Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 1,121 | Ratings: 5,084
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice beer, looks deep amber-brownish with a one finger white foam head. Smells citrusy. Tastes bitter and fresh, nice grainy aftertaste. I really liked it. Cheers!

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful amber color. two finger of thick white-yellow head. Smell was light with hints of hops and wheat. Taste was full of grains, wheat, hops. Although not as strong as I was expecting considering the "Ruthless" in the title. Feel was nice. The hop and grain taste stayed a few moments.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, wish it was a little stronger in taste but it was still solid.

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Photo of JohnF
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty rye IPA. The best part for me is the mouth feel if I leave it linger for a bit; the time in the mouth gives time for the rye fullness to be noticed.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a large, cream colored head. It is amber in color and very murky. Small particles are floating throughout the entire beer. Has slight spice aromas from the rye and citrus aromas from hops. Overall aroma is not too strong and is not very impressive. Initial taste is of a combination of grains and citrusy hops. Rye quickly follows and adds to the initial taste. After taste leaves a slight bitterness as IPAs usually do. Unlike most IPAs I have experienced, however, this one does not leave a dry finish in my mouth. Well done.

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Photo of Gear54
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Burnt orange in color with 1 finger of white foam and minimal lace left behind.

Smell is pine with nuts and fruit mixed in. The fruit may be a pineapple or light Curtis. It's just fain enough to be non spacific.

Taste is a hit different from smell. This has a nice rye at the start with some great toasted malty flavor. It finishes with a bit if sweetness and a ton of bitter hops. It's a very pleasing balance if your a hop fan.

Feel and drinkability are spot on. It's smooth and balanced with flavors that hit hard and last for more than a min on the tongue. No booze or overwhelming bitterness. Great for my palate.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with lightly off white head with good amount of lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, a bit of pine. Tastes sweet malt forward, mid tastes of pleasant pine/citrus hops (without being bitter), Pleasant rye, bitter endnote with clean, almost astringent, palate cleansing finish. Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. ABV well hidden and overall very smooth.
Overall, an excellent Rye IPA. Smooth, hoppy flavor without the bitterness – more floral and well balanced.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great white head that settles (laces a little).
S: a pineapple/hoppy wild flower.
T: a wonderful toasted malt then a malt flavor ending in a clean hoppy taste.
M: A solid rye front and ending in a solid HARD hop taste.
O: It has the hit of rye up front, shortly after a heavy ale, and ends with a solid IPA KICK. A definite easy drinker for IPA fan, but enough IPA to keep us coming back when we want less than a IPA/dipa.

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Photo of car2052
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a deep orange to amber appearance. Slightly hazy, with a 1 finger white head.
S: A nice amount of pine. A little rich blood orange smell. Some dark berry scent as well.
T: Slightly piney, with accompanying grapefruit lingering bitterness. A little taste I can't put my finger on, maybe the rye.
M: Medium, with a creamy texture.
O: Not bad. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 12/4/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, spicy rye, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, spicy rye, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, spicy rye, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hayden34
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I little disclaimer, I actually REALLY enjoy this beer but something about Rye beer in general doesn't agree with me so I avoid it at all costs. Hence the reason I affectionately refer to this beer as "Ruthless Flatulence".

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rye balances nicely with the hops. The hops are strong but not bitterly so. The rye adds a nice depth to the taste at the end so it isn't all hops all the way.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange, clear, bright, white head, lots of lacing.

S - Spicy, bright, grassy.

T - Very strong grass and spice, peppery, malty back. Subtle bitter close.

M - Feels brisk, good carbonation, closes pretty clean.

O - Strong, bold IPA, spicy with rye, but not unpleasantly so.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to a New Belgium tulip with a semi-transparent roasted orange color. The thin tan head lingers for a bit, then disappears with minimal retention and little appreciable lacing. The aroma is a balanced assortment of citrus, caramel sweetness and hints of dank earthy spice. The flavors follow suit, with a nice complex mix of delicious caramel, orange zest and peppery, earthy grain. The finish really highlights the inclusion of rye. Fairly balanced, with the bitterness held in check by the flavorful malts. The body of the beer is great. Juicy, moderate and satisfying, with a perfect level of carbonation. Very well done. Overall, the rye really adds some fantastic depth to the style. Carefully selected complimentary flavors and a keen sense of balance make this one a winner. Another score for Sierra Nevada. These guys really can't miss.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber, nearly a clear brown. has a thick head as well.

smell is clean and malty, not much rye spice.

taste is clean and finishes bitter and spicy. nice unique flavor. has a powerful spice and bitter combo going on.

this is pretty good, not the best ryeIPA i've ever had but pretty good. another good selection from the 4way IPA variety pack.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Reddish Amber color, clear, half inch head that faded to a quarter inch, but laced the glass nicely.
Smell: Piney, spicy smell, with some malty notes.
Taste: The malt seems pretty prominent, but there's a nice nice underlying piney bitterness and a spicy flavor from the rye in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty crisp finish.
Overall: I can hardly wait for this beer to come out every year, one of my favorite SN beers. The sum of the parts really add up well to come tougher in a great beer.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass bottled on 12/02/14

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with amble off-white head

Smell: Faint aroma of hops and some grassy grains

Taste: Far better than the aroma with plenty of earthy hop notes balanced by the malt and spicy rye flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium and refreshing

Overall: A nice IPA that balances the rye very well. Hopefully this doesn't go away forever after this year.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red clay color with off white head. Aroma is citrus, slight bread and a bit of sweetness. Taste is citrus, with rye bread and a bit of spice from the rye. Mouthfeel is medium but dry. Overall not my favorite fron SN, I think because the rye dries it out to much for me.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a deep, coppery red. Decent, 1/2" head. Great lacing.

Smell 3.5: Good bouquet. Very nice, deep and sweet scent predominates. Not much "graininess" or rye scent at all.

Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and very pleasant with a distinct rye taste. Reminds me of biting into rye bread. This taste quickly fades and the Middle hits you with a huge wave of sweet malt and a delicious (and lightly mild for Sierra Nevada) hop blend. Finish is where it all comes together and, like pulling the drain on a sink, swirls around and quickly fades into a very nice dry ending. Rye taste here at the end as well. Aftertaste is long and malty.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Great conditioning on this beer. Hits the mark and accentuates the experience.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Would go great with food and is a wonderful sessioner (trust me!). One of the best -if not the best--rye beer on the market. If you are wondering what a rye is like, start here and work your way down.

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Photo of CamelBackNotation
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

There is no strong bite at the beginning of the sip. The beer gently transitions into a smooth, soft feel with no real offensive tastes. It's just plain pleasant. Great beer! Not really what I would associate with IPA

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Photo of pnelting
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with full off white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Hoppy with some spice. Just a hint of citrus.

T: Hops with some grain on the back end. Really smooth and easy to drink.

M: Clean mouth feel. A little on the thin side.

O: Really solid beer and well worth finding in the 4 way ipa pack.

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Photo of Ipaupaweallpa
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good. Tastes like a peppery Torpedo, although as someone else said, I think last year's ruthless Rye had a bit more flavor profile than this year. Seems a little watery. Still no complains. Excellent.

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Photo of predikit
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark amber, creates a white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smells mostly hoppy, I had this awhile back and a peppery scent tickled my nose, but it doesn't seem to be present in this batch.

Takes like an average IPA, citrus notes up front, malt middle, slight bitter in on the end. The rye aspect is very underwhelming compared to my tasting of this one year ago.

Medium light body, crisp and clean. Alcohol is fairly present for the finish.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - a blood orange with lots of carbonation bubbles that builds a thick, frothy white head. Retention is great, lacing is adequate.
Smell - balanced hops and malts. Pine is the most noticeable in the nose.
Taste - slightly more hop forward than the nose; yet still well balanced on the palate.
Feel - hop bitterness, a nice malt presence, but not noticeably rye in nature.
Overall - as always, excellent price point from Sierra Nevada, and a nice Winter seasonal IPA!

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Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

I think this beer is fantastic and it is included in my top 3 beers. All of the ingredients used meld together to make a super pleasing flavor. The only reason I did not give this one a '5' is because it is not available 365 days a year.

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Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev +2%

BOD 141/14. Pours medium amber with a slight haze. Normal head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of caramel sweetness over citrus and pine notes with a touch of spice. Light medium body, with a texture that borders upon creamy. Normal carbonation level with light effervescence on the finish. Balanced flavor profile with a bit of complexity. It begins with pine and citrus hop flavor which flows into caramel. As the caramel sweetness fades, the rye asserts itself. The finish is somewhat sharp with the rye and hop bitterness lingering. A solid offering, but not in the league of GL's Rye of the Tiger or Founder's Red's Rye.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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