Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

511 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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:
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(Beer added by: dpodratsky3 on 06-26-2012)
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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

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.