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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88
very good

1,077 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,077
Hads: 4,881
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 84
Gots: 620 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,077 | Hads: 4,881
Photo of beerlust
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Another Sierra Nevada seasonal favorite of mine, along with the fall and Christmas beers. Nice bite and
kind of flowery taste. Not overpowering, but not for sissies, either. It's a little less rough than the Torpedo. Extremely affordable way to get
your hop fix, like their Celebration Ale. (445 characters)

Photo of Finatic
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled Odell's Myrcenary pint glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish hue with a nice white head that recedes slowly.

S: Piney aroma right off the bat that SN is famous for. Some mild malt also and some citrus(Grapefruit),

T: Tastes like it smells, albeit some small traces of rye on the palate as well.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Average offering from SN, would rather have a torpedo. (424 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a shiny transparent copper, huge frosty white head, extremely sticky lacing and nice retention. The addition of rye really makes this a gorgeous brew. It doesn't really get much better as far as appearance goes. The aromas are spicy and a little on the faint side. There's also a slight breadiness. Tastes like Sierra Nevada. There's a nice fruity bitterness with a minor touch of citrus. Hints of lemon and pine are present. Slightly spicy from the rye with a touch of pepper. Finished kinda dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side, real nice carbonation.

Nice beer from SN, but I'd take Torpedo and/or Celebration over this any day. (686 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a copper red with one finger tannish head. Cyrstal Clear beer. Decent lacing and retention

S - Very Malty aroma. Slightly floral. Lots of caramel. Nice smelling beer but odd for the style

T - Verry pepepry and grassy tasting with a dry finish. Not much on the hops. Just a tinge of a floral taste but the malts overpower it.

M - A medium to light body beer. Very slick in the mouth.

O - An ok beer. Not hoppy enough really for an IPA in my opinoin at least. More malts are present than hops. Still very drinkable. (527 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel, but fairly clear. About a finger and ½ head. Lots of tan lacing. Healthy drizzle on the side.

Smelled of red malt - skunky, rye (if I knew what ray smelled like) and grains, Absolutely no hops/

Tasted of grainy malts with earthy tones. It got bitter late, but nothing too bad.

Medium body. Average carbonation. An abrupt finish. Smooth, crispy and clean.

Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. It did it’s job and got us ready for the postseason.

An OK beer overall. It started out great until one place overran us. (593 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: deep reddish gold with 3 fingers of beautiful rocky pale orange head. Decent lacing and very slow to recede. Looks great.

S: Big hops on the nose, biter citrus like a grapefruit or pomello, and a tad heavy smelling. Touch of rye on the nose but not much.

T: Opens with a touch of medium malt like a red and fades into citrusy hops. Hop bitterness comes in last and leaves a grapefruit-like bitterness on the back of the tongue or like biting into the pith of an orange that persists for a long time after.. A little alcohol warmth but not much.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Drinks alright but not as easy as some beers.

O: Not a bad brew, considering I don't really like IPA style and I have come back to this a second time says something at least. (800 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Andrew61923
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Table and Vine today. Broke up a 6er because I didn't want to buy the whole thing...probably paid too much for it, but oh well. Bottled December 16 of last year, so just over a month old. Poured into my Delirium tulip.

A: Light mahogany. Small white head. Very clear. An attractive beer.

S: Not as clean. Picking up the rye and some spice. Little in the way of hops.

T: More hops than in the smell thankfully. Picking up more of the spice that was in the nose. Earthy and bready aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation. Smooth and sessionable, especially if I liked this beer more. One of the better parts of the beer.

O: Having faith in Sierra Nevada, I had high expectations for this beer. It wasn't as good as I had hoped, but I wouldn't turn it down if I had the opportunity to drink it again. (815 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep copper color with a thick cap of foam above. The aroma is floral hops, not much from the malt. On the palate, the malt, the bite of the rye and the bitterness of the hops meld to form a smooth drinking, balanced beer. The mouthfeel is thick from the grains. There is nothing ruthless about it, but it is a smooth drinkable brew. (346 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured really hazy. Medium brown colour. Good carbonation. Really fluffy two finger white head leaving decent lace and and rings of retention.

S - Rich malt, mild citrus, dark fruit. Mild.

T - Lot's of hop flavour, rich malt, spicy rye.

M - Spicy dryness in teh finish, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Pretty neat. Lot's of flavour and not bad to sit and sip but the spicy rye was a bit much. Otherwise alright. (463 characters)

Photo of keanex
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 2012 bottle with no freshness date.

A: Beautiful, clear dark amber with a towering light tan foam head. This is a beer that looks like it wants to be drunk!

S: Slight rye spice with earthy notes and slight citrus.

T: Really spicey from the rye from start to finish they really are ruthless with the rye. It sort of overpowers the flavor sadly, there's a slight grapefruit bite at the end, but this is very one-dimensional. I'm not liking this very much.

M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

O: I was expecting more from this, it's not very well balanced, but thankfully it is priced decently. Even so, I won't be buying it again, Hop Rod is a much better option. (704 characters)

Photo of PatDreadful
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Chalice.

Appearance: Looks great with a nice light brown color that is completely transparent. The egg sheall colored head is large and maintains throughout the session. Very nice.

Smell: There is the typical SN hop bill that I've grown to love. Lush tropical citrus with a touch of piney notes to really keep everything grounded. The rye provides an earthy spice that only serves to enhance the pine notes. Again, very well done.

Taste: Ah, that is what I'm looking for. The citrus hits you up front with grapefruit dominating which gives way to that wonderful piney spice acheived through the hops and the rye and then all of the sudden, it is gone. The flavor loses steam half way through my swallow and I am just left with a lingering taste of mild malt. No spice and certainly no hops. This is a huge dissapointment.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Very good for the style but I could have used just a bit more in the way of carbonation

I was left underwhelmed by the hops in this beer. It certainly wasn't bad but I think there are much better rye options and certainly much better pale ale options out there. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the box art work caught my eye thought what the heck. poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
with a nice bouncy head and a nice amber color it isn't to hoppy in smell. i was expecting more rye flavor but this beer doesn't dissapoint . for me this is another wonderful beer from the people at sierra nevada. (310 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at a few places around philly

Pours a clear auburn color with a light coating of white head. Tons of sticky and splotchy lacing on the glass with rings left behind after each sip.

Bitter piney hops in the nose with some light rye-induced spice. Faint sweetness with caramel and bread crust.

Starts off with a nice amount of bitter pine hops with some earthy notes. Spice from the rye attempts to creep in, tempered by some softer caramel. Decent malt backbone, touches of bread crust. Finishes bitter and light.

Thinner medium body, decent carbonation, feels a little watery and soft to me. I’m a fan of rye beers so I was looking forward to this but it fell a little flat for me. More rye spice and more hop flavor would really set it off nicely. For comparison’s sake, I had a Founders Red’s Rye after this and it blew it out of the water. (861 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You get a little over a finger’s worth of very even foam, dense with a few islands of larger bubbles, wispy lacing without much stick, retention is average and unremarkable. Deep bronze hued liquid, clear with an orange to yellow tint at the glass bottom, the bubbles are tiny and spread wide, shines brightly. The rye gives the nose a pleasing rugged to raw feel, scrubs deeply, fairly herbal with grapefruit pith and unprocessed grains, rock salt, you only get the powdered chocolate as it warms, any flowers or fruit muted. Medium-bodied, muscular in feel, flexes more than flows, the carbonation isn’t aggressive nor creamy, just nudges things now and then. The orange, tangerine to pink grapefruit citrus starts out sweet and then yields to the herbaceousness, pine cone and rye. The peach, apricot, pineapple fruit speaks more clearly here. Light toastiness but not doughy nor bready per se. Hard to find a distinct flavor profile to the malts, at most basic milk chocolate. Solidly constructed yet unremarkable, which is not really a slam at all. (1,057 characters)

Photo of BHopp12
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Poured an amber color that was very clear with a fluffy white head that leaves a very nice lacing behind.

S: A strong hop presences with a little bit of the rye behind it. Very hoppy presences though!

T: Very hoppy taste to it, almost like candy! Then the rye hits you with a bitter finish

M: Carbonation was medium to little very good in my opinion, bitter with a mild alcohol feel to it

O: Very good beer, definitly one I will have again and highly recommend like all Sierra offerings (533 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep amber color with a small head which dissapates quickly and minimal lacing.

The smell is heavy on rye and citrus hops. There is also a bread like smell and the smell of spices, possibly pepper.

The brew hits the mouth with a bitter taste and the oil of hops resin is present. The oil lingers in the mouth after swallowing, the taste of pepper also lingers.

The taste is full of rye, bread, spices, mostly pepper and hops. One can also taste the oil of the hops.

This is my first rye beer; it was interesting. Bready, citrusy, and pepper. A somewhat complex and hoppy taste. (599 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with packaged on date of 12/12/2013. Vintage 2014 printed on the label.

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright bronze color, semi-clear with tons of carbonation bubbles and sediment rushing topside in the glass. Two fingers of frothy off-white head with excellent staying power. Leaves behind fat rings of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The nose doesn't have much going on. Some fruity grapefruit hops, and some peppery rye spice, but little else.

T - Grainy and spicy. Heavy taste of rye and cracked peppercorns. Hoppy grapefruit bitterness with maybe a bit of blood orange in the end. Piney, some bready malt, but not what I would call spicy. Fruity, citrusy, juicy, and bitter.

M - Bitter and dry feel. Smooth and clean. Some hop resins hanging onto the tongue along with that touch of sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I would call it an average IPA, approachable for the style, but I'd say it lies more toward the bitter side of things.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA ---3.5/5 (1,053 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin pale orangish-red. Decent head that dissipates quickly.

From the bottle it reeks of hops, but that is dispersed much better in the glass. Smells as if there are a few different hops going on.

First sip gives a nice kick with some sweetness, fruit and a generous dollop of hop. A little dry, maybe.

A larger swallow comes of mellower, though the hops are a little one-note in a sense and it still dried out my mouth. A decent complexity in the back of my mouth that's malty and round, but I would have liked a little more balance from the hops.

Overall, it's a better than average IPA. Wouldn't be the best IPA to win over those who don't like the style but it's enjoyable for someone like me who likes less aggressive ones. (740 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look - Dark ruby with a half finger that presents as off white. Leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - immediately citrusy with pepper in the middle fading to a strong punch of its namesake.

Taste - Rye bread everywhere. The citrus stays around faintly and the pepper hits your throat upon finish. Gets a bit of a lingering sour dough taste as you continue into the bottle.

Feel - Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation and a slightly creamy finish.

Overall - It wasn't as good as I was expecting. In my opinion, GL Rye of The Tiger has it beat. Still would be worth a shot if you don't mind or truly enjoy sour dough bread. (634 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on February 3, 2012

A: Redish with a substantial head and lacing.

S: Mostly citric hops, but not all that pronounced.

T: Bitter citric and piney hops with a sweeter citrus hiding. The malt is a pleasantly fully and bread and faintly sweet. The finish is slightly dry and long.

M: Full and creamy.

O: Maybe I'm just not in the right mood for this beer right now, or maybe it wasn't stored very well, but it doesn't do much for me. That said, there's nothing bad about it. I'd rather have a Righteous. (512 characters)

Photo of Danno48
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I happened to pour this IPA into a crystal tasting glass at 45 degrees F.
A- It looks great. Lots of the beautiful caramel color that "RyePA's" have. The head was thin and didn't last more than a minute.

S- Smells fantastic. Personally I enjoy the smell of this beer more than anything. You can almost taste it with your nose. Its aroma is light and energetic.

T- The taste I found to be average. It has an ok bitterness factor, I personally like very potent IPAs. I felt as if the maltiness did not come through very much at all. Classic pine notes, floral, a sort of zesty spiciness like cloves.

M-I did not enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. It was clingy and fuzzy. It left me scraping my tongue against my upper teeth for 30 min. Not what I am used to from IPAs.

Overall- It is a perfectly and wonderfully vanilla beer that I felt as if I needed to drink colder and colder as I made my way through the six pack over a period of 2 weeks. Over all I would award a 3.5. (974 characters)

Photo of creedence
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Am I going crazy? I pick up anything new from SN - well, at least new to me and I have to say I'm not that impressed. I don't have a very deep palette but I can distinguish a crappy beer from a quality beer. I found this to be just 'average' at best. Somebody tell me I'm not going crazy. (288 characters)

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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