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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
BEER INFO

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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1,116
Ratings:
5,065
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,116 | Ratings: 5,065
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a 50cl Ittala mug.
It pours an orange-hued amber color with a solid 2" off-white head and some patchy and trailing lace.
The smell is resiny and citrusy hop forward. A smell of rye crackers roll in behind and lasts. A slight smell of tart fruit and alcohol lingers in the distance.
The flavors resemble the aromas. There is a little harsh/edgy dried rye taste which crosses into the hops profile, and as a result leaves a bit of a salty sensation at the top of the tongue. I think I taste a hint of rye whiskey, but maybe it's just the suggestion.
As a touch of honey-like sweetness emerges, it becomes very gulpable. It's best to have another Ruthless Rye ready.

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Photo of berliner07
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another slam dunk from Sierra. Such an engaging, but drinkable beer. At first I expected more hop character in the nose, as is typical with Sierra. But, the subltety of the hops really let the rye flavor shine. I find that some rye beers are overwhelming in the rye flavor. This was just enough to keep the beer interesting, but not too much to make it overwhelming. Spicy, but drinkable. Yeah Sierra!

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

Label stamped: 1362113 24

Poured into a pint, needs a more aggressive pour to produce a head. The beer is on the lighter side of copper-amber, crystal clear.

This beer is really good. It's not mega-complex, but it's damned tasty. Strong citrus hop blend, over a good bready rye character, touch of booze is welcome as is in all of Sierra Nevada's beers.

Great debut for a great beer. I look forward to having this every year.

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

Ruthless Rye IPA pours a clear copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong. It has notes of bread, orange citrus, pine, and a touch of spice (pepper).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is frothy on the palate, slightly creamy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins sweet and malty with a taste of caramel and biscuit. In the middle some spicy notes of pepper and an earthy spice (probably rye) poke through. It finishes dry and bitter with flavors of orange citrus and pine. The hops do a great job of balancing the malt. Once gone the citrus and rye linger on the palate

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. It reminds me of Celebration with fewer hops.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass.

A: A darker amber orange color with some reddish tones. A large 3 finger head. This was a little warmer thus the larger amount of head.

S: Wow, damn I'm loving this smell. I get a large amount of citrus on the nose first mixed with some pine notes. The rye comes out too but after the citrus and alongside a baked bread and pepper notes. I can also pick up the distinct SN yeast smell.

T: This really does follow the nose. The citrus flavors come out first and heavy mixed with some pine that lead into the bready biscuit malt. The malt then gets tramped down by the spicy rye and pepper flavors that finish the beer out with some bitterness. Clean finish. The rye in this is however not overly done, it seem seems just right.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is resiny, prickly and very crisp on the finish. No hints of alcohol at all and carbonation seems fine.

Overall this is a quality beer that seems to be the perfect blend of spicy rye with the bright citrus IPA type flavors. What I really loved on this beer was the nose when it warmed, just fantastic.

This is the perfect spring seasonal for SN. You still get the dark spicy rye flavors, but you get mixed in the bright citrus spring like flavors. This is a total upgrade compared to the Glissdale and a beer I will enjoy each and every year. Watch for my tap review as I have a keg of it coming home soon.

Nice job SN, you done good.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date translated to jan 1 2012.

Pours a nice one and half fingers worth of a creamy kaki head. Tight bubbles cling to the glass, nice cap remains forever. Deep brown somewhat hazy body.

Smells a bit spicy, very rye like bready was, some citrus and pine like hoppyness.

Tastes quite bready, Carmel, toffee, some pepper and spice, resinous pine and earthyness on the finish.

Medium full bodied. Medium carbing. Somewhat coating with hop resins and malt dextrins.

Overall this is quite the tasty beer. Very satisfying and gives me a good idea what rye is about, flavor and mouthfeel.
$1.50 a single and winenation.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange color with very little white head. Spotty lacing clings nicely.

The nose possess earthy and rye infused hops that make for a different flavor opposed to the average IPA flavor. The rye is bold and shines behind the lightly pine-like hops.

The rye is quite pronounced in the taste here and is pretty tasty. This is an in-your-face beer but the flavors are still bold. There is a pleasant bitterness involved in the finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp as hell with a snap that goes pop. Pretty spot on for the flavors concocted.

Overall, this is pleasant and tasty as a rye beer gets. What I really like about this beer is that it introduces the rye flavor to noobs and gets them prepared for what rye can offer to any style of brew. An interesting taste.

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

12oz bottle (code 1351105:57) into a tulip. Pours a beautiful copper/amber color w/ a thick dense off-white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is floral, citrusy hops and slightly biscuity malt.

Taste is hoppy, a little spicy with a dry, bitter finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel, medium body.

Overall a nice refreshing IPA, another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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

Great clarity in this caramel-amber colored beer. A healthy 3 finger off-white head sits on top after an aggressive pour and sticks around for a while. Awesome retention. As it slowly dissapates it leaves a tight lacing in abundance down the glass. The aroma is very pleasant with a touch of hearty rye spice amongst a citrusy hop smell. Floral hop aromas also float up, giving it a softer overall smell. Good bit of bready malts back up everything, making for a well rounded and pretty aromatic nose.

The first thing that grabs your attention with this one is the rye spiciness. It works really well with the piney and citrusy hops for an execellent earthy tone throughout. Bready malts give this beer a medium body that has notes of caramel and subtle dark bread. Lots of hop resins accompany the earthiness and give an oily slickness to the mouthfeel while still having a medium to high carbonation level that makes for a somewhat effervescently dry finish.

Not the most complex beer in the world, but the rye spices give what is a really good IPA that added umph that makes this beer very enjoyable. Definitely hop foraward and resiny, but the malts stand their own to make for a really well done beer. Worth the buy.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having this on draft at the Union Brewhouse.

Appearance: Reddish amber, clarity is good, half inch of head,nice lacing, and signs of carbonation.

Smell: caramel and bready malts, pine, spiciness, and good rye sweetness.

Taste: a nice blend of above aromas. Bitterness and malts are a nice mix.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and delicious.

Overall: a nice addition to SN's lineup. Rye in an IPA or PA makes a beer that much better. Enjoying more in the near future.

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Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear dark copper with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention and left some lacing

smell is faint - some spice from the rye and some tangy hops

taste was more malt the hop for this ipa - semi sweet tangy spice rye malt next to juicy herbal and a little citrus hops

mouthfeel was a medium body low carbonation very slick

overall - while i did enjoy this offering over SN last couple spring offerings(esb & glissade) i just do not see this sticking around more then maybe another year or two - there just isnt enough difference from their other ipas

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was pumpkin colored, clear, and formed a two plus finger thick head, domed above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was typical West Coast IPA with grapefruit, and pine, but with a touch of earthy mustiness. The taste was very citric off the bat, providing a grapefruit and tangerine blast. The rye touch was light and presented itself as a minty, herbal presence. The body was medium dense, and the finish was creamy, with a lingering herbal note. Very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful label.
picked this up today.
Pours a lovely brown orange tone. Head is nice thick and light brown toned.thick pocked marked. Nice looking brew.
Smells of west coast hops sour apple sourdough malt pepper clove. Sweet spicy and sour.
flavor is spicy slightly sour rye. Oat, grains black pepper,rye is in RA big way.biscuit, malt, sweet all blend to create a great fresh rye focused beer

the spicy taste, medium mouthfeel create my ideal rye brew
good to great drink ability is limited for me by the flavor.

Really good sour rye spice hops but 1 or two is enough with respect that the flavor is really full.
Enjoyed. Highly!

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

Appearance is red-brown amber, with a massive, off-white head. Lacing is great.

Nose is peppery from the rye, with plenty of biting hops.

Taste is caramel malt, with black pepper and medium hops. It also has a whole-grain flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium-large carbonation.

Overall, this is a grain-lover's beer, with great balance and some real bite.

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Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into tulip.

A- Copper pour, three finger egg shell head that leaves cobwebs of sticky lacing everywhere.

S- Rye adds a slight sour note with spicy pepper. Hops are bright and floral.

T- Spicy rye with floral hops with a touch of citrus.

M- Light bodied, bitter with spice and carbonation dancing on the tongue.

O- Rye beers aren't really my thing but this is quite enjoyable.

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

Serving Type: bottle poured into a clear glass beer mug

Appearance: copper in color. slightly off-white head that sustains. great lacing.

Smell: strong peppery and hoppy aroma.

Taste: the peppery rye is the first flavor that hits the tongue followed by the classic hoppiness that characterizes sierra nevada ales. as you get further into the drink, the rye dissipates and the hops take over.

Mouthfeel: nice body. great mouthfeel.

Overall: i wasn't a fan at first, but I think it was because it was the first ale that I had that was brewed with rye. after having gone threw the six-pack, I would buy it again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Down to the last couple in the sixer, figured it was time to get a review in. Dated '1362' 111:24, guessing end of Dec production date from the Julian code. Served in a pint glass.

Creamy meringue surface texture, spotty halo of frothy lacing. Lasting head retention, skim never really breaks and forms an irregular topography that looks nice. Dull copper, bright clarity, rising trails of carbonation visible.

Spicy herbal pine resin, bready rye, very light and mellow pastry sweetness emerges as it sits for a bit.

Similar flavors, ample hop bitterness and complex bready malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, almost a little bit chalky. Hint of citrus rind in there, that somehow seemed more prevalent in bottles sampled last week. It's got some nice malt complexity, and light lingering hop flavors of citrus and greenery. Overall it's good, would drink again but haven't seen it around on tap anywhere yet.

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

Picked up a six pack from the local Binny’s.

Appearance – Pours a nice hazelnut brown/cherry red into a tulip. About a finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates slowly leaving great looking lacing.

Smell – Citrusy grapefruit, pine, spicy rye, bready malts.

Taste – Earthy rye notes, a nice grapefruit flavor, spiciness, oily hops, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall – Another solid beer from SN. Honestly wish it was a bit more bitter/hoppy.

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

Cant find any freshness info on the 12 ounce bottle. Pours darker almond amber, light oatmeal head, shows some staying power and leaves respectable bands and bits of stickage. Hopped up nose with the unmistakable odor of fresh rye bread.

Rye infused IPA, with a nice load of hops crunching on the taste buds, and more rye floating just under the surface. Nice.

Although I tend not to be a huge Rye beer fan, this one is hoppy enough to keep my interest. Though still unlikely I'd purchase this one ahead of all time favorites Torpedo and/or SNPA

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

Pours a clear copper into a pint glass with a 2 inch head that takes a while to fade.
Extremely hoppy on the nose, pine, grass and rye.
Some sweetness on the tongue, with some spiciness from the rye and the hops. Bitter as only an American IPA can be!
Medium carbonation, highly drinkable.
As far as Rye beers go, it's an decent brew. As an IPA it kicks ass!
Recommended.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber brown, with about half a finger of white head.

S - Didn't really smell any citrus, lots of malt though, couldn't really smell the rye.

T - No citrus taste, can't taste hardly any rye flavor at all. This is some malt flavor but nothing really stands out here. It has almost a watered down taste.

M - Good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, but a thin beer with little substance to it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a mug. Poured yellow-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, citrus, pine resin, spices, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, spices, pine, pine hop, citrus hop, and subtle wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This brew definitely took on both the characteristics of a rye beer and an IPA. It was quite enjoyable and fairly easy to drink. A definite must try if you are a fan of hoppy and spicy brews.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the Pizza Port bottle store. Hoppy aroma. Copper body with three-eighths of an inch of retained white head. An ale with rye that hits the spot. Lacy, fresh, session-able, citrus, pepper, fruit and lots of rye. A good hoppiness and edgy. Good drinkability.

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

Tasty new Sierra Nevada rye offering; was excited to try this one, as I enjoy rye beers.

Good overall appearance, typical SN color and nice foamy head

Smells great, lots of citrus and rye smells coming off the glass, I dig it

Taste is very pleasant and drinkable, a nice take on an IPA with the rye and typical hoppiness of SN brews; alcohol not noticable and easy top quaff this one down quickly

Mouthfeel is very good, nice body for the style and the rye and hops go well together here; very enjoyable and recommended for sure...

Overall I like this one a lot and will buy more; sad it replaces the SN Glissade golden bock though, as I liked that one as well...a tasty new brew that I will enjoy drinking often.

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

A: Nice foam retention that came with a caramel colored beer.

S: Lots of bright citrus, and some spicy rye.

T: Bitter Grapefruit, white pepper, tangerine, and some nice malty biscuit notes.

M: Medium Carbonation, along with with some lingering bitterness.

O: Overall a very solid beer. I really enjoy Rye beers and definitely enjoyed this one. I definitely like the flavor profile of this beer, and how it encompassed the hops and malts very nicely. This beer was another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.
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