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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 27.8%
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 gillagorilla:
Photo of gillagorilla
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: A quite cloudy copper color with a thick head that diminishes quickly and leaves a thin coating of tiny bubbles. The lacing is excellent though.

S: It is a mainly citrus smell that has something I can't quite place my finger on. It smells of overripe fruit. The smell is quite sweet.

T: It tastes of heavy and thick resin that coats your mouth. There are no citrus notes that I can detect. The taste is very straightforward and of a single note that is lacking in complexity. The resinous pine is very overpowering and all consuming.The aftertaste is that of pines and resin though, that clashes with the smell.

M: The mouthfeel is not my favorite, it is quite thick and viscous.

O: I'm not too sure of the date, but I am pretty sure it is quite fresh. It is decent but not too good either. The taste and mouthfeel are too heavy and thick.

gillagorilla, Apr 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

RoyalT, May 18, 2014
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +35.6%

Zakk, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Everything_Belgium
4.03/5  rDev +36.6%

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.

Everything_Belgium, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +35.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ccurrid
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

ccurrid, May 26, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

ryser2k, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of danpam1024
4/5  rDev +35.6%

danpam1024, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%

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!

Beer21, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +44.1%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

LXIXME, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of psykad
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

psykad, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Dantheman89
4/5  rDev +35.6%

Dantheman89, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

dcbeers, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev +35.6%

Dawkins, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of twizzard
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

twizzard, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Lutter
1.27/5  rDev -56.9%

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.

Lutter, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of KenC
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

KenC, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of MaxWildwood
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

MaxWildwood, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

secondtooth, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of riktronics
2/5  rDev -32.2%

riktronics, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%

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!

cjgator3, Mar 16, 2011
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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
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