amount of citrus is surprising. i wonder if they torpedo'd this?

t: citrus and pine hop flavor dominate again, but it's not too bitter and has a pretty nice malt backbone to keep everything well balanced....that subtle bite from the rye is there, but to be honest i wouldn't have guessed this rye IPA (discounting the color, of course). very good.

m: smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel.

awesome beer. recommended. i just hope they didn't replace Glissade with this. there aren't enough Helles Bocks anymore.

01-29-2012 20:12:04 | More by tzieser
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a clear copper color with a pillowy frothy off white head that slowly settles leaving a wall of lacing.

The aroma is big on the grapefruit hops; very fresh, juicy and floral. The rye provides a subtle pepper spice and sour scent. Aroma reminds me of a notched up SNPA.

The flavor is a mix of grapefruit and pine. Juicy grapefruit kicks things off, then transitions into some piney bitterness. This is supported by a bready malt; sour and peppery from the rye. Has a nice general toasty-ness to the beer.

Moderate feel is prickly carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not too strong; a bit of a hoppy metallic aftertaste.

Very nice IPA. The hops hide much the rye has to offer but that seems on par for the style.

01-29-2012 19:57:08 | More by Gmann
Photo of zonalax

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-29-2012 19:21:08 | More by zonalax
Photo of coldriver


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with great head and lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine with sharp rye malt. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, and grass hops, and peppery rye (kind of salty as well). Medium body with dry finish. Very happy to have this new seasonal from Sierra Nevada.

01-29-2012 19:09:11 | More by coldriver
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a golden brown color with two frothy creamy fingers of foam. Smell is hoppy and grassy with a hint if spice.

Tastes of those classic Sierra Nevada hops, mixed with pepper and of course rye. Complex flavor that needs to be sipped on awhile to figure out. Faily easy drinking ipa/rye brew. Very enjoyable.

01-29-2012 19:05:10 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of ShaBizzle


3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-29-2012 18:20:44 | More by ShaBizzle
Photo of KC9LDB


5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-29-2012 17:49:15 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of jchoffman


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

I first tasted the Ruthless Rye IPA in my home poured from a bottle into a freezing pint glass, good pour, head about a inch thick. I wasn't sure what to expect from this Rye IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was hoppy, and got a smell and taste of Citrus, which in my opinion was a great blend. I've recently drank SN Torpedo and Celebration Ale, which I loved both and wasn't disappointed by the Ruthless Rye Ale at all. Excellent brew, I recommend strongly. I do think it tastes better from a cold(or very cold) pint glass.

01-29-2012 12:42:49 | More by jchoffman
Photo of russpowell


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Pours an effervescent copper with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Fantastic head retention & lacing

S: Lemony & grapefruitty hops, a kiss of breadyness & peppery notes

T: Peppery rye, grapefruit, slight grainyness up front. Dryness, caramel, grainy bitterness & a touch of grapefruit as this warms, Finishes a little peppery, citrusssy & with a dry/crisp rye

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good blance

I enjoyed this, but I thinks Red's Rye is more to my taste, plus more drinkable

01-29-2012 05:29:16 | More by russpowell
Photo of sponger


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-29-2012 05:16:06 | More by sponger
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-29-2012 04:44:54 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of scott2269


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-29-2012 04:14:38 | More by scott2269
Photo of KomodoDragon


3.15/5  rDev -19%

As a fan of the SR lineup and a fan of Rye IPA's - see BR Hop Red Rye - {as well as reuban sandwiches} was anxious to dive in

A: Reddish, orange, full head, nice lacing. Good start.

S: Smells of Rye, cane sugar, grapefruit. So far so good.

T: Bit of a letdown. The Rye is overpowering, not subtle, and left unbalanced. Biscuity and some sourness, not the crispness I like from IPA's. A hint of hops on the finish

M: Dense, sour

Good, not great. Maybe I like my rye in subtle doses.

01-29-2012 04:03:05 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of delapowicz


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Times bar in Raleigh NC
Appearence perfect
Smell devine. It reminds me of a good gin. You know how it is supposed to smell like. Hops devine is what I get in the nose once my 10 oz was poured. Taste is good. Little darker taste than a run of the mill IPA. It I a good stand alone beer but not a session beer. Sometimes higher Alc content beers still lend themselves to sessions or simply as I feel a desire for more. One is godd enough. But I usually want another SN Pale Ale

01-29-2012 03:53:47 | More by delapowicz
Photo of Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-29-2012 03:25:58 | More by Chugs13
Photo of wafers

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a copper to brick red color, mostly clear, large amounts of frothy head that stays around for awhile
S: Mild aroma of citrusy hops, nothing much else
T: Piney hops right off the bat, followed by a decent helping of caramel-like malts, as well as a hint of the distinctive rye flavor
M: Definitely thick, resiny, lingers in the mouth for some time
O: I enjoyed this one, seems a little lighter on the hoppy bitterness than some of the other SN IPA's, but overall is excellent and would buy again

01-29-2012 03:10:46 | More by wafers
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

A: Poured from the bottle into a nonic-style pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small ivory head that leaves behind good streaks of lacing.

S: I get the rye spiciness in the nose, along with piney or sprucey hops. A touch earthy.

T: Good stuff. Rye spice is again noted, pretty clearly and right away. Good malt profile - some caramel malt and toffee flavors provide a nice foundation. It's followed by that rye spiciness. It finishes with resiny pine and spruce that at times seems grassy. Earthy spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, which comes across as quite dry. Burps remind me of Celebration a little.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest, giving this a fairly creamy feel.

O: This is good stuff; it grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. I think I like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye a little better, but for the price ($8.89 a sixer at Olivers), this is real solid. And I think the rye makes this an appropriate Spring offering.

01-29-2012 02:42:28 | More by Kendo
Photo of prototypic


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Ruthless Rye pours a really attractive copper color. It’s very clear. Backlighting reveals some really nice crimson highlights. An off-white head caps it off. It stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention is pretty impressive. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is pretty good. It seems a little lacking in strength, but is far from bad. A little caramel and toasted malts start things out. It smells a little sweet, but not overly so. It has a really nice spicy rye scent. Definitely smells peppery. It has an interesting earthy, grassy scent that’s attributable to the hops. There are some light citrus grapefruit notes, but they seem to be overpowered by the other hop scents. Alcohol is buried. Smells pretty good. Just needs a little more strength.

The flavor is good. I like it. It definitely has a caramel and toasted malt base. It’s not all that sweet, but there’s definitely a little caramel and toffee noted. A nice peppery, spicy rye flavor works well the malts. It’s quite prominent in flavor. I like that a lot. The hops are interesting. They seem to be a mix of grassy, earthy hops and, to a lesser extent, citric hops. There’s a hint of grapefruit, but it’s otherwise reminiscent of noble hops. It’s a tad bitter, but it’s not a palate wrecker. Alcohol is definitely light in the mix. Finishes spicy, grassy, and quite dry.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but feels soft. It definitely has a nice feel and goes down easy. I could handle a few of these in a sitting.

Sierra Nevada did a nice job with Ruthless Rye IPA. It’s good stuff. I’m a fan of rye beer and this is definitely a good one. I think I would’ve preferred a stronger citrus hop presence, but it’s hard to find much fault. The focus is clearly on the rye and that’s not a bad thing at all. I like it. Easy recommendation.

01-29-2012 02:08:28 | More by prototypic
Photo of godlessape


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Poured this one into my newly acquired Cigar City Brewing pint glass.
This is quite possibly the most gorgeous looking brew I've encountered in some time.
The two finger tan head sinks down to a respectable skim leaving some impressive lacing, and what it sinks down into is the most inviting copper and plum colored body one could imagine.
As far as the nose goes, you get a lot of citrus and pine one would expect from a West Coast IPA, but lurking not far behind is a earthy moist wood-chip aroma that demands attention and respect.
The rye is spicy, almost peppery and blends in well the the West Coast hops and mellow--low key caramel malt flavor. Lot's of good bite to this one.
The mouthfeel is close to perfect.
Overall this is a great example of a rye IPA. You cannot go wrong with this beer. Works great with spicy food. I just downed 3 with a bowl of Buffalo wings. A perfect pairing.

01-29-2012 01:52:47 | More by godlessape
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-29-2012 01:37:25 | More by nathanjohnson
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-29-2012 01:29:03 | More by pokesbeerdude
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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