Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Sword Swallower IPA pours to a golden straw color with just the slightest haze. The nose on this beer is one of spice and pale malt and the frothy white head of foam leaves some lace as you consume.
Tasting this IPA reveals a flavor a little smoother than the typical example of the IPA style. I get some caramelized malt, toasted bread, pine, and floral hops. The bitterness lingers in the finish and the taste remains dry overall.
Sword Swallower IPA style beer is an interesting entry from the award- winning Shmaltz Brewery. The beer is an IPA style, not a true IPA, and that is because it is brewed using lager yeast. This will bother many purists out there, but I find that the lager character helps to smooth out the taste, making it less intense than your standard IPA, but still far more interesting than most lagers.
This IPA style brew doesn’t have the excessive citrus character common to American IPA, but I like what it does offer and it is certainly a beer that catches the eye. The artwork on the bottle, the name, and the variation on the style grab your attention and the beer itself doesn’t disappoint. It may not be a true IPA beer, but it easily beats the majority of American lagers in overall taste.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2012 02:28:17 | More by BryanCarey
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3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bomber into a pilsener glass. A golden yellow lager with creamy white head, somewhat milkshake-like, with a pleasantly assertive hop-forward aroma. Nose is floral, tropical, and somewhat spicy, with a subtle backdrop of bread-like malts. The tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, lychee) sweetness builds nicely and this is certainly a brew to enjoy on the aroma basis. On the palate, there is a delicate but flavorsome honeyed breakfast cereal and light molasses malt background propping up more tropical fruit and pine flavors, along with gooseberry, white grape, mustard salad green, melon, canned peach, and faint citrus rind. Finishes rather bitter and medicinal, with a little grain husk ... Dry! I am always a tad surprised by the combination of a fairly thin body, heavy carbonation, and assertive hop flavors that is unique to an "India Pale Lager". One keeps expecting to taste sweeter malts, more body, and more esters, and instead one gets naked, rather delicate hop flavor, some cereal grain, and a residual sweetness that you just can't quite grasp. This one showcases a solid array of different hop aromas and flavors, relatively unencumbered by the malts. I can dig it, not as a replacement for the usual but as a nice change of pace.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 03:05:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.