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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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4,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,312
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 261 | FT: 2
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 dcook11


4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a pint glass. Wow, this looks fantastic. Thick, creamy white head with a generous amount of sticky lacing that just clings to the glass. The beer itself is a cooper/burgundy hue, with some fine bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The aroma is quite complex. Initially, I’m struck by the hop profile. Nice, grapefruit notes, followed quickly by a strong, yet balanced rye scent. As it warms, more tropical fruit notes make their presence known, and a caramel sweetness begins to take over. At times, the beer seems to take on a sweet tartness (kind of like the candy). As the beer approaches room temperature, it begins to take on a funky, musty, aroma. Maybe also a touch of simcoe like aroma as well. The taste, is crisp, with a strong hop punch at the start. Fresh hops on the tongue, followed by a lingering, drying bitterness. The rye also balances the brew nicely, providing more of a balance to the aggressive hoping. The abv is well concealed. Very nice. The mouth feel is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is a must try for the IPA lover. If you’re not a fan f Rye beers, give this a try, it may change your mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:08:18 | More by dcook11
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised when this one hit....I didn't even know they were replacing the Glissade.

a-pours a clear dark reddish amber colour with a great long lasting head.

s-def distinct spicyness from the Rye followed by the grapefruit hoppiness.

t-Earthy flavour....def rye flavour...very nice yet balanced by the citrussy hops.

m-Good for the abv...SN is always on point here.

o-Overall this bad boy is a welcome addition. I love it and with this change of the seasonal I was happy. I have found some of the recent seasonal changes have been somewhat lackluster IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:07:20 | More by Mit
Photo of notdriving


3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-22-2012 02:02:35 | More by notdriving
Photo of muletrane


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/3/12

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Pours a dark amber colour. 2 fingers of white pillowy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Alot of bready rye notes dominate. Some floral hops mixed in as well.

T: Some floral hop notes up front and then comes some big rye flavor. Finish is very dry with some lingering rye notes.

M: Lively carbonation and a slightly heavy body. Very dry almost leathery feel.

Overall this a good beer. Nice flavor and aroma. Mouthfeel was a little to leathery for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:00:27 | More by muletrane
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-22-2012 01:27:35 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of XnFM


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-22-2012 01:23:27 | More by XnFM
Photo of AllenJasper


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Review.
12 oz. bottle to 14 oz. mug.

A: Clear, coppery red with plenty of carbonation. Short, off-white head. Bottle design is epic.

S: Smells like Rye bread, pine cones and a touch of hops.

T: The hoppiness you would expect from a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a good mix of rye and orange, Mild rye spice aftertaste.

Overall: This beer is incredible for the $11.50/12 pk. The design on the bottle, the Sierra Nevada name, the price, and the fact this was right in the entryway made this the easiest trip to the liquor store ever.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:12:07 | More by AllenJasper
Photo of EinWeizenbitte


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-22-2012 01:04:21 | More by EinWeizenbitte
Photo of ChuckStingray


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 22:27:53 | More by ChuckStingray
Photo of Tucquan


4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-21 in Enola, PA at Al's of Hampden. Had the 2014 version in the bottle on 2014-01-19 and enjoyed it enough to raise the taste up by .25.

A - Good looking brew that is clear but dark caramel with a 1.5-finger light tan head into a pint. Mild lacing.

S - Rye bread, mild spice and citrus, light hop floral. Pleasant but not real strong.

T - Rye bread, burst of citrus, sweet roasted malt, touch of pine, a fair amount of pepper then a burgeoning amount of grapefruit rind bitterness that continues into the dry, peppery aftertaste. (Not as satisfying as their Hemisphere series but a reasonable substitute - 2014).

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth and satisfying as you'd expect from Sierra Nevada.

O - This was as enjoyable on-tap as in the bottle. Didn't notice much difference between the two serving types.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 22:27:42 | More by Tucquan
Photo of churchillea


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 21:28:51 | More by churchillea
Photo of mscott1975


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 20:09:56 | More by mscott1975
Photo of jeffthepony


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 20:05:07 | More by jeffthepony
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, and some rye. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some hoppyness, and some rye. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Another very tasty brew from SN, but still very similar as their IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:52:14 | More by Wasatch
Photo of zenwatts


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 19:00:38 | More by zenwatts
Photo of psychotia


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 18:58:15 | More by psychotia
Photo of Bubbalito


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has to be the coolest label on the market right now.
A:The beer poured a gorgeus coppery red. Good carbonation and head (looked fresh and alive).

S:Smell was pretty mellow, citrus with a bit of peppery rye in the background.

T:Tasted like grapefruit with pepper sprinkled on it (Yum) nice bready feel on the mouth. Super refreshing, with a pleasent dry aftertaste.

O: I liked this alot. It was not overpowering in any one area. I would have like a bit more aroma, the smell seemed subdued, almost too mellow, it just didnt grab me. But again, this was a great beer, and I would totally drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:35:27 | More by Bubbalito
Photo of trixdout

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-21-2012 18:30:55 | More by trixdout
Photo of Bitterbill


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The code looks like 2006th day but the 2 looks to be crossed out so I'll go with the 6th day...Jan 6, 2012.

It pours a deep golden red with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing.

The smell has some citrus hops going on with a mild rye spiciness and an ample malt backbone.

The taste has the rye at the forefront; why not, it's in the name after all. Quite spicy/peppery with citrus backing it up to the hilt. Mild use of malty backbone keeps it from being too bitter but make no mistake about it; it claims to be an IPA and an IPA it is! Delicious!

A great mouthfeel and very easy to drink, I like this one muchly and I'll be drinking this often. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:21:34 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of bobarc

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-21-2012 17:28:19 | More by bobarc
Photo of DAllspaw


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and very clear amber, remarkably clear with 1" solid. Very sticky lacing throughout.

Smell is citrus and pine mostly and I pick up a little hint of the rye. Taste is as expected from SN, very well balanced, with more prominent grain, malt flavors and nice bitter finish.

There is a definite sense of something different with the rye, it is reminiscent of a lager in the taste. Very nice actually, if not obviously rye as others I've tried.

Very solid, will keep eye out for twelve packs.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:32:02 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of mrhartounian


3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-21-2012 15:51:13 | More by mrhartounian
Photo of DoctorB2B


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 13:59:07 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of SellaBro1


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 12:07:48 | More by SellaBro1
Photo of adamf880


5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-21-2012 09:28:17 | More by adamf880
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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