Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPASweetwater LowRYEder IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dpodratsky3 on 06-26-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
524
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
28.19%
 
 
Wants:
16
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66
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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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 EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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 se├▒oritas 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 Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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 ale1
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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 dvmin98
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours golden-orange, slightly hazy with a small creamy white head that has great retention and some solid lacing down the entire glass

S- citrus zest, orange juice, grassy, earthy, sweet bready malt and a spicy rye kick at the end

T- orange citrus hop with some earthy, almost vegital notes mid-palate, herbal and grainy, lemony citrus linger on the the finish with some spicy grainy rye

M- medium body, medium-high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- not as hoppy as one would expect from an IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless. The rye copmpliments nicely without overpowering.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium tulip

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a one finger pure white head that fades quickly and leaves a solid trace of white. Looks great

S- a little bit of rye and some tropical fruit. Solid albeit unspectacular

T- the rye punches you early on, and the finish is the juicy tropical fruit coming through.

M- medium bodied. Solid average

O- good beer. I liked the Crank Tank Rye much more, though

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Ryan011235
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rockmill tulip on 3/25/13

Best if enjoyed by: 04/18/13

This is lighter in color than I was expecting; a softer shade of honey gold. The beer sits clear with one thumb of sticky foam atop. Ample gobby lace.

Really nice play between the hops and rye; deep citric tones (tangerine, orange marmalade and peach) are paired with lively pine and rye. Semi-doughy biscuit notes as well.

The hops and rye kick even more come sippin' time; resinous, bitter pine and crackling grapefruit rake from the tip of the tongue on back. Rye is a willing participant in such a raucous foray. Floral sweet and tropical peach hops linger, calming the toasty finish.

The medium-light body and carbonation a-plenty add to the chaotic aspects of the beer. Oh, and what wonderful chaotic aspects they are.

LowRyeDer is legit. I picked up but one single. I should have bought a whole six pack. One of the best Sweetwater 12 ouncers I've had - it easily rivals SIPA.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a slightly hazy copper pour with a finger of white head, nice retention. smells of grapefruit, pine, caramel. a nice citrus hop profile, piney bitterness, earthy notes, a nice sweet malty profile. medium body with high carbonation makes his a very refreshing drink. a crisp and refreshingly flavorful hoppy ipa. not the best rye ipa i've had, but one of the better ones.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 AmitC
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A nice pale orange color. One finger thick off white colored head with decent retention. Excellent lacing. Hazy appearance. Juicy. one or two bubbles seen going up. Opaque.

Aroma is bursting with some citrus flavors - orange peel and grape fruit. A mix of malts and centennial hops create a nice earthy touch along with creating good aromatics. Strength is good. No booze and nice sessionable touch with a good amount of orange feel. A little hint of rye in middle of all that.

Flavors are equally good. Zesty filled with sap kind of flavor that seeps in slowly giving the taste of dry hopped brew. Orange peel, grapefruit and a complex citrus variety. Upfront is a mix of malty and aromatic flavor with the end as a nice and well balanced rye IPA. Rye bitterness and hop bitterness is well hidden. Finish is a lot pale ale like with very slight bitterness. In fact malt does an extremely good job of not dominating but suppressing all the bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium light bodied. Moderate to low carbonation. Easy to drink and with no astringency.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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 smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Starts with a fluffy, large-bubbled head, settling very slowly. It leaves some chunky lace throughout the tasting. The liquid is dirty gold and hazy.

The dryness of the Rye really shows up in the smell. There's no sweetness to the nose. It seems like this sucks up all of the potential floral hop aroma that might exist. It's pleasant but not IPA-like.

Good dry malt start. Almost lip puckering. The hop is far more pronounced on the tongue, coming across like white pepper. The aftertaste is a continuation of these two elements, providing good lingering flavor. The body is above average in richness. The carbonation is appropriate.

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Photo of unskinnyhop09
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter. The body is clear and brassy, and the half inch creamy head fell to a thin skim and like all good IPA's hung on tenaciously.
The aroma is heavy with pine, like a fresh Christmas tree in a small room. I'm picking up a some grapefruit, orange, and lemon notes as well of course--and all of this is drenched in a subterranean deep rich caramel. Sublime.
The taste doesn't venture too from what your schnoz already told you to expect, thankfully. The spicy peppery rye adds to the whole mix in a winning way and the Mt Hood along with the Centennial hops make for a great combo.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall this has to be one of my favorite rye IPA's. Anyone in or around Georgia should pick up a 6-pack or two.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured slightly hazy and golden. A small white head with minimal lacing. Aroma is tangerine and sweet orange on a soda cracker. Flavor does have a touch of spice on the finish with some grain and caramel malt mid palate. This drink works its way from the nose to the front of the tongue and back through the back of your throat in a deliberate and tasty fashion. The rye is unmistakeable and mutes the bitterness, smoothing out the finish as well. A tasty and highly drinkable brew. Medium texture with average carbonation.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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