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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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very good

72 Reviews

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 517
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dpodratsky3 on 06-26-2012

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of godlessape
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter. The body is clear and brassy, and the half inch creamy head fell to a thin skim and like all good IPA's hung on tenaciously.
The aroma is heavy with pine, like a fresh Christmas tree in a small room. I'm picking up a some grapefruit, orange, and lemon notes as well of course--and all of this is drenched in a subterranean deep rich caramel. Sublime.
The taste doesn't venture too from what your schnoz already told you to expect, thankfully. The spicy peppery rye adds to the whole mix in a winning way and the Mt Hood along with the Centennial hops make for a great combo.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall this has to be one of my favorite rye IPA's. Anyone in or around Georgia should pick up a 6-pack or two.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rockmill tulip on 3/25/13

Best if enjoyed by: 04/18/13

This is lighter in color than I was expecting; a softer shade of honey gold. The beer sits clear with one thumb of sticky foam atop. Ample gobby lace.

Really nice play between the hops and rye; deep citric tones (tangerine, orange marmalade and peach) are paired with lively pine and rye. Semi-doughy biscuit notes as well.

The hops and rye kick even more come sippin' time; resinous, bitter pine and crackling grapefruit rake from the tip of the tongue on back. Rye is a willing participant in such a raucous foray. Floral sweet and tropical peach hops linger, calming the toasty finish.

The medium-light body and carbonation a-plenty add to the chaotic aspects of the beer. Oh, and what wonderful chaotic aspects they are.

LowRyeDer is legit. I picked up but one single. I should have bought a whole six pack. One of the best Sweetwater 12 ouncers I've had - it easily rivals SIPA.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Nice ipa. Loved this beer. More of a ipa. With a touch of rye. Great nose of citrus arlmas. Slight pine. Drank smooth. Taste like it smells.this is good enough to be a good to ipa atnany time. Loves it and it goes great with a various spicy food like a chilli or bar food.

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Photo of ale1
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

quite good , my 4th ale review of Sweetwater brewing Co.

served around 60° in a pint glass light amber , lotsa carbo 3" head ,lacing not shabby
hops in your face kabam as Emril might say ..the finish is hops , fruit from good choice of yeast and malt .. i tried to find the rye taste, its so good who cares ..i'll have another.

i do not notice soap and dry steel whatever in this Ale ,
it's a complex IPA and should be enjoyed

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a orange, amberish color with a nice 2 finger head leaving good lacing on a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is a little weak but I pick up some hops and some malts.

Taste is really good. As the bite from the hops, mainly citrus, with some nice malts in there. I get a hint of something at the end, maybe honey, tastes a little like melon.

Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation. It is a little watery after the first couple tastes.

Overall, a good IPA. Hops arent too overpowering and it is balanced really well with the malts. It has a nice flavor profile that I dont remember getting with most IPAs. Really like drinking this one.

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Photo of tmm313
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, slightly dark orange. Poured a quickly dissipating 1 finger head. OK lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit up front. Followed by big rye, caramel, some pine, and tropical fruits. Really inviting.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit with tropical fruit, followed by some nice pine with a mix of rye and caramel malts. Finish is semi oily with a soft lingering piney bitterness and citrusy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium creamy body with good carbonation. Oily finish with amazingly balanced bitterness and sweetness left behind.

Overall: This was a good beer. The flavors were strong and balanced and left me wanting nothing more than another bottle. This will probably be a mainstay for me from here on out.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite non NC southern breweries, and I was all over this RyePA . Pours a light bronze with blonde highlights and impressive head and lace. Nose is herbal and citrus with caramel and biscuit in the back seat.

Nice puckering hop combination that runs the gamut from pine and lemon peel down to herbal and mint. Strong malt balance, although it never really stops or contains the hop oil. There is rye in combination with the citrus and pine and its spicy tone colors the aftertaste. definitely a solid attempt for easy drinking on a warm day.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Starts with a fluffy, large-bubbled head, settling very slowly. It leaves some chunky lace throughout the tasting. The liquid is dirty gold and hazy.

The dryness of the Rye really shows up in the smell. There's no sweetness to the nose. It seems like this sucks up all of the potential floral hop aroma that might exist. It's pleasant but not IPA-like.

Good dry malt start. Almost lip puckering. The hop is far more pronounced on the tongue, coming across like white pepper. The aftertaste is a continuation of these two elements, providing good lingering flavor. The body is above average in richness. The carbonation is appropriate.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater Lowryder was on tap at TAP. As with most standard beers here, it was served in a standard shaker pint glass.

The beer is bronze with an off-white head and crystal clarity. The lacing is very nice, it's a looker.

The nose is of rye, lightly roasted grain, and pine.

I like the interplay between the rye, caramel malts and the hops. The beer manages all the elements very well. The base beer shines with a nice rye-spice component layered in.

The mouth is soft but has a bit of slickness-oiliness that works well.

Very easy drinker and this may be my new favorite from Sweetwater.

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Photo of AmitC
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A nice pale orange color. One finger thick off white colored head with decent retention. Excellent lacing. Hazy appearance. Juicy. one or two bubbles seen going up. Opaque.

Aroma is bursting with some citrus flavors - orange peel and grape fruit. A mix of malts and centennial hops create a nice earthy touch along with creating good aromatics. Strength is good. No booze and nice sessionable touch with a good amount of orange feel. A little hint of rye in middle of all that.

Flavors are equally good. Zesty filled with sap kind of flavor that seeps in slowly giving the taste of dry hopped brew. Orange peel, grapefruit and a complex citrus variety. Upfront is a mix of malty and aromatic flavor with the end as a nice and well balanced rye IPA. Rye bitterness and hop bitterness is well hidden. Finish is a lot pale ale like with very slight bitterness. In fact malt does an extremely good job of not dominating but suppressing all the bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium light bodied. Moderate to low carbonation. Easy to drink and with no astringency.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATLCarl for stuffing a brown box with goodies; this one unrequested but very welcome, since it has rye in it somewhere. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is yellow-orange with haze. Aroma is strong & fruity. Citrus, grapefruit, tropical-ness, dose of sweetness clears out the sinuses. No bitterness or rye, but hey, good nonetheless.

LowRYEder IPA makes me think Sweetwater should stick to light, easy-drinking brews. Lovely mix of the earthy, spicy rye with a dash of bitter, citrusy hopping. Bitterness builds with each sip. The balance is excellent, & it's great to sip.

Tastes great, goes down easy, simple, straightforward. Just a very good beer that's only a thin mint away from excellent.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium tulip

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a one finger pure white head that fades quickly and leaves a solid trace of white. Looks great

S- a little bit of rye and some tropical fruit. Solid albeit unspectacular

T- the rye punches you early on, and the finish is the juicy tropical fruit coming through.

M- medium bodied. Solid average

O- good beer. I liked the Crank Tank Rye much more, though

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer of the month club bottle. Pours cloudy light orange with a tiny white head. Aroma of orange peel, honey, pine, and a hint of spice. Flavor is strong orange zest with a spicy rye tone. Some nice bitter bite, and dry rye finish. Light mouthfeel and pretty drinkable as I have found with other Sweetwater pales. Good beer. This is one of those that is done simply and doesn't stand out with crazy shit going on, but is put together just beautifully. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Mojo
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

This beer pours up a deep hazy amber with a small creamy head, very nice retention, and plenty of lacing. The smell is about what you would expect, biscuit, grasses, some pine, and malt. Taste is kind of mild for an IPA (or maybe I just prefer hop bombs).There is some rye taste and a nice mild hop finish. Carbonation is nice and there isn't much of an aftertaste. This is an easy drinking IPA and might be a good starter for someone not used to massive hop bombs.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that dissipated after a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A sweet, enticing aroma of hops and light fruit.

T: Tasted of hops (an average amount), some light malt, and a good deal of fruit (seemed like a citrus element). The advertised rye was present, but not overwhelmingly so. A sweet, light, easy to like flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a solid beer that's very focused and really drinkable. A session beer if there ever was one.

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Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber with one finger white head, a couple of thin rings of lace are left behind. Smell: floral, spicy, lightly grainy and sweet, grapefruit. Taste: grapefruit, spicy, biscuit, caramel. Medium bodied, creamy carbonation. Not usually a rye fan, but this is good. Best by 12/19/12.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed one on my way through Atlanta Airport at their Draft House at
Terminal B. This IPA shows a clear, deep amber color with a modest white top and
similar lacing. The aroma is very nice with solid citrus and a hint of rye
grain along with a touch of caramel malt. The flavor brings an immediately
satisfying idea of crisp lemon/grapefruit hop, and a notable dry rye wheat
element. Nice graininess while offering lots of hop bite along with some orange,
fruit sweetness. The body is just about medium with a fine but very effective
carbonation that makes for a lively feel that works for this tasty, refreshing

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like sweet honey and bitter citrus zest with some spicy rye biscuit.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and spicy rye, with some sweet honey. It had a very clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a really nice rye IPA, more on the IPA side with nice rye compliment. The body was a little weak, but it had a very smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Solid brew.

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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