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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: 4,734
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 491 | 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 TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 600th review. Deep mahogany color with a decent one finger heading that leaves some lacing throughout.

Good rye and spice in the nose, some subtle earthy notes with a decent pine almost smokey touch to it.

Taste is the same as the nose. Good bit of rye malts, a solid lingering of spice and pepper. A good bite of medicinal hops. Finishes dry.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, a little on the thicker side, not so watery.

This one took me by surprise. Not to many rye beers that have as much depth as this.

Photo of sevenarts
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent orange-brown color with a bubbly white head that leaves good lacing behind.

S: Not very strong on the nose: some earthy, hoppy aromas mostly, pine and citrus and a hint of malty sweetness underneath.

T/M: Spicy, peppery rye blended with a lot of hop bitterness. Some citrus notes, earthy flavors, the spice of the rye, and a strong hit of bitterness on the way down. Very bitter, but not in a one-dimensional way, there's some nice layering in the multiple characteristics of the hops and the way the rye spiciness interacts with them.

O: A real solid new IPA, very tasty, very bitter but not overwhelmingly so.

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of insocova
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bbkd3b
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Great, amber-colored body that's complemented by a creamy, beige head with nice retention. The more I drink, the more the lacing sticks to the glass - just a classy looking brew. It's complimented by a fairly strong scent. Heavy on rye, which isn't surprising, but there's more to it than that. A soft undertone of citrus and earthy hops creates a nice layer of pleasantness. Inviting.

A smooth-as-silk body carries a very piney flavor on to the tongue. Along the way I get a mixture of rye, grapefruit, and an almost nonexistent dash of sweeter malts. Bitter flavor lingers for a long time after a sip. Solid, if unexciting mixture. Carbonation was spot-on for this style.

While this represents neither the best of rye or IPAs, it does do all of the big things right. I would have preferred a more explosive amount of rye, but as-is, this is just a solid, drinkable beer.

Photo of r0gueleader
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is an amber/copper color with a nice froth. Smells of hops galore. Fruity undertone (cranberry?). A great amount of hops at first taste. Tons of character in this IPA, but a very smooth at the same time. The hints of rye are perfectly placed and not overpowering, and leaves a nice aftertaste. A fantastic spring IPA.

Photo of Bonis
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color with a beautiful inch of thick cream colored foam. Nice lacing, as always from SN. SN knows how to make a good looking beer!

S - Rye mixes with piney, spicy and citrus hops. A slight bready malt makes it's way in there after a few whiffs. Something is off in the nose.. Slight oxidation already? I also get that signature soapiness that I've noticed in SN beers before. Not my favorite aspect of this brew.

T - A great balance between the rye, malts, and hops. A nice piney dank-like hop presence and some citrus hops as well. Not too complex, but a nice mesh of flavors overall. A notable maryjane dankiness precedes the bitter finish. The grains take a back seat to the hops, as is usual in SN beers, but as I said, the balance is amazing. Nothing is too dominant. Just a solid tasting beer. Muted alcohol overall.

M - Moderate mouthfeel and carb. A pleasant hop bitterness lingers in the mouth.

O - A nice rye beer. Very hoppy but well balanced and a great complement to the grain make-up of this brew. Would suggest to anyone who enjoys hoppy beers and hasn't picked this one up yet. It's another solid offering from SN.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a red, glowing of orange with hints of gold toward the edges, but much darker toward the shadows. A cap of off-white head is a new cap for this beer - also provides new sides to the glass, like thick streamers the whole way down.

A bit of citrus to lead the nose deeper into the glass. Not near as strong as I'd assume.

Like daggers shooting to the back of the mouth, it leads with a big floral, grassy, spicy bomb. That's immediately followed by a strong brewed tea-like grasp on the tongue. Really holds that earthiness - the rye is there, tea drying and bitter to close.

That's a darn good beer - well-balanced hops, this distinctive tea, the spiciness of the rye.

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

A: A perfectly clear amber pour. Huge off-white head with mid-range retention. Decent lacing too.

S: Some piney hops and a touch of rye. Nice bready malt in there too.

T: Grapefruit, pine and rye bread. Spicy rye lingers in the aftertaste nicely. Touch of caramel in the middle.

M: Medium bodied, clean and crisp.

O: A pretty standard IPA with a nice touch of rye that isn't overpowering. Simple, drinkable and tasty. Can't go wrong.

Photo of ikantspel
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

pours a clear amber color with an off khaki medium head. leaves a semi thick lacing along the glass

earthy notes alone with pine, hops, budding roses, and some sweet citrus

taste is almost similar to aroma. more toastiness though, the rye is inconspiculously absent. maybe it was there but i didnt get any of it

Photo of rundocrun
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Body is the color of amber-brown honey. Transparent.
A finger of fluffy white head forms and sticks around for several minutes. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus peel and grapefruit grab me right away. A subtle grainy background suggests the rye in the recipe.

T - Mildly sweet and honey-like initially, with a quick follow-up of bitterness and citrus. Some spicy, bready character from the rye comes in toward the middle and lasts through the finish making for a crisp refreshing ipa.

M - Thin-to-medium body with smooth crisp mouthfeel. Definitely accentuates the rye character well, both in flavor and drinkability.

Overall- solid new offering from SN, Hopefully this sticks around through the summer. I'd love to have an ice cold one of these on a hot summer afternoon.

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

Bottled on Dec 23, have heard great buzz about this new seasonal. Head is robust enough to require a two-part pour into my shaker glass. Pockets stay up while others settle, giving a great visual atop a copper/amber beer that isn't entirely transparent but pretty close.

Aroma is loaded with juicy piney hop resin; admittedly I can't pick out the rye. Flavor is similar, with plenty of that spicy bitterness that probably comes from both the rye and hops. A grainy earthiness dries things out at the end, just before a tiny kiss of caramel/choc malt sweetness.

Another great addition to the SN family. This is incredibly flavorful without wrecking the palate, although I think the peppery spice would probably wear me out before I finished a six pack.

Photo of felixljr
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Mverbeck21
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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