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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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385 Ratings

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 27.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of Lare453
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ajpadre
3.83/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

ajpadre, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3/5  rDev +1.4%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Boilerfood
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Boilerfood, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Hattie
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Hattie, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of NoleDoc
2.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Very bitter taste. Definitely has a bite to it. Very bitter after taste which lingers in the palet for a long time. Sounds crazy, but the after taste almost taste like something off the grill. As a Florida resident, had to give it a try. Not one of my faves.

NoleDoc, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of KenC
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

KenC, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ZPB
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ZPB, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of TwoForty
1/5  rDev -66.2%

TwoForty, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

dcbeers, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of MrBoh
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

MrBoh, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

FLBeerGuy, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

ryser2k, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of mrfr33z3
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is a somewhat accurate depiction of what I've come to expect from a DIPA. Light copper and amber hue. The head is almost non-existent, though I wouldn't expect much from the 10%. Minimal lacing. The body is spot-on for me. Great mouthfeel.

Plenty of hops are present in this one. Quite a bit going on there that I can quite put my finger on. Reminds me of a homebrew I made when I went a bit crazy with different kinds of hops. The Amarillo and Centennial are noticeable, and there are some fruity, slightly boozy effects on the finish. Not overly bitter though, as there's enough sweetness to smooth things over.

I was eager to try this local brew, as I've sampled other from the Florida Beer Company in the past, and I'm a fan of the style (DIPA). I've since kept my garage fridge stocked with a 4-pack of this stuff most of the time. Overall, very drinkable. I thoroughly enjoy it. Not sure why it doesn't score higher. Different strokes, I suppose...

Update 10/25/2013:
After purchasing by the case and by the 4-pack here and there and sampling further, I can offer some additional info on this. I can now say that there is indeed some inconsistency in the profiles of this beer between batches. It's strange, but I can go from one batch to the next and it tastes different. I actually ended up with one case I can only describe as slightly "brackish", which has been rather unpleasant. I have also lowered my overall impression of this beer, as consistency is key to the production of any brew, and have been somewhat disappointed on occasion. Strange.

mrfr33z3, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Ynot2
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Ynot2, Feb 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

IPAchris, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +43.6%

JohnK17, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

dragoondingus, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

sirdrinkwell, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

wbischof, Jan 23, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

Snapps, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of yankeecane
4.75/5  rDev +60.5%

yankeecane, Jan 19, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

VaTechHopHead, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
2.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I poured this bottle of Swamp Ape into a tulip style glass. I received about two fingers of foam from the initial pour that didn't take long to die down. The lacing is decent from the halo of foam remaining. The coloring on this one is a vibrant orange.

The nose on this one has some flowery hops. I also pick up some minimal citrus hopping.

The flavoring on this one is really metallic. The feel on this one is pretty unpleasant. I have to make this one a "sink-pour."

ummswimmin, Jan 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

TheMarkE, Jan 11, 2013
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.