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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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4,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,394
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 295 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-22-2012 15:10:02 | More by Brew33
Photo of oldsmuggler

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-22-2012 13:17:53 | More by oldsmuggler
Photo of ipcolling


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 05:27:34 | More by ipcolling
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


4/5  rDev +2.8%

I bought a single for $1.75 to try it out after a solid recommendation from my beer guy at the Keg.

A – Transparent copper with a creamy, one-finger, yellowed-white head which lingers around for quite while. Great lacing on this one.

S – Lemon zest, pine, and is it cheating to say rye? Smells clean…

T – Slight oil quality comes out quick. Bitterness from the hops linger in the mouth long after the finish. Sweet spiciness that feels well balanced.

M – Medium with a good amount of carbonation.

O – It makes me happy that Sierra Nevada can produce good, affordable craft brews that can be found everywhere.

01-22-2012 03:12:49 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of Bendurgin


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear dark amber color with about an inch of bubbly white head. Nice sticky lace left behind.

The aroma has a pine forward hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background. A nice unmistakable rye aroma gives it a nice malty edge. Caramel and rye malts kind of take the forefront on the pallet. Slightly bitter hop flavor rounds this out.

Medium and somewhat of a dry body with good carbonation.

Overall a nice new offering from these guys. Glad to see a widely available rye beer cause I love the stuff.

01-22-2012 02:42:57 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of HalfFull


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Served up into a globe glass, this new 'Spring' seasonal appears to replace the Glissade. Hopefully that one will make another appearance one day. The Ruthless pours a clear copper with a half inch of slightly off white foam. A steady boil emanates from the base giving some support.

I let this bottle warm up a bit berore opening and this seems to be a good idea. Firmer retention and a fuller aroma are offered as a result. Light citric and pine hop notes intermingle with rye grain along with a supportive peppery spice. Malt notes are present but subtle behind the rye.

Flavor follows with rye, a moderate bitterness and a spicy and well carbonated delivery, and adds a touch of light caramel on the finish. Feel is full and coarse and offers a lingering spice with a touch of sweetness.

Overall this beer represents better as a Rye Beer than an IPA, and I gather that's the intent given the tiny font of IPA on the label. Hop aromas do evolve and expand with warming but the Rye remains in charge.

01-22-2012 02:13:02 | More by HalfFull
Photo of shkin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 02:09:57 | More by shkin
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4.63/5  rDev +19%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

01-22-2012 02:00:27 | More by muletrane
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-22-2012 01:27:35 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

01-22-2012 01:12:07 | More by AllenJasper
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-22-2012 01:04:21 | More by EinWeizenbitte
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 22:27:53 | More by ChuckStingray
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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-21-2012 22:27:42 | More by Tucquan
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 21:28:51 | More by churchillea
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 20:09:56 | More by mscott1975
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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


4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

01-21-2012 19:52:14 | More by Wasatch
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 19:00:38 | More by zenwatts
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 18:58:15 | More by psychotia
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-21-2012 18:35:27 | More by Bubbalito
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-21-2012 18:30:55 | More by trixdout
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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