Sweetwater “LowRYEder IPA”
This IPA will mark my first brew from Georgia. It’s backed by 25% rye to spice things a bit, adding a grainy nuance. Things open up with pale malt and heavily citric lemon rind and grapefruit hops, then transition into mild pine and semi-spicy rye. Orange peel, grass clippings, and mint fill in the details. Bitterness is maintained, so drinkability is benefited and there’s still enough to carry through after the finish. Malt and hops are just about equal, though I find it under-hopped for my taste. A sharp carbonation hits right in sync with the moment hops hit the palate.
Overall, it’s pretty straightforward, and the rye and hop loads aren’t quite significant enough to make an impact. It just ends up tasting like a grapefruit rind IPA with a pine twist. If the label didn’t indicate rye you wouldn’t be likely to notice it, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t well-integrated. It’s not bad, but also not quite recommended.
Grains: 2 Row, Rye Malt, CaraRye, Rye Flakes, Munich
Hops: Columbus, Mt Hood, Centennial