Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
5,097 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

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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 5,097 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz beer. This poured with next to no head and only minimal lacing around the glass. The beer itself is a medium amber color, very reddish with fairly apparent carbonation. It almost looks like an amber ale.

The nose here is very peppery. The rye malt really works well with the hops and are noticeable in equal measure. The hops are a little bit piney (minimmally so) and quite pleasant.

The first thing that hits the palate is hoppy bitterness, much more so than I would have expected just from the nose alone. The initial bitterness lingers on the palate quite ahile and really never dissipates, to be hoenst, its one of the bitterest IPA's I've ever had.

Overrall this beer is just great, solid nose, taste, and mouthfeel. For $9.99 a sixer its also a great value. I will definitely be purchasing this beer again when it comes out next spring!

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Photo of Biffster
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brilliant deep copper amber, with a very persistent tawny head.

The aroma is amazing, with a big spicy peppery, woody, grapefruit and piney nose that mingles with a distinct graham cracker rye bread aroma. It is basically clean, with no objectionable phenols or other esters that distract.

This beer is all about the hops, from the crisp bitter sip. There is a brief splash of bready malt before the hops take over in earnest. Once they do, this beer becomes a bitter, piney crisp drink, with a long lingering spicy peppery rye and hop finish.

The mouthfeel is big, creamy, and almost fluffy. The carbonation is moderate at best and is not at all spritzy.

This is a spicy, hoppy beer. The spicy, peppery notes of the rye accentuate and multiply the hops. I dont get a lot of citrus in this sample, but the pepper and spice more than make up for it. The relatively big mouthfeel helps counter the aggressive hop bite.

This is an aggressive but tasty and approachable beer. I am buying another sixer of it as soon as I see it.

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Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jsteez
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled beer mug. The bottle said 2013.

A-Pale to medium amber in color, with a deep orange hue. It poured a tan, bubbly, almost creamy 2 inch head. The head dissipated to a lovely foamy and thin surface. Sticky lace on the the glass throughout consumption. Nice lookin beer!

S-Earthy, piney, hoppy, and a touch of malt, perhaps some rye, too. I could really smell the American fresh hops.

T-Again, earthy, piney, woody, a touch of spicy rye, and the fresh, bitter hops were complemented by the sweet caramel malt. This brew reminded me of picking up a bunch of pine needles and a chunk of sticks and earth, and turning them into beer (not that I've done that before). It's a down-to-earth beverage. Nice bitter aftertaste that lingers the whole time I nursed it. Great dry feeling in the aftertaste as well. Great balance!

M-Crisp, fresh, and a full bodied brew with a light body feel! Very sessionable! Moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd say the name says it all: Ruthless. This beer is a perfect February beverage. I have more in my fridge to enjoy, and I will buy more of them during this "tumultuous transitiion to spring!"


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Photo of Hermthegerm
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jmw4437
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jkn09
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of LikeFliesOnFlesh
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Dragon17
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- THis beer puors with a nice, deep amber body with a crisp line of white head that leaves somewhat quickly

S- Lots of spice a pepper on the nose with a big burst of hop aroma

T- Just like the nose, lots of robust pepper. This has a earthy taste as well coming from the rye grains and a clean, somewhat smooth hope finish on the end.

M- Crazy mouthfeel on this is one! It's medium bodied and ver tingly which lasts as long as it's in your mouth.

O- Totally love this beer. I liked it last year and it just keeps getting better. Wonderful taste. Fairly sessionable. Fantastic IPA.

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

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Photo of laramis
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: it was a reddish orange color there was a small head white in color weak retention little lacing

S:Earthy hops some grain notes not overpowering actually the aroma is quite mild

T: Strong flavor at first then there is the bitter taste of hops but instead the sweat aftertaste one would expect the rye flavor takes over and remains on the pallet

M: Pleasant theres not to much there is medium carbonation

O: This was a beer that i could drink again, i was not hugely impressed but it wasnt terrible either, i am not a huge ipa guy but i liked the rye flavors and appreciated that it was not overly alcoholic and still flavorful

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Photo of GinDC
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wowbagger
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin pale orangish-red. Decent head that dissipates quickly.

From the bottle it reeks of hops, but that is dispersed much better in the glass. Smells as if there are a few different hops going on.

First sip gives a nice kick with some sweetness, fruit and a generous dollop of hop. A little dry, maybe.

A larger swallow comes of mellower, though the hops are a little one-note in a sense and it still dried out my mouth. A decent complexity in the back of my mouth that's malty and round, but I would have liked a little more balance from the hops.

Overall, it's a better than average IPA. Wouldn't be the best IPA to win over those who don't like the style but it's enjoyable for someone like me who likes less aggressive ones.

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Photo of DukeX13
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Geoff_boyd
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Ajbradsher
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of VALIS666
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of smcnulty1981
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours with a hazy golden copper color with hint of red had about 1 finger of an off white head that dicepated after a few moments with a good ammount of lacing on the glass

S: starts off with yeast followed earthy spicy tones with a s,isn't hint of resin however I don't get any of the citrus described

T: spicy caramel malt backbone followed by a good ammount of piney hop bitterness however there is a slight off flavor which may be a bit of alchol detected

M: not as dry as most ipa's has more of a full mouthfeel

O: easy to drink overall I would prefer torpedo over this for a Sierra Nevada selection however as a bonus the artwork on the label was very nice

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours into my pint glass as an attractively browning gold, with modest bone colored head that fades to a nice lacing throughout the glass

S: the nose is a mild but pleasant interweaving of hops (grapefruit, pine) and grainy breadiness. the hops strengthen as the brew warms, and the overall aroma grows more sweet and sugary.

T: peppery up front upon first contact, followed by a sweet wash of hops and mild molasses. The rye then becomes more pronounced as an earthy undertone towards the finish.

M: smooth feel and decent, medium carbonation.

O: not bad at all, this brew has a lot of character. above average in its distinct categories, as a whole i actually find it greater even than the sum of its individual parts. i'll be back.


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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,097 ratings
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