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Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-10-2008)
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Reviews by DoktorZee:
Photo of DoktorZee
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - very light amber in color and a little cloudy. Little to no head with no lacing. No carbonation. Uncertain what to expect based on the appearance.

S - familiar hops emphasis on pine and grapefruit. Smells nice and crisp.

T - dominated largely by a delightful grapefruit bitterness that endures for a while with some maltiness to even it out. Very nicely balanced and less intense than an IPA but stronger than the usual pale.

M - lacking a bit of crispness, could use a little more carbonation.

D - this one is very, very drinkable. I was surprised to learn it's 6.8% - seems dangerous!

This was a very enjoyable beer. Like the other Coney Island beers you can't really trust the label in terms of what you're getting; I was expecting lager, and instead I got a nice bracing beer!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like a good hopped up lager beer like this one,I want to see more on the shelves!Poured a light to medium golden with a some hazes peach to it, a nice fluffy one finger white head atop.A great mix of hops in the nose ranging from herbal/grass to citrus,there is also a noticeable caramel presence there as well as a tinge of iron.Flavors start out like the aromas with a big mown grass and herbal profile melding into light citric flavors,a lightly toasted and sweetish caramel flavor comes through in the finish.Just a real nice American hopped lager.

Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a light but deep orange in color with a decent white head.

Smell - There's a nice, clean malt base to this nose mixed with some light floral hops.

Taste - Kapow! The aroma was pretty mild but the taste here is huge. There's a symphony of hop flavors in here, mostly East Coast types, but I especially enjoyed the fuggles which I don't get very often. There is also a big apricot flavor that reminds me actually of an apricot-based wine that I had down in Temecula a few years ago. The malt base is here and does provide a bit of a balance but the hops in this beer carry the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied, which is big for the style, with some significant bitterness throughout and a mild but poignant carbonation.

Drinkability - This went down a lot better than I thought it would especially after my first whiff. The nose is boring but don't let that fool you this one packs a punch.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber pour with little to no head with
patchy lacing.

S: Good hops, very floral overtones with your
supporting cast of malt, grain, etc. very
understated. Though the hops are distinct
they are not strong.

T: Good hop bite; lightly floral nothing over
powering. Interesting hybrid of lager and
IPA? Not necessarily my flavor but I'll try
anything five or six times.

M: The mouthfeel is clean with a crispness to it
which is nice and a bit of this beer's
savings grace.

D: Good body allows for the brew to go down
smooth and refrehing. I like the composition
but the character leaves a bit to be desired.

Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, golden, moderate carbonation, 1 finger head that faded to a covering.

S - Nice and malty, light crystal malt sweetness, followed by a light hop aroma.

T - Clean malt character, wish there was a little more depth/complexity. The hops add an interesting touch, mostly floral in nature, reminds me of an English IPA.

M - Smooth, silky texture, good amount of body.

D - This is a nicely balanced beer, highish in alcohol but balanced in body. The hops add a very interesting aspect to the lager. Very sessionable.

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.13/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet sugary fruity biscuity malts and honey with some grassy metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and a little fruit followed by a big metallic, burnt plastic bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and kind of watery.

Overall, not very pleasant. Treacly sweetness with odd bitterness didn't jibe well. It does get a little better as it warms and I get through the bottle.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this 22 oz bomber for a good price at Green's in Atlanta a couple weeks ago. I'm usually a fan of the Shmaltz guys quirky offerings. This one pours a hazy medium orange body with a skimpy offwhite head that leaves some scattered lacing.

Aroma has some grainy malt and sharp resinous hop notes of pine and lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is light medium with solid carbonation. An earthy hop bitterness is a bit distracting.

Taste is bitter hops. Earthy, pine, and lemon rind notes dominate. No significant malt presence emerges to offer any balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

Label proclaims this is a "Steel Hop Lager". I'm not cure what that means but I'm not a big fan of the hops used here and I certainly could have appreciated a bit more of a malt balance. Not one that I would visit again.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, no freshness info, which would be great for this style beer. Pours clear lighter amber, under a long lasting off white head and leaving prodigious amounts of sheeting and scattered lace, Fresh hop nose, minty and piney.Flavorful, hoppy and thoroughly enjoyable quaffer. Clean and refreshing, well crafted and highly enjoyable. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Coney Island variety pack.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of pine and orange citrus in it, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is fairly similar, with some pine and orange, with a light bit of resin thrown in. The bitterness is low because the biscuit malt adds a touch of sweetness to balance things out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes about like an IPA, as expected from reading the label.

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Decent two layer white head that fades into a patchy layer. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Aroma of lager yeast with grapefruit and orange citrus hops. Solid presence of caramel malts. Hops are very noticeable but blend in with the malts. Smells a lot like a IPA with more of a bready malt presence.

Taste: Sweet and fairly hoppy. Lots of sweet and bready caramel malts blend in with with citrus hops with some grapefruit and orange flavors. Also some hints of pine resin and floral hops. Tastes hoppy but the bitterness is kept mild by the heavy amount of malts and lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Somewhat creamy and dry.

Overall: A tasty and interesting beer. Tastes a lot like a pale ale. Hops are very present but somewhat muted by the sweet and bready malts.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light beer at the ipa festival (lager?), I didn't realize at the time, so I said it had a wheat aspect to the appearance.

A bitter beer, but for all the alleged dry hopping, it really doesn't come across in the aroma, nor the taste. Just is a bitter pony mostly. Decent enough for a lager, but doesn't really come across the palate, other than a metallic bitterness at an ipa festival.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded amber golden hue with a large off white head fine speckled lacing forms thick. Aroma has some harsh metallic hops and sharp citrus/lime notes. Sweet pale malt background, fruity highlights seems interesting. A lager that drinks like an IPA, hoppy delicious bitterness amongst pale balancing malts, excellent concept I burp up fruity hop notes this stuff could be really drinkable. Honey coated palte malts with earthy grapefruit rind bitterness, mouthfeel has a nice carbonation with medium bodied slick hop oils. Drinkablity overall was nice a beer I ccould see drinking on a regular basis, I didn't feel that way about most of the Coney Island sampler pack.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a light crystal clear golden copper body that was just a bit dense and a thick bubbly off-white head that stuck to the glass. The head lasted for most of the beer with the support of a slow motion carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The fragrant slightly sweet malt aroma has some fresh crushed dry pale malt note too. The aroma of green herbal hops had a nice spicy quality to it and a green cinnamon note that grew as the beer warmed.
T- The sweet pale malt had some dry caramel malt flavors with it and a light buttery hint that came through as it opened up. The malt became more dry thanks to the carbonation. The finish was a nice green hop flavor with some pungency that lingered for just a bit.
M-This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a cleaning tight fizz in the finish.
D- The smooth malt flavors have a wet slate note and a nice depth as the hops have a good depth aswell. The crisp lager characteristics along with the good depth make this beer very easy to drink.

Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dull bronze color with an inch of fluffy white head on it.

Smell is malty with a hint of yeast and spice.

Taste is spicy and malty throughout. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Pes down pretty smooth. Fairly carbonated.

Overall a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dusty yellow approaching orange beer that has a mild fog to it. The cap is strong,firm and the color of playsand. A solid but not out of this world start.

The nose is plain Jane but not in a bad way. Clean malts and a sharp handful of hops give this beer a simple but delicious ale bouquet.

The taste is vy much like the nose with the malts being crisp, clean and the flavor of lightly toasted white bread. The hops are present but don't over power the malts which is slightly disappointing given the claim of "IPA style" on the bottle. I was expecting a little more punch from these guys. Even if this is a lager beer there are others out there that have a more pronounced hop profile.

Mouthfeel is again very clean and crisp from the lagering. The hops do have a slight pinch of astringency by my molars and there is a lovely dryness to this beverage. I like the simple and direct flavors but wish this beer had more of a hop punch. Still a fine brew and worth drinking if you come across it.

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of RDW
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of caddybuyer
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A-Unfiltered medium amber with a very thin head that settles to almost nothing. Not terribly impressive looking.

S-Clean citrus zesty smell, almost rind like.

T-Sweet citrus malts start the taste, then twangy hops kick in Tht finish lasts forever and leaves a lingering bitter hop note on the tongue. This is very nice.

M-Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced overall.

D- This is a very drinkable brew, and one which I would definately buy again. Lager? I guess, but this one definately tastes and drinks like an ale.

Photo of En29356
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of crowsoup
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. As usual for this brand, lots going on all over the breadth of the label, the motif seeming to promote a return to the days of literal carnival sideshows, which, given the high-level ingredients spec list of 8 different hops and 4 different malts, may indeed prove to be the (at least, figurative) case.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden orange hue, with one finger of lazily foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves fairly solid radio-form lace around the glass as it duly fades away.

It smells of grainy, toasted pale malt, a bit of saltine cracker, a hint of acrid lemon and orange citrus, and peppery, grassy hops. The taste is more sharp, almost metallic citrus notes, a grainy, kind of dry biscuit malt, a touch of pine-sol, leafy, grassy hops, and a noticeable edgy, boozy warming.

The carbonation is a bit peppy at first, but settles into a fairly sedate groove soon enough, the body a near medium weight, mostly smooth, and maybe a tad creamy, and airily at that. It finishes rather dry, more than a bit warm, ethereally grainy, and confusingly hoppy (steely strong, or steely metallic?).

From all angles, this seems like a nice hoppy, biscuity pale ale, but one injected with unregulated beer growth hormone. The mixture of earthy and grassy hop essences, and dry metallic character, contributes to an overall sense of unbalance, if a weirdly tasty one at that.

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Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.