Ruthless<sup>&reg;</sup> Rye

Kölsch Pale Ale

Ruthless® Rye

Rustic grains, refined flavor, ruthless character.

Rugged and resilient, rye has been a staple grain for ages and its spicy black pepper-like flavor has been prized by distillers and brewers for centuries. Rye thrives in the harshest conditions and comes to life in Ruthless, a rugged IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes countered by the dry spiciness of the rye. Holding a steadfast balance between contrasting malt and hop character, Ruthless is bold enough to inspire even the most brazen hop head to bear down and embrace the flavor.

  • Rye

    Brewers looking for added flavor character and malt complexity occasionally use rye in addition to malted barley. Rye is a hearty and rustic cereal grain that has long been favored by the distilling industry. Brewers embrace it for its signature spicy, black pepper-like flavors and complex dryness.

  • Dry Hops

    We work hard to get strong hop flavors into our beers and one of the ways we do that is through dry hopping. Dry hopping refers to the addition of whole-cone hops to the fermentation tanks. The addition of hops to cold beer allows the aromatic oils and resins to infuse the beer with flavor and aroma without adding any additional bitterness.

  • Experimental Hops

    Hop farmers, breeders, brewers and brokers are always looking for new and interesting hop varietals with compelling flavor characteristics and intriguing properties. Sierra Nevada has a unique relationship with hop growers and often has access to limited and experimental varieties. Some of the varietals, while interesting, don’t add enough value and never make it into commercial production, while others—like the recent hop Citra—take the brewing world by storm. Every day new varietals are being tested and some have become signature flavors for Sierra Nevada.

Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change
at our brewers' creative discretion.


  • Alcohol Content 6.6% by volume
  • Beginning gravity 15.2° plato
  • Ending Gravity 3.1° plato
  • Bitterness Units 55


  • Yeast Ale yeast
  • Bittering Hops Nugget
  • Finishing Hops Chinook, Citra, Equinox
  • Malts Two-row Pale, Rye, Caramel, Chocolate

Food Pairing

  • Cuisine Herbed Roasted Potatos, Prosciutto, Jamaican-style Jerk Chicken
  • Cheese Asiago