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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

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Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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454 Ratings

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 26.6%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 454 | Reviews: 126
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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of WynnO
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer for $17.00 as a fore pack and thought it way overpriced, but I live in Maryland and the high alcohol tax is just a killer. Anyway the beer poured a clear, medium copper brown. The creamy light tan head build about one finger high and dissipated slow, leaving some lacing.
The smell was a very earthy, grassy flavor with booze and some caramel character.
Tasting the beer I first thought of swamp water. But all those earthy, grassy flavors eventually weren't as bad as the first sip promised. It is a sipper and maybe not what you expect, but interesting, at least for one time.

Photo of bobojuice
2/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of barczar
2.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper color with a dense one inch cream head that slowly dissipates and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, almost raisiny, with significant alcohol. There's a bit of a stale character, and slight dank hops. A note of grapefruit becomes evident.

Flavor is very hot, with a fairly sweet malt backbone and a tar-like finish. Resiny hops subdue the alcohol, leading into a bit of grapefruit citrus and a fairly bitter finish. The tar quality aforementioned is likely phenolic, and it diminishes as I drink more, becoming like smoky bacon.

Hottest beer I've ever had. Burns as it goes down the throat. Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, it seems to me that they may have used stale hops, and the alcohol is not all malt derived. Likely used sugar, as it burns like cheap liquor. Flavor improves the more I drink it...or maybe I'm catching a buzz...

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a hotel tumbler.

A: Light Copper like a brand new penny, and crystal clear. Volcanic white mousse-like head that hangs around for a few minutes then leaves a thin layer and a ring.

S: Very muted, as others have noted, but not unpleasant. Grassy and backwards. This doesn't lend much to the nose.

T: Again, subdued. I went into this expecting to get clobbered by either hops or alcohol but neither one really dominates. On the palate it's a slightly unbalanced IPA. There are very piney citrusy hop notes but they don't destroy the malt, although they do run over it a bit. There is a pronounced sweetness. This beer is all in the finish. It sounds odd, but the main player here is pistachio, so help me this beer finishes with pistachio flavors. Behind this we have notes of leafy herbs, caramel, and finally candy cane.

M: Thick. Medium to light carbonation is a drawback here, as I feel the very dense and powerful flavors lurking in this beer could be brought forward with a healthy dose of CO2.

O: I do not regret my purchase. At $10 for a 4-pack this isn't cheap and someone looking for a simple, toss-back IPA will be very disappointed. But this beer invites slow sipping, not just to avoid a state of profound insobriety, but because when you take your time, the layers start to show themselves.

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3/5  rDev +1%

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1/5  rDev -66.3%

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...

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +51.5%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +34.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -57.9%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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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.

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Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.