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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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4,407 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,407
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 308 | 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)
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Photo of elNopalero


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Sierra’s new brew is a rye pale ale that’s a caramel-amber color with a billowy white foam topping. Its aroma is lightly hopped with grapefruit and some rye spice coming through. Full-flavored body with hops making their grand entry midpoint and tapering into a nice hoppy, resiny finish balanced by that good rye zestiness. I can’t complain that this one is going to be just about everywhere Sierra is. Try it.

01-14-2012 22:06:03 | More by elNopalero
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper color with small white film that sits on the top. It appears very still with a limited amount of carbonation.

S: The only aromas I am getting out of the nose is fruity and citrus hops paired with a light bit of sourness from the rye. The aroma was a bit of a let down.

T: The taste sure makes up for the aroma. There is the citrus from the hops present along with a piney taste that wasn't found in the nose. It has a backbone of biscuity and bready malts. A touch of sour from the rye finishes it off. It is very well balanced.

M: It is medium bodied and very still with a limited amount of carbonation. A light bitter bite finishes it off.

O: This beer has a few flaws, but the superb taste makes up for it my opinion. With some work in the other aspects, this could definitely become something special.

01-14-2012 21:58:47 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of EnronCFO


4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-14-2012 21:56:11 | More by EnronCFO
Photo of morimech


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

Clear copper color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. This beer is a looker.

I pick up mostly citrus and earthy hops in the aroma. Just a small hint of the rye. Some breadiness from the malt rounds things out.

Plenty of rye in the flavor. Not sure the citrus hops is the ideal compliment to the rye. Bitterness is high. Overall is slightly dry.

Has excellant carbonation for a hoppy, bitter brew. Plenty of body to delivery the flavor.

Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada. The flavor was just a slight letdown compared to the great rye IPAs.

01-14-2012 21:03:51 | More by morimech
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours crystal clear amber with a fluffy cream head. Good retention. A patchwork of lace fills the glass as I slowly empty it.

Scent is vaguely citrus.

Peppery, grainy rye strikes a balance with grapefruit, lime and orange hops. Perhaps a hint of pine. The flavors mate well and neither steals the spotlight.

Oily medium mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink.

I love rye ales and I love Sierra Nevada so it's no surprise this hits the spot. My only complaint is the nose is rather muted.

01-14-2012 21:01:32 | More by sethmeister
Photo of John_M


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours the prototypical SN copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I do get is intriguing. There's some noticeable rye and dry citrus, which is attractive... just wish there was a bit more there. OK. On the palate, SN has really hit a homerun with this beer. The rye is very prominent on the palate, and it blends very, very well with the light malt and considerable hoppy bitterness. The finish is quite dry and bitter, with just a kiss of rye on the long finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, clean, slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and drinkability is just exceptional.

I'll be ordering this one again for sure. So nice to see such a flavorful, hoppy beer in such a (relatively) low alcohol beer.

01-14-2012 20:13:59 | More by John_M
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2012 20:11:21 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of jamiekimble


3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-14-2012 19:29:25 | More by jamiekimble
Photo of GallowsThief


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at The House of Brews.

A – Poured out a copper color with two fingers of white frothy head.

S – Has a solid citrus hops aroma with spiciness in the nose.

T – Starts off with a strong citrus hop bite as well. Nice spicy flavor. Grapefruit and lemon zest. Moves quickly to a good solid kick of rye and its pretty tasty. Bready and piney.

M – Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Easy drinker.

O – Dug it. Easy to put down a few. Great flavors that compliment each other very well. If you like rye beer this is one to try.

01-14-2012 15:41:17 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of hilgart1


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-14-2012 15:21:26 | More by hilgart1
Photo of Eurytos


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2012 14:17:33 | More by Eurytos
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

Rocky textured foaming tan head leaves only gas and beer residue between an inch of air and glass known as head space, it's beautiful. Color wise bright ruby copper colored beer we need in this post holiday recovery mode for everybody. After drinking spiced ales with cinnamon, honey, and all spice for a month and a half, I fully praise Sierra Nevada for releasing this beer. Aroma has hints of pine and citrus with a spicy rye layer that definitely adds a layer of complexity to the mix. Flavor hits with a clashing layer of malt/rye versus earthy/pine hops, pretty intense here no bias noted, I'm a lover of both malts and hops. Easy to drink well balanced between the waves of piney/citrus hops and spicy rye malt, moderate carbonation slick oily hop textures going on. Overall a welcomed seasonal to mix up the ever changing lineup of Sierra Nevada, I'll be drinking more of this.

01-14-2012 12:39:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Stev0supreemo


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Definitely an interesting IPA that's worth checking out. My main complaint would be the nose which was definitely lacking.

A: Very aesthetic amber orange. One inch head.

S: Again, lacking. Hoppy with very mild Rye characteristics.

T: The Rye isn't very pronounced.

M: Medium body

O: Enjoyable beer. If it weren't for Hopslam taking up my immediate budget I'd pick up a six-pack.

01-14-2012 09:06:46 | More by Stev0supreemo
Photo of dav


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-14-2012 07:59:00 | More by dav
Photo of gunclubchris


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-14-2012 04:14:40 | More by gunclubchris
Photo of SpillyBeers


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2012 04:04:58 | More by SpillyBeers
Photo of blurjose


3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-14-2012 03:34:08 | More by blurjose
Photo of Hershdawg


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours with a nice dense one finger, white head. The beer is a nice clear reddish copper color with amber highlights. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass even those on the side I am drinking from. Great overall appearance.

S: Earthy, spice. Citrus peel with some rind. A bit of pine. A little toast or biscuit. Maybe some grapefruit juice. None of these aromas are intense but are in a good balance.

T: Grapefruit and a hint of caramel at the front of the palate. Followed by a resin feeling from piney hops. A lingering bitterness comes next. The spiciness from the rye appears in the finish. The finish is of medium length and doesn't linger anymore then it should.

M: Medium mouthfeel. The betaglucans from the rye increased the body making this not a light feeling beer. It works well with the rest of the beer.

O: A great drinkable beer. It doesn't have as much rye as some of the other Rye IPAs and it uses the traditional Sierra Nevada hops that have made their beers famous. Its a very dependable beer from a very dependable company. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Especially those wanting another good IPA that isn't hard to find.

01-14-2012 03:25:02 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of drabmuh


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

At the time of this review, this is the #17 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Rye Beer" list. Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a Hill Farmstead becher glass.

Beer is brown and clear with a nice tan head of small and medium bubbles, nice moderate carbonation, some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with some earthy mildly citrus hops in there. Smells nice.

Beer is medium in body with a mildly dry finish, moderate bitterness and a grainy aftertaste. The lead off is this mild spiciness from the malt and this nice body that fills out to a good hop presence, the aftertaste totally takes me out of the beer though. Not a fan of that. Otherwise it is a fine little IPA / rye beer.

01-14-2012 03:21:49 | More by drabmuh
Photo of swooshjtb


4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-14-2012 03:11:15 | More by swooshjtb
Photo of cdwil


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2012 03:01:15 | More by cdwil
Photo of Ungertaker


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- Transparent pecan with a one finger white head.

S- Rye bread, bitter orange peel, pine

T- a faint citrus is followed by a spicy rye flavor. There are slight pine notes at the finish.

M- medium to thin with a low carbonation level.

O- For the price, this is a great session beer. I hope it sticks around for a while.

01-14-2012 02:11:12 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of pirmannt1


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-14-2012 01:54:24 | More by pirmannt1
Photo of Beerdregs


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Excellent clarity. Amber orange color with two finger slightly off white rocky head.

S: Some roasty malts with a citrus hop aroma.

T: Moderate malty sweetness with lingering bitterness from the hops. Cannot really perceive so called peppery rye notes. I don't know if I would be able to tell the difference between this and torpedo.

M: Resinous mouthfeel from ample hopping. Moderate/heavy carbonation.

O: This is a great beer and very quaffable but would maybe enjoy more rye. It certainly isn't "ruthless" in its utilization of rye.

01-14-2012 01:17:56 | More by Beerdregs
Photo of MDDMD


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

A-brown amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus and bread dough with hints of spice

T-citrus and malt with some slight rye character and hints of sweetness nd moderate hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent rye ale, but not in the league with Red's Rye and Hop Rod

01-14-2012 01:12:34 | More by MDDMD
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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