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

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Reviews: 1,077
Hads: 4,881
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 84
Gots: 620 | 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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Reviews: 1,077 | Hads: 4,881
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is a savior after a terrible bottle of SA Alpine Spring. Poured in a SN tumbler.

Dark amber body with a frothy slightly off-white head. steady stream of bubbles rising from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom.

Smells like pine needles. spicy pine needles.

Not as spicy as i expected, but still spicy. Decent malt body that really balances out everything. Its got this quality I cant really pin down. The spicy rye is balanced by slightly slick hop extract oil. Feels like a more interesting Torpedo.

Ill take this over Torpedo. (547 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 ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single for $1.75 to try it out after a solid recommendation from my beer guy at the Keg.

A – Transparent copper with a creamy, one-finger, yellowed-white head which lingers around for quite while. Great lacing on this one.

S – Lemon zest, pine, and is it cheating to say rye? Smells clean…

T – Slight oil quality comes out quick. Bitterness from the hops linger in the mouth long after the finish. Sweet spiciness that feels well balanced.

M – Medium with a good amount of carbonation.

O – It makes me happy that Sierra Nevada can produce good, affordable craft brews that can be found everywhere. (625 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear dark amber color with about an inch of bubbly white head. Nice sticky lace left behind.

The aroma has a pine forward hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background. A nice unmistakable rye aroma gives it a nice malty edge. Caramel and rye malts kind of take the forefront on the pallet. Slightly bitter hop flavor rounds this out.

Medium and somewhat of a dry body with good carbonation.

Overall a nice new offering from these guys. Glad to see a widely available rye beer cause I love the stuff. (553 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up into a globe glass, this new 'Spring' seasonal appears to replace the Glissade. Hopefully that one will make another appearance one day. The Ruthless pours a clear copper with a half inch of slightly off white foam. A steady boil emanates from the base giving some support.

I let this bottle warm up a bit berore opening and this seems to be a good idea. Firmer retention and a fuller aroma are offered as a result. Light citric and pine hop notes intermingle with rye grain along with a supportive peppery spice. Malt notes are present but subtle behind the rye.

Flavor follows with rye, a moderate bitterness and a spicy and well carbonated delivery, and adds a touch of light caramel on the finish. Feel is full and coarse and offers a lingering spice with a touch of sweetness.

Overall this beer represents better as a Rye Beer than an IPA, and I gather that's the intent given the tiny font of IPA on the label. Hop aromas do evolve and expand with warming but the Rye remains in charge. (1,007 characters)

Photo of dcook11
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a pint glass. Wow, this looks fantastic. Thick, creamy white head with a generous amount of sticky lacing that just clings to the glass. The beer itself is a cooper/burgundy hue, with some fine bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The aroma is quite complex. Initially, I’m struck by the hop profile. Nice, grapefruit notes, followed quickly by a strong, yet balanced rye scent. As it warms, more tropical fruit notes make their presence known, and a caramel sweetness begins to take over. At times, the beer seems to take on a sweet tartness (kind of like the candy). As the beer approaches room temperature, it begins to take on a funky, musty, aroma. Maybe also a touch of simcoe like aroma as well. The taste, is crisp, with a strong hop punch at the start. Fresh hops on the tongue, followed by a lingering, drying bitterness. The rye also balances the brew nicely, providing more of a balance to the aggressive hoping. The abv is well concealed. Very nice. The mouth feel is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is a must try for the IPA lover. If you’re not a fan f Rye beers, give this a try, it may change your mind. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised when this one hit....I didn't even know they were replacing the Glissade.

a-pours a clear dark reddish amber colour with a great long lasting head.

s-def distinct spicyness from the Rye followed by the grapefruit hoppiness.

t-Earthy flavour....def rye flavour...very nice yet balanced by the citrussy hops.

m-Good for the abv...SN is always on point here.

o-Overall this bad boy is a welcome addition. I love it and with this change of the seasonal I was happy. I have found some of the recent seasonal changes have been somewhat lackluster IMO. (566 characters)

Photo of muletrane
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/3/12

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Pours a dark amber colour. 2 fingers of white pillowy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Alot of bready rye notes dominate. Some floral hops mixed in as well.

T: Some floral hop notes up front and then comes some big rye flavor. Finish is very dry with some lingering rye notes.

M: Lively carbonation and a slightly heavy body. Very dry almost leathery feel.

Overall this a good beer. Nice flavor and aroma. Mouthfeel was a little to leathery for my tastes. (525 characters)

Photo of AllenJasper
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Review.
12 oz. bottle to 14 oz. mug.

A: Clear, coppery red with plenty of carbonation. Short, off-white head. Bottle design is epic.

S: Smells like Rye bread, pine cones and a touch of hops.

T: The hoppiness you would expect from a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a good mix of rye and orange, Mild rye spice aftertaste.

Overall: This beer is incredible for the $11.50/12 pk. The design on the bottle, the Sierra Nevada name, the price, and the fact this was right in the entryway made this the easiest trip to the liquor store ever. (539 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-21 in Enola, PA at Al's of Hampden. Had the 2014 version in the bottle on 2014-01-19 and enjoyed it enough to raise the taste up by .25.

A - Good looking brew that is clear but dark caramel with a 1.5-finger light tan head into a pint. Mild lacing.

S - Rye bread, mild spice and citrus, light hop floral. Pleasant but not real strong.

T - Rye bread, burst of citrus, sweet roasted malt, touch of pine, a fair amount of pepper then a burgeoning amount of grapefruit rind bitterness that continues into the dry, peppery aftertaste. (Not as satisfying as their Hemisphere series but a reasonable substitute - 2014).

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth and satisfying as you'd expect from Sierra Nevada.

O - This was as enjoyable on-tap as in the bottle. Didn't notice much difference between the two serving types. (865 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, and some rye. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some hoppyness, and some rye. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Another very tasty brew from SN, but still very similar as their IPAs. (417 characters)

Photo of Bubbalito
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has to be the coolest label on the market right now.
A:The beer poured a gorgeus coppery red. Good carbonation and head (looked fresh and alive).

S:Smell was pretty mellow, citrus with a bit of peppery rye in the background.

T:Tasted like grapefruit with pepper sprinkled on it (Yum) nice bready feel on the mouth. Super refreshing, with a pleasent dry aftertaste.

O: I liked this alot. It was not overpowering in any one area. I would have like a bit more aroma, the smell seemed subdued, almost too mellow, it just didnt grab me. But again, this was a great beer, and I would totally drink it again. (606 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The code looks like 2006th day but the 2 looks to be crossed out so I'll go with the 6th day...Jan 6, 2012.

It pours a deep golden red with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing.

The smell has some citrus hops going on with a mild rye spiciness and an ample malt backbone.

The taste has the rye at the forefront; why not, it's in the name after all. Quite spicy/peppery with citrus backing it up to the hilt. Mild use of malty backbone keeps it from being too bitter but make no mistake about it; it claims to be an IPA and an IPA it is! Delicious!

A great mouthfeel and very easy to drink, I like this one muchly and I'll be drinking this often. Well done, Sierra Nevada! (684 characters)

Photo of DAllspaw
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and very clear amber, remarkably clear with 1" solid. Very sticky lacing throughout.

Smell is citrus and pine mostly and I pick up a little hint of the rye. Taste is as expected from SN, very well balanced, with more prominent grain, malt flavors and nice bitter finish.

There is a definite sense of something different with the rye, it is reminiscent of a lager in the taste. Very nice actually, if not obviously rye as others I've tried.

Very solid, will keep eye out for twelve packs. (505 characters)

Photo of RustyTide
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tried a 12 oz. bottle...ok a couple...and poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Beautiful clear dark copper color with a medium off-white or tan head. Good head retention and decent amount of lacing.

S- Pleasantly strong piny hops as well as rye, pepper like spice and citrus. Images of fresh whole-cones popped into my head every sip.

T- Nice Heavy hops/spice/bitterness, malty rye bread taste. Refreshing.

M- Crisp medium-bodied,balanced carbonation.

Overall- Gotta say I really liked this beer, pleasantly surprised how much I liked it, very refreshing unique IPA style. Well done Sierra Nevada, well done. (623 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color, with 3/4 inch of dense head in my Sierra Nevada hop glass. Head recedes to a quarter inch of small dense bubbles. Aroma is of rye, a bit of peppery spice, and pine. Taste starts smooth, with the rye flavor. It glides across the tongue until I get to the strong pine hops. As I taste the pine hops I get a little jolt in my soft palate, a twinge of pepper, then it's back to the hop flavors, notably the citrus hops. Aftertaste is of the rye and pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is passive. This is a really solid beer, the heavy smoothness make it nice for the colder months, but it isn't lacking any hops. (641 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: To me this is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen in my life. It's a very clear copper with a nice two finger thick white head. The head quickly fades a leaves a tiny amount of lace on the glass.

S: I am getting a lot of smells in this beer. I am getting wheat, grain and even a little bit of corn. There is a tiny bit of malt and hops, but not as apparent as the others.

T: A lot like the taste, I am getting a good amount of wheat/ grain and malt. As the beer lingers you get a very strong malt flavor that doesn't seem to want to go away. There is a slight hop taste, but it's only apparent for a tiny bit.

M: There is a nice amount of foam created in my mouth and it barely has any crispness on the tongue or the back of the throat.

O: Sierra Nevada has knocked another one out of the part. This beer is so good and I love how different this beer is from their others. The flavors are so unique and just explode on the palate. Just amazing! (962 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,077 characters)

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

Had a few bottles of this so far.

A- Pours with a dark red body and a frothy white head. About a finger in size with pretty nice retention. Big bubbly ring leaves some decent spots of lace.

S- Rye and IPA. A pretty big rye presence with notes of citrus, pine and floral hops. Some caramel as well.

T- A challenge to describe for some reason. Notes of bread, dark fruit, caramel malts, rye and hops. The hops and rye combine to create a sharp bitter spicy feel. Other hop hints of citrus, floral and quite a bit of pine.

MF- Creamy and highly carbonated body. Sharp bitterness and carbonation hits the palate.

I like this but something about the combination of flavors just doesn't really work. The hops and rye seem bit too spicy or sharp somehow. (753 characters)

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

Poured into Duvel tulip.

Dark copper tone with small streams of carbonation. Great pillowy, off-white head with stratified lacing.

Once you open the bottle, the rye aroma just spills out with a nice, peppery tone. Definitely can smell the fresh whole hop cones. Great resiny oils, just a tad bit of sweetness from the malt and some alcohol. Crushed pine needles with some grapefruit citrus.

Mirrors the aroma exactly. Opens with spiciness of the rye, which transitions right into bittering resin from the whole cones. Sweetness from malt just about creates a good flavor balance. Definitely tastes fresh. The hops and rye completely sing on the palate. The rye has huge presence in the beer.

Medium-bodied. Enough carbonation. Solid beer overall. (750 characters)

Photo of nukem5
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great ruby copper color. Nice pillow of tan foam topping a very beautiful beer. Tons of lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of citrus hop and well balanced malts.

T: Taste is of rich malts full of flavors, caramel, and sweet rye. Hops are in balance with a nice citrus burst.

M: Mouth feel is a medium bodied nicely carbonated.

O: Overall I would drink this over and over again, very satisfying and refreshing . (421 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden copper with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace all over the glass

S - Very piny hops. Smells like weed!

T - Extremely hoppy, as expected. Piny hops.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, but well balanced.

O - A good rye beer. Too bitter to be a regular for me, but good nonetheless (302 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head. Great concentric lace.

S: Spicy grain with a lot of pine, classic Sierra Nevada.

T: Heavy hop resin flavour with a clear rye bread taste. A bit alcohol in the finish, but a solid effort.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, resiny, with a medium aftertaste.

O: A good beer from Sierra Nevada, better than Glissade for sure, something to tide one over until Bigfoot hits. (419 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint at 47 degrees. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, 1.5 inch cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thin consistent skim. Creamy, textured bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat forward - earthy/herbal/peppery/spicy with just a trace of citrus. Taste follows nose - this beer, has a very prominent herbal/spicy character almost akin to a rustic bread and a farmhouse cheese pairing. Once the spice resides, a residual biscuity quality expresses itself, finishing with a slightly bitter/earthy hops presence. Mouthfeel is very pleasant; medium-light in body with a lively, almost bright carbonation and just a touch of acidity. Overall, I think this is an interesting take on the style; something of an American IPA/Rye beer hybrid. Flavors are distinct and complex, albeit there is not much in the way of a hops presence. Also, I find that one in a sitting is enough in that the flavors are a bit too assertive for prolonged consumption. That said, I'm happy to see a major craft brewer take on a Rye beer - nice job SN. (1,104 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden copper color with a good sized white head that persists and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of garlic, green onion, and pepper mostly. There's a faint bready malt down there somewhere, but this one is all hops. Taste is more garlic and onion with a bit of spice and pepper. Little to no malt to be found. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice rye IPA but a bit vegetative for my tastes. I could drink these, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek these. (540 characters)

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.