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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

4,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,450
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
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 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
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA. Since this is a seasonal release, I decided to give it a shot while it was available.

Purchase price: $9.99/6pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass

A - Pours a translucent, amber/reddish orange color. A one finger, fluffy head on the initial pour that fades after a few minutes. Leave a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A great smelling beer. Lots of earthy hoppiness.

T - A decent beer. The initial taste is of bitter hops mixed with a grassy/earthy background. I'm not getting much of the rye taste I was expecting. Slighly spicy. This beer needs a bit more sweetness to balance it out, in my opinion. That being said, I loved the hoppiness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - A medium consistency. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - A beer that I enjoyed but wasn't overwhelmed with. If you enjoy a bitter, hoppy beer, give it a try. I'll have no problem finishing the remaining bottles.

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of vitters03
4/5  rDev +3.1%

vitters03, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.1%

buckyp, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
2012, 6.6% ABV, 135012000 on label (Dec. 15, 2011)

A - From the brilliant art that adorns the label to the sexy appearance in the pint, Ruthless Rye looks stunning; light bronzy amber in color, it's chill haze and minimal condensation are the only two things keeping it from perfect clarity. The moderate light khaki head lingers quite lengthily before delicately decorating the pint in lace.

S - Sierra Nevada knows their hops, that much is certain. This beer's aroma cements that unequivocally. There's a pleasant, inviting quality to the juicy aroma of the hops that works so well juxtaposed to the rye! Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit put a tropical spin on the peppery, aggressive nature of the rye. A swirl brings fourth pine and grassy earth tones, adding further depth.

T - Hoppy through and through, the exotic fruitiness passively combats the hearty rye in here. Toasted malt falls just behind the peppery, raw, unrelenting rye flavor.

M - It wouldn't be a proper Sierra Nevada without loads of bitterness! Fantastic balance between the moderate carbonation, medium body, and sharp finish, Ruthless Rye is pretty smooth despite being rugged. This one's not too ruthless in fact.

O - Sierra Nevada strikes gold again! Behind the cutting edge band-wagon-jumping of rye beers, it's clear this beer was perfected before being unleashed into the market. Spectacular balance of aggressive hops, this review bottle went far too fast.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ixodus
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a small off white head that hold decently. The lacing is insane.

S: Sweet caramel, lemon, grapefruit, pine resin, spicy rye, biscuits.

T: Bitter piney hops upfront, grapefruit and lemon follow. Backbone is grainy malt, caramel and a mild rye spiciness. Clean, flavorful, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied leaning towards the lighter side. Carbonation is moderate giving a nice prickliness on the tongue.

O: Overall a delicious and refreshing beer. Missing Glissade? Not really.

ixodus, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Makes a great two finger thick head, with a color of off white. The body is copper in color and is not hazy at all.

The aroma is perfumy, lemony, with a hint of toffee.

Taste wise, it's malty upfront with caramel sweetness, then citrusy hops of lemon character kicks in. In the end there is an even sweeter taste that kicks in... Somewhat like a chocolate covered candied orange slice.

Feels mildly carbonated, medium in body, and refreshing to the palate.

Overall this is a very well balanced brew, and the rye really ads some depth to the typical IPA offerings that SN pushes out.

TheSarge, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of dezibob
3/5  rDev -22.7%

dezibob, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jamescain
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours a clear dark amber-brown with a creamy off white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing. The aroma is more earthy then I was expecting, but I guess that's what the rye adds. There are notes of pine and citrus with spicy earthy aromas. The taste of the beer is also very earthy and spicy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is medium-high and perhaps bordering on too high, but is still quite drinkable due to its medium body. Good beer, glad I tried it, but wont go out of my way to seek it out again.

jamescain, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dutch pours a nice amber capped by a foamy off white head with good retention. Nose is light pine and citrus, slight caramel malt. Taste is cutting pine and citrus underbalanced by slight malt and rye. Rye is good and refreshing with the pine. Medium bodied. Yum.

UDbeernut, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewers Haven, Boise ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Clear dark straw color with shades of brown...minimal off-white head and lacing.

S: Signature Sierra Nevada hop profile here...piney, resiny hop bitterness. There is also a more upfront grainy spiciness, which I'm assuming is the rye...notes of a toasted malt backbone in the grain bill.

T: Follows the nose, tons of resiny hop notes & high bitterness, herbal earthiness...tobacco leaf, hemp seed, pine needles. A bit of toasted caramel malt carries the body along.

MF: Moderate (for an IPA). Dry and bitter. Medium carbonation.

O: Definitively earthy, herbal, spicy, hoppy and bitter. Decent Rye IPA from SN.

Scotchboy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

wdarcy77, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

savagepm, Jan 26, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,450 ratings.