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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

400 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%


Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dpodratsky3 on 06-26-2012)
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 15:38:30 | More by EagleTalon
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unskinnyhop09

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 01:44:27 | More by unskinnyhop09
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Durge

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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
brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 18:24:17 | More by Durge
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Sweetwater location in the Atlanta airport. Pours a golden color. Fairly bitter with some rye spice and a touch of residual bready malt. Pretty drinkable, especially during a layover.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 03:26:43 | More by Thorpe429
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap

Appearance: Golden with 1 finger white head, decent lacing.

Smell: Floral Hops, Sweet malt, Spicy rye

Taste: Floral/Citrus Hops, Sweet malt, Spicy rye flavor that lingers

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, almost syrupy texture that allows the sweet malt and rye to linger

Overall: Very enjoyable experience

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 06:50:18 | More by Josiah2729
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 11:46:29 | More by thagr81us
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 04:13:18 | More by bradcochran1234
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 15:41:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 18:10:36 | More by Redrover
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 00:32:18 | More by dpodratsky3
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 02:56:49 | More by Pencible
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.64/5.00

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:53:58 | More by Jadjunk
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tmm313

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 21:42:31 | More by tmm313
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csparace

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty aromatic. Rye is obviously present in the nose with some lighter hop notes coming out. Smells fresh and slightly earthy.

Pours a hazy brownish amber. With a medium large creamy and fluffy head.

Immediate hoppy bitterness with a big rye kick. Some big vanilla notes going on. Slight caramel flavor.

Light overall feeling is followed by some murky finish. Crisp up front from the hops and the feel changes dramatically to a malty one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:03:01 | More by csparace
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:01:27 | More by BMMillsy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 23:33:35 | More by WoodBrew
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 12:41:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:33:22 | More by Mikecap
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 02:14:17 | More by Immortale25
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Enjoy by: 10/14/13

A: Crystal clear golden amber with 1.5 fingers width of off-white head. Fair retention, good amount of honeycomb lacing.

S: Sweet malts, citrus pith, faint pine.

T: Follows the nose with citrus rind and sweet malts. I also get some herbaceous notes and some rye spiciness.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, average drinkability.

O: Good, not great. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 22:42:25 | More by zac16125
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:39:50 | More by chefhatt
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, with a bright white head.

The smell is tropical fruits and spicy rye.

The taste is citrus, juicy hops, finishing up peppery and spicy from the rye. There's a little bitterness in the finish but not much.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This was a very good rye ipa, the ipa part is very tasty and the rye is used very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:07:21 | More by Dave1999
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden-copper color with a one finger billowy white head. The head fades slowly overtime leaving patches of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the sweeter overall with notes of tropical fruits as well as a bit of caramel. Along with these smells so too comes a little bit of a rye bread aroma and some hoppy smells of a pine and grapefruit nature.

Taste – The taste begins with some rye flavors upfront that are matched by a bit of pine. While the taste starts out slightly drier with only a lighter flavor of tropical fruits it grows stronger in these tastes as well as getting a caramel sweetness to accompany the sweeter fruit at the end. While the sweet gets stronger as the taste moves on, so too does the hop with more pine and grapefruit coming to the tongue. Some peppery flavors and a bit of a floral flavor work their way into the taste throughout, with the combination of flavors leaving a rather nicely balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The combination is rather nice for highlighting the lighter rye and spice flavor, all while keeping it very easy drinking.

Overall – This was a rather enjoyable brew overall and one I will certainly go to again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 19:27:57 | More by Darkmagus82
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barczar

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:54:31 | More by barczar
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:26:01 | More by KYGunner
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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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