River Ryed
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #87
Ranked #26,501
3.82 | pDev: 7.85%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in August 2017. Didn't really stand out compared to their other rye or red ipa beers. So that's a mixed bag because none of them were bad nor hella good.

Pours a dark amber appearance similar to where some red ales go. 1/2" off white but dense and long lasting head. Has that dark bread and bittering hops kind of aroma, alongside that red maltiness.

Taste reveals more of a mashup of styles. Its like a hoppy brown, red and rye ale all under one roof, largely based off the malt impressions, but also the bitterness of the hops. I thought the rye here was pretty much imperceptible from a their hoppy red offerings. Woody impression from it. Did they drop two cubes per barrel in or something? Instead of a dry finish, you're left with the usual trappings of a malty caramel and toffee bitter impression. Its a sticky beer both from the pine resin like bittering hops and the hefty malt usage here, both barley and rye. Decent, but not exactly memorable, like quite a few variety pack offerings.

Aug 12, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a dark amber color. Big rye forward aroma, lots of pumpernickel and a sticky citrusy note on the back. This is a full on rye beer for fanatics that some how snuck its way into a mainstream sampler pack and I couldn't be happier about it.

Jan 25, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caramel color with a slight haze. Nice foamy, whitish-brown lingering head. Big time rye aroma with hints of freshly-turned dirt and honeysuckle. Hints of molasses and old road on the front palate, not overwhelming. Very smooth with a complicated earthy, nutty finish. Medium body with an average-length finish. Good beer when I'm not in the mood for a hoppy fruit bomb.

Oct 19, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Riedel "O" champagne glass. Sample was about five months past bottling date. Clear, caramel sauce color, with a thick, spongy white head that took several moments to settle. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is subtle, with dark bread, peppery spice, and a little grassy earthiness on the nose. The peppery spice is prominent on the palate as well, along with a touch of sweetness and a ton of lingering bitterness. Excellent beer, even with a few months on it.

Sep 26, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't tried a good rye beer in a while so this seems appealing. Huge head with spotty lace and a grainy, spicy nose.

A little flat in the opening but recovers nicely showing plenty of character. Spicy rye provides a solid recovery with caramel, medicinal and herbal hops, and a touch of clove. Texture is flexible and allows for complexity in the flavor. Another steady effort from Chico.

Sep 09, 2017
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McStagger from California

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PKGD 4/13/17

A: Deep amber/reddish color. Finger of slightly tawny. Moderate carbonation that lazily rises to the surface. Head hangs on for a bit. Excellent lacing.

S: Spicy rye aroma. Hops are earthy, slightly citric and piney.

T: Toasty rye spiciness. Hops are a bit subdued, exhibiting an earthy tone with bits of citrus and pine. Tastes like a lot of caramel malt going on here. Finish continues with pine and slight earthy note.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly slick in the palate. Carbonation is mild on the tongue but does scrub a fair bit.

O: Not bad. Pretty classic Sierra Nevada if not a bit faded (understandable given the age).

Aug 27, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It seems as though I am still looking to get it in the CAN, but for now, a bottle courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77, will have to do.

From the bottle: "Feeling adventurous? Explore the wide open of the outdoors with our River Ryed IPA. This hop-forward beer features intense citrus and herbal hop flavor balanced by the peppery spice of rye for a dry and delicious end to a day out on the water."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into my awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was solid Copper (SRM = 17) with NE-quality clarity, the shade of an ex's hair. Gorgeous (both her & the beer)! Nose had the earthy, spicy quality that is the hallmark of a Rye Beer & now, my mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was beautiful - earthy malts commingled with peppery, spicy rye to create a beer that could have been thrown into the still and made into rye whiskey. It tasted like the beginning of a bottle of rye! Man, this was right up my alley. I used to really avoid hard liquor since I had a number of unpleasantries with it as a younger person, but the advent of microdistilled Rye Whiskies brought me back into the fold. The cool, minty finish on this one was the kind of thing that really makes me sit up and take notice. It was not evergreen, like some hops impart, but instead, more towards peppermint or clove, but with an earthiness like freshly-turned soil. Dry? Yes, but not gasping. Just a very pleasant, easy-drinking beer that went down MUCH too quickly. PLEASE let me find this in CANs ...

Aug 25, 2017
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a permanent white head and ample lacing.Deep amber color. Aroma is citrus and floral with hints of pine and pepper. Flavor is bold with the spicy twang of rye making it special. Hop forward but respecting the grain. Great beer.

Aug 02, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber with large white head. The aroma is fairly muted, with a little pine, spice, and floral quality. The flavor starts soft and richly malty, and then progresses with a small bitter kick to a piney, resinous place, accompanied by notes of grapefruit peel and orange blossom. The finish a a nice hit of spice and sandalwood. The mouthfeel is thick and soft with foamy carbonation. Overall this is a good beer - maybe more subtle than I was hoping, but it does have a great cascading effect as the flavors change.

Jul 27, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear copper, slightly off white foam that is impressive from first pour until last sip. Big citrus and floral hop nose that’s a little bit spicy. Cracker malt In the background. I taste the light spice from the Rye, smooth citrus hop, bit of cracker malt. All so well integrated and smooth, both in the taste and mouthfeel. I reckon that this would be a good introductory IPA to someone just starting to explore the style.

Jul 27, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange color. Clear appearance. One-fingered, frothy head that receeds into a bubbley collar and leaves constallation lacing. Aroma is pepper, dog crap, citrus and weed. Definitely taste the spice from the rye. Starts off earthy and finishes with a spicey hoppiness. Thank god this did not taste like dog crap. Also can taste the dry sourness of a grapefruit. Gives you the sensation of cotton mouth. There is one big flaw and that is the dog crap thing but the beer itself overrides that. Really like this beer. Thanks again brenn79.

Jul 26, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This rye IPA pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium frothy white head. The smell is mostly hoppy with citrus and herbal notes. There is also a significant, but not overwhelming rye presence in the scent. There are flavors of citrus, pine, and herbal hop elements that mingle with a fairly robust rye presence. There is a good amount of malts here, but the spicy rye somehow manages to accentuate the hop flavors making it seem pretty hop forward. The body is medium. The finish is dry and there is a significant amount of lingering bitterness. I think that a lot of hop lovers will appreciate this, but I tend to prefer a more refreshing, crisp IPA, which this isn’t. I really like the idea of a rye IPA, but I don’t think it works as well with these hop varietals as it might have with some others.

Jul 26, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a huge frothy head of khaki suds. Lovely lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus and tropical hops. Nice.

Taste: Spice of rye and citrus-pine hops smack at the tongue up front, with a smooth-bodied bitterness at the finish. Solid and enjoyable rye IPA.

Jul 12, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a copper, light amber color with an off white head with good retention and some lacing
S-pineapple, peach, subtle pine, spicy rye as it warms
T-dry biscuit, resiny pine, some caramel in the finish mixing with spicy rye
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-not as fruity in the taste as I would have expected, but still a decent part of the mixed 12 pack

Jul 09, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A; crystal clear; deep bronze in color; with a fairly aggressive pour; a 3 finger khaki head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is floral with a little bit of spice from the rye;

T: balanced between malt and hops from start to finish; rye is noticeable as well; mild bitterness come in at the middle and stays through a long finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: would have liked more hop flavor;

Jul 09, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled date of 04/05/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and copper with a reddish tint. Off-white finger width head that displays good retention before fading to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Fair lacing, with broken webbing and small spotting.

Smell - Peppery spice, lesser herbal and citrus notes with hints of pine and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pepper spice and citrusy upfront before malt sweetness adds caramel and lightly toasted bread adds depth and balance. Hints of mint and herbal character hit mid-taste and ride to the finish. Light grapefruit pith lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture makes this an easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This is a fine offering from Sierra Nevada. Nicely layered flavor profile and it's quaffable quality make this a solid spring/summer choice, while its peppery spice could work for colder months of the year. Found in their new variety pack, and its one I'll be revisiting.

Jun 25, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. packaged 5/1/17, so closing in on 8 weeks old.

deep amber coloring with reddish tones. good creamy off white head leaving thick lacing.

not much on the nose, good or bad.

good tasting brew, nice balance of rye, hops, and malt, with the rye just having the uppermost hand. pepperiness to it as well.

between medium and full on the mouth, dry and spicy on the finish, a little bitey as well.

overall, i enjoy rye beers where the rye isn't overly aggressive, ans this one really hits the spot for me. nice offering SN. cheers!

Jun 24, 2017
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a Sierra Nevada sampler with three bottles of this. Bottle date 4/13/17.

Look: hazy amber/brown color; 1 finger of white head that disappears quickly but leaves a thin lacing
Smell: powerful rye scent up front, faint citrus in the background
Taste: same as the smell, the most obvious notes are rye and citrus; a little bitter but not overwhelmingly so
Feel: medium body & carbonation; smoother than expected

Overall: I'm generally not a fan of rye beers, but I don't mind this one. Probably won't buy a 6 pack of just this, though.

Jun 19, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Lots of spicy rye up front along with some herbal and citrusy hop notes in there as well. Quite aromatic

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the rye malt and herbal hop notes sad then goes into some citrus and a light bready undertone. Finishes with lingering rye and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smoother than most rye beers

O: Not really all too much different than Ruthless, but solid regardless and definitely rye-focused. Easy to drink and different enough from most IPAs

Jun 18, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into glass

dark amber in color, off-white colored head, good lacing. earthy hop aroma. taste is fairly bitter, but balanced by some caramel malt flavor. medium bodied.

Jun 17, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- clear amber with a one finger foam head. hilly lacing and peaky foam.

S- pine, pepper and light citrus nose

F- toasted malt with pine and light citrus flavor

M- malty and lagerish almost with pine resin coating the inner part of the mouth

O- not bad but the pine resin is too much at times.

Jun 16, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear burgundy color with a small, tan colored head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and spicy pepper. Bold peppery rye flavors with piney bitterness. A touch of caramel and citrus add balance.

Jun 16, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 12-pack sampler, so here come some new reviews from this guy. All of the ryes I have tried had a bitterish taste while this one has the nice hops notes to overcome that rye.......very good.

Jun 08, 2017
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clwink from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in the new Sierra Nevada multipack. I was really excited to pick it up. This will be my first rye beer to try, so I was eager to try something new.

L: Pours a very dark amber, ruby-like. Has a finger's worth of tan head to works it's way down with mild lacing. Hazy.

S: Has a grain smell. Not a roasted smell, though. Malty. Not a very strong smell, but it does smell good.

T: Citrusy hop flavor is right up front. Finishes with a nice dryness. A nice peppery rye flavor in the finish. The flavor lingers for a long time, too. Being the first time I've had a rye beer, I didn't know what to expect; but, this has a solid flavor profile.

F: Has a nice body, without being too watery. Nice carbonation makes it really easy to drink.

O: This is a really good beer. It has great citrus notes that transform into a nice peppery rye flavor. I would drink this on a regular basis. It is a nice change of pace from all of the IPA's running all over the place.

Jun 07, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a huge, frothy tan head that dissipates quickly to a half finger rocky cap that sticks around until the end. There are many sticky patches of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is very subtle and frankly a little disappointing. I get a bit of citrus and the slightest hint of pine.

Taste is much better. The citrus is much more pronounced and hits right off the bat, the pine comes in mid sip, and the finish is spicy rye.

Feel is light, but it seems as though the rye beers it up ever so slightly. Carbonation is low side of moderate, but the spiciness on the finish makes it seem a bit more bubbly.

Overall this beer is decent. Rye IPAs aren't my favorite, but ive definitely had ones that are more enjoyable, with Westbrook Two Claw being the first that comes to mind.

Jun 03, 2017
River Ryed from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 148 ratings