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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
68
poor

342 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 28.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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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enginero

Florida

1/5  rDev -65.8%

01-27-2012 23:21:55 | More by enginero
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dandmc24

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-26-2012 10:43:48 | More by dandmc24
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nofearbeerishere

Florida

2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden orange with nice head and lacing.

S: Not much to it, but a faint spicy citrus

T: Ashy, malty (very malty for an IPA), biscuit, very slight citrus, fairly heavy alcohol towards the end. Not very desirable and especially not what I would expect from an IPA.

M: I actually liked the mouthfeel very much. Thick, frothy, and silky.

O: This ape needs to evolve a little more before I can even come close to recommending it. As a Florida native, I wanted another beer that I could rep! But it's just not the case....and it was expensive, too! $2.99 for a single bottle at Total Wine. Stick to Cigar City, for now...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:03:34 | More by nofearbeerishere
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Chaney

District of Columbia

1.9/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach.

A: Poured a clear, fairly translucent golden color (a tinge of haze), with very little visible carbonation. It had about a 1/3 finger sticky white head.

S: Muted citrus, candy sugar +++. That's about it.

T: OMG! This tasted like formaldehyde! Additionally, the aftertaste was very boozy, sugar-infused (+++!), and with a tinge of skunky sourness. Not good...

M: Swirly lacing, but I honestly didn't give a shit since the taste was so bad. Low carbonation. Sugar bomz r' us in spades!

O: This was by far the worst beer I've tried so far in 2012.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 21:06:11 | More by Chaney
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-14-2012 18:53:29 | More by jaasen64
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jsurfs82

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-10-2012 17:22:40 | More by jsurfs82
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev +2.7%

01-07-2012 01:11:47 | More by jenray
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BRLockwood

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-02-2012 03:14:58 | More by BRLockwood
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whartontallboy

New York

1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

01-01-2012 21:30:18 | More by whartontallboy
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Jamstone714

Florida

1/5  rDev -65.8%

12-30-2011 03:47:43 | More by Jamstone714
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bluetrevian

Florida

3/5  rDev +2.7%

12-25-2011 10:37:08 | More by bluetrevian
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber color witha foamy head. Smell has some hops, but strong sort of rusty overtones. When just out of the fridge, the taste is worse. Like rusty water with some hop sting in tghe back. Not good. When it warms, the hops take over more and the rust sort of recedes, making it at least drinkable. Mouthfeel? who cares when the taste is wrong. I won't make that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:33:13 | More by BeTheBall
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CGMLS3

Florida

2/5  rDev -31.5%

12-21-2011 01:02:00 | More by CGMLS3
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Beer21

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:03:52 | More by Beer21
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Bogforce

Ohio

3/5  rDev +2.7%

12-07-2011 02:40:21 | More by Bogforce
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +37%

12-05-2011 21:57:18 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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srhoadsy

Florida

1.8/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer was given to me by a friend who knew I was a beer geek and thought I would love it. I had seen it on the shelves but never got around to trying it myself.

It pours a nice orange color with a nice cream colored head. After that it's all down hill. The aromas are sweet and cloying. The flavor is overly sweet without being balanced by the hops. I also got a mineral aftertaste.

Being from Florida I had high hopes for this beer, but there is not much to love here.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:40:55 | More by srhoadsy
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Augustiner719

New York

3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 ounce mug

Appearance: This pours a nice rich copper amber color with a small yet noticeable head that leave some nice faint lacing down the glass. Decent clarity.

Smell: The smell is not overpowering at all. As the label reads its an IPA and really what i was looking for in an IPA. The aroma is crisp and refreshing with lemony spicy floral notes.

Taste: The taste is very very sweet and not up to my standards. i also did not realize that this was a DIPA and 10% abv! this really hides the alcohol but the sweetness sucks.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel although sticky and overly sweet is not harsh at all in terms of alcohol bite. NIce feel to it, drinks like a lower abv beer but sweet beer.

Overall this is a ok beer. i really didn't expect the flavor off of the aroma but i guess it is what it is. Really misleading label.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:09:48 | More by Augustiner719
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Jammies

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a deep gold with about two inches of foam. Head retains well.

S - light and slightly smoky.

T - Tastes awful. Finishes like a wet sock. I will absolutely never try this again. It actually tastes like an ape in a swamp.

M - light and watery, with a horrible coating.

O - Undrinkable. Probably the worst beer I have ever had in my life.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:45:47 | More by Jammies
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Finatic

Florida

3/5  rDev +2.7%

11-24-2011 10:20:13 | More by Finatic
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pgofman

New York

4/5  rDev +37%

11-23-2011 04:34:30 | More by pgofman
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
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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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3/5  rDev +2.7%

11-20-2011 03:00:07 | More by mmcnaughton
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Lutter

Texas

1.27/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 08:50:21 | More by Lutter
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Holland

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: looks light gold with a small lacing in my pint glass.

S: sweetness, bitter hops

T: tastes very sweet, some malt, and bitterness. Not a complicated beer, and too sweet.

M: too sweet, not enough carbonation, not a super thick body but the sweetness was killer

O: paid $7.50 for a pint at Tall Paul's in Gainesville. Never again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 03:24:34 | More by Holland
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
68 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.