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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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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 1sophrosyne1
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into short tumbler glasses, consumed between 45-55 degrees over 15 minutes.

Thin, soapy low retention head atop a tanned gold pour with mild haze.
Grainy smell of rye covers pine, pear, and stale citrus.
Taste begins inside a fizzy front with light pepper-on-sour that melts quickly into starchy wildflowers.
It stands tall on the tongue early but falls flat after the buzz of bubbles. Lightly chewy mouthfeel that ends rather short and fibery.
Overall fairly bland apart from sharp aftertastes of soap and dry steel. This style deserves more nuanced representation.

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Photo of cherotr
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass:

appearance: good 1" head, disappeared quickly.

smell: pine, grapefruit,... black tea?

taste: rye bitterness, peppery, not overly malty or hoppy, well-balanced. bitter aftertaste.

mouth: very smooth, light carbonation, foamy feel.

overall: not bad, might just have another...

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brassy golden color with a thin finger cap of white head. Ok retention with a smidge of lacing.

S- Subtle nose. floral citrus hops blend with a biscuity malt. Notes of rye and rustic earth tones come out as well.

T- Citrus hop flavors meld with more aspirin like quality up front. Biscuity malt hits mid palate with a mild surge of rye pepperiness. medium hop bitterness on the finish with a floral character lingering in the aftertaste.

MF- Cool mouthfeel, the rye lent a sort of gummy texture to it. Light bodied with a rather active carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a very average IPA that could use a jolt of Humulus Lupulus in my opinion.

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Photo of slym
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seeing as how I was a fan of Southern Tier's 2X Rye, I decided to give this rye IPA a try.


To be honest, I was looking for more of a hops-blast since this is an IPA. I am thankful it isn't so bitter it puckers my mouth, and all the rye and malts do make a nice flavour. It just wasn't what I was looking for in a rye IPA.

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Photo of RickS95
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of a Tackle Box variety pack. Poured 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear with little head and no lacing. Light orange in color.

S: Nose is a little stuffy at the moment but here goes. Orange peel, citrus, and grassy hops. Some toasty malt in there as well.

T: A well balanced blend of hop bitterness, peppery rye essence, and malty backbone. Finishes with lingering grassy flavor. It's good, very similar to their IPA but with a little more spice and less grapefruit flavor.

M: Light bodied, carbonated, and frothy.

O: Overall an enjoyable IPA. Well balanced with great hop flavor and rye. Nicely done.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a drink by 7.15.14 date on the side. Pretty sure this was one of the last barrels brewed as Sweetwater announced its retirement a few months back

A - Bronze with some clarity, 1 finger of head and sticky lace left on the glass.

S - Rye, spices and orange spices. Bitter hops

T - Bitter hops and orange zest. Lots of Rye. Its not really working for me...

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Average...

O - Points for being a different type of IPA, but not nearly as good as their classic IPA.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a medium copper from a 12 oz bottle into my Founders snifter. Nice one finger fluffy white head and solid lacing, good looking beer.

Smell: Citrus forward, with some grapefruit, tangerine, and peach coming to mind. Also some pine and earthy notes, can sense the rye as well.

Taste: Moderate hoppiness with some pine and spiciness coming through, notable citrus with some lemon and grapefruit coming through, decent tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate bitterness and a decent kick. Could use a bit more balance I think, but not bad.

Overall: This wasn't great, but I'd drink it again. I like their traditional IPA slightly better but this is worth a try.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gift from ba grizzlyadam

Pours hazy honey gold with a very small off white head. Smells of strongly of citrus hops. Taste is kind of muted hops with a good amount of crystal malt. Mouthfeel and carbonation are about right for the style. Overall pretty decent beer.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and brassy with a very light haze and a off white rock head two fingers thick.

Aroma: Topical fruit, pear, grapefruit, piney, sweet syrup, faint strawberry.

Taste: A little bit malty in the front with a touch of dryness. Grapefruit, piney, sweet fruits, simple syrup notes in the tail end.

Notes: A decent drinking beer sweeter than a lot of other American I.P.A's but it's still good. Cheers.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, sparse, white surface coat of head. Aromas of toasted grain, bitter and resinous hops, bitter rye grain bill, citrus highlights, and roasted notes. Flavors are tangy sweet and bitter blended together. A forward blast of grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot, with a backbone of toasted grains and resinous hops. The bitterness is well balanced by the tropical fruit profiles. Light, effervesced body, which ends up as a crisp, almost sharp finish. The aftertaste is more of the tropical fruit than anything. Interesting brew. Light and fruity, which may be good for those just trying their hands in the rye field of beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my mind, I think of southern California and all of those boat-looking cars from the seventies that are a half inch off of the ground and the fine and upstanding individuals driving them drinking rye IPAs! Cause that's how they roll, right?

LowRYEder IPA kicks off with a deep gold and bright copper hue that's void of any haze. Its filtered appearance highlights steady streams of carbonation that fuel a short statured head of off-white foam and decorative lace.

Grain aromas are softly of caramel, husk and earth. That earthen sweetness trends toward sweet tobacco herbal components and something of orange marmalade. Grapefruit citrus notes provide the hop overtones.

Then to taste, the spiciness of rye strikes the tongue as early as the malt sweetness does. That balance and blend is even keel and chases the flavor profile over its grainy-sweet upstart, its herbal and fruity middle, and then past its husky earth finish. Its crisp and refreshing taste excels despite its unusual earthy spice.

Brisk and bitey from sip to finish, the crisp ale sheds its early sweetness and is aided by carbonation that not only keeps the are creamy but dries the palate equally. Arid and somewhat light in the middle, the beer nears watering before ending with dry spice, earth and pepper.

LowRYEder is a fantastic little rye IPA. But it is so light, so dry, and so crisp it actually rejects richness, complexity and variety in favor for refreshment and crispness.

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Photo of bradcochran1234
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater has been going through an expansion and gowing through some big boy growing pains. This beer has been helping them and the community get by. Hats off.
This brew is kicking ass in the easy drinking session IPA category in my book. I will make this my regular pick up for saying hello to not as crafty friends and family.
Drinks great and leaves you open for more. Keep it up guys!

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of thin lacing.

Fresh cut grass, resin, pine, muted citrus, and floral hops form the initial aroma, with pine eventually dominating. Reminiscent of a Christmas tree. Rye is almost lost in the hops.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of muted tropical fruit, with mango and papaya meeting resin, pine, and rye mid palate, carrying into a bitter, resiny, rye dominated finish. Malt flavor is slightly sweet, and fairly subdued.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation, an astringent bite, and a fair bit of alcohol warmth.

Good amount of hop flavoring, with rye eventually winning out. A little more bitter than I prefer. And I'm not a big rye fan.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Mac in Virginia Highland

A: Copper, very clear, small head (could have been pour), lacing clings to glass abundantly

S: When cold, very mild, floral/resiny hops, has that sweetwater hop character, hints of sweet backbone, hops get noticeably stronger as it warms, dry hopped

T: first sip is very smooth, the malt sweetness is noticeable but fairly balanced with the hops, again distinctly resiny/spicy hops that have a good to strong bitterness, personally I think this could use more flavor to balance the hop sting

M: Smooth, medium body, dry

O: Tastes like a quintessential sweetwater beer to anyone that has had a few of theirs, however, this isn't one of their best

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Photo of fields336
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy peach, amber colored brew w 1.5 fingers yellowish head. lots of bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: sweet, pear, peach, spicey rye, sweet caramel malts

T: peach, pear, mango, spicey rye, bready malt, sweet caramel, toffee, could be more bitter

M: light-med bodied, dry finish nice

O: Nice rye IPA, I think i like Ruthless better though

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"A flame throwin' IPA ignited by a 25% shot of rye malt and capped by a booty hoppin' blast of Mt. Hood and Centennial hops that makes this IPA bounce!" Brewed in the style of an American Rye IPA, the latest addition to SweetWater's Year Round lineup, this beer first hit stores in June 2012 and has been a very popular local item since. Available in 6 packs year round and in occasional variety "Tackle Box" packs.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a SweetWater pint glass. Served north of 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a golden-white tone over a moderately hazy golden amber body with fine sediment in tow. Carbonation is moderate and relaxed. Lacing is light and stringy, retention is average. 3.75

(Smell) Expect aromas of tropical fruit and floral hop aromas with lesser citrus undertones and a modest bitterness to balance. The malt profile is certainly changed over the standard IPA, expect a touch more body, some moderate bready malt character, a pinch of graininess and some peppery aromatics. The aroma is also a touch sweeter and while just as potent as the standard IPA, the balance is fairly even between malt and hop character. Altogether, the meshing of flavors works out quite well. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is a touch thinner than the aroma predicted, with a resinous, flat citrus hop note and a touch of dry, peppery rye amongst an otherwise modestly sweetened malt base. A moderate bitterness does a good job at balancing out any body enhancements that this beer has. Off flavors are few- any graininess present is considerably mild and adds a drying quality that pairs nicely with the citrus zest and resinous pine hop character. The beer keeps securely light and quaffable despite being in a tier that is usually more assertive than a standard American IPA. This easily stands amongst the most drinkable Rye IPAs that I have had to date. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is smooth with a touch of thickness to it. Carbonation adds a touch of crispness. Body is medium amongst Rye IPAs, medium overall. Alcohol presence is moderate. The drinkability of this beer is very high despite the general caveats of rye additions to a beer, the texture is not overly viscous nor is the balance overly sweet. It keeps enjoyably light while equally unique with the addition of a slightly enhanced malt profile. I did find the carbonation a bit overdone- even with the beer being as lightly bodied as it is, I was still hoping for a less zippy texture from the carbonation. 3.75

(Overall) I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of most variations on the American IPA, but I'll take a Rye IPA over a White IPA any day. The sharpness of the malt bill is usually what complicates the RYE IPA drinking experience, but this beer keeps the rye contribution mild enough to where that isn't a problem, but rather a welcome variation. While the Rye IPA is a hot trending IPA variant right now, there's not much that sets this apart from the other contenders in the style. It does, however stand securely amongst existing recipes as a lighter-bodied recipe which makes for a more drinkable Rye IPA. "Rye-phobic" IPA drinkers might consider dipping their toes in this beer to see if the style is for them. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a burnt orange color body with just a thin head that quickly dissapears to a thin lace. The smell has a citrus aroma with some rye also. The taste has a citrus, and pepper flavor followed by a hint of rye and a bitterness on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is good and overall a good rye ipa.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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