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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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445 Ratings

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 26.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 09-05-2010

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Photo of pixieskid
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't ever bother picking this up from the grocery store at $10 4pack but my dad came back to the condo with it and what the hell, it's here, gotta try it. I was intrigued to try it after reading all of the reviews, cracked it almost immediately after reading a dozen or so reviews.

The reviews are all over the place for this thing and I really can't see why. Not a good beer, I always go into a beer with an open mind and usually think that it can't be that bad, I don't like bashing beers but this thing is a mess. Between the odd flavor profile, lack of aroma, and the astringent alcohol, I don't know how we'll get through the rest of the 4 pack...

My intention is to give as solid and informed review as possible so people know why it's all over the place.

Appearance: looks good, bright orange with a frothy white head, lingers for some time actually.

Nose: there's really not much there just like others have said. A touch of citrus, honey, and alcohol.

Taste: strong alcoholic bite, vegetal notes, smokiness (on closer look, their website states that it's brewed with cherrywood smoked malts), and some citrus.

Mouthfeel: slick and medium bodied.

Overall; frankly it's a boozy mess and has an odd flavor profile. Would have been happier with another sixer of jai alai at the same price...

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of NickyDee21
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev +1%

2.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First, let me start off by stating that this beer packs a little punch at 10% ABV.

Swamp Ape IPA has a very bitter hop taste. It was a chore to continue drinking, due to the taste, but as the bottle emptied it began to taste better (more than likely because of the high ABV rather than acquiring a taste for it).

It really is not terrible, but it's flavor is lacking. It has a very bitter taste and while at first you can taste multiple flavors, the bitterness begins to dominate everything rather quickly.

Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of katan
3.69/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint

A - Deep gold in color, perhaps a little bit orange. Light head formation, almost none actually. The pearl white film is all that you can see. Very hazy and opaque.

S - All kinds of hops here, mainly a citrus start with a rather earthy and piney background. It seems to be sweet, but when you inhale deeper you can detect a pretty hefty hop body.

T - Starts off with just a hint of malts, but that is immediately bombed by all the hops. Citrus, sweet at first - then in the middle gets rather bitter and resinous. Finishes even more better - lighting up the outside of the tongue.

M - Full bodied but not enough carbonation to bring it back to balance. Thick and sweet, clingy, with a big oily aftertaste.

O/D - An over the top kind of citrus hop bomb - perhaps a little too monotone for me. Generally a slow sipper, and the high alcohol will roll you.

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of guinb
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rau71
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of codygh
4/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of TheCzig
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of tjsmith910
1.25/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of deadhero
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours copper with small head. Smells stale, little to no hop presence, with big sweetness--though the aroma overall isn't very present. Way overly sweet flavor, muddled caramel malts and staleness. No hop presence. I could not finish the 12 oz bottle. This was not really up to par, but a nice Florida tick. I have been told they are supposed to be making adjustments and water improvements. This really is one of the worst DIPAs I have had and was terribly disappointing as it was one of the first Florida beers I tried.

Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of progression
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Havion383
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of noisepollution6
1.95/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Saw this one in the grocery store. The packaging got me as I was born and raised in Florida and I'm usually pretty optimistic about beers sold in 4-packs so I picked it up. Wish I could return it after one sip.

A - Pours a brilliant medium gold color with about an inch of head that dissipates at a fairly moderate pace and never seems to completely go away.

S - The malt definitely dominates the hops in the aroma as is usually characteristic of a double IPA. Unfortunately, that malt smell is masked by a strong scent of alcohol. The smell has me afraid to take my first sip.

T - The bitterness comes through first although it's not as much as you'd expect from a double IPA. Seeing as it comes in at a whopping 10% ABV should prove that this beer has some serious balance issues between the malt and the hops. The taste is not characteristic of the aroma as the hops seem to dominate the malt although slight notes of malt are lingering. Unfortunately, once again, this is all overwhelmed by a nagging alcohol flavor that makes this beer almost undrinkable.

M - Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O - The alcohol aroma hints at the idea that this one should be aged. The alcohol flavor hints at the idea that this one should be aged. The 10% ABV hints at the idea that this one should be aged. Yet, I would not waste three square inches of cellar space to fit a bottle of Swamp Ape. This beer has some serious balance issues and if you're looking for a good IPA, avoid this one at all costs. Unless, of course, you enjoy the taste of alcohol with some added bitterness.

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of greg4579
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brockdidntslide
1.58/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

more like ape piss than something worth drinking. i couldn't finish the bottle. as awful as a miller high life light i need to find someone i hate and give them a bottle of this. as good as jai alai is for florida's beer rep, this one sets it back. this must be florida's way of saying "stay away, tourist!".

Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.