SweetWater Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,297
Ranked #37,868
3.72 | pDev: 10.48%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 545 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by barczar:
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barczar from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Aug 11, 2013
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Durge from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Jan 27, 2013
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CitizenGrain from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jan 29, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Apr 04, 2014
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Tpitty23 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Jun 13, 2014
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dalepryor from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

May 11, 2013
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Iparedman from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Nov 01, 2014
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Amalak from New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jul 21, 2013
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fredmugs from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Apr 02, 2014
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animal69 from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 25, 2013
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Keith_R from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Sep 02, 2012
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sliverX from S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Dec 24, 2012
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DerekCarruth from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Sep 25, 2014
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 02, 2012
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BigDaddyJohn from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Aug 18, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with some slightly stronger aromas of citrus/orange and herbal/floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of pale + caramel malts along with moderate flavors of rye - there is a nice spicy element to the upfront flavors of this beer. Just a touch of sweetness in the malts. That is followed by some light to moderate flavors of herbal and citrus/orange rind hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness but it fades rather quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth upfront with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable but the combination of the rye spiciness and bitter hops make this one that I probably would only have a single of in a session. It is definitely beer I would have again but is a little more intense than easy drinking.

Mar 31, 2013
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Dirtinabottle from New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Jun 09, 2013
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jan 07, 2013
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brewdude1982 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 03, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Nov 22, 2012
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bigbutter from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jun 15, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Oct 22, 2012
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crownrl28 from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 08, 2012
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Chrash16 from Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Aug 18, 2013
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slipangle from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Feb 03, 2013
LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 545 ratings