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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 5,097 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of catfan2000
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber/copper color with a substantial cream colored head.

Smells of citrus (mainly grapefruit with a hint of orange), a grain malt smell where rye can slightly be detected, and an earthy floral bouquet.

Taste up front is bitter herb with a rye nuttiness, followed by bitter and sweet grapefruit, then a touch of biscuity malt towards the end, but it is fleeting and brief in the dry finish. This is hop dominated and lively in the mouth, with just a hint of malt to keep it from total chaos. An excellent IPA and a wonderful use of rye. Also, one few beers where I can detect a full fleshy grapefruit flavor with the sweet grapefruit notes as well as the bitter.

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Photo of jsboates
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a copper body that had some clarity...a fluffy, white, two finger head formed and stuck around for a while leaving decent lacing

S - Grapefruit and other citrus aromas from the hops...spicy rye balances the sweetness and adds some graininess to the nose

T - All the flavors match the nose pretty close...the citrus flavors are sweet and juicy...the hops are very present in this beer...rye comes in and takes off the sweet edge while adding some body to the beer...there is a spiciness mixed with a grain presence...even a touch of caramel...the hops come back and pair with the spice to leave a spicy-sweet bitterness

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth...spicy, sweet, bitter

O - There was a great deal of balance in this beer...the sweetness was kept in check as well as the addition of the rye...a very pleasant offering from the guys at Sierra Nevada

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Photo of BaronRogue
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dollar a bottle at the pharmacy, couldn't resist a cheap Sierra Seasonal.

Deep red with a decent head that stuck around for a minute or two. Little bit of lace on the glass which is always nice.

Smells like peppery grapefruit. Breads and hops mixing together nicely.

Taste is exceptional for me, since I'm not the biggest rye beer fan. Nicely hoppy, slightly bitter and a great aftertaste. I can't smell or taste any alcohol at all, which is interesting since it's 6.6%.

Feels great, you'll like this if you enjoy hops but don't like the bitterness sticking around in the back of your throat for too long.

Another good mass beer from Sierra Nevada, give it a try if you see it at a decent price.

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Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dansmcd
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber beneath a finger of flimsy head and drools of lacing.

S - Big citrusy hops, grapefruit central, fresh warm rye bread.

T - Citrus and piney hop flavours, peppery rye bread, sweet caramel malt, solid but not overpowering bitterness. Great balance, beautiful flavours.

M - Smooth medium body, great carbonation.

O - Certainly lived up to my hopes, fresh straight from Chico refridgerated all the way to Australia. Sublime. I love rye IPAs and this one is pretty faultless.

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Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of efb123
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of slim24
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dianaelaine
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a mostly clear, copper appearance, with lacing, streaming bubbles, and some fine particulate matter (I’m guessing it’s yeast) floating about at the bottom. The aroma is strong, and one gets heavy citrus (grape fruit), sweetness, and some bread, and the taste is mostly citrus, sweetness, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and the finish is easy-going and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of StaindProject86
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of FrankK
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of eerbayman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bootsandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mnrider
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle

A: Pours a clear red copper. Nice large white head. Good retention but even better lacing.

S: Powerful aroma of citrus, hops and rye. Hints of pine and possible pepper.

T/M: A burst of hops and spicey Rye domnate the beer. Not extreme like other IPA's, but just right. The rye creates a good balance. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

O: Another solid IPA from SN. Abv% might sneek up on you. A great balanced beer and tasty all around.


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Photo of Garloosh
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this beer (Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company) a pretty good beer.

Look/Smell is OK. Taste is smooth... The aftertaste makes the beer.

I would pair it with a cubs game from the bleachers with a wrigley hot dog.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doing a rerate here, must have had a bad bottle last time. Pours a deep red amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of rye spice and lots of piney hops, with maybe a hint of grapefruit in the background. Flavor has hop bitter up front, with a spicy dry finish and lots of caramel malt. Pretty easy drinking and a nice changeup with the additional spice from the rye. Medium high carbonation is a bit prickly.

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Photo of jcomp21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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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