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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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87
very good

4,497 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,497
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 335 | 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 ejw127
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ejw127, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Gyle41386
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I was totally unaware of this beer until a friend gifted me a six pack.

Pours a copper color with a rich, fluffy off-white head that reaches about two fingers. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout. Retention is great, and there's tons of sticky lacing all over the inside of the glass. Can't look much better than that.

The aroma features plenty of peppery spice from the rye along with bready malt, and piney/citric hops. It's got that classic smell (plus the rye) that I've come to expect from hoppy Sierra Nevada offerings.

The flavor is similar in that I'm getting a lot of rye. It's spicy and peppery and mostly dominant until a bitter finish that's either citrus rind or pine, or both. There is a very light initial citrus sweetness as well as some caramel.

Body is medium with an oily, slick texture. Carbonation level is probably right at medium as well, maybe less, but appropriate. Finish is quite dry, and the alcohol begins to show itself as it warms. This beer is drinkable enough, though, that warmth probably shouldn't be something to worry about. The rye + hops were right in my wheelhouse, so my glass will empty quickly when I drink this again.

Gyle41386, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I've been in Florida for the last few weeks, then finally decided to walk into a beers store. Low and behold though, I saw Sierra Nevada had released a new beer! I guess this one is in place of Glissade.

A: Poured a clear, darker than amber color, with a massively clinging solid white head that clung, and clung, and clung, etc.

S: I got Sierra's hop profile upfront, along with sort of a "Rye Crisp" cracker profile that just screamed, "beer me!" Lots of hops.... maybe too much at times for some palates.

T: This was WAY too bitter to be extremely drinkable. Most of the great West Coaster I know have at least some semblance of "man-candiness" to them, but this is just a flat out rye hop bomb.

M: The lacing was used car wash material, the bitterness is... well... extremely bitter, but the carbonation was fine (as with all SN brews).

O: I'm not a fan of Torpedo, but am a big fan of the PA and Celebration. This was more on the offensive, Torpedo side IMO.

Chaney, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaped Dogfish pint glass.

A - Perfect white head that dies down into a fluffy island in the center. Leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. Brownish amber color with perfect clarity. Looks good!

S - I get some dank hops with a definite rye addition. A bit musty. I usually like the smell of rye beers but there is something a bit off with this one.

T - Pine and hops up front. A bit metallic, mid-palate. The rye is very apparent in the finish and the aftertaste. Average.

M - Very good carbonation giving this beer a twang on the tongue. A mildly dry alcohol finish. Mediun bodied.

O - I was excited to see a new seasonal offering from SN, as I usually enjoy their beers. It wasn't bad, but wasn't great. An average rye beer that I will probably give another chance to see if my opinion improves. I like that Sierra Nevada is exploring new styles for large scale release, and hope that trend continues.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker copper hue with a one and a halt finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant and balmy peppery hop with a healthy dose of rye.

The taste consisted of waves of spiciness as between the prominent rye and herbal/peppery hop elements. A nice doughy caramel rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was full with a lingering spice.

Overall a very tasty spicy rye beer. Yet another winner from SN.

plaid75, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of beyah
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Smiths pint.

A - Deep amber with 2 fingers of off white head that hangs in for a long time.

S - Smell the rye and pine from the hops, can't make out much else.

T - Tastes similar to smell, quite bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is about right for this style and body a bit thin.

O - Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but an interesting change of pace.

beyah, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Wally1912, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Finatic
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled Odell's Myrcenary pint glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish hue with a nice white head that recedes slowly.

S: Piney aroma right off the bat that SN is famous for. Some mild malt also and some citrus(Grapefruit),

T: Tastes like it smells, albeit some small traces of rye on the palate as well.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Average offering from SN, would rather have a torpedo.

Finatic, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber hue, tall tan head, moderate carbonation, very clear.

S - Caramel malts, citrus hops, spicy rye.

T - Much like the smell, caramel malt, some sweetness from botht the malt and rye and some spiciness from the rye and hops. Predominately citrus hops, but a good bit of pine also. Ends with bitter kick.

M - Moderate body, some coating of the mouth from the malt and the resinous hops accentuate this. I think the carbonation is spot on but for the body, I'd like a little more alcohol to dry the palate.

O - Very good rye beer from SN, will definitely have again and I think it is a good rye beer to introduce people to the grain.

steelerguy, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

disemgrowler, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Stoffel, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of snpub540
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

So pour is a nice light caramel hue. Nice clarity. Delicate web lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by rye spice. Also some grassy notes.

Taste is ready with lots of rye spice upfront. Nice bitterness. Some alcohol warmth in the finish.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Drink ability is great. Straight forward good bitter rye flavor.

snpub540, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of bayougutter
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown that you can see thru with a nice two inch eggshell head that stuck around awhile.

Smells citrus, pine, resin, and a little of the rye spice.

Taste citrus, pine, a little floral/ grassy with the rye tasting good on the finish.

Mouthfeel is palate coating without being thick. Could stand a little more carbination.

Overall a well done offering from SN and worthy of a go.

bayougutter, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JVan, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler

Appearance is a clear deep amber/red with a nice beige head that leaves some lacing at the top. Head doesn't stay around too long. Smell is the piney SN hop bill with some citrus. Smells a lot like a subdued SN torpedo. Some caramel malt sweetness also in the nose. As the beer warms some resiny hop notes appear. Taste is similar to the nose hop wise: piney, citrusy, with some resin notes. The rye base appears with its nice peppery taste especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light weight due to the rye (lighter than your average IPA), medium carb, and a bit prickly. Mf also has some mouth coating hop oil.

This is better than the other RyePA I have had (Founders). I can really taste the rye in this which lightens the body and adds nice refreshing pepper taste. Somewhere b/w SN pale ale and torpedo in hoppiness.

from notes: 1/27/11

VaterRoss, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of JimmyTango
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JimmyTango, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 28DEC11

Pours a nice copper color with a little over a finger of peanut foam. excellent clarity and near web lace. Smells dank, some resin, pine, grapefruit, skunk and a little soil. Interesting, not sure if I dig it.

A bit nutty up front with a good grainy backbone and even some corn. An interesting malt profile I must say. The hops are herbal and theres even a sage flavor in here to me. Some sweetness and nutty flavors, almost a hint of oxidation on the malt. I'm really intrigued by this beer, I can't really say I like it, but I don't really dislike it.

Mouth is a bit heavy with higher carb and a dry finish for the style. This beer is not feeding into any of my expectations.

I really am having a hard time deciding on this beer, but I'm thinking it may be a little too rustic for me. The malts are weird, but the hops match the weirdness, I'm pretty torn on this one. It's above average, but not great. I will likely revisit just to creep the intrigue.

harrymel, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

TXhomebrewer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of PatDreadful
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Chalice.

Appearance: Looks great with a nice light brown color that is completely transparent. The egg sheall colored head is large and maintains throughout the session. Very nice.

Smell: There is the typical SN hop bill that I've grown to love. Lush tropical citrus with a touch of piney notes to really keep everything grounded. The rye provides an earthy spice that only serves to enhance the pine notes. Again, very well done.

Taste: Ah, that is what I'm looking for. The citrus hits you up front with grapefruit dominating which gives way to that wonderful piney spice acheived through the hops and the rye and then all of the sudden, it is gone. The flavor loses steam half way through my swallow and I am just left with a lingering taste of mild malt. No spice and certainly no hops. This is a huge dissapointment.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Very good for the style but I could have used just a bit more in the way of carbonation

I was left underwhelmed by the hops in this beer. It certainly wasn't bad but I think there are much better rye options and certainly much better pale ale options out there.

PatDreadful, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of 00BEER00
5/5  rDev +28.9%

00BEER00, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of LiquidSanity
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

LiquidSanity, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz Growler. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a large rocky off-white head that leaves clumpy drippy rings of lacing and holds a very nice foamy cap.

Aroma is dank hops, marijuana, pine & grass, a bit of citrus, a lot of spicy rye notes, bread, a bit of caramel. Very good strength.

Flavor is grassy, citrusy, dank and resinous hops, strong rye notes, dark bread & toast, a bit of toffee & caramel, light sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very nice Rye IPA. Has a bigger Rye presence than any I’ve had before with a nice dank hop note. Tasty stuff.

elgiacomo, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of demuzik
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A burnt reddish rye in the glass; standard head and lacing throughout.

Not gonna lie... let down by this one. The main impression is a muddied ale heavy in sierra nevada taste "factory taste"; a SNPA that is rather muddied and thick amongst heavier hoppage. The rye flavor does not come through spicy as it should or distinct... thought it would be a favorite since I love rye-ales, the bitterness and lack of hop flavor does not appease the IPA desire.

All in all, still it IS Sierra Nevada, so its drinkable and not rubbish, but this could have and should have been a winner.

demuzik, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut tinged amber, very clear with a two finger head of off white froth. Retention isn't very strong as the layers melt away quickly leaving attractive rings behind. Extra point here for the artwork, elegant and detailed.

Wow, fruity malts along with some bread and, and peppery grains. Hops lay down pine but it accompanied by surprising pungent floral notes with guava and passion fruit highlights.

Robust malt of whole grains, rye and a touch of honey. Moves seemlessly into a pine and earthy hop flavor that carries into a peppery finish and a low lying bitterness. Very balanced.

Robust body with adequate carbonation, mouthfeel is a bit sticky at times and the bitterness and spice isn't enough to shake the feeling.

Well crafted beer and a welcome seasonal, heavier body than expected but perfect for the season where you don't know what the weather will be like.

rawfish, Jan 31, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,497 ratings.