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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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BA SCORE
70
okay

469 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 26.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 09-05-2010

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 469 | Reviews: 131
Photo of jemarent
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a balanced beer at all

Photo of BigJace21
3.79/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good not great. Looks nice, smells alright, tastes good. You can definitely taste the alcohol. Much better choices at better prices.

Photo of EMV
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had from bottle

L: Pours a medium semi translucent amber. Thick white head with decent lacing.

S: Hops forward, piney and floral. Bit of a vegetable flavor. Malts and alcohol both present.

T/F: Medium hops, good piney and citrus notes. A stronger malt presence than expected and definite alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation and a bit thick


O: A reasonably pleasant imperial IPA and better than its very low rating. It's nothing to compare to guys like Stone, Lagunitas, or Dogfish Head but it's at least passable. 10% ABV hides a lot of defincies and I'd drink it again... but not more than one in a session.

Photo of PjSchrull
1.87/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Too boozy, not enough substance

Photo of Stevedore
2.96/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with unknown date.

A- Light orange body, clear, one finger white head, minimal lacing and retention time.

S- Sweet caramel, and honestly that's about it.

F- A bit more of pineapple and tropical fruit, caramel and a bit of an alcohol burn. Very sweet beer with a big malty presence.

M- Medium bodied, slightly syrupy and resinous, otherwise decent carb, nothing special. Not as bitter as it is sweet.

O- Eh. Very sweet DIPA that seems to trend more on the American barleywine side. But even if I review it as a barleywine, it's quite pedestrian.

Photo of ZBowden
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear amber small white head, smells of alcohol slight malt not many hops, tastes boozy less hops than malt which is barely any, creamy mouthfeel clean finish.

Photo of TwBerk
3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer on draft and compared it to Cigar City Jai Alain out of a can and liked the Swamp better. However, I prefer double IPAs.

Photo of buckslayer50
1/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

God awful, tried it as an entrance to craft beer and almost turned me off completely. Now that I have tried other IPA's I know that it's just that this beer in particular is terrible and I shouldn't judge all IPA's off of it. Just a terrible beer, try for yourself if you wish but I would not recommend it.

Photo of Zach136
3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear light amber. Thin head.

Aroma: Big sugary sweet malt bill, medium intensity tropical fruit and pine hop character.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Some fruity hops and again a big caramelly malt bill. The smoked malt used really hits you in the finish. At first it adds a nice earthy quality and kind of rounds out the sweetness, but as it sits it get's this unbecoming band-aid quality and lingering cigarette-esque finish. Especially as it warms.

Photo of GatorCoop
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visiting Florida forn SoCal and tried this beer. Not bad but very strong.

Photo of Justinbshelton
2.27/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Way too sugary, sweet. Not much hop presence.

Photo of twitchasaurus
1.48/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Pretty gross aftertaste. Literally leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

Photo of Chrisbreeze
1.36/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is not borderline un-drinkable, it is un-drinkable. Hoppy-ness is lacking and the alcohol dominates. One of the few times I've actually poured a beer out.

Photo of EstefanJones
4.41/5  rDev +48%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big hippy flavor. Complex, with a bite.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Florida Beer Company "Swamp Ape Double India Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating but coded "14275"
$2.63 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Swamp Ape DIPA pours a very hazy deep golden body beneath a massive head of off-white foam that slowly settles to an 1/8" thick solid cap. The lacing is quite good as well. Subsequent pours, which rouse the lees from the bottom of the bottle, are quite cloudy with visible particulate in suspension.

The aroma is not nearly as strong as you might expect, but it does deliver some resinous and citrusy hops over a sweetish and bready malt base.

The first sip lets you know that it's a big beer because you can feel it in your mouth: it's full bodied and dextrinous. A moderate, very-fine bubbled carbonation leaves it creamy smooth.

Hops deliver in the flavor more than what they promise via the aroma, and it's loaded with sugary dried fruit, pineapple, orange, and pine resin. The malt is thick and rich, maintaining a straightforward grainy and biscuity character. The alcohol steps in and lends some spice, and in combination with a bold bitterness it finishes with some quickly fading residual malt followed by some longer-standing citrus pith, pine, and fruit.

If what you're looking for is an aggressive, strongly alcoholic, solidly bitter, and boldly hopped beer (at least for flavor), this might just be for you. Unfortunately, it is a little brutish (although that seems to work with the name pretty well). The aroma is dull, and the hop flavors are solid but not 'bright'; and with the alcohol coming through straight off the bat (and at only 10% !) it's more of a Mike Tyson than a Mohammed Ali - meaning that it hits hard but lacks finesse.

Photo of SomethingClever
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is an absolute booze bomb the taste of alcohol permeates and crushes all other flavors.

Photo of M_J_Z
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Tried a sample of this last night. Glad that I didn't get a whole one as I didn't enjoy it very much. You can see what the brewery was going for here, but this one needs a lot of work. The aroma was decent, but the taste, IMO, left a lot to be desired. The hoppiness and crispness weren't all that present and the aftertaste and mouthfeel were disappointing.

This has a lot of potential, but currently falls short of the higher-level double/imperial IPAs. I can see the brewery improving this beer eventually, but it also is entirely possible that this will remain below-average.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours a hazy orange color body with a foamy head.
Aroma has a grapefruit and pine to it.
taste is bitter hops upfront then followed by pine and then some malt
Mouthfeel is good and overall i enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Big_V
2/5  rDev -32.9%

A-Orange golden with minimal head
S-Floral with Citrus and Tropical fruits, Oranges
T-Brooze hit me right away followed by the sweetness, very off balanced. Does not taste like it smells. The hops were the last thing to hit me.
M-Medium bodied med carbonation smooth swallow
O-Glad I only bought a single. Can't remember the last time I poured a beer out but I had to drain pour this Ape back to the swamp it came from

Photo of CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Has a hazy orange, tangerine color with chunks of sediment floating around. Very thin, foamy head produced.

Aroma- Heavy on tart grapefruit, lime, and pine aromas. Sweet caramel malt hiding in the background too.

Taste- Big punch on bitterness upfront with pine and grapefruit flavors balanced with subtle cracker malt flavors. Towards the end it shows of it sweeter side with a smooth caramel malt and some lingering citrus hop flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied beer with a well balanced malt presence that coats the tongue but dissapates rather quickly. Not cloying or over malty by any means.

Overall- Tons of bitter hop flavors in this with grapefruit and pine really shining through. Not sure I'm drinking the same beer as everyone else, but there's no way this is a "poor" beer as the ratings would indicate. Maybe this has gone through a recipe change, but I notice a lot more positive reviews as of recent dates for this beer. If I lived in Florida I would definitely pick this up on occasion. A solid DIPA overall. (84/100)

Photo of cambabeer
3.01/5  rDev +1%

barely above average beer. The hops make the beer bearable, but the alcohol is really coming on strong, with some veggie malt flavors that are a little out of place. Not really feeling this one, but worth drinking.

Photo of Mikedive21
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Lt amber color-slight alcohol aroma. Not a bad IPA but was over-priced for a local brewery.

Photo of Jadjunk
3/5  rDev +0.7%

"What is a swamp ape? Firsthand accounts describe an intense beast with a potent aroma and bite. Proof that the elusive mystery monster exists? Or proof that brewing with five distinct varieties of hops creates an unbelievable, relentlessly hopped India Pale Ale? One taste and you'll know, Swamp Ape is real." Brewed year round, Swamp Ape is available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

Swamp ape pours a creamy frothed head of a milky white color over an orange amber body with what appears to be flecks of hops or large chunks of sediment in tow. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. The aroma is fairly simple with notes of lemon and citrus, grass and peppery herbs over a slightly grainy caramel and pale body for a modest potency. The flavor is a serious change for this beer, with a menacing hop bitterness and a very curious grainy caramel malt with a slight smoked fruitiness in the background. The hop flavor doesn't quite meet the level of bitterness and the malt profile is almost certainly going to offend more than it pleases although I find the overall flavor unique enough to maintain my interest. Fairly phenolic and medicinal, the alcohol just doesn't tuck itself away so well in this beer. The texture is oily, chewy, slightly grainy and faintly dry. The carbonation generates a light airiness for a subtle frothiness and mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is bitter and grainy over sweet. The alcohol presence is medium and off characters are minimal aside from some edginess from the grain profile. I think filing this beer under "poor" might be a bit harsh but there are certainly some issues in just how alcohol and bitter forward this beer is without balance. Perhaps my favorite thing is the very slight smoked fruitiness under the malt bill reminiscent of scotch ales or smoked ales, although I don't know if this was intended for the beer or if it was just a convenient and unique off-flavor. The hop profile is fairly bitter but not flavorful enough to justify or turn the quality of this beer around. Swamp Ape is not for everybody and even fans of the style itself should approach this beer with caution.

Florida Beer Company's
Swamp Ape IPA
3/5.00

Photo of IvanJ126
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Very bitter IPA not enough kick with the Hops expected a lot more

Photo of KYGunner
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is cloudy but as bright orange and Amber as the sunset in Florida. The foam atop was dense and thick, almost sticky, that left tons of lacing.

The aroma is malty, with some tangerines, apricot, fig and a strong alcohol like quality.

The flavor starts strong on the malt, with a barley grain malt, then turns to an apricot, pine, tangerine and Honey. Problem is you are bombarded with boozy alcohol.

The feel is thick and smooth for a time but the alcohol heat takes over the chest and palate.

I feel like this may be a good DIPA but the overwhelming alcohols ruin this at every turn.

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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.