Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
5,097 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 5,097 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep ruddy amber with a big creamy white head. The head has great retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is lackluster, with some slight earthy hops and a little hint of the rye. The taste is a little bit better, mirroring and amplifying the aromas components. The mouthfeel is nice, a little heavier and mostly smooth with just a hint of bite from the hops as it finishes. Overall, I'm glad I tried it but I probably won't go for it again.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rkarimi
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty/ copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of hops citrus and grain, primarily rye. There is also a bit of fruit sweetness in the background.

T: Starts with a nice bitterness with a nice touch of rye. There is a bit of fruit and spice that lurks in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and refreshing. the blend of the rye and hops is not overpowering and balanced very well.

O: Easy drinker, much better than I expected. Another solid offering from the brewer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of grittybrews
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark orange amber with a finger of off-white head. Nice aroma of spicy bread, pine, and grapefruit.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Mild toffee and toasty bread up front with grapefruit, pepper, and lingering pine on the finish.

The rye is subtle but definitely present; this one is really well-balanced, relatively dry, and pleasant to sip. Very nice!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, fridge temp, darkness snifter, 2012.

pours out a nice light copper, almost a touch brown and red. very nice thick creamy off white head. kept some really amazing looking retention and left some super thick lacing. lots of carbonation bubbles as well.

at first i got big doses of that classic SN sharp, dry citrus and pine. after a minute or two, the grains balance things out and mute out the hops a bit, slightly spicey rye and bready, grainy malts.

slightly dry, slightly sharp citrus, resinous pine balanced very nicely by a light caramel, slightly pungent spicey rye bready grain. just the right amount of sweetness is cut by a nice bitterness. a dry bitterness lingers.

medium bodied, super drinkable. hops are mostly felt on the palate, but there is a bit of lingering spice from the rye.

this is definatly one of the better ryPA's ive had in awhile. maybe not as good as hop rod rye but still very enjoyable. the rye is right up front, which i like, still pretty hoppy. ill be buying this again.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, packaged on Dec. 30th if I'm reading the date code correctly. The pour doesn't yield much of a head, but there is some lasting soapy froth. Dark copper, almost amber in color with high clarity. The smell of signature Sierra Nevada hops are apparent, much like the orignal Pale Ale itself. Sharp, piney notes from the hops are well paired with a grainy, rye cracker character.

The key to the flavor here is good balance. The hops are not over the top, and the bitterness is at a good solid level, building after the finish. This is not a sweet IPA. The rye malt is lightly-dry, with a peppery, biscuity taste, and only touches of fruit in the far background. I like that the alcohol is not even a factor here, and the drinkability is through the roof. The mouthfeel is crisp with a rather zesty carbonation. Not too heavy or too light in body.

This is a top notch ale from a brewery that never lets you down. I'm just wondering, what if this was a hard to find, special release? If Three Floyds was the name on it I bet the rating would be sky high. Just imagine if your local brewery did something like this. You would be pretty amazed. But this is par for the course for Sierra Nevada and I suppose most folks will just think it's decent. As for me, I'm going to drink alot of this while it's available...

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 5,097 ratings
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