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Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company

Not Rated.
Swamp Ape IPASwamp Ape IPA

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377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | 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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3/5  rDev +1.7%

Boone757, May 25, 2014
Photo of nickmantia
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Murky with a reddish orange tint

Smell: Very sweet; caramel tones, but sugar overpowers the nose

Taste: I found this very hard to get past the overwhelming sense of sweetness here. For a double IPA, this has an abundance of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation; medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I was not a fan of this beer. I took a few sips and ended up pouring this down the drain. Some may like the sugary overtones; I was hoping for something with a better hop backbone to it.

nickmantia, May 20, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance – This is a nice, murky, orange in color with a modest head.

Smell – The malts are sickly sweet at the nose with some rich caramel mixed with stiff orange rind and light pine. The hops are actually pretty substantial here but they are dwarfed by the sweetish malts and easy to overlook.

Taste – The monster sugary malt hits hard at the taste. I get some cane sugar now with enough sweetness to cause a “sour face.” The “three Cs” are out in force here as well.

Mouthfeel – This is huge, almost full-bodied, with some bittering that would be harsh but again with the sugars it’s all evened out. Carbonation is wanting, however.

Drinkability – I didn’t care much for this beer but for different reasons than most of the other reviews. Everyone is complaining about the sweetness, but this is a local preference so I wasn’t bothered much by the huge sugars. The lack of bitterness and carbonation was the problem for me. Obviously you don’t want your DIPA bubbling like Alka-Seltzer, but this was almost flat and for all the hops lacked that bitter aftertaste characteristic of more sophisticated efforts at the style.

RoyalT, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

jkrug5, May 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

MaximumYuks, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

gradergator, May 11, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

Beershack, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +52.5%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

RWACKO, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

mjstacker, May 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

wellsnb, May 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

JohnParadee, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +52.5%

RedRockOasis, Apr 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

dannyfayy, Apr 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

McCollian92, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

yanosh, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Florida9, Mar 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

dsshuck, Mar 28, 2014
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

ShanePB, Mar 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

oilcan01, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +35.6%

MaddDogg84, Mar 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

IdrinkGas, Mar 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

DrChadly, Mar 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

TheBeerDad, Mar 12, 2014
Swamp Ape IPA from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.