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: 5,108 |  Reviews: 1,124
Photo of Philousa
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was excited to actually see this on the shelves, so I picked up a sixer right away. Pours a dark rust/ruby color with one finger head, which laces thinly and consistently. Aroma is all about the hops. It's well balanced and strangely familiar. I thought it smelled very similar to their Torpedo IPA, in terms of hops aroma: fresh cut grass, pungent, a bit of lemon. There's malt in there too; browned biscuit dominates the aroma. Malt & hops battle it out for aroma dominance. Who wins? (hops) Bitter caramel starts out the flavor department, turning to burnt chocolate/caramel and a woody flavor. Bitter malt turns to bitter hop oil flavor, noting that the hops are well balanced. There's a lingering familiar tart rye flavor in there as well. Feels a bit acidic but mainly balanced.

The aroma was great, but the flavor was ultimately too tart and feel too acidic. I can't see myself drinking more than one a night. There's just too much rye in there. It almost tastes like copper towards the end, and I'm not a huge fan of metallic tastes in my beer. This one coulda been a contender.

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Photo of tone77
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is delicious. Citrus and hops up front, some rye and malts at the finish, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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

Who took over Sierra Nevada and started with this art work? I mean really this is way out of their normal stuff. This one comes with a huge nerd requirement i suppose....oh wait check.

Pours medium orange with a bit of a white head and good lacing. Nothing special here by any means.

The nose even from the cracking of the bottle gives off this huge funky dank aroma that then turns to this really nice rye aroma.

Rye is showcased here with hops here to accentuate it and just enough malt to avoid one making a bitter beer face. Peppery spices, sharp hops, and a mellow sweetness I can't place. This is really tasty stuff.

Rye gives beer a rather dense and hard to drink quality. 1-2 of these is no problem but even at 6.6 where a 3rd could be acceptable on a weekend night I"m not sure I'd want it. I see myself needing another option asap with this one. A good if not great beer with a meal though.

This is a rye showcase which I think will make it a bit more polarizing than some of the other well known rye's, but I'm sold. A good beer by sierra even if it replaces a beer that imo should have been kept.

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Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of marshrat63
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Rye IPA on tap at the brewery before a meal in the restaurant. Nice coppery color, nice thick, long lasting head and pleasant grassy aroma. Not as bitter as other IPAs. I really enjoyed this beer. So much so I picked up a 6 pack in the gift shop for testing from the bottle.

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Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer made it to N TX shelves today, and I just picked up a 6'er at my local Central Market. Excited to try, as rye has become one of my favorite ingredients added to my beer.

Pours a clear copper color, with a frothy 2 fingers worth of tan head. Solid retension, that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

No overly pungent aromas coming from this beer, but definately picking up the funky, grainy rye smells that I really like. Also has some subtle citrusy, piney hop aromas coming through. Really nicely balanced nose.

Flavors follow the nose to a tee. Abit more spiceyness from the rye coming through on the tongue. Again, excellently balanced flavors.

Medium body, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. A bitter, dry mouthfeel that doesn't take away from the overall drinkability.

I heard this beer is replacing the Glissade in SN's seasonal lineup. I enjoyed Glissade... but this one will be a nice addition to a style that, IMO, there just isn't enough of. Keep bringing it, SN... and I'll keep buying it. A very solid beer!

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Photo of kenzak
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,108 ratings