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
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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Ratings: 4,871 | Reviews: 1,095
Photo of nlmartin
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a imperial pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a thick white coloration with long retention. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

S- The beer has a nice earthy spicyness from the rye malt. Citrus and grassy hoppyness climbs right out of the glass and greets my nose.

T- The flavor of the beer has an assertive hoppyness nice grapefruit and lemon, grass slams into spicy rye notes.

M- The body of the beer is medium. Nice creamy carbonation. Long lasting bitterness finishes the beer.

O- I am really enjoying this beer particularly for the price point. $7.00 for the 6 pack. Well done I will pick another sixer of this beer up.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Deep copper color with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Lacing all over.

S- Overwhelmingly grassy and citrus notes from the hops make for a very pleasant nose.

T- Grassy hops right up front with a little bit of citrus to it. The rye takes care of the bitterness and leaves you a beer with really nice hop flavor that finishes with a bready/rye flavor.

M- Light bodied, carbonation is alright. Nothing crazy.

O- Very nice offering from Sierra Nevada. I would absolutely pick up another sixer.

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 GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, this is 2012 vintage. The beer is a crystal clear, crisp, bronze coloring with a tremendous, towering, big bubbled, foamy off-white head that has an unreal retention. It stays forever, it seems. Aromas are heavy roasted grain, a slight peppery spicing, and a subtle bouquet of citrus. Very well blended nose. The beer's flavors are burnt, with a toasted cereal taste to the forefront, followed by a slightly resiny hops presence that has a solid citrus tartness. There are peppery spicing notes all over the palate that tingle the tastebuds while you drink. There is a good transition into the aftertaste, which is heavy in roasty/toasty characteristics that are blended and balanced with a light citrus sweetness. The finish is slick, with a resiny feel left behind in mouth, and a slight peppery bite throughout the roof of the mouth. This is a tasty rye...good representation and blending of some very strong ingredients.

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice sharp aroma of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, citrus, rye, and a spicy, peppery quality. Basically, this is a rye beer that's been hopped up (or an IPA that has rye added), but it's still an enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a solid, easy to drink beer.

Photo of redleaves
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, creamy head, nose of fresh hops grass and horse blanket, unsmoked pot, hay, deliciously unique aroma. Flavor is creamy, peppery, fresh hop, but not too intense. Full malt backbone. Light fruit and caramel, a unique IPA, very delicious, I'll drink quite a few more of these before summer. How this larger craft brewery keeps pounding out these awesome beers is beyond me.

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

Ba Review #107
Served On: 01/12/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.6%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Another one from the huge selection at Ye Old Spirits Shop in Frederick. I wasn't sure if I'd find this anywhere in my area.

Look: Poured a brilliant clear orangeish copper color. Head was off-white foam that reduced to a uniform film. Great carbonation.

Smell: Strong piney hops with some sweet rye in the background. There was also a tangy Belgian quality in the nose; like what you would expect in a Belgian blonde or witbier.

Taste: Grassy pine was upfront with a brief moment of sweetness. Then the rye kicked in and lead into a bitter grassy finish. Aftertaste was a real nice hop bitterness that seemed to dry up the palate.

This is another great beer from SN. Rye beers seem to be far and few between; I'd say this one sets the standards as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of biggred1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with brassy highlights and big rocky head of tan foam that slowly melts to soft peaks leaving scraps of lace on the glass. Pine resin and grapefruit rind with a decent whiff of spicy rye and toasted barley. Grainy and spicy malt with rye and a touch of tobacco leaf and mint. The hop flavors are nice and piney with a taste of candied citrus fruit but well balanced in the scheme of flavors going on here. The medium body feels about right for a 6% IPA and the carbonation is bright. A major improvement over the Glissade Bock in my opinion.

Photo of MrOH
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper with two fingers of off-white head, great retention. Lots of lacing.

Apples, citrus, bread, caramel, some slight tropical notes. Kinda reminds me of sticky buns.

Sweet breadiness upfront, then citrus hop flavors with a long firm bitterness that transitions to a dryness that I attribute to the rye. Quite tasty.

Definitely on the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation. Just right and it accentuates the flavors.

Pretty damn good, one of the better rye beers out there.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: 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.

Smell: Firmly grassy, citrusy nose with a good pinch of lemon pepper seasoning, rather well ahead of the pale malted barley.

Taste: Bready, 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 half. Fairly peppery throughout. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Another Sierra Nevada IPA with a twist of rye.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: golden orange-brown body, mostly clear with no head whatsoever, spotty lacing with rings

S: rye up front with light pine and hops

T: peppery through the rye, hops coming out strong

M: light to medium, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish with some light harshness on the tongue

O: good for a rye beer and an AIPA, I'll have this again whatever it is

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty burnt orange color. Dense and dark. Nice creamy off white head with good retention.

The smell is of pepper, cracked rye bread, and a blend of mildly medicinal piney and citric hops. I pick up pineapple and grapefruit, honeydew melon from the hop oils. Secondary notes of unbaked dough, caramel and vanilla. Faint almost whiskey like character.

Rush of oily grainy malt flavors followed by a dry and bitter finish. The rye flavor is restrained and gives this beer a slightly denser flavor than Torpedo. Very sweet candied citric and grapefruit quality. The hops arrive as the beer sits in the glass.

Mouthfeel is grainy and leans towards the powerful malt flavors. The oils hops play their own part but you have to look for the flavors. This isn't as directly hoppy as SN's other IPA's

This is a good beer overall. It will not dethrone Celebration or Torpedo but it is a nice maltied IPA that will help me get my hop fix in the cold winter and spring months. I will probably by a six pack of this before Spring ends and do a side by side with the other Sierra Nevada IPA's

Photo of creedence
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aroma: pine and citrus with a hint of pineapple and tropical type aromas. There is some grassy notes with a light malt sweetness. There is moderate rye spiciness to the aroma.

appearance: golden orange and clear with an ivory head that forms a half inch of rocky, longlatsting head.

taste: a good deal of citrus with a lot of that spicy pepper/rye character. There is some mango towards the back mixed in with some pineapple. There is a assertive hops bitterness with just enough malt for support. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with a linger hop bitterness aftertaste.

mouthfeel: dry, medium full bodied with a medium high carbonation

drinkability: A very good IPA with a great rye flavor.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of CampusCrew
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden orange and cloudy complexion

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice floral aroma, strong pineapple and tropical aromas.

taste: Lots of citrus mixed in with tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. A sweet malty IPA. well done.

mouthfeel: medium full bodied

drinkability: very nice offering from this brewery and I look forward to many more like this. Thanks

Photo of BARFLYB
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pint.

Ruthless Rye goes in the Sierra Nevada Tulip easy with not any cap or nothing. There is just the smallest bits of white bubbles towards the edge of the glass that die when on the surface, lifeless beer, no stick. smell is rye malt to the max with some faint caramel and a spicy sense. Some piney resins come up to with more whiffs. Taste is even between the rye and the IPA. Rye comes first than a small hit of pined hops. Small traces of caramel throughout. feel is a bit thin, I would say bordering on thin. Carb comes and goes off of the tounge, leaving a resinous effect afterwards. Bitterness is not that large, the rye malt takes care of that. I can say that while this was a noble attempt, it just misses the mark for me. I will try more bottles and a draft to see what's what though.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1357 so December 23rd 2011

A: Pours a nice copper-red color with a sticky 2 fingers worth of off-white head that leaves great lacing

S: Majorly hoppy with nice notes of peppery rye and some caramel

T: Follows the nose, with the hops and rye mixing together nicely to make quite the combination of citrus, pine, and pepper notes. Surprisingly, neither really overpowers the other, and this makes for a tasty, well-balanced brew

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation, perfect for letting the hop oils come through, and there are plenty of them

O: At first I was a bit skeptical about having the Glissade go and letting this replace it, but I have definitely changed my mind. It has that typical SN IPA feel to it, yet the rye adds a nice kick to it and puts it on another level. Great job SN, keep those beers coming!

Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a slightly red amber like color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lace.

S- The rye aroma is quite dominant with a slightly sour smell and loads of citrus hops rounding out the nose. I'm surprised the rye is this noticeable, and it shows itself in more of a pepper, bread, and mustiness kind of way.

T- Very bitter initially with sharp hop resin and pine coming through in waves. Bracingly bitter at first, but almost instantly it gives way to a sweet caramel and bread finish with a lingering note of sour rye.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall another very solid hoppy brew from SN.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange amber (with a slight initial haze) with a thin off-white head that leaves patchy lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine, pepper with a bready undertone. The brewery's "house character" is there.

The taste is fairly complex. It has pine, citrus and minty spicing. The malt is in the background, and places the supportive role very well. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. The finish is very dry with hops and rye lasting for a little while on the palate. The "Sierra Nevada" taste is there.

It hits full-bodied and is smooth.

This is a dry brew. A solid example of an American IPA with a rye touch. Another winner from Sierra Nevada!

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from SN, bottled just under 3 weeks from consumption.

If you're looking to be blown away with all the beer craze as of late, you're in for a dissapointment. If you're a fan of SN, and enjoy their signature "profile" you're in for a treat.

A - solid dark copper in color, very active and great lacing but my only surprise was the lack of head that most all other SN brews produce. Still impressive nevertheless.

S - Grapefruit, bitter pine, rye of course, followed by the typical SN nose.

T - Much the same as the nose. Think a combination of the Pale Ale and Torpedo with a nice dose of Rye thrown into the mix. I do like the Grapefruit that compliments the rye in here reminding you that this is a nice west coast IPA as well. Yum!

M - Creamy, dry, bitter and light all at the same time. Very sessionable.

O - Just another solid SN brew. After geeking out on highly sought after brews and whales for 3-4 years now, I can honestly say that SN is UNDER-RATED. Yeah...I said it.

Photo of sansimeon
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm new at this, so here goes. I liked the beer in general. I compared this beer with a Coastal Fog IPA and suddenly realized what the "body" of the beer refers to. Before, I either liked a beer or didn't, without regard for why. The first word that popped into my head after a couple of sips of the Rye was "round", and the Coastal Fog was "flat" (not flat as in, no carbonation, just lacking complexity). Ruthless had a nice malt taste, which I'm still figuring out how to articulate, and just enough hops to keep me drinking it. I will say this; I don't know if it was the beer, but I had some pretty messed up dreams for the two nights I drank this beer.

Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

january is a sad time for fans of celebration ale. away goes the goodness of the holidays and an ipa that marks history with its hoppy goodness.

what could make the sting hurt less? another amazing ipa would do the trick! let's try one using rye. sure.

pepper and burned grass usual of rye flavor (ask bear republic and founders)...but here we have a fantastic citrus hop note - and i mean fantastic! i was sad that there was no more celebration at the grocery supermarket...until i got home and tasted the ruthless rye.

great aroma. great taste. great beer.
another amazing offering from sn. i guess i can forgive you for the disappearance of anniversay ale.

please keep making these hoppy ales!
...and i'm looking forward to 2012 bigfoot.

wow. just wow.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a rich strong darker orange color that is clear. Theere is a nice slightly off-white 1 inch head. The head is really dense and frothy and it sticks around for a long time. Very nice look to this brew.

Spicy nose. Notes of pepper and definitely some rye. SOme nice biscuity, bready malt undertones in there as well. Some citrus and earthy hop notes mange to sneak in through the malt and rye.

Starts off very spicy. Tons of pepper notes and somewhat of a earthy grain tone. Then there is a sharp increase in bitterness and some citrus notes plunge up from the back. Then as it subsides a bit there is a nice bready malt finish to the beer with some lingering effects from the hops as well as the unrelenting spicy rye notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of a sticky resinous finish to it.

Overall a decent beer. Not my favorite from Sierra Nevada but definitely a worthy attempt. Good Rye spice.

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 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!

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