Ruthless Rye IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ruthless Rye IPARuthless Rye IPA
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Rye Beer
Ranked #40
Ranked #15,496
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Ruthless Rye IPARuthless Rye IPA
Notes: Rugged and resilient, rye has been a staple grain for ages and its spicy black pepper-like flavor has been prized by distillers and brewers for centuries. Rye thrives in the harshest conditions and comes to life in Ruthless, a rugged IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes countered by the dry spiciness of the rye. Holding a steadfast balance between contrasting malt and hop character, Ruthless is bold enough to inspire even the most brazen hop head to bear down and embrace the flavor.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle, vintage 2013, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. BB date 31.05.2014. Amber colour, moderate off-white head. Aroma of fruity and piney hops, rye bread and pepper. Hoppy and peppery flavour, grapefruity notes, but also sufficient malts, again with hints of rye bread. Good now, but probably even better when fresh.

May 10, 2021
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft.

A: pours an amber body with small white head with solid retention and lacing
S: spicy, floral, notes with some bitter earthiness
T: a subtle, sweet maltiness with some spicy, rye notes; subtle earthy aftertaste
M: light bodied and pretty smooth; decent overall
D: pretty good mouthfeel and taste combination; mouthfeel could be a little thicker; decent overall

Nov 18, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a 1/2” head and had a deep honey-brown color. Taste was much better than anticipated and enjoyed it very much. I will definitely purchase this beer again.

Dec 15, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours amber with a 1/4 inch cream colored head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is spicy, peppery, citrusy, piney.

Tastes of spices, pepper, citrus, pine. Excellent bitterness.

Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Dry, tangy finish.

An excellent RPA, very drinkable.

Nov 03, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

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

great color
very interesting aroma
intense flavor
crisp medium feel
overall, just a weirdo to fill out the mix pack, though a high quality brew no doubt

Sep 26, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber, frothy creamy head, fairly retentive, lacy; Rich inviting aroma; Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation; Rich full-bodied flavor, not bitter, slight sour aftertaste, woody. Not bad.

Sep 05, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Clear rust color.

Huge white head; spotty lace.

Pine odor.

Thin mouthfeel.

Pine with slight soap accents.

Not great but drinkable.

Sep 03, 2019
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BlamingBuddha from Arizona

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Sierra Nevada sampler 12-pack glass bottle into a flared-lip tulip/IPA-style custom drinking glass. Very thick white head that stayed resilient for a short while. You can taste the rye backing up the hops with this one. Has a slightly different bitter background other than hops. Finishes less dry than other IPA's. Has a mild sweetness that blends well. The nose is more prominent than other in this sampler pack. Almost rustic; sweet, pleasant and malty. A darker color than usual IPA's, as to be expected with the rye. A brown color, almost like an amber beer was mixed with 1/4th west coast ipa. In the nucleated glass I poured it into, its maintained persistent carbonation bubbles rising to the top. More so than a lot of other IPA's to an extent. Not overly carbonated though. Maintains a thin, but thicker than usual lacing even minutes later. A good amount of carbonation, maybe the slightly higher end but still in a good way, as per usual with most Sierra Nevada beer's I've tried so far.

Overall a tasty beer and a nice experience, coming from someone new to rye beers.

Aug 07, 2019
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sjrider from California

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle , almost clear amber/copper color with bubbly off white head leaving substantial thick bubbly lacing. Nose is spicy and malty with hints of piney hops. Taste follows with a touch more peppery spice, nice rye overtones. This is quite flavorful and a fine IPA.

Jul 22, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear burnt orange color. A moderate head with good retention. A sweet citrusy and maltyaroma. The taste is dry, spicy, and quite bitter. A bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. More carbonated than most. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Jul 11, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper/amber with average head but excellent lacing.

Aromas of bready malt, toasted rye, and hints of citrus.

The flavor carries a wide variety of notes. Bready malt, toasted rye, floral, and citrus all show up until the finish, where the piney hops arrive.

The mouthfeel is down the middle medium, and rather slick, with carbonation lacking.

This is an interesting rye brew but not top flight.

Jun 29, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; bottled on 3/18/19.
A: Pours a basically clear (precipitation on the glass made this a tough call), dark amber, really more copper color with one finger, off white head, solid retention, much more than a cap, and lacing.
S: Aromas of mocha, caramel, cocoa, molasses, and light pine.
T: Semisweet. The palate certainly follow the nose, but the caramel/molasses maltiness and piney core is now front and center. Solid bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation and a full, creamy presence.
O: A top shelf Rye IPA. Really a treat.

Jun 26, 2019
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

L: Very pretty Amber color, two finger light beige head has very very good retention.

S: Very malty aroma, with a slight grassy note.

T: Again some good malt flavor, spicy rye shows through well. As well as a slight orange peel note and some grassiness.

F: Light, crisp, lingering spice.

O: An absolutely wonderful Rye IPA.

Jun 09, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Reddish-brown, clear with a healthy cream-tan head.
Smell: Sweet caramel malts, some nutty/chocolatey aromas. A bit of rye spiciness. Medium amount of pine and citrus hop aroma.
Taste: Lemon and grapefruit citrus, malt sweetness, and hints of spicy rye and black peppercorns. Aftertaste is citrus hop bitterness and biscuity malt sweetness.
Feel: Medium-bodied, very creamy, good carbonation.
Overall: This is a nice beer, and the style is a welcome change of pace from more standard IPAs. Very drinkable with a great mouthfeel.

Jun 02, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber with a well retained half inch tan head that left spotty lacing, Smells of rye toast, pepper and malt. Tastes follows the nose with rye, rye toast, pepper, sweet malt, pine and a mild grapefruit finish. On the full side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, mild to medium bitterness.

May 27, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper brown with a thick light tan head, nice retention, nice lacing. Aroma is a blend of bready malt, spicy rye and bold hops. Some citrus joins these in the flavor. Feel is on the light side of medium bodied. Well carbonated. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

May 13, 2019
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medicinewheel from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer of all time. I love SN beers and this is incredible and has been since they first brewed it. The 2018 Celebration was completely amazing as well but Ruthless Rye is just it.
Look is beautiful copper. Really long lacing in the glass. Nose is reisenous Rye and pine with hint of sweet malt. Taste follows perfectly and why this beer is my number 1. Everyone has a different palate and this just works in every way for me. Mouthfeel is perfect. So smooth with perfect carbination. All hail Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada and Ruthless Rye. So glad it’s year round now in the Sampler Pack.

Apr 27, 2019
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD" date 03/06/19.

Pours a clear, dark, brown color with one-finger tan head and excellent retention, the head persisted until a tan cap remained, medium carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: burnt toast, pepper and earthy.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially burnt toast and pepper then an earthy hop note and some citrus on the finish.

PALATE: medium carbonation and full body.

OVERALL: this is a fine beer but it's not a style that I would ever seek out.

Apr 21, 2019
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ramseye4 from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddled copper color. Has just kind of a thin look to it.
Piney hop hits the nose with some underlying malt.
Tastes of spicy rye, which works well with the hop flavor which brings to mind a picturesque west coast forest.
Mouthfeel is perfectly Carbonated
Rye is a very under utilized component of beer making. Ruthless rye is fantastic.

Apr 20, 2019
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jmc65267 from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite the beer... really nice flavor my favorite part was probably the smell. Got it in a Sierra Nevada sampler pack and it was one of my favorites out of it for sure.

Apr 06, 2019
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z_21 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy amber with a finger-thick, foamy white head

S: Mostly peppery with pine notes and a touch of citrus

T: Flavor follows the nose for the most part, with pine and grapefruit taking center stage. Sweet in the front of the palate with a dry finish

F: Medium mouthfeel

O: Nice peppery IPA. Has a rather straightforward flavor profile - not too complex, but still well-balanced

Mar 30, 2019
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mikeinportc from New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From the mix pack, dated 12/12/18. Wish the date was on the OUTSIDE of the box. (Hint : SN ;) )

(As expected) Amber, with a finger of off-white head.

Smell is spicy (also as expected) , with some vague fruitiness.

Taste is spicy (coriander & black pepper?) , (rye) bread crust , slightly nutty, pleasantly old-school bitter, with some pine & grapefruit pith. Slight tang , as with rye or sourdough bread crust.

Feel is medium with medium-sharp carbonation.

Overall, pretty good for what it is . Imagine Torpedo with maybe something a bit more citrusy mixed in, then add rye bread, pepper & coriander. Its got that old-school West Coast IPA bite, with a little extra. A good compliment to my roast beef sandwich(with stuff ;) ) . Made the right choice. I had one another time that was about a month old. This seems as though it might have lost a little fruitiness, but is otherwise the same. Worth a try if you want a break from THE JUICE, or don't like NEIPAs.

Mar 21, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.88 Safeway
Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Rye, burnt malt flavors
Overall not for me. Not sure if its the style or this particular one.

Mar 16, 2019
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Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s got a lot of similarities to Sierra Nevada torpedo except with a cleaner finish. Overall this is a decent beer. I think a little more hop variety would bring this one up a notch but it’s a good addition to the sampler pack.

Mar 15, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber in color with an abundant off white sticky head that has excellent retention and leaves copious amounts of side glass lace.

AROMA: Leads with some spicy Rye hops. Bread malts still very evident.

TASTE: Again spicy Rye, some grapefruit hops enter. Bread malts still there.
Liked this offering alot.

Nov 23, 2018
Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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