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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

SteelCityHops89, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mattbk
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper or light brown color. Head is a light rust color. Very light head, although it does appear creamy. Looks fairly carbonated.

S: This had an interesting aroma, was it the rye? Light sweetness in the nose, with some grapefruit hops in the background. When I first smelled this I thought it was off, but after a bit I lost whatever I thought was off about it.

T: Very interesting. First thing that hits you is bitterness, both in the front and the back of the tongue. Then in the middle is the malt sweetness. I think the rye is the front bitterness with hops in the back. I feel that the bitterness is sort of high without a ton of flavor. The flavor I do get is grapefruit and pine. Just a little bit spicy.

M: Light-medium light mouthfeel. A fair amount of carbonation.

O: It is not a bad beer, but I don't feel that it is particularly well balanced. The carbonation is too high and leads to a bloated feeling pretty quick. There are lots of other IPAs I'd prefer.

mattbk, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange. Foamy, rocky bone-white head does not budge one inch. Clumpy lacing clings doggedly to everything it touches.

S: A hefty dose of rye. Earthy and spicy with a crusty, toasted pumpernickel rye bread scent. Hop scents are pithy, dank, and weed-like with citrus notes underneath.

T: Grapefruit hop bitterness opens, followed closely by a blanket of rye tastes. As in the nose, it tends toward strong spicy and crusty bread tastes. Citrus notes come mid-palate, and linger for only an instant. Hop flavors then shift to pithy, dank, and oily. Finishes with dank, pithy hops and grainy rye.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and oily from the rye. Fluffy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation further enhances the bite of the rye.

O: A bit heavy-handed with the rye. It has quite a bite. A little more balance would help. Not bad though. If you like rye, you won't have a problem. For those who aren't used to it, it may be a bit of a shock.

Notes: It's not a bad beer, though not anywhere close to the best rye beers. To tell the truth, I'd much prefer to have glissade back as the spring seasonal. Not sure why they made the decision to replace it, especially with something more on the radical side. I'm not sure this beer will be as widely appealing.

ryan1788a5, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured chest-nut brown/copper in color nice foamy white head that stuck around for awhile and left some really nice lacing.

S= Rye comes out of the nose and is pretty strong, I also picked up on some hops and a little bit of citrus notes.

T= Toasted rye is the main flavor in this one. I was surprised on how much hops came out in the flavor it was pretty hoppy which surprised me nicely.

M= Very clean crisp beer, good carbonation

O= Overall I enjoyed this beer wasn't to much to it but it still was a great beer and really enjoyed it.

LiquidBread219, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.7%

GRG1313, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal/pine hops. Taste is of malt and spicy/peppery rye up front with some very herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is an assertive spicy rye and herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with a very nice spicy and peppery flavor that I am enjoying. An awesome label to boot.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown in color, with a an orange tint. Clear. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces to just a skimming of surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Mild aroma of caramel malts, toast, rye, and a little brown sugar.

T: Taste is actually fairly thin, but it is very clean. Lots of toasty grains with a mild blend of citrus and spicy hops. An appreciable rye pepperiness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A rather mild, but very drinkable, rye beer. Clean and crisp, with a nice balance of caramel malts, rye, and hop bitterness.

Florida9, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip; dated as 2012 on the label. Clear copper colored body with a creamy two-finger off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citrus hop notes take the lead in the aroma. The rye comes along nicely with some very light sweetness.

Again, the hops are foremost in the flavor. Tastes like Summit hops are in there for sure to me. The hops produce a slightly grapefruit citrus flavor which binds to the spicy rye flavor nicely. Only a little sweetness in the end.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol at all. This is another excellent offering from SN. Not sure is this will be a regular, but I hope so. I'll have it again.

FanofHefe, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of blastyaker
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper shade, head dissipates rather quickly but leaves lacey skin of foam crisp finish, Rye is definitely there good carbonation didnt finish growlerill next day. Not sure about the "Ruthless" part but would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

blastyaker, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red-brown, relatively clear with a thin white head.

S- Hoppy with a noticeable rye-grain scent. Like other SN beers the hops have a citrus smell to them.

T- Toasted rye is the main flavor with hops as the secondary, more of an herbal hop flavor but there is some of the citrus-grapefruit flavor present. Not the most bitter of IPAs

M- Clean beer with a pretty crisp finish. Moderate body with medium-high carbonation.

O- Decent for a rye IPA but nothing exceptional. This is what I have come to expect from SN...beers that are good but nothing special and don't tend to push the envelope, not that that is a bad thing but it just doesn't set them apart

Spiekerbox, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless pours a gorgeous shade of copper tinged medium amber. The head is beige in color and while it fades disappointingly fast, it leaves crazy sticky lace and a thin skin of foam sticks around on the surface of the brew.

The aroma is a mix of earthy, spicy rye mixed with with some floral and lightly citrusy hops. This brew has some major rye going on though and it really dominates the nose. Some hints of bread and a slight tropical aroma are also present.

The flavor follows after the nose quite well with the rye being front and center. It is spicy and earthy with a definite rye bread sort of flavor that is accented by the citrusy hop flavors. The beer also carries a nice biscuity sweetness and some floral notes.

The body on this brew is medium in size with a light amount of carbonation that is perfect for style. It finishes fairly dry with the hops and rye lingering on the tongue long after swallowing.

Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable rye beer that goes down easily. It's no Red's Rye, but it is a beer that a would totally pick up a six pack of if I was in the mood for a rye beer.

zoso1967, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of BelJen
4.5/5  rDev +16%

BelJen, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Kopfschuss, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +16%

kaelingirl, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nofearbeerishere
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nofearbeerishere, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Pamola
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pamola, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown/copper with a small, one-fingered head that sticks around forever lacing the glass well.

rye definitely is present with its unique peppery spiciness. hops are pungent and a bit dank with citrus, tobacco, herbs, flowers, and a bit of pine/earth/wood.

rye definitely comes through dominantly on the flavor as well. its not like a dark rye bread, but rather a toasted light rye. plenty of herbal hops combine with some citric bitterness and a touch of caramel sweetness. finishes peppery, yet crisp with a clean finish.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly crisp finish for the style. very slight bitterness lingering.

Again, a solid beer from Sierra Nevada. nothing out of line for the style, but a solid (very solid) example of a rye IPA. not as hoppy as many others of the style, with more of a rye flavor that works well.

silentjay, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The rye really stands out in the aroma, but there is also a little bit of pine and some biscuit malt notes. The flavor also has a lot of rye in it. I also get some orange and pine from the hops, as well as a little bit of biscuit and bread from the malt which keeps the bitterness low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a nice burnt ruby red, crystal clear with a 2 finger frothy foam that thins to a slimy sticky film left all over the glass. First on the nose, the citrus from the hops grapefruit, mango, peaches, then the rye kicks in with a perfect bready balance. Caraway seeds soaked in grapefruit juice is what i keep getting when i stick my nose in, impressed. The mouth is much the same very bready from the rye, and the piny, citrus hops just fill the body and the finish, a slight amount of booze sneaking its way in too. Medium bodied, semi tart/bitter, tons of fruit and rye characters throughout, finishes dry and begging for more. This beer was quite impressive for me i have to admit, and has definitely changed the way i see rye beers, hope they make this a regular seasonal.

gabedivision, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +16%

GennyCreamAle, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of ultra lush creamy whipped tightly packed light khaki colored head... Impressive retention... The color teeters between amber and light caramel brown... A good bit of carbonation which starts sluggish but picks up some speed before reaching the op...

S - Fairly subdued and one dimensional... The rye is at the forefront and dominate throughout... Some additional light spicy notes as well... Very little in terms of either malt or hops...

T - A nice mix of spicy rye and earthy hops are first and foremost... Just a little bit of malt on the finish to even things out in the form of dough and light caramel... Fairly straight forward, but rather effective...

M - A touch of foam greets the lip with each sip... Light to medium bodied... Subtle carbonation... Sleek... Goes down very smooth... The finish is a tad on the dry side...

D - A very nice brew here... Quite quaffable... The rye adds very nice depth and complexity to the textbook Sierra Nevada hoppiness... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting... I will gladly invest in this brew in the future and highly everyone check out this very nice addition to the Sierra Nevada stable of fine brews...

philbe311, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +3.1%

nh2032, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, clear amber color with a big, lumpy foam crater head. Glass bottom retention deposits multiple thick, impressive lace rings on it's journey south. I can't think of how it could look any better.

Aroma is grassy pine and then orange/pine sorbet that I typically get from Simcoe.

Spicier than I anticipated. I guess that's why it's called "ruthless." Bold move Mr. Nevada. Spicy citrus and pine hops add to the rye spice. Respectable bitter finish.

Because Sierra Nevada is so widely available and so affordable it's easy to forget they make some of the best damn beer around.

donkeyrunner, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ortie, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, copper-amber, with three-fingers of off-white head, that dissipated fairly quickly and left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Spicy from the rye, and citrusy hops. Slight bready malt in the background, but the overall smell is somewhat muted.

Taste: A nice, bready sweetness from the malt, followed by a bitter, spicy kick from the rye and hops. The sweetness and bitterness both linger for quite a while, with the sweetness fading first. I'd like to have seen the rye come through a little stronger.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, and the carbonation is prickly at first, but seems to fade pretty quickly.

Overall: A solid, enjoyable beer. Not spectacular, and I don't think I'd go out of my way to seek it out, but I enjoyed it. The bottle art is pretty cool, too.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 16, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,450 ratings.