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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: 4,783
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 532 | 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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Ratings: 4,783 | Reviews: 1,080
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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Guden
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a solid copper color with a big fluffy off white head. Fairly clear but a bit of haze.

S- Big harsh piney nose with tons of grassiness, not very pleasant.

T- The grassiness of the nose is again the star of the flavor shining through and overwhelming the light pine of the hops. A wash of maltiness and mild bitterness wash down the grass flavor well but can't make up for it being there in the first place.

M- The medium-low body is a bit higher than expected but blends nicely with the earthy rye and grassy hops.

D- This beer suffers from an overbearing grass quality and the rye taste not shining through as much as it could. It looks beautiful but is just alright. Compared to the Founders Red Rye PA it is no where near as good.

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the end of January at Total Wine for $7.49.

Brew poured a deep amber with a solid white head that is leaving lots of lacing behind.

Nose is hints of rye and some northwest hops.

Taste is well balance, nice malt base with some rye bread blended in, citrus hops lend to a pretty nice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth for this style of brew.

Overall another tasty offering from Sierra Nevada. Like the rye twist!

Photo of Morey
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date. This disappoints me to say the least. A big brewery such as SN should be dating their bottles.

Pours reddish-copper in color with brilliant clarity. Head is white in color and has a very fluffy look and feel to it. Originally, it stood about one finger tall, and after 10 or 15 minutes, it's gone absolutely nowhere! Nice stick and lacing too.

Aroma is on the mild side. I am getting some malts as well as a hint of rye spiciness. Maybe a tad soapy as well.

Taste is malty and sweet up front, but thankfully the bitterness from the hops and the spicy rye flavors aren't too far behind. I know that it's kind of common to say..."it's balanced" but this really is. Nothing jumps out at you. This beer definitely has that SN taste and feel to it and the flavors linger long after the swallow.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The foamy head also adds a nice creaminess.

A nice Rye Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Is this well made?...Yes. Would I like to see SN step outside the box a little bit?....Most definitely. It's good, but not all that unique.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Boulevard Tulip glass. Bottle was kept in fridge.

A- Pours a clear deep amber/copper color, with very frothy cream colored head that hung around awhile. When it left it there was very thick lacing on the glass.

S- Hoppy, grapefruit, and pine.

T- Grapefruit up front. Was really wanting to taste the "peppery spice" of the rye that the bottle says it has but could't quite find it. I get lots of sour citrus.

M- Light and refreshing.

O- I enjoyed it. Glad I decided to pick up a six pack of it.

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

Purchased a single if this IPA, since IPAs do scare me a bit with their bitterness.

Red amber colored, clear, with a thick creamy head that takes a while to dissipate. Smell is a rather inviting peppery spicy smell. Taste is of grass and pepper and spice. Quite nice. Not so bitter that i can't drink it, which is my fear with an IPA.

Maybe its the peppery taste of the rye, but the forward flavor of the hops seems to be in balance with the other flavors of this beer. I find that i'm actually enjoying an IPA. I'm glad i tried this, and i will get more.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into stella tulip

A: Deep amber color with a blend of red. 1" creamy white head that dissipates to a film with a few large chunks. Already starting to lace the glass. Slightly hazy.

S: Initial smell of hops with hints of bread. Herbal and earthy qualities from the hops. Rye is pronounced. Peppery bit of spiciness.

T: What you would expect from Sierra Nevada in regards to hops. Which I happen to like. With a peppery twist of rye at the end. An unique malt balance that has a great finish. Leaves you wanting another sip. Similar to the aroma there is an herbal hop overtone to the most of this beer. Well balanced with a blend of the rye and malt, not overly hoppy.

M: Average carbonation and body. A nice crisp finish bumps it up a bit. Not too sticky from the amount of hops.

Overall I am a fan and will continue to drink it. However I have always enjoyed rye bread so that might explain my favorability. Wish it was year round.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep hazy amber/ruby color with a small white head along with some light lacing. Nose is earthy and hoppy, there is certain rye astringent bitter as well.

Taste is quite sharp, a nice strong bitterness with a earthy tone and some herbal vegital bits as well. Mouthfeel is a bit light but it's easy drinking and a good spring beer even though it doesn't feel anything like spring.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

POurs orange amber like your typical IPA...

Wow! I taste some kind of plant that I have smelled in Florida perhaps...some type of garden flower...

I was so afraid of the rye spiciness biting me in the back of the throat...don't even worry! It's all on top of the tongue and quite refreshing...don't be afraid of this beer like I was...

Hops for days!

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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