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Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island Sword SwallowerConey Island Sword Swallower

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%


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:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-10-2008)
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clean, hop forward, malt restrained IPA. The bre is a moderate golden color with a thick, lasting, beautiful white head. The smel is soft, rounded, and a bit hoppy. Some distant malt and grain, but it is a lot less interesting than I expected. The brew makes yo for it in the taste, however, which is huge with hop flavor and bitterness....herbal, leafy, fresh, biter, and spicy. Nice. Full, satisfying mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 22:53:02 | More by Suds
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 21:50:01 | More by jbphoto88
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TaySuth

California

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden in color with a hint of amber. Nice white head that dissipates down to a few large bubbles with strong lacing.

Smell: Nothing amazing stands out but nice for a pale lager. Hints of hops and malt but nothing strong. Some sort of peppery spice aroma is also detected.

Taste: The hops lead with some citrus and a strong, but non-smooth bitterness. Solid pale malt backbone is nice. Lager yeast is interesting, but as they label this an IPA style lager, I gotta say that I prefer the ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Too syrupy and over carbonated. Semi-sweet. Definitely some room for improvement.

Overall: An interesting beer and I appreciate the lager yeast variation but this beer just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:05:21 | More by TaySuth
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out in a snifter, I know not the recommended glass but I felt like rebelling tonight, this beer has a nice semi-hazy and golden body, moderate carbonation and is topped off with a nice thick and creamy head with some mild lacing. The aroma is a bit light, but the hops a present and smelling inviting. Mild apple and orange come through along with a mixture of citrus fruits. At first taste it crisp, slightly creamy and the hops are the first flavor you taste. Grapefruit and orange zest come in next and then the malts kick in. This one feels more like a lager at first but then quickly changes into a nice mild IPA. The aftertaste is all IPA, the hops are strong and the alcohol is barley tasted, but none of the flavors overpowering. Overall this is a pretty good beer and I look forward to trying their others.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:22:57 | More by vickersspitfire
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, slight floral, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, pine, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of grass. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 14:50:55 | More by Tone
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

IPA style-lager into a pint glass. Colour is a honey straw gold, good retention of the soapy white head, leaves good lacing.

Smell is mostly soft malts with a subtle hop bitter prickle. Some fruity apricot notes. mostly balanced, interesting.

Taste has a bready malt feel with a definite hoppy dry bitterness which is a bit citrusy and leafy. Some dryness and fruity apple notes, mostly malty with some oily hops toward the end, seems a bit tart. Finish is dry, slightly hoppy, with a lingering oiliness.

Mouthfeel has a moderate carbonation and body, crispness isn't well defined initially, but still refreshing, alc is not overbearing and it is a decent drinking beer that is surprisingly sessionable.

This works pretty well, the flavour could be a bit more interesting and less rough in terms of mouthfeel (particularly toward the end) but it is a really pleasant enjoyable beer, quite drinkable. In some ways it waffles back and forth between being an IPA or lager and this indecision shows at times. Could be better, but still not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:11:11 | More by mick303
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tan to slightly orange in color, clear, rising bubbles, a nice one finger head and good lacing.

Lots of citrus on the nose, lemon peel, oranges, grapefruits. A good amount of hoppy aroma too, very nice.

Taste is very nice, quite bitter and citrusy. Hop flavor is more than almost any American pale lager that I've tried. There's a nice malty balance too.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Quite easy to drink.

It's hard to believe this is a lager. If you served it to me blind, I'd think it to be a pale ale, and a pretty hoppy one at that.

Within the style, this one is a real standout, and a quality beer. Within any style, it's a real standout, and a high quality beer! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 19:31:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured form 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Very light colored and hazy , very little head and no lacing to speak of

Smell is sweet and spicy with not a lot of hop fragrance to speak of

The body of the beer is nice , really feel like you are getting a drink of something , not too much carbonation , silky and full

Taste is more of a spicy and very bitter , almost a pepper type flavor , no tastes of hops that I have had before ,very bitter and you can taste the alcohol in it pretty good

Over all I didnt enjoy this beer , Its drinkable , I know its supposed to be an IPA Style Lager , but it just didnt hit the mark for me

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 15:43:00 | More by ubenumber2
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium gold, with a creamy hitter head building two fingers high, which dissipates fat leaving some lacing.
The smell is of citrusy hops and caramel.
The fruity hop character of citrus up front, is quickly sweetened by a good dose of caramel lay malt flavors. Some more bitter hops at the finish. Over all a medium to light bodied beer. I am not sure if it fits the beer style exactly. I wish there would have been more carbonation while drinking this beer. It was quite syrup like.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:02:07 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While I'm not a hoppy beer fan, I think this beer is a decent brew. Easy drinking, nice mouthfeel, good creamy taste. A pretty good beer for a barbecue or other such occasion. As a character said in "Fargo," "you could do a lot worse." This isn't the Radisson, but it's a pretty ok beer, there. Oh yeah? Geez.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:11:46 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass. Yery hazy golden with a hint of copper. Pours with a big fluffy white 2" head that dissipates leaving little lacing.
S: citrus nose, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, yeast, mild bitter hops, tartness give a slight pucker and mouth water
T: like a sweet grapefruit muffin up front finishing with hop bitterness, lacks balance of maltyness, some bready quality with strong hops, not a complex hop profile but good and bitter
M: pretty heavy on the carbonation and a little thin
O: interesting attempt a a lager masquerading as an IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:40:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
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MortarPestle

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into Pilsener Glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent foamy head that provides minimal lacing.

Aroma: Some citrus and herbal hops over rising bread dough.

Taste: Greeted by malt breadiness quickly followed with orange, juniper and a hint of pepper.

Texture: Medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent mild IPA but won't be one I seek out. Came as part of a variety pack, but usually only available as a 22 ounce around here.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:22:14 | More by MortarPestle
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden with a thinnish head that doesn't leave any lace. Smell is grainy, malt, musty, faint leafy-citric hop. Taste is much more bitter than the nose suggested. There is a washing of citric, grassy hop, mild bitterness lingers with underlying pale malts, bread, earth. Citric-pith flavor lingers on the taste buds with a dry finish on a medium soft body with ample carbonation. I can certainly see why they call this an IPA style lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:59:56 | More by JackieTH
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden/amber, excellent clarity, modest white head stays for just a little bit then fades. It's pretty active too. Very attractive, though appearance is not all that important to me.

Kind of a grainy/musty-funk aroma leading the way. I think it must be the lager yeast. I feel boozy warmth before I detect the estery smell wafting from the booze. The hops are pretty hard to find, but there is some pungent gooey green kind of flowery hop presence buried deep and adding complexity and depth even if it is hard to pinpoint. ... and as I go deeper, I finally find some unmistakable citrusy hop character as well as some faint caramel and sweet malty flavors. It mostly works for me, and is kind of unique and has some depth. But, I can easily see how someone who bought it because it says "IPA STYLE" on the bottle, and expected something more like an American IPA, might be confused or even disappointed with the nose of this one.

The citrus and the modest hop bitterness are notable at first sip. Not because they are bold, but the lager yeast lays down a fairly clean canvass for the other factors to decorate. It's not a huge beer but I can taste booze, too. But the malty body is there to balance these elements. I taste the sweetness a little bit, but mainly the malt serves to balance, and it does that well.

Well carbonated and medium bodied, but with some fairly strong and not entirely pleasant warming. It doesn't dry out too much, and the bitterness lingers some.

This is interesting, and it's good. But I don't know that they should be putting "IPA Style" on the label. It may be generously hopped for a lager, but folks thinking they're getting a legit IPA may be disappointed. That said, I don't drink lagers much, and often the ones I do drink are ones like doppelbocks, so not really what people think of as lagers. It isn't that often that thinner "lawn mower" beers appeal to me. And Sword Swallower may not be lawn mower beer, but it is a lager and I like it. I guess that is because it has way more flavor, depth and character than most lagers. I like the idea, and the execution is pretty good, though there are some rough edges that could be smoothed out. I'll probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 06:28:50 | More by sprucetip
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear medium copper with a thick one finger white head.

Aroma has some earthy hops along with a little bit of toasted caramel. A little bit of lemon and orange as well.

The flavor is heavy on the hops up front with some orange citrus but also quite a bit of earthyness. Some toasted malt is evident along with a little bit of cereal grain and caramel. A drying bitterness comes through about midway through and the finish is pretty clean with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, a unique take on an IPA and a lager and it is pulled off fairly well. Malt and hops could be a little bit smoother but this is something I would consider picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:13:51 | More by rangerred
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Jemonster

California

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly opaque clover honey gold with small bubbled and heavy carbonation. A loose white head that lingers.

S: Floral hops, yeast, fresh bread.

T: Light bitterness up front. Not nearly as hopped as most IPAs. The style here says American Pale Lager but the bottle says IPA style brewed with lager yeast. So I guess this falls somewhere in between a lager and an IPA...I get the floral IPA flavors and some lager freshness here. The finish is all IPA though, with the lingering bitter flavors. I get some grapefruit and seriously, arugula.

M: Pretty nice. It's easy drinking viscosity and medium ABV make it go down pretty smoothly. Might be a little too rich to drink with food, but not rich enough to be satisfying on its own.

O: Not bad. I like it but don't love it. Brings something new (for me) to the table in its style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 00:52:43 | More by Jemonster
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BryanCarey

Texas

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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obrike

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok...so this is an APL, not an APA, or an IPA? Got it. Check. Ok...

Look was not too bad...a bit cloudy, pale orange/yellow...ok head that faded pretty quickly though...not much lacing at all.

Getting a decent biscuity, sweet malt scent. Good. Certainly not great though.

An immediate malty sweetness followed by an earthy grassy hop bitterness. A lager...really? Not too shabby. Medium carbonation and very easy drinking...dangerous. At nearly 7abv, this could get you in trouble in a hurry.

I gotta say, for the style, this is pretty good. A hop head would not pour it out...unless said hop head was a d-bag and just too pretentious to imbibe a lager. Nice job on this one Shmaltz!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:20:55 | More by obrike
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 03:44:10 | More by Mora2000
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funny name? Check
Funny label? Check
Interesting concept? Yup
Does it stack up?...

A- Crystal clear light orange pour with a finger of slightly sticky white head that leaves minimal lacing around in it's path.

S- I get nothing but pale lager smell... It claims to be a "IPA Style" brewed with lager yeast but I'm not really getting "IPA" from this... Light chewy malt with a touch of sweetness. It has a slight noble hops smell...

T- Okay more going on than the aroma but still not "IPA." Bitter floral hops, slightly sweet malts little on the dry side with a lingering bitter finish.

M- Good light to medium bodied, slightly chewy with good carbonation.

O- Don't get me wrong it is very good, it just isn't what they claim it to be in my opinion. I guess you can make anything in the "style of" without being anything close to that style.

In terms of it being a pale lager, it is very good and I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:25:09 | More by korguy123
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 14:25:55 | More by WoodBrew
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ism

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Isenglass-clear golden straw body with a 2-finger white head with good retention. Very nice lacing; dense white rings.

Nose of bready oranges, the Amarillo hops tempered by the rye. Light but malty body, with just enough carbonation to qualify as such. Hops balance against the sweet malt, with a toasty dryness. As it washes down, the Cascade grapefruit citrus dominates, then morphs into a milder orange. Pine resin emerges more fully in the after-taste, lingering just enough to be distinct.

Interesting brew with a unique profile yet restrained enough to be session-able.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:38:01 | More by ism
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mactrail

California

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive amber color with a decent head in the big Duvel tulip. The carbonation does fade a little, but it's fairly spritzy on the tongue.

Crisp and plenty hoppy enough to give it some backbone. Some piney and flowery hops but bitterness is restrained. Light body. Just a touch of toast. Otherwise, not much distinctive flavor. Perfectly quaffable.

I guess I don't know how the lager yeast affects the flavor, but it tastes like a light IPA or some variety of Pale Ale. Maybe they could do something about that Steam Beer style. Must be a new bottling as I haven't seen the stuff for some months at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 04:28:39 | More by mactrail
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KajII

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that did have good retention along with some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of mild grain and bread malts, floral and pine hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was a light bitter sweet with a with a nice malty feel and a note of caramel in the beginning then became moderately bitter and piney with a note of citrus at the end. The flavor faded quickly and was mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel was just a hair above light in body with a watery dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent IPA that has a nice strong hoppiness and a mild Lager feel...

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 16:18:47 | More by KajII
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Drinkerofales

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if mine is older or newer, as the bottle I had is listed as 7.2%abv.

Pours a clear golden amber and a huge fluffy almost white head left behind plenty of nice lacing.

Smell is of soap, malt and caramel, very subdued.

Taste has plenty of hops up front, but is well combined with a big malt flavor. Perhaps the lager yeast makes a difference here?

Texture is incredibly smooth, not much bite to it. Very smooth and easy to drink. It has a medium light body.

Overall, I thought the beer was great, but as an IPA, it kind of failed. While it has some great flavor, it was not what I was expecting. This was good in some ways, and failure in others.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 09:22:31 | More by Drinkerofales
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Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.