Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company
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3.81/5 rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
I like this beer a lot. I don't really understand the low rating. I didn't expect much when coming here but I expected it to be higher than 70.
The only thing about this beer that isn't 'great' about it is the color. It looks more like a weak pale ale than a 10% big IPA.
The smells coming out of this beer are great. Lots of amazing hops with a tad of malt. I like to compare this to Dogfish Head 90 minute because it has a similar mouth feel but the hop aroma and taste are much different. A tad more bitter than the 90 minute.
The taste doesn't match the smell exactly, but still has a very nice unique hop taste. Unlike other Double IPAs I've had. It is not a hop bomb, to me it seems like they are more going for balance.
Overall, it's very good, but being priced higher than DFH 90 minute is a problem. This is a local beer where I'm from as well, so hard to understand why it's $0.50 - $1.00 more than a 4 pack of 90 minute.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 02:05:36 | More by Nedry
4.2/5 rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I discovered this one tonight on a trip to Orlando. What a pleasant surprise in an area where it can be difficult to find great craft ale.
This is a malty, hoppy booze bomb with some fruity tones. It's called a DIPA, but I would classify it as a good barleywine. It was served in a large snifter, and gets more interesting as it warms up.
I think it's comparable to the flagship DIPA's/BW's offered by some of the superior east coast craft brewers. Check it out!
Serving type: on-tap
01-21-2014 03:59:18 | More by mike08054
2.73/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
Had this in a Becker pint glass. Thanks to Hawkeyenation for the try. Sweet bottle art too!
Glowing golden body with orange tinted highlights. The head is puffy and white, at least a finger's-width, good retention too!
Lots of sweet malt on the nose with a big dose of booziness. The hops come off as honey drenched orange and slightly herbal. Already starting to get messy.
The palate has a muddled and sweet maltiness with a decent bitter bite in the finish that is a little resiny. The hops are more herbaceous with just a hint of that same sweet blood orange flavor. This is so boozy there is almost a white grape like note to the finish. Just...entirely too boozy and sweet. for a DIPA.
The beer has a light-medium body and is a little more crisp than dry. Also appreciate a bit of watery run over the tongue. It would be nice if that cloying, grape-like finish did not stick around so long.
Swamp Ape is a sweet and boozy mess of a DIPA. There is really no reason to search this one out, unless you are a label art collector, then I would pick up a bottle of this. Otherwise, there are far too many other good beers to drink.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 12:49:32 | More by Pintofbrown
2.74/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I purchased this beer while traveling to Orlando. Poured into a pint glass. I couldnt find the date on the bottle to confirm freshness.
A: This beer poured a gold/straw color with good clarity and a 1 finger head. There is very little head retention here.
S: Unfortunately this beer smells more bready or malty then hoppy. There are faint hints of citrus hops
T: Tastes sweet and malty with very little bitterness or hints of hops. I hope this beer is somewhat old and that the hops have dies out at this point. It actually tastes better as the beer warms up and is less offensive. The alcohol definitely dominates the first few sips.
M: Light to medium body with light carbonation.
O: I would like to try this beer on tap or fresh to get a feel for it. I would try it again under those circumstances. Otherwise this beer is ok to average, I wouldn't search it out. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 20:58:47 | More by BeerTwigs
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.