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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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 1,118 | Ratings: 5,074
Photo of Umdrunner
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured nearly clear light amber with thick white head that laced well. Scent was subtle, mostly malty, with light pine from the hops. Flavor was rye forward with spicy/peppery notes, hops contribute to pretty strong bitterness with malt backbone. Carbonation and mouthfeel is strong.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yet relatively dark, amber color with a large bubbly white head.

Smells prominently of malt and rye, with some hops and general sweet undertones.

Taste is surprisingly gentle, and this very much feels like an incredibly drinkable, yet fairly unsubstantiated, malt-heavy session IPA. With that said, there are some subtle and quite delightful notes of spices and herbs in the aftertaste.

I haven't had that many rye IPA's in the past, but the one's I've had I have not enjoyed. I'm certainly not blown away by this, but it surprised me by its accessibility.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A= clear, brown, tinge of red, nice slightly off white head with decent retention
S= heavy hops, some sweetness from the malt and rye
T= this is where Rye IPAs really shine for me. I love the pepper notes in the finish with Rye IPAs
M= a great balance, sweet, but not too much, matches with the hops profile and the spiciness of the rye
O= 4.3

i really enjoy rye IPAs and this is a great example. The rye gives a beer a complexity and depth I feel that results in wanting another. I did a side by side with Ruthless and River Ryed from Sierra Nev. last spring and they were very close, color very close, ruthless with maybe slightly more red tinge on the edges, the smell and taste were also close but there was a distinction in the Ruthless, just something a bit more in the layering. They use overlapping but different hops with Ruthless I think having 1 extra variety, maybe this is the difference.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Anchor Steam glass.Smell of Hops.Taste is Hoppy goodness.Maybe a hint of grapefruit.A little bitterness.Overall I liked it.I would buy it again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a hop pak from SN that included Torpedo, HopHunter, Five Hops and this, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of almost brown sugar malt. Pours to a bronze color with a three finger micro bubble head. On the taste the brew is like a hopped up brown ale. Sweet and sugary but with a nice hop bite. Very smooth, not as grapefruit- like as most IPAs but deep in darker Rye malt and quite complex. A sneaky brew at 6.6 ABV, very tasty. Another winner from SN who never disappoints.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long time first time. Had this poured into a pint glass. Color is a beautiful translucent, almost clear, copper with an off-white heard. Aroma is a little light considering the rich flavor. Spicy rye is obvious, with a nice bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit tough, but not terrible for a rye. Big fan.

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle pkgd 01/28/16. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours an orange amber color, clear, but darker than expected for Sierra Nevada, supporting a very large head. I get very little in the way of aroma -- maybe a little bit of malty bread smell. Flavor brings the new-classic combination of rye bitterness and hops, in American Single IPA proportions. Piny, bready, with a slick, cloying mouthfeel. I'm having really mixed feelings about this one. This is clearly not my favorite rye IPA, but is it any good? Is it too simple? Is it simple because that's what its balance demands?

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Photo of mnj21655
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, vibrant Amber in color with a full two fingers of dense very light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very subdued, hints of caramel malt and a touch of breadiness. Taste is equally subdued but has a general underlying sweetness with some caramel and spicy rye with bready undertones and a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium+ mouthfeel with low-moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, easy drinking but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like this rye IPA a lot - very sweet malts on the smell. I like how balanced the flavor is. It has a strong, oaky taste with a hint of straw/wet grass. Great malts and a little bitter on the aftertaste. There's nothing spectacular that stands out, but overall I think it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle, part of the 4 Way assortment pack. Color is a crisp bronze with a persistent frothy ecru head. Smells like peppery rye spice with a little tropical fruit. Tasty is malty and somewhat fruity with that spicy rye note. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and really pleasant. Finishes with a nice malty somewhat dry crispness. I like this one plenty.

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Photo of JRBaker84
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A mostly clear, dark Amber color but with a slight barely visible haze. The aroma is very nice when poured into the glass. I love the taste of this one, delicious ipa with cedar notes. Pretty good mouth feel that lingers for a bit but isn't too syrupy. Overall this is one of my favorites from the 4 way ipa variety pack.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bronze color with a frothy off-white head. Smells like peppery rye spice, some vegetal floral herbs, mild melon, citrus, grass, and dark tropical fruit. Taste is peppery rye spice, some melon, floral and vegetal herb notes, some grass, with mild tropical fruit. Feels light and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a unique and interesting Rye IPA.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. purchased in the 4 Way IPA 12 pack. Pours a beautiful orange blossom honey in color with a quickly disappearing head. The smell is fantastic, a wonderful combination of rye and hops. Taste is just as wonderful with a little bitterness in the middle and some rye in the finish and when I belch, its definitely an IPA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Look is a dark wooden amber with a thin light tan head.

A lot of that dry rye aroma a slight pepperiness. Caramel note at the end.

Lots of smooth rye with a strong malt balance. Not much on the hops.

Very good beer over all.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber red-brown with a medium creamy head. The aroma gives me melon rind, apple, pomegranite, pear, and dead grass. The flavor leads with soft, rounded melon and pear, with a slightly spicy finish of cinnamon and cedar. The mouthfeel is quite full and sticky. Overall this is a decadent and rich beer with some very unique flavors.

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Photo of jeffreywt
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit of pine and citrus from the hops get mixed with a black pepper and spicy rye taste. I've found I enjoy rye beers and this is one of my favorites at the moment. I wish I could get it in a six pack instead of just in the 4-way sampler.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, brown similar to an iced tea. A nice, white foamy head sits on top and leaves behind a pretty good amount of lace. Rye malts and piney hops sit in the nose. A sweet, malty taste opens up and then leads into a slightly bitter hop taste, before being slashed and settled by the rye. Great taste, and kept well in check. Mouth feel is pretty good. Maybe a bit flat for an IPA, but very good. It's easy and a pleasure to drink. Overall, great IPA. Very palatable, even for someone who doesn't care much for IPAs.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic rye ale, exhibiting all the things you love about rye -- a sort of deep, rich maltyness, some spice/bite, and a bit of earth. Throw in some backing bittering hops and a slight citrus undercurrent, and you've got a good thing going. Really nice feel, too, creamy, full, satisfying. Classic indeed.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - A dark amber type color, clear in appearance
Smell - Spice, floral, hints of grapefruit/citrus
Taste - Peppery rye spice, some citrus, some floral notes, burnt toast, earthy

Overall - Not a huge rye IPA guy myself and this one doesn't necessarily make me change my mind either. Decent/drinkable but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/13/16. The taste on this is awesome. There's a nutty sweetness, and the promised black pepper, along with grapefruit pith and something that—having never had it—tasted like smoked venison. Very complex, but delicious, with a great smell and feel as well.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but I was hoping for a lot more. Way less hoppy than most IPA's I've had. After liking Kind Ryed (Otter Creek) so much I had my hopes up for Sierra Nevada's Rye IPA and it tasted like a very ordinary beer.
Color was coppery and clear. Not a very foamy head but still a lot of fizz to the tongue. I tasted more malt than hops which was disappointing when expecting the hop bite of an IPA.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety 12 pack that was packaged on 12/30/15

As I pour it in the glass the body is dark orange, darker then most IPA's. There a slightly off white head.Some retention. Good lacing.

Smell is somewhat prominent. Floral with a little pine

Taste starts with a bitter that has a spicy aspect to it. I noticed the malt next. A nice balance !

Average feel

Nicely balanced IPA

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Becher pint.

a: Body is on the browner side of amber. You know...like rye. 2 finger egg shell head dissipates quickly.

s: Crisp rye malts, a honey sweetness, grassy hops.

t: Rye, lemon rind, grassy, earthy hops. Peppery finish.

mf: A bit slick. Medium body. Good carbonation.

o: Drinkable and refreshing in the heat. Good use of rye. Hardly the 'best of the box'.

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Photo of MACrist
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/22/15.
LOOKS: Clear, dark amber, rust. Poured into a Nonic pint glass. One inch of khaki head that stays around and finally ends up being a nice quarter inch layer on top of the beer. Leaves a fairly nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: There is a sweet floral aroma. A bit of black pepper from the rye, and a tiny bit of citrus.
TASTE: The flavors take a minute to kick in, there is a little delay. First I get some bitter citrus rind. You get a little sweetness from the malt and that peppery bitter finish from the rye, and it lasts.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium full body and fairly dry. Carbonation is balanced nicely.
OVERALL: This is a nice change up from the usual SN IPAs. It has just enough sweetness that it is not too peppery and bitter from the rye. Good stuff.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour, decent clarity for such a color, over an inch of head, off white, almost beige. Aroma crushed the rye, drops some c hops.

Taste was just nailing the rye, but still had a slight amount of citrus hop mouthfeel. Amazing how they can have so many well selling hoppy beers. Consistency is key. Earthy at times. This is a solid ipa, a good example of one that dials up the rye in it.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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