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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3.92
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23.98%
 
 
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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(2013 Version) Coming in a 12 FL. OZ. short brown bottle, no freshness info. is printed on the label or bottle, apart from a number 302311159; served faintly chilled (10 centigrade?) in a tall tumbler. Notes: The back label states the beer is “brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors – combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavours of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to Spring”.

Appearance: pours an almost clear, dark amber or even tawny colour, coming with rather lively fizziness and a thick and tight light beige froth settling slowly to a thin cap to last.
Smell: pungently citrusy and spicy at the same time, on top of mildly caramely/toffee-ish pale malts and bitter oranges; given a good swirl, interestingly, the camouflaged resinous, piney and flowery aroma of hops gets freed up in the air, yet soon suppressed again by the frothy head... Very nice, but not conventional for Sierra Nevada’s beers.
Taste: bitter-sweet orangey-citric and zesty initially, with a touch of overripe fruity esters, then turning peppery and chalky bitter in the middle, as deepening tannic bitterness and a nicely rounded semi-nutty and semi-sprigy elements of malts (and rye?) chimes in; the finish is soothingly warming (for a 6.6%abv. beer?), showing aromatic flowery undertones of hops and a decent level of tangy bitterness, somewhat dry as well.
Mouthfeel & Overall: well-attenuated, dry-ish on the palate, the fizziness is not as sharp in the mouth as it appears in the eyes, medium-bodied, with an usual warming kick for the alc. level, and very very satisfying at the end of each sip; this American IPA, brewed using rye and whole cone hops on top of quality malts, has indeed an "usual" (which I can't explain, maybe just for the sake of saying something...!!) element to it, but not quite in the way as I expected really. Interestingly, the citrusy-peppery hop quality, the juicy crystal malts, and the well-tuned attenuation altogether give me an impression of a stronger type of Kentish Pale Ale brewed with Kentish citrusy hops and spicy Styrian Goldings even! This has to be my very first rye-related beer, and I’d say, well done!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange with a touch of cardinal tint. A flat buff head quickly turns to a thin skim coating. Small speckled lace. Inside a fine misty effervesce.

S: Small presence of pepper and flowery citrus. Some light dry toasted grains, not much rye spiciness or strength overall.

T: Peppery toasted grains for flavor. Dry bittering citrus, with a strong peppercorn sense. Dry hopped really well, very pronounced, with some caraway seed and solvent alcohol character that seems to distract at times. Pungent bitterness upon the swallow.

M: The mouthful is tight with a bubbly sense of carbonation. Spicy dry peppercorns and alcohol dominate with a medium body.

O: Overall a rye that delivers a strong and pronounced peppery punch, but the other rye aspects seem to be masked by the strong peppery nature and solvent like alcohol tones. Abv% feels a bit higher with a spicy dry drinkability that no doubt will limit this in numbers. 1-2 is fine with me.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

A: Clean copper in color. A good pour yields a big and white three finger head, which sticks aound for quite a while. Gobs of lacing rim the glass.

S: The rye really stand out, front and center. There's also a surprising lavender quality to it. The hops are somewhat muted here, and take on more of a supporting role in the bouquet.

T: Rather dry and bready up front. Lots of rye all over this, yet it's not cloying or overdone. The mid reveals a layer of slightly bitter hop oil, and the finish is decidedly "Sierra Nevada".

M: What a thick AIPA. The quality of the mouthfeel is the beer's standout. Just a dense and complex brew that really comes together in the mouth.

O: What a lovely surprise. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot out of SN's Ruthless Rye. And wouldn't you know that they go and put together a solid, easy drinking AIPA. Hats off for another winner from one of the founding fathers of the craft movement.

Recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish copper with great head and lace on top of an aroma that first strikes me as strong, piney, citric, the rye really comes out as well. Full bodied and well-balanced and just really struck a positive chord with me. The rye and some heavy, breadlike malts give beer a spicy edge and keep the abundant pine/citric hop notes from taking over my tastebuds but leave enough so I know I'm drinking a strong IPA. There is this touch of sweetness I seem to get at times as well that makes the beer more interesting. Has a great finish that is crisp and dry and I really took a shine to this Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A complimentary sample bottle at a local bar courtesy of the local distributor. Poured into tulip. Poured an attractive reddish light mahogany (kinda copperish) with an inch and half of tan head that had good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was very hop forward with a nice shot of Rye backing it up. Underneath, the base grains provided a solid foundation. On the tongue, The sharpness of the Rye provided a nice counter-point to SN's typical bold hoppiness.

The body was nicely full, fuller than typical for an IPA, but still wasn't heavy or filling. Drinkability was good, I'll be having a couple when it goes on tap tomorrow. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear very dark reddish amber with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, sweet citrus, bright herbal and piney hops. There’s a sweet bready malt in there as well.

The flavor follows of spicy and herbal hops. There’s a note of grapefruit and citrus combined with a light sweet bready malt. The finish continues on of pine and notes of pepper from the rye.

The mouthfeel is medium.

The beer is well balanced with a good amount of American hops with a light pepper spice.

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

The code looks like 2006th day but the 2 looks to be crossed out so I'll go with the 6th day...Jan 6, 2012.

It pours a deep golden red with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing.

The smell has some citrus hops going on with a mild rye spiciness and an ample malt backbone.

The taste has the rye at the forefront; why not, it's in the name after all. Quite spicy/peppery with citrus backing it up to the hilt. Mild use of malty backbone keeps it from being too bitter but make no mistake about it; it claims to be an IPA and an IPA it is! Delicious!

A great mouthfeel and very easy to drink, I like this one muchly and I'll be drinking this often. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

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

12oz bottle - from whole foods san francisco CA for 1.99$ - thanks to j for this one

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemons, pine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has some piney/woody hops mixed with some light grapefruit/lemon zest and a touch of dark fruit. I can pick up on some rye but it is kind of subdued. It ends with a malty piney hop aftertaste.

Overall - I can actually taste a bit of the SN Pale Ale in this one. It's like they used the same recipe and threw in some more malts and rye. Regardless, this is a very good beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a big grassy hop nose with rye spice. Pours brilliant amber with persistent 3” off white foam cap. A well balanced beer with rich malt, bitter hops, pepper finish, rye spice. Has the rich, full rye body. A very drinkable rye IPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours copper color. Not much haze in the body. Off-white head is smaller but retains its form throughout. Leaves a lot of lacing.

S-Good dose of rye. Rye mixes with citrus and pine hops and is also complimented with a very bready malt. Rye is quite spicy and mixes well with the other components of the aroma. Not very intense but pretty attractive.

T-Rye is pitched perfectly. Piney and floral along with citrus in regards to the hops. Finishes very grassy and very floral. Malt is slightly overshadowed by the rye/hop combination. Moderately bitter and dry.

M-Medium body with ample amounts of carbonation. Lasting bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is masked well but becomes more noticeable as the beer slowly warms.

O/D-Pretty good. I don't even know if I really love Rye IPAs but perhaps I was expecting a bit more from this one. It isn't a disappointment. Still, its another solid addition to the juggernaut Sierra Nevada.

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

Pours a clear deep copper color with a solid one inch khaki head they leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is dominated by lemon and grapefruit, bready, toasted sweet malt, and a fairly significant amount of rye. Cola emerges as it warms, along with pine.

Flavor showcases an underlying rye presence throughout the profile, with grapefruit, citrus pith, mango, and toasted malt adding complexity into the bitter, peppery rye finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly dry.

Overall, a very nice ipa. I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers, but this has enough hop character to entertain my palate.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on February 8th, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like spicy (rye) and citrusy hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like spicy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, with a bit of caramel and bready malt also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little oily and is well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, at $8.99 a 6-pack I'd certainly buy it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rust, copper, clear amber color. NIce two finger head that has strong retention and lacing. Like the bubbling too.

Spicey citric and earthy hop aromas with a toasted cracker and bread crust malt bill aroma.

Spicey rye and hop combo for a bitter cracker and earthy oarnge zest marmalade. The malt flavors thins from middle to the finish. The palate is resiny to start and thins out to the finish. Aftertaste is watery and bitter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh I kind of hate rye IPA's since they leave the palate so dry but this one was pretty nice.

A - Looks pretty dark, darker than a normal IPA with a good amount of sticky foam. Lacing is good too.

S - Rye really didn't stand out much in the smell maybe as a peppery aspect, strong earthy hops, good amount of bread malts too.

T - Not as bad as I expected they got the finish down without too much drying. Taste is hoppy at first then the rye clocks you pretty hard then the bread finish smooths it out.

M - Medium bodied even though balanced I still am not a huge fan.

Overall defiantly a good beer but not something I would seek out again. Was like the rye version of the "northern hemisphere IPA" which I liked a lot too. Good if you love the style.

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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 Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a copper color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well until retreating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass leaving frost-like lacing behind it. Plenty of surface foam in a mold-type formation that indicates healthy yeast.

S- A sharp, hoppy nose that's grassy and fresh.

T- Solid bitterness that's backed up by the rye very well. Celery and green onion come to mind. Drinkability is right on point. The hop bite evens out with every sip bringing the drink as a whole to a smooth ride.

M- Soft considering how bitter it is. Dry afterfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

O- SN continues to uphold their reputation of producing quality brews that anyone can appreciate.

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Photo of bark
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The colour is amber-brown (25 EBC), the liquid clear. IT is darker than most IPAs. The two finger head slowly sinks down, leaving little lacing on the glass.

The smell is hoppy, but not very bitter. Rustic wood-like note sand caramel, some dried citric fruits and crisp bread. Some alcohol is present. It is bit raw and harsh, but in a good way.

The taste is bitter and not-that-sweet. Distinct notes of rye crispbread and fresh oak casks. Some mature, almost dried, citric notes. Tart notes in the background. Medium body. The aftertaste is rather raw and harsh. Malty flavours, somewhat sour. Medium bitterness with a harsh alcoholic edge. The finish is sweet with raw alcoholic notes.

The carbonation is mild, the many small bubbles are smooth and short-lived. The liquid is smooth.

Way too harsh for me.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice sharp aroma of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, citrus, rye, and a spicy, peppery quality. Basically, this is a rye beer that's been hopped up (or an IPA that has rye added), but it's still an enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a solid, easy to drink beer.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours an amber color and produced a good cap of white froth. Good lacing.

(S)- A nice mildly spicy(the rye?) piney citrus with a subtle malty backbone.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice mildly spicy pine citrus body with subtle malt.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mild rye spice with a classic IPA hop and malt profile.

(D)- Overall, another solid new IPA to the Sierra Nevada portfolio

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Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber, moderate cap of khaki tinted head, decent retention and sticky lacing. Scent brings notes of pine and citrus to the front, followed by a decent spice, notes of lightly sweet malt and a mineral like quality. Taste leads with a moderate splash of pine and citrus, fairly robust spice notes from the rye, minimal notes of malt. Very dry finish, slightly heavy on the palate, fuller side of medium bodied. A decent offering from Sierra that like mostly everything else they make is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a self-proclaimed fan of rye beers, I had to check this out.

Pours a dark copper color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. I was expecting something more reddish but it should do.

Pine resin from the hops mingles with sweet and spicy rye malt to create a welcoming bouquet of flavor.

Wow. Piney hops and spicy rye malt greet the tongue. The hops seem to overwhelm the spiciness, creating a weird mish-mash of flavors. I'm not complaining. It's what I expected.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and hops with a good rye kick.

I like this. It's not the best but I can see myself drinking it in place of some other micro.

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

Bottle from Chevy Chase, about 42 days old.

Pouring a clear deep reddish brown with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a very appealing beer. The nose has quite a prominent rye character, rather rustic, grainy, and spicy with white pepper (not caraway). This pairs very well with the pine and citrus that the hops bring to the table. The hops have a nice blend of bittering and flavor, though not quite as resiny as I'd like. Still, excellent. The palate opens with a blend of the rye flavors and the hops, rather excellently executed. Pleasing bitterness with a blend of citrus peel, pine and a little grapefruit, these flavors work very well with the peppery rye. All dark grain character appears to be quite fully fermented, lending a toasted grain flavor without any real sweetness. Drying on the finish with a blend of pine and rye, there's a little citrus sweetness to go with the pine resin. Medium light in body with creamy carbonation, this is expertly conditioned and is a treat on the palate. Highly recommended, this along with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye define what a hoppy rye beer can be.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: sweet caramel start, big time rye breadiness in the middle, citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter middle and slightly less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice dry rye ipa. Of the Sierra Nevada bitter ipas, this one is my favorite. Similar to other SN beers, but the rye shines here. Granted there are other rye IPAs and rye beers I would go to first, but I could see myself sipping on a couple of these.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured really hazy. Medium brown colour. Good carbonation. Really fluffy two finger white head leaving decent lace and and rings of retention.

S - Rich malt, mild citrus, dark fruit. Mild.

T - Lot's of hop flavour, rich malt, spicy rye.

M - Spicy dryness in teh finish, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Pretty neat. Lot's of flavour and not bad to sit and sip but the spicy rye was a bit much. Otherwise alright.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An orange amber body with a thick, foamy off-white cap. Huge chunks of lace coat the interior of the glass.

The aroma is a little muted. Spicy rye, earthy hops, pine resin and sticky caramel. Pretty straightforward aroma, balanced.

Trademark Sierra sticky caramel hits me first, then some spicy notes from the rye through the middle. The finish is a pretty good sized rush of bitterness, infused with pine resin, caramel, and ruby red grapefruit. The bitterness in this guy builds and lingers more with each sip.

Chewy, sticky feel. Medium to full body. Large lingering bitterness.

This is a nice Rye IPA. I have had three of these, and I like it much better with each one. The flavors seemed a little muted in the first bottle, maybe my palate just needed to acclimate. Nice job, Sierra.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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