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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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88
very good

4,609 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,609
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 376 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: crystal clear light amber with carbonation bubbles and a three finger frothy off whiye head that lingers nice and leaves a ton of lacing
S: citrus hop front with nice malty back end
T: wow, citrus hops up front then slides in a slight sweetness which is backed up by a real nice depth
M: smooth creamy, a little thick, leavea the mouth just slightly dry
O: a really nice beer that I could honestly drink all day everyday, really happy with this switch up for sierra nevadas seasonal brew

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sharemybeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mettkea
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Brushkanna
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dejrrma
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7-$8 for a 6pack, julian dating on bottle: 1362, o December 26, 2011. poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a beautiful copper color with a nice inch of head, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

s- spices (a good deal of pepper), light hops, some bready scents, and a little sweetness

t- tastes a lot hoppier than the smell would lead you to believe. it's bitter, with dry spices, and lots of pine resin.

m- medium bodied and carbonation. leaves your mouth dry and with some of the resiny texture.

o- i wasn't expecting too much from this beer, but it gave me a nice surprise. this is an awesome beer, and i would buy again.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Nonic

A: excellent lacing with a medium to fine bubble, coppery color with a bit of a reddish tone but also a bit watery looking

S: nice citrus hops, a very firm malt undertone, not as much rye spice as i may have expected

T: good round citrus hops that go from sweet to a more bitter rind character, the rye bite follows that up and a nice base of malts

M: Good tang from the hops, medium-dry in the finish

O: Another solid line-up to the Sierra Nevada stable. I wish the appearance had a bit more oomph and the nose more of the rye, but the flavor and feel are good and for that I thank the brewers.

Photo of John1985
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale pours a dark gold with an inch head that laces beautifully down the pint glass. Aroma of rye with citrus. Taste starts out with a mildly spicy rye flavor balanced with citrus hops. Medium body makes this very sessionable and finishes very smooth for IPA. Wow I never knew rye beers could be so flavorful.

Another home run by Sierra Nevada. I enjoyed this much more than last year's bock. This was affordable and full of flavor!

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and coppery with a thick yellow/beige cap. Good head retention, foamy lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, grassy and a bit spicy, slightly nutty and sugary malts. Sturdy pine resin bitterness, dry nuttiness, spicy and citrusy, a bit oily and grassy with some burnt sugar in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation was a little creamy, light dryness from the grains, nice texture overall. A solid offering that's full of rye and hops. Recommended.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is dark, sugary, and has a nice rye bite.

It poured dark copper with a two-finger tan head. It left a good amount of thick rings of lace on the glass. Rye is very imposing--it dominates the aroma and grabs right away in the flavor. What remains is very sweet, almost cotton candy-sweet. It leaves a nice burn on the tongue and the back of the throat. There is no forgeting this beer.

Ruthless Rye is good, and a nice departure from most readily available IPAs; however, it's not as good as most of those, and this might not be fair, but it's no Hop Rod Rye.

Photo of WIBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of LeoPanna
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single from EuroMarket in Queens, NY. It's my go to local beer store.

Served in a tulip... Cloudy amber red/brown.. reminds me of an autumn afternoon in NY. I love the head (yes i know) on this one, it's a loose froth, sticking randomly along the sides of the glass...

Rye and hops in the nose, as expected.. incredibely smooth mouthfeel asI get a good dose of rye and hops on the tongue. This hops add a citrus brightness to the flavor. Roasted barley and rye finish off the ride...

I am now a fan of rye beers. Ruthless Rye is inexpensive, well-balanced and, most important, tasty...

Photo of kevanb
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rye IPA from Sierra Nevada pours a deep amber color, lots of caramel hues along with some garnet and burgundy colors when held to the light. A nice ivory colored head sits atop the glass, very nice retention and really nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is pleasant, citrusy and grassy, reminiscent of lemongrass, is the first impression. Rye is definitely there complimenting the lemongrass with some earthier spice-like aromas, backed by a nice grainy malt presence that the rye also compliments, very well rounded aroma. Nice earthy flavor profile, a lot less citrus in the hop flavors but replaced with nice coniferous flavors. The rye is again a big player, much stronger, some caramel sweetness that plays off both the rye and the malt comes through at the finish. The body is a bit soapy, a little juicy, but still has a decent dry finish, and amply carbonated.

Verdict: A nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada, not sure I’d say it’s better than Torpedo, but it’s got a nice mix of flavors that makes for a solid hoppy beer with a little something extra.

Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours an clear amber/orange color with an off white head, nice lacing

S- was citrus,malts, light rye, lemongrass

T-grapefruit hops,citrus notes with spice and pine

M- medium carbonation, crisp with hops and rye

O- tasty ipa with a fair amount of rye,hops

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

a: clear copper in color with a fluffy two finger thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a good amount of time.

s: lots of citrus and pine hop aroma. there is a subtle malty grain-like aroma too. the amount of citrus is surprising. i wonder if they torpedo'd this?

t: citrus and pine hop flavor dominate again, but it's not too bitter and has a pretty nice malt backbone to keep everything well balanced....that subtle bite from the rye is there, but to be honest i wouldn't have guessed this rye IPA (discounting the color, of course). very good.

m: smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel.

awesome beer. recommended. i just hope they didn't replace Glissade with this. there aren't enough Helles Bocks anymore.

Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a pillowy frothy off white head that slowly settles leaving a wall of lacing.

The aroma is big on the grapefruit hops; very fresh, juicy and floral. The rye provides a subtle pepper spice and sour scent. Aroma reminds me of a notched up SNPA.

The flavor is a mix of grapefruit and pine. Juicy grapefruit kicks things off, then transitions into some piney bitterness. This is supported by a bready malt; sour and peppery from the rye. Has a nice general toasty-ness to the beer.

Moderate feel is prickly carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not too strong; a bit of a hoppy metallic aftertaste.

Very nice IPA. The hops hide much the rye has to offer but that seems on par for the style.

Photo of zonalax
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of coldriver
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with great head and lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine with sharp rye malt. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, and grass hops, and peppery rye (kind of salty as well). Medium body with dry finish. Very happy to have this new seasonal from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brown color with two frothy creamy fingers of foam. Smell is hoppy and grassy with a hint if spice.

Tastes of those classic Sierra Nevada hops, mixed with pepper and of course rye. Complex flavor that needs to be sipped on awhile to figure out. Faily easy drinking ipa/rye brew. Very enjoyable.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,609 ratings.