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Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-10-2008

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a light golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that settles fairly quick. Decent lace is left behind.

S- floral and grassy hops. Some citrus in here as well. Grainy malt in the background, a little bready as well.

T- malts up front, hops in the finish. You're left with a real bitter & sour taste in your mouth, a little metallic as well.

M- medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp, and clean.

D- something was really off putting at first, but it grew on me near the finish. I've had 4 of the coney islands this far and this was definitely the best, but I prefer the hebrew lineup much more.

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

Pours deep gold with a puffy head that doesn't lace. Lemon barley nose. Dark honey malts backed by spicy, grassy, citrusy hops. Full-bodied for a lager, sticky, wheat adds smoothness, but not so tight on the finish.

Lots of hops action. I thought maybe noble hops in there, but not so - with 8 varieties, who can tell?!

A big, balanced lager.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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 DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours an orangy gold with a white head. It is cloudy with decent lacing.

The aroma is very IPAish with hints of citrus and hops.

The taste is hoppy from start to finish, nice kick at the end.

It has a great, lasting mouthfeel for a lager. Drinkability is ok.

Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with off-white head. Nose has some herbal notes with lemony citrus, but isn't very aromatic overall. Palate has a good balance of malt with hop bitterness, with some spice coming through towards the end (perhaps rye). Finish is spicy and lemony.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer is slightly hazy pale straw yellow. The head is very frothy and tightly nit.

S- Smells clean and refreshing. There is a nice hop smell to this adding to the clean smell, yet there is an earthyness to this as well.

T- This is tasty. Has a great hop taste up front with this buttery taste that helps mellows everything. Then comes this huge bitterness from the hops at the end. As for a lager there isn't a traditional lager yeast taste.

M- Good mouthfeel, the bitterness sticks with you for a long while after.

D- Easy to drink, nice and clean with a dirty earthy side.

Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of this one. I've only tried two so far in the Coney Island line, but I would recommend this right away for summer enjoyment!

Dark yellow to golden beer with a small head. Aromas of bready malts with citrus hops to balance out. The tastes really reveal the hops in this beer. Citrus and a bit grassy, too. A bit of metallic, but that is overrun by the honey sweetness that pulls through. Mouthfeel is light but decent bitter residuals linger. This is a good hoppy lager...I would definitely buy it again. The label also kicks ass!

Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, off-white head. Quite hazy, almost like a hefeweizen. Light amber color. Leaves bountiful lace after each sip.

Displays nice balance in the nose. The hop has a touch of grapefruit to it. Inviting neutral pale malts.

The flavor starts with slightly sweet, pale grain. This quickly gives to a spicy and bitter hop flavor. This lasts through the swallow and the long aftertaste. Full-bodied with an average level of carbonation.

Afterthought, I'm surprised at the lower ratings for this beer. I find this APA to be well above average, superior really.

Photo of dudemuskie
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw/golden color, off white head that builds, and builds, and builds...HUGE ROCKY HEAD! Rocky and hangs 'till the last sip!

Aroma: Slightly sweet, green, slightly grassy, with citrus notes, lime stands out. Somewhat floral, but fairly clean.

Flavor: Starts the same as aroma with hops up front, then a splash of malt fills the mouth only to quickly dissapate in a dry finish with slightly grassy hoppiness mixed with mineral notes. Faint honey sweetness lingers- teasing the green hop/mineral dryness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation with a medium/light body. Leaves the mouth slightly dry, with a touch of sticky sweetness.

Overall: Delicious, but not as hoppy as one would expect with 8 different hops! It most certainly is a lager, and retains those characteristics quite well despite all that is going on in this beer. Quite refreshing!

Photo of jsh420
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy yellowish orange with a pillowy 1 finger head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smells of of floral and grassy hops with notes of lemon citrus

taste is a great mix of those grassy earthy floral hops - i dont detect any malt but it has to be there - it doesnt matter to me the beer is great - nice bitter finish

mouthfeel is almost perfect to me - smooth as can be - not a light beer for a pale it has a medium body

drinkability is also very good - i drank this 22oz faster then the 2hearted i drank before this and i love that beer

Photo of caddybuyer
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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 BMoney575
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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 SurlyDuff
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow amber with white head that sticks to the glass pretty well.

Aroma is barely noticeable, slight graininess, bit of metallic hops. Definitly getting the noble/English hops in here. Bit of a macro euro lager in here.
Enough flavor in here though, for sure. I'm getting some sweet pineapple, some apricot and other herbal notes. It's got some unique flavors in there, but nothing amazing. Bit chewy, and the metallic notes are kind of a turnoff. It's a bit thick and resinous for a lager, it reminds me of a stone pale ale or something. If it was a blind tasting, i wouldnt call this a lager, its neither clean, nor quenching like I expected. It's coating and high alhpa bitterness that makes me thirsty for a sip of water to cut through it.

Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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 EPICAC
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Spitzer's Corner in NYC.

Pours a hazed, light copper color. Topped by a fluffy, white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer while clinging to the side of the glass, leaving good lace. The aroma is hoppy. There are peppery and leafy notes with a bit of citrus. There's also the undertone of fruity sweetness.

Mild breadiness upfront gives way to a lightly sweet character. The malty backbone continues to be prevalent through to the center, but is overtaken bit the hoppy finish, which has notes of citrus and pepper. The sweetness becomes more prevalent overall as the beer warms. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated.

A tad sweet overall, but nicely hoppy.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as a steelhop lager.

A: Poured a clear, tangerine orange with a sudsy, off white head, 1 finger high while displaying only a modeate retention dissolving to a sparse bubbly topping. Visible carbonation was very light and found the coloring to be pretty orangey for a lager. Left a weak splotchy lacing.

A: a fresh lemony/orange peel aroma moderate in strength, and considered fairly strong per style. Certainly seems to be living up to its title of steelhop lager thus far.

T: The initial flavor was tart and citric with sour oranges and a decent flowery hopping which left a dry, pine needle hop fade. The hopping overall was moderately strong, especially considering the style but faded rather quickly off the tongue and didn't find it to be particularly exciting. Dry sour orange peels with a flowery hopping best sums this up. The 8 different hops only muddles the flavor up taking away from any distinquishable character or flavor and seems to break the adage of too many spices or chefs hand in the pot. This proably would of faired much better and tasted better if 3 key hops were used, the others were just wasted effort and had not contributing factor.

M: yielded a light viscosity with a slight carbonation leaving a tingle and a dry flowery coating behind.

D: Drinkability was only marginally above average as well all around enjoyment. Worth a drink, but not necessarily repeat material.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of xxHelderxx
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into a snifter, probably not the best glassware choice but I just got it and would drink water out of it because its so sweet hahaha.

A rather aggressive pour resulted in a pretty thin head that faded quickly. Minimal lacing after my first few sips.

The color is a dark golden honey with a few wisps of small bubbles trickling through it.

The nose is rather boring. Malts are present and detectable, along with some spiciness, but other than that nothing is jumping out at me.

Taste is a lot better than the nose on this one. Starts off well balanced with the malts again making their presence known. It remains nicely balanced and smooth right until the finish where the hops character of this brew comes on pretty strong and leaves you with a nice sour/dryish taste on the tongue.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very nice. Smooth as silk, no carbonation sting or overbearing dryness. The transition from the balanced intro to the nice spicy end note is very enjoyable.

This beer is drinkable for sure. I could have a couple in one night and not think twice about it. While there could be a lot more going on in the scent department, and a bit lacking in taste, its still a well balanced and drinkable beer.

Not sure I would buy it again, but I would recommend it to a lager fan.

Photo of SRossman
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great golden color. About halfway between a pilsner and amber.

Definitely a full flavored lager. Not the most complex but it offers a very nice malt body and modest hop presence that makes for a very balanced, highly drinkable beer. The kind of brew you could put down all night. Not sure which hop varietals went in but I think I can taste saaz, which normally would turn me off but it works for me here.

Photo of twbrewer
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a yellowish/gold color very little head,pretty plain looking.

S-Interesting,pungent hop aroma and nice malts noticed.Had a very light metallic/bitter scent.

T-At first it was just like the smell,even the metallic part but as it warmed the hops and malts became sweeter and the bitterness faded away.

M-Medium bodied lager with a dry hoppy finish.

D-At first I didn't like where this was going but as it warmed it became a pleasant drinking beer.I would make this purchase again.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very faintly hazy straw/gold with a big sticky head of foam. Forms excellent rings of lace.

S - Lots of hops - citrus/grapefruit in the forefront. Bit of sharp honey/maltiness.

T - Light grainy body with a big, indeed steely hop. Grapefruitiness is muted and bitterness takes over with a bit of a chalky and pine edge. Quite dry with some up front acidity. Long quite bitter finish.

M - Fairly light body with a lively carbonation.

D - Interesting and very drinkable brew. Not as "juicy" a hop as a typical AIPA, but has it's own brand of hoppy depth.

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