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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

404 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%


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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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2012 21:48:10 | More by TheSeeker61
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -2.4%
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 +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +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 +6.2%
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 +3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -1.3%
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 +4.3%
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 -1.1%
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 -5.9%
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 +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:26:01 | More by KYGunner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 05:18:48 | More by BEERchitect
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 04:24:55 | More by BeerDocT
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Amalak

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:38:41 | More by Amalak
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RickS95

Indiana

3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:19:53 | More by RickS95
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ale1

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 03:11:03 | More by ale1
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:39:20 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 23:05:01 | More by dvmin98
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:12:54 | More by CampusCrew
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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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