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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

4,730 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,730
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 484 | 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:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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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
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
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
1.82/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

Photo of areich6
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of thecakes
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint - clear copper-amber body, 1/2" thick white foam, frothy lace

smell: bready, notes of spicy rye, a touch metallic, grassy hops

taste: Pretty tasty stuff - kind of makes you wonder what this beer is capable of with Asheville water and speedy mountain logistics. Peppery, bready, spiced rye, hint of citrus, earthy with moderate bitterness, dry malt.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, quite spicy

overall: pretty abrasive version of the Rye-PA, good though

Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Bito401
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The thing that really caught my eye about this beer was the packaging probably one of the coolest designs on a bottle I've seen in awhile so i Grabbed a six pack of this last friday night. Tried in both Pint glass and bottle. Tasted better out of the bottle.

Color is great
Its sierra nevada so you know it taste good.
over all i give this a 4.0

Photo of moserine
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ZDePaolo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

A - very clear, dark apricot in color

S - citrus, pine, a little peppery

T - very hoppy, grapefruit, rye, a little spice I can't identify

M - light on the mouth

O - I love this beer. Reminds me of the Lagunitas Sucks. Crisp, hoppy, strong citrus, delicious

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous amber with thick creamy head. Nose is floral, herbal, and peppery. The rye certainly shines through nicely, giving it a pleasant hearty rye-grain taste with the assertive hop profile coming right in afterwards. Great balance and interplay of malt and hop flavors.

Photo of dlello2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from "Lifesource",Salem. OR. $1.59 I really dig the label on this one. Appearance? Slightly murky amber with a nice big frothy,thick eggshell white head. Aroma..slightly pungent hop,slight toasted cereal malt, spiciness that might be rye. Flavour again has the slightly pungent hop and a nice thick coffee/roasty malt and indeed a fair rye spice about it. OK mouth-feel though not out of the ordinary. A good beer but not stellar.

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

another great sierra seasonal. pours a gorgeous deep copper color with a lively white head fluffy as can be. smells fresh hops and spicy pumpernickel bread. flavor is quite hoppy, but its butter and sweet. resiny hops. also theres the rye coming in after the hops, sturdy but light on the tongue. mouthfeel is nice too, most rye beers turn my off by sitting in my gut, but this one is down easy, mucho sessionable. love the finish here, stands up well to pickled garlic and asiogo flatbread. even though sierra is expanding, their beer is still as good as any micro operation in the country. i pray it stays that way

Photo of jfrank85
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a dogfish head snifter. This beer has a sticky head that lasts for days. Copious amounts of lacing down the glass that sticks like glue. Deep copper red color, bright crystal clear. Beautiful.
S- Spicy. Touch of citrus hops, slightly earthy and grassy.
T- " ", crisp and fresh, pumpernickel bread taste. Touch of citrus from hops almost resinous, grainy.
M- Medium but crisp. Bright
O- Wow, I'm in love. I am quite partial to rye beers as it it but this one is amazing. From presentation to taste it is both appealing and tasty. Would recommend highly.

Photo of SlenderArrow
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA. Since this is a seasonal release, I decided to give it a shot while it was available.

Purchase price: $9.99/6pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass

A - Pours a translucent, amber/reddish orange color. A one finger, fluffy head on the initial pour that fades after a few minutes. Leave a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A great smelling beer. Lots of earthy hoppiness.

T - A decent beer. The initial taste is of bitter hops mixed with a grassy/earthy background. I'm not getting much of the rye taste I was expecting. Slighly spicy. This beer needs a bit more sweetness to balance it out, in my opinion. That being said, I loved the hoppiness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - A medium consistency. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - A beer that I enjoyed but wasn't overwhelmed with. If you enjoy a bitter, hoppy beer, give it a try. I'll have no problem finishing the remaining bottles.

Cheers!

Photo of vitters03
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
2012, 6.6% ABV, 135012000 on label (Dec. 15, 2011)

A - From the brilliant art that adorns the label to the sexy appearance in the pint, Ruthless Rye looks stunning; light bronzy amber in color, it's chill haze and minimal condensation are the only two things keeping it from perfect clarity. The moderate light khaki head lingers quite lengthily before delicately decorating the pint in lace.

S - Sierra Nevada knows their hops, that much is certain. This beer's aroma cements that unequivocally. There's a pleasant, inviting quality to the juicy aroma of the hops that works so well juxtaposed to the rye! Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit put a tropical spin on the peppery, aggressive nature of the rye. A swirl brings fourth pine and grassy earth tones, adding further depth.

T - Hoppy through and through, the exotic fruitiness passively combats the hearty rye in here. Toasted malt falls just behind the peppery, raw, unrelenting rye flavor.

M - It wouldn't be a proper Sierra Nevada without loads of bitterness! Fantastic balance between the moderate carbonation, medium body, and sharp finish, Ruthless Rye is pretty smooth despite being rugged. This one's not too ruthless in fact.

O - Sierra Nevada strikes gold again! Behind the cutting edge band-wagon-jumping of rye beers, it's clear this beer was perfected before being unleashed into the market. Spectacular balance of aggressive hops, this review bottle went far too fast.

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
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,730 ratings.