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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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87
very good

4,497 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,497
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 69
Gots: 335 | 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 rawla
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tom Collins glass off a fresh bottle from Trader Joe's Lake Merritt, in Oakland CA.

A:Ruby Red, Cinammon, and Brown hues. Creamy, 2 inch head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted yams, grapefruit, pine needles. A very decadent aroma. The Rye incorporates a grainy, sweet subtle finish in the nose.

T: Sesame seed, pine needles, and fresh grapefruit. The tastes seem to be all over, but they work magnificently. The Rye gives the IPA a peppery, light feel; whereas the hops provide a decent bouquet of flavor. Well done.

M: Light mouth feel.

O: Another solid offering from SN. The Rye gives the classic West Coast IPA an interesting flavoring. Will drink again.

rawla, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bpackertx, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ahq514
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface, seems to have a higher amount of carbonation. Solid two finger head, that is a fluffy off white. Good lacing throughout the glass.

Fairly straight forward aroma. Lots of rye and a healthy dash of citrusy and floral hops. Reminds of a less intense, more malt focused Founders reds rye.

Very nice. Right up front is a malty sweetness followed by a moderate amount of rye, with a light spicy character. Then the hops come through, a bitter herbal quality with some bright citrus undertones. I want to know what the experimental hops they used were, because I dig it. Definitely a more malt focused ipa, but I like it. A good hop character that doesn't outshine the malt. Lingering dry bitterness.

Good medium body. A little high on the carbonation. Very drinkable.

A great beer from SN. So glad they replaced Glissade with this. Not as hoppy as the top Rye Beers, but just as good IMO. Glad I invested in a 6 pack. If it was year round I would definitely keep this regularly stocked in my fridge.

ahq514, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of PirateBier
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a dark copper amber, half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, a hint of citrus and light fruit. Interesting rich flavor of sweet malt and rye with citrus, a slight sourness and earthiness, probably from the rye. Sharp pleasant finish of hops and rye. I liked this flavor combination quite a bit. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Nicely done rye beer.

LiquidAmber, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves good sized bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some grassy and citric hops.

Tastes of the bready malts with a spicy and hoppy ending. A bit of sweet malts lead off with toasted bread, caramel, and nuttiness. Rye adds in with its spiciness. Hops then come through with grassy, citric, and pine notes, along with a moderate bitterness. Everything blends together really well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer and I think it can hang with the likes of Hop Rod Rye.

ocelot2500, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of keanex
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 2012 bottle with no freshness date.

A: Beautiful, clear dark amber with a towering light tan foam head. This is a beer that looks like it wants to be drunk!

S: Slight rye spice with earthy notes and slight citrus.

T: Really spicey from the rye from start to finish they really are ruthless with the rye. It sort of overpowers the flavor sadly, there's a slight grapefruit bite at the end, but this is very one-dimensional. I'm not liking this very much.

M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

O: I was expecting more from this, it's not very well balanced, but thankfully it is priced decently. Even so, I won't be buying it again, Hop Rod is a much better option.

keanex, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Arkadin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Arkadin, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ralphw56, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Steimie, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of industrialswill
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I'm met with is the very attractive, picturesque label.
Ruthless Rye has a reddish brown hue and a very pretty glow.
The taste is what I expect from a Sierra Nevada IPA...outstanding.
The balance of citrus and malt flavors are augmented with the bold flavor of rye. They have executed this combination in such a way to make it seem like this is a brew that they have been doing for generations.
As usual, Sierra Nevada has introduced an outstanding beer to a lineup that is already logjammed full of excellent selections.
It will be interesting to see if this one becomes a "keeper" or not.

industrialswill, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper color with a large and dense white head on top that leaves a fair amount of lace behind. Hops dominate the aroma up front with a nice citrusy grapefruit character and a touch of herbalness. Just a hint of biscuity and bready malt character in the background.

First sips reveals more rye flavor than the aroma gave off. Nice balance of bright and citrusy hops with a hearty malt backbone. Finish isn't incredibly bitter but it does give just enough kick to satisfy. Mouthfeel is typical of a well crafted Sierra Nevada brew. Smooth and creamy texture and slightly drying in the finish.

Overall, Ruthless Rye gives us another quality brew from the great brewers at Sierra. Wasn't a big fan of Glissade myself so I'll happily take this as a replacement.

Kinsman, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of gvacca
4.5/5  rDev +16%

gvacca, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours with a reddish orange color with nice carbonation cascading from the bottom up. The foam is about 1" thick and is creamy looking. The foam dissaptes to a thin foam but but does not dissappear completely and the "legs" of foam remain on the glass with every taste.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, and some grain.

T - Nice hops, with grapefuit, and some hints of grains and nuts. The taste is nice and clean and leaves a nice bitter hop finish.

M - A nice beer with no heaviness but just clean hop flavor.

O - I like this beer and I believe it will be well received in the brew pubs and stores all over. I am glad I came across this beer because this 12 pack was the last of this beer in the store.

beerenjoyer1, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber red with a nice finger of light cream colored head that slowly dissipates and leaves great lacing.

S - Rye blast, bready/caramel malts, spicy citrus hops.

T - Spices & Rye mostly, caramel, citrusy hops, plenty of pepper type spices. Bit of a bite at the finish. Rye heavy but well balanced

M - Medium/lighter body, pretty refreshing, nice carbonation.

O - More intense on the rye the other similar brews. Quite spicy but well balanced, refreshing. definitely solid.

MacQ32, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This clear orange-red brew forms a tan head that speaks to its substance. Beginning nearly two fingers tall, the furthest it recedes to is half a finger and strong, dropping lacing quite heavily down the glass.
Ryr bursts out on the nose accompanies by floral hops. Upon inspection, the hops exhibit more depth as citrus and pine come out. The aroma also offers toffee and caramel with grassiness.
Malts amd hops balance as well in the flavor. This beer is pretty well hopped with a light malty swertness accompanied by that of citrus, while a big earthiness with somr rye spiciness remains ftom start to finish. It's also noticably pithy from middle to finish.
Quite dry in the mouthfeel, this beer offers a blend of crispness in the front and smoothness from middle to lingering finish with neither taking preference.

Brenden, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of danielp215
4.5/5  rDev +16%

danielp215, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours orange in color with an off-white head. Starts off with a good citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange, just a bit of sweet malt. There is some nice rye and pine aroma, too. The flavor is a bit maltose than expected. Moderate sweetness with lots of rye, pine, and floral hops. Citrus peel adds a touch more bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

justinlaz, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of caljrjr
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

caljrjr, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mrebeka, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a redish/ruby color with a foamy 2 finger head that quickly fades leaving some spotty lacing.

S - The rye is very prodominant... maybe too much. It almost has a rubbery smell, like a balloon. Interesting...

T/M - The rye isn't as overwhelming in the taste as it is in the smell, but it's definately there. I do think that it overpowers the hop profile of this IPA. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

O - An interesting IPA to say the least. Sadly, I'm missing that hop profile that I so look forward to in a good IPA. Glad I tried it, but will not buy again.

Rizalini, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Franz4, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Merkur
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Beer pours a nice rich rich reddish color. Very little head.

Beer smells strongly of rye with a bit of citrusy hops.

Taste starts off a tad sweet and citrusy, followed by some bready malts on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel that is a tad thicker than most ipas.

Overall a nice Rye IPA

Merkur, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say, I love the label for this one. It reminds me of Castlevania art.

Poured a clear darkish amber with an off-white head, turns to a ring quickly but retains well while leaving some nice lacing.

Scent is definitely rye-ish, some bready malts and hops.

Taste is also big on the rye, not so much big on the IPA, but there is a decent amount of spicy hops and some pine and earthiness. Big toasty and bready malts in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation, nicely done.

Maybe the most rye-forward beer I've had thus far, not overtaken by the hops like some rye beers. It's not the greatest but it was good, wouldn't mind having it again, easy drinking.

Chico1985, Jan 25, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,497 ratings.