1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Audition Barrel-Aged Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Audition Barrel-Aged Ruthless Rye IPA
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

32 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mwa423 on 10-06-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lysergicdream
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Papa_Lafayette
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of bpk59
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of atpca
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kaseydad
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a few times and sadly my last bottle....sniffle. But maybe saved the best for last.

Popped the cork and a little foam was already registering on top of the beer waiting to be released. I grant it. Pours a slightly hazy, slightly clear amber ale with a nice dose of off-white foamy head. Good lacing.

The aroma is big caramel reminding me of a barleywine. Candied sugar, rye, pine, bread, brown sugar and a slight plastic whiff.

The taste is very rye forward on this one. Almost harsh rye but not quite. Good kick of citrus/orange and hops on the tail end of the swallow followed by salivating buds with a slightly dry (and more rye) finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this. The barrel really gives a nice dose of booze while creating a higher rye kick. Not sure how they do it....but they do it. I've had it for about 6 months and this has really enhanced the rye and mellowed the booze which I noticed very well on the earlier, fresher brews. It has evened out to something special. Nicely done.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of FitnessForBeer
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Motozappa
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Cirus
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Overlap
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TWNYC
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Brandyn
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of beerloverofbham
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, caramel, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better barrel aged presence in the aroma.

Photo of SeatsTaken
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't see a date but believe this to be quite "fresh" since he was only added to BA a month ago.

A: Pours a beautiful deep ruby red. Tall, frothy tan head. Head fades slowly with great head retention. Pretty substantial fluffy tendrils of lacing.

S: Not a super heavy bourbon presence. Toffee and oak mainly. Loads of rye and piney hops; a great combination. Just a touch of caramel sweetness?

T: Somewhat substantial bourbon up front here with lots of toffee and caramel. Quite oaky. Lots of pine and rye again. It all combines together beautifully into a woody, hoppy, spicy conglomeration. Lots of drying oak and spicy rye in the aftertaste with some caramel overtones.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking. Slightly dry.

O: An interesting and fairly unique brew. It reminds me a lot of Founders Doom. Maybe a regular IPA version of it. Much more subtle but balanced similarly. And balanced it is. Great combination of oak, bourbon, rye and piney hop notes. It just works.

Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Sierra Nevada Audition Barrel-Aged Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.