River Ryed
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #49
Ranked #20,068
3.81 | pDev: 7.87%
Aug 12, 2020
Jan 30, 2015
Very Good
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
3.67 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio on Nov 24, 2018
4.41 by stephenlee from England on Aug 01, 2018
3.88 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 23, 2018
4 by tbone1384 from Wyoming on Apr 14, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by elNopalero from California

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
3.25 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Jan 19, 2018
4.15 by NOLANDMAN from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2017
3.92 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Nov 05, 2017
3.75 by paulish from New York on Oct 29, 2017
3.6 by Kahlerbock from Kansas on Oct 24, 2017
Photo of joedvegas
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by joedvegas from Nevada

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
3.53 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania on Oct 15, 2017
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 14, 2017
3.62 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 13, 2017
3.5 by Mattias from Sweden on Sep 29, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by dcotom from Iowa

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
3.73 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Sep 17, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by daliandragon from Maryland

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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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by McStagger from California

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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4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
3.72 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Aug 09, 2017
3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington on Aug 07, 2017
3.82 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Aug 05, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Skywave from Oklahoma

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
2.92 by yaksurf from North Carolina on Aug 02, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Czequershuus from Minnesota

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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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5
by 8444dodgers01 from Idaho

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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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

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
3 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jul 26, 2017
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by davidward from Florida

This is a nice earthy, peppery rye IPA. Not for the faint of heart.

Jul 25, 2017
4.03 by ClePaul from Ohio on Jul 21, 2017
3.43 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2017
3.69 by brauseboof from South Carolina on Jul 16, 2017
3.66 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania on Jul 14, 2017
4.08 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jul 14, 2017
3.43 by Bbock13 from North Carolina on Jul 14, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by secondtooth from Indiana

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
3.81 by plumcrazyfx from Minnesota on Jul 09, 2017
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