Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
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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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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 5,107 |  Reviews: 1,124
Photo of FrankK
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

First off let me say this. This beer is rediculously awesome. It isn't world class, but SN did something amazing here.

Pours a finger of beige head. Nice retention and lace walls down the glass. Color is a clear autumn copper.

Aroma: Rye Spice, Floral hops, and grapefruit citrus. Pretty legit nose. The rye is provides a nice backbone to the hops.

Taste: Rye up front flowed by floral hops, then some spice, and finally the citrus flavors. It ends with a hop resiny flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a touch of bitterness and stickiness to it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this beer is legit. It drinks incredibly well and for $1 a bottle you can't go wrong. Please SN, keep this fresh and keep this year round. This is a beer that will be seen in my fridge a lot.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA: This brew was sampled on tap with friends and food. Copper in color, decent hoppy aroma and a thin head that laces well get things going. Smooth malt start and a bright hoppy finish make for a top notch IPA. The rye flavor makes its way into the middle, and works very well. I was skeptical, but give this Sierra Nevada product good marks. They make a high quality suite of IPA’s, the this rye offering is no exception.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Glad that I remembered I hadn't reviewed this yet, I was working through my last bottle from the 12-pack I bought, and realized I was about to do something awful. It pours a beautifully hazy red-copper color with a large head. The aroma is fantastic, there's a great amount of spicy rye balanced with a very unique herbal, yet aggressive hop that works fantastically with the rye. The taste is also fantastic, the rye contributes such a great spiciness and just a touch of sweetness. Those flavors blend perfectly with the very unique hop flavor this beer has - it's hop forward, but not the typical citrus or pine hop you'll find in an IPA. It's a bizarre, yet delicious very strong herbal and earthy hop that blends fantastically with the rye flavors. The mouthfeel is spot-on, and the drinkability is fantastic. It's probably the best rye beer I've had, hands-down. For this beer to be this affordable is just about unfair for the other beers on the shelf. Highly recommended.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker at Tops.

Texas orange, mostly clear. One finger of head is frothy and very sticky, depositing thick walls of lace.

I smell armpit — but in a good way. Some dankness, orange peel, a touch of grass, some caramel and sharp rye spice.

In the flavor: orange peel, a touch of dank and alcohol stickiness, some grass, a very small amount of rye. Some toasted biscuits and crackers also emerge, along with a touch of burnt sugar at the swallow. Super clean, slightly drying finish.

Medium high, pinching carbonation. The body’s a a nice, smooth medium. Soft fizz, no booze. Like I said, clean and snappy.

Ruthless Rye is tasty, but far from the unmerciful hop and rye bomb the name implies. In fact, it could use a little more of both.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Very dank smelling, rye apparent, some grapefruit and some pine.

L: Crystal clear mahogeny, off-white head that dissipates. Good lacing.

T: Spicy and quite bitter overall. Medium high bitterness leading to a dry spiciness. Lots of grassy and citrus notes. Finishes quite dry with lots of hops.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation.

Solid. Almost like torpedo with rye added. Really enjoyed this beer.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish-copper body with a thick, creamy white head. Fair lacing...

Spicy rye notes dominate the aroma. There are hints of pine in there, too. A bit of light malt notes...

Taste is fairly complex: light malt (biscuit and unsalted cracker) readily combined with rye sharpness and spice, all tied together with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is between light and medium in body. Clean on the palate and soft on the tongue.

A really decent rye beer. I find the rye really shining through in the aroma department, but it also does a fine job mixing with the more traditional malt and hop components in this brew. Refreshing with a nice touch of rye complexity to keep this beer interesting and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of fizzy
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like everybody else I could go on and on about this ale. It's great, no doubt about it. My only question is, "How do I really know what rye tastes like"? It would be nice if somebody brought out a "simple" rye beer or ale without all the hops just to let's know.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clear amber with a nice lasting beige head with good lacing on the pour. Aroma of caramel malt, earthy piney hops, rye, grains fills the senses with some subtle fruity citrus notes as it warms up. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some earthy, citrus hops, some spicy rye and grain notes. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, rye, with some citrus notes ending with a lingering sweet bitter earthy rye hops taste. Not overly bitter a nice balance of bitter sweetness. Overall a very good and balanced any tasty brew.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,107 ratings