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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Ratings: 4,871
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 83
Gots: 611 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 4,871 | Reviews: 1,095
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear reddish-orange. Foamy, rocky bone-white head does not budge one inch. Clumpy lacing clings doggedly to everything it touches.

S: A hefty dose of rye. Earthy and spicy with a crusty, toasted pumpernickel rye bread scent. Hop scents are pithy, dank, and weed-like with citrus notes underneath.

T: Grapefruit hop bitterness opens, followed closely by a blanket of rye tastes. As in the nose, it tends toward strong spicy and crusty bread tastes. Citrus notes come mid-palate, and linger for only an instant. Hop flavors then shift to pithy, dank, and oily. Finishes with dank, pithy hops and grainy rye.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and oily from the rye. Fluffy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation further enhances the bite of the rye.

O: A bit heavy-handed with the rye. It has quite a bite. A little more balance would help. Not bad though. If you like rye, you won't have a problem. For those who aren't used to it, it may be a bit of a shock.

Notes: It's not a bad beer, though not anywhere close to the best rye beers. To tell the truth, I'd much prefer to have glissade back as the spring seasonal. Not sure why they made the decision to replace it, especially with something more on the radical side. I'm not sure this beer will be as widely appealing.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured chest-nut brown/copper in color nice foamy white head that stuck around for awhile and left some really nice lacing.

S= Rye comes out of the nose and is pretty strong, I also picked up on some hops and a little bit of citrus notes.

T= Toasted rye is the main flavor in this one. I was surprised on how much hops came out in the flavor it was pretty hoppy which surprised me nicely.

M= Very clean crisp beer, good carbonation

O= Overall I enjoyed this beer wasn't to much to it but it still was a great beer and really enjoyed it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal/pine hops. Taste is of malt and spicy/peppery rye up front with some very herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is an assertive spicy rye and herbal hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with a very nice spicy and peppery flavor that I am enjoying. An awesome label to boot.

Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown in color, with a an orange tint. Clear. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces to just a skimming of surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Mild aroma of caramel malts, toast, rye, and a little brown sugar.

T: Taste is actually fairly thin, but it is very clean. Lots of toasty grains with a mild blend of citrus and spicy hops. An appreciable rye pepperiness on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A rather mild, but very drinkable, rye beer. Clean and crisp, with a nice balance of caramel malts, rye, and hop bitterness.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip; dated as 2012 on the label. Clear copper colored body with a creamy two-finger off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citrus hop notes take the lead in the aroma. The rye comes along nicely with some very light sweetness.

Again, the hops are foremost in the flavor. Tastes like Summit hops are in there for sure to me. The hops produce a slightly grapefruit citrus flavor which binds to the spicy rye flavor nicely. Only a little sweetness in the end.

Medium mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol at all. This is another excellent offering from SN. Not sure is this will be a regular, but I hope so. I'll have it again.

Photo of blastyaker
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper shade, head dissipates rather quickly but leaves lacey skin of foam crisp finish, Rye is definitely there good carbonation didnt finish growlerill next day. Not sure about the "Ruthless" part but would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red-brown, relatively clear with a thin white head.

S- Hoppy with a noticeable rye-grain scent. Like other SN beers the hops have a citrus smell to them.

T- Toasted rye is the main flavor with hops as the secondary, more of an herbal hop flavor but there is some of the citrus-grapefruit flavor present. Not the most bitter of IPAs

M- Clean beer with a pretty crisp finish. Moderate body with medium-high carbonation.

O- Decent for a rye IPA but nothing exceptional. This is what I have come to expect from SN...beers that are good but nothing special and don't tend to push the envelope, not that that is a bad thing but it just doesn't set them apart

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless pours a gorgeous shade of copper tinged medium amber. The head is beige in color and while it fades disappointingly fast, it leaves crazy sticky lace and a thin skin of foam sticks around on the surface of the brew.

The aroma is a mix of earthy, spicy rye mixed with with some floral and lightly citrusy hops. This brew has some major rye going on though and it really dominates the nose. Some hints of bread and a slight tropical aroma are also present.

The flavor follows after the nose quite well with the rye being front and center. It is spicy and earthy with a definite rye bread sort of flavor that is accented by the citrusy hop flavors. The beer also carries a nice biscuity sweetness and some floral notes.

The body on this brew is medium in size with a light amount of carbonation that is perfect for style. It finishes fairly dry with the hops and rye lingering on the tongue long after swallowing.

Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable rye beer that goes down easily. It's no Red's Rye, but it is a beer that a would totally pick up a six pack of if I was in the mood for a rye beer.

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

pours a deep brown/copper with a small, one-fingered head that sticks around forever lacing the glass well.

rye definitely is present with its unique peppery spiciness. hops are pungent and a bit dank with citrus, tobacco, herbs, flowers, and a bit of pine/earth/wood.

rye definitely comes through dominantly on the flavor as well. its not like a dark rye bread, but rather a toasted light rye. plenty of herbal hops combine with some citric bitterness and a touch of caramel sweetness. finishes peppery, yet crisp with a clean finish.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly crisp finish for the style. very slight bitterness lingering.

Again, a solid beer from Sierra Nevada. nothing out of line for the style, but a solid (very solid) example of a rye IPA. not as hoppy as many others of the style, with more of a rye flavor that works well.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The rye really stands out in the aroma, but there is also a little bit of pine and some biscuit malt notes. The flavor also has a lot of rye in it. I also get some orange and pine from the hops, as well as a little bit of biscuit and bread from the malt which keeps the bitterness low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of gabedivision
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a nice burnt ruby red, crystal clear with a 2 finger frothy foam that thins to a slimy sticky film left all over the glass. First on the nose, the citrus from the hops grapefruit, mango, peaches, then the rye kicks in with a perfect bready balance. Caraway seeds soaked in grapefruit juice is what i keep getting when i stick my nose in, impressed. The mouth is much the same very bready from the rye, and the piny, citrus hops just fill the body and the finish, a slight amount of booze sneaking its way in too. Medium bodied, semi tart/bitter, tons of fruit and rye characters throughout, finishes dry and begging for more. This beer was quite impressive for me i have to admit, and has definitely changed the way i see rye beers, hope they make this a regular seasonal.

Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of ultra lush creamy whipped tightly packed light khaki colored head... Impressive retention... The color teeters between amber and light caramel brown... A good bit of carbonation which starts sluggish but picks up some speed before reaching the op...

S - Fairly subdued and one dimensional... The rye is at the forefront and dominate throughout... Some additional light spicy notes as well... Very little in terms of either malt or hops...

T - A nice mix of spicy rye and earthy hops are first and foremost... Just a little bit of malt on the finish to even things out in the form of dough and light caramel... Fairly straight forward, but rather effective...

M - A touch of foam greets the lip with each sip... Light to medium bodied... Subtle carbonation... Sleek... Goes down very smooth... The finish is a tad on the dry side...

D - A very nice brew here... Quite quaffable... The rye adds very nice depth and complexity to the textbook Sierra Nevada hoppiness... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting... I will gladly invest in this brew in the future and highly everyone check out this very nice addition to the Sierra Nevada stable of fine brews...

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, clear amber color with a big, lumpy foam crater head. Glass bottom retention deposits multiple thick, impressive lace rings on it's journey south. I can't think of how it could look any better.

Aroma is grassy pine and then orange/pine sorbet that I typically get from Simcoe.

Spicier than I anticipated. I guess that's why it's called "ruthless." Bold move Mr. Nevada. Spicy citrus and pine hops add to the rye spice. Respectable bitter finish.

Because Sierra Nevada is so widely available and so affordable it's easy to forget they make some of the best damn beer around.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, copper-amber, with three-fingers of off-white head, that dissipated fairly quickly and left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Spicy from the rye, and citrusy hops. Slight bready malt in the background, but the overall smell is somewhat muted.

Taste: A nice, bready sweetness from the malt, followed by a bitter, spicy kick from the rye and hops. The sweetness and bitterness both linger for quite a while, with the sweetness fading first. I'd like to have seen the rye come through a little stronger.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, and the carbonation is prickly at first, but seems to fade pretty quickly.

Overall: A solid, enjoyable beer. Not spectacular, and I don't think I'd go out of my way to seek it out, but I enjoyed it. The bottle art is pretty cool, too.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear medium copper with a half inch off white head. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is quite spicy like a rye beer should be. Earthy/piny hops are also present creating a nice balance.

Wonderful spicyness from the rye in the taste. A medium-high bitterness is present throughout with piny hop flavors. Some caramel malt is there is well to prop up the hops. Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very nice beer from Sierra Nevada. One I will definitely pick up more of.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a perfectly clear coppery caramel body with some scarlet red thrown in for good measure. Billowy two finger head of cotton white is typical of rye beers, but always impressive. Doesn’t really face, just dissipates and resembles a cappuccino.

S: Head long dive right into citrus hops – orange and lemony with pine overlaying the whole aroma. Underneath there is a peppery earthiness, arugula(?) and then a sweetness like cupcake frosting.

T: Flavor is much more restrained than the aroma. Mildly spicy with a moderate bitterness – again, a little earthy up front with mild pine flavors trailing. If the way soil smells after an April rain storm could have a taste - -this would be it.

M: Medium moving more to light bodied with an almost dry finish. Mouth fee is generally flat.

O: Not as much of a peppery kick as I was hoping nor as hoppy as I was expecting. Nice first go around, Sierra Nevada, but next time add a dash more of everything.

Photo of brydeen
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep copper color. Very crisp looking. Thin, bubbly, white head, with limited retention.

S: A spicy, dry resinous aroma. Definite rye presence. Not a lot of hops present, outside of a faint piney aroma.

T: Rye, Rye, and more rye. Very grassy, bready taste profile, with a nice bitter dry finish. Nice spice flavor.

M: Sharp carbonation. Very light bodied, dry, and crisp.

O: A nice, refreshing brew. Although its a nice changeup from the standard IPA, I would have enjoyed a little more hoppy characteristics

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A complimentary sample bottle at a local bar courtesy of the local distributor. Poured into tulip. Poured an attractive reddish light mahogany (kinda copperish) with an inch and half of tan head that had good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was very hop forward with a nice shot of Rye backing it up. Underneath, the base grains provided a solid foundation. On the tongue, The sharpness of the Rye provided a nice counter-point to SN's typical bold hoppiness.

The body was nicely full, fuller than typical for an IPA, but still wasn't heavy or filling. Drinkability was good, I'll be having a couple when it goes on tap tomorrow. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Worth trying when you see it.

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a fairly small off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Quite a bit of spice here for sure. A really good mix and balance of spice from the rye, bready malts and hops.

T- Spices are leading the way here. From rye spice to a pepper spice, followed by caramel malts, and then piney hops. Hops are here by are in the back ground.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Very solid brew. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. A good twist on an IPA.

Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a big cloud deck of off-white foam,
Aroma-Juicy hops, faint spiciness
Taste-Spicy rye, big, bold hops, rather clean, dry finish. Nice flavor and balance, cries out for a spicy food match. Pepper steak or Teriaki would do nicely. Hop-head recommended.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown SN stubby style bottle with artistic lable. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - deep copper to amber color with a creamy off white head that sits lovely on top. A nice ring of lace that sticks to the walls of my pint glass.

S - nice spicy aroma. Grain like bready malts with the rye sinking down deep in the nose. Almost hits a sweet note before a good combination of well balanced hops of both pine and citrusy notes

T - flavor has a sweet caramel malt presence to start and is immediately followed with a wonderful pungent dose of rustic rye. Peppery spices lead into a sturdy but great pine like hops which provide a solid bitterness. Some citrus here with the hops are noticed but mostly pine like hops with this brew. More tasty rye in the back leaving a somewhat dry finish.

M - medium body with very good carbonation. Typical thickish mouthfeel like most SN brews yet still crisp. Easy to drink. Good spices throughout with a lovely semi-dry finish.

O - I was a little disappointed to learn that SN was dropping Glissade as their spring seasonal while releasing yet another IPA to take its place. IPAs are wonderful, but I liked the change of pace golden bock. While all their IPAs are indeed very good, Glissade gave me a different style. However After experiencing this I can say that this may be their best IPA outside the Harvest ales and Estate ale. I'll definitely miss the Glissade this year, but I welcome this Ruthless Rye IPA with open arms. Very tasty.

Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a self-proclaimed fan of rye beers, I had to check this out.

Pours a dark copper color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. I was expecting something more reddish but it should do.

Pine resin from the hops mingles with sweet and spicy rye malt to create a welcoming bouquet of flavor.

Wow. Piney hops and spicy rye malt greet the tongue. The hops seem to overwhelm the spiciness, creating a weird mish-mash of flavors. I'm not complaining. It's what I expected.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and hops with a good rye kick.

I like this. It's not the best but I can see myself drinking it in place of some other micro.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber body with a light but frothy head.

Nose is sharp and spicy. Rye character is the operative thing here.

Tastes just like it smells. Sharp, tangy, spicy, with a hop bite on the finish. Thirst quenching while still being very flavorful. Just an outstanding balance of rye, hops and top-notch brewing ability. Another huge win for SN, in my opinion!

Tart and quenching. Slightly toothy from the hops. Love this beer on my tongue!

Overall drinkability is really good. SN doesn't make a bad beer, but I like this one even more than the rest of their lineup.

This is a beer for food. Chili, Nachos, BBQ, even a Bacon Cheeseburger with seasoned fries. Plenty of flavor and character to work well with intense flavors.

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber, moderate cap of khaki tinted head, decent retention and sticky lacing. Scent brings notes of pine and citrus to the front, followed by a decent spice, notes of lightly sweet malt and a mineral like quality. Taste leads with a moderate splash of pine and citrus, fairly robust spice notes from the rye, minimal notes of malt. Very dry finish, slightly heavy on the palate, fuller side of medium bodied. A decent offering from Sierra that like mostly everything else they make is quite drinkable.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into tulip.

A- Clear amber orange with a two finger white head.
S- Skunky dry hopping is this beers game. Huge dry hopped aromas, somewhat bitter but very astringent. Some citrus flavors such as grapefruit and lime.
T- A pretty bold taste from this one. Lots of dark citrus flavors from the hops. Very astringent, you can tell this is a rye IPA but had I not seen what it was I probably wouldn't have guessed. A red ale backbone, pretty sugary.
M- This beer is not the easiest to drink but isnt going to fight you either. A bitter aftertaste for sure. Good carbonation.
O- Another excellent seasonal from SN, This is similar to their Torpedo but with a darker feel to it.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,871 ratings.