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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

4,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,462
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 68
Gots: 321 | 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 JaphyRyder
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Poured a deep red/brown with a textured tan head. A little splotchy lacing

S: Different! The rye gave it a nice spicy nose. Hops come through, as does a tiny bit of caramel malt.

T: I expected a bit more from SN, but by no means was it disappointing. Balanced hops bring an earthy end to the assertive spiciness of the rye malt.

M: Dry and carbonated. I kind of enjoyed drinking a SN brew that did have that oily feel to it.

O: Again, different! Very tasty beer that seems to pop up in the most random places. If it comes to your small town, grab it. This is only my second rye IPA, but now I crave them. I'm on a hunt.

JaphyRyder, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
3/5  rDev -22.7%

xdefeatsy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of random846
3/5  rDev -22.7%

random846, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless Rye certainly has the look down; a body that mixes brown, orange and red is crowned with a towering head of light tan foam that has ridiculous retention and leaves behind some great lacing.

The aroma has a big dose of citrus, is a little bit spicy and has notes of caramel as well.

Ruthless Rye is bright and citrus-flavored immediately, bringing the hop profile that I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Grapefruit, orange, hints of resin and just a touch of pine combine with considerable bitterness. The spicy, almost peppery rye flavors are noticeable without being overwhelming, with a little bit of caramel and even some powdery cocoa to back it up.

Slightly oily on the tongue with a fairly full body for an IPA. Ample carbonation gives a smooth and creamy feel.

Ruthless Rye is a hoppy beer with rye in the background. If you like Sierra Nevada's other hoppy beers, then you will dig this one if you like rye.

Hojaminbag, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of CEnterPound
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of clumpy tannish head that sticks around for a while. Nice spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S - Spicey smelling. Not sure if it's from the hops or the rye, but it's interesting. Behind that is a slight malty smell. Not too much going on here.

T - Hop bitterness right up front, with a taste of grass and pine. The rye spiciness comes in about mid palate and stays until the finish, lending a dryness at the end.

M - Medium carbonation, and a decent mouthfeel. The dryness is nice.

O - A nice IPA, but it seems kinda lacking. I can't quite place what is wrong with it, but it definitely could be a bit better. I could see this being good on a hot day.

CEnterPound, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
4.5/5  rDev +16%

scootercrabb, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of NorCalDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

NorCalDrinker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was a reddish amber color with a small beige head. There was a little bit of lace.

Spicy rye aroma, some caramel malt. Grassy, herbal hops. A hint of citrus.

Caramel and spicy rye taste. Resinous, piney hops. Grapefruit showed up also.

This was a very crisp, hoppy IPA. Very drinkable.

lordofthewiens, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of LordChesterfield
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Safeway on a whim. I'm so glad I did. It's a deep reddish brown color and forms a rocky tan head. The nose is floral and hoppy, but the malt comes through in what some would describe as metallic. It's not. That's spicy rye goodness. It tastes just phenomenal, at any temperature. The hops are very present but completely balanced. People say the malt is spicy, but it's big and complex with a sweet, buttery flavor that lingers on the front of your tongue and in your memory. This is my first rye PA, and it has me wondering if they're all this good. It's a perfect early spring beer and here in Portland it already feels like early spring. This is jut perfect after a long bike ride.

UPDATE!!!: I just read that this bear contains more hop oils than any other Sierra Nevada beer, and I totally agree. It smells like really dank POT. Hops are related to cannabis after all. Betcha didn't know that. BOOM!

LordChesterfield, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
1.8/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark red with a big light tan head that fades to a layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty awful. I get mostly metallic and chemical smells with a bit of rye in there as well. No hop aromas whatsoever. Doesn't smell like beer at all and probably one of the worst I've ever smelled.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. It tastes like nail polish with some rye and a bit of hops. The rye gives it a spicy flavor and the hops add a bit of earthiness on the finish.

M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium with a bit of creaminess from the carbonation.

O: This was a drain pour. The aromas and flavors are weird and the aftertaste keeps the nastiness going. I'd say this is a fail.

GregSVT, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of areich6
4/5  rDev +3.1%

areich6, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of thecakes
4/5  rDev +3.1%

thecakes, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint - clear copper-amber body, 1/2" thick white foam, frothy lace

smell: bready, notes of spicy rye, a touch metallic, grassy hops

taste: Pretty tasty stuff - kind of makes you wonder what this beer is capable of with Asheville water and speedy mountain logistics. Peppery, bready, spiced rye, hint of citrus, earthy with moderate bitterness, dry malt.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, quite spicy

overall: pretty abrasive version of the Rye-PA, good though

dirtylou, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

captainbearcat, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Bito401
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The thing that really caught my eye about this beer was the packaging probably one of the coolest designs on a bottle I've seen in awhile so i Grabbed a six pack of this last friday night. Tried in both Pint glass and bottle. Tasted better out of the bottle.

Color is great
Its sierra nevada so you know it taste good.
over all i give this a 4.0

Bito401, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of moserine
5/5  rDev +28.9%

moserine, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ZDePaolo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

ZDePaolo, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Nordstrand
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear, dark apricot in color

S - citrus, pine, a little peppery

T - very hoppy, grapefruit, rye, a little spice I can't identify

M - light on the mouth

O - I love this beer. Reminds me of the Lagunitas Sucks. Crisp, hoppy, strong citrus, delicious

Nordstrand, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous amber with thick creamy head. Nose is floral, herbal, and peppery. The rye certainly shines through nicely, giving it a pleasant hearty rye-grain taste with the assertive hop profile coming right in afterwards. Great balance and interplay of malt and hop flavors.

yemenmocha, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of dlello2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dlello2, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from "Lifesource",Salem. OR. $1.59 I really dig the label on this one. Appearance? Slightly murky amber with a nice big frothy,thick eggshell white head. Aroma..slightly pungent hop,slight toasted cereal malt, spiciness that might be rye. Flavour again has the slightly pungent hop and a nice thick coffee/roasty malt and indeed a fair rye spice about it. OK mouth-feel though not out of the ordinary. A good beer but not stellar.

Reidrover, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great sierra seasonal. pours a gorgeous deep copper color with a lively white head fluffy as can be. smells fresh hops and spicy pumpernickel bread. flavor is quite hoppy, but its butter and sweet. resiny hops. also theres the rye coming in after the hops, sturdy but light on the tongue. mouthfeel is nice too, most rye beers turn my off by sitting in my gut, but this one is down easy, mucho sessionable. love the finish here, stands up well to pickled garlic and asiogo flatbread. even though sierra is expanding, their beer is still as good as any micro operation in the country. i pray it stays that way

StonedTrippin, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jfrank85
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a dogfish head snifter. This beer has a sticky head that lasts for days. Copious amounts of lacing down the glass that sticks like glue. Deep copper red color, bright crystal clear. Beautiful.
S- Spicy. Touch of citrus hops, slightly earthy and grassy.
T- " ", crisp and fresh, pumpernickel bread taste. Touch of citrus from hops almost resinous, grainy.
M- Medium but crisp. Bright
O- Wow, I'm in love. I am quite partial to rye beers as it it but this one is amazing. From presentation to taste it is both appealing and tasty. Would recommend highly.

jfrank85, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of SlenderArrow
4.5/5  rDev +16%

SlenderArrow, Jan 27, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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