10-10-10 IPA - Swamp Head Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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A- Hazy golden body with an airy white head
S- Grassy hops, not a whole lot else...
T- Grassy/hay hops up front, some sweet malts in the middle to balance and a faint bitterness finishes
M- Medium-bodied, good level of carbonation, crisp finish
D- Solid beer and a local so I'm sure that tempers me a bit so I will certainly return!
02-18-2011 17:51:29 | More by aepb1
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
glad i got a chance to try all of these on my florida trip back in april. served into a pint glass.
golden amber in color with a nice head of white that was about two inches at first but then slowly settled down into a rich lacing that coated the sides of the glass. Such a sweet, sharp citrus aroma coming off of this one, simply amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit juice mixed in a glass and hit with a shot of orange, it was simply amazing. First sip sucked the moisture from my palate. Lip smacking good. Sharp, biting citrus flavor, pineapple and grapefruit rule the day here as the richness and juiceness is simply overwhelming. Each sip seemed to get sharper, crisper then the one before.
07-03-2011 21:03:28 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Large off-white head, high retention. Soapy lacing, then some clear, oily, slick lacing. Aroma includes lemon, grapefruit and some fresh mowed grass. Taste has a nice malt sweetness in the background but mainly includes citrusy lemon, lemon peel, pine and slight alcohol. Mouthfeel actually is thicker than expected and that I remember in the past, really lingering on and tingling the tongue for a hot minute. Unique and delicious.
11-14-2012 07:04:27 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
Straight pour from a pry-off 750ml/25.4oz bottle to a teku; this was bottled, oh, about a week ago. Freshhh.
Appearance (4.5): A good three fingers of pretty great-looking, light orange-tan tinted foam come off of the pour, forming a mixture of far, crackly bubbles and fine, whipped foam. The body is a very hazy, deep orange-amber color. Finally, it shows good retention in dying down very slowly and leaving pretty excellent lacing in the form of webby collars linked by legs of lace all around. This kind of looks awesome, actually.
Smell (3.5): DEFINITELY on the malty side: toffee, toasted bread, caramel syrup, and some deep, brandied orange peel tones mostly cover up some tart citrus notes (grapefruit zest, a little limeade) and some juicy floral tones which are actually really nice once you pin it down. Not a bad array of aromas, just too far on the malty side for my taste.
Taste (3.75): More balanced and better integrated than the aroma, but the different pieces are largely the same. It’s got a solid malt body that shows toffee, rich bread like challah, some brown sugar icing, and a sturdy toasted bread character underneath that bridges the malt and hops well. And speaking of hops, the beer’s got some spiced orange peels, a little blood orange juice, some grapefruit peel citric bitterness, and again a floral juiciness that links the hop flavor back to the malt body again. And somehow, only a modest booze note—the ABV is surprisingly well-hidden. The hops are almost in perfect balance with the malt, which by DIPA standards these days makes it “malt-forward.” Though, the hops do become more prominent as the beer warms, and their bite and bitterness definitely come out more, too.
Mouthfeel (4.25): This beer’s got a full, somewhat syrupy body accompanied by a smooth, tingling carbonation that gets into but doesn’t fill every nook and cranny before foaming up and washing out. Between the hop load and the hidden alcohol, though, it manages to finish nicely dry. This really hits the mark for a DIPA in this range.
Overall (3.75): This is a really solid, albeit maltily full-bodied DIPA. That’s not to say that it tastes like a DIPA whose hops have fallen off—in fact, not all. The hops are still there, bright, and present. They’re just accompanied by a big, full malt body. The hops are actually nicely structured, fully bitter, and balanced in terms of ratio of flavor to bitterness (and to aroma, for that matter) . . . they’re just well-anchored and balanced by a full and layered malt body. It’s a very good DIPA, but don’t expect a crazy, flash-in-the-pan style hop bomb. Expect something that aims for balance and depth.
12-17-2013 03:28:41 | More by fmccormi
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a cloudy orange with an off white head. The head falls to a very minimal one or almost none. Thinnest of lace.
Floral hop nose with slight malt.
Nice bold hop taste with decent malt background. Mild sweetness with pleasant hop bitterness in the finish.
Medium bodied in the mouth. Slick and a bit chewy, nice.
Really like this. Well done Gainesville.
04-12-2010 20:18:53 | More by dstc
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Had two different version of this back to back. One version was the batch that is currently out and about and the other was the most recent batch which has been in the bright tank for 4-5 days. I combined the scores I would have given to each for the rating on here.
Both beers poured identically, nice copper color with a finger and a half of white head. Nice lacing down the glass.
The released version had a nice piney aroma with some citrus rind while the really fresh, green version smelled like a hop cone. It was awesome.
The released version tasted similar to it's aroma, lots of nice bitterness coming through with pine and rind. The green version was a little grassy and tasted like a hop tea. The bitterness was a little more subdued but the hop flavor was like nothing I've ever had before.
Both beers had a medium body with the beer from the bright tank being slightly lower in carbonation (for obvious reasons.) Both had a nice feel to them.
I finished both samples faster than I would like to admit which makes me thing the drinkability is pretty good but the slight alcohol heat keeps the score in check.
06-17-2010 07:14:44 | More by mullenite
3.96/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to my cousin Sonny down in FL for sending this one up to me. This will be my first Swamp Head experience and following that will be the 10-10-10 Pappy and Resentment.
A- Poured to a deep tulip and a pint glass with both receiving a fairly hazy, orange-amber brew. A thick, creamy white cap builds up to two fingers with great retention. Thick, frothy ring leaves huge lace pillows at the top with webs behind that.
S- Big aroma jumps out of that glass that has substantial hop and malt character. Hops pack a citrus zest, pine and resinous punch. Base of caramelized, toasty malts and some yeast fruit hints.
T- The first few sips bring a beer that is divided right down the middle between hops and malts. After some time the hops gain some strength on the grains with grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin and stone fruit notes. Fresh cracked grains, toast, biscuit, cereal and crystal malts provide a balance. Some mango hints on the back end.
MF- Thick bodied with a creamy, somewhat chewy texture. Carbonation at a high level which caters to the copious hops and the heavy bitterness that seems to linger forever.
This beer drinks big time but strikes a hard-to-find balance between big malts and big hops. Both aspects of the flavor are intriguing and work well off of each other. I find that many DIPAs have the malts in there as a result only of the high ABV, here it feels like the brewer's vision.
06-18-2014 00:33:13 | More by cbutova
2.78/5 rDev -29.4%
A - It pours a clear golden hue, straw-like, with a white wispy head, decent lace.
S - The smell is almost all grapefruit rind. Some pale malt sweetness, but mostly overripe grapefruit. It is overkill, not well-balanced, not desirable in my [potentially controversial] opinion.
T - The taste is picking up where the nose left off. The flavor is one-dimensional: grapefruit rind. This is a very poor effort in comparison to their other IPA, 'Big Nose'.
M - Like a normal IPA (sorry to be snide, but it isn't worth superlative.)
D - The Swamp Head Brewery has an IPA called 'Big Nose', which is fantastic. This one is way off.
03-26-2010 21:52:24 | More by ktrillionaire
10-10-10 IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
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