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Hop Swap - 2014 - Sebago Brewing Company

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88
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This year's hop swap includes amarillo, citra, belma, and steiner exp # 05256 hops.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 07-25-2014)
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Reviews by deereless:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

deereless, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ryanjtravis, Sep 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Rpritham, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

mjstacker, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 12, 2014.

It pours a mostly hazy golden yellow color with a modest but short-lasting white fizzy head. It becomes a ring.

The aroma emits esters of earth and pine. In other words the hops penetrate my senses more than the toasted malts do.

Medium body.

A nice balance of toasted biscuit malts and hops in this beer. Not overpowering but highly enjoyable for its hop bite.

puboflyons, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Plissken, Aug 23, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Bottle label listed as subject to change.

A nice orange tangerine colored body, with some cola carbonation, but most of it quite fine in appearance. Fluffy and thick off white head, slightly tan in color. Clumpy island lacing with some big bubbles and sticky hanging edges.

Aroma and inviting bouquet. Soft orange hop and citrus notes, some possible cantalopue like melon quality also. Real nice and basic, maybe even a bit tropical. Malt angle a bit buried and subdued, but letting the hops come through nicely.

First sip on the palate give a good malt depth. Some nice sweetness and faint caramel but more towards lighter grain. Hop angle comes with a bit of floral and citrus burst, but mellow and tiny. Finishes mild astringent with a good pine bitterness. Some good finishing toasty notes as well after some warmth and time also.

Once again the citra fan boys will be happy with this one, and a decent IPA from the brewery as well.

smakawhat, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Rocketman2013, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jmlewisjr, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TheManiacalOne, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

JTomczak, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottling code but no discernible date.

Pours a decent fizzy creamy like small head that fades at a slower pace at least, nice lacing, clear honey orange color. 4

Nose explodes as soon as I pop the top, big fresh hops, resinous as hell, with a little pine but mostly dank musty fresh hop oil resin, with some citrus rind and pith, some musty tropical fruit, faint grassy terroir and earthy notes. 4.5

Taste starts with more hops, this time more grassy leafy and earthy, quickly into dank resin and musty tropical fruit notes, a faint citrus but plenty of pith and rind, little juicy generic blended tropical fruit, touch of pine and earthy grassy terrior. Tropical notes bring faint papaya and guava, and a little musty passion fruit and plenty of rind and pith. Mild fluffy malt base, hint of sweet balance, nice bitterness. Finish dries a bit with a lot more bitterness, turns spicy and chewy, with more earthy terroir and grassy notes, more pine and resin but lighter this time, faint pith and rind. 4.25

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb. 4

Overall quite nice, great hop profile esp the nose, like a Pacific Northwest and/or Kiwi hop blend, nice flashes of tropical fruit, lots of fresh musty resinous hops, some pine, grass, earthy terroir, etc, and a bit of a mild malty sweet balance for a quite enjoyable beer. 4.25

jlindros, Sep 11, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%

kyle8940, Sep 25, 2014
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VTHeady, Aug 15, 2014
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jhuss10, Aug 22, 2014
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Carpentiere, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked up a 4 pack (10$) at old port spirits in Portland. I'm a fan of Sebago and find them to be far better than the other similarly-priced ME breweries of Shipyard, Gritty's, & SeaDog. Hop Swap did not disappoint. Strong nose and goes down extremely smooth and dangerously fast. Aftertaste was not at all waterey that seem to be common with the lighter/daytime IPA's that have hit the market in the last year or so.

I stopped by this store after not even bothering to get out of my car at MBC's Dinner release on 7/31 (line wrapped around the brewery, cars up and down rte1) and the Hop Swap and the folks at Old Port Spirits were an excellent consolation.

mrz200, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JKV96, Sep 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

tpacek, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ZDSmith87, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

TroyS62, Jul 28, 2014
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Hop Swap - 2014 from Sebago Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.