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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Photo of minterro
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Picked up a sixtel at Lukas after hearing good things. I've had about the half the keg and feel comfortable reviewing now. Poured from my system to a pint glass the beer pours a perfectly clear dark copper color with a 2 finger white/cream colored head with excellent retention with lots of lacing remaining. The aroma is big with a lot of peppery spice, rye, citrus, and piney hop character. I enjoy the blend of spice from the rye and west coast hop tones. The flavor starts with the same intense rye pepper spice on the tongue. The hop character found in the nose comes through and again melds well with the spice. A foundation of caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering pepper hop on the tongue. Upper end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a really good representation of a Rye IPA. I'm enjoying it very much and would easily recommend.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of billshmeinke
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Darker golden, almost a touch amber, great clarity. Three fingers of off white head. Fantastic lacing. Solid cap of foam is retained pretty much throughout.

Aromas of grain and spicy rye grab me at first. I find the rye surprisingly noticeable as I often can't pick up any rye aroma in a beer even if I know it is supposed to contain rye as an ingredient. Citrusy and zesty notes are there with hint of fruitiness that reminds me of papaya. There's something that makes me think of Sierra Nevada's pale ale as well, I'm guessing it's the yeast/hop combo.

Hearty biscuit and grain notes up front. Punchy bitterness, same papaya like fruitiness as in the nose, and mild hoppy/zesty notes jump in only to give way to rye spice and a lingering resin like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on point. Medium body. Perfect carbonation. Medium acidity. Fairly dry. Bit tongue coating in a resin like way.

Overall, a really solid effort from Sierra Nevada. Kinda like a more resinous and slightly less zesty cousin of Torpedo with a spicy rye element that makes itself known quite a bit more than many other rye beers.

Definitely gonna buy at least another six pack of Ruthless Rye this season.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

From a 12 oz bottle with cryptic lot stamp into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s a clear orange-amber color with lots of carbonation threads fueling a thick, creamy off-white head. Lots of clingy, sticky lace. Good looking beer. Nose of piney/citrus crisp hops, a bit bready, a bit sweet. On the tongue it’s sharp and crisp with a medium-hoppy flavor that’s strong yet still could be enjoyed over the course of several servings. I hate to say peppery because that’s what it says on the bottle, but lo and behold, it is peppery indeed, in a refreshing, complementary way. Wheaty, sweet-ish malt backbone, dry bitter finish. Slightly astringent hints of alcohol. Mouth is crisp and moderately bubbly. Overall, a solid IPA, nothing spectacular. Nothing really stands out about this “rye” IPA to me; it could be any other competent IPA. Definitely worth a try, though.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jwhancher
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a single bottle from Total Wine in DE. Had this on tap a few weeks ago and really dug it. Wanted to try it again in the comfort of my home.

A: Pours a clear dark copper with nice frothy head that's long lasting.

S: Spicy, peppery, citrus & pine hops. Has that signature Sierra hop character with a spice-like quality I'm assuming is coming from the rye malt.

T: Quite a wallop at first with the spice & pepper notes! A nice burst of hop character. Some caramel sweetness that helps round out the aggressive hop flavor.

M: Strikingly bitter at first that softens into a mellower malt flavor. Feels medium to medium-full with the sticky hop residue seemingly weighing it down.

O: I think SN hit another home run with this one. The rye character lends an interesting note. This is easily now one of my favorite SN beers. I would place this one next to Celebration, Pale Ale, and Bigfoot. Great effort - I dig this one a lot!

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thedoubler55
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle Poured into a pint glass

A: A Light copper in color, almost brown, a nice finger of head at the top that goes away pretty quickly, nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Spice, malts, hops, slight hint of brown sugar, and rye on the tail end.

T: An odd taste, not to hoppy, big up front taste of malts and spice, well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of dryness, slight carbonation

O: Not bad for a rye IPA, I was expecting a lot more from Sierra Nevada with this brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – not really much to the smell at all. It seems like there might be a hoppiness to it, but can’t quite tell.

Taste – slight sweetness and hoppiness at first, and then the bitterness slowly makes it way into the taste. Really amazing how it does it so gradually! There’s an interesting spiciness to it too that’s felt at the beginning and then again noticeable in the aftertaste. Might be something along the lines of sap.

Mouthfeel – well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very interesting and decent-tasting brew!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruthless Rye, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. 2012. Not sure why they are dating it by year. Perhaps they expect us to cellar it? Just a habit they've gotten into?

A cloaked, hooded woman holds a scythe in the middle of some farm land. Seems like odd garb for threshing. Or, are they just establishing a new, hotter version of Death. Newer and hotter than Neil Gaiman's, of course.

Anyway, on to the beer: Clear, dark crimson coloring, off-white foam above.

Aroma is soft, sweetish, and brimming with rye malt character. Pass the pumpernickel!

Taste: Hops hit first, bitter, yet sweet, then the spicy rye malt character floods the mouth. Starts mellow, gets intense. Rises and rises and overtakes the senses. Without going too far, of course. These guys are all about balance. You don't become this popular and this big without making palatable brews.

Let's look at the label crap: Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with this rustic grain for refined flavors--combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring."

It hasn't been exactly a tumult this year. We've had several early starts to spring, in the dead of winter. But this is nice and well appreciated. I was almost ready to say that the rye malt overtakes the citrusy hop presence, but they re-emerged before I could type a word. It's a tasty, tidy tango, here's some peppery bready malt, here's your hops, cha, cha, cha…

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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint.

A- Pours a nice 1-2 finger white head that forms SN typical nice lacing. The body is a translucent mahogany. Very nice looking typical of a SN beer.

S- Nice earthy hops and a spicy rye backbone.

T- Taste follows nose. Nice earthy hops up front and spicy rye really balances this beer out nice.

M- Nice carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- A really nice offering from a brewery that fails to make a bad beer in my opinion. I much prefer this over Glissade. I will definitely buy this again.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this offering pours a clear chestnut brown and wells up a thin off-white head, that fades a to a sticky lace after just a minute

S - strong IPA aromas hit first and pack a punch strengthened by huge rye elements mingled with the powerful grapefruit/citrus/pine notes typical of an IPA

T - the rye peppery spiciness hits the palate simultaneous with the hops characteristics, nicely offsetting

M&D - Sierra Nevada doesn't let you down, a layered and intriguing beer that makes you crave the next sip, balanced and drinkable, a superb beer

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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very nice red-copper color with a massive billowy off white head. The head is amazingly thick on this brew and hangs about for what seems to be forever. Upon fading over the long haul (almost 10 min) it leaves some nice lacing.

Smell- A bit of roasted malt and some breadiness meet the nose. There are some very nice ciitus and pine aromas that then hit and linger on the nose until it finishes.

Taste – Malty and bready upfront. The malt flavors have a good dose of rye and some nutty tastes. There are some nice citrus and piney hop aromas that really come to fruition in the middle of the taste, mixing with the rye quite nicely. At the end heavy roasted malts flavor lingers on the tongue and when mixed with the hops leave a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel –A bit on the creamier side with a rather moderate level of carbonation. Both allow for a very easy to drink brew.

Overall - A good rye beer and a rather decent IPA. The combination make for a nice drinking beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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