Brew Review: Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

by Kelli H. on February 7, 2012

 Name: Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
Date: 1-27-12
Location: Chico, California
Alcohol: 6.6%
Type: 12 oz bottle from six pack
Price: Unknown. Mom gave to us to try

Aroma: Hops and Malt

Appearance: Deep amber color. Darker than regular IPA’s. Nice creamy white color head.

Body & Texture: Bitter sitting in your mouth but smooth going down. Full-bodied and great carbonation. The carbonation seemed perfect!

Aftertaste: Hops stick around with a mild citrus flavor.

Overall Impression:
I love the color. I love amber ales, and the color reminded me of an amber ale. I was impressed with the carbonation, since I am a carbonation freak! It’s only the second Rye IPA I’ve ever tried, but it wasn’t my favorite out of the two. It had a great aroma. While I enjoyed this brew, I don’t think I’ll be buying myself a six pack anytime soon. If I was offered one at someones house, I would gladly accept the offer. If you’ve never tried a Rye IPA, I recommend either giving this one a try, or if you see one on tap somewhere, at least get a sampler. They are quite different!

Have you ever tried a Rye IPA?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

David Wells February 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This was a pretty good beer, though I’m still not that impressed with Sierra-Nevada’s offerings. Something about their beers just tastes strange.

I’m really excited for Ryder’s Rye IPA to be done though! Should be fully carbonated this weekend!

Oh, and p.s. I love that picture of Ryder! haha. What a cutie puppy-boy!


Wanna Be A Country Cleaver February 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I’m always looking for a good new beer – this totally looks like “The one”. And I won’t have to worry about my fiance taking it from me, since I’m the IPA lover in our household.
PS – I love your pup, my yellow “labradork” Huckleberry is a beer hound too.


Made in Sonoma February 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

we have so much in common! We both love hops and yellow labs. šŸ™‚ I’m glad you found me!


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes February 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh your dog is soo cute! Love him trying to get into some of that. šŸ™‚


Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 5:32 am

The finest seasonal beer Sierra Nevada offers is the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale and the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. I prefer the new zealand hops to the domestic hops.

Sierra Nevada is top notch when it comes to yeast management. The brew pub offers beer that you can’t get at the grocery store. All in all I’d take the Sierra Nevada product over the Lagunitas swill anyday of the week.

Sierra Nevada created the forumla of California pales and commons, much like Anchor Steam did. Sierra has not compromised quality over the years despite growth. Ruthless Rye is a nice beer but it would have been better if they decreased the hops and alcohol and produced a smoother beer.

Rye can lend some nice flavors…sadly the Ruthless was a bit too ruthless with alcohol and hopping…I give a it a 3.5 out 5 stars…Not enough balance. The rye is noticeable but it doesn’t shine through like a rye should.


Tiff February 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Ryes are really hit or miss for me, but I still really want to try this one.


Maren February 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Aww, rider is too cute! I toured the Sierra Nevada Brewery last month on the weekend they revealed Ruthless Rye. I tried it there and I thought exactly what you did. It’s pretty hopy. I love how it smells and looks but I wished I liked the taste more.

Reply February 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

We’re doing a glass night with this beer next Thursday, I can’t wait to try it after reading your review!


Made in Sonoma February 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Awesome! Let me know what you think.


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