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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,990 Ratings
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Ratings: 3990
Reviews: 1026
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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matttttYCE

Arizona

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

Heavy pour rate into a plain pint glass gives about a 2 and 1/2 finger foamy/creamy off-white head. The head starts receding and turns into a bit of a rocky formation. Sticks around for some time and the lace is pretty nice. The beer is a brilliantly clear and deep orange/copper color.

The aroma is of mild malt and sweetness, nice spicey rye characteristics, bitter and citrus hops, maybe even some tropical fruits.

The taste here is again of malts and grains (more malty than I was expecting but not super malty/bready/etc), sweetness, nice rye spice and hints of pepper (not overpowering, though), and the good showing of citrus and bitter hops complimenting the rye.

The consistency is smooth, the carbonation medium (and appropriate), the body is medium as well, and the finish is a bit dry and lingering (nothing bad about that though).

This beer just seems to embody all the Sierra Nevada is - A damn damn fine, super solid brewery in (almost) every beer they put out. I say almost because I haven't tried them all, like the Ovila offerings, but I have tasted most of their other beers. Sierra Nevada just seems to put out quality beers that are their own take on the style. I can easily say this is another one of their beers that I will buy again if it is released more than once (not sure if it is or isn't

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:33:20 | More by matttttYCE
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mactrail

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color in the big tulip. SN was not at all shy about the hops in this one, and it could certainly be called an IPA. Quite bitter in mid taste and all the way through the aftertaste. Very distinctive flavor with the aromatic and grainy rye notes. The perfumey smell is quite remarkable. The sweet malty flavor, familiar from the bigger IPAs, is also notable.

If they keep this one around it should introduce new generations to rye beers. This is interesting enough to be a must-try beer, whether or not it turns out to be your idea of a rye. I think the mark of a good beer is one that reveals complexity as you savor it. I found myself raising the score as I sipped.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:38:52 | More by mactrail
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Seanibus

California

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

Typical Sierra Nevada in the sense that it is beautifully executed, satisfying, perfectly to style, but not extreme or edgy in any way.

Pours a clear golden with a fizzy white head that drops quickly. The aroma is woody and sharp, with a subtle rye edge and perhaps more toasty malt than I might have expected. The flavor is malty - bready, a little caramel, nutty, but with that wry rye edge behind it. There is a solid, somewhat citrusy bitterness, but I don't find hops in the forefront on the flavor.

Tasty, sessionable, and solid, but not a mindblower.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:10:32 | More by Seanibus
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stewart124

Ohio

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

Dark copper in color with nice pillowy head.

Plenty of malt and spice in the nose. Some bready notes with a citrus and piney character.

Right off the bat I get a bold spicy character from the rye. This really comes off as a Sierra IPA with rye added. Not that I am complaining because this is a damn good beer. The peppery note adds some depth and a different dimension to Sierra Nevada. Medium caramel and plenty of toasted bread.

Good overall hop bill with some spicy hops or what adds well to the spice from the rye and a general Sierra Nevada feel. Some citrus and grapefruit characters but nothing that takes away from the malts.

Medium bodied with a good feel for carbonation. Very easy to drink and the alcohol doesn't come off as being harsh. Another great selection to Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:56:12 | More by stewart124
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jkrich

Indiana

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

Poured a beautiful, bright and clear,deep red with orange highlights with a foamy, slowly dissipating beige head.

This is quite aromatic with a bouquet of spicy, rye and citrusy hop.

The initial flavor highlights much of the sharp and zesty rye character with a very nice bitter hop profile following through on palate. The end result is a soft and inviting bittersweet ale.

The ale leads to an almost abrasive mouthfeel but quickly retreats to a rounded, malty mouthfeel. The body is solidly medium with restrained carbonation.

Often with rye beers I have tried, the rye is not well represented, almost as if an after thought by the brewer. In this instance, the rye is prominently displayed in the flavor without becoming overbalanced. This dry and refreshing ale is dangerously drinkable at 6.6 ABV. I miss Glissade Bock, but I am very pleased with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:39:56 | More by jkrich
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bigflatsbeerman

New York

2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first rye IPA, it may grow on me (I hope it does I bought a 12 pack).
Apperance: Nice red clear color.
Smell: It must be the rye smell which I am not used to, but it smelled like it was skunked beer to me at first and I can't say I like the smell as times goes on.
Taste: Similar to the smell above, I don't have a taste for it yet and may never develop it (I will have to have a party to get rid of the 11 I have left?)
Mouthfeel: Not bad not too heavy, not too light.
Overall: This is my first 12 oz. bottle from a 12 pack. I have great respect for SN, but not sure this rye IPA is for me. I hope it grows on me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:33:13 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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dasenebler

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled late December 2011.

Pours a clear, attractive reddish amber, very brilliant. Head is creamy, with great retention all the way down.

Aroma is of spicy, earthy hops.

The flavor is full and malty, with a solid dose of bitterness and hops. Oily on the palate, with some rustic, tangy Rye notes that complement the spicy and woody hop flavor. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and smooth. Man, has Sierra Nevada perfected their bottle conditioning. Drinkability is above average for an IPA-style specialty grain beer.

Definitely an interesting IPA, though I think there could be even more hop flavor while still retaining the rye character.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:24:20 | More by dasenebler
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heelsn02

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into New Belgium snifter

pours a really nice deep amber color... off white 1 finger head. lots of bubbles coming up from the carbonation. awesome lacing.

smells nice and sweet, a bit of citrusy hops coming thru. caramel and bready malts. not a big pungent smell though

really good taste. nice balance b/t the hops and malt, and the light peppery spice from the rye flavor pulls thru really nicely.

mouthfeel is a little bitter, medium bodied; nice amount of carbonation.

overall I'm really liking this rye IPA... about to have 3 or 4 more and watch the brady/tebow bowl tonight :) super easy to drink for sure. similar to the "rye hopper" I tried from french broad a few weeks ago, but not as sweet... both excellent brews though. this is priced very reasonably here in NC ($8.99 for a 6er). I'll definitely buy this one again. well done Sierra.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:53:30 | More by heelsn02
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 135012120. Sampled on January 14, 2012. It is an attractive looking beer with its medium to dark amber tone and foaming beige head. Hops are the first aroma on the nose followed by grains and a little citrus. The body falls into the medium range. The taste is really hopped up with grains and rye playing around with the palate and a sopur note of something akin to pineapple. It ends clean and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:13:03 | More by puboflyons
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elNopalero

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra’s new brew is a rye pale ale that’s a caramel-amber color with a billowy white foam topping. Its aroma is lightly hopped with grapefruit and some rye spice coming through. Full-flavored body with hops making their grand entry midpoint and tapering into a nice hoppy, resiny finish balanced by that good rye zestiness. I can’t complain that this one is going to be just about everywhere Sierra is. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:06:03 | More by elNopalero
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BilbosNuts

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper color with small white film that sits on the top. It appears very still with a limited amount of carbonation.

S: The only aromas I am getting out of the nose is fruity and citrus hops paired with a light bit of sourness from the rye. The aroma was a bit of a let down.

T: The taste sure makes up for the aroma. There is the citrus from the hops present along with a piney taste that wasn't found in the nose. It has a backbone of biscuity and bready malts. A touch of sour from the rye finishes it off. It is very well balanced.

M: It is medium bodied and very still with a limited amount of carbonation. A light bitter bite finishes it off.

O: This beer has a few flaws, but the superb taste makes up for it my opinion. With some work in the other aspects, this could definitely become something special.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:58:47 | More by BilbosNuts
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morimech

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. This beer is a looker.

I pick up mostly citrus and earthy hops in the aroma. Just a small hint of the rye. Some breadiness from the malt rounds things out.

Plenty of rye in the flavor. Not sure the citrus hops is the ideal compliment to the rye. Bitterness is high. Overall is slightly dry.

Has excellant carbonation for a hoppy, bitter brew. Plenty of body to delivery the flavor.

Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada. The flavor was just a slight letdown compared to the great rye IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:03:51 | More by morimech
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear amber with a fluffy cream head. Good retention. A patchwork of lace fills the glass as I slowly empty it.

Scent is vaguely citrus.

Peppery, grainy rye strikes a balance with grapefruit, lime and orange hops. Perhaps a hint of pine. The flavors mate well and neither steals the spotlight.

Oily medium mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink.

I love rye ales and I love Sierra Nevada so it's no surprise this hits the spot. My only complaint is the nose is rather muted.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:01:32 | More by sethmeister
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky textured foaming tan head leaves only gas and beer residue between an inch of air and glass known as head space, it's beautiful. Color wise bright ruby copper colored beer we need in this post holiday recovery mode for everybody. After drinking spiced ales with cinnamon, honey, and all spice for a month and a half, I fully praise Sierra Nevada for releasing this beer. Aroma has hints of pine and citrus with a spicy rye layer that definitely adds a layer of complexity to the mix. Flavor hits with a clashing layer of malt/rye versus earthy/pine hops, pretty intense here no bias noted, I'm a lover of both malts and hops. Easy to drink well balanced between the waves of piney/citrus hops and spicy rye malt, moderate carbonation slick oily hop textures going on. Overall a welcomed seasonal to mix up the ever changing lineup of Sierra Nevada, I'll be drinking more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 12:39:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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Stev0supreemo

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely an interesting IPA that's worth checking out. My main complaint would be the nose which was definitely lacking.

A: Very aesthetic amber orange. One inch head.

S: Again, lacking. Hoppy with very mild Rye characteristics.

T: The Rye isn't very pronounced.

M: Medium body

O: Enjoyable beer. If it weren't for Hopslam taking up my immediate budget I'd pick up a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 09:06:46 | More by Stev0supreemo
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Hershdawg

California

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

A: Pours with a nice dense one finger, white head. The beer is a nice clear reddish copper color with amber highlights. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass even those on the side I am drinking from. Great overall appearance.

S: Earthy, spice. Citrus peel with some rind. A bit of pine. A little toast or biscuit. Maybe some grapefruit juice. None of these aromas are intense but are in a good balance.

T: Grapefruit and a hint of caramel at the front of the palate. Followed by a resin feeling from piney hops. A lingering bitterness comes next. The spiciness from the rye appears in the finish. The finish is of medium length and doesn't linger anymore then it should.

M: Medium mouthfeel. The betaglucans from the rye increased the body making this not a light feeling beer. It works well with the rest of the beer.

O: A great drinkable beer. It doesn't have as much rye as some of the other Rye IPAs and it uses the traditional Sierra Nevada hops that have made their beers famous. Its a very dependable beer from a very dependable company. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Especially those wanting another good IPA that isn't hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:25:02 | More by Hershdawg
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #17 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Rye Beer" list. Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a Hill Farmstead becher glass.

Beer is brown and clear with a nice tan head of small and medium bubbles, nice moderate carbonation, some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with some earthy mildly citrus hops in there. Smells nice.

Beer is medium in body with a mildly dry finish, moderate bitterness and a grainy aftertaste. The lead off is this mild spiciness from the malt and this nice body that fills out to a good hop presence, the aftertaste totally takes me out of the beer though. Not a fan of that. Otherwise it is a fine little IPA / rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:21:49 | More by drabmuh
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- Transparent pecan with a one finger white head.

S- Rye bread, bitter orange peel, pine

T- a faint citrus is followed by a spicy rye flavor. There are slight pine notes at the finish.

M- medium to thin with a low carbonation level.

O- For the price, this is a great session beer. I hope it sticks around for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:11:12 | More by Ungertaker
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Beerdregs

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Excellent clarity. Amber orange color with two finger slightly off white rocky head.

S: Some roasty malts with a citrus hop aroma.

T: Moderate malty sweetness with lingering bitterness from the hops. Cannot really perceive so called peppery rye notes. I don't know if I would be able to tell the difference between this and torpedo.

M: Resinous mouthfeel from ample hopping. Moderate/heavy carbonation.

O: This is a great beer and very quaffable but would maybe enjoy more rye. It certainly isn't "ruthless" in its utilization of rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:17:56 | More by Beerdregs
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-brown amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus and bread dough with hints of spice

T-citrus and malt with some slight rye character and hints of sweetness nd moderate hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent rye ale, but not in the league with Red's Rye and Hop Rod

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:12:34 | More by MDDMD
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TheSixthRing

California

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

Appearance - Pours a copperish, burnt orange. Frothy head.

Smell - Hoppy, with a hint of peppery spice; the rye presence settling in nicely with the hops.

Taste - Yep, it's an IPA. Classic SN hoppiness - citrus and pine. Mostly pine. The rye finds it's niche toward the finish and into the aftertaste. A touch of peppery spice. Wish there was more.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, the carbonation is a bit aggressive, but not to the point of detriment.

Overall - A nice alternative to the standard IPA, the addition of Rye makes this beer stand apart from most of the average IPA's. I was hoping for more rye and less of Sierra Nevada's basic flavor profile which, I'll admit I'm not too keen on, but it's about what I expected. It has grown on me since my initial review.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:11:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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PintOHops

California

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

Glass - Tulip

A - A very clear copper colored brew with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It produced a 1-2 finger white head that dissipated rather fast. A bit of a splotch was left on my glass.

S - Floral hops upfront with lemon/orange rind and a bit of dryness. I also pick up a touch of caramel and breadiness but I can't really say I pick up any rye.

T - It tastes pretty much like a mix between the Celebration Ale and the Torpedo Extra to me. Upfront it's floral and drying with notes of rye. It unfolds into rind notes, lemon citrus and pine hop characteristics, and a bit musty towards the end. I get more rye, bread, and caramel on the finish. Bitterness is moderate and hop flavors of rind and floral notes linger on and on.

M - Medium carbonation, a bit smooth and medium bodied. It has a really nice feel to me.

O - Well, I was afraid this beer was going to be too much like the beers I mentioned above, and it was. Other than the rye flavors and overall dryness of the beer, it wasn't much different. That being said it is enjoyable to me, and the price couldn't be better. I would say to just pick up a pack for yourself and see if it doesn't taste very similar to the Torpedo Extra or Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:32:46 | More by PintOHops
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed the dark amber body/head along with the malt backbone, and rye presence, but hated the yeast profile. Tastes like a hopped up English lager, not an American ale. Think of Sam Smith's Organic Lager with more bitterness and way more toasty malt presence. The grassy hops here provide some bitterness and brightness, but they aren't really reminiscent of a characterful hop forward American IPA.

Good beer, but I prefer Northern Hemi, Estate, and Celebration a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:27:49 | More by aficionado
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JosiahS

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

A black tea color with a 1 finger off-white head. Sticky and sudsy lacing. Lots of bubbles. Lots of rye immediately apparent on the nose. Immediately following with the classic Torpedo variety of hops and malts. A little heavier on the malts though, reminds me of Celebration.

I cant say much more about the taste that hasn't already been said about the aroma. It's basically Celebration Ale with rye added. Carbonation seems to be just slightly higher than i'd like but makes for some good swirl action and head replenishment. Good beer overall but i may be suffering from Sierra Nevada fatigue.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:19:34 | More by JosiahS
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. 2012

A - Big pillowy off-white head that never receeds. Clings slightly to the glass. The color is a light amber to golden that is relatively clear.

S - Delicate pine and spicy hop notes right up front. Rye is very foreward and blends nicely with the hop canvas.

T - A delightful earthy/spicy light malt body with a wonderfully flavorful hop presence throught the taste. Big on flavor that quickly drys up to be very refreshing and somehow lighter bodied.

M - Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Very dry.

O - Another hoppy beer from SV that has excellent hop characteristics. Throughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:11:37 | More by Jparker37
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87 out of 100 based on 3,990 ratings.