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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
88
very good

1,079 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,079
Hads: 4,892
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 4.31%
Wants: 85
Gots: 634 | 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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Reviews: 1,079 | Hads: 4,892
Photo of fsimcox
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. Big white foamy head that stays firm for some time. A lot of lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, rye, and a hint of pine. Some grapefruit notes in the background, a crisp scent, refreshing.

Taste is hops and creamy orange citrus, with some malty sweetness. Smooth upfront, with hops and a little citrus in the middle, a hop dry grapefruit finish. Hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and some carbonation in the finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this IPA, very drinkable. (511 characters)

Photo of renegadeburger
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

ooooh i love this time of the year because i get to try the ruthless rye from snbc

ok here it goes picked up a fresh 6pack from my local deli on way back home from work

pours deep red color and nice white head aroma is a bit faint but getting some figs in there allong with some of the great juicy hops you would expect from sierra but also i get some spice in there kind o like nutmeg maybe its the rye?

and here we go with the taste very smooth i would say drinkable like a rye ipa but having more complexity and depth

the mouthfeel was the winner here it definitely popped out at you like a big explosion of depth but not too cloying

overall i like it and will seek it out again next year (696 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red clay color with off white head. Aroma is citrus, slight bread and a bit of sweetness. Taste is citrus, with rye bread and a bit of spice from the rye. Mouthfeel is medium but dry. Overall not my favorite fron SN, I think because the rye dries it out to much for me. (287 characters)

Photo of beyah
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Smiths pint.

A - Deep amber with 2 fingers of off white head that hangs in for a long time.

S - Smell the rye and pine from the hops, can't make out much else.

T - Tastes similar to smell, quite bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is about right for this style and body a bit thin.

O - Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but an interesting change of pace. (383 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle purchased locally as a single. Bottled on December 16, 2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Light copper with very slight haziness; fluffy 1-1/2" tan head that leaves a patches of thick lacing; a few bubbles rise just beneath the ring of surface foam.

S: Citrus, grass and floral; peppery spice.

T: Sharp pine, pepper & spice; floral; smooth malt, rye; growing bitterness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; creamy and smooth; slightly dry finish.

O: Very balanced and drinkable, it is yet another well-made, reasonably priced and widely available offering from a pioneering brewery. (605 characters)

Photo of Eramen
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - All orange and copper, nice half-finger but persistent head.

S - Wonderfully aromatic - I make out citrus, pine, woody notes, spices and grain.

T - Much akin to the aromas, the pepper and spice are very pronounced, though not a lot of malt heaviness. It's quite a hop-forward style of beer, with citrus/piney flavors dominating. Bitterness is high and well suited to the grainy malt present.

MF - Decent mild carbonation, yet it manages to be smooth drinking.

O - Lovely brew, something that I'd only have a couple of due to it's peppery, grainy consistency but a fine IPA nonetheless.

2013 Vintage, very fresh. (624 characters)

Photo of JPlo
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper-honey color, hazy. Head above avg lasting and very good lacing.

Taste: Peppery rye, citrus, earthy, slightly herbal, grainy, sweet. Good hop bitterness, about avg for an ipa.

Feel: Smooth medium body. Light carbonation and a long finish.

Rye flavor brings tremendous balance for an IPA. Very drinkable for the non-hophead. (344 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruthless Rye – Rye IPA (6.6%) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆☆½

App: Pours a solid reddish brown with some golden inclinations to the outside of the glass. Dense, creamy beige head rises one finger and retains strong. A really good looking beer. Slightest hop sediment swirling in the glass. Lacing is impeccable.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma with a nose of grapefruit and earth, with some
slight alcoholic heat on the end. Considerable malt aromas as well come through mostly sweet with a slight toasted character.

Taste: Taste essentially follows nose, although much stronger. Foretaste is pure toasted malt which suddenly gives way to an earthy hops complexity that harmonizes nicely with the malt. Allowed to sit on the palate, the beer transitions to a more aggressive bitterness with hints of pine, and a citrus like astringency. Allowed to warm, hop bitterness mellows slightly, and the beer gains some welcome and balancing sweetness.

Mouth: Rye adds significant body to this brew which holds up well to the aggressive, drying nature of the hop profile. Alcohol is apparent and slightly drying, but heat is overall minimal. Carb is pretty heavy, but does well to compliment overall intensity.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Sifter. 2/18/14. (1,282 characters)

Photo of blaje
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from a friend. Thanks Nic!
Poured clear copper, amber with some reddish tones. Nice frothy with head leaving a sticky lacing. Very Nice look!
N: Citrusy, grapefruit is dominant. Clementine scent on the sweet side. Pine. Crisp scent.
M: Wow! Crisp, surprisingly dry mouth. Carbonation is medium high, almost fizzy on tongue. Medium body.
T: Smooth upfront but bitterness quickly bites in. A little bit more on the english side of an IPA than the american side, but still very american in character. Orange flavour, slight roasted caramel. Rye is present, although I'm not very familiar with this taste.

Overall, a very good IPA, probably because this bottle is very fresh. Would seek it to buy it again. Another very nice beer from Sierra Nevada. (752 characters)

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

Firstoff It took me a mounth of waiting to get a case of this.
Ya gotta love the label on it. The beer has a dark copper color with good head and laceing.
It tastes sweet right off the bat then a citrisyness and peperyness kickin with a bite at the end. The smell is about the same even down to the bite at the end.
Overall a really good beer would buy agian fore sure if i can find it. (386 characters)

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POurs orange amber like your typical IPA...

Wow! I taste some kind of plant that I have smelled in Florida perhaps...some type of garden flower...

I was so afraid of the rye spiciness biting me in the back of the throat...don't even worry! It's all on top of the tongue and quite refreshing...don't be afraid of this beer like I was...

Hops for days! (353 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice mix of a doughy, bready beer and an IPA. The rye really stands out in this beer and the mix of hops balances it nicely. A bright amber pour with a small white head. Nice lacing on my glass that sticks throughout. Aroma of malts, rye, and hops. Flavor is citrusy hops and rye bread. A really nice brew. (308 characters)

Photo of Steasy66
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip

A- Deep amber, 3 finger thick head, good staying power.
S- Nice floral hops, a bit herbal, yeast.
T- Sweet, nice hops, not overwhelming, not very big rye notes.
M- Good consistency, good carbonation.
O- Nice beer, not as hoppy as I expected but I don't hold that against it. For the price, pretty hard to beat this beer. (345 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice rye ipa. Sierra doesn't miss too often (if ever) in my book and this one follows that trend. Very drinkable and you really notice the spice of the rye, but its quite well balanced. (187 characters)

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with reddish highlights and a nice, white foamy head that linger, sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Typical American hop aromas of pine and grapefruit/citrus are present, as well as an underlying spiciness from the rye.

T: The spicy rye flavors are in full force from the beginning to the end of the sip. On top of the rye base you get those same hop flavors of pine and grapefruit initially, but fading to a mild bitterness at the end.

M: The high level of carbonation in this beer definitely adds to the perceived crispness of both the hops and the rye spiciness, but also makes the beer seem somewhat lighter and more drinkable.

O: The hops chosen and the rye character mix well. I'm almost sad that this is a winter seasonal because I'm sure it would be great on an early summer evening after a long day outside. (855 characters)

Photo of srv33
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, fine bubbles, good lacing. Great smell, apricot, leather, a little almond, perhaps tangerine. Taste is very smooth, thick, tastes of fresh bread, almond, and only a hint of apricot despite the scent. I could easily knock back a few of these. Definitely an excellent value for the cash. (297 characters)

Photo of wrycon
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very clear amber. Really clear - like the lovechild of an amber and a West coast IPA. A lot of rye in the nose. Smells similarly to their Northern Harvest, but with some lighter pine undertones. You can catch some citrus on the top, as well. Hmm, this is interesting. Quite thick to start with no real identity. Then the rye, grain and bread notes explode and make it taste almost like an American lager. The pine notes push their way forward on the back end and try to substantiate the IPA claim. I'm not catching much citrus, just a lot of pine and rye. It's ok, but nothing I'd regularly drink.

Like it? It's OK (617 characters)

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I think I have found one of my favorite IPAs to date. Apparance out of this world more than you expect with caramel color with lots of beautiful lace. Taste has nice citrus kick but with some spice added, the moutheel is perfect very smooth easy to drink. Please purchase this beer! (286 characters)

Photo of DJED69
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra did it again. This is an excellent IPA or RyePA.

Don't be too freaked by the spicy notes. It's subtle. Terrific balance of bitter hops and sweet, spicy malt/grain. Smells very nice, but taste is the thing here. Very fresh and refreshing brew. Not overly heavy or cloying. Again, very balanced profile. Alcohol is well hidden and after a few sneaks up on you.

Enjoying one now with a roast beef, cheddar, horseradish on rye. Very good beer with bold flavored food.

My highest compliments to a beer well done! (520 characters)

Photo of Koufax21
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It pours out a nice orange copper collor and settles with a nice size white head on top that measures roughly an 1". The smell is of nice citrus hops but fairly mild. Slight bready aromas come through as well. Big Rye taste. it reminds me a lot of of Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic. Man, I sure wish this stuff was around in the bottle when I used to stumble through the streets of Chico with a 6'er of Bigfoot, it might have been a little easier on me, but what's the fun in that? Solid beer, I tip my hat to SN once again. (571 characters)

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

A: Pours an amber colored and hazed liquid with large, but few, carbonation bubbles into the glass. A three finger foamy and grey
head forms at first but then goes down to about one fingers height. Lots of thick lacings on the glass.

S: Smells dry rye, some grapefruit, mandarins and some peppery hop tones. I can also find hints of brown sugar and a very faint sour tone.

T: One of the first tastes I can find is honeydew melon. Then a lot of malty character and orange peel. The alcohol is present in the background together with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness that stays long.

M: Strong carbonation with large bubbles. Medium body. Feels very pleasant to drink.

O: A very nice Rye IPA that I wish I had more bottles of. (732 characters)

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is a beauty: deep amber with hues of mahogany and red beneath a huge, tight, white head. Sweet aroma of honeyed fruit, grapefruit and pine noticeable; very enticing aroma. taste begins sweet with a burst of hops bringing the palate to life; finishes with a spicy, peppery note. smooth mouthfeel with a substantial body, alcohol warmth comes through, especially as the beer warms.

this is a very fine IPA; I think I prefer it to SN torpedo IPA, because of the complexity. cheers! (488 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to a New Belgium tulip with a semi-transparent roasted orange color. The thin tan head lingers for a bit, then disappears with minimal retention and little appreciable lacing. The aroma is a balanced assortment of citrus, caramel sweetness and hints of dank earthy spice. The flavors follow suit, with a nice complex mix of delicious caramel, orange zest and peppery, earthy grain. The finish really highlights the inclusion of rye. Fairly balanced, with the bitterness held in check by the flavorful malts. The body of the beer is great. Juicy, moderate and satisfying, with a perfect level of carbonation. Very well done. Overall, the rye really adds some fantastic depth to the style. Carefully selected complimentary flavors and a keen sense of balance make this one a winner. Another score for Sierra Nevada. These guys really can't miss. (852 characters)

Photo of natemort13
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent rubyish brown. Very strange coloring. Thin, slightly gray head that dissipates quickly.

MMMM, yummy nose. Lots of grapefruit. Pepper, lemon zest. very pungent hops.

Taste--very peppery, some coppery characteristics. Finish is pretty tame compared to the awesome hop character of the nose. Has this nice biting taste to it. Spicy hops, coppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light, seems very carbonated, doesn't stand up well to the big character of a rye beer.

Overall much better than I thought it'd be. I find a lot Sierra Nevada brews to be underwhelming. This one was much more impressive...as far as rye ipas go tho, I still haven't found anything that beats Red's Rye from Founder's and Cane and Ebel from Two Brothers. (740 characters)

Photo of bayougutter
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown that you can see thru with a nice two inch eggshell head that stuck around awhile.

Smells citrus, pine, resin, and a little of the rye spice.

Taste citrus, pine, a little floral/ grassy with the rye tasting good on the finish.

Mouthfeel is palate coating without being thick. Could stand a little more carbination.

Overall a well done offering from SN and worthy of a go. (403 characters)

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.