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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87
very good

4,871 Ratings
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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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
2012, 6.6% ABV, 135012000 on label (Dec. 15, 2011)

A - From the brilliant art that adorns the label to the sexy appearance in the pint, Ruthless Rye looks stunning; light bronzy amber in color, it's chill haze and minimal condensation are the only two things keeping it from perfect clarity. The moderate light khaki head lingers quite lengthily before delicately decorating the pint in lace.

S - Sierra Nevada knows their hops, that much is certain. This beer's aroma cements that unequivocally. There's a pleasant, inviting quality to the juicy aroma of the hops that works so well juxtaposed to the rye! Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit put a tropical spin on the peppery, aggressive nature of the rye. A swirl brings fourth pine and grassy earth tones, adding further depth.

T - Hoppy through and through, the exotic fruitiness passively combats the hearty rye in here. Toasted malt falls just behind the peppery, raw, unrelenting rye flavor.

M - It wouldn't be a proper Sierra Nevada without loads of bitterness! Fantastic balance between the moderate carbonation, medium body, and sharp finish, Ruthless Rye is pretty smooth despite being rugged. This one's not too ruthless in fact.

O - Sierra Nevada strikes gold again! Behind the cutting edge band-wagon-jumping of rye beers, it's clear this beer was perfected before being unleashed into the market. Spectacular balance of aggressive hops, this review bottle went far too fast.

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Glad that I remembered I hadn't reviewed this yet, I was working through my last bottle from the 12-pack I bought, and realized I was about to do something awful. It pours a beautifully hazy red-copper color with a large head. The aroma is fantastic, there's a great amount of spicy rye balanced with a very unique herbal, yet aggressive hop that works fantastically with the rye. The taste is also fantastic, the rye contributes such a great spiciness and just a touch of sweetness. Those flavors blend perfectly with the very unique hop flavor this beer has - it's hop forward, but not the typical citrus or pine hop you'll find in an IPA. It's a bizarre, yet delicious very strong herbal and earthy hop that blends fantastically with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is spot-on, and the drinkability is fantastic. It's probably the best rye beer I've had, hands-down. For this beer to be this affordable is just about unfair for the other beers on the shelf. Highly recommended.

Photo of magpieken
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12 fl oz bottle. Medium gold-copper colour with a tall, dense, off-white head which persisted well and left some nice lacing. Aroma of pine, floral perfume and citrus. A nice combination of: medium sweetness, complementary bitterness and a spicy bite to finish. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth texture. These jokers know how to make a beer. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured rather hard into my Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a thick white head. There is some cascading and some nice lacing left on the glass.

S-Stong nose for sure; consisting of citrus hops-grapefruit and some pineapple along with some alcohol sweetness. Smells fantastic.

T-Citrus hops upfront giving a great grapefruit and lemon zest flavor followed by a spicy and somewhat bready and caramel malt backbone. There is a lingering bitterness. The rye gives it a nice balance and enhances complexity. Tastes great.

M-Somewhat slick, yet thick with a nice touch of carbonation.

D-Nice complexity and flavor make this a session beer all the way even though the abv. is slightly above average.

Overall, this beer is great. I know some people are disappointed that it replaced Glissade, but if you have the ability to create IPAs (I know this is technically a Rye Beer but its hoppy like an ipa) that taste this good, why not do it and make it available to the masses. I personally prefer it over Glissade and love it. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear copper color with a short yet creamy sandy colored head that leaves lots of lace clinging the side of the tulip.

Extremely fresh hop smell with citrus notes. A touch of spiciness from the rye also.

A rye bomb! Never thought I would say that. The rye is the highlight here. Right away I'm hit with this spicy, grain husk, caraway seed flavor of rye with a nice pop of pine from the hops at the end. Peppery spice in the finish. Some nice citrus notes intermingle throughout as well. So very good.

The carbonation is awesomely soft and creamy. Medium bodied and quite crisp.

Hey Glissade was good, but I'll take this over it any day. I'm a huge fan of rye IPA's, but with all of the rye coming through in this, I think I'm a bigger fan now. Rye and hops really do go hand in hand. Great brew!

Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear rich amber color with a massive off white head that slowly settles down to a finger high blanket covering the ale. The lacing sticks around the glass a little.

The aroma is hop bitterness at first. Pine and citrus notes are covered. But there is Rye bread aroma as well.

The flavor is full of citrus notes, pine notes. Sharp grapefruit and pine notes hit the tongue at first. Only, to be followed bye the sweetness of the malt and the grain of the rye. I can even detect some whiskey smokiness.

Medium/full bodied, lightly carbonated, and easy to drink if you love hops.

This brewery never disappoints and grab some while you can and enjoy!

Photo of industrialswill
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I'm met with is the very attractive, picturesque label.
Ruthless Rye has a reddish brown hue and a very pretty glow.
The taste is what I expect from a Sierra Nevada IPA...outstanding.
The balance of citrus and malt flavors are augmented with the bold flavor of rye. They have executed this combination in such a way to make it seem like this is a brew that they have been doing for generations.
As usual, Sierra Nevada has introduced an outstanding beer to a lineup that is already logjammed full of excellent selections.
It will be interesting to see if this one becomes a "keeper" or not.

Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think that this also came to me courtesy of local IP trader, tone77. I will be relieved to finish off the last of my on-deck bottles so that I CAN return to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the bottle: "Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with this rustic grain for refined flavors - combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring."

I employed an aggro pour so as to release the aromatics and at the same time, create so much tawny head that there was a cascading action at the junction between the foam and the liquid. My strategy was sound as I ended up with just better than two fingers of head that resembled the top of an ice cream cone, plus the kitchen smelled like I had sprayed air freshener. It smelled of pine, mint and black pepper and my mouth was watering in anticipation. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium and the admixture of the rye and hops on the tongue was literally breathtaking. It tasted of pepper and fresh mint and was just beautiful! The heavy, sticky lacing that began to appear was going to need a hammer and chisel to remove. Finish was likewise dry and peppery-minty. Whew. What a way to open the day!

Photo of Broden
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard Pint Glass

A- Pours a very nice amberish color with a nice looking white head. Head dissipates and leaves a nice amount of lacing throughout. Very attractive beer.

S- Nose of this beer is a little subdued but has seems to have a very balanced smell. Neither hop, nor malt seem to dominate the smell. It definitely has a little rye spice to the nose.

T/M- Very well balanced beer. Hops, Malt, and the perfect spice from the Rye. Extremely drinkable with a medium body. Very difficult to detect any alcohol.

O- Such an amazing beer. Perfectly balanced, and soooo easy to drink. I wish this was a year round brew for SN!

Photo of ExtraStout
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ruthless Rye certainly has the look down; a body that mixes brown, orange and red is crowned with a towering head of light tan foam that has ridiculous retention and leaves behind some great lacing.

The aroma has a big dose of citrus, is a little bit spicy and has notes of caramel as well. Ruthless Rye is bright and citrus-flavored immediately, bringing the hop profile that I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Grapefruit, orange, hints of resin and just a touch of pine combine with considerable bitterness. The spicy, almost peppery rye flavors are noticeable without being overwhelming, with a little bit of caramel and even some powdery cocoa to back it up.

Slightly oily on the tongue with a fairly full body for an IPA. Ample carbonation gives a smooth and creamy feel.Ruthless Rye is a hoppy beer with rye in the background. If you like Sierra Nevada's other hoppy beers, then you will dig this one if you like rye.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange with a patchy off-white head. Ridges and chunks of foam cling to the glass. The aroma is a wonderful mix of fruity, juicy hop notes with emphasis on the grapefruit. The taste is of grapefruit, peach and floral hops intertwined with a doughy malt base and a little bit of rye (or hop?) spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. bitterness but also malts linger in the long finish.

This is a great IPA. Lots of hop nuance and great balance with malts. I highly recommend this quaffable stuff.

Photo of Jsteez
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled beer mug. The bottle said 2013.

A-Pale to medium amber in color, with a deep orange hue. It poured a tan, bubbly, almost creamy 2 inch head. The head dissipated to a lovely foamy and thin surface. Sticky lace on the the glass throughout consumption. Nice lookin beer!

S-Earthy, piney, hoppy, and a touch of malt, perhaps some rye, too. I could really smell the American fresh hops.

T-Again, earthy, piney, woody, a touch of spicy rye, and the fresh, bitter hops were complemented by the sweet caramel malt. This brew reminded me of picking up a bunch of pine needles and a chunk of sticks and earth, and turning them into beer (not that I've done that before). It's a down-to-earth beverage. Nice bitter aftertaste that lingers the whole time I nursed it. Great dry feeling in the aftertaste as well. Great balance!

M-Crisp, fresh, and a full bodied brew with a light body feel! Very sessionable! Moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd say the name says it all: Ruthless. This beer is a perfect February beverage. I have more in my fridge to enjoy, and I will buy more of them during this "tumultuous transitiion to spring!"

Cheers!

Photo of Wvwineguy
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and dry. Nice head

Photo of Pantyologist
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this rye ale from Sierra Nevada. I haven't had much experience with rye ales at the time of writing this review , but i must say this one has to be one of my Favorites so far. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass and noticed a nice creamy head that leaves a wonderful lacing on the glass while drinking. The Two flavors that stood out the most to me were white pepper and grapefruit. The carbonation is perfect and has a great mouth texture. Can't go wrong with this Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye !!

Photo of dansmcd
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber beneath a finger of flimsy head and drools of lacing.

S - Big citrusy hops, grapefruit central, fresh warm rye bread.

T - Citrus and piney hop flavours, peppery rye bread, sweet caramel malt, solid but not overpowering bitterness. Great balance, beautiful flavours.

M - Smooth medium body, great carbonation.

O - Certainly lived up to my hopes, fresh straight from Chico refridgerated all the way to Australia. Sublime. I love rye IPAs and this one is pretty faultless.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Apperance - Brown/tan, copper tint. 1/2 head that really died quickly. Nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, rye, caramel, sweet fruits like apple, orange and apricot. Bready, and malty. Smells really nice.

Taste - Hop bite up front with a mix of malts and rye. Very bitter at first, with some caramel and citrus fruits. Slight warmth from the alcohol. Tons of pine mixed with some added molasses and brown sugars adds alittle sweetness, but lots of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets hop bittered at first sip with pine resin, caramel and some sweet sugars. Palette is bittered also, and coated with malts and rye. Aftertaste is bitter, dry and piney as hell.

Overall - What a amazing beer to come out after celebration ale. Its almost like they get your ready for hops with the citric bite of celebration. This brew is even more piney, bitter and bolder. This beer is ruthless on your tounge and palette. Im shocked at how hoppy this beer turned out. Might be a little much for some, but the addition of rye mixed with the hops really make this a intense yet flavorful and enjoyable beer. Welcome to the seasonal lineup, fantastic beer!

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appeared a nice, clear darkish orange with a huge off white, dense head, which settled into a rocky head that hung around for a long time. Some nice lacing. The beer gave off a good aroma, mainly with a very strong pine hop aroma with the rye in the background. There also appeared to be a hint of spice as well. The taste of the beer was more balanced than I thought it would be. A nice bready and rye with a slightly more dominate pine and citrus hop taste. The beer had a moderate feel to it, it was clean, creamy, and it left a nice dry and refreshing finish. Overall, another quality beer from this quality brewer.

Photo of jfrank85
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a dogfish head snifter. This beer has a sticky head that lasts for days. Copious amounts of lacing down the glass that sticks like glue. Deep copper red color, bright crystal clear. Beautiful.
S- Spicy. Touch of citrus hops, slightly earthy and grassy.
T- " ", crisp and fresh, pumpernickel bread taste. Touch of citrus from hops almost resinous, grainy.
M- Medium but crisp. Bright
O- Wow, I'm in love. I am quite partial to rye beers as it it but this one is amazing. From presentation to taste it is both appealing and tasty. Would recommend highly.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear and deep copper amber orange with lots of fast rising bubbles. Huge white head giving about five fingers. Very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass. Looks great.

Smell: Big aroma of pine resin hops leap out. Very dank. Also a good amount of rye adding to the spice. Some good hints of citrus hops and sweet bready malts lingering in the background. The spicy pine and rye stand out the most here. Smells very fresh and good.

Taste: A big taste of very nice spice and bitterness. Oily pine resin hops up front with a nice kick of spicy rye. Good notes of citrus grapefuit and orange. A sweet bready presence of malts emerges towards the finish to balance out the bitterness. Very good tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, chewy, and finishes dry from the big hop presence.

Overall: A very good new add to Sierra Nevada's lineup. Very spicy and bitter, so much so that it seems like a double IPA. That is a good thing to me.

Photo of LukeD23
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never heard of this beer and cant find any info on it. I am really suprised and excited about this new release from SN.

It pours a really pretty sunset amber with almost no head lingering. As I smell the beer the first thing I notice is how crisp the hop smell is, lots of zesty citrus aromas with a similar to sprite aroma. I love the hop combination on this beer, not sure what the hops are but they are great. The rye is a great spicy backround note and lends a nice fresh loaf of bread note. The mouthfeel is the classic sierra nevada mouthfeel, chewy but not long lasting on the bitterness. Overall I really like this beer, it is crisp and clean while still intriguing to the palate. Cheers.

Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release

Appearance: A nice amber color with a decent light tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving good lacing

Smell: A very aromatic brew, consisting of spicy rye and piney, resinous hops

Taste: Starts off with some resinous hops, then moves to some rye spice, then a little pine hops, finishing with a little bit of malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, light to medium body

Overall: An excellent brew from Sierra Nevada. I'm rather happy to have it in my fridge right now!

Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-brown in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a stiff, rocky foam that never disappeared (do I drink too fast?) and left chunks of sticky foam on the glass. An interesting and complex combination of rye bread, tangy citrus and light pine hop aromas that allow just a touch of maltiness to sneak through. Medium bodied with a thick smooth feel. Much like the aromas the flavors are complex and very unique. The first flavor that hit was like the first time I bit into a rye bread seed, a bit spicy and grainy. A combination of ripe citrus and light pine hop flavors followed with a sweet caramel malt backbone fighting through. The more I try beers with rye malt the more I wonder why it isn’t more common. Finished semi-dry with a light spicy, pine hop bitterness.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice burnt copper color with a big thick two plus finger head. It stuck to everything and laced the entire drink.

S: Spicy, spicy with giant herbal and piney hops jumping out. The rye kick is noticeable even here. Maybe even a hint of pineapple hiding in there.

T: Immediately the rye hits with a spicy smack. Layers of malt back it up going from light toast to a quick hint of burnt grain cracker. But you gotta be fast to catch it because the hops come in fast with huge amounts of pine and herbal flavors. I get the pineapple again here in the back before everything ties up with a serious bitter smack in the face that almost makes me pucker.

M: Medium with a syrupy quality and a slight bit of fizz that accent the spice.

O: Great beer. Just loved this one. Had two more on separate occasions and felt the same. The spicy kick of rye and piney/herbal hops combo just kills it for me. I am buying more and hoping it becomes a regular offering. I can see how this flavor combo is too much for some but for me it works.

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- THis beer puors with a nice, deep amber body with a crisp line of white head that leaves somewhat quickly

S- Lots of spice a pepper on the nose with a big burst of hop aroma

T- Just like the nose, lots of robust pepper. This has a earthy taste as well coming from the rye grains and a clean, somewhat smooth hope finish on the end.

M- Crazy mouthfeel on this is one! It's medium bodied and ver tingly which lasts as long as it's in your mouth.

O- Totally love this beer. I liked it last year and it just keeps getting better. Wonderful taste. Fairly sessionable. Fantastic IPA.

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Photo of madeofsteel
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a coppery color with a cream colored head about half an inch high. Nice retention and gorgeous patchy lacing make this one a looker.

S - The first thing I notice isn't rye, but pine resin and citrus zest. Rye is further back, pleasantly fruity and prickly.

T - The rye is much more noticeable in the flavor, but not to be understated is a certain bready malt quality. Very bitter, intimidating hop character, but I love that kind of stuff.

M - Sorta dry, very fine carb.

O - I think I may have found a new favorite from Sierra Nevada.

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