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

4,281 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,281
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | 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: 4,281 | Reviews: 1,036 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bobhits
bobhits

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who took over Sierra Nevada and started with this art work? I mean really this is way out of their normal stuff. This one comes with a huge nerd requirement i suppose....oh wait check.

Pours medium orange with a bit of a white head and good lacing. Nothing special here by any means.

The nose even from the cracking of the bottle gives off this huge funky dank aroma that then turns to this really nice rye aroma.

Rye is showcased here with hops here to accentuate it and just enough malt to avoid one making a bitter beer face. Peppery spices, sharp hops, and a mellow sweetness I can't place. This is really tasty stuff.

Rye gives beer a rather dense and hard to drink quality. 1-2 of these is no problem but even at 6.6 where a 3rd could be acceptable on a weekend night I"m not sure I'd want it. I see myself needing another option asap with this one. A good if not great beer with a meal though.

This is a rye showcase which I think will make it a bit more polarizing than some of the other well known rye's, but I'm sold. A good beer by sierra even if it replaces a beer that imo should have been kept.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 15:36:38 | More by bobhits
Photo of atone315
atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-07-2012 13:24:06 | More by atone315
Photo of marshrat63
marshrat63

California

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

Had this Rye IPA on tap at the brewery before a meal in the restaurant. Nice coppery color, nice thick, long lasting head and pleasant grassy aroma. Not as bitter as other IPAs. I really enjoyed this beer. So much so I picked up a 6 pack in the gift shop for testing from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 07:00:08 | More by marshrat63
Photo of Elfastball7
Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-07-2012 05:37:49 | More by Elfastball7
Photo of raffy313
raffy313

Texas

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

This beer made it to N TX shelves today, and I just picked up a 6'er at my local Central Market. Excited to try, as rye has become one of my favorite ingredients added to my beer.

Pours a clear copper color, with a frothy 2 fingers worth of tan head. Solid retension, that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

No overly pungent aromas coming from this beer, but definately picking up the funky, grainy rye smells that I really like. Also has some subtle citrusy, piney hop aromas coming through. Really nicely balanced nose.

Flavors follow the nose to a tee. Abit more spiceyness from the rye coming through on the tongue. Again, excellently balanced flavors.

Medium body, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. A bitter, dry mouthfeel that doesn't take away from the overall drinkability.

I heard this beer is replacing the Glissade in SN's seasonal lineup. I enjoyed Glissade... but this one will be a nice addition to a style that, IMO, there just isn't enough of. Keep bringing it, SN... and I'll keep buying it. A very solid beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:15:09 | More by raffy313
Photo of kenzak
kenzak

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-07-2012 04:09:54 | More by kenzak
Photo of jmich24
jmich24

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-07-2012 04:06:17 | More by jmich24
Photo of Lawnboy33
Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-07-2012 03:30:55 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of obrike
obrike

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 er at Specs in Round Rock today...was very happy to finally see it on the shelves.

Loved the look of this one...bold copper color with a huge frothy head...stayed for quite a while. Just a pretty looking brew.

Not knocked away by the scent, but certainly picking up some of the bitter rye, a bit of sweet malt, maybe some piney hops as well.

Wow...this is a bitter rye blast to the palate...I'm torn here between a 4 and 3.5...initially I scored low, but the flavor grows on you after a while. This is not a big hop forward IPA...rye first, followed by piney/earthy dry hops and malt. Almost like a rye infused Torpedo.

Carbonation is high, but it adds to the character of the beer. Very dry, very bitter...a good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:25:38 | More by obrike
Photo of snaotheus
snaotheus

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a coppery brownish color with a nice sized creamy looking head. Smell is malty with a hint of spicy hoppiness. A little grainy, a little tiny bit yeasty.

Taste is surprisingly dominated up fronts with nice hoppy bitterness, with a really nice nutty/hay/malty finish.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, a little abrasively fizzy. Maybe it got shaken a bit in transportation. I think the checker might have tossed the whole case on its side.

Overall, I'm a fan. It's good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:45:42 | More by snaotheus
Photo of halo913
halo913

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-07-2012 01:32:27 | More by halo913
Photo of Sinewave
Sinewave

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-07-2012 00:17:29 | More by Sinewave
Photo of avaldivia
avaldivia

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-07-2012 00:12:10 | More by avaldivia
Photo of khumbard
khumbard

Indiana

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

Bottle poured into a standard shaker pint.

I just saw this for the first time today and had to give it a shot. I always love trying new Sierra brews. Pours a deep amber/copper color with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is a bit spicy, but mostly big citrus hops. A nice mix for sure. Taste is similar to other sierra pale/ipa's, but with a little extra bready spice from the rye malt. The hop character is quite nice mixed with the rye. Finishes with a good amount of bitterness, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is good for an IPA, has some substance to it. Overall this is very nice new offering from one of the most solid all around breweries around. I'm very rarely disappointed from SN, a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:41:44 | More by khumbard
Photo of johnhenryconway
johnhenryconway


3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-06-2012 23:22:59 | More by johnhenryconway
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

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

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. 2012 vintage

Pours a dark amber with a creamy tan head and visible carbonation. Ample sticky lacing left on the glass.

Excellent carbonation level; medium body; semi-dry to dry finish.

There's plenty of spicy rye and hops in the nose, with a bit of toasted grain in the background. The aroma is also moderately fruity weedy, as well as very slightly earthy. Any lingering doubts about balance are laid to rest upon tasting: The flavor has an excellent balance of peppery rye, hops and toasted malt. The hops are a bit more spicy and less citrusy in tasting than smelling.

O: Almost everything about this beer seems beyond criticism. The only thing I found slightly objectionable was the high amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in relation to hoppy flavor in the aftertaste. It looks great and has exactly the mouthfeel, aroma and taste one should expect in a true rye IPA. A great choice for IPA lovers who want something a bit out of the main stream.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 22:35:14 | More by chinchill
Photo of eddiechilton
eddiechilton

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-05-2012 21:41:30 | More by eddiechilton
Photo of raynmoon
raynmoon

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just picked this up from my local safeway in a 12 pack. The color is typical of an IPA, bronze/gold, kind of copper looking with a decent head.

The smell is very hoppy, lots of pine and citrus. I don't get much. And the taste follows very similarly. Very dry and bitter. A nice amount of malt backbone though, a nice amount of rye.

Overall it reminds me very much of Torpedo. Ruthless is a great tasting beer but does not differ much from Celebration and Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 07:08:41 | More by raynmoon
Photo of tony223366
tony223366

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Really pretty beer. Nice brownish amber color with ruby highlights. 2+ fingers of off white head. Extremely rocky with good retention and lacing. Top marks by all counts.

S: Bouquet leaves some to be desired. I get some citrus and grassiness up front but not as much as I want. The rye is definitely present in a nice peppery way. I want it to smell brighter.

T: I get great citrus, but it quickly turns grassy and moves to the rye. The rye comes off very peppery but not over powering. The malt is present as a nice breadiness. The alcohol shows up a bit before the bitter finish.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: Reminds me an awful lot like torpedo with lots of rye. A really interesting beer for sure. I don't know what I was expecting but it doesn't quite live up to it. Definitely not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:04:50 | More by tony223366
Photo of ElGordo
ElGordo

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

  Pours a pretty golden amber color that's a shade usually seen around sunset. Not much in the way of head, but the carbonation is lively. Aroma of spicy rye malt and sharp, floral hops, with notes of grass and a light caramel sweetness. Palate is hop forward with a nice sharp, spicy note from the rye. The flavors become more balanced and mellow on the swallow, with a hint of orange peel and caramel malt helping to offset the considerable bitterness, which lingers for a while on the finish. Body is lively and a touch creamy, a great vehicle for the flavors on display here.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:50:57 | More by ElGordo
Photo of afrokaze
afrokaze

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-03-2012 16:53:23 | More by afrokaze
Photo of milesmayhem
milesmayhem

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-03-2012 04:00:46 | More by milesmayhem
Photo of notchucknorris
notchucknorris

California

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

On tap at Tiger!Tiger!

A: Pours a dark copper color with a creamy tan head.

S: Very thick and weed-like hop aroma with some bready malts.

T: Probably the beefiest IPA I've come across. Nice peppery hop bite upfront followed by a ton of rye, bready malt and some black pepper. I don't think I could drink a ton of this, but it was pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 07:44:00 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of ipa247
ipa247

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-02-2012 05:08:31 | More by ipa247
Photo of TheFlern
TheFlern

Idaho

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

Appearance: Amber-brown. White head that dissipates to a thin layer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Typical hop profile for a SN brew. Reminds me of torpedo. The malt backbone is different though. Its more robust thanks to the rye. The pepper aroma of the rye melds nicely with the hops.

Taste: follows the nose. Nothing groundbreaking, just consistent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. Bitterness isn't overwhelming. Good carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Not special enough to be a strong seasonal release imo. Excellent price as always from SN. If you like Torpedo or a SN devotee then you'll probably like this beer. If you are looking for something unique or groundbreaking then you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:55:05 | More by TheFlern
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,281 ratings.