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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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369 Ratings

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 27.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 09-05-2010)
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Reviews by Pintofbrown:
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%

Had this in a Becker pint glass. Thanks to Hawkeyenation for the try. Sweet bottle art too!

Glowing golden body with orange tinted highlights. The head is puffy and white, at least a finger's-width, good retention too!

Lots of sweet malt on the nose with a big dose of booziness. The hops come off as honey drenched orange and slightly herbal. Already starting to get messy.

The palate has a muddled and sweet maltiness with a decent bitter bite in the finish that is a little resiny. The hops are more herbaceous with just a hint of that same sweet blood orange flavor. This is so boozy there is almost a white grape like note to the finish. Just...entirely too boozy and sweet. for a DIPA.

The beer has a light-medium body and is a little more crisp than dry. Also appreciate a bit of watery run over the tongue. It would be nice if that cloying, grape-like finish did not stick around so long.

Swamp Ape is a sweet and boozy mess of a DIPA. There is really no reason to search this one out, unless you are a label art collector, then I would pick up a bottle of this. Otherwise, there are far too many other good beers to drink.

01-06-2014 12:49:32 | More by Pintofbrown
More User Reviews:
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3.23/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance – This is a nice, murky, orange in color with a modest head.

Smell – The malts are sickly sweet at the nose with some rich caramel mixed with stiff orange rind and light pine. The hops are actually pretty substantial here but they are dwarfed by the sweetish malts and easy to overlook.

Taste – The monster sugary malt hits hard at the taste. I get some cane sugar now with enough sweetness to cause a “sour face.” The “three Cs” are out in force here as well.

Mouthfeel – This is huge, almost full-bodied, with some bittering that would be harsh but again with the sugars it’s all evened out. Carbonation is wanting, however.

Drinkability – I didn’t care much for this beer but for different reasons than most of the other reviews. Everyone is complaining about the sweetness, but this is a local preference so I wasn’t bothered much by the huge sugars. The lack of bitterness and carbonation was the problem for me. Obviously you don’t want your DIPA bubbling like Alka-Seltzer, but this was almost flat and for all the hops lacked that bitter aftertaste characteristic of more sophisticated efforts at the style.

05-18-2014 01:27:54 | More by RoyalT
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

05-03-2014 18:22:30 | More by Hoppin_mad
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

06-14-2012 19:08:45 | More by Zakk
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2.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

The head reaches high off a moderate pour; retention is great as well, as is the pale amber clarity of the brew. Pungent, hoppy nose meets a big twang of estery alcohol. Smooth, creamy and a little bitty. The alcohol and hop pro- files are a one-two punch to the palate. Some toasted grain comes through, but the sweet fruity and peppery alcohol esters push it aside. Hop bitterness is a little pungent with a thick, leafy, herbal tone that casts some citric and mint on the taste buds. Esters and a veggie-like hop cling on and make the beer a bit of a chore to drink. Not half bad.

02-04-2011 02:15:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Everything_Belgium


4.03/5  rDev +37.1%

I'm not sure about the negative reviews here. I thought this beer was very good. Very nice balance of taste and smell. It leaves a nice hoppy smooth aftertaste. I like a little bit of alcohol bite and this has that. Of course it doesn't compare to a Dogfish Head 120, but what does? Definitely worth a try. I would buy again and again.

My review is a nice smooth IPA which is easy to drink and would match well with any meal or any occasion.

02-10-2014 17:27:09 | More by Everything_Belgium
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

01-08-2013 03:07:53 | More by iemailjack
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

05-26-2014 16:46:34 | More by ccurrid
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3/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2013 09:21:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

02-16-2013 14:55:18 | More by ryser2k
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

10-31-2012 23:09:39 | More by danpam1024
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3.7/5  rDev +25.9%

Appearance - This beer is average in carbonation and somewhat light for a typical IPA. It is clear with minimal to no head.

Smell - It has an overall sweet smell with minimal hop aroma. The degree of hops is less than I was expecting.

Taste - This is a sweet IPA that has a little hops flavor. It seems to be more pale ale and less india to me, however I do like it. It is good for being 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel - This is a light IPA with a smooth consistency.

Overall - This is a good beer overall, but I have had better. I would rank it as an average IPA, and it is quite strong. A feature that I like! I am from Florida and will support this beer. However I have heard that the Florida bigfoot is know as a skunk ape, not swamp ape. Bottoms up!

12-13-2011 03:03:52 | More by Beer21
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4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

02-26-2014 23:15:48 | More by JIMTRK16
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +19%

12-15-2013 23:44:51 | More by LXIXME
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

12-25-2012 19:11:26 | More by psykad
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

08-18-2014 16:25:25 | More by Dantheman89
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District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-04-2013 19:05:04 | More by dcbeers
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

11-12-2013 00:55:44 | More by Dawkins
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-31-2014 22:44:36 | More by twizzard
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1.27/5  rDev -56.8%

Brought some of this back from Florida after visiting the 'rents a week ago.

I've had two out of the four bottles I brought home with me and have been trying to put my finger on the taste...

It pours a light amber, very clear. The smell is sickeningly sweet like a cheap High Gravity Ale with a big malt wiff on the tail end... I smell no hops.

It tastes like it smells... it tastes almost exactly like Hurricane HGA. It's honestly gross.

It will howecer get you buzzed after 1 bottle. But there are cheaper ways of doing that, honestly. Steer clear. Blech

Edit: I should add that Papa Lutter says its much better on draft... for what its worth.

11-16-2011 08:50:21 | More by Lutter
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-08-2013 23:35:08 | More by KenC
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

06-17-2014 13:45:25 | More by MaxWildwood
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3.73/5  rDev +26.9%

Pours a crystal-clear amber in color, with a huge head of off-white bubbles. Big. loopy lace.

Aroma is potent, herbal, oily hops. I get citrus, pine, and tropical fruit notes. Very very nice.

Taste is more strong hops -- big assault of oily, acidic hop goodness, but it's all tempered by a substantial malt profile. The big 10% ABV isn't immediately noticeable, though the body here does seem heavy. The finish concludes with a lingering hops bitterness.

This is a tasty, balanced (despite the big hops bite), and deceptively drinkable imperial IPA.

06-06-2013 14:11:21 | More by secondtooth
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2/5  rDev -32%

10-25-2013 05:11:22 | More by riktronics
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3.78/5  rDev +28.6%

12oz bottle

A- Pours clear copper color with a nice off-white head.

S-The aroma is has a good dose of malt, more balanced than expected. Sweet malt and hints of caramel are in the nose with some citrus from the hops and some alcohol as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet and malty up front with some bitterness from the hops in the finish and some warming from the alcohol as well. This is a nice, well balanced IPA. Not sure why there are some of the really harsh reviews.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA in my book. It's not a world changing beer by any means, but a nice solid beer that I enjoyed. Recommended!

03-16-2011 03:19:01 | More by cjgator3
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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.