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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

4,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,731
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 486 | 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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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market. There's a huge spicy aroma with both cracked rye and herbal citrus hops. The flavor and body are a little too light, but there's a rich grapefruit taste that comes out in the finish over mild rye bread. While I want a little more malt, Sierra Nevada did a great job balancing the rye flavor so that it's highlighted, but not too strong. Not perfect, but a pretty great rye beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is clear and copper hued with a thick, lasting off white head that coats the pint glass with lacing. The aroma brings hops, pine, bread. Very bitter with lots of pine flavor. Hops are the initial flavor, followed by a robust malt bill. This is what I would consider to be a balanced IPA. This is typically not my preference for the style, but this brew is well done. Medium bodied. The aftertaste offers pine and rye bread. Overall, pretty good. Worth a try.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Bottle purchased from the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Pours a reddish amber hue, with a fine tight head of palest orange. Some specks of lacing, but certainly not a consistent lace or sheeting pattern. Solid body which holds large-bubbled carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good. I particularly like the colour.

Nose is oddly, flatter than I expected. Some mild old orange rind characters, with a touch of earth wholesome spice, but not a huge amount else. There's something minerally to it: giving a salt or iodine quality. It's certainly interesting, but not as impressive as I'd hoped.

Interestingly, the rye forms the basis of this beer much more than I thought it would. Instead of just providing a counterpoint to the hops, the main thrust is the spicy rye sourdough character. There are some pellety hop notes, but they're mingled and hidden by the rye almost to the point where the two are indistinguishable. There is some bitterness on the back, but not a lot of clear or classic hop characters.

Very decent. It's certainly not what I expected. This is more of a rye beer and less of an IPA, but that's more exciting. It's different and interesting, and forms another different entry into the SN range.

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

Well, this is a darn good beer. I think it fits the category well, with a bit of a twist.

Nice looking beer. Amber, hazel nut, dark copper. Nice white foam, soft and fluffy, even. Great foamy lacing, coats the glass.

Aroma has all the IPA-ness. Malt, hops, spice. Some citrus. The rye is noticeable but not dominant. It gives the beer more of an earthy characteristic.

The flavors are good. Nothing "wow" comes out, but it's solid with nothing off. Dark breadiness throughout provides some earth spice. The hops are citrusy without being juicy. The spice really blends well to give a "warmer" feel to it. Pine needles and some metallic towards the end.
The bite is nice, but it does thin out a bit. Nice without all that resin of some IPAs.
Very solid beer right here.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice clear copper color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, some lacing and bubbles left behind

S: Some citus and pine upfront with some pepper and rye bread

T: Immediate pepper blended with light citrus and pine, rye bread and a nice, dry, clean finish with a subtle bitterness on the end.

M: Medium body, well carbonated leaves the palate clean, bitter and dry

O: Pretty good overall but wanted a bit more rye bread on this

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

Sierra Nevada Brewing
Ruthless Rye

Bottle states alcohol content 6.8% by volume

malts: PALE, RYE, CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE
yeast: ALE YEAST
bittering hops: BRAVO
bitterness units: 55
AROMA hops: CHINOOK & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS
DRY hops: CHINOOK, CITRA & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS

Pours a reddish amber color, large fluffy off white head, plenty of lace after each sip. Aroma of trademark Sierra Nevada ale yeast, and piney, resinous hops. There is a lofty caramel malt sweetness in the nose as well.

In the taste, caramel malt with a good helping of earthy hops and spicy rye in the finish. Pretty well balanced, but could be considered hop forward. Earthy, piney and grapefruit flavors and a solid bitterness. The rye used is very flavorful and imparts delicate peppery and even woody notes. The malt body, hops and rye presence all are complimentary.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spot on prickly carbonation, and semi dry. Overall, this new product from Sierra Nevada is one of the more balanced examples of a rye infused IPA. Well rounded flavors and quite enjoyable.

Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(2013 Version) Coming in a 12 FL. OZ. short brown bottle, no freshness info. is printed on the label or bottle, apart from a number 302311159; served faintly chilled (10 centigrade?) in a tall tumbler. Notes: The back label states the beer is “brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors – combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavours of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring”.

Appearance: pours an almost clear, dark amber or even tawny colour, coming with rather lively fizziness and a thick and tight light beige froth settling slowly to a thin cap to last.
Smell: pungently citrusy and spicy at the same time, on top of mildly caramely/toffee-ish pale malts and bitter oranges; given a good swirl, interestingly, the camouflaged resinous, piney and flowery aroma of hops gets freed up in the air, yet soon suppressed again by the frothy head... Very nice, but not conventional for Sierra Nevada’s beers.
Taste: bitter-sweet orangey-citric and zesty initially, with a touch of overripe fruity esters, then turning peppery and chalky bitter in the middle, as deepening tannic bitterness and a nicely rounded semi-nutty and semi-sprigy elements of malts (and rye?) chimes in; the finish is soothingly warming (for a 6.6%abv. beer?), showing aromatic flowery undertones of hops and a decent level of tangy bitterness, somewhat dry as well.
Mouthfeel & Overall: well-attenuated, dry-ish on the palate, the fizziness is not as sharp in the mouth as it appears in the eyes, medium-bodied, with an usual warming kick for the alc. level, and very very satisfying at the end of each sip; this American IPA, brewed using rye and whole cone hops on top of quality malts, has indeed an "usual" (which I can't explain, maybe just for the sake of saying something...!!) element to it, but not quite in the way as I expected really. Interestingly, the citrusy-peppery hop quality, the juicy crystal malts, and the well-tuned attenuation altogether give me an impression of a stronger type of Kentish Pale Ale brewed with Kentish citrusy hops and spicy Styrian Goldings even! This has to be my very first rye-related beer, and I’d say, well done!

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 listed on the bottle.

An off white head, a little styrofoamy, but makes a good three fingers with some retention. Body color is a dark amber brown, crystal clear, not much rising carbonation if any.

Nose is a nice toasted grainy malt. Slightly spicy, almost Oktoberfest Marzen like. A little subdued, but fairly solid.

Real interesting taste profile. Sweetening grapefruit at first in the palate, followed by the toasty malts matched on the nose. Hop citrus bitter follows on the afterfinish, with an airy spicy feeling. Great tasting. Mouthfeel seems fine and solid nothing to complain or get excited about.

Overall pretty good tasting beer here.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper with a mountain of dense, white, foamy head that has great retention. The nose is citrusy with grapefruit aromas and the rye is faintly noticeable. The malt content is mild in flavor but strong enough to hold up to the intense hop character. There are faint bready notes and faint spicy rye characteristics. The hops are citrusy, slightly piny, and finish bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and it's well carbonated.

This is just another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. The rye doesn't add much but enough to be noticeable. I prefer this as the spring beer versus their previous offerings, but I don't think it holds up to the other IPA offerings they have throughout the year.

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell of sour and spicy rye with lemon and grapefruit hops. Spicy and bitter smelling there is a decent amount of pine present.

Starts out malty and spicy with a strong rye cracker flavor. Mildly bittersweet this has quite hearty thickness to it. Strong C type hops; the rye is an interesting mix with the IPA level hops. Starts out mildly sweet then it turn savory for a second and then the hops hit you. Rather a tasty IPA in a Rye coat.

Mouthfeel is simply excellent, thick yet slick, like a well-oiled snake.

Overall this is a tasty beer and much better than I expected. I skipped buying the 12 pack of this until I tried it. I will be buying a 12 pack tomorrow for New Years consumption.

Photo of ShanePB
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A: Fairly clear/semi-hazy orange and bronze colored body with a big creamy off-white head. Nice fluffy consistency which lead to sticky lacing and an amazing retention cap.

S: Rye, black pepper, orange and citrus. A slight bitter pink grapefruit and whole cone hops come through, trailing off with a slight bit of caramel malts.

T: Spice, rye and a balanced but big hop profile. Some citrusy notes along with a bit of pine are mid-palate. Black pepper on the back end with a crisp lager-like finish. Nicely done, and honestly a really great integration of the rye with the overall flavor profile.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated and very smooth/creamy. A bit sticky and bitter into the linger, but that's nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

I generally enjoy beers with rye when done correctly and this was no exception. The rye brought a nice spice character to the beer that played very well with the citrus and earthy hop characteristics.

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/18/2012

Draft at Bj's Escondido.

A: Amber with a finger of beige foam. Lots of lacing is left behind. Nice color.

S: Pronounced rye bread with some biscuit. Hops impart a pleasant blend of pine, grapefruit, and orange with light floral notes. The aroma gives the impression of balance with a strong showing from both the hop and malt sides of the ledger.

T: Rye bread blends with biscuit and a balancing citrus hop presence. Lightly spicy. There's a little orange flesh with stronger grapefruit rind notes. The beer is almost balanced, but the hops have a slight edge, imparting a moderate bitter.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A well crafted rye IPA.

Photo of billab914
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured a dark copper color with a huge, fluffy, off white colored head filling the top third of the glass. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it. Fantastic looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of the spicy, bready, rye flavors. I get a pretty big bitter, resiny, citrus rind like hoppiness to it as well. In the finish it shows a little bit of a sweeter, malty, caramel flavor to it. Nice mix of hoppy and rye overall, I really liked how much the rye stands out in it.

The rye is what really stands out to me in the taste as well. It gives it a nice spicy, bready flavor throughout. I get more of a grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness to the hops in it. The rye compliments the hops well. The hoppiness does seem a little more reserved than I would have liked though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a good beer that really showcased the rye flavors nicely. The hoppiness in it was good, but not outstanding. It was very drinkable and flavorful overall, and I really liked that the rye was a little bolder then most other Rye Ipa's. I really like rye flavors so this one worked pretty well for me.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours the prototypical SN copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I do get is intriguing. There's some noticeable rye and dry citrus, which is attractive... just wish there was a bit more there. OK. On the palate, SN has really hit a homerun with this beer. The rye is very prominent on the palate, and it blends very, very well with the light malt and considerable hoppy bitterness. The finish is quite dry and bitter, with just a kiss of rye on the long finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, clean, slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and drinkability is just exceptional.

I'll be ordering this one again for sure. So nice to see such a flavorful, hoppy beer in such a (relatively) low alcohol beer.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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