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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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348 Ratings

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 28.33%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of BrewCrew2010


2.45/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark orange body with a thin, fast receding, white head.

S: An odd mix of earthy hops, vanilla, caramel malts, and booze. Smells like an American barleywine.

T: There is no way this is an DIPA, otherwise this is a hot mess. Definitely a malt bomb. Syrupy caramel sweetness along with notes of brown sugar. Not getting a lot of hops.

M: Thick and sticky texture; medium body; light carbonation.

O: If this was a different style, I probably would have given it a higher rating. Very sweet and very malty. Not a typical DIPA and I am very curious into the thought process of this one. I don't see myself getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:53:07 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Copper in color, with a frothy head, Swamp Ape shows no lacing, and has a touch of haze.

S: I was expecting a burst of hops from this brew, but received bubblegum, creamed corn, and malty cacophony.

T: What should be a dry onslaught of hops, Swamp Ape is a sticky mess of the aforementioned creamed corn and bubblegum.

M: Body is full, carbonation is low, and the finish is quite sticky.

O: Absolutely terrible... avoid.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:50:29 | More by Avagadro
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2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy amber with a nice cream colored head. slow bubbles

S-strong scent of spicy hops with some grassiness. smells boozy with a hint of vanilla.

T-hits the tongue with a bitterness and oddly spiced hops. the taste is between skunky and buttery. the after-taste is bitter and reminds me of those multi grain wafers. there is a woodiness there as well. this is not a good balance of ingredients.

M-medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-by far the strongest DIPA i've had that does not satisfy any hop cravings. its really not a terrible beer, but there is a complexity to it that isn't well balanced. i feel that the choice of hops was a bad one, either that or they added the hops not in a good way for IPAs. i think this beer has potential but has some major tweaking to be dealt with. i do wonder though how a beer like this has made itself as common as it is in this area. i can't imagine anyone enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 06:23:45 | More by AdamBear
Photo of robbyc1


3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear orange look, decent white head.

Whoa, over the top nose of alcohol and not much else, barlywineish, some hops but not enough.

The alcohol is not hidden here, it hits you in the head. But the flavor is well balanced, a bit of malt with whif of hops, not enough to hide the abv. It drinks pretty easy because it is dry, not sweet.

Overall not the best double IPA, short on hops, but well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:21:20 | More by robbyc1
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3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

medium gold brown color with decent head

smell was floral with hints of citrus and a light woody aroma

taste was good... i was expecting less malt but it was a welcomed surprise in a double IPA. Hops finish out with a crisp taste with some citrus flavor.

medium to light body, lighter as the beer warmed

overall a good IPA with 10% abv. might pick it up again but $10 for a four pack makes me reach for Dogfish Head 90 min and maybe not this... worth a try if you see it though

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:14:37 | More by DUBinMIA
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2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks good, slightly hazy, sunset-amber body. Thin, pale head, constant stream of bubbles.

Sweet, wet, alcoholic, vegetal-floral aroma.

Tastes like fermented V-8 Juice, tomato and celery with some honey and molasses.

Slippery water with an alcoholc edge.

Swamp water.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 22:41:26 | More by cbn
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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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2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 00002, no idea what this means for freshness, but first sighting in this part of the state. Had heard this was good on-tap in it's home region. Pours a clear burnt orange, one finger of off-white creamy head, settles to a thin ring, coating the glass with lace for the first couple of inches. Smell: caramel, boozy, lightly toasted, herbal and lemony hopping. Taste: loads of caramel, booze soaked pineapple, candied citrus rind, leafy and herbal, grainy. A massive malt-bomb. Works as sort of a boring barleywine, but doesn't work as a DIPA. Some out-of-place soft apple/pear as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:41:29 | More by babaracas
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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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2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a very clear reddish amber with a finger and a half of head with good retention and a thick lacing.

S - A sour/rotten grapefruit and orange aroma with some malty sweetness and a noticeable alcohol burn

T - This one really goes downhill as it warms up. It starts with muted alcohol, a good citrus hoppiness and a light malt hit but as it warms it turns into an alcohol bomb that is all alcohol and malt and muted hops.

M - Mouthfeel starts out nice but turns into a cloying boozy mess.

Overall - A good attempt at a double IPA but probably best fresh (like on tap at the brewpub) but not something to track down if you're in Florida)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:03:57 | More by mwa423
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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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3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Neat label - reminds me of the Three Floyds Alpha King days. Picked up on my recent voyage from southern FL back to Cincinnati.

Pours a crystal clear copper with brassy highlights. I nice thing to behold out in the sun on a clear day. The head is 1/2 inch, frothy and attractive with sticky legs.

I get a whole lot of booze and sweet malts on the nose with citrus hops following...

Nose reflects the taste. Moderately big malt presence, indicative of a big DIPA, but the hops don't pop in my face as much as I was expecting. I like what they did with the hops, but it's no show stopper.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Quite pungent and refreshing, just wish it had a bigger hops prominence.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:07:50 | More by beachbum1975
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2.28/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from a trade, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark copper, but very clear. Barely half a finger of white bubbly head that quickly dissipated to a small and thin collar along the edge of the glass. The collar leaves some light lacing as you take sips. Decent amount of carbonation visible floating up slowly from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet caramelized orange peel, and a bit of cognac like booziness. Not too much hops aroma detected, which isn't too good for a DIPA.

Wow, very very boozy, that it burns the tongue as soon as it hits. Very sweet on the tongue as well, caramel malt very apparent. Just a faint citrus peel flavor hidden under all the booze and sweetness. Really lacking in bitterness, though I did sit on this for a month after receiving it in a trade. However, I can't imagine it being stored at low temperatures for a month would degrade all bitter notes.

Medium body with decent carbonation to prevent it from being syrupy. However, it's just not a very good DIPA, not enough hops, too much booze, and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:18:47 | More by nataku00
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3.78/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:19:01 | More by cjgator3
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1.8/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

ugg, what is this liquid I just poured into my pint glass, supposedly a double ipa? Looks decent enough, the head fades fast though, and the smell is foreboding of the off taste as well as the abv. I don't even know quite how to make sense of it, starts with malty sweetness then delves into a lavender or herb like taste. This comes close to describing it but its some sort of spice that just doesn't belong, a bit of bitterness at the finish reminds you its beer your drinking. I've never had such an aversion to an ipa, it just tastes astoundingly bad. I don't think I can finish this glass by myself.... stay far away from this concoction....

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 06:26:41 | More by iwantmorehops
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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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1.6/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass. Bought a 4 pack of this shit for $11 thinking it was something special.

I'm gonna skip the usual discussing each aspect and just give you my rant on this beer. I heard something about this brew and had made some sort of mental note that I may want to try it. Bought it and then when I got home realized it was from a brewer that makes some serious BS swill that they pass off as beer down here. They always come up with great names like "key west" this and "Ybor Gold" that. Then I remembered that I saw it as a guest tap at Cigar City of all places which is why I thought that it must be good to stand up next to their Jai Alai IPA.

Decided to try and be fair and judge this rationally, color looks good and clean, smells okay. Doesn't taste too good though. Slightly hoppy but there is some sort of syrup like shit overpowering the flavor.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through and it's starting to piss me off about the combo of shitty flavors, kind of like hoppy with apricot, grapefruit and some shitty maltodextrin syrup thrown in. Honestly, for anyone reading this (if anyone ever does) that is a member of BA, this brew is far beneath anything that should be served to someone who likes beer. I could serve this to my dad, who actually likes Busch Light, and no I'm not kidding, and he may like it or even turn his nose up at it.

I'm pouring the rest out. RUN RUN RUN from this beer and any other offering from this BS "brewer". Maybe they'll go out of business and some decent brewer can use their cool brew names to bring something drinkable to the market.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:10:19 | More by sendsilk
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swamp Ape IPA pours a pale amber with a thin off white head from the tap (at the tasting room of the brewery). The aroma is a bit fruity, a bit hoppy too but overall is quite mild. The flavor is hoppy, mostly a pine like hop quality dominates. There is a bit of a fruity flavor too, and a touch of peppery alcohol. So-so, I wouldn't turn one down, but not especially great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 05:41:05 | More by Drew966
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4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This beer is a nice slightly hazy orange-amber colour with about one and a half fingers of head with decent retention and poor lacing. The nose is full of tropical hops, some sweet malts, and just a touch of booze. The taste is also very good - almost imagine Hopslam with the hops turned down, if you will. There's a great vibrant tropical fruit bouquet here along with some nice sweetened malts, the hop punch is very subuded though. They're there for sure, and come in a bit stronger on the aftertaste, they're a bit peppery and only a touch bitter. Thankfully, the sweetness in the brew isn't due to maltiness, it's because of the fruit flavors packed in here. The alcohol punch is just a bit noticeable, but it's not very strong and adds a nice drying effect on the end of the sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's big and sticky. The drinkability on this is absolutely excellent. 10%? Bullshit. I can tell Hopslam or Hoptimum are 10%, but not here at all. Excellent in that aspect. Not a hop bomb, but not a malt bomb either, this is a solid, enjoyable beer, even if it's not as hoppy as one would expect from a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:33:52 | More by shand
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2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:15:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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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North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a rich amber color w/ a light, bright head. On the light side as far as carbonation.

Smell: Almost smells flat if that makes sense. Very sweet smelling and strong malty notes.

Taste: Very sweet and heavy in caramel malts. Strong hints of candies with slight citrusy hops. Too slight for my liking in a DIPA. Strong booze taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite dry.

Drinkability: As a hop head this was not my favorite DIPA. Very sweet and malty and you can definitely tell it's 10%. One is enough for me so I'm glad I got a single.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:11:08 | More by phishbfm
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4.13/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden orange and cloudy complexion

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice floral aroma, strong pineapple and tropical aromas.

taste: Lots of citrus mixed in with tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. A sweet malty IPA. well done.

mouthfeel: medium full bodied

drinkability: very nice offering from this brewery and I look forward to many more like this. Thanks

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 15:25:35 | More by CampusCrew
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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.