Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Rated 3.683 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  IPA

6.6% Alcohol by Volume

55 International Bittering Units

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Rye has been a staple grain for millennia—sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor. Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors—combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring.

ID: 46845 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank1182
Overall Percentile97.5
Style Rank66 of 4616
Style Percentile98.6
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.759
Weighted Score3.683
Standard Deviation0.409

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  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 4.1 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Clear copper amber, cream head. Aromatic hops, citruses, sweet caramel, toffee, tropical fruit Nice aftertaste, bitter sweet ending .Malts, hay, hops, herbaceous, bitter caramel

  • KENDOSURF 8 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    I concur with the reviews mentioning doughy/bready beer mixed with an IPA...an apt description! I had shied away from IPA's after spending many months in an IPA/Stout phase which was accompanied by a predilection for habanero pepper relish. :O But I found this beer to be enjoyable, after all. I guess the rye makes the difference. :)

  • CYRENAICA 2132 reviews
    rated 3.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    355ml bottle
    6.6% ABV
    The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    July 8, 2013
    the beer pours a slightly hazed copper colour with golden edges and awhile ring for a head. Aroma is citrus, floral hops, caramel, and rye. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour has hints of grapefruit, rye, spices, and caramel. Quite good.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Revisited this IPA for review after it made the recent top 50 list. Perfectly fine session beer, misplaced on any top beer list in my opinion. Light floral hops aroma. Light floral-bitterness and a fair malt backbone equals a pleasant, near-balanced flavor. Light-to-medium bodied with average carbonation. Average overall, a good value for a decent session. I will continue to pick up six-packs from time to time.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Very light orange in color, good carbonation and foam top that lasted until the end. The hop flavor and Aroma came through nicely,seemd well balanced.One of the better rye beers i have had, of course Sierra Nevada so expected perfection- they did a fine job on this brew.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma contains rye and ctirus. The flavor is well balanced with a some bitter citrus notes and a malty caramel presence. Rye is there of course. Overall this is a good beer.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Attractive amber/orange pour with a sticky head that offers wonderful lacing. Biscuity aromas that are balanced with a strong citrus/grapefruit note. Flavors of malt, black pepper, pine and grapefruit. I found this to be wonderfully balanced and drinkable particularly in the cold of winter. A well crafted and nice rye IPA.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I had this beer a while back (the day of the Twilight Movie 3 premier - saw it with the wife). The beer wasn't bad. A tad spicy but that is customary of the Rye. I woudl have it again. Not bad at all.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A nice mix of a doughy, bready beer and an IPA. The rye really stands out in this beer and the mix of hops balances it nicely. A bright amber pour with a small white head. Nice lacing on my glass that sticks throughout. Aroma of malts, rye, and hops. Flavor is citrusy hops and rye bread. A really nice brew.

  • HANTRAN 491 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Lots of doughy bread notes in the nose with a bit of hoppy pine and lemon. Clear medium copper colored body it stopped by a minimal offwhite head that maintains a skim coat and provides a bit of lace. Mouth is medium bodied a bit slippery and is low in the fiz but quite drinkable and just a touch creamy. Flavor not too complex, starts ever so slightly sweet then a significant bitter effect combines, and leaves a quite dry/bitter finish. Alcohol is present and warming. Aftertaste a bit astringent. Not a powerful flavor profile but an interesting take on Rye and IPA, some pepper notes in the flavor, not much (but enough for IPA style) malt, maybe bitter lemon in the finish.

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