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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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4,397 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,397
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 303 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-14-2012 14:17:33 | More by Eurytos
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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 -1%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-14-2012 07:59:00 | More by dav
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-14-2012 04:14:40 | More by gunclubchris
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-14-2012 04:04:58 | More by SpillyBeers
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-14-2012 03:34:08 | More by blurjose
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-14-2012 03:11:15 | More by swooshjtb
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-14-2012 03:01:15 | More by cdwil
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2012 01:54:24 | More by pirmannt1
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3.85/5  rDev -1%

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
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance - Pours a copperish, burnt orange. Frothy head.

Smell - Hoppy, with a hint of peppery spice; the rye presence settling in nicely with the hops.

Taste - Yep, it's an IPA. Classic SN hoppiness - citrus and pine. Mostly pine. The rye finds it's niche toward the finish and into the aftertaste. A touch of peppery spice. Wish there was more.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, the carbonation is a bit aggressive, but not to the point of detriment.

Overall - A nice alternative to the standard IPA, the addition of Rye makes this beer stand apart from most of the average IPA's. I was hoping for more rye and less of Sierra Nevada's basic flavor profile which, I'll admit I'm not too keen on, but it's about what I expected. It has grown on me since my initial review.

01-14-2012 01:11:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Glass - Tulip

A - A very clear copper colored brew with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It produced a 1-2 finger white head that dissipated rather fast. A bit of a splotch was left on my glass.

S - Floral hops upfront with lemon/orange rind and a bit of dryness. I also pick up a touch of caramel and breadiness but I can't really say I pick up any rye.

T - It tastes pretty much like a mix between the Celebration Ale and the Torpedo Extra to me. Upfront it's floral and drying with notes of rye. It unfolds into rind notes, lemon citrus and pine hop characteristics, and a bit musty towards the end. I get more rye, bread, and caramel on the finish. Bitterness is moderate and hop flavors of rind and floral notes linger on and on.

M - Medium carbonation, a bit smooth and medium bodied. It has a really nice feel to me.

O - Well, I was afraid this beer was going to be too much like the beers I mentioned above, and it was. Other than the rye flavors and overall dryness of the beer, it wasn't much different. That being said it is enjoyable to me, and the price couldn't be better. I would say to just pick up a pack for yourself and see if it doesn't taste very similar to the Torpedo Extra or Celebration Ale.

01-14-2012 00:32:46 | More by PintOHops
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Enjoyed the dark amber body/head along with the malt backbone, and rye presence, but hated the yeast profile. Tastes like a hopped up English lager, not an American ale. Think of Sam Smith's Organic Lager with more bitterness and way more toasty malt presence. The grassy hops here provide some bitterness and brightness, but they aren't really reminiscent of a characterful hop forward American IPA.

Good beer, but I prefer Northern Hemi, Estate, and Celebration a bit more.

01-14-2012 00:27:49 | More by aficionado
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

glass: Tulip

A black tea color with a 1 finger off-white head. Sticky and sudsy lacing. Lots of bubbles. Lots of rye immediately apparent on the nose. Immediately following with the classic Torpedo variety of hops and malts. A little heavier on the malts though, reminds me of Celebration.

I cant say much more about the taste that hasn't already been said about the aroma. It's basically Celebration Ale with rye added. Carbonation seems to be just slightly higher than i'd like but makes for some good swirl action and head replenishment. Good beer overall but i may be suffering from Sierra Nevada fatigue.

01-14-2012 00:19:34 | More by JosiahS
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4.58/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. 2012

A - Big pillowy off-white head that never receeds. Clings slightly to the glass. The color is a light amber to golden that is relatively clear.

S - Delicate pine and spicy hop notes right up front. Rye is very foreward and blends nicely with the hop canvas.

T - A delightful earthy/spicy light malt body with a wonderfully flavorful hop presence throught the taste. Big on flavor that quickly drys up to be very refreshing and somehow lighter bodied.

M - Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Very dry.

O - Another hoppy beer from SV that has excellent hop characteristics. Throughly enjoyed.

01-14-2012 00:11:37 | More by Jparker37
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

I'm a homebrewer and have been debating whether or not to brew up a RyePA. When I decided I was just going to do it, the wife said I wasn't allowed to until I tried one. So I set out to find one. They aren't very common but I was fortunate that Sierra NV's Ruthless just came out.

A-Deep goldeny delicious looking.

S-Confident hops. It's not really the feature of the brew, but its there to support the malt in a strong way.

T-It's a tastation!!! It's tastatic!!! Very addicting. Light but malty, and the rye is a unique twist. Very obviously rye, but it feels right.

M-Smooth and clean. Easy to drink. Very addicting beer. You want to keep sipping it.

O-This is the best seasonal from Sierra NV. I'm really glad they have decided to add this to the lineup. It's a great beer to drink when you just need a good beer. Seasonally, I think it could work year round even.

I am now confident that a homebrew RyePA is in order.

01-13-2012 23:46:25 | More by bsiri85
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Clear copper with a nice, thick head of off-white foam crowing the top. Interesting blend of rye and hops in the nose...hops are floral with a resinous, oily edge. Lemon, pepper, pine, light melon, and a touch of sour. Flavor has a nice, dank hoppy bite to it. Spicy rye, peppery citrus, earthiness, spruce, and tea. Fat, oily mouthfeel...slick and smooth with a trailing bitterness. I like this. Sierra Nevada is usually good with the hops and this is no exception.

01-13-2012 23:42:39 | More by wedge
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

12 ounce bottle purchased at the Boise co-op. Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass.

Pours a dark copper color with garnet hues. A thin layer of off-white bubbles sits atop the liquid as head, but dissipates quickly to scattered patches. Strands of sticky white lacing cling to the glass. Aroma is of lemon and orange citrus, rye, earthen hops, and some light floral notes. Tastes predominantly of rye and lemon zest, with ample citrus hop esters and pine resin coming through as well. Some orange and earthen grains finish it off. Mouthfeel is crisp, light on the tongue, and refreshing at first, but a small amount of the rye flavor seems to build up and linger after a bit. Overall, a great showcase of rye and a solid beer all around. Will certainly be drinking a few more of these.

01-13-2012 23:08:14 | More by eclipse54
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz. bottle. Great artwork on the label.

Medium copper to amber body with brassy edges. Inch of thick, creamy, dense, light beige head. Great lacing. Lots of pitchy, piny, spicy hops on the nose. White pepper, candied fruit, and a pinch of spice bread as well.

Piny, Scotch tape hop bitterness right off the bat. Bready, spicy malt fills in. Grainy, winy notes as well. Maybe a bit of caramel flavor. Hops become peppery, rubbery, and finally citrus-y. Finish is dry, spicy, and bitter. Some lingering caramel-biscuit notes. Medium-bodied, with a nice creamy feel. Certainly a different type of hop-forward beer for SN, and a nice addition to the line-up (wasn't a huge fan of Glissade).

01-13-2012 23:02:18 | More by alexgash
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-13-2012 22:39:11 | More by mklatsky
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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