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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
69
poor

345 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 28.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | 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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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

09-27-2012 00:06:55 | More by t0rin0
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: Smells like a barley lollypop with a bitter edge

Taste: Candy-sweet on the front end with a growing bitterness that builds both before and after the swallow; no citrus or pine - just bitterness; the finish, however, has a lot of residual sweetness; overall, a boozy mess

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit slick with a lot of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Recent reviews being more encouraging about this beer, I wanted to see what the fuss was about and after two or three sips I have made my determination and am done; no need to ever come back to this again

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:23:56 | More by brentk56
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womencantsail

California

2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a very clear golden orange color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Much sweeter than expected. Most of the aroma is reminiscent of sugar and candy. Some light fruitiness, maybe some grass. Not much hop aroma, though.

T: Very minimally bitter. Intensely sweet. Sugary and candy-like without much balance or depth to the flavor. No real hop flavor to this beer either.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: It could be worse, but there's really just very little going on other than the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:38:28 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev +2.4%

11-16-2013 04:58:14 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Single finger foamy head. clear amber with golden hues.

S: Sweet, grapefruit, little hops.

T: Very malty and piney but where are the hops? The initial taste hits hard. Some what bitter with some citrus and caramel at the end that drops off rapidly. It almost finishes like a whiskey but not as tart.

M: Moderate carbonation. Medium to Full bodied.

Overall: I can get why so many posts gripe about this beer. Its unique but a poor representative of its genre.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 06:36:21 | More by kylehay2004
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zeff80

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and piney. Not alot of depth here.

T - Spicy and little hot with some strong pine notes. Good roasted malt flavor, but the hop bite seems unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a hot alcohol punch.

O - This is an okay Double IPA. I feels like it need more balance to be good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 02:54:00 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of dense, white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head has good staying power and it leaves moderate lace as it settles.

S - Sweet, caramel malt with some brown sugar and sweaty orange flavored hops.

T - Thick, dark caramel malt up front with notes of molasses and toffee. Some pine and grapefruit hops come out in the middle with more dark malt that brings up spicy, mustard like notes in the hop profile. Things finish up with more spicy hops and caramel malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty nice, if unremarkable, east coast IPA. The hop aroma is pretty well put together, and the malt more than keeps up with it. There is a lot of sugar character in the flavor profile with an intense caramel note. The finish has just enough bitterness to keep it balanced while the spicy hops match the toffee. I would like to see more hop character for a DIPA, but its pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 06:10:04 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Obscure Florida brew courtesy of Beerlando. Batch 0001?, served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with half-finger of white foam that settles to a thin ring and a few patches of bubbles on top, but negligible lacing. Transparent golden body. that is pretty attractive.

S - Booze, apples, dorm carpet, some mild vomit. Not much in the way of hops here. Pretty dismal.

T - Taste is slightly better than the aroma, with cookie, lightly browned sugar, and a strange mid-palate astringency. Still pretty bad, and still very little in the way of hops.

M - Soft texture, medium body, lower carbonation - drinks smaller than the listed 10%, although there is a bit of warming after a few ounces. Not as bad as the rest of the brew.

D - This is just not very good. Did this really need to be 10% - the bottle calls it an IPA (and not Imperial or Double) which implies these guys don't really know what they are doing. In any case it'd be a struggle to finish 12oz of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:31:44 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a DIPA? I am not afraid to admit that I only drank this because of the label. Badass, I hope the picture gets posted soon.

Beer is copper with almost no head, carbonation low, no lacing.

Aroma is mildly hoppy with a lot of caramel malt character. IPA...really?

Beer is really sweet and boozy, mild hop presence but ultimately it falls flat. It's pretty not good for an IPA. I wouldn't have it again, unless they come up with an even cooler label.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 20:18:52 | More by drabmuh
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle at Riverside Market Cafe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Copper colored pour, clear, with a thin white cap that mostly dissipated, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty strange, sweet malts, caramel apple, overripe melons, not much in the way of fresh hops. The taste reflected the nose. There was something off here. There was a bit of piney hop bitterness, but it hovered in the background, never really coming out as it should (considering it's supposed to be an IPA), caramel malts and more overripe fruit sweetness, with a bit of booze, though no real heat was felt from the higher ABV level. About medium in body, awkward and sticky, not undrinkable, but not really what I'm looking for in any kind of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 21:21:48 | More by Rifugium
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beernads

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

06-03-2013 17:21:39 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +2.4%

11-04-2013 02:40:42 | More by weeare138
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

08-09-2013 05:35:03 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +2.4%

10-30-2013 19:39:23 | More by InspectorBob
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a clear color of light orange. A finger of white froth sits atop the brew and quickly recedes down to a thin film. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top and a light swirl agitates a few bubbles out of solution. As sips are taken some small spots of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes some mellow fruity hops that have a bit of citrus inclusion somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit and other citrus zests. A bit of mellon character exists through the middle as well as a bit of dank character emerges and mixes with a bit of stinky almost cheesy grain inclusion. More smells reveal some solid alcohol character that is lightly solvent that has some acetone. This is one of those brew that doesn't smell too bad while it is cold but as it warms up it turns.

The taste is as much hoppy as it is grainy. Hops are present with a flavor that is lightly pine-like and cheesy character is present with a musty grain inclusion. The alcohol is quite bold and solvent and imparts a bit of plastic character that gets increasingly noticeable as the brew warms up. The aftertaste is primarily plastic and solvent alcohol which just isn't that enjoyable.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel and the alcohol, while not as aggressive as some at this level, is still noticeable for double-digits. Overall I felt like this brew needs some work. It has some nice points about it but the plastic character has got to go.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:02:00 | More by stakem
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For some reason. my wife brought me one of these home from Tampa. I would have preferred something from Cigar City, but so be it. This is a throw away beer for me. Why would I bother to drink this- at 10% yet- with so many good beers out there. It's overly sweet and grainy and with a chemical aftertaste, and raw alcohol comes through quite strongly. No thanks,

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:01:11 | More by Georgiabeer
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev +2.4%

05-27-2012 03:50:51 | More by rab53
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smakawhat

Maryland

3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice colorful orange amber body, quite crystal clear also, just some faint haze, but a creamy and very even off white head that barley makes three fingers and settles into a one finger cap with some ring lacing. Pretty nice looking.

Nose is weak. Mild malt backbone but not much of a hop presence here. Nothing faulty or offensive, just a hint of juicy citrus but really reaching.

Taste is just weird. I don't know how else to describe it. Strangely malt forward with neither a hop action, but a thick sugary syrup maple sweetness and texture. Hop action seems to resonate some sugary bitter that doesn't stick around, with an almost sugar toffee finish. For the high abv this isn't very boozy at all which is a good sign.

Overall this beer is just too strange, and comes off as a sort of malty strong juicy ale with an angle that doesnt mesh in the DIPA realm. This just doesn't jive with me at all, it's too bizarre. It's not by any means awful at all, but in the DIPA realm this is just not delivering at all. Wont be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:57:25 | More by smakawhat
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

12-15-2013 23:44:51 | More by LXIXME
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Kelp

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

05-13-2013 23:47:30 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

1.25/5  rDev -57.3%

11-01-2012 15:07:06 | More by sendbeer
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +28%

01-04-2013 18:25:50 | More by dmorgan310
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, hazy orange-copper coloring with a steady flow of bubbles and a thick, light, frothy white head that settles quickly. The nose is super-citrus lemon/lime with overtones of dark, wet hops. Smells like an IPA mixed with Sprite. Syrupy malt backbone with lots of peppery-noted hops bouncing off. The aftertaste is spicy and slightly citus sweet again. Smooth finish, despite the heavy booze influence and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 01:47:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/3/11

A: Crystalized honey-orange in color. 1.5 finger head with underdeveloped lacing.

S: Lavendar and extreme alcohol esters.

T: Can you say booze? I feel like I'm back in college - it's like slamming a shot of vodka with a hint of gin's juniper kick. No hops, no malt. Just pure alcohol.

M: Surprisingly nice. It's fairly creamy and well carbonated, with good weight.

O: I read Garrett Oliver's review of Florida Beer Co's Swamp Ape a while back, and he mentioned this drank more like a barleywine. I can't seem to disagree, as it's exrtremely hot, and could use some serious time in the cellar before I'd even consider returning to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 20:48:16 | More by Rhettroactive
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -31.7%

03-24-2014 22:56:16 | More by ShanePB
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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.