Sweetwater Second Helping - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Second HelpingSweetwater Second Helping

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very good

68 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerDawgs on 01-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fresh 22oz bomber picked up at Total Wine at the Perimeter

A - Amber with some clarity, 1 finger of head that sticks to the top of the brew, and sticky lace left all over the glass. Looks just like the regular IPA

S - Big and hoppy, west coast style hoppy. Smells great! Not catching any Juniper berries, but oh well. Smells good.

T - More bitter and less well balanced than the IPA, and definitely takes on more of the west coast style. Very tasty none the less! Bitterness lingers a long time in the aftertaste

M - Light bodied, oily and slick, and high in carbonation.

O - A great brew and all proceeds go to a great charity. Definitely worth checking out!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Semi-pungent nose of grassy hops plus some grapefruit notes.

T- Juicy hop flavor with a firm but controlled bitterness. Just the right amount of malt backbone. Very drinkable for the ABV. Lingering hop resins.

M- Sharp and a bit dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Such a nice-drinking IPA. The bitterness starts to catch up after a bike but, other than that, I could see myself buying a 12-pack of this especially if it was in cans.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 5.99. No bottle date but this was just released within the past couple weeks. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours clear redish orange with a half finger of pale head that lingers and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of citrus, pine and (perhaps just because I know they're in there) faint berry.

I get a sweet berry syrup flavor initilly but that is quickly pushed back by grapefruit, orange rind and piney hops. There's also mild pepper and hint of cracker. Overall bitter but some noce notes in there.

Fairly light body but with a bit of oily precense and moderate carbonation. Bitter grapefruit zest and berry skins in the finish.

A decent beer for a good cause. I prefer Sweetwater's standard IPA but this is still worth at least a try.

Photo of TheRock7755
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is like most of the other Sweetwater Limited Brews. It is good, but I have had better.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange red colored with a huge white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: hint of gin (juniper berries), and light hops, orange, pineapple

T: pine hops up front, bitterness of juniper berries present but don't overpower hops, slightly sweet malt in the middle, finish is pine bitterness

M: sticky

O: flavor is unique but not overly powerful

Photo of alk3kenny
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber, orange color nice clarity and a decent head. Smell is of citrus, pine, hops smells very "west coast" not really getting the juniper here though. Taste is hoppy, very little malt backbone all the smells come through in the taste again not really getting the juniper though. Hop bitterness sticks with you on the tongue making this nice to sip on since it lingers. I really like this beer probably would have rated it higher if it was given to me and I wasn't told the berries were in there. Overall great beer for a great cause can't go wrong!

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit) for this interesting beer. Typically beer is brewed with juniper in lieu of hops, like a sahti, but it's becoming more of a trend to brew them together and I'm not a huge fan, but never know.

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger fluffy looking head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing left on the sides, a very clear iced-tea brown color with amber hue.

Nose brings piney hops, earthy like forest floor and pine needles, as well as the piney juniper, interestingly a mild berry aroma too, earthy, little sap too, and hint of orange peel candied style, with big sweet malts underneath mostly candy and caramel malts.

Taste brings lots more pine and juniper, but the hops quickly give way to a sweet candy malt, with more candy reddish malts, little caramel, grainy as well, with mild grassy malt characters even. The hops are again that earthy piney flavors, a little mushroomy earth and soil from a forest floor, with more pine and sap, as well as piney juniper and even a little berry note again interestingly. More of that mild candied orange peel like flavor again, fair bitterness with fairly sweet malt balance. Finish is a bit drier but a little sticky.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, lighter carb, faint hint of warming booze.

Overall not bad, glad the juniper is not overpowering or too piney, and the piney hops don't combine with the juniper

Photo of Paincane
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber body with a white head & amazing lace. Fragrant floral, juniper berry, pine needle notes. Malt cedes to high hop profile.

Photo of dar482
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a reddish amber.

The aroma hits of traditional IPA. Grapefruit, grassy and floral. A good amount of bready malt.

On the flavor, it follows with candy and bready sweetness. Floral and grassy throughout with some grapefruit. Some piney bitterness. The juniper is very faint and combines with the floral.

Photo of Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful burnt orange hue with a bright white fluffy head that lingered. A touch of haziness.
Aroma: Really surprising. Some orange and citrus followed by muted juniper (which I expected) but then a big malt sweetness with caramel and some toffee. I expected more of the former and less of the latter, I guess.
Taste: A nice up front orange flavor with a hint of juniper. Not like a G&T, for which I'm grateful. The finish is big on the malt, though, with caramel and some bread, followed by a pleasant clean bitter finish. The alcohol is nicely masked, but at 7.4 ABV it's expected.
Feel: Dry to style, really nice.
Overall: Great for the occasion. I was craving a IIPA and it delivered, but nothing special. Nice Juniper notes, but a bit too sweet for me. I'm glad I bought it: quality brew and for a great cause. I will never turn down a SweetWater.

Photo of JeffKowalek
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just about as good as the IPA

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay. You certainly get the Juniper- it adds a piney, spicy note that drys out the IPA itself- perhaps a bit too much. I don't think the problem here is the amount of Juniper- any less and you wouldn't get it's full flavor- it's that the base beer is a tad too delicate to stand up to the juniper in the first place. Also, since the juniper is so drying, I'd up the malt here to balance that effect and pull things back in the right direction. As is, you get citrusy hops, followed immediately by a hit of juniper, and then a dry finish that, curiously, drops off precipitously to a thin malt- water flavor. Could have been really good...but at least it's for a good cause- The Giving Kitchen.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Rec'd as a generous gift from good friend Erinn from the ATL.

A: Slightly hazy amber with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with good retention and several shelves of craggy lacing. (4.25)

S: Malty in the aroma with some piney hoppiness poking through. (3.5)

T: Good balance IPA type of flavor, of course bordering on DIPA range with the ABV. The juniper adds an interesting piney-floral-berry note to the hoppiness. THe malts still are very forward in this beer, but not to detriment. The flavor is more DIPA-ish with the heavier caramel maltiness. Bitterness is low-medium. (3.75)

M: Sticky with medium body and low carbonation give this a fuller feel over all with a very coating quality. (3.75)

O: This beer is really nice especially if you are in the mood for a maltier DIPA style beer. The hops have probably faded in this sample, but the maltiness is cohesive and works well with the hops and juniper notes.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"100% of the profits from this beer will be donated to The Giving Kitchen. Creating more than just great beer for our community!" Brewed in the style of an American India Pale Ale with Juniper Berries added. Available in limited run 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light tan-white head of a creamy foam consistency over an orange amber body with high clarity and light specked sediment. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) The aroma is fairly malt-forward, with biscuity and bread malts rounded out with a light yet unique fruitiness, presumably juniper berries, joined by some fruity, spicy and mildly piney hop notes with a delicate bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor dives deeper into the malt, with a light tangy bread malt, some light graham cracker biscuit and a pinch of syrupy caramel sweetness. Accented by a lightly bitter fruity and herbal hop, this is a fairly mild-mannered IPA with a reserved hop presence. The Juniper berry flavor doesn't come through quite to the degree of potency the aroma suggests, although the flavor is nearly as curious as the aroma, most should be able to sense the subtleties of the juniper berry amongst the flavorful malt profile. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly oily, softly chewy. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a smooth, reserved mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is low, off characters are minimal to none. 4

(Overall) Second Helping arrives under bittersweet circumstances, so the beer itself is a bit more filling and robust with flavor than the pedestrian IPA consumer is prepared for, but the end result is fairly pleasing. The malt profile is surprisingly full for the style, fruity and solid, reminiscent more of an English bitter style in its build than an American IPA, but the hop profile swings it decidedly to a more American audience. The Juniper Berries give this beer a simple but expected tweak, and has me guessing just what of the malt profile is truly malt and what comes from the berry. I had no regrets enjoying this beer especially as the proceeds go to a charitable cause. Always front and center for many relevant charities, I hope that SweetWater keeps the passion of brewing and of altruism close to their business philosophy for a good long time. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Second Helping India Pale Ale

Photo of Bmftbl8
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer I love the sweet to bitter ratio

Sweetwater Second Helping from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.