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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 79
Gots: 424 | 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 smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, four-finger head that settles in a lumpy, domed fashion. Many thin rings of lace as the head recedes; like nothing ive ever seen before. The broth is dark amber, like light maple syrup.

Lots of rye in the smell--very dry, no sugars. Background hop enhances (rather than counterbalances) this aroma. Some grapefruit rind to the nose.

The flavor matches the smell profile. This is a very dry beer--lip smacking. Plenty of earthiness in the malt. The hop bitterness is more pronounced and less "grapefruity", more peppery.

Photo of attometer00
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Biestie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Decent lacing on the side of my snifter glass. The nose is rye, hops, spice and a little malt. The rye is in the forefront, and I dig it. The flavor is the same profile, with some fruit coming out as well. The hops/rye are out front on the taste. Feel is malt/hops battle, with a nice bite on the aftertaste. Overall, this is definitely one of the best rye beers I've had. Great job Sierra Nevada. Cheers.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at local Winking Lizard.

Light ruby red elixir served in imperial pint glass. Nice two finger, thick white head, plenty of lacing.

Really nice citrus, grapefruit, orange rind compete with the smokey/pepper rye malt.

Smooth hops up front give way to subtle spice and a hint of freshly picked herbs. Sounds a bit bizarre, but the flavor is really well blended.

Well carbonated, smooth, easy to imbibe.

Another nice brew from SN.

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was the color of a bright penny. The head was pillowy and light tan leaving moderate lacing.

The smell was earthy and spicy. Organic, weedy aroma. Rotting leaves (in a good way). Aroma blooms as it warms, very nice.

The taste was peppery with a light sweetness. Grassy, hops bitterness and rye spiciness. Tobacco leaf. Finishes dry. Allowing this beer to warm a bit really benefits both the aroma and flavor.

The mouthfeel was softly prickly with a medium body. Finishes rather smoothly. Incredibly drinkable beer.

Photo of BeforeNoon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tito42
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition poured from glass to an imperial pint. Bottled on 12/28/2011.

A: Iced tea in color with slight ruby hues. Off-white head with nice lacing and weak retention.

S: Rye up front with a strong grapefruity hops presence. Slight malt.

T: Well balanced between citrusy/piny hops with bready malt and peppery rye. Grapefruit and orange peel throughout. Very enjoyable introduction of rye into an IPA flavor profile.

M: Very similar to other Sierra Nevada ales. Medium-bodied and slightly creamy with a hops and carbonation presence that provides a nice pang at the finish without drying the palate out too much.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Very good IPA with a great integration of rye = a very good rye beer.

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

A yellow copper color with a big heap of oatmeal colored fluff on top and great lacing. The aroma has a tart orange/grapefruit theme with some swampy malt funk, perhaps hints of the rye. Nice. The flavor is a nice combination of woodsy swamp hops and earthy malt. Crisp and pungent, it’s a bitter mouthful with a solid bready malt backbone. The hops are raw and outdoorsy, leafy good and it’s medium-light bodied for a solid hop treat. I think I can tell that there’s rye here but it’s an interesting, funkified version, and plenty good.

Photo of choover14
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: deep copper hue with brilliant clarity and a finger-thick off-white head that quickly settles. Some lacing clings to the glass, but carbonation seems subtle.

S: spicy rye up front, with very piney hop character. Some caramel malt undertones lie in back.

T: caramel malt notes, along with some fruity esters at first, followed by a huge spicy, peppery rye profile. Hops lend hints of pine and grapefruit on the finish.

Notes: moderate body and full of flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but flavor makes up for it. Quite drinkable, and makes for a good Spring offering. I'm very happy they did away with Glissade and brewed a more exciting style. Not my favorite rye beer, but pretty solid overall.

Photo of 4balance
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper color with a tan head that lingers leaving strings of lace as it settles.

S - Piney hop aroma with a good kick of spicy rye mixed and caramel malt background.

T - Citrus pith and pine with spicy rye and a caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy.

D - One of the better rye beers I have had. The rye is dominant but not overwhelming with a big hop kick.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase, about 42 days old.

Pouring a clear deep reddish brown with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a very appealing beer. The nose has quite a prominent rye character, rather rustic, grainy, and spicy with white pepper (not caraway). This pairs very well with the pine and citrus that the hops bring to the table. The hops have a nice blend of bittering and flavor, though not quite as resiny as I'd like. Still, excellent. The palate opens with a blend of the rye flavors and the hops, rather excellently executed. Pleasing bitterness with a blend of citrus peel, pine and a little grapefruit, these flavors work very well with the peppery rye. All dark grain character appears to be quite fully fermented, lending a toasted grain flavor without any real sweetness. Drying on the finish with a blend of pine and rye, there's a little citrus sweetness to go with the pine resin. Medium light in body with creamy carbonation, this is expertly conditioned and is a treat on the palate. Highly recommended, this along with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye define what a hoppy rye beer can be.

Photo of SeriousALEment
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of bottles tonight. Poured it into an Ommegang narrow tulip pint glass.

A - Deep copper, crystal clear with a thick white head. Leaves a good deal of lacing down the glass

S - Citrus/pine hop aroma. A dank, vegetal aroma in the background.

T - Spicy and sweet up front, with some bready and light caramel notes. Followed by a nice burst of citrus hops. Finished with a dank, vegetal character a bit reminiscent of marijuana. Not sure if its the hops or the rye. Not an unpleasant or overwhelming flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Rye spiciness helps counterbalance the sweetness to keep it from being cloying.

Overall, a nice change from a standard IPA. I'm not sure how I think the vegetal character would keep it from being an IPA I go back to again and again, but it's definitely a unique and interesting beer.

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JazzIPA55
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderfully built beer by Sierra Nevada. They just know how to make a good looking beer. Couple fingers of creamy off white head, clear/bright amber/light brownish copper color. Lots of soapy lace.

Aroma is fresh and very nice. Bready with a nice undertone of light citrus.

Does have the nice rye bready flavor that I enjoy. Drinks a bit more like an APA vs. an IPA, but very nice. Just a touch of the roasted/spice note of the rye and then a dark toasted crusty bread flavor. Actually quite fruity as well.

Very subtle carbonation, a bit slick.

A nice little beer. Not sure I’ll invest in a 12 pack for the house, but perhaps a sixer.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,661 ratings.