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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dpodratsky3 on 06-26-2012

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Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by chickenflea:
Photo of chickenflea
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured slightly hazy and golden. A small white head with minimal lacing. Aroma is tangerine and sweet orange on a soda cracker. Flavor does have a touch of spice on the finish with some grain and caramel malt mid palate. This drink works its way from the nose to the front of the tongue and back through the back of your throat in a deliberate and tasty fashion. The rye is unmistakeable and mutes the bitterness, smoothing out the finish as well. A tasty and highly drinkable brew. Medium texture with average carbonation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a chill hazed burnt orange with a frothy halfinger white head that left some broken lace as it settled.Aromas are pleasant enough but a little subdued,I pick up some orange and lemon notes along with some caramel/toffee.Bright and fresh citric hops on the palate over top of a sweet toffee that really stands out in the finish,the rye provides a litle sharpness but doesn't seem to play a huge role.A pretty good rye ipa it's got a real fresh citrusy flavor profile wich I liked.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of their 12 pack combo. Pours an okay size head. Color is a kind of a darker yellow, what I would expect when I think of rye. I smell a combo of rye, hops and malts. The tasted is rye up front with hops coming quickly and hanging behind with a touch of malts. The mouthfeel is decent. Overall I like this offering and think its the best of their 12 pack combo. One can taste the Sweetwater IPA backbone and because I like rye I'm really diggin this.

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Orange amber, some particulate, perfect lacing

SMELL: Fresh orange zest, spicy, slightly estery, faint caramel, juicy, grainy

TASTE: Crisp & smooth, medium bodied, floral, spicy rye, hop bitterness, orange peel, dried grass, grainy, faint broth, minty, drying grainy hoppy finish

Tasty all around, good for one but I'd not sure if I could go for a second right away though that does not mean I would not want to go back to the brew. Good use of rye and the hoppiness is pretty wild.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orange with a soft, white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - grapefruit, pineapple, bread, very faint cake batter

T - rye, pepper, spicy earthy hops, citrusy finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, easy to drink rye IPA. The rye is noticeable and adds a nice peppery spice to the beer. The hops are complimentary adding their own spicyness to the flavor. The citrusy finish rounds out the flavor and makes clean finish so the rye isn't overwhelming. This is definitely an enjoyable beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The LowRyeder from SweetWater is very good and smooth. The beer pours a clear light copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries fresh hop with hints of pine and bitter citrus. The taste is a great balance between sweet malt and bitter hop which finishes dry. The hops add a citrus flare with a touch of pine. The mouthfeel is lighter in body and good carbonation. Overall this is a great session beer for those that prefer a slightly bitter and dry beer...definitely worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Could be darker, but it's an IPA for a reason. Kind of a golden straw orange color. Faint, peach skin color. A slight haze. The head is thin and comprised of tiny, tiny bubbles. It retains wells and produces a thin lace.

These rye beers are growing on me. This is a bit different in that it's got a nice balance of spicy rye and fruity citrus. The rye and orange work well together. A bit of cracker notes as well.

The taste seems more malt than anything. Pale and pilsner malts I'm guessing and that gave it a lagery taste that I don't care for. There still seems to be some orange rind that dances with the hops in the finish to give it some bite at the end.

I didn't care for the feel either. Not much spice that I expected it to have being a rye beer. It was more or less earthy and fairly bitter. Crisp and bitter finish with a typical for an IPA, lasting bitterness that takes you deep into the next sip.

I've had this before, but remembered it being better. It's not awful, just merely ok and not what I was expecting.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source! Had while out and about at my buddy’s bachelor party! Tick all day, every day! Served from tap into a Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA barrel glass. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus hop, citrus, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the citrus and floral aspect going on in this one on the flavor. This made it quite easy to drink and enjoyable. I could definitely sit down and drink a few pints of this, but there was ticking to be done, so I got it done with all the variations available that day.

Photo of unskinnyhop09
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

had this offering at taco mac @ philips. have also had some bottles from sweetwater tackle boxes this winter.

best part = smell
least = mouthfeel

this brew looks great - solid craft brew pale ale.

the smell is amazing. the rye and hops really give this brew its aromatic identity.

the taste almost matches the aroma. it is crisp, hoppy, and peppery.

mouthfeel is the only weakness here. after having sn's ruthless, shmaltz's bittersweet lenny's ripa and br's hop rod, lowryeder's mouthfeel just doesn't compete.

overall - if you like hoppy, peppery ipas, then this brew is worth a try. i prefer sweetwater's ipa to this, but it is a pleasant experience.

oddly, i found the bottle better than the tap...could have been my frame of reference. try to drink it after 420.

Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium copper with white foam. Clingy around the edges. Light malty nose, hints of rye. Taste has a lot of rye, firm hoppiness. The body is light but the bitter is prominent. Blended nicely, smooth easy IPA with a thread of rye. Pretty good.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice creamy 1/2 inch permanent head and gold-amber color. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet malt with a creamy buttery note. Flavor mirrors smell with strong hop flavor upfront, malt to balance on the middle, which is good because the bitterness kicks in toward the end. Mouthfeel is light-medium and moderate carbonation. I appreciate hops when there are other complexities involved. Good one.

Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours golden-orange, slightly hazy with a small creamy white head that has great retention and some solid lacing down the entire glass

S- citrus zest, orange juice, grassy, earthy, sweet bready malt and a spicy rye kick at the end

T- orange citrus hop with some earthy, almost vegital notes mid-palate, herbal and grainy, lemony citrus linger on the the finish with some spicy grainy rye

M- medium body, medium-high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- not as hoppy as one would expect from an IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless. The rye copmpliments nicely without overpowering.

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is golden to amber or copper with a light white head that was fizzy yet thick.

The scent is light piney hops with some lemongrass, tea leaves, malt and a hint of rye.

The taste is a punch in the face, rye fight. The rye is definitely at the forefront and then it settles in with a finish of hops. The hops are smooth and subtle with very little bitterness. The feel is easy with moderate carbonation .

Overall, this is well done and tastier than the traditional IPA. I liked it quite well.

Photo of dvmin98
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from a buddy.

Drank straight from the bottle. The nose is a bit citrusy. Nice piny notes as well. Taste comes across the same way, but a bit spicy, most likely from the rye. Not as hoppy as I would like my IPAs to be. Good amount of carbonation. Medium body. Overall, a solid rye IPA. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find a 6 pack.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy. golden straw colored. Momentary half inch head melts to a ring.

Mostly malt sweetness in the aroma. The hops have certainly faded, since this beer is not at its peak freshness. But I am picking up some floral hop aroma

More of the same in the flavor, with an added spiciness from the rye malt. Significant bitterness accentuated by the rye. Decent flavor. Nothin special though.

Carbonation feels nice, as well as the body of the beer. The finish is dry, bitter, and a little rough on the tongue for my taste. But not as bad as some other rye beers.

I feel like this beer would be much better fresh, so I won't knock it too much. But, I wasn't very impressed overall.

Photo of n2185
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white head that recedes to a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Citrus and grapefruit aromas up front with clean, earthy pine aromas bringing up the finish.

T: Grapefruit and citrus rind at first followed by earthy pine flavors. The finish is a little resinous and lightly bitter, but not lingering.

M: Body is on the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation, this beer has just enough carbonation to avoid feeling watery.

O: A decent IPA, overall. Not terribly complex, but far from bad.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Atlanta airport.

A Medium orange with a thin layer of white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops. Some grapefruit, pine and spice. A touch of sweetness is evident in the background.

T - Bitter punch up front with fresh grapefruit and some orange flavours. The spice from the rye adds a layer of complexity and plays well with the hop profile and the very slight malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best if Enjoyed By: 01/07/13

Pure gold covered with a bubbly, milky looking head. Orange and grapefruit hops comprise most of the aroma along with some earthy spice and floral notes. The flavor is more of the same, but with a stronger earthy component. Tangerine, fresh floral hops, light lemon zest, subtle cereal grain, some pine sap in the end...nothing explicitly rye-like. Medium bodied and decently crisp with some texture in the mouthfeel. Pleasant all-around, though I can't imagine ever reaching over their standard IPA for this.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Best if Enjoyed by: 11/07/13

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains quite well before slowly settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a trail of clots behind.

S- Somewhat citrusy hop aroma blends with the spicy, malty rye.

T- Hops have a mild bite for an IPA as the rye malt lends a good balance to the profile. The bitterness and spice make for a vibrant combo. Easy to drink and minimal alcohol flavor.

M- A tad oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I used to really like RIPAs because of the balance the rye usually brings, but lately I've been prone to enjoying more straight-up versions of the style. Nonetheless, this one is certainly recommended.

Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. It is relatively clear with some hints of sediment. It has a caramel color with a limited head and some lacing. A good deal of bubbles coming up throughout.

S. It has a very sweet, honey scent.

T/M. It has a sweet malt taste. There's some caramel taste to it. A mild hoppy bite. There's some dark fruit taste in there, a very mild tart lemon taste underneath. Light body.

O. THis is an easy to drink, enjoyable brew. It has a nice balance and a fairly complex taste.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, a few streaming bubbles, and some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect citrus, hop oil, and bread crust. Taste is very much of mild grapefruit, with some white bread, white bread crust, sweetness, low bitterness, and a shade of peppery rye. Mouthfeel light to medium and a bit slick. Sweetwater LowRYEder finishes dry, refreshing, sweet, and easy going. Overall, this is very good, but not particularly different.

RJT

Photo of BeerDocT
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3.25: Not much of a head ever really developed and I cranked the pour. Just kind of a generic amber color in appearance.

Smell 3.50: Good bouquet. Hops, barley...some slight spiciness present from the rye.

Taste 3.50: Front is dry, but some hoppiness seeps in. Middle is also dry, but a nice hop blend swims to the surface. Also, you can taste a few glimmers of a slightly spicy rye hint in this taste level. Finish is almost empty. It actually cascades back to the middle with more of the barley and the hops, but finishes very abruptly. Aftertaste is, strangely, of medium length and finishes on a dry and somewhat cumin-like taste that is very subdued.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Good, but like the rest of their beers, too many bubbles.

Overall 3.5: A pretty solid offering. The label has a few señoritas and a Tommy Chong-esque character in a low-rider with a suspicious substance in his hands...better hope Wal-Mart doesn't find out, guys. Regardless of the usual Sweetwater foolishness, this is a good beer for sessions. Would also go pretty well with food as it is not sweet at all and the rye is not overpowering. Try it out.

Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden color with a finger's width of off-white foam on top.

Toasted malt with some peppery rye and citrus, floral and sea breeze hop.

The aroma continues into the taste. The toasted malts mix with a nice peppery rye flavor. The bite from the rye helps even out the sweetness. The hops are very floral with a touch of citrus friutiness. Medium body with good carbonation. Bitterness is held to a minimum. The beer is balanced very well.

I'm a big rye beer fan. I loved their crank tank rye'd ale. This one is right up there. So easy to drink with great flavor.

Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange yellow with a thumb sized cream colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice malt, spicy rye notes, good citrus hit orange and lemon light minty hints.

Taste is like the nose malt backbone with good spicy rye notes that blend well with the citrus hops. Orange tangerine with hints of mint and lemon that linger into finish with minty/rye notes kind of take over.

Mouthfeel around medium with medium level of carbonation.

Overall pretty decent as I find rye goes well with hops. Not the best rye out there but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Would say overall I would pick this one up again for a change.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half inch head which dissipates to a ring but the lacing hangs around. Color is a kind of yellow brown or what I would think is a rye color when I think of rye. I certainly smell a combo of rye, hops and malts. The tasted is rye up front with hops coming quickly and hanging behind with a touch of malts. The mouthfeel is thin. Overall I like this offering and will certainly have again. One can taste the Sweetwater IPA backbone and because I like rye I'm really diggin this.

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.