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Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company

Coney Island Sword SwallowerConey Island Sword Swallower

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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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Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.03/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Got this 22oz bomber for $5.99 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

The pour took me by surprise, huge foamy head rached about a quarter inch above the rim of the glass and spilled over before the glass was half full. I didn't pour it particularly hard. Great retention, sticks around developing valleys and sinkholes and leaving spotty globs of lace on the glass. Cloudy light orange brew.

Smell is sharply metallic and acidic, bleh! Some apricot and banana is lurking but easily overpowered. Taste is also very very metallic with a strong bitter bite that doesn't taste like hops, just as bad as the smell.

Horrible! Gag! It went down the sink and I didn't find the galvanized washer I expected to come clinking out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:09:45 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Beaver13


2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 07:13:15 | More by Beaver13
Photo of SirWilliam666


2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really worse then I expected. Smell is almost non-existant. What is there smells a little soapy. Appearance is about the only thing I can give it any points on. Light amber in color. Very bubbly. Nice white head. Flavor though? Very off. Not hoppy at all, and they are calling this an IPA? Almost get a bit of a Bock taste someplace in the middle, but it is quickly lost. Leaving this beer only a small step above nationals. I love the He-Brew line, but Coney is not impressing me.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 07:37:48 | More by SirWilliam666
Photo of DarthKostrizer


2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Orangish yellow color with 1 finger foamy head and no retention

Smell: Some citrus hops alittle orange and a bit of sweetness from the malt

Taste: Burnt malt with a bit of citrus. Very acidic and was very hard to drink

Mouthfeel: Medium body lots of carbonation

Overall: This beer was awful. To date I cant think of a beer that was harder to drink than this one. It tasted like that acidic taste left in your mouth after you throw up. Just awful

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 20:48:21 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of Justin23060


2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden with a one finger head that quickly disipates. Smell is unique to me. Hops have an almost fruity smell not the pine or citrus that I'm used to. The malt come through, which I appreciate. Taste is kind of all over the place (not in a balanced way though). The astringency makes the linger very short and the alcohol is somewhat boozey and sticks out a bit. When I first heard of the concept of using lager yeast in an IPA (an IPL if you will) I thought "that's neat how come lots of brewers aren't doing this?" After tasting this I can see why. I'm not choking it down as the name probably suggests, but I won't be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 05:33:35 | More by Justin23060
Photo of FarmerJohnny


2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours an amber color with a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly

S- Strong hop presence. The lager yeast comes through a bit. Hints of citrus and grapefruit

T - Fairly clean at first. The lager yeast definitely dominates the pallet. Little bit of grapefruit undertones. Hoppy, IPA-esque bitterness on the finish. From start to finish, its a mess of contradicting flavors

M - Very clean, medium body

O - What caught me was the IPA lager tag (IPL if you will). Having tried it, I'm glad I bought it, but a standard IPA would have done much better. If you're looking for hops, try Stone's IPA. The lager yeast kills this one with a strange and unwelcome flavor and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:18:44 | More by FarmerJohnny
Photo of scoobybrew


2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - clear golden color with a decent head; leaves nice lacing

S - blend of floral and citrus hop, some malt and a hint of oxidation

T - somewhat coarse hop flavor at start and up to the finish which has a moderate bitterness; coarse flavor clings to the tongue; malt is confusing but is supportive; alcohol flavors are noticed and add to the confusion

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - I didn't really care for this beer - and I don't think it's very well done (brewed) either. I don't know if the bottle was an old one or not - there is no freshness date on the bottle. The hop flavors are coarse and indistinct and the malt is confused: the hop selections don't blend well with peppery rye characters. The alcohol flavors don't blend well either. Too bad, I was looking forward to something different and refreshing based on the marketing.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 19:36:59 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of DoubleJ


2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle from Pacific Ranch Market. And now, it's time to indulge my inner beer freak:

There's a lot of carbonation racing throuhg in the body of this dark straw, apricot colored beer. The head is a finger's thick and holding well, leaves great lacing in the glass. Its aroma brings things down a level. A little grassy with a dirty grapefruit nose. Not sure what it is, but the flavor is a little messy with some strongish malt presence. The plain bitterness with the solvent alcohol don't do many favors for this beer. Lots of honeyed bread taste from the malt. In comes a squirt of citrus. Malty sweet aftertaste.

I'm a fan of Coney Island Lager, but not of the Sword Swallower. The latter tries to do too much, and as a result, is too much for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 04:50:38 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of ubenumber2


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
Photo of BeerNutz324


2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ap- hazy light amber in color. Faint head with not very good retention.

Ar- Fruity, orange or citrus smells. Doesn't smell overly hoppy to me. Lager yeast is definitely present.

T- Lager yeast is the first thing you taste, then some orange/citrus flavors. The aftertaste is probably the best part, the hops seem to pull through at the end.

M- Nice carbonation, crisp, medium feel. Almost a little sticky.

O- Decent beer, but the lager yeast is something I guess I don't really care for. Maybe it would be better if I was more used to it. An interesting mix of tastes though!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 19:16:06 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of PicoPapa


3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden color with a very minimal amount of head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is bready and floral. Slight smell of citrus and sour. Taste is a bit different than it smelled. Floral. Bitter and pine flavors at the end. Pretty malty. Picking up on some orange peel as well. This does taste very much like a lager but just more floral. Very dry. It's not bad but nothing great. Borders on too floral. Overall, I tried it once and that's enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 04:19:16 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer of the month club selection. Great art work on the label.
Poured a clear bright gold with a white head which faded into a ring, some lacing.
The hops dominated the aroma with hints of citrus and spice.
Te taste followed the nose, hops dominated with a citrus background.
Very light bodied with moderated carbonation.
This is a drinkable beer if you like the hop domination, not my style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 16:39:07 | More by dtivp
Photo of ComfortablyBum

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first review. So excuse the brevity.

22oz bought at Harris Teeter poured into a beer glass. Thin head with lots of lacing

A - Cloudy and murky golden/amber colored

S- metallic reminded me of how wheat beers smell.

T- Sweet malty taste with lingering sticky bitterness

M- fizzy carbonation but not too much

D - Not really something I would drink a lot of in a row.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 16:42:04 | More by ComfortablyBum
Photo of beersensei305


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A- a cloudly gold with a half inch white head a little bit of lacing

S-light smell malts and hop resin

T- malty piney grapefruit tartness at the back of your tongue when you let it evaporate

M- lots of carbonation, balance could have been better not as smooth as i was expecting rather bitter for a pale lager

D- enjoyable but not the best. I wonder if its smoother as a draft

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 01:09:24 | More by beersensei305
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy golden color into my Duvel tulip glass. Nice finger of foamy white head.

Smells like grain and malt.

Taste is malty on the first hit on the tongue, the finish is funky. Hard to describe, but it wasn't particularly pleasant.

Medium carbonation, light in body.

Easy to drink, but I really didn't want to finish the 22oz bottle. I wouldn't drink this one again. Very disappointed in this offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:50:05 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was light pale golden. Close to an inch of head.
Lots of lacing on the top that stayed for a long time. Healthy bit of film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus and pine hops. Some caramel malts in there, too. Lemon zest leads the way on the citrus. Buttery sniff as well.

Initial taste was buttery malts, followed by a bitter aftertaste. Nothing too flashy, but nothing too good.

Medium body. Lively carbonation (moderate). Bitter aftertaste.

Not a big fan of this beer. This was for sure the worst of the four Coney Islands I tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 06:32:51 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours cloudy light amber, bordering on light orange. Small amount of quick white foam.

Smell is hard to pick up - maybe malty, but only in the very slightest way.

Taste is hop from start to finish - restrained, but everywhere throughout the beer. Well carbonated in the mouth. Good bite, spicy finish.

Drinkable, but only if you like constant hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 20:15:48 | More by KTCamm
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint from a 22oz. Pours yellowish with a 1 1/2 inch head. Decent lace.
Smell: Not much there, with 4 malts and 6 hops I expect a little more.
Taste: Pale malts are right up front. The hops are grassy, herbal and a slight citrus. Better than expected but not great. A little over-ripe fruit in the background.
Mouth: Smooth, highly carbonated.
Drink: Schmaltz comes out with some pretty good beers between Coney Island and He-Brew, but this wasn't one of them in my opinion. Not a drainpour, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:31:23 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of albern


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not keen on this lager because it is just too tart, with a big lemony acerbicness that drowns out the crispy maltiness that should be more pronounced. The beer pours a nice golden, clear color with a smallish white head that doesn't retain. No lacing either. The aroma is quite good, some nice citrus underneath, mild malt lagery presence in the nose. The taste is a crisp in the mid section, ample malts, but then the biting lemon hoppiness, maybe a peppery spiceness just takes over. The mouthfeel is a tad watery and tad oily on the tongue. The aftertaste is a continuation of the biting pepperishness in the finish. This isn't a particularly enjoyable lager, nor is it refreshing. There is a perfuminess in the aftertaste that lingers way too long for my tastes. I'm a bit disappointed to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 23:09:20 | More by albern
Photo of merlin48


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:32:46 | More by merlin48
Photo of BMoney575


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-15-09

Pours a very pale and cloudy orange color, with a thiny and filmy head and small bits of lacing.

Smell is all grassy and earthy hops, very light and bitter.

Taste is liquid hops. Immense bitterness and grassy hop flavors dominate. The malt is almost completely absent, except for a slight breadiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, but sharp carbonation doesn't help the bitterness.

Drinkability is poor, the flavors are just too much.

Overall, the style says it all. Hop lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 23:38:49 | More by BMoney575
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy gold with decent head, which didn't last very long.

S: Didn't pick up much individual scents in this category, just some overriding sweetness. Not much hops.

T: Better than expected. Sweet pixie-stix gave way to a spicy finish, but unfortunately with a hint of sour.

M: Decidedly average. Wish there was more carbonation.

D: The sweetness mixed with spiciness was refreshing, but maybe only for a couple of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 01:43:34 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of getalife2k5

New York

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber, like iced-tea. had a very thin head with a thick ring clinging to the sides of the glass. smelled sweet and malty, like brown sugar with a little bit of metal. tasted syrupy with the sweetness and smoothness of honey. some caramel tossed in... very reminiscent of a Polish or Russian lager... which i don't prefer. however, there was the slightest pleasant bitterness which gave it a little kick near the end, along with the smell and taste of alcohol. aside from the bitterness, it's really not very unique. i can get a Russian lager for less than half the price and almost the same taste. still, it wins points for novelty and a freaky label.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 04:02:50 | More by getalife2k5
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a frothy cap that leaves the occasional bits of lace

Smell: Bready, with herbacious and grassy hop bitterness

Taste: Bready, up front, with a buildup of biscuity and spicy rye malt and herbacious/grassy hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a resinous, almost menthol, hop character that persists through the finish; some malty sweetness lingers as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: All these different varieties of hops and the result is just not winding up in a place that I find particularly enjoyable; another interesting but, to my palate, unsuccessful beer in the Coney Island series

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:36:59 | More by brentk56
Photo of TaySuth


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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Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.