deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2012
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 (8880) - Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
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! ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Using rye in pale ales and IPAs is a fairly new trend in the American hoppy beer scene. It’s 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.
DialSquare (5102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
I received a 12oz bottle in trade with Ding. I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Orange colored body that’s quite hazy, though there’s no sediment in it. Forms an average size, white, frothy head which doesn’t 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, it’s thankfully not a rye bomb. It’s also not the absolute best rye IPA ever made, either. Not that it’s a bad beer, just a plain good one. It’s actually surprisingly mild considering the style. The brewer’s website indicates it’s only 45 IBUs which would make this closer to a pale ale than a proper IPA.
It’s 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. There’s a distinct sweetness to the palate that imparts a slight candy taste, but it’s a bit too short lived. It’s 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 you’ll find it’s 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 it’s light enough that it would work well with a meal or worth drinking a bottle or two on its own.
Think I’ve 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 (338) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Very nice beer. On tap at the brewery. Liked the hop presence and notes of spices and rye.
gerbewa (253) - - MAR 29, 2013
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 (1788) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
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. hman43 (1720) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
Strong aroma with many different smells present. Excellent taster, very flavorful with a strong malt flavor. It has a light, copper color. drfabulous (8221) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 26, 2013
12 ounce from Ale Yeah. Nice malty rye. Hoppy and slightly musty. Really clean body and very drinkable. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
From bottle. Medium fruity hop aroma and a little spicy rye character. Medium golden amber clear with mild haze, topped with rocky-foamy white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Solid IPA, mild malt sweetness with a light rye spicy note. Good fruity hop flavor with medium bitter finish and lingering bitter after.