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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,659 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 79
Gots: 422 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one from Sierra Nevada.

A: copper coloring with a tan 2 finger head. The label is awesome and classy.

S: spicy, grassy, earthy, and rich.

T: a citrus hoppy beginning with a pine finish. Peppery, bitter, and deep rye flavors.

M: rich in flavor, tingling carbonation

O: very enjoyable. Nice addition to the Sierra Nevada family.

Photo of ninaturner
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into an 11oz glass at Playground in Santa Ana, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width fluffy white head, long retention. Pale copper color, very clean and little visible carbonation.

S- Dark hops and rye with toasty malts. Complex smell and a good one. Earthy tones.

T- Rye and hops. Peculiar taste. Starts sweet and candied and finished bitter. Novel taste.

M- Very smooth and little carbonation. Medium mouthfeel and a metallic linger.

O-I enjoyed this beer. Sierra Nevada does alright by me.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on tap 25 oz
Glass: Oversized mug
From: R.U.B. Pub in Ann Arbor
Price: $7

Appearance: a light brown/orange color. perfect clarity. not much foam or retention

Smell: rye and hops all day

Taste: citrus hops and spicy rye. i was hoping for a bit more complexity

Mouthfeel: not quite as sticky and bitter as I would have expected. good slightly fuller character

Overall: this beer is good and well done. i just wanted a bit more complexity out of it

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into tulip.

A- Copper pour, three finger egg shell head that leaves cobwebs of sticky lacing everywhere.

S- Rye adds a slight sour note with spicy pepper. Hops are bright and floral.

T- Spicy rye with floral hops with a touch of citrus.

M- Light bodied, bitter with spice and carbonation dancing on the tongue.

O- Rye beers aren't really my thing but this is quite enjoyable.

Photo of MikeWard
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Alextricity
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A brown color with a decent haze on it. Head is about two fingers, and stays at one throughout most of the glass. Lacing, at least at the start, is very nice.

Smell: Holy interest. The rye with the citrus creates this fantastic aroma that I'll have a hard time trying to describe. Really, in order of the prominence, it's a dirty, woody, piney, citrus aroma.

Taste: Not too unlike the smell, to be honest. For an IPA, I'm getting loads of malts on the front and back end of each sip. This screams Spring or Fall beer, for me. It's definitely a rye beer, but it's hard to say this is an IPA. There are some bitter hops on the finish, though, so I guess it's not completely far off. The finish is dry, and, as I said, bitter on Ruthless Rye. Despite its dry finish, Ruthless Rye remains super drinkable, and somehow refreshing. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor at all either. The feel on this one is right where it ought to be. It's carbonated quite well, but it's not carbonated to the point that it feels harsh on the tongue.

Ruthless Rye is just a great beer. To be honest, I'm surprised it "only" has an 88 rating. I really think I like this beer better than my hometown Red's Rye by Founders, though I haven't had it for quite some time. Definitely pick this one up.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear bright orange red, with a fluffy off white head, with amazing retention, and bountiful lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, and some carmel. Taste is all of those, a little sweeter than the nose would let on. Body is on the large side for it's abv, a little dryer than I expected, and easy enough to drink. I must admit, I really was looking forward to this and it didn't blow my mind, but is a beautiful well crafts brew. Still I plan to drink many of these the next couple months. I was hoping it be equal to Founders Rye, that is the pinnacle in this style for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red with excellent foam and lacing.

Smell: Rye and black pepper. It could have been a bit stronger for me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rye and a hint of licorice. Thick mouthfeel that falls flat. Very syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favoriate rye, nor my favorite Sierra Nevada.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque burnt orange (or as my wife called it, "smokey amber." a tan half-finger head; some bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus, piney hops, grapefruit.

T: A rye/ hop mix that doesn't offend. Grapefruit, peppery. A dry finish.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Tangy.

O: Very enjoyable. Hops are not over the top. The rye addition really smooths out the taste. Recommended.

Photo of craftbeerasian
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zac16125
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on: Dec 11th 2013

A: Pours a clear dark amber with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Sweetness, spicy rye, citrus, subtle piney bitterness.

T: Lots of rye spiciness and hop bitterness right from the start. I also get some citrus rind flavors. Nice balance of hops with the rye base.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, average drinkability.

O: Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Better than most massively produced IPAs for sure, but Id prefer regular SN Pale, Torpedo, and Celebration all to this one. Very much worth a try though if you want to mix things up.

Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a rusty, coppery brown color. Pretty much what you'd expect from a Rye IPA. It's very clear, very much a filtered beer. 1.5 fingers of offwhite foam leave lacing that sort of clings and drags like a person dangling from some precipice.

This beer's got a pretty nice nose on it. Spicy rye is upfront and bready, sure. But there's a good hop profile here that presents aromas of grape and passionfruit. Some general grassiness backs this up nicely. This doesn't really smell like an IPA too much, but it's a more subtle rye beer that works.

Unfortunately, that subtle nuance of the nose doesn't carry over to the palate. It's still a bit underflavored for an IPA, but there isn't much complexity to make up for it. Grassiness and rye grain spicy flavor abound. There's a small flush of grapeseed (and a trace, trace amount of like POM brand juice) but that's all the fruit that I really get. It's blunt but restrained.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, perhaps even undercarbonated but smooth nonetheless. It works well with the session-candidate flavor profile. Overall, this is a fine beer. It pales in comparison to Founders Red's Rye when it comes to a hoppy rye beer in six-packs, but it is a tasty option that is distributed all over the country. You can't do wrong by picking up a six-pack or a 12-pack of Ruthless Rye for your next gathering. This might just be my Super Bowl beer next weekend.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer, it has a nice copper body with not a lot of head to it. The smell has a nice hop and citrus smell to it. The taste has a nice bitter hop flavor up front. Also has a nice peppery taste to it, with a hint of rye. The mouth feel is nice with a weird after taste to it. Overall this is a really good beer and i would buy again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,659 ratings.