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Sweetwater IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

2,428 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 149
Gots: 295 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002)
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

The brewery states that it's unfiltered, unpasteurized, with an intense hop character. Crafty sounding to say the least. Sunrise orange hue, nearly crystal clear. The froth clings well. Sticky sweet pink grapefruit with some herbal and wild flower aromas form the hops. Not a whole lot of malt in the nose as the hops are clearly dominant. Exceptionally smooth with a creamy medium body. The prickly sharpness from the hop bitterness needles the taste buds with a clean, spicy character. Heavy and deep herbal and citric rind flavor wrings out the taste buds with each sip. Spikes of malt pop up here and there with dry biscuity flavors, alcohol drops a clean fruitiness that resembles pears and Red Delicious apples. Puckering dry finish with a long dragging trail of hoppiness.

The label deceives, or perhaps we were not ready for the hop onslaught that was delivered from this bottle. A hophead's beery dream. Without a doubt this a good call when it comes to American IPAs.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
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Best if enjoyed by 1/6/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; very subtle haze; fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are great. It has a bit of a westcoast vibe going on. Lots of melon. Lots of mango and pineapple. It has tropical notes, but there are citrus notes as well. Sticky grapefruit. Some sweet bready malts are there. A touch of caramel too. It smells great. The flavors fall off a bit compared to the nose, but it still tastes good. Lots of earthy fresh grass. Some pine needles in the mix. More melon. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel. There's an earthy bitterness to this one, but it's definitely not an over-the-top bitterness. It's balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. This is smooth and clean. Easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

The aromas steal the show, but everything else is on point. This is a very nice IPA, especially at its price-point. I understand why this beer was always reguarded as one of the better IPAs in the past. This was something that was ahead of its time at one point. Maybe other breweries have caught up and eclipsed this, but this still holds up as a winner in the world of IPAs. I like it.

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poured into a 16oz jar glass...be burley

beautiful orange, bordering on red in the right light

lovely herbal, sweet aroma with grapefruit zest in the end

pine and grapefruit with an spicy herbal tinge...dank

slightly on the lighter side, bitter and a pinch sticky as it flows over the gums...also, dank

this is my kind of beer. dank, resinous, piney...in the vein of lagunitas, racer 5, and stone. well done, excited to try their other seasonal ipas

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Sweetwater IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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