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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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Ratings: 4,731
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 485 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this IPA in a ruthless nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Two-fingers of off-white, beige and puffy foam, It dies slowly and leaves behind a great deal of sticky sheet lace full of popped bubbles.

The body is a transparent amber-copper. There is absolutely no carbonation in the glass.

Smell- A spicy wheat scent greets me immediately. There is also a piney flavor hop adding a degree of complexity.

Taste- The start of the drink has some of the peppery and smooth rye. Bitterness quickly follows up and gives a grassy and piney flavor. There is some earthiness in the finish. The flavors are distinct, and maybe slightly simple, but they work well together.

Mouth feel- Great smooth body that has a big and medium feel. So easy to drink, it is kind of silly.

Overall- The rye adds a spicy quality to the front of the beer. Otherwise, the flavors of the hops are piney and grassy. I think they are complimentary, and the bitterness of the IPA is nice.

The feel is also impressive. This fits Sierra Nevada's Modus Operandi of being a solid beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of Swim424
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured bottle into great divide pint glass

A-sort of a copper amber color. nice head that fell slow leaving a thin layer on top.

S-a bit piny. a little caramel malt smell. pretty weak scent

T-seems mostly hops. not enough malt. the hops flavor is overpowering.

MF-thin-medium body. Average carbonation.

O-nothing special. Love the hops but needs a bit more malt to it. Not to bitter but the hop flavor doesn't seem right for this one.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AlecGuinness
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nrs207
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass, drenching the sides with a heavy latticework of sticky lace. This has quite the robust look to it. Wow, the rye has a huge presence here, with a bold spicy graininess that just drives the nose forward. This mixes with underlying notes of caramel and citrus to really impart a rich spicy twang, with some leafy floral edges that lend this a bit of airiness in the nostrils as well.

The taste really had some kick to it, with that rye being just as bold here and sticking to a fresh citric bitterness, propelling spice and pith out into the mouth. A caramel sweetness hangs on the edges, barely getting the hops balanced out before a final wave of rye swoops in to finish this dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels equal parts crisp and smooth in the mouth, thanks to a good bit of oily slickness to the carbonation that really keeps this sleek feeling.

This is about as good of a Rye beer as I’ve had in a while. This just has a perfect amount of rye here, working with that bright feeling IPA base to really give this a crisp and flavorful bite. This was so easy drinking as well, especially considering the higher ABV and the overall intensity of the flavors. SN really nailed this. I think I’m going to go have another…

Photo of waltonc
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of whatthehull
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - nice amber/burnt sienna, one finger white decipating head and some lacing

S - very yeasty, nice spice, huge sweet malt, nice huge earthy hop, citrus, flowers, earth, sugar, nice fruit and more hops

T - spice, nice fruit, citrus, great malts, funky but very nice yeast, wood, soil, sugar and just great hops

M - medium plus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity and long finish

D/O - SN makes nice beer. Always easy to drink and always clean, crisp and refreshing! I hope this one sticks around! If you like craft ale at all, you will love this shit

Final thought - nice 6+% abv and around $12 a 12, great price! One of my favorite everyday'ers!

Photo of SurlyDisciple
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Motozappa
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pajeff
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of McBraniel
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper pour with a mild soapy, white looking head.

S - Grapefruit, grassy, earthy, and spiciness all wrapped in with a little pungency. The aroma is unique and pushes toward bold.

T - The taste follows the nose: pepper spice, grapefruit bitterness, pine, floral, some grassy/earthiness, and a little bit of alcohol at the end of the sip. Leaves the mouth with a coating of rye, citrus/pine, and floral bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body.

O - Unique and worth a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh I kind of hate rye IPA's since they leave the palate so dry but this one was pretty nice.

A - Looks pretty dark, darker than a normal IPA with a good amount of sticky foam. Lacing is good too.

S - Rye really didn't stand out much in the smell maybe as a peppery aspect, strong earthy hops, good amount of bread malts too.

T - Not as bad as I expected they got the finish down without too much drying. Taste is hoppy at first then the rye clocks you pretty hard then the bread finish smooths it out.

M - Medium bodied even though balanced I still am not a huge fan.

Overall defiantly a good beer but not something I would seek out again. Was like the rye version of the "northern hemisphere IPA" which I liked a lot too. Good if you love the style.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours caramel colored with a 2" light tan head. Lacing rims and remains at the top of the glass.

S- Spicy/earth notes from the rye and also pine hops.

T- Semi-sweet spicy malts, slight citrus flavor but earthy/spicy notes dominate this beer. Nice pine hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation, slight oily feel and creaminess in this beer.

O- This is a good beer but would classify it as more of a rye than a ipa. Definitely woudn't be a go to ipa for me but I will buy this again.

Photo of sagefool
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just saw this at the grocery, in between my standby Torpedo IPA and a shelf down from the Ranger.

My. Lord.

I'm a Hophead by definition. My other non-hoppy "go-tos" are Spaten Optimator and Negro Modelo, mainly because it's a long drive to anything better. I used to be DFH all the way, but the price tends to get in the way.

I thought Torpedo was the best thing Sierra Nevada had going (big fan of their Kellerweizen, as well).

This is the IPA I have been searching for. It's just incredible. Great pour into a pilsner glass with a 2" head that slowly dissipated.

Strong hops up front, with a peppery finish on the back end. Doesn't leave you with that bloated feel you get when you've had too many of the Torpedo.

Malts are in the background, where I like them. Haven't had any spicy food with this yet, but I believe this beer can hold its own.

My new "King of the IPAs".

Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, there was a definite pine aroma to this one....very west coast IPA-like. As it opened up, the spicy character of the rye was more obvious.

At first, I definitely got the floral hops that SN is quite famed for. Very nice...much like Celebration. However, clearly soon thereafter the nice, spicy rye bread taste undercurrent was clearly noticeable as well and paired quite nicely with the hops. The finish had a little grain on it along with a resinous bitterness that finishes the beer out quite dryly.

Pretty solid IPA all around. The rye gives it a different kick that is quite welcomed.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark copper color with two fingers of off-white head. Sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of rye, grassy hops and black pepper.

Tasted of grassy hops and rye with a warming black pepper note.

Medium bodied and smooth with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

This is one tasty rye from SN and definitely worthy of a try.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lovely amber hue with continuous bubbles. Nice half finger white head dissipating into a wisp.

S - Spicy rye, earthy hops, bitter. Grassy hops and some caramel malt.

T - Bitter earth and grass hops, rye sharpness. Caramel provides some balance. This is about the rye.

M - Medium body, crisp and sharp. Drying finish. Suits the beer wonderfully.

O - Overall a very good beer. Tasty and aromatic, with a body perfectly matched to the flavor.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, sporadic tiny bubbles, foamy off white head that leaves some soap like lacing.

Pepper, rye, citrus and pine. It's pretty in your face.

Pepper, floral, pine, citrus, grapefruit, rye, dough and some dry alcohol at the end.

Light carbonation, I consider this almost a sipper since its so dry.

I was looking forward to this brew for quite sometime. A definitely a solid beer and shouldn't be overlooked.

Photo of Lucasrj
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was bright copper with a 1/2 inch creamy head.

big grapefruit and citrus on the nose, light spice

hop dominating through and through with some light rye spice and light malt backbone. complex mix of citrus and pine hops with light resin.

very moderate carbonation, lightly aggressive.

amazing, this is my new go to beer

Photo of onedogtwodog
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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