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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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3.92
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23.98%
 
 
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Photo of cougarbait
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

A: Crystal clear amber color. Filtered.

S: First you get a nice wiff of citrus and hops on the nose. Slight hint of pine on the backside.

T: Off dry from the start. Nice ballance of citrus and hop from front to back. On the back end you get a slight hint of pine.

M: Nice carbonation. Strong finish to the beer. Slight hint of alcohol. Off dry.

O: I believe Sierra Nevada really dosen't make any bad beers and this is just another example of that. Great Beer

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing
Ruthless Rye

Bottle states alcohol content 6.8% by volume

malts: PALE, RYE, CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE
yeast: ALE YEAST
bittering hops: BRAVO
bitterness units: 55
AROMA hops: CHINOOK & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS
DRY hops: CHINOOK, CITRA & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS

Pours a reddish amber color, large fluffy off white head, plenty of lace after each sip. Aroma of trademark Sierra Nevada ale yeast, and piney, resinous hops. There is a lofty caramel malt sweetness in the nose as well.

In the taste, caramel malt with a good helping of earthy hops and spicy rye in the finish. Pretty well balanced, but could be considered hop forward. Earthy, piney and grapefruit flavors and a solid bitterness. The rye used is very flavorful and imparts delicate peppery and even woody notes. The malt body, hops and rye presence all are complimentary.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spot on prickly carbonation, and semi dry. Overall, this new product from Sierra Nevada is one of the more balanced examples of a rye infused IPA. Well rounded flavors and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: crystal clear light amber with carbonation bubbles and a three finger frothy off whiye head that lingers nice and leaves a ton of lacing
S: citrus hop front with nice malty back end
T: wow, citrus hops up front then slides in a slight sweetness which is backed up by a real nice depth
M: smooth creamy, a little thick, leavea the mouth just slightly dry
O: a really nice beer that I could honestly drink all day everyday, really happy with this switch up for sierra nevadas seasonal brew

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Photo of dejrrma
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7-$8 for a 6pack, julian dating on bottle: 1362, o December 26, 2011. poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a beautiful copper color with a nice inch of head, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

s- spices (a good deal of pepper), light hops, some bready scents, and a little sweetness

t- tastes a lot hoppier than the smell would lead you to believe. it's bitter, with dry spices, and lots of pine resin.

m- medium bodied and carbonation. leaves your mouth dry and with some of the resiny texture.

o- i wasn't expecting too much from this beer, but it gave me a nice surprise. this is an awesome beer, and i would buy again.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Nonic

A: excellent lacing with a medium to fine bubble, coppery color with a bit of a reddish tone but also a bit watery looking

S: nice citrus hops, a very firm malt undertone, not as much rye spice as i may have expected

T: good round citrus hops that go from sweet to a more bitter rind character, the rye bite follows that up and a nice base of malts

M: Good tang from the hops, medium-dry in the finish

O: Another solid line-up to the Sierra Nevada stable. I wish the appearance had a bit more oomph and the nose more of the rye, but the flavor and feel are good and for that I thank the brewers.

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Photo of John1985
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale pours a dark gold with an inch head that laces beautifully down the pint glass. Aroma of rye with citrus. Taste starts out with a mildly spicy rye flavor balanced with citrus hops. Medium body makes this very sessionable and finishes very smooth for IPA. Wow I never knew rye beers could be so flavorful.

Another home run by Sierra Nevada. I enjoyed this much more than last year's bock. This was affordable and full of flavor!

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Photo of DrJay
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and coppery with a thick yellow/beige cap. Good head retention, foamy lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, grassy and a bit spicy, slightly nutty and sugary malts. Sturdy pine resin bitterness, dry nuttiness, spicy and citrusy, a bit oily and grassy with some burnt sugar in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation was a little creamy, light dryness from the grains, nice texture overall. A solid offering that's full of rye and hops. Recommended.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is dark, sugary, and has a nice rye bite.

It poured dark copper with a two-finger tan head. It left a good amount of thick rings of lace on the glass. Rye is very imposing--it dominates the aroma and grabs right away in the flavor. What remains is very sweet, almost cotton candy-sweet. It leaves a nice burn on the tongue and the back of the throat. There is no forgeting this beer.

Ruthless Rye is good, and a nice departure from most readily available IPAs; however, it's not as good as most of those, and this might not be fair, but it's no Hop Rod Rye.

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single from EuroMarket in Queens, NY. It's my go to local beer store.

Served in a tulip... Cloudy amber red/brown.. reminds me of an autumn afternoon in NY. I love the head (yes i know) on this one, it's a loose froth, sticking randomly along the sides of the glass...

Rye and hops in the nose, as expected.. incredibely smooth mouthfeel asI get a good dose of rye and hops on the tongue. This hops add a citrus brightness to the flavor. Roasted barley and rye finish off the ride...

I am now a fan of rye beers. Ruthless Rye is inexpensive, well-balanced and, most important, tasty...

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Photo of kevanb
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rye IPA from Sierra Nevada pours a deep amber color, lots of caramel hues along with some garnet and burgundy colors when held to the light. A nice ivory colored head sits atop the glass, very nice retention and really nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is pleasant, citrusy and grassy, reminiscent of lemongrass, is the first impression. Rye is definitely there complimenting the lemongrass with some earthier spice-like aromas, backed by a nice grainy malt presence that the rye also compliments, very well rounded aroma. Nice earthy flavor profile, a lot less citrus in the hop flavors but replaced with nice coniferous flavors. The rye is again a big player, much stronger, some caramel sweetness that plays off both the rye and the malt comes through at the finish. The body is a bit soapy, a little juicy, but still has a decent dry finish, and amply carbonated.

Verdict: A nice rye IPA from Sierra Nevada, not sure I’d say it’s better than Torpedo, but it’s got a nice mix of flavors that makes for a solid hoppy beer with a little something extra.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and very nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweeet malta. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a smooth balance of piney hops, and bready malts. Rich flavored, and quite enjoyable!

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours an clear amber/orange color with an off white head, nice lacing

S- was citrus,malts, light rye, lemongrass

T-grapefruit hops,citrus notes with spice and pine

M- medium carbonation, crisp with hops and rye

O- tasty ipa with a fair amount of rye,hops

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Photo of tzieser
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

a: clear copper in color with a fluffy two finger thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a good amount of time.

s: lots of citrus and pine hop aroma. there is a subtle malty grain-like aroma too. the amount of citrus is surprising. i wonder if they torpedo'd this?

t: citrus and pine hop flavor dominate again, but it's not too bitter and has a pretty nice malt backbone to keep everything well balanced....that subtle bite from the rye is there, but to be honest i wouldn't have guessed this rye IPA (discounting the color, of course). very good.

m: smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel.

awesome beer. recommended. i just hope they didn't replace Glissade with this. there aren't enough Helles Bocks anymore.

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a pillowy frothy off white head that slowly settles leaving a wall of lacing.

The aroma is big on the grapefruit hops; very fresh, juicy and floral. The rye provides a subtle pepper spice and sour scent. Aroma reminds me of a notched up SNPA.

The flavor is a mix of grapefruit and pine. Juicy grapefruit kicks things off, then transitions into some piney bitterness. This is supported by a bready malt; sour and peppery from the rye. Has a nice general toasty-ness to the beer.

Moderate feel is prickly carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not too strong; a bit of a hoppy metallic aftertaste.

Very nice IPA. The hops hide much the rye has to offer but that seems on par for the style.

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Photo of coldriver
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with great head and lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine with sharp rye malt. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, and grass hops, and peppery rye (kind of salty as well). Medium body with dry finish. Very happy to have this new seasonal from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brown color with two frothy creamy fingers of foam. Smell is hoppy and grassy with a hint if spice.

Tastes of those classic Sierra Nevada hops, mixed with pepper and of course rye. Complex flavor that needs to be sipped on awhile to figure out. Faily easy drinking ipa/rye brew. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jchoffman
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted the Ruthless Rye IPA in my home poured from a bottle into a freezing pint glass, good pour, head about a inch thick. I wasn't sure what to expect from this Rye IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was hoppy, and got a smell and taste of Citrus, which in my opinion was a great blend. I've recently drank SN Torpedo and Celebration Ale, which I loved both and wasn't disappointed by the Ruthless Rye Ale at all. Excellent brew, I recommend strongly. I do think it tastes better from a cold(or very cold) pint glass.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Fantastic head retention & lacing

S: Lemony & grapefruitty hops, a kiss of breadyness & peppery notes

T: Peppery rye, grapefruit, slight grainyness up front. Dryness, caramel, grainy bitterness & a touch of grapefruit as this warms, Finishes a little peppery, citrusssy & with a dry/crisp rye

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good blance

I enjoyed this, but I thinks Red's Rye is more to my taste, plus more drinkable

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a fan of the SR lineup and a fan of Rye IPA's - see BR Hop Red Rye - {as well as reuban sandwiches} was anxious to dive in

A: Reddish, orange, full head, nice lacing. Good start.

S: Smells of Rye, cane sugar, grapefruit. So far so good.

T: Bit of a letdown. The Rye is overpowering, not subtle, and left unbalanced. Biscuity and some sourness, not the crispness I like from IPA's. A hint of hops on the finish

M: Dense, sour

Good, not great. Maybe I like my rye in subtle doses.

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Photo of delapowicz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Times bar in Raleigh NC
Appearence perfect
Smell devine. It reminds me of a good gin. You know how it is supposed to smell like. Hops devine is what I get in the nose once my 10 oz was poured. Taste is good. Little darker taste than a run of the mill IPA. It I a good stand alone beer but not a session beer. Sometimes higher Alc content beers still lend themselves to sessions or simply as I feel a desire for more. One is godd enough. But I usually want another SN Pale Ale

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Photo of wafers
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a copper to brick red color, mostly clear, large amounts of frothy head that stays around for awhile
S: Mild aroma of citrusy hops, nothing much else
T: Piney hops right off the bat, followed by a decent helping of caramel-like malts, as well as a hint of the distinctive rye flavor
M: Definitely thick, resiny, lingers in the mouth for some time
O: I enjoyed this one, seems a little lighter on the hoppy bitterness than some of the other SN IPA's, but overall is excellent and would buy again

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Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a nonic-style pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small ivory head that leaves behind good streaks of lacing.

S: I get the rye spiciness in the nose, along with piney or sprucey hops. A touch earthy.

T: Good stuff. Rye spice is again noted, pretty clearly and right away. Good malt profile - some caramel malt and toffee flavors provide a nice foundation. It's followed by that rye spiciness. It finishes with resiny pine and spruce that at times seems grassy. Earthy spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, which comes across as quite dry. Burps remind me of Celebration a little.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest, giving this a fairly creamy feel.

O: This is good stuff; it grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. I think I like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye a little better, but for the price ($8.89 a sixer at Olivers), this is real solid. And I think the rye makes this an appropriate Spring offering.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruthless Rye pours a really attractive copper color. It’s very clear. Backlighting reveals some really nice crimson highlights. An off-white head caps it off. It stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention is pretty impressive. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is pretty good. It seems a little lacking in strength, but is far from bad. A little caramel and toasted malts start things out. It smells a little sweet, but not overly so. It has a really nice spicy rye scent. Definitely smells peppery. It has an interesting earthy, grassy scent that’s attributable to the hops. There are some light citrus grapefruit notes, but they seem to be overpowered by the other hop scents. Alcohol is buried. Smells pretty good. Just needs a little more strength.

The flavor is good. I like it. It definitely has a caramel and toasted malt base. It’s not all that sweet, but there’s definitely a little caramel and toffee noted. A nice peppery, spicy rye flavor works well the malts. It’s quite prominent in flavor. I like that a lot. The hops are interesting. They seem to be a mix of grassy, earthy hops and, to a lesser extent, citric hops. There’s a hint of grapefruit, but it’s otherwise reminiscent of noble hops. It’s a tad bitter, but it’s not a palate wrecker. Alcohol is definitely light in the mix. Finishes spicy, grassy, and quite dry.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but feels soft. It definitely has a nice feel and goes down easy. I could handle a few of these in a sitting.

Sierra Nevada did a nice job with Ruthless Rye IPA. It’s good stuff. I’m a fan of rye beer and this is definitely a good one. I think I would’ve preferred a stronger citrus hop presence, but it’s hard to find much fault. The focus is clearly on the rye and that’s not a bad thing at all. I like it. Easy recommendation.

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

Poured this one into my newly acquired Cigar City Brewing pint glass.
This is quite possibly the most gorgeous looking brew I've encountered in some time.
The two finger tan head sinks down to a respectable skim leaving some impressive lacing, and what it sinks down into is the most inviting copper and plum colored body one could imagine.
As far as the nose goes, you get a lot of citrus and pine one would expect from a West Coast IPA, but lurking not far behind is a earthy moist wood-chip aroma that demands attention and respect.
The rye is spicy, almost peppery and blends in well the the West Coast hops and mellow--low key caramel malt flavor. Lot's of good bite to this one.
The mouthfeel is close to perfect.
Overall this is a great example of a rye IPA. You cannot go wrong with this beer. Works great with spicy food. I just downed 3 with a bowl of Buffalo wings. A perfect pairing.

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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with three fingers of off-white head. Head has great retention and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Spicy rye and bitter citrus really stand out. Nice bread malt aroma as well.

T - Nice peppery rye up front, quickly followed by bitter grapefruit zest. Both tastes are quite prominent, but not overpowering in the least. Bread malts and a bit of sweeter citrus come in midway, with the finish being more bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel is somewhat resiny and finishes with a lingering dry bitterness.

O - A very tasty beer, though I prefer Founders Red's Rye by a significant margin. Still, I would have this again.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.
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