Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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: 5,096 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of falloutsnow
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Still in Lincoln, NE
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye ale offers a strongly bitter IPA that hits all the right notes for me, from its attractive, dark body to its deep and bitter hop aroma and flavor. The addition of rye, while not solely propelling this beer forward, is noticeable and a welcome flavor.

Body is amber brown with burnt orange highlights around the perimeter and very active carbonation.. Head is off-white, tall, of mixed small and medium bubbles, very pillowy. Fades in a minute or two, leaving some good lacing and a thin perpetual cap atop the body.

Aroma is hop-intense, with notable grapefruit and spicy hop additions. Also can detect a peppery, slightly grainy, and mineral component.

Begins with taste of mild wort sweetness on tip of tongue, which is quickly extinguished by waves of bittering hops, notably pine and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit, rye, and barley malt flavors influence the mid-palate, then a flash of bitterness in closing. Aftertaste is driven by residual hop bitterness and grapefruit flavors. I really enjoy bitterness, and this provided some satisfying characters towards that quality.

Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of Eriogonum
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with reddish highlights and a nice, white foamy head that linger, sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Typical American hop aromas of pine and grapefruit/citrus are present, as well as an underlying spiciness from the rye.

T: The spicy rye flavors are in full force from the beginning to the end of the sip. On top of the rye base you get those same hop flavors of pine and grapefruit initially, but fading to a mild bitterness at the end.

M: The high level of carbonation in this beer definitely adds to the perceived crispness of both the hops and the rye spiciness, but also makes the beer seem somewhat lighter and more drinkable.

O: The hops chosen and the rye character mix well. I'm almost sad that this is a winter seasonal because I'm sure it would be great on an early summer evening after a long day outside.

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Photo of omegaman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mbarnes0
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Giovacchini
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- dark amber with a thin head that disapates.

S- citrusy aromas, grass, pine, rye.

T- rye is present along with a nice maltiness. The malt is balanced by a strong citrusy bitterness. This beer tastes like a lot of SN other beers with a hint of rye.

M- good amount of carbonation like other SN beers. The mouthfeel is dry with a bitter finish.

O- I liked the fact at SN tried to market this beer with cool graphics. This beer is not very ruthless at all. The flavors are dull and this beer doesn't stand out to me as a good one from SN.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Slightly lighter than copper in color with excellent clarity. Slightly off-white colored head that erupts pretty quickly on an only moderately agresive pour; the whole bottle couldn't be poured in on the first try and it still almost overflowed...I like that.

Smell is good. Like most IPA's it's nice and hoppy, primarlily citrus with lemon zest. Floral, grassey, earthy, and herbal. Something about it is a little unique, quite interesting, good though.

Taste is on par with the smell. I can tell this is a pretty fresh bottle. The rye malt grass stands out a litle more in the flavor profile than the smell. Other than that it's not really a whole lot different.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium in body with a good carbonation level. Pretty smooth, starts off only reasaonbably sweet, with a nice dry bitter finish. Really drinkable and solid like many Sierra Nevada brews.

I got a sixer of this when I got the last of the Celebration that I could, not a bad substitue I guess but with the exeption of the added rye, I don't find it all that different from a regular Sierra Nevada IPA.

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Photo of jhighlandbrewing
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep copper with great head retention. Great clarity, the head is really really damn good and foamy, love it.

S: Light citrus hops mixed with a good peppery zest. Piny earthy hops come through after the pepper subsides.

T: First taste is of bread/doughy notes that come through along with a good pepper flavor from the rye. Hops are gentle on the flavor but mix well with the rye. They complement each other extremely well. Bitterness is moderate but enough for this style.

M: A great brew that is very frothy and dry that makes you want more. Taste buds tingle after first sip.

O: Wonderful variation on the IPA style that includes just the right amount of rye that i enjoy without dominating the entire flavor spectrum. 

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Photo of plumlmr
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Another solid beer from Chico. A nice flavor profile and an ideal balance of hops and malt make this very drinkable. The rye really fills out the palate and mouthfeel giving this IPA a fair amount of complexity and presence. Finishes clean with a soft bitterness. Great choice at a good price.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled from 1/17/12 poured into pint glass.

A: The beer is clean amber with reddish hues. Head is one finger khaki. Retention is really good. Lacing is nice and sticky.

S: Earthy, piney hops along with some pepper, grains and a hint of bitter grapefruit rind. Pretty nice.

T: Spicy up front. Hops are mostly of the earthy and piney variety. There is some slight tropical hops, but it's mostly of the bitter grapefruit and orange rind variety. Bit of mineral toward the end, and it finishes spicy and bitter. It's a pretty malt-forward beer.

The bottle says it's bright and's not. However, this is not a negative thing. It's just not a very accurate description.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Slightly thick and bubbly. A bit frothing and creamy, as well. Very nice.

O: A very nice beer overall. It's complex, but not overbearing in any aspect. Is it better than the beer it replaced (Glissade)? You can't really compare them. If I had the choice to buy this or the Glissade, I'd probably buy this.

I'm mainly comparing this to Founder's Red Rye P.A. since it's the benchmark for the style, in my opinion. Ruthless Rye is not quite as good as Red Rye PA, but it's fairly close. This beer is a bit rough around the edges. I'd like for it to be more bright and citrusy as the label promises.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bsu2005
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poolnbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of melissab318
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tewaris
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep shade of rusty amber with a good off white head. Very good head retention and great lacing. Call me spoiled but many hop forward beers don't excite me because of their not being hoppy enough. I don't get much in terms of hop aroma except some floral-citric notes that could be loosely called West Coast/American.

The malt notes are much bolder and have a strong presence of rye and bread (and therefore rye bread). The malt profile of this beer seems to be based on SNPA, or at least has the Sierra signature on it. Taste is medium bitter, very bready, and comes with a kick of rye and spice. I remember it being cleaner on tap, but it gets there with warmth.

Medium bodied and crisp, and overall fantastic. It really is a no brainer at 7.99/6-pack. I am going back to the store when I am done with this sixer.

5, 3.5, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of output01x
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades over a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear copper amber with a good number of carbonation bubbles. Some good lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple give the nose a very citrusy appeal. A good resinous pine hop aroma and a slight spiciness are also noticeable.

Just like the nose, the citrus really comes out at first in the flavor. Light notes of orange and pineapple are present along with a peppery spiciness. As the beer is swallowed, a quick rush of pine hits the taste buds. Just a little rye flavor comes through before a mineral finish. Then, a good hop bitterness lingers on the front of the tongue as a black peppery spiciness rests in the throat.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes clean and quells one's thirst. The body is just full enough to allow the flavors to come out without becoming sticky, which really helps the drinkability. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and does not detract from either the flavors or the experience.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown color with a two finger slightly off white head. The head gives way to decent lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of rye along with some citrus notes at the back end. The taste has a sweet malt backbone which gives way to a dry rye spiciness. The back end has a citrus up bite to it. Well balanced and round. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was a solid ipa. It was nicely blended and well put together, an easy drink.

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Photo of alemiester
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.2% out of 100 with 5,096 ratings
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