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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
68
poor

343 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 28.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read the other reviews and had several of the Florida Beer Co.'s offerings over the years, dating back to the Ybor City days and Gaspar's Porter (nee Ale). Admittedly, the beers are not standouts but they seem solid MOR options with consistent quality. And they are fairly on-style (unlike Sam Adams). Well, we all have our opinions. Here's mine.

Arrives a clear golden color with a white head that has no real retention, just a ring of foam.
Smell is citrusy and piney hops notes with light malt and pepper flavors. Not a hop bomb, a more balanced mixture.
Taste is pine, malt, citrus, ginger and a sweetness reminiscent of cane sugar. The ginger note is unexpected but works for the style.
Full bodied with a medium plus carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering evergreen aspect to it. As expected for an IPA. I liked this beer and while I'm not a big fan of IPAs in general, I'm finding the Double/Imperial IPAs to be quite good. Having more to it than a dump truck load of hops is a good thing in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 15:15:45 | More by PorterLambic
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drennie321

Florida

3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +37%

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2/5  rDev -31.5%

06-21-2014 20:04:10 | More by RockinRich
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.06/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 18:52:46 | More by KYGunner
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MaxWildwood

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

06-17-2014 13:45:25 | More by MaxWildwood
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Washington

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-13-2014 20:49:17 | More by Zachtheporter
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2/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-26-2014 16:46:34 | More by ccurrid
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Boone757

Maryland

3/5  rDev +2.7%

05-25-2014 20:24:41 | More by Boone757
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nickmantia

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Murky with a reddish orange tint

Smell: Very sweet; caramel tones, but sugar overpowers the nose

Taste: I found this very hard to get past the overwhelming sense of sweetness here. For a double IPA, this has an abundance of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation; medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I was not a fan of this beer. I took a few sips and ended up pouring this down the drain. Some may like the sugary overtones; I was hoping for something with a better hop backbone to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 15:42:30 | More by nickmantia
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Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
68 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.