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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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410 Ratings

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 27.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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 mntlover
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear burnt orange color with two finger cream colored head that falls slow to ring with some lace.

Aroma is kind of nice more barley wine like overripe tropical fruits mingled with caramel malts, stale tobacco leaves light alcohol notes. Maybe smells like an aged I2PA. Not bright and hoppy as most I2PA's.

Taste is malty caramel again tastes kind of aged with that overripe fruit notes mingling with the malt. Hops are more sticky tobacco like then anything, some fruitiness but really seems like that's coming from the malt? Some pretty good alcohol ester floating around it is noticeable but not really detracting per say. Bot sure whats going on here but not a double IPA. Label talks about a hop monster with 5 hops but if that's the case maybe its old, can't find date on it but it has recent reviews.

Mouthfeel is big medium with lightly peppy carbonation that fits the supposed style well.

Overall a bad I2PA but not terrible beer, kind of reminds me of some old I2PA's I tried to age before but not as good as those either?

mntlover, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Satchboogie, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
3.83/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent amber with a white foamy head which disapeared quite quickly.

The smell was malts, with a slight grapefruit, with a good dose of alcohol.

The taste was sweet with a little bit of a bitter malty after taste.The hops are present but not as obvious as you would expect in a dipa.You can certainly taste the alcohol,kind of like a whisky but not as strong.

The mouth feel was creamy with a bit of a tingle from the alcohol.

Overall definately unexpected not enough hop taste, no citrus flavours just nothing dipa about this. But on the other hand a pretty interesting beer. I didn't think it was a bad beer but I won't buy it again. It was more like a spirit than a beer.

Dave1999, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Light tan appearance. Slightly hazy with a cream colored head.

S: Some grapefruit aroma, but crazy boozy.

T: A citrus taste that is overwhelmed by the alcohol. Nothing quite stands out. Plain.

M: Medium-to-heavy body.

O: Nothing especially outstanding here. I expect more flavor out of an Imperial IPA. Good attempt here, but I don't expect that I'll be coming back.

C20Percent, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo's wife for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, grapefruit, and kitty litter. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus, kitty litter, and woody hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. Just something about this brew was a little off-putting in my opinion. Not sure what was going on here but it was just a little weird. Worth trying if you are a ticker, but otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

thagr81us, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jra4177
2/5  rDev -32.4%

jra4177, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Bilco, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +52%

adamant1912, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of twizzbeatz
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

twizzbeatz, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Hoppaholic
1/5  rDev -66.2%

Hoppaholic, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of lakersfan16
1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

lakersfan16, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of beergod1
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden amber, foamy short lived head, soft lace. Smell on this one is rather sweet, full of doughy sweet malts, oranges, and somewhat earthy/peppery hops.The flavor is big and doughy, pale sweetness on top of candied oranges, floral hops, earthy notes, and a peppery bite in the finish. 10% is hidden well. Several different flavors are swirling around this brew. A little confusing for a 2 IPA but, but pretty good.

beergod1, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Acuity
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Acuity, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of PaterIovisLII
1/5  rDev -66.2%

PaterIovisLII, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of edfinn
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

edfinn, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Screper
4.5/5  rDev +52%

Screper, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of devinoconnor
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with little foamy white head from the bottle.

Smell is bitter and citrus.

Taste is burnt orange. Yeah, sorta gross. It's bitter and unsmooth. Hops are overpowered by bitters.

Overall, a decent IPA especially considering the region.

devinoconnor, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

djtomain, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of enginero
1/5  rDev -66.2%

enginero, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of dandmc24
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

dandmc24, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of nofearbeerishere
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
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...

nofearbeerishere, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Chaney
1.9/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Chaney, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jaasen64, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

jsurfs82, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev +1.4%

jenray, Jan 07, 2012
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.