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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

4,446 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,446
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 320 | 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 augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Clear coppery liquid with a thin smattering of beige that slowly dissipates to a minute collar.

Sour-mash aroma of rye is offset by a slightly floral note as well as hints of grassy hops and faint white pepper.

Tart citrus-laden palate entry with a second wave of rye crackers and a distinctive (two row pale maybe?) signature malt base. Moderate bitterness throughout which crescendos into the dry husky (slightly grainy) finish.

Light-bodied, prickly, yet a touch flat.

Less refined and more potent than I was expectiving from Sierra Nevada. The rye is allowed to shine through in an unadulterated manner. Surprised to see purity of ingredients win out (if only slightly) over balance, making for a more novel if not daring brew than you might anticipate.

augustgarage, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of theboozecruise
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, it's a dark amber color, clear with a white head. Not bad looking, but nothing amazing.

The aroma is really strong with rye and not surprising from Sierra Nevada a good many hops. There is a faint caramel malt balance underneath as well.

The flavor profile is quite similar to the aroma except the hops are more pronounced while the malts fade. The rye adds a nice spice to the beer similar to a rye whiskey.

The mouthfeel is very medium bodied beer with a strong rye aftertaste.

overall it's a good beer but not superb.

theboozecruise, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 listed on the bottle.

An off white head, a little styrofoamy, but makes a good three fingers with some retention. Body color is a dark amber brown, crystal clear, not much rising carbonation if any.

Nose is a nice toasted grainy malt. Slightly spicy, almost Oktoberfest Marzen like. A little subdued, but fairly solid.

Real interesting taste profile. Sweetening grapefruit at first in the palate, followed by the toasty malts matched on the nose. Hop citrus bitter follows on the afterfinish, with an airy spicy feeling. Great tasting. Mouthfeel seems fine and solid nothing to complain or get excited about.

Overall pretty good tasting beer here.

smakawhat, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber/chestnut color with a good two finger tan foam head that receded fairly quickly and left some good sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with a good rye bread aroma. Some slightly sweet caramel malts underneath.

Taste: A big blast of pine hops and a great rye bread flavor. Some good slightly sweet toffee and burnt caramel malts. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finishes semi-dry on the tongue with a slight hops bitterness that doesn't linger long.

Overall: I like rye beers, and this one delivers on the big rye flavor. A good ABV for the style makes this a very easy beer to session with when I'm in the mood for a rye beer. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

ChopperSmith, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Aromas begin mildly spicy, grassy, citrusy and piney. Grainy pale maltiness with a little underlying rye maltiness. Expected more from the malts given he color.

The tastes begin with grainy, 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, with some lesser floral, grassy hop flavors. Dry, lingering finish.

The mouthfeel is mediumt to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite crisp and clean overall.

Overall, this was a nice beer but rather ordinary. I want more rye or more hops or something. It basically tastes like their standard pale ale or IPA with a little rye.

claspada, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is clear and copper hued with a thick, lasting off white head that coats the pint glass with lacing. The aroma brings hops, pine, bread. Very bitter with lots of pine flavor. Hops are the initial flavor, followed by a robust malt bill. This is what I would consider to be a balanced IPA. This is typically not my preference for the style, but this brew is well done. Medium bodied. The aftertaste offers pine and rye bread. Overall, pretty good. Worth a try.

Huhzubendah, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Rye IPA pours a deep amber with a thick rocky ecru colored head. The foam refuses to to die down no doubt due to the sticky hops. The scent is a piney grapefruit that is expected from a west coast IPA and it is a delightful bouquet.

The taste is similar, but the rye plays a larger part adding a spices finish. It is a great progression of flavor from sweet caramel malt to a resinous piney hop bit punctuated by the rye. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a slight rich creaminess that adds to the character of the brew.

All around great beer, but I was sad to see it replace Glissade. I suppose hops are in.

Jmamay22, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden amber color with a large frothy and pillowy white head and good lacing down the glass.

S- fresh citrus and pine hops, spiciness from the rye, some bread and a bit of sweet malt.

T- spices from the rye are noted immediately, also has a slight tanginess to it. Citrus hops follow the nose, Bitterness is controlled by an underlying malt sweetness. finishes dry. Also get a bit of peppery cracker on the back end.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish.

O- I enjoyed this one as a good change up from a typical IPA. I'm a fan of rye whisky and I think the spiciness of this beer makes for an interesting drink. Bitterness is controlled well.

Treyliff, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An orange amber body with a thick, foamy off-white cap. Huge chunks of lace coat the interior of the glass.

The aroma is a little muted. Spicy rye, earthy hops, pine resin and sticky caramel. Pretty straightforward aroma, balanced.

Trademark Sierra sticky caramel hits me first, then some spicy notes from the rye through the middle. The finish is a pretty good sized rush of bitterness, infused with pine resin, caramel, and ruby red grapefruit. The bitterness in this guy builds and lingers more with each sip.

Chewy, sticky feel. Medium to full body. Large lingering bitterness.

This is a nice Rye IPA. I have had three of these, and I like it much better with each one. The flavors seemed a little muted in the first bottle, maybe my palate just needed to acclimate. Nice job, Sierra.

ColForbinBC, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of RedlegsOtR
4.5/5  rDev +16%

RedlegsOtR, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jak, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +3.1%

verdict603, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of 11millsown113
2/5  rDev -48.5%

11millsown113, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of bbeerman
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A..A relatively dark golden pour with minimal to no head; no lacing present.

(As a side note, the label on this beer is one of the best I have seen. A robed maiden stands with a large sickle in a field of rye, while an old farmhouse stands in the background. The colors are gorgeous.)

S..This one smells fresh. Then again, most SN brews do (this one is reminiscent of Torpedo IPA).

T..Sierra Nevada created a terrific beer yet again! The rye here is original and wonderful. Some malt present, but not in an overpowering way. The combination of grains (which are great...did I mention that yet?) make me think I am drinking a glass of kind bud.

M..Easy to drink a couple, though I would not call this a session beer. Medium bodied, but it is a strong presence on the palette.

O..Looking forward to this one again, but already unhappy it won't be available all year. Awesome spring beer that SN should continue with each year.

bbeerman, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of thedoer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

thedoer, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of WeckBrew
1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

WeckBrew, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

TEAMHOLT, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of matttttYCE
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy pour rate into a plain pint glass gives about a 2 and 1/2 finger foamy/creamy off-white head. The head starts receding and turns into a bit of a rocky formation. Sticks around for some time and the lace is pretty nice. The beer is a brilliantly clear and deep orange/copper color.

The aroma is of mild malt and sweetness, nice spicey rye characteristics, bitter and citrus hops, maybe even some tropical fruits.

The taste here is again of malts and grains (more malty than I was expecting but not super malty/bready/etc), sweetness, nice rye spice and hints of pepper (not overpowering, though), and the good showing of citrus and bitter hops complimenting the rye.

The consistency is smooth, the carbonation medium (and appropriate), the body is medium as well, and the finish is a bit dry and lingering (nothing bad about that though).

This beer just seems to embody all the Sierra Nevada is - A damn damn fine, super solid brewery in (almost) every beer they put out. I say almost because I haven't tried them all, like the Ovila offerings, but I have tasted most of their other beers. Sierra Nevada just seems to put out quality beers that are their own take on the style. I can easily say this is another one of their beers that I will buy again if it is released more than once (not sure if it is or isn't

matttttYCE, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

rab53, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Billakowski
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Billakowski, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color in the big tulip. SN was not at all shy about the hops in this one, and it could certainly be called an IPA. Quite bitter in mid taste and all the way through the aftertaste. Very distinctive flavor with the aromatic and grainy rye notes. The perfumey smell is quite remarkable. The sweet malty flavor, familiar from the bigger IPAs, is also notable.

If they keep this one around it should introduce new generations to rye beers. This is interesting enough to be a must-try beer, whether or not it turns out to be your idea of a rye. I think the mark of a good beer is one that reveals complexity as you savor it. I found myself raising the score as I sipped.

mactrail, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of N8DAGR8
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

N8DAGR8, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical Sierra Nevada in the sense that it is beautifully executed, satisfying, perfectly to style, but not extreme or edgy in any way.

Pours a clear golden with a fizzy white head that drops quickly. The aroma is woody and sharp, with a subtle rye edge and perhaps more toasty malt than I might have expected. The flavor is malty - bready, a little caramel, nutty, but with that wry rye edge behind it. There is a solid, somewhat citrusy bitterness, but I don't find hops in the forefront on the flavor.

Tasty, sessionable, and solid, but not a mindblower.

Seanibus, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper in color with nice pillowy head.

Plenty of malt and spice in the nose. Some bready notes with a citrus and piney character.

Right off the bat I get a bold spicy character from the rye. This really comes off as a Sierra IPA with rye added. Not that I am complaining because this is a damn good beer. The peppery note adds some depth and a different dimension to Sierra Nevada. Medium caramel and plenty of toasted bread.

Good overall hop bill with some spicy hops or what adds well to the spice from the rye and a general Sierra Nevada feel. Some citrus and grapefruit characters but nothing that takes away from the malts.

Medium bodied with a good feel for carbonation. Very easy to drink and the alcohol doesn't come off as being harsh. Another great selection to Sierra Nevada.

stewart124, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

freduardo, Jan 15, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,446 ratings.