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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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4.56/5  rDev +54.6%

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

"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.

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Jadjunk, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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

IvanJ126, Aug 19, 2014
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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.