Bronzan (121) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crisp and hoppy. A real nice beer. Going off my abbreviated notes from my time in Augusta, GA. Iím becoming a big fan of rye IPAs.
DialSquare (2211) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Think Iíve had this on tap somewhere along the way, but no rating, so here we are: 12oz bottle from Publix. Golden pour with a thin off-white. Aroma is light rye and citrus. Tastes are orange, lemon, bready, rye, caramel, little pepper. Finishes grapefruit bitter and dry. Good balance - drinkable.
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice spicy dark rye iPa. Very dry. Perhaps could use a dash of sweetness to balance the dry spicy rye which is very prevalent. But Iím not complaining nice full bodied iPa that isnít too heavy. Good damn beer.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange from the bottle with fluffy off-white head and great lacing. Aroma of citrus from the hops and faint spiciness from the rye. Taste follows, with a bitter finish and a lasting herbal note. Well balanced, solid beer.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. pours a hazy orange with a white head. citrus hop forward nose with a lot of rye spiciness. med body with more citrus hop flavors and some herbal notes from the rye. bitter finish with brilliant citrus notes.
Jabic (372) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Fresh grapefruit rind, some orange pith, and some toasty malt.
Ap: Orange, slightly hazy - small off-white head with moderate retention, leaving a ring of foam and some sudsy lacing.
T: Smooth and juicy citrus up front, mixes with some spicy malt - medium-sweet - bitterness is earthy and citrusy, medium-high, and builds up - finish is citrus and a hint of light caramel.
P: Medium body, oily and smooth - medium-high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Tasty rye IPA - the rye adds some great spicy notes and really seems to come through in the mouthfeel - citrus hops are nice and fresh and round out the beer nicely.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a white head. Spicy rye aroma and taste. Crisp palate. Decent.
queenholly (2566) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Suttree. Citrus / floral hops, mango, and light caramel aroma. Hazy honey gold with a large off-white head. Citrus/floral hops, mango, light rye spice, sweet malt flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Using rye in pale ales and IPAs is a fairly new trend in the American hoppy beer scene. Itís definitely a finesse job for brewers to make the synergy of the spicy dryness from the rye, the citrus bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malts all work together. Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA is a good example of how these flavors really can work so well together.
I received a 12oz bottle in trade with Ding. I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Orange colored body thatís quite hazy, though thereís no sediment in it. Forms an average size, white, frothy head which doesnít completely dissipate and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Orange juice concentrate plus and underlying rye bread scent.
Taste: While Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA does make good use of its rye character, itís thankfully not a rye bomb. Itís also not the absolute best rye IPA ever made, either. Not that itís a bad beer, just a plain good one. Itís actually surprisingly mild considering the style. The brewerís website indicates itís only 45 IBUs which would make this closer to a pale ale than a proper IPA.
Itís a bit mild up front, at least after the first few swigs. Light orange candy flavor followed by dry bitterness and a bite of rye spice just as it finishes. I do enjoy how the flavors work together, though. Thereís a distinct sweetness to the palate that imparts a slight candy taste, but itís a bit too short lived. Itís a tasty palate to be sure, but a rather dry and mild one. Perhaps opting for more of a juicy citrus taste rather than sheer dryness would make it even more delectable.
Drinkability: If you approach this as a pale ale youíll find itís as drinkable as a pale ale. The mouthfeel is medium, fairly comfortable, and not over carbonated. Despite the noticeable dry bitterness the aftertaste is on the cleaner side with just the faintest trace of starch. At 6.2% ABV Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA has as much flavor as possible from this body, and itís light enough that it would work well with a meal or worth drinking a bottle or two on its own.
rdixon77 (409) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting little beer with definite rye and citrus characteristics as advertised. Clear orange pour. Peppery and orange aroma. The taste follows and is well balanced between the hops and the rye (a little spicy). Very very smooth on the palate and drinkable. Good stuff.