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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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4,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 290 | 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 chodinheaven


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Great clarity in this caramel-amber colored beer. A healthy 3 finger off-white head sits on top after an aggressive pour and sticks around for a while. Awesome retention. As it slowly dissapates it leaves a tight lacing in abundance down the glass. The aroma is very pleasant with a touch of hearty rye spice amongst a citrusy hop smell. Floral hop aromas also float up, giving it a softer overall smell. Good bit of bready malts back up everything, making for a well rounded and pretty aromatic nose.

The first thing that grabs your attention with this one is the rye spiciness. It works really well with the piney and citrusy hops for an execellent earthy tone throughout. Bready malts give this beer a medium body that has notes of caramel and subtle dark bread. Lots of hop resins accompany the earthiness and give an oily slickness to the mouthfeel while still having a medium to high carbonation level that makes for a somewhat effervescently dry finish.

Not the most complex beer in the world, but the rye spices give what is a really good IPA that added umph that makes this beer very enjoyable. Definitely hop foraward and resiny, but the malts stand their own to make for a really well done beer. Worth the buy.

01-24-2012 05:18:14 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Flounder57


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Having this on draft at the Union Brewhouse.

Appearance: Reddish amber, clarity is good, half inch of head,nice lacing, and signs of carbonation.

Smell: caramel and bready malts, pine, spiciness, and good rye sweetness.

Taste: a nice blend of above aromas. Bitterness and malts are a nice mix.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and delicious.

Overall: a nice addition to SN's lineup. Rye in an IPA or PA makes a beer that much better. Enjoying more in the near future.

01-24-2012 05:17:12 | More by Flounder57
Photo of jsh420


3.58/5  rDev -8%

pours clear dark copper with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention and left some lacing

smell is faint - some spice from the rye and some tangy hops

taste was more malt the hop for this ipa - semi sweet tangy spice rye malt next to juicy herbal and a little citrus hops

mouthfeel was a medium body low carbonation very slick

overall - while i did enjoy this offering over SN last couple spring offerings(esb & glissade) i just do not see this sticking around more then maybe another year or two - there just isnt enough difference from their other ipas

01-24-2012 05:11:37 | More by jsh420
Photo of rajendra82


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

The body was pumpkin colored, clear, and formed a two plus finger thick head, domed above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was typical West Coast IPA with grapefruit, and pine, but with a touch of earthy mustiness. The taste was very citric off the bat, providing a grapefruit and tangerine blast. The rye touch was light and presented itself as a minty, herbal presence. The body was medium dense, and the finish was creamy, with a lingering herbal note. Very easy to drink beer.

01-24-2012 04:54:55 | More by rajendra82
Photo of czfreeman


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Beautiful label.
picked this up today.
Pours a lovely brown orange tone. Head is nice thick and light brown toned.thick pocked marked. Nice looking brew.
Smells of west coast hops sour apple sourdough malt pepper clove. Sweet spicy and sour.
flavor is spicy slightly sour rye. Oat, grains black pepper,rye is in RA big way.biscuit, malt, sweet all blend to create a great fresh rye focused beer

the spicy taste, medium mouthfeel create my ideal rye brew
good to great drink ability is limited for me by the flavor.

Really good sour rye spice hops but 1 or two is enough with respect that the flavor is really full.
Enjoyed. Highly!

01-24-2012 04:42:43 | More by czfreeman
Photo of dorianmarley


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance is red-brown amber, with a massive, off-white head. Lacing is great.

Nose is peppery from the rye, with plenty of biting hops.

Taste is caramel malt, with black pepper and medium hops. It also has a whole-grain flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium-large carbonation.

Overall, this is a grain-lover's beer, with great balance and some real bite.

01-24-2012 03:50:23 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of ales4baldo


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-24-2012 03:46:02 | More by ales4baldo
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Into tulip.

A- Copper pour, three finger egg shell head that leaves cobwebs of sticky lacing everywhere.

S- Rye adds a slight sour note with spicy pepper. Hops are bright and floral.

T- Spicy rye with floral hops with a touch of citrus.

M- Light bodied, bitter with spice and carbonation dancing on the tongue.

O- Rye beers aren't really my thing but this is quite enjoyable.

01-24-2012 02:32:21 | More by korguy123
Photo of JohnTerrizzi

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving Type: bottle poured into a clear glass beer mug

Appearance: copper in color. slightly off-white head that sustains. great lacing.

Smell: strong peppery and hoppy aroma.

Taste: the peppery rye is the first flavor that hits the tongue followed by the classic hoppiness that characterizes sierra nevada ales. as you get further into the drink, the rye dissipates and the hops take over.

Mouthfeel: nice body. great mouthfeel.

Overall: i wasn't a fan at first, but I think it was because it was the first ale that I had that was brewed with rye. after having gone threw the six-pack, I would buy it again.

01-24-2012 02:18:22 | More by JohnTerrizzi
Photo of emerge077


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Down to the last couple in the sixer, figured it was time to get a review in. Dated '1362' 111:24, guessing end of Dec production date from the Julian code. Served in a pint glass.

Creamy meringue surface texture, spotty halo of frothy lacing. Lasting head retention, skim never really breaks and forms an irregular topography that looks nice. Dull copper, bright clarity, rising trails of carbonation visible.

Spicy herbal pine resin, bready rye, very light and mellow pastry sweetness emerges as it sits for a bit.

Similar flavors, ample hop bitterness and complex bready malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, almost a little bit chalky. Hint of citrus rind in there, that somehow seemed more prevalent in bottles sampled last week. It's got some nice malt complexity, and light lingering hop flavors of citrus and greenery. Overall it's good, would drink again but haven't seen it around on tap anywhere yet.

01-24-2012 02:09:18 | More by emerge077
Photo of SpdKilz


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Picked up a six pack from the local Binny’s.

Appearance – Pours a nice hazelnut brown/cherry red into a tulip. About a finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates slowly leaving great looking lacing.

Smell – Citrusy grapefruit, pine, spicy rye, bready malts.

Taste – Earthy rye notes, a nice grapefruit flavor, spiciness, oily hops, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall – Another solid beer from SN. Honestly wish it was a bit more bitter/hoppy.

01-24-2012 02:09:00 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Cant find any freshness info on the 12 ounce bottle. Pours darker almond amber, light oatmeal head, shows some staying power and leaves respectable bands and bits of stickage. Hopped up nose with the unmistakable odor of fresh rye bread.

Rye infused IPA, with a nice load of hops crunching on the taste buds, and more rye floating just under the surface. Nice.

Although I tend not to be a huge Rye beer fan, this one is hoppy enough to keep my interest. Though still unlikely I'd purchase this one ahead of all time favorites Torpedo and/or SNPA

01-24-2012 01:51:16 | More by Billolick
Photo of Myst

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-24-2012 01:47:37 | More by Myst
Photo of woodycorn44

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-24-2012 00:59:55 | More by woodycorn44
Photo of leokbelo


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a clear copper into a pint glass with a 2 inch head that takes a while to fade.
Extremely hoppy on the nose, pine, grass and rye.
Some sweetness on the tongue, with some spiciness from the rye and the hops. Bitter as only an American IPA can be!
Medium carbonation, highly drinkable.
As far as Rye beers go, it's an decent brew. As an IPA it kicks ass!

01-24-2012 00:44:23 | More by leokbelo
Photo of n00blar


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-24-2012 00:26:52 | More by n00blar
Photo of rogueleonardi


3.15/5  rDev -19%

A - Dark amber brown, with about half a finger of white head.

S - Didn't really smell any citrus, lots of malt though, couldn't really smell the rye.

T - No citrus taste, can't taste hardly any rye flavor at all. This is some malt flavor but nothing really stands out here. It has almost a watered down taste.

M - Good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, but a thin beer with little substance to it.

01-23-2012 21:32:56 | More by rogueleonardi
Photo of Mordax


4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-23-2012 18:48:02 | More by Mordax
Photo of andylipp


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-23-2012 18:24:52 | More by andylipp
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-23-2012 18:11:22 | More by OddNotion
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Served from bottle into a mug. Poured yellow-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, citrus, pine resin, spices, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, spices, pine, pine hop, citrus hop, and subtle wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This brew definitely took on both the characteristics of a rye beer and an IPA. It was quite enjoyable and fairly easy to drink. A definite must try if you are a fan of hoppy and spicy brews.

01-23-2012 17:44:39 | More by thagr81us
Photo of gwguest


2/5  rDev -48.6%

01-23-2012 14:35:15 | More by gwguest
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Fresh bottle from the Pizza Port bottle store. Hoppy aroma. Copper body with three-eighths of an inch of retained white head. An ale with rye that hits the spot. Lacy, fresh, session-able, citrus, pepper, fruit and lots of rye. A good hoppiness and edgy. Good drinkability.

01-23-2012 13:07:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of BeerVikingSailor


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Tasty new Sierra Nevada rye offering; was excited to try this one, as I enjoy rye beers.

Good overall appearance, typical SN color and nice foamy head

Smells great, lots of citrus and rye smells coming off the glass, I dig it

Taste is very pleasant and drinkable, a nice take on an IPA with the rye and typical hoppiness of SN brews; alcohol not noticable and easy top quaff this one down quickly

Mouthfeel is very good, nice body for the style and the rye and hops go well together here; very enjoyable and recommended for sure...

Overall I like this one a lot and will buy more; sad it replaces the SN Glissade golden bock though, as I liked that one as well...a tasty new brew that I will enjoy drinking often.

01-23-2012 13:04:11 | More by BeerVikingSailor
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Nice foam retention that came with a caramel colored beer.

S: Lots of bright citrus, and some spicy rye.

T: Bitter Grapefruit, white pepper, tangerine, and some nice malty biscuit notes.

M: Medium Carbonation, along with with some lingering bitterness.

O: Overall a very solid beer. I really enjoy Rye beers and definitely enjoyed this one. I definitely like the flavor profile of this beer, and how it encompassed the hops and malts very nicely. This beer was another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

01-23-2012 07:45:59 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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