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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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5,098 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

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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 5,098 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of obrike
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 er at Specs in Round Rock today...was very happy to finally see it on the shelves.

Loved the look of this one...bold copper color with a huge frothy head...stayed for quite a while. Just a pretty looking brew.

Not knocked away by the scent, but certainly picking up some of the bitter rye, a bit of sweet malt, maybe some piney hops as well.

Wow...this is a bitter rye blast to the palate...I'm torn here between a 4 and 3.5...initially I scored low, but the flavor grows on you after a while. This is not a big hop forward IPA...rye first, followed by piney/earthy dry hops and malt. Almost like a rye infused Torpedo.

Carbonation is high, but it adds to the character of the beer. Very dry, very bitter...a good version of the style.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a coppery brownish color with a nice sized creamy looking head. Smell is malty with a hint of spicy hoppiness. A little grainy, a little tiny bit yeasty.

Taste is surprisingly dominated up fronts with nice hoppy bitterness, with a really nice nutty/hay/malty finish.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, a little abrasively fizzy. Maybe it got shaken a bit in transportation. I think the checker might have tossed the whole case on its side.

Overall, I'm a fan. It's good.

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Photo of halo913
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

Bottle poured into a standard shaker pint.

I just saw this for the first time today and had to give it a shot. I always love trying new Sierra brews. Pours a deep amber/copper color with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is a bit spicy, but mostly big citrus hops. A nice mix for sure. Taste is similar to other sierra pale/ipa's, but with a little extra bready spice from the rye malt. The hop character is quite nice mixed with the rye. Finishes with a good amount of bitterness, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is good for an IPA, has some substance to it. Overall this is very nice new offering from one of the most solid all around breweries around. I'm very rarely disappointed from SN, a very solid beer.

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Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. 2012 vintage

Pours a dark amber with a creamy tan head and visible carbonation. Ample sticky lacing left on the glass.

Excellent carbonation level; medium body; semi-dry to dry finish.

There's plenty of spicy rye and hops in the nose, with a bit of toasted grain in the background. The aroma is also moderately fruity weedy, as well as very slightly earthy. Any lingering doubts about balance are laid to rest upon tasting: The flavor has an excellent balance of peppery rye, hops and toasted malt. The hops are a bit more spicy and less citrusy in tasting than smelling.

O: Almost everything about this beer seems beyond criticism. The only thing I found slightly objectionable was the high amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in relation to hoppy flavor in the aftertaste. It looks great and has exactly the mouthfeel, aroma and taste one should expect in a true rye IPA. A great choice for IPA lovers who want something a bit out of the main stream.

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Photo of eddiechilton
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

I just picked this up from my local safeway in a 12 pack. The color is typical of an IPA, bronze/gold, kind of copper looking with a decent head.

The smell is very hoppy, lots of pine and citrus. I don't get much. And the taste follows very similarly. Very dry and bitter. A nice amount of malt backbone though, a nice amount of rye.

Overall it reminds me very much of Torpedo. Ruthless is a great tasting beer but does not differ much from Celebration and Torpedo.

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Photo of tony223366
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Really pretty beer. Nice brownish amber color with ruby highlights. 2+ fingers of off white head. Extremely rocky with good retention and lacing. Top marks by all counts.

S: Bouquet leaves some to be desired. I get some citrus and grassiness up front but not as much as I want. The rye is definitely present in a nice peppery way. I want it to smell brighter.

T: I get great citrus, but it quickly turns grassy and moves to the rye. The rye comes off very peppery but not over powering. The malt is present as a nice breadiness. The alcohol shows up a bit before the bitter finish.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: Reminds me an awful lot like torpedo with lots of rye. A really interesting beer for sure. I don't know what I was expecting but it doesn't quite live up to it. Definitely not bad though.

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

  Pours a pretty golden amber color that's a shade usually seen around sunset. Not much in the way of head, but the carbonation is lively. Aroma of spicy rye malt and sharp, floral hops, with notes of grass and a light caramel sweetness. Palate is hop forward with a nice sharp, spicy note from the rye. The flavors become more balanced and mellow on the swallow, with a hint of orange peel and caramel malt helping to offset the considerable bitterness, which lingers for a while on the finish. Body is lively and a touch creamy, a great vehicle for the flavors on display here.

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Photo of afrokaze
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of milesmayhem
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tiger!Tiger!

A: Pours a dark copper color with a creamy tan head.

S: Very thick and weed-like hop aroma with some bready malts.

T: Probably the beefiest IPA I've come across. Nice peppery hop bite upfront followed by a ton of rye, bready malt and some black pepper. I don't think I could drink a ton of this, but it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of ipa247
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

Appearance: Amber-brown. White head that dissipates to a thin layer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Typical hop profile for a SN brew. Reminds me of torpedo. The malt backbone is different though. Its more robust thanks to the rye. The pepper aroma of the rye melds nicely with the hops.

Taste: follows the nose. Nothing groundbreaking, just consistent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. Bitterness isn't overwhelming. Good carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Not special enough to be a strong seasonal release imo. Excellent price as always from SN. If you like Torpedo or a SN devotee then you'll probably like this beer. If you are looking for something unique or groundbreaking then you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of teksmeks
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle in to a 16 oz pint glass. Very clear reddish copper. Thin off-white head with almost no lacing. Smells peppery with a hint of citrus. Grapefruit bitterness and earthy spices on the tongue, crisp with a dry finish. Should go great with the spicy ribs on the grill!

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Photo of TimCasby
1/5  rDev -74.3%

Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell of sour and spicy rye with lemon and grapefruit hops. Spicy and bitter smelling there is a decent amount of pine present.

Starts out malty and spicy with a strong rye cracker flavor. Mildly bittersweet this has quite hearty thickness to it. Strong C type hops; the rye is an interesting mix with the IPA level hops. Starts out mildly sweet then it turn savory for a second and then the hops hit you. Rather a tasty IPA in a Rye coat.

Mouthfeel is simply excellent, thick yet slick, like a well-oiled snake.

Overall this is a tasty beer and much better than I expected. I skipped buying the 12 pack of this until I tried it. I will be buying a 12 pack tomorrow for New Years consumption.

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Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The artwork on this one is great.

Pours a bright and crystal clear amber color with a huge off white head. Looks wonderful in the glass.

Aromas are typical for Sierra IPAs. Grassy, resin like, with some hard candies, and is quite floral. Smells like a fresh hop beer.

Taste is malty sweet up front, notes of hard candies, tea, and some grainy spice. Finish is resiny, earthy, pine like, lightly bitter, with some citrus, and fresh floral hops. People that want hoppy citrus flavors in their IPA might not care for this, but I like the raw earthy hop and rye notes.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and very well carbonated.

Overall, an excellent new offering from Sierra. I know it's another "IPA", but this is different. Reminds me of some of the Harvest beers, but with more graininess, and nice spicy rye notes. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 pack of this last night at Safeway. I just wanted a six pack but all they had was 12 packs. I'm glad now that I got a 12 pack.

Appearance- amber color, nice size head, very nice lacing

Smell- lots of rye, very nice

Taste- rye, hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, dry mouthfeel

Drinkability- I thought it was excellent. Sierra Nevada has done a wonderful job once again. Definitely will buy again!

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Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw an add for this in a beer mag and finally picked up a twelver at Safeway for $12.97. Not bad. On to the beer...sweet looking label. Comic-bookish and nice to look at as the consuming proceeds. Pours a nice amber color with a cream colored frothy head and nice lacing. The aroma is big-time rye oriented. Big rye blasts on each whiff and a slight rubber aroma also. Definitely malt in the background as well. The taste is more rye with a big rye/malt/hoppy bite throughout the buds. Slight citrus in the background. Grapefruit rind is what I'm getting. Bitter and dry aftertaste. Overall if you like Rye, the SN crew really lays it on here. The combo works for me though and I love the effort placed on this new beer. For the price it is very worthy. Nicely done.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,098 ratings
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