jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2013
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 (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2013
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 i’ve had i would say. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
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 Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
Draft - Huge grapefruit with a nice caramel backbone. Little beige heat and a clear copper. Lots of caramel and grapefruit, with a hint of the rye spice. More sweet than bitter but nice. GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Rated on notes from a tasting on 4 Jun 2013 -- Decent rye beer. I am a big fan of rye brews.
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Poured up on tap at the SweetWater Draft House ATL Airport - Terminal A with a gold body that supports an off white head of foam. The mild tumbler pour aroma offers up some grainy malts and then some nice spicy hoppiness. The taste has some malt sweetness, nice spicy hops and then a rye twang sort of feel. To midway it gets a bit floral here and there but the hop bitterness remains at a pleasing level. Into the finish I start to notice a light citrus candy sensation. Enjoyable product. devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle pours amber with white head. Aroma is nice fruity hops and light spicy rye. Taste is similar with a dry bitter finish. deyholla (12590) - 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 (9186) - 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 (1847) - 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.
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.