jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours an attractive golden color with a thin white head. Nice fresh hop resin nose with some grainy notes. Strong malt sweetness with tons of orange peel, candied grapefruit rind and tangerine hoppiness. Well balanced with a strong rye grain influence. This is a tasty beer.
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden pour with decent near white head. Bottle is a few months past its prime, but still pretty damn solid. Sweet, grapefruity citrus nose and flavor. Some lemongrass bitterness on the tail. The spiciness of the rye has faded, but it is still there. One of the better rye beers iíve had i would say.
ross (2026) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours just like the picture. Smell is hoppy and fruity. Grassy notes, similar to an ipa. Tastes sweet, hoppy, bold, and full of rye. Pretty easy to drink. Good stuff that is in my standard rotation
deyholla (5844) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Taco Mac Marietta. Pours a clear amber orange with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has has a note of citrus with a hint of bitter grapefruit backed by sweet grains and rye. Flavor has more of a sweet grain note with citrus and rye that grow throughout.
drowland (5890) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/2/12. 12oz bottle from Five Points. Clear orange amber pour with a really nice khaki head that cuts to a film but laces quite well. Nice fresh, floral hop aspect with plenty of citrus and a touch of sweet caramel and spiciness. Light body, but a good amount of flavor, including caramel, pale malts, and plenty of bold citrus hop character - definitely lingering grapefruit. Not bad!
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.
DialSquare (2206) - 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.
jackfrost9p (218) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer. On tap at the brewery. Liked the hop presence and notes of spices and rye.
gerbewa (195) - - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 This is an OK ipa but is easily drinkable. Did not think it had enough body and there was a serious lack of hop bitterness and aroma. Overall a good beer but easily forgettable.
BMMillsy (1094) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer of the month club bottle. Pours cloudy light orange with a tiny white head. Aroma of orange peel, honey, pine, and a hint of spice. Flavor is strong orange zest with a spicy rye tone. Some nice bitter bite, and dry rye finish. Light mouthfeel and pretty drinkable as I have found with other Sweetwater pales. Good beer.