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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
88
very good

4,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,608
Reviews: 1,051
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 72
Gots: 374 | 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 ixodus
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a small off white head that hold decently. The lacing is insane.

S: Sweet caramel, lemon, grapefruit, pine resin, spicy rye, biscuits.

T: Bitter piney hops upfront, grapefruit and lemon follow. Backbone is grainy malt, caramel and a mild rye spiciness. Clean, flavorful, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied leaning towards the lighter side. Carbonation is moderate giving a nice prickliness on the tongue.

O: Overall a delicious and refreshing beer. Missing Glissade? Not really.

Photo of TheSarge
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Makes a great two finger thick head, with a color of off white. The body is copper in color and is not hazy at all.

The aroma is perfumy, lemony, with a hint of toffee.

Taste wise, it's malty upfront with caramel sweetness, then citrusy hops of lemon character kicks in. In the end there is an even sweeter taste that kicks in... Somewhat like a chocolate covered candied orange slice.

Feels mildly carbonated, medium in body, and refreshing to the palate.

Overall this is a very well balanced brew, and the rye really ads some depth to the typical IPA offerings that SN pushes out.

Photo of dezibob
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jamescain
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours a clear dark amber-brown with a creamy off white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing. The aroma is more earthy then I was expecting, but I guess that's what the rye adds. There are notes of pine and citrus with spicy earthy aromas. The taste of the beer is also very earthy and spicy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is medium-high and perhaps bordering on too high, but is still quite drinkable due to its medium body. Good beer, glad I tried it, but wont go out of my way to seek it out again.

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

On tap at the Dutch pours a nice amber capped by a foamy off white head with good retention. Nose is light pine and citrus, slight caramel malt. Taste is cutting pine and citrus underbalanced by slight malt and rye. Rye is good and refreshing with the pine. Medium bodied. Yum.

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

On-tap @ Brewers Haven, Boise ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Clear dark straw color with shades of brown...minimal off-white head and lacing.

S: Signature Sierra Nevada hop profile here...piney, resiny hop bitterness. There is also a more upfront grainy spiciness, which I'm assuming is the rye...notes of a toasted malt backbone in the grain bill.

T: Follows the nose, tons of resiny hop notes & high bitterness, herbal earthiness...tobacco leaf, hemp seed, pine needles. A bit of toasted caramel malt carries the body along.

MF: Moderate (for an IPA). Dry and bitter. Medium carbonation.

O: Definitively earthy, herbal, spicy, hoppy and bitter. Decent Rye IPA from SN.

Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Nice ruby appearance with a lacy head that doesn't stick around too long. Rich aroma full of earthy hops with a little bit of the rye that comes through the hops, very nice. Complex in taste, lots of hops that battle around with the rye in a good way. Lots of earthy hop notes that take over and don't let the rye flavors through as much as I'd like. A little on the thin side and doesn't last for too long. Overall really good, nice addition by SN.

Photo of woodenbones
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Photo of PirateBier
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Arkadin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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.

Photo of gvacca
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 4,608 ratings.