Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
Very Good
5,099 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,099 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of judkinst
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sourgrass
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of keenanite21
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, has a good sized white head that holds for quite a while and leaves heavy lace. Color is a transparent copper.

S: Very strong spicy, citrusy hop smell with a slight rye bread and sweet caramel smell.

T: A nice spicy kind of rye bread taste with very light sweetness and a strong piney and citrus hop flavor ending.

M: Medium body with good carbonation, this beer is very very smooth.

O: This is a very dynamic and smooth beer that I thoroughly enjoyed and will enjoy again. Would definitely recommend trying this beer if you haven't.

 581 characters

Photo of Ford
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

 1,298 characters

Photo of Vigilante
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Auraan
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful amber with a one finger off white head that receded quickly but left behind lacing down the glass. Scents of northwest coast hops and spicy rye. Flavor is pronounced northwest coast hops, rye spice, slight grapefruit and excellent pine notes. Mouthfeel is of medium thickness with medium carbonation that makes it easy to drink. It's a good IPA not the best of Sierra Nevada's many different seasonal IPA offerings, or even their year round, but it's a very good rye IPA.

 490 characters

Photo of hepcat
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Rbrown542
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of aranton
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of YardmanFTB
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruthless Rye IPA is different than the typical IPA. It still has the all of the alcohol percentage and IBUs of a regular IPA but it finishes extremely dry, in a good way. Many people I've shared this beer with feel that it exudes a strong hint of Marijuana. Marijuana is the cousin of the hop so it is not that crazy of a description.

 334 characters

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber with plenty of suds and lots of lacing. Nice.

Smell: Rye, pepper and spices, and earthy hops.

Taste: Rye with a bready malt backbone, spice, and grassy/floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and medium bodied, with a bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good stuff. It’s far from Sierra Nevada’s best, but it’s still better than the average rye brew. Smooth and complex, it’s hard to complain about, but rye IPAs aren’t for everyone.

 459 characters

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DuaneCree
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,099 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.