Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company
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3.13/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Lighter shade of yellow-copper in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head. Little retention as it quickly falls to a patchy surface coating. Moderate lacing.
S: Aromas is fairly average. There is a particular pungency to the beer, which I believe the brewers were going for, but it's a not a particularly pleasant pungency. Vegetal hops, green pepper, alcohol, and a faint hint of orange.
T: Taste is not as bad as I was expecting, though it's far from good. Mildly sweet with a blend of fruity notes, apples, light caramel, green vegetables, and aggressive alcoholic spice. There are hops in this one, but they are not center stage and I can only describe them as "green."
M: Medium bodied. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Lots of peppery alcohol.
O: If you're going to name your beer after a stinky beast that lives in the swamp I figure the beer is either going to be badass or taste like gorilla sweat. While I suspect gorilla sweat tastes worse than this beer, this beer is not at all badass. That said, the flavors are aggressive as is the alcohol content. Unfortunately the flavors are not overly pleasant and the alcohol is quite harsh.
03-30-2014 01:19:36 | More by Florida9
2.05/5 rDev -30.3%
For some reason. my wife brought me one of these home from Tampa. I would have preferred something from Cigar City, but so be it. This is a throw away beer for me. Why would I bother to drink this- at 10% yet- with so many good beers out there. It's overly sweet and grainy and with a chemical aftertaste, and raw alcohol comes through quite strongly. No thanks,
03-02-2014 00:01:11 | More by Georgiabeer
4.03/5 rDev +37.1%
I'm not sure about the negative reviews here. I thought this beer was very good. Very nice balance of taste and smell. It leaves a nice hoppy smooth aftertaste. I like a little bit of alcohol bite and this has that. Of course it doesn't compare to a Dogfish Head 120, but what does? Definitely worth a try. I would buy again and again.
My review is a nice smooth IPA which is easy to drink and would match well with any meal or any occasion.
02-10-2014 17:27:09 | More by Everything_Belgium
3.81/5 rDev +29.6%
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.
01-22-2014 02:05:36 | More by Nedry
4.2/5 rDev +42.9%
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!
01-21-2014 03:59:18 | More by mike08054
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.