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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: 4,652
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 78
Gots: 416 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 FredCat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

A: pours clear light reddish brown, with a light tan two finger head. The head leaves chunky lacing, also the head lingers for awhile as well.
S: peppery rye is first thing I get, followed by pine hop. Aroma reminds me of torpedo with strong pepper note.
T: peppery rye, which I like, something new but not to far left field. Hops are potent but not overly, pine mostly which blends well with the rye black pepper flavor. The rye is even noticeable when breathing across the tongue.
M: flavor lingers around for a good while making it seem heavier than it is.
O: I really like this especially after a month on mostly only drinking torpedo

Photo of olmane
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Finger and a half, very light tan head, copper color with some carbonation, nice lacing

S: Different kinds of hops, bready rye, earthy

T: Hops, spicy rye, dry finish

M: Nice carbonation, creamy/oily, feels less than 6.6% ABV

O: Good rye ipa, but I've had better, the appearance maybe put my expectations a touch higher, still good

Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rhhjr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful orange amber, although it is hinting at red, crystal clear. Very large cream colored head.

S: Certainly a strong American hop scent. Strong pine, and grapefruit aromas, behind that there is a little juniper, and some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of black pepper in the finish.

T: A lot more of the rye comes out in the taste than in the flavor. Definitely a hint of rye bread, and a certain spiciness that says rye. I almost wish that the hop scent carried over into the flavor more, but it seems like the hops are more focused on the bittering. Peppery with some resiny pine and grapefruit, but not the punch I though I would get from the smell. There is a solid earthiness to the finish.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is higher than some, but it seems appropriate. There is almost a softness to it, but the finish comes in with an almost oily, or resinous feel.

O: Overall I think that the focus was a bit too much on the bittering hops, and that the rye almost takes a bit of a backseat. But it is new, and interesting, and tastes good!

Photo of Piotrek
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear dark amber in color with a fairly thick off white head to start which falls somewhat quickly but laces nicely. The smell is typical sierra nevada west coast hops with a touch of something a bit different, a peppery spice likely from the rye. The taste too is much like an IPA but a bit weak in terms of the bitterness. The malt base is relatively solid and again the rye comes through as a bit of extra spice. The body is thick and nicely filling while this beer finishes with a nice lingering spiciness that tends to build as it warms and the session goes on. Overall it is similar to other sierra nevada hop focused beers but as stated earlier a bit weak on the hop bitterness (especially for an IPA). The rye carries throughout which makes it different but I think it could be better.

Photo of 05Harley
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #1362 108 41
Bottled in 2012

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price - $8.40/sixer

An absolutely georgeous looking beer. Pours a deep transparent amber color with a massive three fingered creamy white head. Heavy lacing adorns the glassware and sticks thick. Add a gentle swirl of the glass and bam, another creamy layer appears. Lots of bubbles too.

A soft aroma of earthy hops combined with the spicey rye is dominate. Very faint smell of citrus fruit.

The flavor starts out big with an unmistakeable rye peppery taste followed by a hint of citrus in the middle and ending with a pine hop bite. Sweet caramel malt adds some sweetness but the rye flavor is pretty much in your face from start to finish.

This beer has a medium body with a creamy feel. I really dig the balance between the malt and hops. Finishes slightly dry with a pleasent bitter tingly feel.

Overall quite drinkable for my taste buds. I spent quite a bit of time drinking rye beer in the 90's, so this kind of takes me back. The appearance was the real highlight for me.

Photo of tykees88
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice red colored copper. Two finger rocky off white frothy head. Lacing throughout. Carbonated bubbles continuously coming up.

S- Smells great. A citrus hop aroma followed by the unmistakable rye bread aroma.

T-Taste is great. A malty dry taste up front followed by a citrus purge and a bitter hop bite on the finish.

M-Carbonated perfectly. Medium bodied. Would have no idea this comes in at 6.5.

O-Super nice beer. Make this baby year round please.

Photo of RyanCMcGovern
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can spot a Sierra Nevada head a mile away: always fluffy, always firm, always tons of lace left on the glass. Must be the water they're using. This one is like that, although the foam looks like it rolled around in the dirt before coming to play. The color is a beautiful amber that glistens like a jewel.

Aroma is a nice convergence of the spicy coarseness of rye and the fruitier elements of telltale S.N. citrus-like hops. Not all that bold or intense, more on the subtle side.

Rye can sometimes taste a bit rough, or overly earthy, but here it's mild mannered while the hops pop in a clean citrus peel kind of zing. There's really not much more to it than that, but it's extremely easy to enjoy and is solid all the way around, taste-wise.

At first the feel seemed a little too spritzy/tickling, as with many of this brewer's beers, but then it totally smooths out and brings the flavor on through in a luxurious glide. And that's a cool contrast to the spicy/earthy/husky nature of the rye that tries hard to hang around in the semi-dry finish.

It's funny how similar so many Sierra Nevada beers are, but just tweaked with this hop or that grain...Ruthless Rye is no different. It's got that basic S.N. vibe, but differs just enough from the pack to be worthy of its own name and label. It's hardly ruthless, and it's even a misleading name in that sense, but it is quite good and that's all that really matters, innit?

Photo of JaphyRyder
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Poured a deep red/brown with a textured tan head. A little splotchy lacing

S: Different! The rye gave it a nice spicy nose. Hops come through, as does a tiny bit of caramel malt.

T: I expected a bit more from SN, but by no means was it disappointing. Balanced hops bring an earthy end to the assertive spiciness of the rye malt.

M: Dry and carbonated. I kind of enjoyed drinking a SN brew that did have that oily feel to it.

O: Again, different! Very tasty beer that seems to pop up in the most random places. If it comes to your small town, grab it. This is only my second rye IPA, but now I crave them. I'm on a hunt.

Photo of xdefeatsy
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of random846
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

Ruthless Rye certainly has the look down; a body that mixes brown, orange and red is crowned with a towering head of light tan foam that has ridiculous retention and leaves behind some great lacing.

The aroma has a big dose of citrus, is a little bit spicy and has notes of caramel as well.

Ruthless Rye is bright and citrus-flavored immediately, bringing the hop profile that I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Grapefruit, orange, hints of resin and just a touch of pine combine with considerable bitterness. The spicy, almost peppery rye flavors are noticeable without being overwhelming, with a little bit of caramel and even some powdery cocoa to back it up.

Slightly oily on the tongue with a fairly full body for an IPA. Ample carbonation gives a smooth and creamy feel.

Ruthless Rye is a hoppy beer with rye in the background. If you like Sierra Nevada's other hoppy beers, then you will dig this one if you like rye.

Photo of CEnterPound
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of clumpy tannish head that sticks around for a while. Nice spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S - Spicey smelling. Not sure if it's from the hops or the rye, but it's interesting. Behind that is a slight malty smell. Not too much going on here.

T - Hop bitterness right up front, with a taste of grass and pine. The rye spiciness comes in about mid palate and stays until the finish, lending a dryness at the end.

M - Medium carbonation, and a decent mouthfeel. The dryness is nice.

O - A nice IPA, but it seems kinda lacking. I can't quite place what is wrong with it, but it definitely could be a bit better. I could see this being good on a hot day.

Photo of scootercrabb
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of NorCalDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

In a pint glass the beer was a reddish amber color with a small beige head. There was a little bit of lace.

Spicy rye aroma, some caramel malt. Grassy, herbal hops. A hint of citrus.

Caramel and spicy rye taste. Resinous, piney hops. Grapefruit showed up also.

This was a very crisp, hoppy IPA. Very drinkable.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Safeway on a whim. I'm so glad I did. It's a deep reddish brown color and forms a rocky tan head. The nose is floral and hoppy, but the malt comes through in what some would describe as metallic. It's not. That's spicy rye goodness. It tastes just phenomenal, at any temperature. The hops are very present but completely balanced. People say the malt is spicy, but it's big and complex with a sweet, buttery flavor that lingers on the front of your tongue and in your memory. This is my first rye PA, and it has me wondering if they're all this good. It's a perfect early spring beer and here in Portland it already feels like early spring. This is jut perfect after a long bike ride.

UPDATE!!!: I just read that this bear contains more hop oils than any other Sierra Nevada beer, and I totally agree. It smells like really dank POT. Hops are related to cannabis after all. Betcha didn't know that. BOOM!

Photo of GregSVT
1.8/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark red with a big light tan head that fades to a layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty awful. I get mostly metallic and chemical smells with a bit of rye in there as well. No hop aromas whatsoever. Doesn't smell like beer at all and probably one of the worst I've ever smelled.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. It tastes like nail polish with some rye and a bit of hops. The rye gives it a spicy flavor and the hops add a bit of earthiness on the finish.

M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium with a bit of creaminess from the carbonation.

O: This was a drain pour. The aromas and flavors are weird and the aftertaste keeps the nastiness going. I'd say this is a fail.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,652 ratings.