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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

4,495 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,495
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 334 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of mikehblack
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada balloon glass.

A- Pours a very clear dark orange, burnt amber color. Big white head leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

S- Piney hops, spice, breadiness

T- Big hop presence with tons of rye spicy character. The rye flavor rests on the tongue with a little bite.

M- Clean, well-carbonated. Drinks very easily.

O- Quite a tasty beer from a style I am not too familiar of. Think I will enjoy this as the new seasonal.

mikehblack, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a rusty, coppery brown color. Pretty much what you'd expect from a Rye IPA. It's very clear, very much a filtered beer. 1.5 fingers of offwhite foam leave lacing that sort of clings and drags like a person dangling from some precipice.

This beer's got a pretty nice nose on it. Spicy rye is upfront and bready, sure. But there's a good hop profile here that presents aromas of grape and passionfruit. Some general grassiness backs this up nicely. This doesn't really smell like an IPA too much, but it's a more subtle rye beer that works.

Unfortunately, that subtle nuance of the nose doesn't carry over to the palate. It's still a bit underflavored for an IPA, but there isn't much complexity to make up for it. Grassiness and rye grain spicy flavor abound. There's a small flush of grapeseed (and a trace, trace amount of like POM brand juice) but that's all the fruit that I really get. It's blunt but restrained.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, perhaps even undercarbonated but smooth nonetheless. It works well with the session-candidate flavor profile. Overall, this is a fine beer. It pales in comparison to Founders Red's Rye when it comes to a hoppy rye beer in six-packs, but it is a tasty option that is distributed all over the country. You can't do wrong by picking up a six-pack or a 12-pack of Ruthless Rye for your next gathering. This might just be my Super Bowl beer next weekend.

Reaper16, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red in color with a big off-white head that reduces to about a quarter-inch of foam in my glass.

The aroma is of rye and hops. Light, but nice.

The taste is big on citrus hops with a bitter bite -- no surprise there -- but with a nice amount of spice from the rye as well. It's quite nice.

Good body that isn't watery: There's plenty of heft here.

Overall another winner from Sierra Nevada. I'm just sad that it seems to have only been available for a couple of weeks here in Sarasota. IPA and rye fans, seek it out.

Shaw, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of CTbeerboy
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Ruthless Rye pours a beautiful dark brown (amber when held directly in the light). With a finger and a half of a beige or off-white head full of tiny bubbles (key in the song).
S- This is one really complex combination. I get plenty of wonderful west coast hops up front coupled with piny and resiny smells associated pales. I also get plenty of pepper, grapefruit, passion fruit and other citrus fruits thrown in as well. Very, very dank smelling on the end of the nose as well.
T- Im getting alot of the same flavors on the tongue as I got in the aroma. Plenty of west coast hops (Citra and Simcoe most likely). Lots of grapefruit and passion fruit notes as well as an almost grassy bitterness that coats the tongue well.
M- This one coats the tongue pretty well. I get it on all parts of the tongue and it really leaves a great lingering bitterness.
O- Overall Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada is a great addition to their seasonal line up. It conjures up some great flavors and scents that remind me of some of my favorite IPA's, while it has a kicked up spice profile from the rye that makes it just this side of mysterious.

CTbeerboy, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of fitzgerald88
4/5  rDev +3.1%

fitzgerald88, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

abcramer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of gc4hokies
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is golden with slight copper. Very clear. Head is very white, frothy and stays throughout. Nice

The aroma is pleasing. Pine accents with a sweet rye aroma. nothing very strong.

Taste is bitterness up front with peppery rye afterward. Finishes with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Highly carbonated and a dry finish.

Overall, this is a very good, balanced Rye IPA. One of my favorite styles and this is a very good example. Will buy again.

gc4hokies, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of cougarbait
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

A: Crystal clear amber color. Filtered.

S: First you get a nice wiff of citrus and hops on the nose. Slight hint of pine on the backside.

T: Off dry from the start. Nice ballance of citrus and hop from front to back. On the back end you get a slight hint of pine.

M: Nice carbonation. Strong finish to the beer. Slight hint of alcohol. Off dry.

O: I believe Sierra Nevada really dosen't make any bad beers and this is just another example of that. Great Beer

cougarbait, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing
Ruthless Rye

Bottle states alcohol content 6.8% by volume

malts: PALE, RYE, CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE
yeast: ALE YEAST
bittering hops: BRAVO
bitterness units: 55
AROMA hops: CHINOOK & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS
DRY hops: CHINOOK, CITRA & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS

Pours a reddish amber color, large fluffy off white head, plenty of lace after each sip. Aroma of trademark Sierra Nevada ale yeast, and piney, resinous hops. There is a lofty caramel malt sweetness in the nose as well.

In the taste, caramel malt with a good helping of earthy hops and spicy rye in the finish. Pretty well balanced, but could be considered hop forward. Earthy, piney and grapefruit flavors and a solid bitterness. The rye used is very flavorful and imparts delicate peppery and even woody notes. The malt body, hops and rye presence all are complimentary.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spot on prickly carbonation, and semi dry. Overall, this new product from Sierra Nevada is one of the more balanced examples of a rye infused IPA. Well rounded flavors and quite enjoyable.

Stinkypuss, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of galluch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

galluch, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +16%

nmann08, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: crystal clear light amber with carbonation bubbles and a three finger frothy off whiye head that lingers nice and leaves a ton of lacing
S: citrus hop front with nice malty back end
T: wow, citrus hops up front then slides in a slight sweetness which is backed up by a real nice depth
M: smooth creamy, a little thick, leavea the mouth just slightly dry
O: a really nice beer that I could honestly drink all day everyday, really happy with this switch up for sierra nevadas seasonal brew

BigPlay1824, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of sharemybeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

sharemybeer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaidenjb, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mettkea
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mettkea, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

PthPndr, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Brushkanna
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Brushkanna, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Archemedies, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of dejrrma
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7-$8 for a 6pack, julian dating on bottle: 1362, o December 26, 2011. poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a beautiful copper color with a nice inch of head, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

s- spices (a good deal of pepper), light hops, some bready scents, and a little sweetness

t- tastes a lot hoppier than the smell would lead you to believe. it's bitter, with dry spices, and lots of pine resin.

m- medium bodied and carbonation. leaves your mouth dry and with some of the resiny texture.

o- i wasn't expecting too much from this beer, but it gave me a nice surprise. this is an awesome beer, and i would buy again.

dejrrma, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of waldoiverson
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Nonic

A: excellent lacing with a medium to fine bubble, coppery color with a bit of a reddish tone but also a bit watery looking

S: nice citrus hops, a very firm malt undertone, not as much rye spice as i may have expected

T: good round citrus hops that go from sweet to a more bitter rind character, the rye bite follows that up and a nice base of malts

M: Good tang from the hops, medium-dry in the finish

O: Another solid line-up to the Sierra Nevada stable. I wish the appearance had a bit more oomph and the nose more of the rye, but the flavor and feel are good and for that I thank the brewers.

waldoiverson, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of John1985
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale pours a dark gold with an inch head that laces beautifully down the pint glass. Aroma of rye with citrus. Taste starts out with a mildly spicy rye flavor balanced with citrus hops. Medium body makes this very sessionable and finishes very smooth for IPA. Wow I never knew rye beers could be so flavorful.

Another home run by Sierra Nevada. I enjoyed this much more than last year's bock. This was affordable and full of flavor!

John1985, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and coppery with a thick yellow/beige cap. Good head retention, foamy lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, grassy and a bit spicy, slightly nutty and sugary malts. Sturdy pine resin bitterness, dry nuttiness, spicy and citrusy, a bit oily and grassy with some burnt sugar in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation was a little creamy, light dryness from the grains, nice texture overall. A solid offering that's full of rye and hops. Recommended.

DrJay, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is dark, sugary, and has a nice rye bite.

It poured dark copper with a two-finger tan head. It left a good amount of thick rings of lace on the glass. Rye is very imposing--it dominates the aroma and grabs right away in the flavor. What remains is very sweet, almost cotton candy-sweet. It leaves a nice burn on the tongue and the back of the throat. There is no forgeting this beer.

Ruthless Rye is good, and a nice departure from most readily available IPAs; however, it's not as good as most of those, and this might not be fair, but it's no Hop Rod Rye.

MetalHopHead6, Jan 29, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,495 ratings.