1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

4,312 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,312
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 62
Gots: 261 | FT: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,312 | Reviews: 1,037 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of redleaves
redleaves

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, creamy head, nose of fresh hops grass and horse blanket, unsmoked pot, hay, deliciously unique aroma. Flavor is creamy, peppery, fresh hop, but not too intense. Full malt backbone. Light fruit and caramel, a unique IPA, very delicious, I'll drink quite a few more of these before summer. How this larger craft brewery keeps pounding out these awesome beers is beyond me.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:06:05 | More by redleaves
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #107
Served On: 01/12/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.6%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Another one from the huge selection at Ye Old Spirits Shop in Frederick. I wasn't sure if I'd find this anywhere in my area.

Look: Poured a brilliant clear orangeish copper color. Head was off-white foam that reduced to a uniform film. Great carbonation.

Smell: Strong piney hops with some sweet rye in the background. There was also a tangy Belgian quality in the nose; like what you would expect in a Belgian blonde or witbier.

Taste: Grassy pine was upfront with a brief moment of sweetness. Then the rye kicked in and lead into a bitter grassy finish. Aftertaste was a real nice hop bitterness that seemed to dry up the palate.

This is another great beer from SN. Rye beers seem to be far and few between; I'd say this one sets the standards as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:52:33 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of biggred1
biggred1

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with brassy highlights and big rocky head of tan foam that slowly melts to soft peaks leaving scraps of lace on the glass. Pine resin and grapefruit rind with a decent whiff of spicy rye and toasted barley. Grainy and spicy malt with rye and a touch of tobacco leaf and mint. The hop flavors are nice and piney with a taste of candied citrus fruit but well balanced in the scheme of flavors going on here. The medium body feels about right for a 6% IPA and the carbonation is bright. A major improvement over the Glissade Bock in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:46:57 | More by biggred1
Photo of Daniel9913
Daniel9913

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-13-2012 01:10:41 | More by Daniel9913
Photo of rwf08
rwf08

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-13-2012 00:49:41 | More by rwf08
Photo of MrOH
MrOH

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper with two fingers of off-white head, great retention. Lots of lacing.

Apples, citrus, bread, caramel, some slight tropical notes. Kinda reminds me of sticky buns.

Sweet breadiness upfront, then citrus hop flavors with a long firm bitterness that transitions to a dryness that I attribute to the rye. Quite tasty.

Definitely on the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation. Just right and it accentuates the flavors.

Pretty damn good, one of the better rye beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:30:44 | More by MrOH
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-hued body with a noted clarity and capped by a tall, off-white head. Fair smattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Firmly grassy, citrusy nose with a good pinch of lemon pepper seasoning, rather well ahead of the pale malted barley.

Taste: Bready, pale malts with the expected spicy rye malt character. Lightly sweet upfront, a sweetness that soon fades away as the bitterness accumulates on the tongue. Citrusy flavors of pithy grapefruit and sweet orange zest. A bit more grainy on the back half. Fairly peppery throughout. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Another Sierra Nevada IPA with a twist of rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:51:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of alamode
alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 19:08:59 | More by alamode
Photo of BeerKangaroo
BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: golden orange-brown body, mostly clear with no head whatsoever, spotty lacing with rings

S: rye up front with light pine and hops

T: peppery through the rye, hops coming out strong

M: light to medium, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish with some light harshness on the tongue

O: good for a rye beer and an AIPA, I'll have this again whatever it is

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 16:19:14 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty burnt orange color. Dense and dark. Nice creamy off white head with good retention.

The smell is of pepper, cracked rye bread, and a blend of mildly medicinal piney and citric hops. I pick up pineapple and grapefruit, honeydew melon from the hop oils. Secondary notes of unbaked dough, caramel and vanilla. Faint almost whiskey like character.

Rush of oily grainy malt flavors followed by a dry and bitter finish. The rye flavor is restrained and gives this beer a slightly denser flavor than Torpedo. Very sweet candied citric and grapefruit quality. The hops arrive as the beer sits in the glass.

Mouthfeel is grainy and leans towards the powerful malt flavors. The oils hops play their own part but you have to look for the flavors. This isn't as directly hoppy as SN's other IPA's

This is a good beer overall. It will not dethrone Celebration or Torpedo but it is a nice maltied IPA that will help me get my hop fix in the cold winter and spring months. I will probably by a six pack of this before Spring ends and do a side by side with the other Sierra Nevada IPA's

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:42:08 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of creedence
creedence

California

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Am I going crazy? I pick up anything new from SN - well, at least new to me and I have to say I'm not that impressed. I don't have a very deep palette but I can distinguish a crappy beer from a quality beer. I found this to be just 'average' at best. Somebody tell me I'm not going crazy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:49:36 | More by creedence
Photo of derricksmalls
derricksmalls

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-12-2012 03:39:30 | More by derricksmalls
Photo of mjweth2
mjweth2

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 03:03:52 | More by mjweth2
Photo of Steggun
Steggun

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 02:00:00 | More by Steggun
Photo of callmeishmALE
callmeishmALE

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 01:45:24 | More by callmeishmALE
Photo of MadScientist
MadScientist

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aroma: pine and citrus with a hint of pineapple and tropical type aromas. There is some grassy notes with a light malt sweetness. There is moderate rye spiciness to the aroma.

appearance: golden orange and clear with an ivory head that forms a half inch of rocky, longlatsting head.

taste: a good deal of citrus with a lot of that spicy pepper/rye character. There is some mango towards the back mixed in with some pineapple. There is a assertive hops bitterness with just enough malt for support. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with a linger hop bitterness aftertaste.

mouthfeel: dry, medium full bodied with a medium high carbonation

drinkability: A very good IPA with a great rye flavor.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:41:26 | More by MadScientist
Photo of ColdPoncho
ColdPoncho

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 00:58:01 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Urbancaver
Urbancaver

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 00:56:49 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden orange and cloudy complexion

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice floral aroma, strong pineapple and tropical aromas.

taste: Lots of citrus mixed in with tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. A sweet malty IPA. well done.

mouthfeel: medium full bodied

drinkability: very nice offering from this brewery and I look forward to many more like this. Thanks

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:48:01 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pint.

Ruthless Rye goes in the Sierra Nevada Tulip easy with not any cap or nothing. There is just the smallest bits of white bubbles towards the edge of the glass that die when on the surface, lifeless beer, no stick. smell is rye malt to the max with some faint caramel and a spicy sense. Some piney resins come up to with more whiffs. Taste is even between the rye and the IPA. Rye comes first than a small hit of pined hops. Small traces of caramel throughout. feel is a bit thin, I would say bordering on thin. Carb comes and goes off of the tounge, leaving a resinous effect afterwards. Bitterness is not that large, the rye malt takes care of that. I can say that while this was a noble attempt, it just misses the mark for me. I will try more bottles and a draft to see what's what though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:45:59 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of BEERMILER12
BEERMILER12

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1357 so December 23rd 2011

A: Pours a nice copper-red color with a sticky 2 fingers worth of off-white head that leaves great lacing

S: Majorly hoppy with nice notes of peppery rye and some caramel

T: Follows the nose, with the hops and rye mixing together nicely to make quite the combination of citrus, pine, and pepper notes. Surprisingly, neither really overpowers the other, and this makes for a tasty, well-balanced brew

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation, perfect for letting the hop oils come through, and there are plenty of them

O: At first I was a bit skeptical about having the Glissade go and letting this replace it, but I have definitely changed my mind. It has that typical SN IPA feel to it, yet the rye adds a nice kick to it and puts it on another level. Great job SN, keep those beers coming!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:27:00 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Sargully
Sargully

Oregon

5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-11-2012 22:40:16 | More by Sargully
Photo of projectflam86
projectflam86

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a slightly red amber like color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lace.

S- The rye aroma is quite dominant with a slightly sour smell and loads of citrus hops rounding out the nose. I'm surprised the rye is this noticeable, and it shows itself in more of a pepper, bread, and mustiness kind of way.

T- Very bitter initially with sharp hop resin and pine coming through in waves. Bracingly bitter at first, but almost instantly it gives way to a sweet caramel and bread finish with a lingering note of sour rye.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall another very solid hoppy brew from SN.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:21:52 | More by projectflam86
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange amber (with a slight initial haze) with a thin off-white head that leaves patchy lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine, pepper with a bready undertone. The brewery's "house character" is there.

The taste is fairly complex. It has pine, citrus and minty spicing. The malt is in the background, and places the supportive role very well. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. The finish is very dry with hops and rye lasting for a little while on the palate. The "Sierra Nevada" taste is there.

It hits full-bodied and is smooth.

This is a dry brew. A solid example of an American IPA with a rye touch. Another winner from Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:08:09 | More by jwc215
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from SN, bottled just under 3 weeks from consumption.

If you're looking to be blown away with all the beer craze as of late, you're in for a dissapointment. If you're a fan of SN, and enjoy their signature "profile" you're in for a treat.

A - solid dark copper in color, very active and great lacing but my only surprise was the lack of head that most all other SN brews produce. Still impressive nevertheless.

S - Grapefruit, bitter pine, rye of course, followed by the typical SN nose.

T - Much the same as the nose. Think a combination of the Pale Ale and Torpedo with a nice dose of Rye thrown into the mix. I do like the Grapefruit that compliments the rye in here reminding you that this is a nice west coast IPA as well. Yum!

M - Creamy, dry, bitter and light all at the same time. Very sessionable.

O - Just another solid SN brew. After geeking out on highly sought after brews and whales for 3-4 years now, I can honestly say that SN is UNDER-RATED. Yeah...I said it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 21:07:04 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,312 ratings.