Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company
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Reviews by ajpadre:
3.83/5 rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I gotta say I was surprised by the negative reviews when I visited BeerAdvocate because usually my taste buds are spot on with the majority of BeerAdvocate users.
I'm originally from SoCal, so the higher the ABV and the more bitter the better. And I gotta say this is my favorite Florida brew.
The color is a nice cloudy orange, nothing too out of the ordinary.
The nose is lacking somewhat, you expect it too be a flop immediately out of the gate.
The taste though I love. It has a great silky texture that compliments the bitter after taste. Could use a bit more of the roasted malt up front but still a pleasant light front. It is more chewy than the other Florida beers I have had, which is probably why I like it. The back end is a typical ipa with not too complicated flavors, a little citrus, a little pine. But enough to balance with the high ABV.
The finish is not dry at all, leaves your palate coated with a nice array of hop flavors. The flavor stays in your mouth for a while.
I enjoyed this beer very much. I have no idea how long its been in the keg at HopJacks, and the east coast isn't too friendly to DIPAs so it may have had some time to mature. But all and all I thought it was a solid brew.
Serving type: on-tap
03-21-2013 15:26:32 | More by ajpadre
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3.06/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 18:52:46 | More by KYGunner
2.68/5 rDev -8.5%
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
3.23/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 01:27:54 | More by RoyalT
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.