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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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kaseydad on 12-29-2011

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1,117
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5,071
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,117 | Ratings: 5,071
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great sierra seasonal. pours a gorgeous deep copper color with a lively white head fluffy as can be. smells fresh hops and spicy pumpernickel bread. flavor is quite hoppy, but its butter and sweet. resiny hops. also theres the rye coming in after the hops, sturdy but light on the tongue. mouthfeel is nice too, most rye beers turn my off by sitting in my gut, but this one is down easy, mucho sessionable. love the finish here, stands up well to pickled garlic and asiogo flatbread. even though sierra is expanding, their beer is still as good as any micro operation in the country. i pray it stays that way

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Photo of jfrank85
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a dogfish head snifter. This beer has a sticky head that lasts for days. Copious amounts of lacing down the glass that sticks like glue. Deep copper red color, bright crystal clear. Beautiful.
S- Spicy. Touch of citrus hops, slightly earthy and grassy.
T- " ", crisp and fresh, pumpernickel bread taste. Touch of citrus from hops almost resinous, grainy.
M- Medium but crisp. Bright
O- Wow, I'm in love. I am quite partial to rye beers as it it but this one is amazing. From presentation to taste it is both appealing and tasty. Would recommend highly.

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

Purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA. Since this is a seasonal release, I decided to give it a shot while it was available.

Purchase price: $9.99/6pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass

A - Pours a translucent, amber/reddish orange color. A one finger, fluffy head on the initial pour that fades after a few minutes. Leave a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A great smelling beer. Lots of earthy hoppiness.

T - A decent beer. The initial taste is of bitter hops mixed with a grassy/earthy background. I'm not getting much of the rye taste I was expecting. Slighly spicy. This beer needs a bit more sweetness to balance it out, in my opinion. That being said, I loved the hoppiness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - A medium consistency. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - A beer that I enjoyed but wasn't overwhelmed with. If you enjoy a bitter, hoppy beer, give it a try. I'll have no problem finishing the remaining bottles.

Cheers!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
2012, 6.6% ABV, 135012000 on label (Dec. 15, 2011)

A - From the brilliant art that adorns the label to the sexy appearance in the pint, Ruthless Rye looks stunning; light bronzy amber in color, it's chill haze and minimal condensation are the only two things keeping it from perfect clarity. The moderate light khaki head lingers quite lengthily before delicately decorating the pint in lace.

S - Sierra Nevada knows their hops, that much is certain. This beer's aroma cements that unequivocally. There's a pleasant, inviting quality to the juicy aroma of the hops that works so well juxtaposed to the rye! Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit put a tropical spin on the peppery, aggressive nature of the rye. A swirl brings fourth pine and grassy earth tones, adding further depth.

T - Hoppy through and through, the exotic fruitiness passively combats the hearty rye in here. Toasted malt falls just behind the peppery, raw, unrelenting rye flavor.

M - It wouldn't be a proper Sierra Nevada without loads of bitterness! Fantastic balance between the moderate carbonation, medium body, and sharp finish, Ruthless Rye is pretty smooth despite being rugged. This one's not too ruthless in fact.

O - Sierra Nevada strikes gold again! Behind the cutting edge band-wagon-jumping of rye beers, it's clear this beer was perfected before being unleashed into the market. Spectacular balance of aggressive hops, this review bottle went far too fast.

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

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a small off white head that hold decently. The lacing is insane.

S: Sweet caramel, lemon, grapefruit, pine resin, spicy rye, biscuits.

T: Bitter piney hops upfront, grapefruit and lemon follow. Backbone is grainy malt, caramel and a mild rye spiciness. Clean, flavorful, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied leaning towards the lighter side. Carbonation is moderate giving a nice prickliness on the tongue.

O: Overall a delicious and refreshing beer. Missing Glissade? Not really.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Makes a great two finger thick head, with a color of off white. The body is copper in color and is not hazy at all.

The aroma is perfumy, lemony, with a hint of toffee.

Taste wise, it's malty upfront with caramel sweetness, then citrusy hops of lemon character kicks in. In the end there is an even sweeter taste that kicks in... Somewhat like a chocolate covered candied orange slice.

Feels mildly carbonated, medium in body, and refreshing to the palate.

Overall this is a very well balanced brew, and the rye really ads some depth to the typical IPA offerings that SN pushes out.

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Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours a clear dark amber-brown with a creamy off white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing. The aroma is more earthy then I was expecting, but I guess that's what the rye adds. There are notes of pine and citrus with spicy earthy aromas. The taste of the beer is also very earthy and spicy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is medium-high and perhaps bordering on too high, but is still quite drinkable due to its medium body. Good beer, glad I tried it, but wont go out of my way to seek it out again.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dutch pours a nice amber capped by a foamy off white head with good retention. Nose is light pine and citrus, slight caramel malt. Taste is cutting pine and citrus underbalanced by slight malt and rye. Rye is good and refreshing with the pine. Medium bodied. Yum.

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

On-tap @ Brewers Haven, Boise ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Clear dark straw color with shades of brown...minimal off-white head and lacing.

S: Signature Sierra Nevada hop profile here...piney, resiny hop bitterness. There is also a more upfront grainy spiciness, which I'm assuming is the rye...notes of a toasted malt backbone in the grain bill.

T: Follows the nose, tons of resiny hop notes & high bitterness, herbal earthiness...tobacco leaf, hemp seed, pine needles. A bit of toasted caramel malt carries the body along.

MF: Moderate (for an IPA). Dry and bitter. Medium carbonation.

O: Definitively earthy, herbal, spicy, hoppy and bitter. Decent Rye IPA from SN.

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Photo of Kranders
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice ruby appearance with a lacy head that doesn't stick around too long. Rich aroma full of earthy hops with a little bit of the rye that comes through the hops, very nice. Complex in taste, lots of hops that battle around with the rye in a good way. Lots of earthy hop notes that take over and don't let the rye flavors through as much as I'd like. A little on the thin side and doesn't last for too long. Overall really good, nice addition by SN.

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

Poured into a Tom Collins glass off a fresh bottle from Trader Joe's Lake Merritt, in Oakland CA.

A:Ruby Red, Cinammon, and Brown hues. Creamy, 2 inch head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted yams, grapefruit, pine needles. A very decadent aroma. The Rye incorporates a grainy, sweet subtle finish in the nose.

T: Sesame seed, pine needles, and fresh grapefruit. The tastes seem to be all over, but they work magnificently. The Rye gives the IPA a peppery, light feel; whereas the hops provide a decent bouquet of flavor. Well done.

M: Light mouth feel.

O: Another solid offering from SN. The Rye gives the classic West Coast IPA an interesting flavoring. Will drink again.

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Photo of ahq514
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface, seems to have a higher amount of carbonation. Solid two finger head, that is a fluffy off white. Good lacing throughout the glass.

Fairly straight forward aroma. Lots of rye and a healthy dash of citrusy and floral hops. Reminds of a less intense, more malt focused Founders reds rye.

Very nice. Right up front is a malty sweetness followed by a moderate amount of rye, with a light spicy character. Then the hops come through, a bitter herbal quality with some bright citrus undertones. I want to know what the experimental hops they used were, because I dig it. Definitely a more malt focused ipa, but I like it. A good hop character that doesn't outshine the malt. Lingering dry bitterness.

Good medium body. A little high on the carbonation. Very drinkable.

A great beer from SN. So glad they replaced Glissade with this. Not as hoppy as the top Rye Beers, but just as good IMO. Glad I invested in a 6 pack. If it was year round I would definitely keep this regularly stocked in my fridge.

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

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a dark copper amber, half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, a hint of citrus and light fruit. Interesting rich flavor of sweet malt and rye with citrus, a slight sourness and earthiness, probably from the rye. Sharp pleasant finish of hops and rye. I liked this flavor combination quite a bit. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Nicely done rye beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves good sized bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some grassy and citric hops.

Tastes of the bready malts with a spicy and hoppy ending. A bit of sweet malts lead off with toasted bread, caramel, and nuttiness. Rye adds in with its spiciness. Hops then come through with grassy, citric, and pine notes, along with a moderate bitterness. Everything blends together really well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer and I think it can hang with the likes of Hop Rod Rye.

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Photo of keanex
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 2012 bottle with no freshness date.

A: Beautiful, clear dark amber with a towering light tan foam head. This is a beer that looks like it wants to be drunk!

S: Slight rye spice with earthy notes and slight citrus.

T: Really spicey from the rye from start to finish they really are ruthless with the rye. It sort of overpowers the flavor sadly, there's a slight grapefruit bite at the end, but this is very one-dimensional. I'm not liking this very much.

M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

O: I was expecting more from this, it's not very well balanced, but thankfully it is priced decently. Even so, I won't be buying it again, Hop Rod is a much better option.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I'm met with is the very attractive, picturesque label.
Ruthless Rye has a reddish brown hue and a very pretty glow.
The taste is what I expect from a Sierra Nevada IPA...outstanding.
The balance of citrus and malt flavors are augmented with the bold flavor of rye. They have executed this combination in such a way to make it seem like this is a brew that they have been doing for generations.
As usual, Sierra Nevada has introduced an outstanding beer to a lineup that is already logjammed full of excellent selections.
It will be interesting to see if this one becomes a "keeper" or not.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper color with a large and dense white head on top that leaves a fair amount of lace behind. Hops dominate the aroma up front with a nice citrusy grapefruit character and a touch of herbalness. Just a hint of biscuity and bready malt character in the background.

First sips reveals more rye flavor than the aroma gave off. Nice balance of bright and citrusy hops with a hearty malt backbone. Finish isn't incredibly bitter but it does give just enough kick to satisfy. Mouthfeel is typical of a well crafted Sierra Nevada brew. Smooth and creamy texture and slightly drying in the finish.

Overall, Ruthless Rye gives us another quality brew from the great brewers at Sierra. Wasn't a big fan of Glissade myself so I'll happily take this as a replacement.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours with a reddish orange color with nice carbonation cascading from the bottom up. The foam is about 1" thick and is creamy looking. The foam dissaptes to a thin foam but but does not dissappear completely and the "legs" of foam remain on the glass with every taste.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, and some grain.

T - Nice hops, with grapefuit, and some hints of grains and nuts. The taste is nice and clean and leaves a nice bitter hop finish.

M - A nice beer with no heaviness but just clean hop flavor.

O - I like this beer and I believe it will be well received in the brew pubs and stores all over. I am glad I came across this beer because this 12 pack was the last of this beer in the store.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber red with a nice finger of light cream colored head that slowly dissipates and leaves great lacing.

S - Rye blast, bready/caramel malts, spicy citrus hops.

T - Spices & Rye mostly, caramel, citrusy hops, plenty of pepper type spices. Bit of a bite at the finish. Rye heavy but well balanced

M - Medium/lighter body, pretty refreshing, nice carbonation.

O - More intense on the rye the other similar brews. Quite spicy but well balanced, refreshing. definitely solid.

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

This clear orange-red brew forms a tan head that speaks to its substance. Beginning nearly two fingers tall, the furthest it recedes to is half a finger and strong, dropping lacing quite heavily down the glass.
Ryr bursts out on the nose accompanies by floral hops. Upon inspection, the hops exhibit more depth as citrus and pine come out. The aroma also offers toffee and caramel with grassiness.
Malts amd hops balance as well in the flavor. This beer is pretty well hopped with a light malty swertness accompanied by that of citrus, while a big earthiness with somr rye spiciness remains ftom start to finish. It's also noticably pithy from middle to finish.
Quite dry in the mouthfeel, this beer offers a blend of crispness in the front and smoothness from middle to lingering finish with neither taking preference.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours orange in color with an off-white head. Starts off with a good citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit and orange, just a bit of sweet malt. There is some nice rye and pine aroma, too. The flavor is a bit maltose than expected. Moderate sweetness with lots of rye, pine, and floral hops. Citrus peel adds a touch more bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Rizalini
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a redish/ruby color with a foamy 2 finger head that quickly fades leaving some spotty lacing.

S - The rye is very prodominant... maybe too much. It almost has a rubbery smell, like a balloon. Interesting...

T/M - The rye isn't as overwhelming in the taste as it is in the smell, but it's definately there. I do think that it overpowers the hop profile of this IPA. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

O - An interesting IPA to say the least. Sadly, I'm missing that hop profile that I so look forward to in a good IPA. Glad I tried it, but will not buy again.

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Photo of Merkur
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Beer pours a nice rich rich reddish color. Very little head.

Beer smells strongly of rye with a bit of citrusy hops.

Taste starts off a tad sweet and citrusy, followed by some bready malts on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel that is a tad thicker than most ipas.

Overall a nice Rye IPA

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Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say, I love the label for this one. It reminds me of Castlevania art.

Poured a clear darkish amber with an off-white head, turns to a ring quickly but retains well while leaving some nice lacing.

Scent is definitely rye-ish, some bready malts and hops.

Taste is also big on the rye, not so much big on the IPA, but there is a decent amount of spicy hops and some pine and earthiness. Big toasty and bready malts in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation, nicely done.

Maybe the most rye-forward beer I've had thus far, not overtaken by the hops like some rye beers. It's not the greatest but it was good, wouldn't mind having it again, easy drinking.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Jan. 10, reviewed Jan. 24.

A true amber color, Jurassic Park style. Clear. Big head goes quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell is a lightly dank citrus profile and some bread.

Flavor starts and ends with the rye -- nice and spicy, bread-like, notes of pumpernickel and pepper. A typical Sierra Nevada citrus hop profile asserts itself as well. I really like the rye flavor in this one--it's impossible to miss, but smoother than some.

Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat creamy. Enough, but not too much. Sierra Nevada does this category well.

This is a good beer, and it uses rye very well. The hops compliment the smooth rye character nicely. For the price, I'll buy a lot of 12-packs of this.

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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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