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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
sweetwaterbrew.com

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:
527
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
28.19%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 527
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 superdedooperboy
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful clear, deep golden hue with a slight tinge of copper peeking through. A thick head of froth rises forth and reaches its plateau at a finger-and-a-half, slowly falling away to leave a fat crown. The foam clings mightily to the walls of the glass as it recedes, leaving behind a gorgeous patchy latticework.

The bouquet is, somewhat surprisingly, not as strong as the brewery's standard rye-less offering, but is still rich with citrusy notes of grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and tangerine.

Smooth on the palate with a moderately light level of carbonation. A touch of malt sweetness opens up in the front, a touch honey-like and sliding into a bit of a biscuity character. The sweetish malt notes are quickly overthrown mid-palate by a combination of bitter, citrusy hop notes and a spicy, grainy character from the hefty dose of rye. Hints of orange zest and grapefruit surround the edges of the tongue and mingle with toasty rye bread. The beer finishes very dry, with a lingering essence of grapefruit rind.

It's difficult to discern whether there is more or less complexity here relative to this brew's bigger, barley-only brother, but it is safe to say that the combination of spicy rye with citrusy hops and a super-dry finish leave this one super-drinkable beer, and the half-percent less alcohol content means more drinkability as well. Certainly an excellent new year-round offering, and one that easily blows another Georgia brewery's big rye offering out of the water.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a chill hazed burnt orange with a frothy halfinger white head that left some broken lace as it settled.Aromas are pleasant enough but a little subdued,I pick up some orange and lemon notes along with some caramel/toffee.Bright and fresh citric hops on the palate over top of a sweet toffee that really stands out in the finish,the rye provides a litle sharpness but doesn't seem to play a huge role.A pretty good rye ipa it's got a real fresh citrusy flavor profile wich I liked.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of their 12 pack combo. Pours an okay size head. Color is a kind of a darker yellow, what I would expect when I think of rye. I 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 decent. Overall I like this offering and think its the best of their 12 pack combo. One can taste the Sweetwater IPA backbone and because I like rye I'm really diggin this.

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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 wedge
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best if Enjoyed By: 01/07/13

Pure gold covered with a bubbly, milky looking head. Orange and grapefruit hops comprise most of the aroma along with some earthy spice and floral notes. The flavor is more of the same, but with a stronger earthy component. Tangerine, fresh floral hops, light lemon zest, subtle cereal grain, some pine sap in the end...nothing explicitly rye-like. Medium bodied and decently crisp with some texture in the mouthfeel. Pleasant all-around, though I can't imagine ever reaching over their standard IPA for this.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of busterwhite
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a 1 finger head. A small amoount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and malt, not too strong of an aroma, but pleasant.

Grapefruit and citrus bitterness up front follow by a strong malt presence. The rye gives the malt flavor a little spiciness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a solid IPA, glad its year round. I still like their regular IPA better, but this will be in the fridge often.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of zac16125
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 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 Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of csparace
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange yellow with a thumb sized cream colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice malt, spicy rye notes, good citrus hit orange and lemon light minty hints.

Taste is like the nose malt backbone with good spicy rye notes that blend well with the citrus hops. Orange tangerine with hints of mint and lemon that linger into finish with minty/rye notes kind of take over.

Mouthfeel around medium with medium level of carbonation.

Overall pretty decent as I find rye goes well with hops. Not the best rye out there but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Would say overall I would pick this one up again for a change.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, rye, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong rye, citrus hops, slight floral notes, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, refreshing, fruity, and noticeable rye.

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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 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 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 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 TheMarkE
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Different. The peppery rye and floral hops are well balanced, as are the sweetness and bitterness. Not one of their best, but it continues to grow on me the more I drink it. The 6.2% ABV probably helps.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Orange amber, some particulate, perfect lacing

SMELL: Fresh orange zest, spicy, slightly estery, faint caramel, juicy, grainy

TASTE: Crisp & smooth, medium bodied, floral, spicy rye, hop bitterness, orange peel, dried grass, grainy, faint broth, minty, drying grainy hoppy finish

Tasty all around, good for one but I'd not sure if I could go for a second right away though that does not mean I would not want to go back to the brew. Good use of rye and the hoppiness is pretty wild.

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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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Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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