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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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4,446 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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful label art.

A - Pours a dark amber with some red and orange highlights. A near perfect looking head that leaves some nice off-white lacing.

S - Subdued citrus, floral hops, caramel, candied pineapple and orange peels.

T - smooth body, spicy citrus initially with a solid malt backbone. Not a huge amount of bitterness and certainly not a crazy hopped up IPA. This is well balanced and very drinkable. Love what they rye adds to this and its certainly not like any of the bottled beers SN has released.

O - very good. Recommended.

indiapaleale, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of zoolzoo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear amber, frothy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Nice hop bouquet. Pine sap, orange, various zesty rinds. A broad sense of malt beneath, hops dominate.

T: Follows the nose with a bitter hop bite. Piney with some citrus zing. Drops off quick in to earthy and grainy malt. A mild caramel sweetness rounds out the taste profile. Finish is bitter, semi-harsh.

M: Medium in body, carbonation seems light and fluffy - lots of tiny little bubbles.

O: A nice rye IPA, another solid SN offering.

zoolzoo, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Lantern, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of codfeast
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint

A: crystal clear light amber, with a thin head.

S: hops (pine) and an earty, bready, smell of the rye.

T: striaght to the hops certainly an SN beer. I do pick up some of the rye, with bitterness on the back end.

M: nice carbination, fairly crsip with an oily mouthfeel and a dry finish.

O: quite tasty, hoppy but not over the top. rye imparts a nice flavor to the beer. Something I will keep an eye out for on draft.

codfeast, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a caramel amber hue with an off-white, creamy head.

S: Earthy hops conquer the nose along with a touch of pine, citrus, and some floral notes mingled throughout.

T/M: Hops are blatant up front, thick on the tongue and coating the mouth. It’s really one of the thicker IPA’s I’ve had. More strong earthiness and a bitter punch about halfway through that lingers long afterwards.

This is a good, thick IPA if you prefer the earthier hop varietal. Which I don’t.


TheBeerAlmanac, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jordanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jordanmiller, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ATPete
4.5/5  rDev +16%

ATPete, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of injuredreserve
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

injuredreserve, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark amber/mahogany in color into my snifter with two fingers of dense head that has excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Full of citrus and earthy pine hop aromas, rye spice and malty sweetness is also present.

T - Hops are at the forefront, lemony citrus that fades into a more earthy and piny character. Spicy rye and bready malts round it out with a subtle caramel sweetness.

M - Relatively light body and bright carbonation make it seem a bit thin to me.

O - Overall, this is a tasty offering from SN, which is no big surprise. Worth trying if given the chance.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of tsauce2
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is amber. Translucent. Head is light tan, 1 in, semi-puffy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Nice balanced hoppiness, lightly piney and citrusy, a touch of spicyness from the rye, light malt, light caramel sweetness.

T: Medium hoppiness up front, followed by the bite of rye, medium maltiness, and mild bitterness. Aftertaste is of rye and malt, with hop bitterness on the outsides of the palate and a touch of sweetness down the middle of the palate.

M: Medium body. Initially, hops hit creating a bright feel, but then the rye and malts hit, which adds body to the feel. Finially, a touch of sweetness balances out the overall feel. Semi wet finish.

O: Good rye beer. I did not think I would like this beer very much, because imo most rye beers are very unbalanced, with one component overshadowing all the others. This is not the case with this beer. It is very well balanced, hops transition in to rye and malt, sweetness rounds everything out. Easy to drink. Good price. I will buy more of this beer.

tsauce2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

twelveinches, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Chadpaq
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh-from-the-honeycomb hue that deceives the eye into thinking what sits before it is a Double IPA with a malty backbone. Not the case, I'm sure. Steady unifinger head that leaves ample lacing, if you're into that.

Distinct floral notes of a traditional fresh IPA, and something elese, a "peppery" aroma that I wouldn't have known as such had it not been mentioned in previous reviews. Upon reflection, it describes the smell accurately. Minimal citrus notes to speak of, at least ones that can be discerned to the exact fruit from which they are derived.

No malt. I like that a lot. Do they even add malts to this beer, or does the rye act as a pseudomalt? A question for some research, or maybe just for the birds. Nice hop bite. No alcohol taste to speak of, but a cold, metallic aftetaste (that I strangely don't mind--even enjoy). Refreshing. A bit harsh. The taste of this beer is much better than I'd expected. I just miss an element of fruitiness. Lulz.

I will finish this sixer tonight. I guess that isn't the most huge of feats, but it's something. Reasons being: A-I'm in college; B-This beer goes down as smoothly as any I've ever had. Blessing and curse.

Like I (may have) said, a nice surprise. Not that I didn't expect a great showing from SN--they're, for my money, tops. It's just that I rarely (read: never) f*x with rye beers, so I guess I just didn't known what to expect. But as long as this baby's fresh, I'll keep buying her.

Chadpaq, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.5/5  rDev +16%

NCbeerpirate, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite surprised to see a new SN seasonal at Food Lion of all places while perusing the beer aisle purely out of habit. I've never been a huge rye fan but I'm not sure if Sierra Nevada could make a bad IPA even if they tried. Guess we'll find out.

The pour leaves a dark copper body and a pretty tan head that doesn't last. Nice bubbling, though, and the beginnings of some exquisite lacing. Nose is slightly reserved west coast hops and a hint of spicy rye.

The bitterness factor is high on this one, both from the hops and the rye. This could probably stand a touch more malt for balance, although the heavy carbonation helps mute the astringency somewhat. I expected a little more complexity but for the most part, what you see is what you get. This isn't a bad beer at all but because of the brewer, I am slightly disappointed and would pick Torpedo or Celebration over this any day of the week

daliandragon, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with orange hues beneath the generous, foamy, off-white head that is very slow to dissipate leaving a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Aromas of earthy and pine hops mixed with rye float from the glass. The hops are resiny and spicy at the same time. The spice is earthy or wood-like and may also be from the rye as well.

The flavor offers similar hop character with pine resin and a more subdued spice, but again with a very nice rye finish. A bread-like malt is also more relevant on the palate. The hop and rye are fairly generous in this tasty brew.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice drying, resiny finish.

A very consistent beer and a fine example of a rye IPA. Just what one may expect from SN.

CHADMC3, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +3.1%

dsauter, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of huggies
4/5  rDev +3.1%

huggies, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of hoserking
4.5/5  rDev +16%

hoserking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of rmehughes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

rmehughes, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +3.1%

animal69, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of salvo
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours filtered crystal clear into a pint glass with a full inch of foamy off-white head; beautiful red-brown beer with enough carbonation to replenish the head. Strong lacing on the glass. Rich spicy aroma from the rye; piny hops with hints of floral and tropical fruit notes. Guava smells more prevalent as it warms.

Rich spicy malt flavor is first as piny hops fill the nose. Then the hops are on the tstebuds: pine and citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with hints of musty guava skin and flesh. Ends dry and sightly astringent. Long drying hop finish.

This is a wonderfully tasty, spicy, hoppy new beer from Sierra Nevada, and one of few that has really lived up to the hype from the first-gen independents for me in a while. Can't wait to try it on tap.

salvo, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of phichifiji00
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Rich caramel color. Pours 3 fingers of thick white head that fades slowly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops, Pine resin, some spicy rye notes, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Pine resin, hoppy, a bit spicy, rye, caramel. Sweet and spicy up front with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A very tasty RyePA. Well balanced. Highly drinkable.

phichifiji00, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A-pours a clear and very dark amber with a one finger off white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap. Leaves ample amounts of lace. This is a good looking beer.

S-prominent notes of rye, citrus and pine are backed by a slightly sweet bready malt. Very aromatic and pleasing.

T-citrus and piney hops bite first. Equally representing is the earthy, spicy rye. A bit grassy. A subdued assist from the slightly sweet bready malt rounds this one out. All of the flavors are complementary to one another and work in unison to make this one shine.

M-Medium body with crisp carbonation. Smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O-I really enjoyed this one. Another very respectable beer from a very respectable brewery. I'll be picking up some more of this for sure.

Lerxst, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dmamiano
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle pour into a "fish bowl" glass.
A bit darker than expected with a nice tan head and a fair amount of lacing.
Actually very much as expected. Like Sierra Nevada beer and this one was no exception.
Seemed to have the typical Sierra Nevada "house" flair. Spicy hops in the nose as the malts mixed with the grains and rye.
Not as hopped up but good none the less.
Mouth feel good too.
Will have again.

dmamiano, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, thin looking dark amber beer with a foamy white head. The carbonation is adequate and there is sticky lacing.

This is quite a hoppy beer with biting alcohol and a hint of malt sweetness.
The big fruit of the hour is: grapefruit.

Overwhelming hops with a hint of spicy rye and malt sweetness. The initial sip is delicate, but the aftertaste is...ruthlessly bitter!
I'm just not getting the rye taste... maybe they should have thrown in some loaves of rye bread like in ta henket...just kidding.

Light bodied with a generous amounts of carbonation as well as pungently bitter hops. I'm not getting as much rye as I would have liked or anticipated, but it's still a tasty IPA with potent house yeast character. It's a relatively smooth beer given the alcohol bite in its nose.
There are also napalm hops that sit on your palate and satiate each sip until the next, but that gets a little old after awhile.

Great price for a tasty IPA attempting to be a Rye-PA. I've had a few good RIPAs that put this one to shame, but it's sure better than SN's previous spring seasonal!

ThePorterSorter, Jan 08, 2012
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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