River Ryed
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #83
Ranked #27,205
3.82 | pDev: 7.85%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Beerasaurus from Virginia

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

May 15, 2017
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Skywave 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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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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RBorsato from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 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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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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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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gregu2 from North Carolina

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

May 21, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle - part of variety pack:

Pours red-hued copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves trailing lacing.

The smell is of caramel, citrus and mint.

The taste is a mix of caramel, leafy and grapefruity hops and a touch of minty rye, The mix blends well together.

It has a smooth, creamy, medium body.

A well-balanced brew of "red" maltiness, citric hoppiness, and a touch of minty rye. A unique, enjoyable brew. Things blend together well here!

Jun 01, 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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wafers from New York

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 16, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear Amber-copper color with a half finger of off white head with very good retention. Aroma is lightly herbal, earthy hops with moderately spicy rye. Taste is earthy and herbal hops upfront with a smoother rye in the middle, and a lightly bitter and spicy finish. Medium+ body with low carbonation , very smooth. Overall a solid beer but it just doesn't do much to stand out.

May 14, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PKGD 04/13/17 Opened 5/25/17 12 oz. Bottle

Amber color with gold hues, totally clear. A robust, rocky off-white foam cap looks much like sea foam. Excellent retention and lace.

A very spicy and earthy hop forward nose. Dense black pepper and herbal mixture, slightly fruity with a tangy edge.

The flavor truely highlights the spicy and herbal Rye taste. It really stands out. The Rye malt gives it many earthy, dry, bitter, peppery and sour fruit tones. Pretty complexity Rye flavor. Peppery spice and bitter, tangy fruits round out the malt and hop balance. I personally really enjoy the Rye effect. This one mightbe the biggest Rye flavor I've had thus far.

The feel is very crisp and clean, dry, bitter pucker-face but also lush and full going down. Totally dry finish. A very clean feel.

If you like malted Rye based brews, you're in for a treat.

May 25, 2017
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pin from Australia

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 20, 2015
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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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tedho21 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 14, 2017
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Kahlerbock from Kansas

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 24, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear orange with two fingers of white head and good laceing. Smell is spicey rye with some bread crust malts. Taste is rye spice with lots of bready malts. No real hop notes up front but plenty of bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation. Finish is bitter and somewhat dry. Overall a tasty beer but not quite an IPA to me. It could be because this can is about 5 months old so the hops may have faded.
Enjoyable and seems to be a bit hard to find judging by the few ratings on BA.

Aug 10, 2015
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twelveinches from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 02, 2015
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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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tpauer from New Hampshire

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

Jun 11, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased cold yesterday at the Mills River, NC brewery, with a canning date of March 2015.

The aroma is moderately hoppy for style and lightly spicy.
The flavor is just about as one might hope, with spicy rye nicely complementing the hop mix. Moderate bitterness helps make this highly drinkable for a West Coast IPA: the classification here as a Rye Beer is quite appropriate. Very good balance of flavors as long as one likes rye.

Feel: smooth body with crisp and lively carbonation.

O: A very fine hoppy rye beer.

Jul 08, 2015
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 16, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows massive rye notes along with herbal and floral hops.
Flavours include an equal amount of malt with spicy rye notes and a whack of herbal hoppy bitterness.

Aug 12, 2015
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 12, 2017
River Ryed from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 148 ratings