Sweetwater Brewing Co. LowRYEder IPA

I am assuming that this is a re-birth of the Crank Tank Rye’d Ale from the fall of 2010.

I’ve got to be honest right off the bat here, I generally do NOT like rye beers. The harsh, bitter, peppery notes that the spice delivers is usually not to my taste at all, and their brash nature seldom sits well with me. Having said that, this I quite enjoyed. How so?

For a start the beer looks good. There’s an attractive, golden pour with a well, carbonated, ‘fresh’ look about it. Lively and vibrant in the glass, the white head contrasts nicely with the shimmering body. The beer leaves some lingering head and some better than average lace.

The nose and tastes do NOT bring a big barrage of rye. This is much more important in the tastes for me, since a bitter, dry and pepper assault on my taste buds is not welcome when it comes to rye beers. Of course there is a decent bitterness about the beer, but to me it feels much more like an American hop element than anything brought specifically by the rye.

There’s a decent malt presence too, and the combination of the lack of specific rye pepper and the sweetness in the background produces a beer for me that is much more like a traditional, American IPA than anything else. To be fair, Sweetwater IS calling this LowRYEder ‘IPA’, so I suppose they’ve got the beer right!

A nice, smooth creaminess in the mouth, again likely as a result of the rye element.

In short, I enjoyed it a LOT more than I thought I would. It drinks easily, fresh and cleanly, and those attributes give the beer a crisp and bright feel. There are some sharp lines around the beer and the rye frames the hop bitterness nicely. This is somewhat unusual I feel, as for me the rye takes a back seat and the beer is better for it. Well defined and brisk. Tasty, and welcome in the warm Atlanta summer that is cranking up.

1 Comment

  1. Conor

    Well stated. Felt more like a straightforward American IPA to me. And a pretty good one at that.

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06/13/2012
Style:
Rye Beer
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 6.2 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Smell: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
Total:
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1 Comment

  1. Conor

    Well stated. Felt more like a straightforward American IPA to me. And a pretty good one at that.

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