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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,450
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 321 | 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 BeerDawgs
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden copper with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace all over the glass

S - Very piny hops. Smells like weed!

T - Extremely hoppy, as expected. Piny hops.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, but well balanced.

O - A good rye beer. Too bitter to be a regular for me, but good nonetheless

BeerDawgs, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head. Great concentric lace.

S: Spicy grain with a lot of pine, classic Sierra Nevada.

T: Heavy hop resin flavour with a clear rye bread taste. A bit alcohol in the finish, but a solid effort.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, resiny, with a medium aftertaste.

O: A good beer from Sierra Nevada, better than Glissade for sure, something to tide one over until Bigfoot hits.

Halcyondays, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint at 47 degrees. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, 1.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thin consistent skim. Creamy, textured bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat forward - earthy/herbal/peppery/spicy with just a trace of citrus. Taste follows nose - this beer, has a very prominent herbal/spicy character almost akin to a rustic bread and a farmhouse cheese pairing. Once the spice resides, a residual biscuity quality expresses itself, finishing with a slightly bitter/earthy hops presence. Mouthfeel is very pleasant; medium-light in body with a lively, almost bright carbonation and just a touch of acidity. Overall, I think this is an interesting take on the style; something of an American IPA/Rye beer hybrid. Flavors are distinct and complex, albeit there is not much in the way of a hops presence. Also, I find that one in a sitting is enough in that the flavors are a bit too assertive for prolonged consumption. That said, I'm happy to see a major craft brewer take on a Rye beer - nice job SN.

Jwale73, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +3.1%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden copper color with a good sized white head that persists and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of garlic, green onion, and pepper mostly. There's a faint bready malt down there somewhere, but this one is all hops. Taste is more garlic and onion with a bit of spice and pepper. Little to no malt to be found. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice rye IPA but a bit vegetative for my tastes. I could drink these, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek these.

johnnnniee, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a foamy cream colored head.

Aroma gets off to a loust start with a rubber cement character that subtly mellows into an herbal leafy hop smell. Saved.

The flavor is decidedly herbal, leafy, soapy, earthy hops with some rye spiciness poking through on the mid - palette and finish - beneath all those herbal hops.

Medium body with a bitter hop finish that reprises all or most of the previous aromas and flavors - even the rubber cement.

My crystal ball is cloudy on whether this will go over big or not, so maybe spring 2012 will be your only chance to try this. I enjoyed mine with Wildspitz cheese, green olives and a baguette. I took a gamble and it worked out.

dedrinker, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of SammyB
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SammyB, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of wrycon
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very clear amber. Really clear - like the lovechild of an amber and a West coast IPA. A lot of rye in the nose. Smells similarly to their Northern Harvest, but with some lighter pine undertones. You can catch some citrus on the top, as well. Hmm, this is interesting. Quite thick to start with no real identity. Then the rye, grain and bread notes explode and make it taste almost like an American lager. The pine notes push their way forward on the back end and try to substantiate the IPA claim. I'm not catching much citrus, just a lot of pine and rye. It's ok, but nothing I'd regularly drink.

Like it? It's OK

wrycon, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +16%

awdturboiv, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of tfidler
4.5/5  rDev +16%

tfidler, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of druptight
4/5  rDev +3.1%

druptight, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of gcotts
3/5  rDev -22.7%

gcotts, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of shcufj
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to tall tulip glass.

A: Deep copper, light amber color. Solid, white effervescent head, dissipated quickly. some lacing

S: Strong hop aroma, with floral and very slight citrus hints. I also picked up some peppery notes on the nose

T: Nicely balanced malty, hoppy, and rye flavors. Finish was a peppery hoppy flavor, with the hops diminishing first

M: Medium bodied and crisp mouth feel, adequate if not slightly over carbonated.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The rye coupled with an already very nice IPA created a nice drinking experience. Overall, I highly recommend this beer and will probably always have a few in the fridge.

shcufj, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange with a big white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smells like fresh citrus fruit peel, mainly grapefruit. Some bready, musty rye and interesting sourness.

Taste is also very citrusy with lots of bitterness. Rye comes through in pungent yet welcomed tang. Not much sweetness or backbone to speak of.

Fairly light body with biting carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

Pretty good overall. Decent release from SN.

TheMultiYeast, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep dark copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Towering head from a not-so-aggressive pour that dissipated very, very slowly.
Aroma was just a little malty when the head was around. Once the head subsided the hop and spicy rye aroma kicked in. Pine, citrus notes blending very well with spicy rye notes.
Taste compliments the aroma very well. The spice from the rye hits the palate straight up on the tongue. In the middle the hop bitterness takes over all the way to the finish. The bitterness in the finish doesn't linger around too much though. Very well balanced and easy to drink brew. The rye definitely makes its presence felt. Not sure if I would call it "ruthless" though, it is definitely a solid and robust beer, but ruthless ? Not sure about that. Very good lacing around the insides of the glass.
Overall, a very drinkable and tasty beer from Sierra Nevada.
Definitely worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of aorloski
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one pours a very dark orange lingering on a nice brown hue with a very tiny head. Not a lot of lacing or alcohol legs. Color is great but a little weirded out about how little of a head mine poured.

Smell - Spice right up front followed by that classic columbus hop sierra nevada profile.

Taste - I was expecting a little more IPA than rye beer in this one but it may be the other way around for me. Its a great tasting beer, the spice is right up front wrapped up in nice pacific hops with a hint of a maltyness which brings it all together. Dont come looking for tropical fruits or extreme pine in this one, rather a hoppy beer with a spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and leaves a nice sugary aftertaste in my mouth.

Overall - A good, not great beer. I really enjoy it and glad i picked up a 12 pack and easily would do it again, i love sierra nevada.

aorloski, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a golden brown color with a brown hue. Thick off-white foam.
Smells fantastic! At first its just hops, but on second smell, its more complex. I smell a large amount of oakey vanilla and a maybe bourbon. Everyone keeps talking about the spice or pepper; but I just dont smell it or taste it - (ok, maybe a slight amount in the finish)
Taste is very mild. I was expecting a bit more by the great aroma. But its still very good and not overpowering. Taste is of hops, and a bit of malts. That oakey vanilla returns for a split second and finishes with the rye.
Overall, this brew is super smooth and mild, but has a really nice flavour. Worth a try for sure.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited about this new SN release. 12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a dense, creamy ivory head that settles to a thick cap and leaves lots of spotty lacing. Sierra Nevada always makes the prettiest beer!
S - Mmm...big, pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and tangerine with a spicy, earthy rye malt backbone.
T - Very smooth-tasting, with a decent amount of American hops (lots of grapefruit and pine resin) and a moderately sweet and spicy rye malt profile that lingers on the palate for some time. This isn't as hoppy as I expected from the nose, reminds me a bit of SN Pale Ale with rye added. Not a bad thing at all, but perhaps I was expecting a touch more.
M - Smooth and very slick, slightly oily mouthfeel. Medium-bodied overall, with below-average carbonation.
O - A solid addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup, I'll look forward to drinking much of this.

jsanford, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev +3.1%

karatebartender, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper body with a frothy off-white one and a half finger head.

S- Grapefruit, pine, and a pepperiness from the rye. Smells great.

T- Nice. I get the grapefruit up front followed by the pininess from the vintage SN cascade hops. The rye gives it a spicy, peppery taste. Only a tad of bitterness from the hops. Good stuff.

M- Medium-bodied. It goes down smooth and has a bit of a slick feel to it.

O- Im not huge into the rye beers as some, but this is good. Its not as good as the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, but I would drink this and the Founders Red's Rye PA again. Sierra Nevada knows how to make good beers...another winner by them.

BeerFiend2002, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Abrandonship
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Abrandonship, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clarity of this beer was astonishing, and with its copper-orange color, it was truly eye pleasing. The one-finger head was very bubbly leaving excellent lacing and a thin film along the outside of the glass.
The nose of this beer is very earthy. A grassiness resonates throughout the smell with a subtle citrus backbone. The addition of rye provides a spiciness that is quite pleasant and aromatic. Underneath the rye and hop character a sweet malt backbone creates a well-balanced aroma.
The taste profile is quite short and somewhat uneventful. There was a burst of grassy hops along with the spiciness of the rye, which was excellent, but this mouth party almost immediately ended with a very dry finish. I was hoping for the rye to play a greater role in the taste profile, but it was overpowered by the hops.
The mouthfeel was quite light, and coupled with minimal carbonation, was somewhat disappointing.
This a good beer, but not a great beer. I wanted it to excel in every way, but it just measured up to other rye beers out there.

PEIhop, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of adsomers
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear deep amber color. Thick rocky head. Minimal carbonation.

S - Not bursting forth with hop aromas as I usually find in a west coast IPA, including those with rye. It's a welcome departure, as the earthy grain aromas are very nice to contemplate. However I detect a bit of sulphur or something that reminds me of an old tavern smell, if that makes any sense.

T - I think the rye really comes out in this beer with a richness I've only experienced in Rugbrød from The Bruery. Has a deep bready, earthy, and slightly spicy quality that I just can't get enough of. This is balanced by plenty of bitterness and citrusy hop character.

M - The low carbonation brings malty character to the foreground and weighs down the mouthfeel a bit, and this is a good thing!

D - 6.6 Abv makes this a two-pinter, or a great. It's very tasty, digestible, and easy to drink. Score SN!

adsomers, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hoagie1973, Jan 20, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,450 ratings.